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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
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290 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 53
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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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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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 19:01:22 | More by jlindros
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 05:40:47 | More by Viggo
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Wildman

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 00:54:15 | More by Wildman
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 00:27:32 | More by brewcrew76
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jrallen34

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 01:36:36 | More by jrallen34
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timtim

District of Columbia

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:35:37 | More by timtim
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spoony

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 01:42:45 | More by spoony
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:10:48 | More by DaftCaskBC
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

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

Ball Breakers? I thought I ordered the little German chocolate candies beer…And why is there a sumo wrestler on my Belgian? I’m so confused by this bottle, I am unable to follow the conversation of my peers. Where’s the fricking ghost? He must be hiding somewhere? Did the Japanese guy eat him? What the hell is going on here? Oh yeah. The beer…$18 at the Map Room btw…

The bartender pops the cork and this thing starts smoking for like seventeen minutes. By the time I pour it, I’m wondering if a Jihadist replaced my beer with red PowerAde explosive or something. Then it pours into my glass all fizzy and aromatic of Belgian yeasts and hops and I know I am safe from the Mullah’s grasp. Plenty of foam now rests over a light apricot/lemon body.

An aroma of tangerines and strong grassy hops fills the air. Again I am surprised by this beer. Not much Fantome farmhouse funk here…The ghost has left the barnyard.

Mild acidity and tartness are overshadowed by hop bitterness. Hmmm…weird. Not very spooky or Belgian if you ask me. Earthy and pleasant. Lovely palate. I give this an A, despite all the stress and anxiety it has caused by surprising me so much.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 16:22:15 | More by DaPeculierDane
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blitz134

California

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

Only my second Fantome, the Noel was good and I've been wanting to get some more of these to try. Finally bit the bullet today and grabbed this and the Chocolate...

Golden straw color with some chill haze. Tight white head. Quickly rose to an inch and a half but settles down to a nice quarter inch cap.

Aroma definately has the typical saison notes. Spicy white pepper, corriander and cloves, some straw and grass. Funkiness comes in as well, not a dirty smell at all, a "clean" funk, very Belgian like in this regard.

Taste is pretty amazing, its all over the place and what I expect from Fantome. Starts out funky with some earthy sourness. Then a bit of tartness comes in (not like a lambic, this is subdued). A strong malty backbone, almost toasted, carries this one through. When it was colder more of the corriander and pepper spices were evident but as it warms more of the pasture, barnyard funkiness lingers on with some alkaline notes. Finish is dry in either case and has a chalky bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. I usually expect a thinner mouthfeel from this style but this one is stepped up a bit. Initially carbonation made this one really crisp but the warmth makes it fuller in the body as it slides down the tongue. Flavor and bitterness really linger allowing the funk to really hang in there.

Good drinkability. Not a sipper but still too heavy to really put down quickly. This was as expected and hits the spot when the farmhouse flavors are desired. There is a ton in the flavor but doesn't seem to ever overdo it in any one aspect, nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 03:40:00 | More by blitz134
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 12:09:50 | More by Thorpe429
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle w/ BA deeplennon at Toronado for $19.75. A gold apricot hued beer topped by a loose white head tumbled from the bottle into my tulip glass. Plenty of bubbles throughout the beer and a glimpse of fog in the body that gives away the bottle conditioning. The smell is dry and complex, lots of wild yeast aroma, herbal and fruity, and the flavor is more of the same, though admittedly a bit less complex. The malts really blossom over the course of a half hour as the brew warms up. Sweet presence up front with some light fruit character gives way to an herbal, nutty, dry finish that also carries a nice dose of tartness, so exclusive to the saison style. The mouthfeel was a bit too explosive, as the beer foamed immediately upon entering the mouth and was not able to keep its form... this seemed to ease up though as it decanted in the glass.

A beer very much enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 20:56:36 | More by clickpush
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 1pt 9.4fl oz corked and capped bottle. The label is adorned with a fat dude, maybe sumo, uttering the words "Que veux tu casser, Noble Briseur?", whatever that means.

Pours a cloudy iced tea color with a huge head, about 4 inches worth, into my La Chouffe tulip glass. Pretty dense and sticky.

