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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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Reviews: 177
Hads: 343
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 55
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 177 | Hads: 343
Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML green Belgian bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Out of the many beers I've sampled from Fantome, this one was probably my least favorite... Pours a copper, amber hue with minimal head that soon receded and left a tawny, tangerine color with hardly any lacing but visible carbonation... smell was very spicy, spritzy, and loaded with citrus and pepper... taste was also hinted towards essences of pepper, lemon, citrus, buckwheat, and florals... a somewhat more bitter and sour version compared to other samples from the brewery that I've tasted... Not much of a sweet flavor present, and the strong pepper characteristic really makes itself known along with a noticeable floral presence and a powerful ginger essence... Overall, I really wasn't blown away by this brew, and this one seemed more of an abberation from a company that usually turns out distinct, and interesting samples...

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Photo of Crosling
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical orange Fantome color. Hoppy nose, perhaps the hoppiest, aromatically, of the Fantome saisons. Extremely herbal, dry, with a tea-like nature, salty noodles with a light touch of fruits in the aroma. Flavor is unbelievably juicy, with loads of fruit flavors, particularly tangerine, orange and peach. Besides the fruits, it’s very tea-like and very herbal. I find it to be very unique, especially for Fantome, because it isn’t tart, but rather hop and spice led.

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Photo of rallison
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muddy orange pour with a minimal white head.

Slightly acidic apple juice and yeast in the aroma. Sweet in the taste with notes of citrus and apple juice. Yeasty with funky characteristics. Earthy and farmhouse-y. Kind of a muddy flavor all-in-all.

Soft, semi-creamy body. Finish is lightly sour and semi-dry.

Overall, enjoyable but not worth $15.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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!

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Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with rajendra82 - thanks! Poured from a 750ml bottle with a cork under a bottle cap (1st time for that) into a tulip glass. The labels had good story on the beer and brewer but no dating info. It was a cloudy golden yellow. It had a quick fizzy white head that turned into a partial foam. Great lacing and tons of carb. The smell was saison with the fruit and normal spices with a huge black pepper smell added (guess it's technically coriander but seems more black pepper to me). The taste was kinda odd because of the pepper taste. It has the underpinnings of a classic saison but they are overpowered by the pepper. It's not bad but then again it's not very good either. My wife loves those black pepper potato chips and this right up that alley. For my tastes, it's a bit too much for me to really love this beer. I'll probably finish the bottle but really wouldn't seek it out again. If you love pepper then this is the beer for you. (3.5, NA-OIE, ML, N)

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of janubio
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml. corked bottle. Hazy pale goloden colour, good head, a white cloak is always on the surface and a ring clings to wall of the glass. As usual in Fantome, tehre's some barnyard smell, weaker than in other ones. There's also lemon, grass, flowers and spices. Palate is not (to me) as bitter as the description says, rough, lemon, vanilla notes?. Another good one from Fantome, though not my favourite one.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains a bit before sinking down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and tiny spackles of surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind on the glass.

S- A bit of skunk and lemon and then bam: smoke. But, unlike the Hiver I'd tried recently, this smells like straight up bacon.

T- Light saisonish citrus flavor immediately followed by super smoky bacon. Has a peaty, almost scotch-like flavor. As the drink ensues, some yeast characteristics begin to show but the smoke just stays compounded on the palate. Yes, it's drinkable for the ABV, but the flavor is just off-putting for a saison.

M- Medium-low carbonation with a light body but I'm still getting some saison spritz out of it somehow.

O- Fantome's beers just leave me scratching my head wondering why I'm getting oak notes out of a saison when I'm quite sure it's unintentional.

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Photo of ERDoc
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Or at it seems like it could be...the rating is off of what I think it was to be based on everything BUT taste.
Bottle bought at the Belmont station in Portland Oregon. No date found or available when asked. So, buyer beware! I'm sure I paid too much for but hey, it's Fantome!
The taste straight kills it! Not in a good way at all either. Dooky! Pure funk aftertaste lingers like when your friend drops a giant deuce in your bathroom!
Too bad because its Fantome and they make great beers!
Wait... The label has a giant sumo wrestler on it!
I guess I can't say I wasn't warned.

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Photo of rayjay
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dany: you really need to put a vintage tag on your bottles; I have no idea when this was brewed!

