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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Brise-BonBonsFantôme Brise-BonBons

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

273 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 273
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.3%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 06-11-2005)
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brewtus

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall skinny tulip glass. Pours very clear orange, three finger off white head that fades fairly quickly. Smell is lemony, hay, some fruit notes,banana, some orange. Taste starts off with some earthness, nice malt chaicture, Carmel notes, citrus, nice belgian yeast. The carbonation a is good, less than you'd expect from a fantome. Overall I am very impressed, this is different than the others I've had. It almost has the smell of an adjunct beer but has a lot of lemon and some funk. The signature fantome flavor is there but very subdued by the other complexities. I did drink this right out of the cellar, probably would have been crisper out of the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 00:40:41 | More by brewtus
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

i have heard so many horror stories about fantome. about bad bottles, about ones that dont pour because they have turned gelatinous, and all sorts of others, but i had always adamantly defended fantome, having never had a bad experience myself, but this bottle was my first. the look is fine, quite a bright color orange to it and several inches of luxurious white foam, bubble bath style. it has some yeast sediment, chunky stuff, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style. the nose indicates that this bottle has been light struck. how can such an accomplished brewery so focused on quality continue to use green glass? especially internationally. its not just these guys, but so many european brewers. seems a shame, and like such an easy fix. this is definitely a victim of that, or poor handling, or both. skunky and it smells a bit like feet, behind sweeter grain and slightly wild saison yeast. my issue is the off aromatic, which turns into a similarly skunked out flavor. stale almost, just not good. i would score a little lower, but i know it was a bottle flaw, not a beer issue in its own right, but this was not the experience i had in mind. its also supposed to be bitter, but tastes incredibly sweet while its in the mouth, and only gets bitter on the finish, after i swallow. i dislike it because it doesnt taste real good, but i also dislike it because it isnt what it claims to be. a real let down, but i am attributing it entirely to green glass and poor handling, im sure this is an entirely different animal at the brewery or in belgium, and i will revisit it when i am fortunate enough to get there.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:11:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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ERDoc

Belgium

3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Or at it seems like it could be...the rating is off of what I think it was to be based on everything BUT taste.
Bottle bought at the Belmont station in Portland Oregon. No date found or available when asked. So, buyer beware! I'm sure I paid too much for but hey, it's Fantome!
The taste straight kills it! Not in a good way at all either. Dooky! Pure funk aftertaste lingers like when your friend drops a giant deuce in your bathroom!
Too bad because its Fantome and they make great beers!
Wait... The label has a giant sumo wrestler on it!
I guess I can't say I wasn't warned.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 02:06:05 | More by ERDoc
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up a long while back. 2011 vintage.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a two finger white head that fades to leave a creamy half finger blanket with light lacing. Quite nice.

S - Aromas of light green apples, lemons, floral fields, nice light funk. Super super appealing.

T - Taste is not nearly as good as the nose. Showing signs of age big time. Sweeter malts, the citrus is there but replaced by harsher alcohol. Fruits way off in the distance. Quite the opposite of the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, nicely carbonated.

O - Overall, huge let down. So much promise to this only the have the taste fall flat. Ugh.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:18:51 | More by rudzud
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into proper Fantome tulip. Purchased at Henlopen Oysterhouse in Rehoboth. Golden, almost orange color with a fair amount of carbonation. Huuge fantome aroma...not surprising, but lots of noble hop presence. Flavor of slightly smoky biscuit malt, lots of noble hop, and classic fantome saison yeast. Its a bit sweet but finishes really dry - almost perfectly done for the style. Overall, its not my favorite Fantome but still wish I had more! As always, Fantome is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 11:50:29 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
No bottle date or vintage.

Appearance: Brise-BonBons looks fairly typical for a saison; with a lightly clouded bright golden-orange body topped by a massive white head. The head lasts fantastically well and leaves thick patches of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: I was a little worried about about this bottle given the recent talk of quality issues from Fantome, but the first sniff lets me know that this is just a good as the other Fantomes I have had and perfect for this hot summers day. Fantastic light citrus notes (lemon peel and some orange) combine with slightly musty yeast, a touch of dusty sack, grassy and floral notes, some pale malt, a little stone fruits and a touch of pear.

