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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
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Black Ghost by Brasserie Fantome
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
0.00 % ABV


 
Review by Oxymoron on 09/10/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 17 4 7 2009
How do you see a black ghost if they lights are out? Pours a lighter shade of black, if that is possible, that is similar to a schwartz if it were. Boarder line dark brown. Ok clarity, but a good soft white head. Did hide to the edge and very limited retention throughout.

The nose has more of a white wine characteristic more than anything else. Noticeable grapes with some minor lactic sourness on the backend. No real malt characteristic but there are some minor esters, plums and figs mostly. Some light funk and spices, pepper mostly. There is a noticeable oxidation that is somewhat sherry like.

The taste is more subtle than the nose. The winey flavors back off a bit but are still there. Some sweetness up front but the sourness comes out quickly. Doesn't take long to adjust, but once you do the yeast characters really come out. Some bready almost flour-like notes but light against the lactic sour notes. A bit of funk but not as much as expected. Almost smooth in the finish that I associate with diacetyl.

Overall I know this is very unique. Not a traditional Belg Strong (if that is possible). But closer to a gueze and a belg black.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/17/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 19 5 10 0
Poured out from a corked green 750 bottle as a caramel brown, heady from the get go, settles one thickly murked glass of eerie fogged dark opaque brown; what the hell is this stuff? Wow! Taller then an inch or so of smooth creamy and dense wet sandy brown colored crown. Settles down whimsically to a thin collar and fine skim; lacing in big spots mostly dripping back in slowly.

Aroma has a nice dark toffee/candied sense to it, earthy, lovely dusting of fresh and flakey/dusty bakers chocolate. There's a candy I can't quite place in there; black licorice maybe, or perhaps even those root beer barrels; what ever it is, it adds a funny but pleasing little candied spice. An interestingly complex and subtle nose that's really fun to take in.

Flavors are wonderful here, graceful, delicate, smooth, full , round, tangy, dark but not eagerly so, candyish but not sweetly so. A perfect melange of dark tanged roast and candy sweet malts. The chocolate dusting in the finish is absolutely outstanding. This is perfect in every regards of complex subtle layers in my mind. It's mind boggling; its seemingly simple, but as you dig in and start to enjoy; more and more things begin to wrok their way through and making the wonderment of complexities grow. Licorice notes make their way around the tangy darkish malts, bits of phenols float into the nose late which mix with a deep but lightly peppered cherry cough drop-like alcohol. Real late upon the mix makes some darker fruits of chewy fig and raisin. Drys out some in the finish with a semi-coffee roast, chocolatey dusted, phenolic whispers and more candyish things kinda tingling/singeing/burning. Again, that chocolatey dusting is fabulous!

Feel is undescribable, it has it all, and never less or never more then one thing or another. It's perfect! Full, tangy, sweet, spicy, alcoholic, creamy, smooth, round, dry, earthy, roasty, bold, sharp, and brash. Drinkable? You bet your ass it is! This is my first Fantome brew, so where does it go from here? Yikes. Great stuff!

Served In: Pint Glass

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