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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 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 Goldorak
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murkish brown with orange overtones, the head was thin and white. A sandy sediment graced the bottom of my glass. Usually I'm not fond of this, but this one didn't look as bad as a few others with gross looking floaties.

Smell: Funky, catty, the hops were herbal but perhaps a bit skunky, but not as if the Beer was lightstruck, more like a strange tea you would get at a Chinese herbalist.

Taste: Very mineral, I'd even say metallic, like licking a spoon. I've noticed this in a lot of Fantome Beers but not as much as in this one. The taste in itself was of wet grass covered in dust, with just a hint of candi sugar. Maybe not as "bretty" as I expected, still another great Beer from way out in left field.

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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 andrewinski1
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Light orange straw color with a head about half an inch thick. This is pretty hazy.

the aroma is tart and bitter from afar. A deeper whiff gives some sweetness. There are some nice German hops in tue aroma.

The taste has some sweet bready with some candy orange. The finish is mildly bitter.

This is medium bodied with some nice soft carbonation.

This is good; It drinks like a nice Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very cloudy and hazy with a huge billowing head of white coming up and over the top. Really nice carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass and a light bit of sediment in the bottom. Light aroma, light spice, bananas and light grain, nothing really over the top here at all and very understated. The taste was a bit bigger, grainy with a light fruit hint to it, but still nothing that is terribly over the top. Good, but not great. Light dry finish with a hint of peach and pear as it rolls out.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Bradford and poured into a tulip. This one pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a three finger white head that settles to some sticky lace.

Real nice bitter floral hop aroma all throughout this one. A little bit buttery in the aroma with a little bit of funk. Good bitter hoppy flavors. Seems to have a little bit of sweentess in the finish here but mostly a bitter hop flavor.

The feel is light with good carbonation. A little dry. Overall prety tasty. An interesting take on a saison.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750m bottle for $12. This is a murky dull orange. The aroma is really strange and reminds me of FFF Rabid Rabbit. The more I sniff at the glass, the more I think of grassy hops. The aroma on this is truly odd and very interesting. The flavor is also very odd. Immediate juicy citrus and some pucker at the end. The mouthfeel really reminds me of drinking a nice juice. There is a very off heavy spice that I cannot identify but it seems to permeate. I really didn't think this was sour our tart but more funky and spicy. This is a complex beer that requires some attention, and its strong!

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Photo of craytonic
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty one, slightly light golden pour. Smell is slightly sour with an earthy funkiness, not as bold as some of the other Fantomes I love but still tasty. God body to it, similar to the regular fantome. Very enjoyable and I am glad to have tried a good bottle of this, last bottle I had was bad.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a nice one finger frothy head, nice lacing and retention, well carbonated, yellow golden straw color, slightly murky.
S- Refreshing wheat presence, grassy earthy notes, slight sweetness, slight apple aroma, citrus, slight banana, refreshing aroma.
T- Floral taste, really light wheat flavor, earthy notes, spice, banana, slight hefe wheat taste to it, sweet bitterness at the end.
M- Medium/light mouth feel, decent carbonation, easy drinkability, slight alcohol presence.
O- This was the first beer in the Fantome tasting, it was enjoyable and a good start to the night but nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml into tulip. The notches on the label are “b, c, June, 2014”.

A: The cork came out easy with a huge loud “pop” and the liquid started to foam up right away. Luckily I had my glass ready, but I did get a few chunks of yeast with the pour. The color is a fairly clear amber/caramel golden, and the huge foamy head is off-white or light tan. The head really frothed up with the pour and took some time to die down into a fuzzy and lasting film. The contents left inside the bottle continued to froth up for quite some time. Second pour was much more cloudy, as expected.
S: Interesting nose on this one. I get slight vegetal and medicinal notes mixed with sour fruits, musty yeast, nail-polish acidity and maybe some apple skins. The hops earthy are spicy with an herbal hint, but overall they are not especially fragrant. The nose is very musty overall, with no one scent dominating.
T: More flavors of hops than the nose let on. Luckily I’m not really tasting any of the cook vegetable/medicinal notes I picked out of the nose. Profile is musty cork, herbal, slightly leafy hops, and light funky tartness. This drinks pretty well, especially at warmer temperatures. I get hints of an almost boozy-like quality in the finish, but this beer isn’t that high in ABV. The aftertaste reminds me of fruit but without the sweetness, and there is a good dose of lingering leafy bitterness.
M: Very foamy but soft carbonation that kicks up on my palate. Medium body that’s on the fuller side, with a chewy, lightly greasy mouthfeel. The finish is lightly tart and mixes well with a decent punch of hoppy bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.
O: The carbonation and the nose had me worried, especially since the last four or five tome beers I’ve reviewed have been dogshit, but this was quite enjoyable. I don’t know if I need to buy another bottle, but I’d certainly drink this again.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml cap n cork bottle into a teku.

