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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

301 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 54
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Khazadum, Nov 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

brandoman63, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring. Streaks of chunky lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of funky saison character along with some earthy hops, light fruit and zesty spice. Musty and slightly vegetal with hints of grass, straw and wet hay along with subtle apple, pepper and bready yeast.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a slightly creamy texture that counters that earthy/funky saison character. Slightly dry with some musty barnyard funk that's mildly bitter with some earthy hops, bready yeast, zesty spice and light fruit. Excellently balanced, complex and extremely quaffable.

corby112, Nov 20, 2011
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

CashMoneyVagrant, Nov 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

hyuga, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

vince4953529, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

926th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
750 ML

Purchased at: Aloha Liquors, Carson City, NV

App- Much more along the lines of a Belgian BSPA or BPA. A clear yellow with only a tad bit bit of golden and orange. The standout here is the gigantic 3 three finger head on each pour. Big, bold, puffy. Just doesnt go away.

Smell- A good saison but missing a couple key factors. This was much more Belian Pale Ale in scent with a bit of earthiness behind it and a good bit of grass. The extra note in this one is I assume is Brett which some people describe.

Taste- Its a good beer. It's tasty and a bit earthy. Has a nice touch of some base grass notes and then flows into what I would call a mix of IPA and Hefe but not without the banana and some minus the clove. A bit more Pale Ale with some brett and some yeast.

Mouth- A nice little aftertaste. This was a good bit of dry with some wet grass feel. A medium low body with a medium carbonation level. Nice feel but lacking more pop or banana or clove of a top notch Saison.

Drink- Yes its a Fantome but it didnt grab my shirt collar as the original Fantome I had in Dec. did. Missing a couple segments of flavor with more of a pale ale vs saison feel. I love what Danny does. This needs to shift a little but its still very good.

FosterJM, Nov 05, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly cloudy pale orange yellow color with a white fluffy head. Light wheat and slight banana notes in the nose. Sweeter start than expected, some alcohol notes. Some light fruit flavors as well. The bitterness kicks in slightly in the end but is not overpowering at all. Not bad, not sure I would call it a ball buster but its pretty decent.

kbutler1, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of ChefCarl
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful cloudy, nice and rich peach colored
S - Sour fruits
T - I may be crazy, or have an off bottle, but i get some almost burnt taste out of this, first comes some green apple then comes a wash of smokiness
M - Good carbonation, a slight sour note
O - I like it, it is definitely interesting!

ChefCarl, Oct 20, 2011
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2.4/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to sweemzander for the hookup here. I've never seen this particular Fantome in Oregon but apparently Chicagoland has a few on the shelves. In typical Fantome style, no date was notched on the side of the bottle so I really have no idea when this was brewed. 750ml bottle poured into a pair of Fantome tulips and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: Pale translucent gold body, big fluffy white head, spotty lacing. 4/5

S: Interesting nose. Funk, sour, lemon, skunk. 3.5/5

T: Definite Belgian saison yeast. Heavy on the cloves with a splash of banana. Fairly bitter as expected, skunked hop character is less than enjoyable. That might be my fault for keeping it in my fridge for a few months though. Grassiness and minimal animal bedding add some curiosity. 2/5

M: Semi-heavy, sticky, not great. 2/5

O: By far not my favorite Fantome. This one has faults at virtually every turn. Glad to try it, but next time I'll make a point to try it fresher. 2/5

hopsbreath, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of stubens
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich golden yellow, with a nice white head into a tulip glass.

S: Slight fruit undertones, almost sweet.

T: This is definitely not as dry as most saisons. The sweetness and the alcohol break through slightly on the aftertaste, but not overwhelming or unbalanced.

M: Not as thick and heavy as you would expect with the sweetness, but there was more to it than one would expect from a Saison. The carbonation does not overwhelm the pallet as it goes down. Very enjoyable.

O: The Brise-BonBons was a very enjoyable beer. There wasn't any characteristic that dominated. There was no over-powering barnhouse funk, just an smooth drinking, slightly sweet ale.

stubens, Oct 09, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a golden yellow color, almost verging on orange, with a nice white fluffy head. It has a nice low-key fruity scent that seems on the sweet side, I get strawberry mostly.

