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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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321 Ratings
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 55
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 06-11-2005)
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Photo of silenius
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm finally getting around to reviewing this beer. I've had two bottles and each was incredibly delicious.

Pours a hazy golden brown with an average head. The core is a darker brown than the edges of the beer. The head foams moderately and disappears after a while.

Smelling this beer is almost as enjoyable as drinking it. At about 50 degrees farenheit it has a pleasant herbaceous hop scent to it with a bit of floral sweetness. As it warms toward room temperature, I get more smells. The herbaceous hops are still there, but they are joined by honey, bubblegum, lavender, and a hint of fennel. A great combination with no funkiness whatsoever.

Taste is a perfect balance of moderate herbaceous hops and the sweetness from the honey and floral malt character. Both tastes assert themselves and neither overpowers the other.

Mouthfeel is silky, thick, and slick.

Very drinkable. Too bad this is probably the last I'll see of this beer for a while.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Triple Karmeleit chalice. Body is a lovely gold with a thick sudsy head that lasts forever, leaving curtains of sticky lacing on the glass. Can see the fine carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smells sweet and malty, with a bit of earthy/grassy hops, and some tropical fruit. Very pleasant.

Tastes of bready malt upfront, sweet, and fruity from the yeast, with a touch of caramel, then a nice mildly grassy/earthy hoppy finish. A little lemon zest in the finish too. Neither too sweet nor too bitter, this is just right.

The body is moderate and the carbonation is fine. This has a delightfully creamy mouthfeel, enhanced by the sugars coating the tongue.

Overall, this is a delightful saison, a bit more on the sweet side than many of the other Fantôme offerings I've tried. But I am delighted with this one. Unlike the regular Fantome saison, which is more lemony, this one is more purely about the malt, yeast, and hops. It is intended to be bitter, but it is not tasting very bitter, just a pleasant mild bitterness in the finish. Nevertheless, one might prefer this over the regular, depending on one's mood, food, or weather. I'd enjoy this especially with bread and bready courses (like pizza and pasta), or fruity desserts.

Photo of badbeer
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden yellow color with a frothy white head, great retention and lacing. Aroma was slightly tart with some lemon zest to it, but don't you worry, there's more, you better believe there's more. Aroma is simply remarkable, cracked peppercorn, fresh bread, hay, some kind of flower I can't name, and beyond those, I'm not sure if I'm able to put into words what I notice. Taste has some tartness to it, just the right amount of it too. Many of the aromas are echoed in the taste with just a slightly spicier finish. Less than medium bodied, but not thin, carbonation was on the high side. Amazing beer. I need more.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Fantome beers, and this one has been near the top of my 'Beers I Must Try' list for a long time. 12.95 at Downtown Wines in Boston. The Flemish Sumo wrestler on the label alone makes this beer worth the money.

It pours an intriguing reddish, orange color with some haze and a dense reverse blizzard of tiny carbonation bubbles. The head is huge and creamy and blankets the glass in cream, not just lace. A sizable head lasts till the very last. The aroma is of granny smith apples, melon, lemon zest and a yoghurty acidity. Some herbal, earthy notes also fill the nose.

An expansive bitterness greets my tastebuds followed almost simultaneously by a sour, tart fruit flavor. Bitter hops and funky barnyard mustyness mix with tropical fruit and fresh sea air. The mouthfeel is thick and full with a messaging carbonation blanket.

This is a fantastic hoppy Beligan ale. Too complex for me to decipher with justice, and much too drinkable.

Photo of MarioM
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the best Fantome beer I have had, to date. This particular bottle has at least three years on it, perhaps closer to five.

A - It pours an orange-amber hue with a voluminous white head and good lace.

S - The aroma is caramel-buttery, alcohol, vinous grape and apple juicy. It also smells hoppy-bitter and possibly tart or sour, brett-style.

T - I am shocked at the taste; it is very much like red wine. Evocative of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir with aged hops. Very dry finish, again like wine. Slightly tart or sour, but again in a red wine type of way. Wow, there is so much complexity and delicious flavor in this beer that I am stupefied and at a loss for adequate description. I am gonna stop writing now and finish this bottle.

M - Light- to medium-bodied, the feel goes from initially wet to a dry finish.

D - Exceptional. Highly recommendable.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No dating on the bottle (no label either...), but from most recent batch. Poured into a Saison Dupont tumbler at cellar temperature while listening to Bjork.

A - Plenty of white head with a pale hazy gold body. Decent lacing and good head retention.

S - Tannins, slight resin, candi sugar, and floral/apricoty hops all highlight a bright pale malt aroma. Good shallot and blue cheese-like earthy funk manages to be quite expressive, but not overtake the beer. Mineral aromas help to firm up and round out the whole experience.

