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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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177 Reviews
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Reviews: 177
Hads: 343
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 55
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 06-11-2005

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light saison colour with little white head. A saison aroma bit also cidry. Higher carbonation than I am used to from Fantome. Bitter, sour, acidic, coriander. Drinkable but not as good nor common as I have come to expect from fantome. Bold in your face as always though. Drying finish.Thanks Viggo.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a prodigious head that few but Fantôme
can produce; sheets of lacing all over the place

Smell: Unripe pear, white pepper, lemon and clove; very rustic, with pronounced herbacious aromas

Taste: Although there is a touch of perfumey sweetness that persists throughout, this is an aggressively bitter and funky beer; bready, with a variety of pear fruit flavors up front; the bitter spices pick up at mid-palate, with lots of lemon and pepper as well; after the swallow, the sweet, tart and funky flavors blend together but lean toward a herbacious, almost naturepathic medicinal flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy, and prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite among the Fantômes, this is an interesting beer, but the more I tasted it the less I enjoyed it

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Darrell at the recent Fantome mega-tasting. Served in a Fantome tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden color with a bit of an apricot hue. Nice white head with some ringy lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a good dosing of lemon and citrus plus a bit of light earth. Mild acidity to the flavor along with lemon and citrus. Almost like a Saison d'Erezee Ete-light. Light body with great carbonation. Winner all around.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a very hazy dark orangey color ale with a huge foamy off-white head with perfect retention. Aroma of funky yeast with a side of horse blanket is very attracting. Taste is a mix between some sweetness and strong malt presence, sourness and funk from the yeast are just plain great and the slighter bitter hops finish is very rewarding. Body is quite full and alcohol is well hidden. Another masterpiece in this brewery line-up.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunny mimosa with a splash of orange juice. The beer is lightly peppered with fine yeast and the occasional bubble can seen zipping up to a fantastic looking head. The alabaster colored crown, a study in Belgian beer excellence, is leaving one of the most extensive, stickiest lace displays that I've seen in quite some time. Whatever else it is, this is gorgeous beer.

The nose manages to meet the sky-high bar set by the appearance. It's different from any Fantome beer that I've smelled thus far, but still manages to smell like a Fantome beer, if that makes any sense. It's fruitier than most saisons and has a tropical vibe that I'm enjoying immensely. A whiff of yeasty funkiness is evident, although it's far from the defining characteristic.

Brise-BonBons! is wonderful beer in the wild and wacky way that only Dany Prignon can manage. A quick glance at the label tells me that he named it 'ball breakers' and intended it to be too bitter for the normal person to enjoy. Most of the hopheads I know aren't normal people, so where does that leave us?

I wonder whether this is one of the original bottles and is over a year and a half old, or whether it continues to be brewed and I got a relatively fresh one. It isn't overpoweringly bitter, so I'm guessing the former. No matter, it has held up remarkably well and is still much more bitter than the average saison. Assuming, of course, that a style like saison has any sort of consistent rules.

Noble hops are front and center, yet don't overwhelm the other members of the flavor profile. Lemon zest, lemongrass, unripe pears, tamed white pepper and clove make the biggest impressions on the palate. As with most all Fantome beer, Brise-BonBons! is dizzingly complex and its code is not easily cracked. Thankfully, I have 750 ml to try to figure it out.

Perhaps the best part about the beer is the interplay among bitter, sweet and tart. I'm enjoying letting them play off one another in interesting and varied ways as each (large) mouthful progresses. I have no idea what herbs and spices have been used, or whether any have been. I suppose it's possible that a killer yeast strain is responsible for the nearly limitless number of flavors, but I find it hard to believe.

The mouthfeel, while still good, isn't quite as wonderful as the rest of the beer. It's on the lighter side of medium and is nicely carbonated. It just doesn't have that buoyancy, that effervescence that I've come to expect in a world-class Belgian ale.