Taste: Given the description on the bottle I was expecting a fair amount of bitterness here, but both the bitterness and hop characteristics are very restrained (I wonder if this is an aged bottle?). That said, it is still absolutely delicious and I would be hesitant to change anything. Notes include: Lemon peel, orange, sweeter stone fruits, a lightly musty character, a little sweetness (honey?), pear, grassy notes and light meadow flowers. Even at room temperature there is no trace of alcohol noted.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is just about perfect for the flavour profile - light-medium bodied with just less than a high level of carbonation.

Overall: Brise-BonBons is a fantastic saison and was just perfect for a hot summers day. I could have easily crushed anothe bottle or two and will certainly be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 20:37:33 | More by Thehuntmaster
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MarioM

California

4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml Poured into Russian River stemmed glass.

A: Bright crisp and extremely transparent and clear. Yellow with a huge foamy head composed of mostly large bubbles from the high carbonation. Head dissipated rather quickly but will come back immediately if the beer is disturbed.

S: The aroma hit me immediately after popping the cork. Grassy, earthy, lemon like citrus, sweet along with lemon grass and that funky Famtome character that is so unique to these beers. In this one the Fantome characteristic on the nose comes through as a slight smoky, sweet, smooth almost waxy plastic like phenols. Extremely unique smelling beer and have no Idea how to describe it. SO complex and delicious but very very strange.

T: That Fantome smokey characteristic comes through immediately with a malty and refreshing finish. Very dry and carbonated. Earthy lemon-grass citrus is there and is not as hopy as expected but rather balanced and delicious. I guess it would be a tad bit more hopy compared to something similar like Printemps but mostly bitter on the finish and has a nice lingering bitterness that is higher than their standard saison. As it warms it gets so, so delicious and complex. A great, great beer!

M: Being that its so carbonated and dry it has a great mouthfeel and full bodied. Their base yeast (Wyeast 3725) is surprisingly malty and sweet smelling so I can understand its behavior even though I can't replicate Dany's work. Finish is a bit bitter lingering but also has a lingering malty sweetness that is very unique to Fantome along with light lemon like citrus character similar to lemon grass.

O: Man this is so good... A great example of what Fantome is capable of doing. This was a bit smokey but after a little while it becomes hard to notice and does not bother me at all, actually I quite like it. The aroma from this beer is so wonderfully unique and complex, extremely hard to pin point, which is why I love Fantome brews. Dany keeps me and my palate on my toes and that's how I like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 03:40:56 | More by MarioM
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a hazy dark golden pour with 3 fingers of foamy white head and excellent lacing left behind (slow dissipation). aromas of fresh cut grass, bell peppers, white pepper, lemongrass, coriander.. this is a very nice smelling traditional saison. wow - this is one tasty treat.. the yeast profile is very funky.. almost plasticky but not in a bad way.. a very strange belgian yeast strain with almost a bologna like after taste.. lots of spice (coriander, maybe some belgian candy sugar.. dark, and grassy hops) with an overall bready and sweet profile and a slight bitter aftertaste. a lovely enjoyable drink, medium in body with light carbonation. this feels very sessionable, the alcohol is not present at all, and feels light enough to be able to drink this 750 all by myself.. glad i am! definitely a good experience. my first from fantome, and i felt very risky after reading so many bad reviews on quality control by the company.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:47:30 | More by facundoCNB
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, plastic, smoke, and band-aid aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke and band-aid flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very smoke forward and whether intended or not works well for the beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 19:47:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appropriately enough for a Fantôme offering, Brise-BonBons is dressed in what looks like a ghost costume made out of a bedsheet; a white blanket covers much of the glass and leaves ghost-shaped blobs of cobweb-like lacing. Though an orange-gold colour, the beer is largely nontransparent due to its almost icy complexion.

What follows is an honest observation that, though written with a bit of humour, is meant to be taken entirely seriously. The aroma has more funk than George Clinton and owes much of it to a stark and pungent smell that strangely resembles urine... from an unhealthy liver.

Just as mold is repulsive and inedible except when it isn't (i.e, a veiny blue cheese), so too it goes in beer that, generally speaking, pungent and funky qualities are bad... except when they're good. Typically this is true only of lambics and other "wild"or bacterial-fermented beers, but it can characterize the odd Saison too. And Fantôme saisons are nothing if not odd.