T - This beer was nice last time I had it, but not bitter even by Belgian-Beers-That-Have-Crossed-the-Atlantic standards. This is a much different experience. Nice assertive bitterness in the finish, ranking up with many of the other assertive Belgian IPA styles I've enjoyed (Urthel, Houblon Chouffe, Hopsinjoor, etc.). Starts out with a sweetness reminiscent of a lemon-shakeup, with mineral, leather, blue cheese, pineapple and apricot undertones. The funk builds and starts to overtake the sweetness towards to swallow, with a big earthy climax right at the swallow that helps intensify the hop bite at the end. Hops provide a nice grapefruit and pepper flavors to the finish, which is mostly dry and earthy with a slight sweet lemon quality lingering.

M - Slightly oily mouthfeel, with nice mid to full body and crisp carbonation. Right on the money as far as I'm concerned.

D - Wow, I thought this beer was good the first time I had it, but this was much better. This bottle I know is quite fresh (within two weeks of delivery to the store) verus the last bottle I had (no idea...), and freshness makes a huge difference in this beer (duh...) Another fantastic product from Fantome, best effort from them I've had to date.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle, Spuyten Duyvil (one of the 12!! Fantôme available at Spuyten these days) Amusing very artisanal label. Immense rocky white head raises above the delicious golden and hazy body. A gentle, soft malt background supports a surprisingly big hop bite for Fantôme. But what a marvellous hop bite.. Parsley laden herbal/grassy character with the typical Belgian floweriness, leafy and lemony, spicy and fieldish. The yeast brings a definite farmhouse character through its heavily white peppery and barnyardy covers. Very spicy, algae and oregano reminiscent, plus the usual inexplicable that, that day, made the difference between 8’s and 9’s. Medium bodied, naturally airy, expanding mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Surprisingly restricted acidity despite the hoppy leanings. Very attenuated and saisonish in its sheer essence. A real frontrunner this one, might even be an opus, I’ll definitely have to try it again, it doesn’t feel right that I rate it this high (comparing to the other beers I gave such scores), but there is just nothing I dislike in there, it takes what I like about beer and throws it in a bottle. Its looks and mouthfeel are far beyond criticism while the rest is just Dany Prignon playing with hops… sounds simple if you don’t know the man’s magic background, but those who do can imagine the results.

Photo of twelvsies
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This smells amazing. Big hops, in the Belgian sense, very floral, herbal, sharp, and dusty. Then, the array of oddness that is Fantome: very creamy, and buttery, with a nice fruityness, full of bananas and a touch of citrus. And a thick layer of the Fantome funk, which isn't so much "barnyard" as it is, compost/garbage-meets-moldy cellar-meets-sweaty sock. Mmmmm... doesn't that sound great?? Yeah, my favorite. Oh, I see I skipped over the appearance section, I was just too excited by the aromas flying out of this glass. Solid, slightly hazy orage, bright, with a big white head which settles to a 1/4 inch foam coating. Taste does not disappoint. Purposeful complexity. This is definitely the hoppiest of all the Fantome's I've had. Don't know which came out first, but this seems one of many Belgians that are bittering up their beers a bit lately. I like it. Adds a whole new dimension to an already complex beer. Contrasts the sweetness perfectly, clashing with the fruity bananas and cream boquet. And a nice, almost English style toffee, buttery butterscotch. Slightly oily hop resin finish. Texture is big and lush at first, but finishes dry and airy. Excellent. I've got a little theory going here. If the brewer was intentionally going for this, it's genius. If it's a remarkable accident, he's still a genius anyway. But it seems like this beer is really a hybrid of several different styles or approaches, from all over the world. It's got some big hops and nice "American" bitterness. It's got a sweet, fruity, banana spice vibe of the best German hefeweizens. And, a carmelly, buttery, toasty softness of a great English ale. Captures the essence of so many other great approaches to beer, while still remaining true to the Belgian farmhouse saison, Fantome style. Ball breakers indeed.

Photo of ccrida
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (with no cork, which I thought was odd) into a tulip glass (my Fantome glass is packed away but this one is pretty similar, though not as curvy), "Ball-Breakers" is pretty much a perfect looking saison in my book. Cloudy, pale orange straw, with a medium, creamy white head that was slow to subside to a thick collar, leaving some creamy foam coating the side of the glass and a little, widely spaced lace. Love it.

The smell is really nice as well. As with all saisons, this really opens up as it warms, so be patient if your pulling it from the fridge, and better yet leave it out for a while first. The aroma is chalky bi-carbonate and spicy noble hops, fresh flowers, tropical fruits, hefe like clove esters and a touch musty earthiness.

The taste is equally complex, and very good. Not nearly as bitter as the label would lead one to believe, but my perspective from Portland is undoubtedly different then Dany's in Soy. The tastes are similar to what I outlined in the aroma, it is tart and dry and very refreshing, a tad sweet but sour and super highly attenuated from the brettomyces. Damn this is good!
The mouthfeel is light and slighty effervescent, and compliments the taste in being very thirst-quenching. This really makes me think of the historical origins of Saisons, If I had a barrel of this to sip from all day I think I could really get into farming!