Pours a hazy gold with a 2" thick white head. Big clumps n trails of lacing.

Honey, bitter citrus, dough, pine

Sweet pale malts followed big very bitter lemon peel, slight spice, dough, more citrus and pine.

Different saison with the big citrus bitterness. Fairly drinkable and crisp.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - Brasserie V was changing over all of their tap lines at lunch, so we hit the bottle list

the bartender uncorked this sucker and sent the cork flying across the bar.

split; from notes

appearance: served in a belgian tulip - hazy dark golden body, layers of white foam

smell: a hint of skunk at first from that blasted green bottle - fortunately it doesnt last, or it at least fades. grain, noble hops, light funk, earth

taste: I'm not sure how I felt about this - I think I prefer the fantomes that are a bit cleaner with bright floral flavors. This guy is an ideal autumn saison with heavy notes of grain, leaves and earth, bread, cracked pepper.

mouthfeel: a touch of spice, a touch of funk, nice carbonation. no complaints

overall: good, but not my favorite fantome

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light saison colour with little white head. A saison aroma bit also cidry. Higher carbonation than I am used to from Fantome. Bitter, sour, acidic, coriander. Drinkable but not as good nor common as I have come to expect from fantome. Bold in your face as always though. Drying finish.Thanks Viggo.

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Photo of DCon
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this brew w/ mdvatab from 33 Wine Bar & Tap House in Lafayette Square (St. Louis), MO for $15.83. Poured from the Green, Corked&Capped Bottle w/ a sumo wrestler saying “Que veux tu casser, Noble Briseur?” on the front into a 0,47l New Belgium "Oversized Snifter" Glass and has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a good floral hop aroma and light spices throughout. Medium fruity background but no sign of any acidity or sour qualities.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that is frothy and keeps for good time. The body is a pale orange color, cloudy, and leaves good Belgian typical lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Has a extreme dominance of spices and yeast in this brew. No tart or sour character here (which am bummed out about) but there is a light orange and citrus taste coming from the hop I'm assuming. Bitterness level is low and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Spicy, and then once again has no signs of tartness or sour qualities. Spice and a good hop character are left on the palate.

Overall Impression- While having many Saisons this summer, they ALL had some sort of sour/tart quality in the taste and mouthfeel. While this one does not, I am not going to bash this brew because of the lack of this. A very refreshing beer and had good characteristics still with the fruit and spicy tastes. Will be checking this one off my Fantôme check-list!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, plastic, smoke, and band-aid aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke and band-aid flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very smoke forward and whether intended or not works well for the beer in my opinion.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a prodigious head that few but Fantôme
can produce; sheets of lacing all over the place

Smell: Unripe pear, white pepper, lemon and clove; very rustic, with pronounced herbacious aromas

Taste: Although there is a touch of perfumey sweetness that persists throughout, this is an aggressively bitter and funky beer; bready, with a variety of pear fruit flavors up front; the bitter spices pick up at mid-palate, with lots of lemon and pepper as well; after the swallow, the sweet, tart and funky flavors blend together but lean toward a herbacious, almost naturepathic medicinal flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy, and prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite among the Fantômes, this is an interesting beer, but the more I tasted it the less I enjoyed it

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Photo of Ego
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.99 @ Buy Rite South Plainfield NJ, no freshness date but this was on the distro's website as a new beer last month.. this should have been a caged cork, damn near ripped the screwpull out of my hand opening this one!

crazy exploding white small bubble head even on a gentle pour, lemonade suspension, fantastic lacing, this looks just flat out fantastic, period.

big farmhouse funk, lambic-like citrus notes, a little honey underneath ? or maybe floral tones? a drying mold smell is in there as well, as with alot of fantome brews there is a ton in there but nothing overpowering

damn so far this one has me by the balls, let's get to the best category already...

taste etc...
prickly on the tongue, medium bodied, first sip BAM you get hop bitters in the back of your mouth, a minor lemon taste coats the mouth fading into the aforementioned hop bitterness. This is good but not great, very enjoyable none the less.

worth a try, a little more flavor and this might be a giant killer, it is easy drinking and the 8% is felt only in the gullet. I would say for the money though the Ete is far superior.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a big white head that sticks to the glass quite nicely.

S: A strong yeast and funk aroma to the nose with some green apples, lemon zest, pepper, wood, and some mild skunk. There's a touch of grapes, and maybe some grapefruit or orange peel.

T: The flavor is quite strong. It's surprisingly bitter and hoppy for a saison, and particularly a Fantome saison. Fruits on the front end: peaches, grapefruit peel, and lemon zest. The back end has some skunk, alcohol, yeast, and bitter grassy hops.

M: The body is medium with a medium, lively carbonation.

