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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Brise-BonBonsFantôme Brise-BonBons

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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.3%

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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 andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 02:24:14 | More by andrewinski1
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 02:03:31 | More by ArrogantB
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District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 03:03:07 | More by craytonic
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 02:25:28 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 07:36:02 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:32:35 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 03:39:23 | More by Ego
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 02:37:51 | More by Sammy
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 02:17:33 | More by brentk56
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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

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 23:28:37 | More by dirtylou
Photo of DCon


3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 19:48:40 | More by DCon
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Yukon (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 00:38:32 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 19:47:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 04:25:33 | More by womencantsail
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 01:09:43 | More by tavernjef
Photo of brystmar


3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:35:41 | More by brystmar
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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 13:55:11 | More by
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 05:13:08 | More by FosterJM
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 01:29:28 | More by joeack
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 05:55:51 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright orange with three finger head. Smell: sweet belgian pale malt with citrus muskiness. Taste: initially sweet that diapears in a nano second, holy shit that becomes dry. bone dry! In that nano second between pleasant malt sweetness and life sucking dryness is some spice and citrus tartness. Finish is earthy and full of bitter old hops. I like it! Carbonation is high and adds a nice spritz to the beer. Alcohol presence not noticeable at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 19:30:36 | More by oakbluff
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 06:23:59 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge off white head on a cloudy dark golden body (sort of orange). Nice decent size lacing which also sticks to side of glass.
S- Big helping of European hops. Lemon and orange scents. Some yeast in there too. Light spices make their way through too.
T- Big hop flavor. Slight tang to it (might be the type of yeast). Spices make their way through quite big. Also leaves a pretty big bitterness on the tongue. Lemon and light orange flavors are pretty big. Also a surprising malt background that is bigger than you would think for the brew. Spices consist of cloves and a few others, these also linger into the aftertaste too. There is one flavor that stands out big I just can't tell what it is.
M- Thin body with high carbonation.
D- It is good. Don't think it's one of my favorites. It is a decent beer though. I think that one flavor I can't pinpoint is what lowers it in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 03:07:40 | More by BlindPig
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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought to me from Capones by my dad....thanks, Dad. Pours a dusky, cloudy orange, not much in the way of a head, mostly just a thin film with a ring of bubbles around the outer edge. Smells of oranges, black pepper, jasmine flowers, and sort of a lemony hop freshness. Taste is distinctly lemony, somewhat sweet and grassy, some amount of tart orange flavor. Lemon-orange is what lingers. Medium bodied, a bit sticky. Drinks well, and fast. A refreshing, tart treat from Fantome.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 12:02:30 | More by aforbes10
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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweemzander for opening this one.

(A) Cloudy yellow that turns a bit more golden toward the top. It has a big foamy white head on it that lasts for a long while.

(S) Has a lot of citrus to it. There is a bit of mild spice. Almost has a sourness to it.

(T) What stands out the most is lemon zest. There are some spices but I can't pick out what exactly they are. Other citric notes linger and there is a faint hop aftertaste.

(M) It's a pretty thin beer and ends quite dry. Hit and gone.

(O) The bottle mentioned there were a lot of hops but it's not too big on hops. It's quite refreshing and is a drier/thinner saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 12:43:00 | More by cjacobsen
Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.