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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
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304 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 54
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 06-11-2005)
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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!

ArrogantB, May 16, 2008
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.

craytonic, May 12, 2010
Photo of Ego
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!

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

nose...
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.

verdict?
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.

Ego, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Dec 19, 2006
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

dirtylou, Aug 17, 2011
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!

DCon, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of kawilliams81
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.

kawilliams81, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

doremite, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of LotsofLupulin
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

LotsofLupulin, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of jgammoniv
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

jgammoniv, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of sukwonee
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

sukwonee, May 24, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

drewone, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ms11781, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

cbnz, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

bsuedekum, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

beernads, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of stephensinner
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

stephensinner, Jun 02, 2014
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
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

womencantsail, Jan 01, 2011
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.

brystmar, Feb 02, 2012
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.

tavernjef, May 31, 2006
Photo of
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.

, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of FosterJM
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.

FosterJM, Nov 05, 2011
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

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 02, 2008
Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.