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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

291 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 291
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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pwoods

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml dark green corked/capped bottle, purchased at River's Bend, poured into a flute. The dating thingy ins't notched.

A: Pours an odd orangish amber with raspberry hues. When back lit it appears more peachy necatine, lol. Very cloudy. I began pouring very rough about halfway through to try and coax a head out and was only rewarded with 1/4 inch of frothy disappearing head. No lacing.

S: Pretty funky stuff. More gym sock funky than sour.... which I guess is better? There is a bit of vinegary smell in the back and I'm surprised I'm not disgusted already, lol. Some juicy, fruity yeast esters are pleasant.

T/M: Lots of tartness. A bit more of the funky sock stuff. Tart berries make up most of the flavor along with more of the yeast. Nice, soft sweetness in the back. Body is light and carbonation is sadly lacking.

D: Well, it's not as bad as Compunction! Haha. Anyway, if you're into the funky stuff and tartness, then this'll be pretty easy drinking for you. If this was a 12oz. bottle, then I'd have finished but 750ml was just too much for me. It was a change of pace at least?

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 01:39:28 | More by pwoods
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-27-2012 16:33:00 | More by Beertracker
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-15-2011 13:24:40 | More by sideshowe
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Dukeofearl

California

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, California in October 2005 for $11.99- I got the last bottle!!! And as a one-off, I guess this is my only chance.

I just love the description on the side of the bottle- the Shelton Bros say that this is "dedictated to.... wise-guys, braggarts, pains-in-the-ass, muck-rackers, trouble-makers, know-it-alls..." etc. Which BAs do you think they were thinking of when they wrote that? :-) (just kidding).

Poured into my Orval glass (I flipped a coin between this and Duvel glass). Orval's pretty hoppy, so this should work just fine...

Started drinking this pretty cold, and let it warm over a while. Descriptions based across the temperature profile.

Appearance is a moderate golden, almost orange with a pretty off-white head of tiny bubbles. A little lighter than Orval (since it's in the glass), and the head isn't as white, but otherwise, very similar.

Aroma is very strong. One of the stonger I have smelled.Very solid hops of juniper pine, grass, and slight (very slight) fruit (citrus). A yeasty sharpness very reminiscent of Orval also rises from the glass. The organic funkiness I associate with Fantome is there only slightly- much more subdued than other beers from this brewer (and in my mind, better because of it).

Flavor is a follow-through of the aroma, with a rather strong alcohol ending. Sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel and drinkability- nice and full, sharpness is a little stronger than I prefer. Dryness and astringency a little stronger than I prefer.

Overall I really like this beer. I am not a big hop lover, but I tend to like the few hoppy Belgian beers that are out there, and this is a very good addition to the suite (even if only for a short time).

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 03:00:59 | More by Dukeofearl
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-16-2012 22:14:17 | More by SPRichard
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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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aforbes10

Iowa

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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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:10:48 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Mattias

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-17-2013 20:06:08 | More by Mattias
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good saison from Fantome. Plenty hoppy. This beer is evidently VERY photosensitive, so make sure you take a bottle from the deepest darkest depths of the shelves should you happen to see it somewhere. I took my bottle from an unopened case in the basement of my store, so it was fine, but I've heard horror stories from people who bought one from the shelf.

The beer pours to a clear, golden yellow color with a thin white head. Hardly any lacing.

The smell is very good. Has the complex hay-like aroma of a saison with a shit-ton of hops on top.

The flavor is no different. Grassy and herbal hops with a dry spicy finish. Sweet up front with a lot of complexity in between. As I drink it I become more and more aware of the sulfuric flavor from skunked hops, though it is just barely above my threshold of unpleasentness.

This is a good all around beer. I would drink it again, but I'm too wary of buying a new bottle, since the remainder of it has been on our shelf for a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 06:44:21 | More by neonbrown82
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 00:38:37 | More by BradLikesBrew
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meathookjones

Virginia

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

750ml. Murky dark orange body with a solid foamy white head that left some sheets of lace as it was consumed. Funky farmy yeast notes with a feint hoppiness. Some spice and sweetness was present as well. Bitter citric hops with some spicy and farmy flavors following them. Mild fruit notes and some sweetness. Ends on a spicy bitter finish. Solid mouthfeel and it was pretty drinkable stuff overall. An interesting brew to say the least with nice hoppy edge.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 17:41:17 | More by meathookjones
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spoony

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (label is notched June 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a murky, apricot/wet hay colored brew. It is nearly opaque. The head is a pillowy, two-plus finger affair of off-white foam. Retention is so-so and it leaves some chunks of lace as I drink.

