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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 55
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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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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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Highbury09
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a very nice strong golden color with some slight orange hues to it. Nice white dense head is present that is a bit short at about 0.5 inches. It recedes at a moderate pace down to a thin mat.

S - Fresh funk. Nice grainy malt notes with some slight spice and a bit of a malt sweetness. It is pretty straight forward.

T & M - Starts off with some slight fruit sweetness. Pear and some apple. There is some nice bready malt and grain notes with a good mix of funk and a very slight tartness. The funk is tempered but very well represented. Nice Saison flavors. Seems to be almost perfect per the style description. Flavors are a bit mild and really easy to drink but still well crafted. There is some clove and some nice peppery spice to the beer as well. Mouthfeel is lighter with nice carbonation and great dry funk to finish off but with some nice sweetness.

O - Very good Saison. Delicious individual flavors that play well with each other. Fantome is definitely at the forefront of Saisons.

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

A- Pours a very hazy, dark, golden yellow with a nice 2 finger + white head that eventually settles to abotu 1/2 a finger and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S-A little bit of funk, but mostly citrus. A hint of floral hops also noted.

T- upfront is a bit tart citrus flavor with a hint of hop bitterness. This immediately fades away an showcases a Belgian candy sugar and sweet bready yeastness along with a hint of funk.

M- Big moderately heavy yeasty mouthfeel-good but not as smooth as I would have liked in this brew.

D- Another awesome Saison by Fantome. Its crazy how one brewing co. can switch up this style so much. The flavors of this one remind me a little bit of Brooklyn-Schneider Hoppfen-Weisse. I like it a lot and am excited to try the black ghost waiting for me in my fridge along with other Fantome brews.

Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped and corked 750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orangish color with fluffy white head. Aroma is typical of a Fantome brew with musty barnyard, peppery and citrusy smells. Taste is bitter with a lot of the same musty farmhouse flavors in the taste as are in the smell. I am really starting to absolutely love Fantome. They make some excellent brews and this is no exception.

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

Appearance: Pours a light honey gold color with a huge frothy white head that had great retention. Served in a tulip it took some patience for the head to recede enough to drink through. Heavy lacing as well.

Smell: A bold plethora of herbs and spices make up a complex aroma from which specific flavors are difficult to isolate. It is yeasty with that barnyard sour funk, spices, bread malt, smokiness and a touch of wood.

Taste: Again complex and muddled, into a beautiful array of strange earthy musty tastes on the tongue. The flavor starts off sweet with bread malt and spices with a bit of a bit in the back end like pepper, clove and alcohol but complex. The aftertaste leaves lots of funky herbs and spices on the tonsils.

Mouthfeel: It is a spicy Saison that is zesty and full of life, and yet soft and creamy, with a dry astringent finish.

Drinkability: I have not acquired the taste for Saisons past one. The style is one I enjoy best with cheese and then I am ready to move on.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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!

Photo of GClarkage
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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

Hazy, almost cloudy, caramel yellow with a fine, white head. Lots of lacing from this one, pretty much from start to finish. Interesting aroma - a combination of coriander, cider, fruit, citrus, bready yeast, with a bit of earthiness. Nice flavour too, with some apple and yeast, mild acidity, and more citrus than expected. Medium bitterness. Low carbonation with a lightish body. It finished with a bit of dryness on the palate. This beer was super easy to drink and felt lighter than it was. The mild yet interesting flavours made it quite enjoyable. Thanks for sharing Viggo!

Photo of LostHighway
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked & capped bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Portland, ME for $8.99 (+tax & deposit). The cork code reads 086/477044.

Served in a pint glass at about 55F. The color is around SRM 8, a cloudy, orange-y, light amber. Low carbonation but it holds up well.

Big nose with spices, some funk and mustiness (in a good way). Despite the description the bottle the hops presence was very subdued, mostly noticeable in the finish. This is certainly not "a very bitter brew". I don't know the Fantome date codes so it might be old with faded hops.

No shortage of complexity: citrus, spices or the impression of spices including coriander, clove and pepper, yeasty-ness, pear, and maybe a faint touch of green or sour apple. It starts sweet/sour but the finish is dry with that dusty quality many farmhouse ales have.

Mouthfeel is full and round. The alcohol is well masked but at 8% this isn't exactly a session beer.

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.

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

Pours a golden yellow with the slightest haze. tan/orange three finger head with some lacing.
Big nose of tart fruit, sourness, citrus..orange, some sweetness, yeast. The taste is funky, yeasty, a little sour, the citrus tart fruit comes later. slight dry finish.
The mouthfeel is light/medium in body. Active carbonation which is slightly prickly. Overall a very interesting funky saison, unusual and a fun drink.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 036/477044
HF wine glass

A: Hazy golden yellow color. Three fingers of bright white fluffy head. Sticks around a while. Seems to be good carb aside from minimal pop on cork.

