750 mL, capped and caged bottle. Green’s, Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA, USA. Slight gusher on opening but nothing too great.
Fantôme is usually pretty interesting and I don’t suppose that Chocolat is likely to be any less!
Bizarre color on the pour, it looks like liquid Butterscotch, with a murky thin body (that’s why I gave it a “5”, not because it was particularly “good”, but because it was “exceptional”). The initially vigorous head does fade but leaves a thin film of foam on the surface of the beer and some collar and a little lace.
Nose gives away the usual farmhouse, Fantôme funk with perhaps an extra note of acidity (or is that simply a powdery, bakers chocolate that I get?)
Quite gassy without being highly carbonated, there is some prickle in the body.
With eyes open, the chocolate element is obvious (color), but with eyes closed it seems rather like just another Fantôme with one tiny exception; a little, tiny heat in the finish and aftertaste from the chilli. Drinkability increases down the bottle for me with greater and greater organic elements seemingly coming through. Still not much chocolate though, and that’s just fine – I wasn’t expecting a “chocolate” beer from the Soy crowd!
Interesting, and as drinkable as many Fantôme’s, but ultimately a bit of a novelty for me.