The taste is exceptional. The sweetness definitely comes through, but it isn't syrupy and fits the beer well as it finishes with a bit of tang. The mouthfeel is exactly what I wanted, not thick, but not thin either, and it has the right amount of carb to it as well.

Great beer, and I will pick it up again next time I find it.

VWBuggirl, Oct 09, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale gold with white head.
S - The smell is pretty muted. I smell a little funk but that's about it.
T - At first it tasted like pot. As it warmed up I got a little more of th banana and cloves.
M - It's a little sticky but might be pretty average. I prefer it a little cleaner and dry. To each their own.
O - Honestly, I'm getting a lot of skunked hop flavors. I've had great Fantome but this isn't it.

TulipSnifter, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to who brought this to the bottle share

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw like yellow with a fluffy white head about a finger thick that fades to a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very earthy, with spicy hop notes, yeasty, a slight acidity, with pineapple fruit notes, and a touch of funk.

Taste: Citrusy, pleasantly tart and earthy, yeasty and spicy with a little bit of that "Brett" taste.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium-high carbonation, refreshing and very enjoyable.

Overall: The saison I have souring right now would make me very happy if it tasted like this one. This is one of if not the best Saison I have ever drunk.

jamescain, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DCon shared this one w/ me at Wolf Public House.
Poured from 750ml bottle into New Belgium snifter.

Aroma: Honey sweetness, light cereal grain, subtle spiciness, some floral hops, and a bit of lemon zest. Aroma is a bit reserved compared to other saison's I've had.

Appearance: Very hazy, golden-orange body. Thick, white, persistent head of foam. Nice lacing.

Flavor: Spicy Belgian yeast aroma, some bretty funk, wheat ale sweetness appears toward the end. Then, a very subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High, crisp carbonation. Full body--especially for style.

Overall: While a bit sweeter than what I'd like to taste in this style, I'd say it was a decent effort by Fantome. Definitely a new twist on the saison!

mdvatab, Sep 22, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this brew w/ mdvatab from 33 Wine Bar & Tap House in Lafayette Square (St. Louis), MO for $15.83. Poured from the Green, Corked&Capped Bottle w/ a sumo wrestler saying “Que veux tu casser, Noble Briseur?” on the front into a 0,47l New Belgium "Oversized Snifter" Glass and has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a good floral hop aroma and light spices throughout. Medium fruity background but no sign of any acidity or sour qualities.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that is frothy and keeps for good time. The body is a pale orange color, cloudy, and leaves good Belgian typical lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Has a extreme dominance of spices and yeast in this brew. No tart or sour character here (which am bummed out about) but there is a light orange and citrus taste coming from the hop I'm assuming. Bitterness level is low and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Spicy, and then once again has no signs of tartness or sour qualities. Spice and a good hop character are left on the palate.

Overall Impression- While having many Saisons this summer, they ALL had some sort of sour/tart quality in the taste and mouthfeel. While this one does not, I am not going to bash this brew because of the lack of this. A very refreshing beer and had good characteristics still with the fruit and spicy tastes. Will be checking this one off my Fantôme check-list!

DCon, Sep 20, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by LSUPT. You're always finding a way to hit my wants Alex, thanks.

Split with my girlfriend in 2 Fantome tulips.

It pours a hay-like yellow with a creamy white head on top. Carbonation swirls around everywhere in this brew. Tiny legs of lace are left on the glass.

Smell is of slight alfalfa, brick dust, citrus, and hops. It somewhat smelt like a baseball field with the brick dust and earthy tones.

Taste is upfront with the citrus, lemon, and then it bleeds into the nice earthy, dry brick dust.

The ending flavors on this brew just coat your mouth with an insanely bitter taste for a saison. It's after taste lingers for a damn long time. Very creamy on the mouthfeel, or at least more than what I was expecting.

Another great beer from Fantome. Maybe my least favorite that I've had by them so far, but a B+ isn't bad at all.

DearthVader, Sep 19, 2011
Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.