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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 53
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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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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vince4953529

California

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-15-2011 04:27:54 | More by vince4953529
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2011 00:24:36 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.

The beer appears very hazy and light yellow hued, with a finger of white head and some decent lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings citrus, funk, yeast, and a nice potpourri of spice. Brise-BonBons is a bit funkier than most Fantôme brews. Funky citrus with spice in the flavor. Lingering funk and yeast. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a tasty saison. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 03:38:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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FosterJM

California

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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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly cloudy pale orange yellow color with a white fluffy head. Light wheat and slight banana notes in the nose. Sweeter start than expected, some alcohol notes. Some light fruit flavors as well. The bitterness kicks in slightly in the end but is not overpowering at all. Not bad, not sure I would call it a ball buster but its pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 01:03:37 | More by kbutler1
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ChefCarl

British Columbia (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 06:07:09 | More by ChefCarl
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hopsbreath

Oregon

2.4/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to sweemzander for the hookup here. I've never seen this particular Fantome in Oregon but apparently Chicagoland has a few on the shelves. In typical Fantome style, no date was notched on the side of the bottle so I really have no idea when this was brewed. 750ml bottle poured into a pair of Fantome tulips and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: Pale translucent gold body, big fluffy white head, spotty lacing. 4/5

S: Interesting nose. Funk, sour, lemon, skunk. 3.5/5

T: Definite Belgian saison yeast. Heavy on the cloves with a splash of banana. Fairly bitter as expected, skunked hop character is less than enjoyable. That might be my fault for keeping it in my fridge for a few months though. Grassiness and minimal animal bedding add some curiosity. 2/5

M: Semi-heavy, sticky, not great. 2/5

O: By far not my favorite Fantome. This one has faults at virtually every turn. Glad to try it, but next time I'll make a point to try it fresher. 2/5

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 10:55:06 | More by hopsbreath
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stubens

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich golden yellow, with a nice white head into a tulip glass.

S: Slight fruit undertones, almost sweet.

T: This is definitely not as dry as most saisons. The sweetness and the alcohol break through slightly on the aftertaste, but not overwhelming or unbalanced.

M: Not as thick and heavy as you would expect with the sweetness, but there was more to it than one would expect from a Saison. The carbonation does not overwhelm the pallet as it goes down. Very enjoyable.

O: The Brise-BonBons was a very enjoyable beer. There wasn't any characteristic that dominated. There was no over-powering barnhouse funk, just an smooth drinking, slightly sweet ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 00:41:18 | More by stubens
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VWBuggirl

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a golden yellow color, almost verging on orange, with a nice white fluffy head. It has a nice low-key fruity scent that seems on the sweet side, I get strawberry mostly.

The taste is exceptional. The sweetness definitely comes through, but it isn't syrupy and fits the beer well as it finishes with a bit of tang. The mouthfeel is exactly what I wanted, not thick, but not thin either, and it has the right amount of carb to it as well.

Great beer, and I will pick it up again next time I find it.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 00:33:49 | More by VWBuggirl
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TulipSnifter

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale gold with white head.
S - The smell is pretty muted. I smell a little funk but that's about it.
T - At first it tasted like pot. As it warmed up I got a little more of th banana and cloves.
M - It's a little sticky but might be pretty average. I prefer it a little cleaner and dry. To each their own.
O - Honestly, I'm getting a lot of skunked hop flavors. I've had great Fantome but this isn't it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 03:34:27 | More by TulipSnifter
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jamescain

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to who brought this to the bottle share

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw like yellow with a fluffy white head about a finger thick that fades to a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very earthy, with spicy hop notes, yeasty, a slight acidity, with pineapple fruit notes, and a touch of funk.

Taste: Citrusy, pleasantly tart and earthy, yeasty and spicy with a little bit of that "Brett" taste.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium-high carbonation, refreshing and very enjoyable.

Overall: The saison I have souring right now would make me very happy if it tasted like this one. This is one of if not the best Saison I have ever drunk.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 19:39:36 | More by jamescain
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mdvatab

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DCon shared this one w/ me at Wolf Public House.
Poured from 750ml bottle into New Belgium snifter.