Huge pillows of fluffy foam over a deep straw-colored hazy beer. Looks great.

Herbal nose with alcohol, lots of malt, pancake flour, wild yeast, and a fair amount of hops. It possesses a strong herbal bitterness (not so much from hops); funny I would have guessed that this was the dandelion beer, but I guess there's none in this one! Chamomile tea, green tea, white pepper, pastries, grass, wheat, and orange chocolates can all be found somewhere in here. Oh, and theres malt and hops too.

The malt base may be a bit too big for this beer, because it suffers slightly from being thick and sticky. Drinkability is just above average, mostly because the beer is so unique; I found the harsh bitterness and zany flavors interesting, but they never quite all came together for me. I've loved every beer I've had from this brewery, but this wasn't my favorite. Cheers!

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Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy rust orange color with 1/2 inch of off white foam

S - aroma of candied sugar, lemon and other citrus fruit, wheaty bready smell with a bit of funkiness to it

T - sour, bitter dry taste with lemon zest and orange

M/D - crisp and refreshing but dry at the same time. Nice sour and bitter flavor

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Photo of tpd975
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice tall white foamy head. Very good retention and lace.

S: Lots of citrus, apple skin, and wet hay. Very light spice beneath.

T: Earthy and floral up front. Lemon and wine in the middle. The finish is very dry and hopped.

M: On the lighter side of medium, Nice prickly carbonation, very very dry finish.

D: One that should be shared. Not bad overall, but a 750 is just too much for one person.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz green glass bottle with pressure cap over an internally housed cork acquired at Lukas Liquor and served into a Guinness goblet in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide fizzy head. White colour. No creaminess. No frothiness. Thin. Retention is pretty good (~4 minutes).

Body colour is an orange-copper. Translucent.

No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Standard fare for the style.

Sm: Funky, doughy, bready. Bready malts. Brett yeast. Some funkiness. No alcohol comes through. A mild strength aroma.

T: Doughy, bready. Funky. Clean neutral maltiness. Not getting much in the way of spices; maybe clove. Some bready malts. Light lemony citrus.

Lacks character. Balanced and enjoyable. I do like it, but it lacks the complexity and subtlety of Fantome's better saisons.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not oily, harsh, or biting. Nice carbonation; the bottle conditioning suits it. Complements the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I do like it, but it isn't worth the $15ish pricetag. I'll enjoy killing the bottle, but Fantome does far better beers. Nice but not great.


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Photo of rudzud
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up a long while back. 2011 vintage.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a two finger white head that fades to leave a creamy half finger blanket with light lacing. Quite nice.

S - Aromas of light green apples, lemons, floral fields, nice light funk. Super super appealing.

T - Taste is not nearly as good as the nose. Showing signs of age big time. Sweeter malts, the citrus is there but replaced by harsher alcohol. Fruits way off in the distance. Quite the opposite of the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, nicely carbonated.

O - Overall, huge let down. So much promise to this only the have the taste fall flat. Ugh.

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Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 750 mL bottle poured into The Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Amber colored ale pours into the goblet with small-ish head that leaves an acceptable amount of lace. The ale is hazy, but there are no big chunks of sediment or yeast visible.

Smell: A musty natural smell is evident, as are undertones of fresh fruit and pepper.

Taste: There is a hop presence in the taste that quickly transitions into a funky, earthy taste that is as once refreshing and mouth-puckering. For an 8% brew, the alcohol is remarkably well hidden.

Mouthfeel: This ale sits very nicely on the palate. The spices and fruit flavors mix nicely together and give the ale a good feeling.

Drinkability: I think that this ale is very drinkable, although at 8%, caveat emptor.

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Photo of TulipSnifter
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy sunshine yellow gold. Paler in the natural light. In the light of the room it has a sultry blush on it like a ripe apricot. Nose is funky, musty and has a light touch of wood. Vague citrus, discreet lemon peel and gentle but sweet hop herbal. Malty scent to the nose is bland cracker. Taste is good except the carbonation is lacking. The flavors are all met adequately by the beer. Nothing too out of balance. The funk gains a kind of prominence it did not want because of the lack of carbonation. The flavors do no travel the palate well, they just sit there. Juicy middle, hints of spice.