I wasn't too happy with my last beer from this brewery (Speciale de Noel). Thankfully, this one gets things back on track, reorders the cosmos to a place where Fantome beer is at or near the summit of brewing excellence. If I have one of the original bottlings, I hope to be fortunate enough to taste a more current batch. My balls are still intact, so I welcome the opportunity to test them against a fresh bottle of Brise-BonBons!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very cloudy and hazy with a huge billowing head of white coming up and over the top. Really nice carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass and a light bit of sediment in the bottom. Light aroma, light spice, bananas and light grain, nothing really over the top here at all and very understated. The taste was a bit bigger, grainy with a light fruit hint to it, but still nothing that is terribly over the top. Good, but not great. Light dry finish with a hint of peach and pear as it rolls out.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a big white head that sticks to the glass quite nicely.

S: A strong yeast and funk aroma to the nose with some green apples, lemon zest, pepper, wood, and some mild skunk. There's a touch of grapes, and maybe some grapefruit or orange peel.

T: The flavor is quite strong. It's surprisingly bitter and hoppy for a saison, and particularly a Fantome saison. Fruits on the front end: peaches, grapefruit peel, and lemon zest. The back end has some skunk, alcohol, yeast, and bitter grassy hops.

M: The body is medium with a medium, lively carbonation.

D: I wasn't terribly fond of this beer to begin with, but it started to grow on me the more that I drink

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy head, hazy golden orange peach color.

Nose has tons of fruit and Belgian malts, light candi sugar, bit of booze, light spices, touch of funk, bit of white raisin, brown sugar, ester, Belgian yeast fruits.

Taste has some esters to start, bit of booze, semi sweet with a bit of candi sugar, light spices, hint of anise, light fruit and citrus, white raisin, hints of aged hops, a nice light funk, saison, Belgian malts, spicy and tingly.

Mouth is med to heavier bodied, lots of carbonation.

Overall great, not as amazing as I expected but tasty, nice Belgian malts and hints of funk but I wish there was more, and its a bit estery.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
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.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy gold with almost no head even off a very firm pour. Nose is typical yeast but a bit more sugar. Nice earthy qualities on the edge there too. Flavor is very hearty and earthy. Somewhat sugared since it has a touch of a sweet edge to it. Feel is a bit thin. Not as "meaty" as I would have liked. Overall pretty drinkable. another solid saison from Fantome.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 06/25/11 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip. Unfortunately I do not know the vintage of this bottle, but I'm pretty sure it is very old.

a - Pours a clear orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of heavy bready malts and fruity malts. Very sweet smelling, and a little bot of cardboard. A bit oxidized.

t - Tastes again of bready malts, sweet fruity msalts, and cardboard. I think this one is a bit past its prime.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. A little bit creamy, but undercarbonated.

o - Unfortunately I think this bottle was past it's prime. I picked it up at a store that has Belgian beers cellared back to 1991 that also had a bit of a sweet bready/cardboard taste to them, so I'm guessing this bottle is 10+ years old. Going to have to try and find a more recent bottle to re-review/update, but I'd stay away from older vintages of it.

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

There's a sumo wrestler in a desert landscape speaking French. Whatever, let's drink it...

Hazed pale orange, brobdignagian bone-white froth, slowly settling.

Funky fresh aroma. Tart. Fruity. Lemons and apricots. Ginger and pepper.

Smooth entry on the palate, though the taste is entirely an odd animal here, utterly quixotic. A crazychop blend of spices and fruits, tart and sweet, zesty and tangy, and altogether refreshing. Bracing bitterness, who knows how much hops, swirling into the combined effect of all these other flavors.

Taste again: sweet, then sour, then mellow, fading, but citrus kick hanging on and lessening some...taste again: soft, sour, spicy, orange, mellow, cool, yum...
Taste again: lemon and spice, and super smooth.

A masterful, flavoful brew. A nice time spent with a bottle of Belgian beer.

(thanks to bditty187)

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Photo of jwc215
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork-capped bottle:

Pours deep amberish golden with a thin off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is of lemon with spicy yeast - as is common with the brewery, the spiciness is a bit tough to describe, but smells wonderfully refreshing - this one in citric bitter sort of way.