Aroma: Honey sweetness, light cereal grain, subtle spiciness, some floral hops, and a bit of lemon zest. Aroma is a bit reserved compared to other saison's I've had.

Appearance: Very hazy, golden-orange body. Thick, white, persistent head of foam. Nice lacing.

Flavor: Spicy Belgian yeast aroma, some bretty funk, wheat ale sweetness appears toward the end. Then, a very subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High, crisp carbonation. Full body--especially for style.

Overall: While a bit sweeter than what I'd like to taste in this style, I'd say it was a decent effort by Fantome. Definitely a new twist on the saison!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 01:56:22 | More by mdvatab
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DCon

Missouri

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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DearthVader

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by LSUPT. You're always finding a way to hit my wants Alex, thanks.

Split with my girlfriend in 2 Fantome tulips.

It pours a hay-like yellow with a creamy white head on top. Carbonation swirls around everywhere in this brew. Tiny legs of lace are left on the glass.

Smell is of slight alfalfa, brick dust, citrus, and hops. It somewhat smelt like a baseball field with the brick dust and earthy tones.

Taste is upfront with the citrus, lemon, and then it bleeds into the nice earthy, dry brick dust.

The ending flavors on this brew just coat your mouth with an insanely bitter taste for a saison. It's after taste lingers for a damn long time. Very creamy on the mouthfeel, or at least more than what I was expecting.

Another great beer from Fantome. Maybe my least favorite that I've had by them so far, but a B+ isn't bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 07:08:31 | More by DearthVader
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not what i was expecting, but fun nevertheless. glowing orange-tinted straw color with a white head that leaves a good amount of lace. nose has a pleasant cotton candy/caramel sweet character too it that comes off brightly as well as lots of wild flower (chamomile? orange blossom?), citrusy hop goodness and lemongrass tea notes. the taste is soft, polite, flowery, citrusy, orange tree hop notes on a caramelly backbone with a touch of spice in the finish to bond everything together. minimal funk. soft and fluffy medium body. a bit of a hoppy/orange rind aftertaste, but not sticky. i've really been jonesing fantome, but i have to say, this one didn't do it. impressed as always with fantome, but jones not squashed. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:35:37 | More by timtim
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

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
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cjacobsen

Illinois

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
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part one of Fantome tasting.

Pours 1 finger of white head. Great retention. Looks like a solid wall. Nice lace rings. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: I get a distinguished banana flavor. A lot of spice. Some clove and and coriander. A hint of barnyard, but it reminds me almost of a wheat beer. Some orange peel.

Taste: Bready malts with some caramel-like sweetness. I get a butterscotch flavor in the finish. Orange peel, coriander, and other spices. Hardly and farmhouse funk here. Wheat-beer like flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A bit fuller bodied than I was expecting. Medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and bitter.

Overall, a good Fantome to start the night out with. A lot of nice flavors blending together. I enjoyed this one. The bananas stuck out a lot.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 22:56:10 | More by mothman
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Bendurgin

Maine

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
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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
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dirtylou

Washington

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
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a corked and capped 750ml into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

This beer pours a hazy natural honey brown with a 3 inch cap that quickly turns into a rim around the inside of the glass mixed with soapy lacing down the sides of the glass. The head is a bit perplexing for me. Normally, Fantôme's beers have foam that lasts for days. This one is gone with in what seemed like seconds. The aroma is huge and quickly, after popping the cork, starts flowing through the room. Noticeable on the aroma is the typical Fantôme funk. Green bottle funk mixed with earthy dampness, cut grass and Belgian yeast esters. Underneath lies ripe tree fruits mixed with just a little banana. At the very back of the aroma profile lies just a bit of medicinal bitterness. The flavor profile isn't the most typical of Saisons. Up front, like all of Dany's beers, is the Fantôme funk. Light earthy tones reminiscent of damp earth and cut grass. Just of hint of must. Around all that is a plethora of fruit. Ripe pear, apple and just a bit of estery banana. Very little spice. At the back end of the flavor profile comes the bitterness. Now, unlike what the label says, this can never be classified as a bitter beer. Not really even a bitter Saison. It is bitter for Fantôme. Medicinal bitterness akin to letting a aspirin sit on your tongue just a bit to long at the very end of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is dead on. Up front there is a nice creaminess but once you swallow a cakey dryness zaps the moisture off the palate. Perfect, but honestly, I would be disappointed if it wasn't.

