Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
01-07-2014 11:50:29 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
12-23-2013 20:37:33 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.79/5 rDev +18%
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.
09-21-2013 03:40:56 | More by MarioM
4.21/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
08-21-2013 00:47:30 | More by facundoCNB
3.76/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
08-19-2013 19:47:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.