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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 54
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
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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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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.

drabmuh, Nov 22, 2011
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.

ThirstyBird, Dec 01, 2010
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.

inlimbo77, May 08, 2013
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.

beerthulhu, Jan 30, 2008
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.

jlindros, Jul 10, 2011
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!

Viggo, Jan 18, 2007
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.

Wildman, May 05, 2007
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.

brewcrew76, Jul 05, 2007
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.

jrallen34, Jun 08, 2010
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!

timtim, Sep 11, 2011
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.

spoony, Jun 18, 2013
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.

DaftCaskBC, May 11, 2012
Photo of DaPeculierDane
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.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of blitz134
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.

blitz134, Jul 15, 2006
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
Photo of clickpush
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.

clickpush, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
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!

SaCkErZ9, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of rajendra82
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.

rajendra82, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of errantnight
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.

errantnight, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of Sephiroth
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.

Sephiroth, Sep 03, 2006
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

weonfire, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

seanthornton152, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Gonzoillini, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

sjstraub, Feb 26, 2012
Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.