S: First smell I got was skunk like a Heiny, but that was just put of bottle. Once I can get under the head, traditional Saison funk. Barnyard. Hay. Pepper for sure. Some citrus, lemon. Smells dry, if you could say that.

T: Its actually very nice. You get some mild citrus up from, mostly like bright lemon. Then some of that spicy pepper kicks in. Grassy grainy notes. Dry wine like finish. Still tasting that citrus flavor. The label talks of a "bitter" beer, but aside from a little prickle up front it's very tame.

M: Medium body, but on the lighter side. More carbonation would help there.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a murky tangerine orange with a foamy, bubbly off white head. There were tiny micro-bubbly carbonation streams steadily rising upwards from the bottom of the glass.

S: slighty yeasty, yielding soft perfumy notes of fresh oranges and lime. There was some herbal spiciness of basil and oregano as well.

F: yeasty, with musky dry oranges. There was a definite peppery spiciness to the flavor right in the middle of the palate. There was some celery and a slight grassiness in the finish as well a soothing light sourness of oranges lacing the tongue.

M: The mouthful was medium bodied with an oily texture, soft carbonation and a yeasty dry lacing.

D: Drinkability was incredibly smooth with a gentle fade of dry orange sourness leaving you wanting more. As always with fantomes brews, the last sip is as intriguing as the first.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of grover37
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Sam's in Chicago, they always seem to have a few different Fantomes on hand, enjoyed with one with DrJay, grub, northyorksammy, and biegaman.

Pours a cloudy amber, thick white head, settles to a layer, sticks, nice lacing. Smell is sweet, sour, cider, roange, and citrus, some funk, bit of alcohol. Taste is toffee, citrus, yeast, sweet middle, citrusy sour funk, bitter acidic finish, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. Fantome never disappoints!

Photo of Wildman
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't have a ghost on the label and it's from Fantome? Well, anyway, this beer poured a very cloudy yellow color and formed a white foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation was present. An aroma of hops, yeast, clove and pepper figured the most prominate. The flavor was of hops, clove, bread, and pepper. The pepper was also present in the slightly fizzy finish.

Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Beautiful copper color with a big, fluffy white head. Nice funky aroma. Interesting flavor with malt, hops and funk. Very earthy and hearty. Has a slight IPA quality and a hint of sweetness.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy straw golden with a thin white head.

S - Lemon, musty, bready yeast & spice.

T - Musty, yeasty bread with tropical fruits, lemon and pepper.

M - Crisp with low carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Smooth easy drinker and the alcohol is well hidden. A tasty saison.

Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into my Rochefort tulip...The beer pours super carbonated, a good two fingers off white head. A very weird texture and look, pockets of bubbles, good retention and lacing. The beer itself is a light honey gold, appealing color...The aroma is really nice, bitter, fresh, lightly sour, just like a saison should be. Light lemon, some nice yeast, complex...The taste isn't as complex but its still tasty. A lot of bitter hops, yeast, almost soapy taste. A very tannic chalky stick to your tongue finish. Pretty easy to drink, good full saison experience of bitter and sour.

Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not what i was expecting, but fun nevertheless. glowing orange-tinted straw color with a white head that leaves a good amount of lace. nose has a pleasant cotton candy/caramel sweet character too it that comes off brightly as well as lots of wild flower (chamomile? orange blossom?), citrusy hop goodness and lemongrass tea notes. the taste is soft, polite, flowery, citrusy, orange tree hop notes on a caramelly backbone with a touch of spice in the finish to bond everything together. minimal funk. soft and fluffy medium body. a bit of a hoppy/orange rind aftertaste, but not sticky. i've really been jonesing fantome, but i have to say, this one didn't do it. impressed as always with fantome, but jones not squashed. cheers!

Photo of spoony
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (label is notched June 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a murky, apricot/wet hay colored brew. It is nearly opaque. The head is a pillowy, two-plus finger affair of off-white foam. Retention is so-so and it leaves some chunks of lace as I drink.

S-The smell is a sweet for a saison claiming to be bitter, with banana, spice, candy sugar, and a touch of bread dough. There is a bit of spicy, grassy, bitterness, however, that provides some balance.

T-The taste provides slightly more bitterness than the smell, which is nice, actually. There is still a fair bit of sweetness and banana, but also a more assertive dose of lemony citrus, white pepper, grass, and bitterness. The finish is particularly sharp.

M-The carbonation is fine and champagne-like in its attack on my palate. It is surprisingly assertive and chunky, but it works here.

O-I'm not sure that this is the bitter bomb that the label advertises, but it is a unique and pleasing take on a saison. The flavors integrate well with each other and the strength is appropriate for the style. The feel is particularly pleasing and well-suited for the flavor profile. All-in-all, I enjoyed this brew and will look for it again.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.