The taste has that same acidic, urine-like dankness, a pungency that the homeless and dark alley dwellers will know well. It also offers, however (as the aroma eventually does too), more savory, spicy and fruity notes that include dried herbs, orange rind, straw, and lemon curd.

Still, the beer is distinguished by that mildewy farmhouse 'funk'. Its effects on the mouthfeel include not only the sharp acidity but also a tangyness that borders on sour. Curiously refreshing, it shows virtually zero of its 8% alcohol and has a dry, neutral, and rewarding finish.

Farmhouse ales have a chaos that is seemingly best controlled by Belgian brewers. Dany Prignon of Fantôme in particular has a mysterious way of summoning it and Brise-BonBons, perhaps more than any other of his offerings, explores the depths of this characteristic 'funk'. A very interesting beer that most people should find excellent, if not at least memorable.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 16:32:11 | More by biegaman
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml cap n cork bottle into a teku.

Pours a hazy gold with a 2" thick white head. Big clumps n trails of lacing.

Honey, bitter citrus, dough, pine

Sweet pale malts followed big very bitter lemon peel, slight spice, dough, more citrus and pine.

Different saison with the big citrus bitterness. Fairly drinkable and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 00:38:32 | More by kawilliams81
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kojevergas

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz green glass bottle with pressure cap over an internally housed cork acquired at Lukas Liquor and served into a Guinness goblet in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide fizzy head. White colour. No creaminess. No frothiness. Thin. Retention is pretty good (~4 minutes).

Body colour is an orange-copper. Translucent.

No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Standard fare for the style.

Sm: Funky, doughy, bready. Bready malts. Brett yeast. Some funkiness. No alcohol comes through. A mild strength aroma.

T: Doughy, bready. Funky. Clean neutral maltiness. Not getting much in the way of spices; maybe clove. Some bready malts. Light lemony citrus.

Lacks character. Balanced and enjoyable. I do like it, but it lacks the complexity and subtlety of Fantome's better saisons.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not oily, harsh, or biting. Nice carbonation; the bottle conditioning suits it. Complements the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I do like it, but it isn't worth the $15ish pricetag. I'll enjoy killing the bottle, but Fantome does far better beers. Nice but not great.

B-

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 04:57:04 | More by kojevergas
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spoony

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (label is notched June 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a murky, apricot/wet hay colored brew. It is nearly opaque. The head is a pillowy, two-plus finger affair of off-white foam. Retention is so-so and it leaves some chunks of lace as I drink.

S-The smell is a sweet for a saison claiming to be bitter, with banana, spice, candy sugar, and a touch of bread dough. There is a bit of spicy, grassy, bitterness, however, that provides some balance.

T-The taste provides slightly more bitterness than the smell, which is nice, actually. There is still a fair bit of sweetness and banana, but also a more assertive dose of lemony citrus, white pepper, grass, and bitterness. The finish is particularly sharp.

M-The carbonation is fine and champagne-like in its attack on my palate. It is surprisingly assertive and chunky, but it works here.

O-I'm not sure that this is the bitter bomb that the label advertises, but it is a unique and pleasing take on a saison. The flavors integrate well with each other and the strength is appropriate for the style. The feel is particularly pleasing and well-suited for the flavor profile. All-in-all, I enjoyed this brew and will look for it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 01:42:45 | More by spoony
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MinorThreat

Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've been burned by my last two bottles of Hiver but out seems in Denver Hiver and Noel are all we get. I was excited to see different Fantome at Lukas Liquors.

A- beautiful hazy straw gold with the best pillowy white head I've seen in years. Amazing retention and lacing.

S- ah shit, it's got a little of that skunky, band aide, and chemical notes I've before far to familiar with in Hiver. I'm worried.... the off smells dissipated a bit with a vigorous swirl or six.

T- very nice, notes of musty barnyard funk, white pepper, sweet cereal grains and bright lemon peel. The skunky notes are there but play well with the funk.

M- a tad oily but effervescent and soft enough to negate the slickish oily texture.

O- very different but very nice. It's less polished than many of the elite saisons out there but has a very rustic appeal

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 21:55:17 | More by MinorThreat
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jdamaso84

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Cloudy, citrusy looking beer that poured a pretty thick head.

Smell - Lots of fruit - apricots and citrus? - with a hint of skunkiness.

