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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 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.

Phatz, Mar 20, 2007
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!

ChefCarl, Oct 20, 2011
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.

GClarkage, Apr 21, 2006
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!

DrJay, Dec 26, 2006
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.

LostHighway, May 25, 2009
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 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.

JoEBoBpr, Jul 18, 2011
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.

PittBeerGirl, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of benbazi
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

benbazi, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

(Aged for 1 year)

Hazy yellow, golden, and light amber with a large, big-bubbled near-white head. Great retention and lots of cling. A very pretty saison, as expected from Fantome.

As with many other Fantomes, the aroma is a big collection of white fruit aromas: sweet, juicy, earthy pears, moderately tart green apples, and mild peach juice. There's also good amounts of barnyard, grass, and a little funk.

The flavor too has lots of white fruit elements, along with some citrus, barnyard, musk, basement, and grass. The funk is mild but complementary.

Medium to full bodied for the style, with moderate-high carbonation. I could drink a lot of this.

As with most Fantomes, this one's fantastic.

ehammond1, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – This is a light, glowing orange in color and a bit hazy with a wonderful white, foamy head that didn’t explode but came out just right. There are a few floaties in there as well that make me want to gobble it up.

Smell – This is a big Saison smell. The farmy notes are there but not the focus. This is a bitter nose. The leafy Belgian hops dominate the bouquet and trump any mild sense of maltiness.

Taste – The hop flavor is grand at the taste but the bitterness from the nose backs off a bit. It’s mildly, and pleasantly, bitter on the tongue but strong with the leafy hoppiness. I don’t think I’ve tasted a hoppier Saison.

There are some fruits in here as well but they are walloped by the hops, especially at the finish. I can pick up some tangerine and a light grapefruit and maybe even some actual green grapes.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is mild in this medium-bodied Belgian. I really liked the bitterness level. It smells like it’s going to be a bitter bomb and even when you drink it you’re waiting for that bitter kick in the pants at the finish, but it just evens out throughout the profile and keeps you in that happy hoppy place.

Drinkability – I don’t think this beer could be more drinkable. The booze is unnoticeable and the big hop flavor is so smooth it won’t even slow you down. A session Saison? You bet!

RoyalT, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like peppery spice, earthiness, oranges, lemon peel, and some hay. It tastes like citrus (oranges, lemons), peppery spice, yeast, earthiness, grass/hay, pears, apples, funk and some bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, it's yeasty, spicy, fruity and good! I'd like to try this one again in the future. $13.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of dogfooddog
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw yellow with a moderate fluffy white head. have read about the photosensitivity of this beer, hope it isn't damaged. from nose, I am OK - very peppery, spcy, with a strong background of typical fantome barnyard nose, hay, leather, organics. Very appetizing nose from this beer.

taste is a bit smaller than expected, very peppery (a very common spicy taste in this man's beers), with the pepper actually dominating into the finish, keeping more restrained barnyard/saison-type character in the background completely. It is there, but heavily understated in this beer. overall aftertaste fades very quickly.

overall very nice, peppery fantome beer, but to me it seems a bit understated.

dogfooddog, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange/golden with a terrific fluffy white head that fades to a fairly substantial cap and leaves some nice lacing. The smell is slightly herbal up front, followed by a slightly sour lemon/orange tang and finally some herbal hops on the finish. The taste has the sour hit up front, thhe light citrus flavors, followed by the same herbal hops and a dry powderiness on the finish. The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, but also slightly chalky. The chalkiness increases as the beer breathes. Like all the Fantome beers, this is a complex and refreshing Saison. The addition of a fair dose of hops isn't a perfect blend, but its a nice change of place. Only the mouthfeel really suffers. Good, just not my favorite Fantome.

Georgiabeer, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of deapokid
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Fantome seasonal is lightly carbonated and beautifully bright orange in color. It has little to no head and only the slightest of lacing, giving it a wine or fruit juice appearance. Definitely intriguing.

Scent is a complex combination of blood orange, clementine and tangerine aromas with mild hints of alcohol and rind. Very strong and sweet.

