Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 56
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 laituegonflable
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of brystmar
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another tribute to the subtle genious of Fantome. Even when they attempt to brew a beer too bitter for most people to enjoy, theystill end up with a balanced, complex, and approachable beer of excellent quality.

For all the hype on the label regarding this beer's bitterness, I would guess we are looking at APA level IBUs, maybe 30 to 40. But even then, the hop flavor really melds with the farmhouse yeast character so its hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. Brise Bon Bons is not you typical American hp bomb because it does not use you typical American hops (or hopping rates). Earthy, floral, peppery, and grassy. And really quite delicious. Calling it a hoppy Saison doesn't do it justice, but in the end that may be the best way to describe it. Maybe not as suited to the cellar as the flagship Fantome, but still a remarkable beer that I can't wait to try again.

Photo of Reaper16
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a murky apricot color. More accurately, it has the color of an apricot and it is also murky from yeast that was free to flow from the bottom of the bottle out into my glass (and not, as you may have been led to believe by my previous sentence's construction, an apricot that is itself murky). The egg white head sits at a little greater than one finger. Tremendous retention. It's been five minutes or so and the foam shows no signs of dispersing. It would score even higher if it wasn't yeast-dreggy.

The aroma comes off as so bone-dry and hoppy that it shares more similarities with a Belgian Strong Pale Ale than it does the Saison style. Lots of crisp, green hop aroma backed up by estery-sweet yeast smells and a cracker-like malt base. Some soap comes across as well. A trace amount of funk, too; not anywhere close to the usual Fantome standards. But then, nothing about this aroma indicates that this is a Fantome beer. It's the most straightforward-smelling beer of Dany's that I've had yet.

There's a lot of green bitterness up front. Unlike, though, say, a Duvel, this bitterness doesn't taste hoppy so much as it tastes vegetal. Again, there is some funk to this beer that lends a slight strawberry-meets-hay element to the finish but it is a complimentary player, a situational spot-shooter coming off the bench. This beer is trying instead to highlight it's dry malt flavor and the way its crisp bitterness and phenolic character play off of that. It's a touch too boozy for my liking, but it doesn't distract too much from what is a surprisingly focused beer.

It's a touch thicker in terms of mouthfeel than I prefer my saisons, but then I also don't prefer my saisons to be 8% ABV. Still, the relative thickness doesn't take away from the pleasingly dry, clean finish that this beer seems to be all about.

Overall, this is a fine hoppy saison. It's very well done. And really surprisingly focused, especially when you consider that this is a Fantome beer. It reminds me of an improved take on what Dupont tried to do with their Avec Les Bons Voeux.

Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of ChefCarl
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of hopsbreath
2.48/5  rDev -38.8%
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

Photo of stubens
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of VWBuggirl
4.52/5  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.

Photo of TulipSnifter
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  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.

Photo of mdvatab
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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!

Photo of DCon
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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!

Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.