Taste - I was extremely let down by the taste of this beer. It had a STRONG "band aid" aftertaste that overwhelmed anything else that would have been picked up otherwise. Bad batch, perhaps?

Mouthfeel - Heavy and well carbonated.

Overall - Fantome might be my favorite brewery, but every once in a while there's a batch that delivers really bad off-flavors. This happened to a bottle of Boo! I had as well as a bottle of the 2011 Printemps. Sometimes something goes wrong in the brewing process and hopefully Dany discovers what it is and can straighten it out because unfortunately this bottle became a drainpour. :(

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 15:23:00 | More by jdamaso84
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains a bit before sinking down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and tiny spackles of surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind on the glass.

S- A bit of skunk and lemon and then bam: smoke. But, unlike the Hiver I'd tried recently, this smells like straight up bacon.

T- Light saisonish citrus flavor immediately followed by super smoky bacon. Has a peaty, almost scotch-like flavor. As the drink ensues, some yeast characteristics begin to show but the smoke just stays compounded on the palate. Yes, it's drinkable for the ABV, but the flavor is just off-putting for a saison.

M- Medium-low carbonation with a light body but I'm still getting some saison spritz out of it somehow.

O- Fantome's beers just leave me scratching my head wondering why I'm getting oak notes out of a saison when I'm quite sure it's unintentional.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 02:33:11 | More by Immortale25
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 036/477044
HF wine glass

A: Hazy golden yellow color. Three fingers of bright white fluffy head. Sticks around a while. Seems to be good carb aside from minimal pop on cork.

S: First smell I got was skunk like a Heiny, but that was just put of bottle. Once I can get under the head, traditional Saison funk. Barnyard. Hay. Pepper for sure. Some citrus, lemon. Smells dry, if you could say that.

T: Its actually very nice. You get some mild citrus up from, mostly like bright lemon. Then some of that spicy pepper kicks in. Grassy grainy notes. Dry wine like finish. Still tasting that citrus flavor. The label talks of a "bitter" beer, but aside from a little prickle up front it's very tame.

M: Medium body, but on the lighter side. More carbonation would help there.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 15:52:44 | More by inlimbo77
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale golden colour with a slight cloud. Head is off-white, light specks of lace but big, fluffy, generous look otherwise. Great.

Smells saisony, but sweet. Cinnamon toast with notes of quince, peach and raspberry. Horsey funk as well, oxidised vinegar, but all very well balanced to entice and uplift. A treat.

Taste starts off quite tarts, and gets even more so. Vinous with champagney notes, lemon curd, raspberry vinegar and of course that organic barnyard funk. Light spice notes, peach fruit and even guava. Vanilla comes through on the back, providing some sweetness late. Lovely mix, really as though it were deliberately and cleverly thrown together, but still with a rough, untamed edge.

A bit of pull on the mouthfeel but it works well. Nice and dry on the finish which helps to counteract that late sweetness.

Clever beer. All the right funky notes but patched up in all its oddities to make it refreshing and supremely drinkable. A memorable drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 05:07:32 | More by laituegonflable
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden apricot color, topped with a big white head, nice lacing.

S- Lots of fruit, a really interesting, inviting perfumey aroma. There's a lot of light fruity aromas like pears, orange, maybe some citrus and spice, but the perfume aspect of it is what really puts this on another level, I've never smelled anything exactly like it before and am having a tough time putting my finger on it, but it's awesome.

T- The usual and very nice Fantome blend of yeast, spice and funk. Has some tasty fruit and floral flavors along with a prominent noble hop bitterness. Floral and perfume elements are very noticeable.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with a dry finish.

O- Another tasty, fascinating beer from Fantome, and a real treat to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:12:53 | More by WillCarrera
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Algonquin, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Tulip

I found Brise-BonBons to be something like a Fantome take on a pilsner, an interesting concept. It was fairly clean in taste and smell, as well as crisp on the palate, but so are many other examples of this style. In general, I enjoyed this beer, but didn't find it to distinguish itself from many others in the style (aside from, say, a lesser ester/bubblegum concentration and more focus on German lager characters). Happy I was able to try it, but I would probably pick up a good pilsner or German lager instead of this beer.

Pours a 1.5cm head, fairly clean white in color, composed of medium and small-sized bubbles, with average retention rates. The head fades to a thin cap atop the body of the beer after a minute or so. Lacing is present, but modest, a few splotches here and there. Body is transparent, golden in color with visible, mild-looking carbonation. Looks pretty average to me.