The taste is of lemon and citrus - bitter with some sweet and sourish notes underneath giving it a wonderful balance while putting the bitterness in the front. An awsome yeast strain adds to the complex enjoyment of it - spicy, slightly peppery breadiness. There's a rounded herbal bitterness in the finish.

It is super smooth and creamy. Light-bodied with a creamy texture and a refreshing effervescence help to make this dangerously drinkable. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

This has a nice bitter touch that is wonderfully balanced. Highly drinkable. Very enjoyable. Another winner here from an outstanding brewery!

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Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part one of Fantome tasting.

Pours 1 finger of white head. Great retention. Looks like a solid wall. Nice lace rings. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: I get a distinguished banana flavor. A lot of spice. Some clove and and coriander. A hint of barnyard, but it reminds me almost of a wheat beer. Some orange peel.

Taste: Bready malts with some caramel-like sweetness. I get a butterscotch flavor in the finish. Orange peel, coriander, and other spices. Hardly and farmhouse funk here. Wheat-beer like flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A bit fuller bodied than I was expecting. Medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and bitter.

Overall, a good Fantome to start the night out with. A lot of nice flavors blending together. I enjoyed this one. The bananas stuck out a lot.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Darrel and set up against a couple of dozen different Fantome beers one night in the woods outside of DC. We won't talk about the rest.

Beer is gold with a bit of haziness, lacing is good from this white head of small bubbles.

Lots of lemon / citrus in this one too, but not as strong as the blanche, earthy, sulfury almost like hops.

This was one of the "tart" ones, it is mildly sour with a little late acidity, i liked this one. It was very similar to the ete, which is another good one. I would have this one again.

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Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up sometime ago. No clue how old it is, but it is dated due to the discoloration of the label. Speaking of the label, this brew is a bit perplexing... the information printed on the side would leave you to believe that this is going to be hoppy and bitter for the style. More info on that later.

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into a snifter. The cork comes out with an alarming pop but not even a single bubble of carbonation is released from suspension while the brew sits inside the bottle. This beer appears a hazy peach to orange color. Some hints of orange are seen more through the body and creamy yellow coloration along the outer edges. More than a finger lightly off-white head swells as the glass is filled. The cap very slowly recedes leaving thick finger patterns of lace sticking to the glass. Pretty solid retention from constantly rising bubbles of carbonation through the solution. A swirl brings back a finger of yellowish stained head.

The aroma of this brew seems dominated by brett. It is heavy with notes of wet leather and earth. Under that is a bit of musty aspect mixed with some notes of fruit that are caught between an initial surge of something lemony and more pear-like. As more sniffs are taken, this brew starts to get a little grassy with a touch of grain inclusion that seems a bit like straw. Some cardboard notes are evident as I enter my second glass.

The taste is very dry and earthy initially with a lot of brett flavoring. Wet leather and must are the first descriptors that come to mind mixed with some dirt, grass and light fruit indications somewhat like pear skins. As more sips are taken, possibly a faint indication of cardboard is present but I am stretching here. Hops are present, not much in the way of flavoring but more with a pleasantly contrasting bitterness to the dry earthy quality of this brew. It finishes quite dry. As more and more sips are taken, it shows off a solid balance of faint caramel grain sweetness, earthy brett, bitter hops and warming alcohol. Intertwined inside this brew at times is a readily noticeable belgian phenol quality that gets almost to the point of tasting like clove but it doesn't quite make it there (if that makes any sense?)

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Very well rounded and enjoyable but not at all what I was expecting based on the verbiage on the label. The label reads in a fashion that would lead you to believe that this is going to be quite bitter and "ball-breaking." It fails in that department overall but I guess stylistically it does faintly reach the outer ranges of IBUs for any belgian made saison I have had in recent memory. Even while being consumed at slightly colder than ideal temperature the alcohol is wide awake and not hiding at all. I probably should have shared this one with some friends but it's too late now.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.