Aroma is slightly musty and sour.

Flavor is matly with hints of hops. A little bit of sourness in there as well. Pretty balanced as far as bitterness, sourness, and sweetness. Saison really isnt my favorite style but this one seems pretty good to me. Drinkability seems pretty high considering the 8% abv. Alcohol isnt even noticeable.

Nearly full bodied with a nice twang. A pretty good beer overall. Not my favorite style, but this is my favorite beer in this style. Maybe the guy on the bottle got fat from drinking this all day!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 20:26:11 | More by SaCkErZ9
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The front label on this green bomber of this Fantôme did not feature the signature ghost. Instead a Sumo wrestler speaking French was shown. The back label did feature the ghost beside the product description. he beer pored out clear, golden, and only had a medium sized head despite using a Duvel tulip. The lacing however was quite good. The smell was classic Saison with a mingling of the aromas of funky brettanomyces, earthy yeast, and biscuity malt. However there was also a faint whiff of hops in the air. The taste was smooth and mellow, and seemed simple at first, until I tried to peel apart the layers. The cohesive flavor was comprised of sweet, sour, bitter, and earthy elements in a delicate balance. Farmhouse origins were clear in the rough hewn oak flavor and bracing sourness. Unlike most other Saisons, there was little spiciness here. Instead of that the balance was achieved by muted but noticeable hop presence. Not as bracingly hoppy as the American interpretation of the style, but a lot drier than those beers, so the hops were more noticeable here that they otherwise would have been. Not quite a ball-breaker the label promised, but a fantastic beer anyway. Only downside was the thin body. A couple of more percent ABV would have made this that much more memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 03:26:32 | More by rajendra82
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errantnight

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hey, it's a new Fantome to love, alongside Hiver and the regular! That said, this was a less than perfect bottle, and has to be scored as such.

Into my Bruery tulip we go... pours a nice rich, pale orange/gold with spotty head forming. A bit limp on the carbonation side leaves a bit of an uneven look. Was looking for a bit more.

But not more on the nose. Really this is right there with any great Belgian beer I've ever had. A rich, full, dense, complex sensory experience that is really awe-inspiring. Big grapefruit front leads to a delicate blend of fruits and spices and earthiness, there's hints of hop aroma trending floral and earthy, funky brett notes pumping up the grapefruit and sweaty horse, delicate esters and phenols from the yeast. A bit of toasty, bready sweetness as a layered base. Just perfect.

The taste falls a bit flat, unfortunately, and the culprit is the carbonation. Everything rolls in on the same ridiculous platter of awesomeness that the aroma is built on, but it glides to quickly over the tongue, a water-y thinness pervades and leaves one searching. The breadiness is brought out a bit more, the balance of hop bitterness to residual sweetness is grand, but it's a bit thin and underperforming what it could be, and there's a bit of a hint of cardboard at the end.

I'd still buy bottles if they were all like this, but knowing there must be others with proper carbonation out there... I feel comfortable saying that subsequent reviews will place this in my upper echelon of personal favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 23:02:57 | More by errantnight
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 14:07:34 | More by Gavage
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Sephiroth

Indiana

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

Cork begins to come out as soon as I pull the cap off. Pours with furious carbonation, huge head leaves decent lace. Body is a cloudy straw color. Smells kinda hoppy in a European way, with some spices. Slight barnyard characteristics.

Tastes refreshing, with tart fruits dominating, barnyard comes in at the end, with light hops. Mouthfeel is a bit more full than I am used to for Fantome. Plenty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 18:44:47 | More by Sephiroth
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seanthornton152

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-17-2014 21:28:03 | More by seanthornton152
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-01-2014 02:38:40 | More by Gonzoillini
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-26-2012 04:40:45 | More by sjstraub
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claaark13

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-07-2012 02:25:44 | More by claaark13
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MarkJBurch

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-30-2013 10:13:54 | More by MarkJBurch
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hyuga

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-15-2011 06:02:33 | More by hyuga
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ddedhed

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-06-2014 16:06:03 | More by ddedhed
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OnryAndMean

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-14-2014 22:26:25 | More by OnryAndMean
Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.