Aroma is biscuity, from use of pale (pilsner?) malts, with very slight tanginess from wild yeast and bacteria. Perhaps faint lemon rind-like citrus characters, but I'm reaching.

Taste is, overall, remiscent of a Belgian pilsener: bitter, pale malts, pilsner-like sweetness, and marginal Belgian yeast character. Front of palate picks up bright, pale malt sweetness with slight European hop bitterness. Mid-palate notices more pale malt sweetness with balanced European hop bitterness and a bit of subdued pepperiness from, perhaps, Belgian/Saison yeast. Back of palate finds the bitterness more substantial, with subdued balancing pale malt sweetness. Aftertaste is of herbal bitterness, like fresh lettuce or chicory.

Beer is medium to medium-light in weight, with medium-high carbonation that makes this softly fizzy across the palate, that is, not harsh, mostly crisp. Closes semi-dryly, with modest stickiness across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 20:46:14 | More by falloutsnow
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml capped and corked bottle purchased from K & L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to share with Sam & Rich during our Fantôme tasting day.

Pours a very light and pleasantly clear golden hue, with a frothy, messy and rather sticky head of pure white, bubbly foam. Lacing is chunk and forms honeycombed patterns across the inside of the glass. Some fine carbonation, but surprisingly little. Body is quite light. It looks quite refined, but a little bit aloof, like it has hidden secrets.

Nose is smooth, classic and very pleasant. Slight green vegetative bite, with a smooth, rounded Belgian yeast overtone. Light, lilting citrus characters, with an underlying sweetness that gives a sherbet or fairy-floss undertone. It's really very nice, if lacking some real bang.

Taste is clean and crisp, with some mild lemon pith characters around the edges of the palate, and a direct, mildly bitter note through the centre. Some peppery characters come through on the end, along with the first truly earthy, rustic character—but even then it's quite subdued for a Saison; it comes through as a strong Belgian golden ale would.

Feel is light, but a little bit acidic: even though there's not a lot of tartness or true acidity in the flavour.

Overall, this is a really very nice Saison indeed. It's clean and fragrant and classic, and superbly refreshing. It's light, but it has subtle complexity throughout. A real winner, as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 05:10:52 | More by lacqueredmouse
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.30.12.

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a two inch off-white soapy head with good retention.

S - Lemons, light barnyard funk, wheat.

T - Subtle, bitter lemons and slight funk.

D - Lower carbonation and a light body.

O - Not overly bitter as I was hoping for. Pretty subtle all-around.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 05:23:44 | More by HuskyinPDX
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ehammond1


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

(Aged for 1 year)

Hazy yellow, golden, and light amber with a large, big-bubbled near-white head. Great retention and lots of cling. A very pretty saison, as expected from Fantome.

As with many other Fantomes, the aroma is a big collection of white fruit aromas: sweet, juicy, earthy pears, moderately tart green apples, and mild peach juice. There's also good amounts of barnyard, grass, and a little funk.

The flavor too has lots of white fruit elements, along with some citrus, barnyard, musk, basement, and grass. The funk is mild but complementary.

Medium to full bodied for the style, with moderate-high carbonation. I could drink a lot of this.

As with most Fantomes, this one's fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 16:53:04 | More by ehammond1
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1" foamy cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over cloudy honey-amber liquid.

S: Soapy, horse-barn funk, citrus, yeast, alcohol esters with grassy and earthy hops.

T: Lemon, horse-barn funk, yeasty, honey malt and a musty finish with grassy and earthy hops.

M: Dry with medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation, similar to champagne but more slick.

O: Not my favourite of the Fantomes, I can't get the image of sitting in a horse barn out of my head; but to be fair this taste does settle down as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:10:48 | More by DaftCaskBC
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brystmar

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden, hazy pour yields an enormous amount of thick, white head. Excellent lace and retention. Extremely dry champagne-like aroma with tons of esters. Earthy with abundant funky yeast.

Taste holds lots of yeast as well, hints of sour fruit, slightly phenolic. Much more boozy warmth than I expected as it descends, finishing bone dry. Body is slick, but lacks substance. Diacetyl?

Another fun saison from Fantome; always enjoy tasting these.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:35:41 | More by brystmar
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