Lackluster in general. Lacking in personality and in pizzazz.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Small white head.

Smell - Herbal hops. Pale malt. Smells a little skunked.

Taste - Grassy and herbal hops. Aggressively bitter right up front. Pale malt. Doughy malts. Yeasty and strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I fear the green bottle skunked it a bit. Otherwise nice hoppy saison.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

i have heard so many horror stories about fantome. about bad bottles, about ones that dont pour because they have turned gelatinous, and all sorts of others, but i had always adamantly defended fantome, having never had a bad experience myself, but this bottle was my first. the look is fine, quite a bright color orange to it and several inches of luxurious white foam, bubble bath style. it has some yeast sediment, chunky stuff, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style. the nose indicates that this bottle has been light struck. how can such an accomplished brewery so focused on quality continue to use green glass? especially internationally. its not just these guys, but so many european brewers. seems a shame, and like such an easy fix. this is definitely a victim of that, or poor handling, or both. skunky and it smells a bit like feet, behind sweeter grain and slightly wild saison yeast. my issue is the off aromatic, which turns into a similarly skunked out flavor. stale almost, just not good. i would score a little lower, but i know it was a bottle flaw, not a beer issue in its own right, but this was not the experience i had in mind. its also supposed to be bitter, but tastes incredibly sweet while its in the mouth, and only gets bitter on the finish, after i swallow. i dislike it because it doesnt taste real good, but i also dislike it because it isnt what it claims to be. a real let down, but i am attributing it entirely to green glass and poor handling, im sure this is an entirely different animal at the brewery or in belgium, and i will revisit it when i am fortunate enough to get there.

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Photo of jdamaso84
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Cloudy, citrusy looking beer that poured a pretty thick head.

Smell - Lots of fruit - apricots and citrus? - with a hint of skunkiness.

Taste - I was extremely let down by the taste of this beer. It had a STRONG "band aid" aftertaste that overwhelmed anything else that would have been picked up otherwise. Bad batch, perhaps?

Mouthfeel - Heavy and well carbonated.

Overall - Fantome might be my favorite brewery, but every once in a while there's a batch that delivers really bad off-flavors. This happened to a bottle of Boo! I had as well as a bottle of the 2011 Printemps. Sometimes something goes wrong in the brewing process and hopefully Dany discovers what it is and can straighten it out because unfortunately this bottle became a drainpour. :(

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Photo of pwoods
2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml dark green corked/capped bottle, purchased at River's Bend, poured into a flute. The dating thingy ins't notched.

A: Pours an odd orangish amber with raspberry hues. When back lit it appears more peachy necatine, lol. Very cloudy. I began pouring very rough about halfway through to try and coax a head out and was only rewarded with 1/4 inch of frothy disappearing head. No lacing.

S: Pretty funky stuff. More gym sock funky than sour.... which I guess is better? There is a bit of vinegary smell in the back and I'm surprised I'm not disgusted already, lol. Some juicy, fruity yeast esters are pleasant.

T/M: Lots of tartness. A bit more of the funky sock stuff. Tart berries make up most of the flavor along with more of the yeast. Nice, soft sweetness in the back. Body is light and carbonation is sadly lacking.

D: Well, it's not as bad as Compunction! Haha. Anyway, if you're into the funky stuff and tartness, then this'll be pretty easy drinking for you. If this was a 12oz. bottle, then I'd have finished but 750ml was just too much for me. It was a change of pace at least?

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Photo of mdfb79
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 06/25/11 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip. Unfortunately I do not know the vintage of this bottle, but I'm pretty sure it is very old.

a - Pours a clear orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of heavy bready malts and fruity malts. Very sweet smelling, and a little bot of cardboard. A bit oxidized.

t - Tastes again of bready malts, sweet fruity msalts, and cardboard. I think this one is a bit past its prime.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. A little bit creamy, but undercarbonated.

o - Unfortunately I think this bottle was past it's prime. I picked it up at a store that has Belgian beers cellared back to 1991 that also had a bit of a sweet bready/cardboard taste to them, so I'm guessing this bottle is 10+ years old. Going to have to try and find a more recent bottle to re-review/update, but I'd stay away from older vintages of it.

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Photo of hopsbreath
2.48/5  rDev -38.9%
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

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Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.