This drinkability is so high, if only it weren't so pricey. But man is it good.

Update: I had a second bottle of this last weekend (4/15), and it was very heavy on the CLOVES. Still very good, but the cloves were much more dominating then I remember them being in my first bottle...par for the course with Fantome I suppose!

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice clear amber orange with a white and frothy head which rose tall and fell very slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy and fruity with a very slight acidic sour note to the nose. The aroma contained a waft of alcohol that was at a low level and some spice combinations that were muted and interesting. The aroma was also lightly floral along with the fruitiness and the spice was peppery and nice.

The flavor was bitter and earthy with a really nice peppery spice bite to accompany the sizeable bittering component. The peppery spice flavor was worthy mentioning twice and it complemented the almost grassy and nearly resinous hop presence.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop bittering and spice flavor long and very pleasant into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and the carbonation gave a creaminess to the mouthfeel. The alcohol was restrained with only hints of a presence in the aroma and no appreciable warming post consumption.

750 ml capped and corked bottle. I've been waiting a very long time to get this beer and finally it made it's way to Brawley's in Charlotter where it was snagged. I gotta get more! $13.99.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peachy color with a very light and patchy coat of head over top of the liquid. Very active carbonatin cascades through it. Nose is moderate spicey and grassy noble hops. Good grassy notes with a light lemoney malt behind it. Smells nice. Flavor is full of grassy noble hop and fantastic musty barnyard notes. Nothing is too strong, but everything works really well with the other flavors. I like the balance on this one. There is a light bitter that hangs on the end, but nothing too lingering. Tasty. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Very good on the pallate. I really enjoy this brew. Its the third or fourth hoppy saison that I've had, and I think this needs to be done more often. Such a good combination.

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

Presentation: 1 Pint 9,4 fl.oz green glass bottle, corked with a crown cap. The unusual looking black, white & yellow label had me perform a double-take look tonight whilst literally chilling in the walk in cooler at one of the few great beer stores which I visit on a regular basis whilst spying for new brews. This sexy beauty was appropriately on the top shelf and once carefully lifted off I just knew it wasn’t going back there. Was this really a Fantôme?? Oh Yeah, the rarely seen Brise-BonsBons! Another whacky label is perfectly suited to this creation from Dany Prignon. This one is described in a rather long-winded way by the Shelton Brothers as a beer dedicated to “Ball-Breakers”. Typically Fantôme, it doesn’t need a fresh by, or born on, date and it is listed, like nearly all Fantômes, at 8% ABV.

Appearance: My Rabbit made easy work of the pristine Cork which extracted with a reassuring thud soon followed by a satisfying "thruppp" along with some light gray gunsmoke. The beer rose up the inside of the bottle quickly as it stood, in fact before I could remove the extracted cork from my Rabbit the foam was out of the top of the bottle anda quick pour was necessary. A thick rising off-white mass soon forms as the Brise-BonBons! is released from its captive container. Light hazed apricot body fleshes out with a hazed furry peach aura. Medium carbonation but the head has some excellent staying power throughout. Nice sheet lacing formed during each swig from the glass leaves a random assortment of patterns on the glass walls.

Nose: Not as funky as some Fantômes but it retains a resilient barnyard character which acts as a solid base for the aromatic hops and sour tangerines plus whatever else was lying around Soy’s favorite farmhouse at the time no doubt. Has a fruity dimension about it.

Taste: Gorgeous bitterness kicks this one off to a great beginning right from the starting stalls. Balancing effects from the yeast, soft fleshy oranges, some citric herbal spice and a dry sour middle. The finish is astringent, nicely hopped yet the backing malts never waver in their subservient role. Striking spicy hop licks in the end, lingering funky bitterness. Bloody great.

Mouthfeel: The conditioning is firm but the carbonation is low key, rounded, soft and yet undeniably perfect in its poise. No hint of any alcohol, all that is subsumed by the bitterness and dry texture which

Drinkability: Oh my, this is **very** drinkable….if it is supposed to be a beer too bitter for normal people and a ‘Ball-Breaker” – well, it fails. This one gently plays and caresses my balls, I just can’t get enough of this, it is an absolutely enthralling libation that I just could not put down. I enjoy De Ranke XX but this beauty has an even more attractive profile, soft carbonation and lots of “drink me” DNA. I could really go for another 750 of this one right now!

Overall: Funky Fantôme Finally meets some bitter Hops as opposed to the aged kind so often used just as a preservative in Belgium!! It’s a great blend too, and it works really well for me. A very bitter Fantôme, a tasty experiment that works extremely well….I should have gotten more of these, but I think the beer store only had one case and I it wouldn't have felt right to walk out with a Six-Pack of these, but I wish I had now. I don’t think they will last long on the shelves so do not pass these by.

At long last!!!! Another “bitter” hop laden brew from Belgium to join the incredibly small but very select band that already exist, at this rate we could be into double figures soon.

Impressive and Highly Recommended.

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Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.