Taste is tart and sour; lemon, pulp, lactic acid and candied sweetness are all on display. A smoky musk peaks out in the conclusion, as does plum and prune. The final sips take on a dry, bitter character. A strange and fascinating experience.

Although it's rather sour, that sugary and dry finish adds a nice balance to the beer, making it toe the line between sweet and sour.

I've never had a Fantome that I could stop sipping. The layers of flavor MUST be deciphered and putting the glass down is like interrupting an adventure.

deapokid, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of facundoCNB
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

facundoCNB, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Neffbeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into an Allagash glass.

A: It pours a beautiful pale gold with remarkable clarity. There is a monstrous white that hangs around for a minute and settles into a calm white sheet over the beer. I would say the re-fermentation in the bottle took off on this one as it is really effervescent. Spots of lacing line the glass in small patches.

S: The label goes into the "ball breaker" naming of the beer and the nose does not disappoint, massive aroma of floral, herbal hops. It is so floral it almost reminds me of bubble gum. There are notes of yeastiness and a bit of wheat as well.

T: I got this bottle from Belgium in December and this is the second one I have opened. Amazingly it is still really bitter and hoppy; floral, herbal and peppery. Some of the flavor hops have faded a bit, but not much. A bit of barnyard funk hangs around, but it is way in the background. There is also a touch of sweetness that hints at apples, grapes and honey, but that is quickly squashed in the super dry bitter finish.

M: Light and heavily carbonated, the feel is incredibly refreshing.

O: I love this beer, too bad I don't have more of this beer for the summer months. I have yet to be disappointed by anything that Fantome has brewed. Great beer, Cheers!

Neffbeer, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced a huge effervescent pure white bubbly head with good retention. Some lace. Love the color on this one.

(S)- A wonderfully dry and crisp earthy funk. Bits of lemon peel and a grassy, almost floral-like citrus.

(T)- A nice dry earthy clay quality with crisp lemon and citrus with a touch of spicy, piney hops.

(M)- A nice crisp carbonation level. A nice feel too of dry earth, lemon, and yeast. Minimal bitterness, though a much higher hopped Saison than your average one.

(D)- A great crisp and refreshing yet dry and hopped Saison for this humid and hot day. I still like their regular Saison the best still, though this is a great variation.

sweemzander, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of BeerHonky
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The usual 750ml bottle. Enjoyed at d.b.a. NYC. Poured into wide belgian style glasses, I wish we were given something more goblet-ish. Poured a cloudy, pale yellow with a very thin head that did not hang out for very long. Smells like a fruity, spicy farm field. Fresh outdoor smells mixed with some citrus fruit and spice. Like a fresh breeze off a muddy fruit field! Awesome. It tastes pretty much like it smells too but with a slight yeasty bread after taste at times. Nice spice flavor too...I'm picking up a dry pepper or ginger flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. A nice light, even carbonation gives this beer a nice refreshing feeling to it. Very drinkable to boot.

BeerHonky, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of cracgor
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber color. Transparent body with a cloudy just off white head. Carbonation can be seen floating up through this. Also leaves chunks of head to the glass. A grassy, wheat smell with some sour notes reminiscent of muscadine grapes and soda water. So I think this is supposed to be the Belgium version of Arrogant Bastard. It has the grassy/earthy feel I associate with Belgians, but a huge kick of bitterness in this one. It really isn't a hop bitterness. It tastes more like spices or char. It is an interesting beer. My only complaint is that it could be a little more balanced. Crisp and clean mouthfeel, no alcohol kick to it. Something I could enjoy year round.

cracgor, May 29, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden tea hue with some strong bubbles and a thick head and film during the drinking phase of enjoying this beer. The aroma is a mix of very light musty earthy and some classic Euro candies. The taste starts with a mix of very fresh cut, green grass, light toast malts, and Stygian hops. The middle is all about the candy. The finish is semi-sweet with that hop note coming back. Pretty easy to drink and went very well with my rare steak, German potatoes and salad.

scruffwhor, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

GreenMountainBoy, May 27, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Janeinma, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

SPRichard, Jul 16, 2012
Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.