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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 18 3 8 2009
750ml
$14.49
Binny's, Willowbrook

Fantôme's Chocolat is a farmhouse ale brewed with cocoa and chili pepper which means this should be just as interesting as all the other crazy creations coming out of Soy, Belgium. I can tell this saison has a haziness as I watch the stream steadily flow from the bottle. As it fills my tulip the body changes from deep golden to the color of a setting sun, bordering on both red and orange until the mesh beautifully. When backlit this sucker glows! The entire body is loaded with lively effervescence, tiny carbonation bubbles that crawl up the contours of the glass and explode from the bottom. Two fingers of perfectly white head sit atop before slowly falling to a thick cap. Sticky, although thin, intricate lacing coat the glass.

Wow! Each time I stick my beak in the glass I'm amazed at how uniquely delicious this beer smells. I'm hit at first by that one and only Fantome bit of funk. There's a little barnyard in here, damp hay, cobwebs, old dried out wood, damp cedar with a little semi clean horseblanket. All the noticeable funk tends to stay in the background while an amazing soft coca powder lightly coats everything else. If I take a deep enough pull I can convince myself there is some sort of chili powder in this brew along with a handful of other eccentric spices I can't begin to put my finger on.

Again, wow! This saison has really surprised me. I expected good but this is uniquely excellent. That mild funkiness that from the nose lays down a solid somewhat tart base. A few flashes of orchard fruits make their presence known but this is a beer dedicated to the cocoa bean. The cocoa in each mouthful is soft and earthy with very little chocolate character, which I like. A good amount of damp cedar comes through on the swallow. The other spices are mild and slide in here and there but never become overbearing. For an 8% saison this one is soft and melded together perfectly. I can't even begin to do this beer justice with my description.

While Chocolat doesn't quite have the top tier mouthfeel like other saisons it's not shabby in the least. I'm greeted with a light lively body that falls just short of airy carbonation but isn't far off. A lingering spiciness coats the tongue until the next drink.

This is out of this world easy to drink. The earthy cocoa does something magical to the underlying Fantome qualities I've come to love. Each drink leaves me wanting the next.

I'm surprised at just how good this saison is. Chocolat is a gem in an entire stable of gems. If you see this around pick it up and be ready for an experience. Delicious saison for the kickoff of Saison Sunday!

Reviewed:1/19/09

Price: $14.49 Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 04/29/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 10 16 3 8 2009
Thanks to Joey for bringing this one to La Bella on another Tuesday night (4/28/09).

Ok, this was a sneaky bastard. Joey took off the cap and popped out the cork and we stared at the neck of the bottle which was slowly filling with bubbles. The second we took our eyes off the bottle the thing started foaming and shooting like a geyser. We quickly poured into a glass and the beer was a milky, cloudy, and muddy brown hue with about a quarter inch of foam.

Light cocoa, chalky, and typical fantôme funkiness, hints of lemon, and lightly roasted chili peppers. Grass, white pepper, a bit of oregano, a touch of orange. Very complex and seemed to get even better as it warmed up in this department.

Some lemon tartness at first with lightly toasted malts, some cocoa, metallic, and herbal in the finish. Phenolic in the second half with some plastic funk.

Medium-high carbonation that stung the tongue at first, very effervescent which didn’t help the beer too much in my opinion.

Another weird Fantôme beer…still not completely sold on these beers but this one was very interesting.

Served In: Other

Review by tavernjef on 12/17/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 1 9 16 4 8 0
Opaquely dull milk chocolate brown with an ugly cast of grey-yellowishness to it. One uniquely, unappetizing looking beer. A huge bubbly head of crunchy brown foam grows up quickly during the pour as it nearly breaks out of the bottle with excitement, but nothing remains once diminished. Sticky pieces of brown lace speck the glass along with a dry oily film.

Aroma is all funked up with dirty sweat socks, grasses, flowers, sour grapes and yeast, fouled earthyness, turned caramel and marshmellow, and a tad of milk chocolate from time to time.

Taste is mostly soured and tangy with puckering lemonyness scratched with all sorts of funky yeasty sourness and bittering teathers whipped with grassy flowers, dirt, dung, hops, and one uniquely bittering chocolate thats more milky then dark and less candyish with just a smidgeon of caramel. Finish has a fun dispay of all these things dancing around in a spicy fashion of dryness thats more grassy/herbal then anything.

Feel is quite souring and actively so in that area of interest. So if sour is your thing this will suit ya just fine. Medium pucker, medium bittering bite, medium dryness, acidicness, hmmm, lets say medium, and a good amount of sour to keep it all together. Only the light chocolatey/caramel hints keep this from going completely over the top. Well, for me at least. Body, overall seems medium too. Definately a twist of Saison to a twist of Belgian Pale on a twist of more Saison. Its a tongue twister, I know, and so is the beer.

Not my fav from Fantome, and nothing like Black Ghost, which is my fav, but it has its own unique charm that grows on ya.

Served In: Snifter

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