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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
90
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329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 57
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1" foamy cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over cloudy honey-amber liquid.

S: Soapy, horse-barn funk, citrus, yeast, alcohol esters with grassy and earthy hops.

T: Lemon, horse-barn funk, yeasty, honey malt and a musty finish with grassy and earthy hops.

M: Dry with medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation, similar to champagne but more slick.

O: Not my favourite of the Fantomes, I can't get the image of sitting in a horse barn out of my head; but to be fair this taste does settle down as it warms.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another tribute to the subtle genious of Fantome. Even when they attempt to brew a beer too bitter for most people to enjoy, theystill end up with a balanced, complex, and approachable beer of excellent quality.

For all the hype on the label regarding this beer's bitterness, I would guess we are looking at APA level IBUs, maybe 30 to 40. But even then, the hop flavor really melds with the farmhouse yeast character so its hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. Brise Bon Bons is not you typical American hp bomb because it does not use you typical American hops (or hopping rates). Earthy, floral, peppery, and grassy. And really quite delicious. Calling it a hoppy Saison doesn't do it justice, but in the end that may be the best way to describe it. Maybe not as suited to the cellar as the flagship Fantome, but still a remarkable beer that I can't wait to try again.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a murky apricot color. More accurately, it has the color of an apricot and it is also murky from yeast that was free to flow from the bottom of the bottle out into my glass (and not, as you may have been led to believe by my previous sentence's construction, an apricot that is itself murky). The egg white head sits at a little greater than one finger. Tremendous retention. It's been five minutes or so and the foam shows no signs of dispersing. It would score even higher if it wasn't yeast-dreggy.

The aroma comes off as so bone-dry and hoppy that it shares more similarities with a Belgian Strong Pale Ale than it does the Saison style. Lots of crisp, green hop aroma backed up by estery-sweet yeast smells and a cracker-like malt base. Some soap comes across as well. A trace amount of funk, too; not anywhere close to the usual Fantome standards. But then, nothing about this aroma indicates that this is a Fantome beer. It's the most straightforward-smelling beer of Dany's that I've had yet.

There's a lot of green bitterness up front. Unlike, though, say, a Duvel, this bitterness doesn't taste hoppy so much as it tastes vegetal. Again, there is some funk to this beer that lends a slight strawberry-meets-hay element to the finish but it is a complimentary player, a situational spot-shooter coming off the bench. This beer is trying instead to highlight it's dry malt flavor and the way its crisp bitterness and phenolic character play off of that. It's a touch too boozy for my liking, but it doesn't distract too much from what is a surprisingly focused beer.

It's a touch thicker in terms of mouthfeel than I prefer my saisons, but then I also don't prefer my saisons to be 8% ABV. Still, the relative thickness doesn't take away from the pleasingly dry, clean finish that this beer seems to be all about.

Overall, this is a fine hoppy saison. It's very well done. And really surprisingly focused, especially when you consider that this is a Fantome beer. It reminds me of an improved take on what Dupont tried to do with their Avec Les Bons Voeux.

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Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.