The beer appears very hazy and light yellow hued, with a finger of white head and some decent lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings citrus, funk, yeast, and a nice potpourri of spice. Brise-BonBons is a bit funkier than most Fantôme brews. Funky citrus with spice in the flavor. Lingering funk and yeast. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a tasty saison. Recommended.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/20/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped and corked. No date listed on the label. I think the cork said 2005 though. Poured into my Duvel glass. God I wish I had a Fantome glass! One of the few glasses that are elluding me.

Appearance- Apricot in color, full inch plus head. Looks pretty creamy and lasting. As usual, very nice lacing from the ghost.

Smell- Lots of stuff going on here. Not really and funk, but lots of other qualities. Powdered sugar, lemon rind, white pepper, clove and even bananas!

Taste- Nice typical saison sourness to go with a pinch of sweetness. Didn't really get the clove or banana in the taste, but plenty of lemon rind, powdered sugar and spices though.

Mouthfeel- Sticky sugary coating, nice carbonation level.

Drinkability- As usual, another very good beer from Mr. Prignon! I'll look for this one again in the future.

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Photo of Billolick
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was happy to find this one still available a few days after the Blind tiger's saison event. Gotta love Fantome on tap at the Tiger! Anyway, this one poured a cloudy dull golden, supporting a white head and leaving fine, wispy lacing. Nose was multi-faceted, pepper, must, barnyard, earth.
This one hit me as being quite sour.certaintly notions of lambic running around in this concoction. Sort of a lactic, yeasty, wheaty, saisony, Belgian taste missile. Nice peppery spice thing also going on. Tasty, complex, intriguing, not a beer for everybody, but I loved it. Viva Fantome!

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark orange in color with a creamy 2" head that lingers. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: muskiness, alcohol, and a bit of bitterness.

Taste: definitely wrapped in a big musky blanket, flavors such as caramel, tart green grapes, plums, green apples, and a strong spicy bitterness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, but provides some balance.

Mouthfeel: crisp and extremely dry from start to finish. The bitterness dominates the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very interesting beer that grew on me as the bottle finished. I probably could have had another glass or two in the session.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Small white head.

Smell - Herbal hops. Pale malt. Smells a little skunked.

Taste - Grassy and herbal hops. Aggressively bitter right up front. Pale malt. Doughy malts. Yeasty and strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I fear the green bottle skunked it a bit. Otherwise nice hoppy saison.

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

Pours a hazy copper color that is topped by a frothy, almost three finger thick, pale tan head. The aroma is sharp and herbal with a bit of grassiness thrown into the mix as well; it is purely driven by hop aromatics. Though as I get used to the aromas a bit of soft fruitiness starts to pick through; notes of green apple and a hint of pear.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, but quickly takes on a sharp hop bite that leads to an herbal, astringent bitterness in the finish. There is some definite yeast driven flavors as well, including a light, mouth drying almost cotton ball-like, funkiness. There is a definite fruitiness here that the hops are trying to drown out, but can't quite do: I get notes of tart apples, pears and perhaps a hint of sour plums. Seems that Dany did not make this quite hoppy enough, I still get plenty of Saison like characteristics, though it is certainly is hop dominated. There are quite a bit of earthy spiciness here with notes of black pepper, a hint of allspice, perhaps even a hint of nutmeg.

The interesting thing about this beer is that this was supposed to be an unbalanced hop attack of a beer, yet it is instead quite a bit more balanced than perhaps many American hoppy beers. The upfront, characteristic, Fantôme fruitiness, and that touch of earthy spiciness really balances the hop character, especially as the beer warms up a bit. A spectacular failure, indeed!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange/golden with a terrific fluffy white head that fades to a fairly substantial cap and leaves some nice lacing. The smell is slightly herbal up front, followed by a slightly sour lemon/orange tang and finally some herbal hops on the finish. The taste has the sour hit up front, thhe light citrus flavors, followed by the same herbal hops and a dry powderiness on the finish. The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, but also slightly chalky. The chalkiness increases as the beer breathes. Like all the Fantome beers, this is a complex and refreshing Saison. The addition of a fair dose of hops isn't a perfect blend, but its a nice change of place. Only the mouthfeel really suffers. Good, just not my favorite Fantome.

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Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.