D: I wasn't terribly fond of this beer to begin with, but it started to grow on me the more that I drink

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Photo of
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second Fantome, and a very different experience. Poured a hazy yellow color, with a monstrous head which took it's own sweet time to drop. Aroma to me was very much citrus, with some earthy/yeast (Belgium?) thing going on. Wasn't sure what to expect given the "warning" about the bitterness, but found it to be overstated compared to what we can get in IPAs. Taste was fairly bitter at first, but then the malt came through towards the end. After a few sips, even the bitterness seemed to smooth out. Mouthfeel was dry, but it just left me wanting more. A very drinkable beer.

I intend to try this one again, as I had an Eisbock first, and they don't pair very well.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dull and foggy dark hay. Solid and creamy, dull white, medium sized crown that stays put for a timely fashion. Big patchy sheets of lace lock into position as it begins to fade and be consumed. Not to mention one of the funniest labels yet to come out of Belgium. I know I could be a Brise-bonbons any given day of the week.

Aroma is of dry stale breads, farm yard wind, brisk, crisp, dry, leafy hops, and a big squeezed in sourness underneath of lime and tangerine skins.

Taste is bold and grabbing. Soft in the front, lightly sweet, kinda toasty, mostly paled in malt and senses a more radiant middle, and then the all or nothing crazy dry and bittered spicy finish sets in. Wowzaa, this has quite a turn into the finish. The dryness is weirdly unique with a dry, white peppery spice and leafy hoppyness. Notes of alkaline, rubber, dirt, lime, burnt pie crust, and chicken wire all make for some funky bite and bittering dryness. Never overpowering, but pushing the envelope plenty with its complexity and strength. Your buds will pucker with effects you may not be ready for.

Feel is delightfully smooth and soft before its drying canter sets in. Just over a medium body with a simple texture of lightly pricking carbonation. Remarkably easy to take in, that is until the spices and dryness take their place on the palate making you wait a bit more for each next sip. Tart and sour envelope glue notes also tend to grab some of the finish now that I have gotton through most of it. One complexing and distastfully chalk-like finish for sure. A tad extra bitter and dry for my tastes, I tend to favor the darker versions, and with a sweeter balance of malts, but this a fun brew none the less if your palate can take the dryness. I wanted to like it more but just couldn't bring myself to get past the parching, chalky, dry spicy finish. Not a Fantome favorite in my book.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

926th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
750 ML

Purchased at: Aloha Liquors, Carson City, NV

App- Much more along the lines of a Belgian BSPA or BPA. A clear yellow with only a tad bit bit of golden and orange. The standout here is the gigantic 3 three finger head on each pour. Big, bold, puffy. Just doesnt go away.

Smell- A good saison but missing a couple key factors. This was much more Belian Pale Ale in scent with a bit of earthiness behind it and a good bit of grass. The extra note in this one is I assume is Brett which some people describe.

Taste- Its a good beer. It's tasty and a bit earthy. Has a nice touch of some base grass notes and then flows into what I would call a mix of IPA and Hefe but not without the banana and some minus the clove. A bit more Pale Ale with some brett and some yeast.

Mouth- A nice little aftertaste. This was a good bit of dry with some wet grass feel. A medium low body with a medium carbonation level. Nice feel but lacking more pop or banana or clove of a top notch Saison.

Drink- Yes its a Fantome but it didnt grab my shirt collar as the original Fantome I had in Dec. did. Missing a couple segments of flavor with more of a pale ale vs saison feel. I love what Danny does. This needs to shift a little but its still very good.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a large corked bottle to a snifter the liquid is a light caramel color with good carbonation. The head is light colored fizzy, 2 fingers and leave some lace.

The smell is mild funk and bit of sweat caramel and some bready yeast.

The taste is good, mild funkyness is ok call it what you will this some is a bit like I would expect mouth balls to taste like. As sour it is not very as a saison it could be a bit more hearty. But all is all still a solid brew for the style.

The mouthfeel is good but a bit thin, the carbonation is good.

The drinkability is good, but for a harder to find brew there are better around. MK

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy orange pumpkin color with a huge head – pretty lacing. The aroma is sour and spicy. The taste is bitter and spicy - herbal. The mouthfeel is full – the alcohol is noticeable, but seems appropriate. This is an interesting brew that I find very inviting.

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Photo of brystmar
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden, hazy pour yields an enormous amount of thick, white head. Excellent lace and retention. Extremely dry champagne-like aroma with tons of esters. Earthy with abundant funky yeast.

Taste holds lots of yeast as well, hints of sour fruit, slightly phenolic. Much more boozy warmth than I expected as it descends, finishing bone dry. Body is slick, but lacks substance. Diacetyl?

Another fun saison from Fantome; always enjoy tasting these.

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Photo of joeack
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden yellow with a nice fluffy head. i was expecting a lot more funk to this one similar to Saison Dupont but it was on the mild side of the barn. Still had lots of nice fruit, grapefruit comes to mind. Was very drinkable at 8% and i would like to try this one again.

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