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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 54
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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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 taez555
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy golden/orange yellow body with a decent sized white head.

The nose a mixture of mild wheat, soft fruit and some very mild touches of spice. Essentially a straight ahead saison or belgian golden ale. Nothing overly amazing.

Taste is medium to full bodied. Basically.... HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!! It starts rather simple then there's this sudden sneak attack of HUGE super dry, citrus lemon peel, hop that just comes out of nowhere and overloads the senses and then disappears without a trace. It almost tastes like someone poured a cap full of lemon pine sol or something into a saison. Leafy, earthy, piney and whole lot of citrus peel. Astringent and hoppy with an even but not deadly bitterness. It ends not as strongly as it comes on.

What a weird, weird beer. It lives up to it's name, it has some serious balls. Sort of De Ranke XX meets saison dupont mixed with a little orval and a dash of stone ruination. An interesting beer I would not hesitate having again.

taez555, Dec 20, 2005
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
Photo of mikereaser
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy rust orange color with 1/2 inch of off white foam

S - aroma of candied sugar, lemon and other citrus fruit, wheaty bready smell with a bit of funkiness to it

T - sour, bitter dry taste with lemon zest and orange

M/D - crisp and refreshing but dry at the same time. Nice sour and bitter flavor

mikereaser, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with rajendra82 - thanks! Poured from a 750ml bottle with a cork under a bottle cap (1st time for that) into a tulip glass. The labels had good story on the beer and brewer but no dating info. It was a cloudy golden yellow. It had a quick fizzy white head that turned into a partial foam. Great lacing and tons of carb. The smell was saison with the fruit and normal spices with a huge black pepper smell added (guess it's technically coriander but seems more black pepper to me). The taste was kinda odd because of the pepper taste. It has the underpinnings of a classic saison but they are overpowered by the pepper. It's not bad but then again it's not very good either. My wife loves those black pepper potato chips and this right up that alley. For my tastes, it's a bit too much for me to really love this beer. I'll probably finish the bottle but really wouldn't seek it out again. If you love pepper then this is the beer for you. (3.5, NA-OIE, ML, N)

TexIndy, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

peachy and cloudy with loose clumpy foam floating there, calling out to me. smells of the standard fantome horse blanket with a welcome citrus tinge, black pepper and hints of fresh-cut salami.

divinely light and smooth saison/lambic, with the accent lifted off the sourness in favor of a chewy, botanical hoppiness rounding out the experience. aggressively hopped for a belgian. and mysteriously, this experimental brew yields such a refreshing and light body for something so full of flavor and alcohol.

awesome, bubbly, drinkable. another great entry from fantome, one that succeeds in its bizarre nature.

goodbyeohio, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Janeinma, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Mattias
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Mattias, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of spoony
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.

spoony, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of rowingbrewer
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

rowingbrewer, Dec 20, 2011
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 IndyDad
3.25/5  rDev -20%

IndyDad, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of pwoods
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?

pwoods, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Beertracker, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
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.

DaftCaskBC, May 11, 2012
Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +23.2%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Dukeofearl
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).

Dukeofearl, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Beerbuddy21, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

SPRichard, Jul 16, 2012
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.

Bendurgin, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of aforbes10
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.

aforbes10, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

wisrarebeer, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of hopley
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

hopley, May 18, 2014
Photo of NateMac13
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

NateMac13, May 04, 2013
Photo of neonbrown82
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.

neonbrown82, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of BradLikesBrew
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.

BradLikesBrew, Jan 27, 2012
Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.