S-The smell is a sweet for a saison claiming to be bitter, with banana, spice, candy sugar, and a touch of bread dough. There is a bit of spicy, grassy, bitterness, however, that provides some balance.

T-The taste provides slightly more bitterness than the smell, which is nice, actually. There is still a fair bit of sweetness and banana, but also a more assertive dose of lemony citrus, white pepper, grass, and bitterness. The finish is particularly sharp.

M-The carbonation is fine and champagne-like in its attack on my palate. It is surprisingly assertive and chunky, but it works here.

O-I'm not sure that this is the bitter bomb that the label advertises, but it is a unique and pleasing take on a saison. The flavors integrate well with each other and the strength is appropriate for the style. The feel is particularly pleasing and well-suited for the flavor profile. All-in-all, I enjoyed this brew and will look for it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 01:42:45 | More by spoony
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-02-2014 22:21:56 | More by facesnorth
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

06-05-2013 03:22:29 | More by wisrarebeer
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IndyDad

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20%

07-04-2014 01:16:08 | More by IndyDad
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NateMac13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-04-2013 15:53:31 | More by NateMac13
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MisterClean

California

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

At Manderes' Allagash tasting

A - Pours orange with no head, and slightly carbonated.

S - Biscuity, malty, light citrus.

T - Heavy citrus up front on the palate, possibly lime, with a biscuity finish.

M - Slightly sweet, yet bitter.

D - Despite 8% ABV, very refreshing. However, a little disappointed by the mouthfeel, which makes this beer a slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 01:00:54 | More by MisterClean
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 22:23:00 | More by Reaper16
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-27-2014 04:36:30 | More by LotsofLupulin
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Jordy777

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-24-2014 02:49:13 | More by Jordy777
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle, Spuyten Duyvil (one of the 12!! Fantôme available at Spuyten these days) Amusing very artisanal label. Immense rocky white head raises above the delicious golden and hazy body. A gentle, soft malt background supports a surprisingly big hop bite for Fantôme. But what a marvellous hop bite.. Parsley laden herbal/grassy character with the typical Belgian floweriness, leafy and lemony, spicy and fieldish. The yeast brings a definite farmhouse character through its heavily white peppery and barnyardy covers. Very spicy, algae and oregano reminiscent, plus the usual inexplicable that, that day, made the difference between 8’s and 9’s. Medium bodied, naturally airy, expanding mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Surprisingly restricted acidity despite the hoppy leanings. Very attenuated and saisonish in its sheer essence. A real frontrunner this one, might even be an opus, I’ll definitely have to try it again, it doesn’t feel right that I rate it this high (comparing to the other beers I gave such scores), but there is just nothing I dislike in there, it takes what I like about beer and throws it in a bottle. Its looks and mouthfeel are far beyond criticism while the rest is just Dany Prignon playing with hops… sounds simple if you don’t know the man’s magic background, but those who do can imagine the results.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 01:23:53 | More by Rastacouere
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eulerthegrape

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-19-2014 17:55:38 | More by eulerthegrape
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed gold in the glass with a thick tight white head that sticks around for the duration.
the aroma has got a lot of noble hoppiness it's floral herbal, slightly black tea like. i also find some lemon grass here and there.
the flavor is yeast driven with cracker and touches of tropical fruit. there is a lot of flowery, berbal noble hop flavor and a moderate amount of bitterness. the malt profile is a little more up front than you usually find with a saison, with some caramel and pilsener type maltiness backing up and rounding out. not quite as funky as some other fantome offerings, but with warmth you find some hay and just a whisper of blue cheese.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with a finely bubbled moderate carbonation.
overall an interesting take on a vaguely belgina IPA kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 01:23:17 | More by kmo1030
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hopley

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-18-2014 14:50:40 | More by hopley
Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.