When reviewing beers, I always find myself down grading a beer and its rare that I actually find myself up grading. As I review this beer, I like it more and more. Another fantastic outing by Dany Prignon.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 21:40:03 | More by hwwty4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up sometime ago. No clue how old it is, but it is dated due to the discoloration of the label. Speaking of the label, this brew is a bit perplexing... the information printed on the side would leave you to believe that this is going to be hoppy and bitter for the style. More info on that later.

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into a snifter. The cork comes out with an alarming pop but not even a single bubble of carbonation is released from suspension while the brew sits inside the bottle. This beer appears a hazy peach to orange color. Some hints of orange are seen more through the body and creamy yellow coloration along the outer edges. More than a finger lightly off-white head swells as the glass is filled. The cap very slowly recedes leaving thick finger patterns of lace sticking to the glass. Pretty solid retention from constantly rising bubbles of carbonation through the solution. A swirl brings back a finger of yellowish stained head.

The aroma of this brew seems dominated by brett. It is heavy with notes of wet leather and earth. Under that is a bit of musty aspect mixed with some notes of fruit that are caught between an initial surge of something lemony and more pear-like. As more sniffs are taken, this brew starts to get a little grassy with a touch of grain inclusion that seems a bit like straw. Some cardboard notes are evident as I enter my second glass.

The taste is very dry and earthy initially with a lot of brett flavoring. Wet leather and must are the first descriptors that come to mind mixed with some dirt, grass and light fruit indications somewhat like pear skins. As more sips are taken, possibly a faint indication of cardboard is present but I am stretching here. Hops are present, not much in the way of flavoring but more with a pleasantly contrasting bitterness to the dry earthy quality of this brew. It finishes quite dry. As more and more sips are taken, it shows off a solid balance of faint caramel grain sweetness, earthy brett, bitter hops and warming alcohol. Intertwined inside this brew at times is a readily noticeable belgian phenol quality that gets almost to the point of tasting like clove but it doesn't quite make it there (if that makes any sense?)

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Very well rounded and enjoyable but not at all what I was expecting based on the verbiage on the label. The label reads in a fashion that would lead you to believe that this is going to be quite bitter and "ball-breaking." It fails in that department overall but I guess stylistically it does faintly reach the outer ranges of IBUs for any belgian made saison I have had in recent memory. Even while being consumed at slightly colder than ideal temperature the alcohol is wide awake and not hiding at all. I probably should have shared this one with some friends but it's too late now.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:14:33 | More by stakem
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a very hazy gold with a couple of fingers of white head. A touch skunky to begin (thanks green bottle), but lots of citrus and some Belgian yeast. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Dry and crisp with a bit of candi sugar sweetness. More citrus and spicy finish. Very easy drinking. Another solid beer from Fantome.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 19:35:19 | More by homebrewhawk
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from 750ml bottle no date stamp on side

A- pours a hazy golden color with a fresh white 1.5 finger head that is slow to recede it reveals very nice lacing and the collar and ring are very fresh

S- lemongrass,floral/noble hops,mint,pepper and belgian yeast

T- sweet malt,fruit and bread are met with a floral hop middle ,its mixed with light candied fruit,,baked bread,lemongrass,fantome funk but this one has a hop precense thru-out..it only complements the saison .just different than any other fantome ive had i get mint and tea flavors a dash of pepper

M- is crisp first with hops but also tart with lemon funk yeast and fruit a .just right carbonation a dry finish a little bitter in a good way

O- a hoppy saison from fantome,delightful to drink a touch sweeter/bitter than the regular and still trademark creamy smooth delicious ..this bottle i had was very fresh tasting..nice lacing til the end.. a superb saison

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 20:49:38 | More by gatornation
Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.