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Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme Brise-BonBonsFantôme Brise-BonBons

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

272 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.3%


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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Purchased at Sam's in Chicago, they always seem to have a few different Fantomes on hand, enjoyed with one with DrJay, grub, northyorksammy, and biegaman.

Pours a cloudy amber, thick white head, settles to a layer, sticks, nice lacing. Smell is sweet, sour, cider, roange, and citrus, some funk, bit of alcohol. Taste is toffee, citrus, yeast, sweet middle, citrusy sour funk, bitter acidic finish, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. Fantome never disappoints!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 05:40:47 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a glowing orange body. Thick looking. Quite hazy. Cigarette stained white head. Great blend of musty yeastiness, fruitiness (nectarines/apricots) and hoppiness on the nose. The aroma is earthy and hearty as many of Fantome's brews are. The earthiness translates onto the buds nicely. Grassy hop notes are definitely present. As is a bitterness not usually associated with Fantome (or Belgian brews in general for that matter). A little acidity is noted and paired with its accompanying tartness. But it's very low key. Lemon zest and orange rind come into play as well. Hop derived in all probability. This is nice tasting for sure. The mouthfeel is soft. Just a little bit of a prick from the CO2. Body is approaching medium. All in all this is another solid brew from Fantome.

Many thanks to my freind in Long Beach...Darren.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 03:07:27 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a murky tangerine orange with a foamy, bubbly off white head. There were tiny micro-bubbly carbonation streams steadily rising upwards from the bottom of the glass.

S: slighty yeasty, yielding soft perfumy notes of fresh oranges and lime. There was some herbal spiciness of basil and oregano as well.

F: yeasty, with musky dry oranges. There was a definite peppery spiciness to the flavor right in the middle of the palate. There was some celery and a slight grassiness in the finish as well a soothing light sourness of oranges lacing the tongue.

M: The mouthful was medium bodied with an oily texture, soft carbonation and a yeasty dry lacing.

D: Drinkability was incredibly smooth with a gentle fade of dry orange sourness leaving you wanting more. As always with fantomes brews, the last sip is as intriguing as the first.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 02:16:08 | More by beerthulhu
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, almost cloudy, caramel yellow with a fine, white head. Lots of lacing from this one, pretty much from start to finish. Interesting aroma - a combination of coriander, cider, fruit, citrus, bready yeast, with a bit of earthiness. Nice flavour too, with some apple and yeast, mild acidity, and more citrus than expected. Medium bitterness. Low carbonation with a lightish body. It finished with a bit of dryness on the palate. This beer was super easy to drink and felt lighter than it was. The mild yet interesting flavours made it quite enjoyable. Thanks for sharing Viggo!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 22:33:25 | More by DrJay
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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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange/golden with a terrific fluffy white head that fades to a fairly substantial cap and leaves some nice lacing. The smell is slightly herbal up front, followed by a slightly sour lemon/orange tang and finally some herbal hops on the finish. The taste has the sour hit up front, thhe light citrus flavors, followed by the same herbal hops and a dry powderiness on the finish. The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, but also slightly chalky. The chalkiness increases as the beer breathes. Like all the Fantome beers, this is a complex and refreshing Saison. The addition of a fair dose of hops isn't a perfect blend, but its a nice change of place. Only the mouthfeel really suffers. Good, just not my favorite Fantome.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 16:16:14 | More by Georgiabeer
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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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ccrida

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (with no cork, which I thought was odd) into a tulip glass (my Fantome glass is packed away but this one is pretty similar, though not as curvy), "Ball-Breakers" is pretty much a perfect looking saison in my book. Cloudy, pale orange straw, with a medium, creamy white head that was slow to subside to a thick collar, leaving some creamy foam coating the side of the glass and a little, widely spaced lace. Love it.

The smell is really nice as well. As with all saisons, this really opens up as it warms, so be patient if your pulling it from the fridge, and better yet leave it out for a while first. The aroma is chalky bi-carbonate and spicy noble hops, fresh flowers, tropical fruits, hefe like clove esters and a touch musty earthiness.

The taste is equally complex, and very good. Not nearly as bitter as the label would lead one to believe, but my perspective from Portland is undoubtedly different then Dany's in Soy. The tastes are similar to what I outlined in the aroma, it is tart and dry and very refreshing, a tad sweet but sour and super highly attenuated from the brettomyces. Damn this is good!
The mouthfeel is light and slighty effervescent, and compliments the taste in being very thirst-quenching. This really makes me think of the historical origins of Saisons, If I had a barrel of this to sip from all day I think I could really get into farming!

This drinkability is so high, if only it weren't so pricey. But man is it good.

Update: I had a second bottle of this last weekend (4/15), and it was very heavy on the CLOVES. Still very good, but the cloves were much more dominating then I remember them being in my first bottle...par for the course with Fantome I suppose!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 04:56:40 | More by ccrida
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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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tavernjef

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 01:09:43 | More by tavernjef
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – This is a light, glowing orange in color and a bit hazy with a wonderful white, foamy head that didn’t explode but came out just right. There are a few floaties in there as well that make me want to gobble it up.

Smell – This is a big Saison smell. The farmy notes are there but not the focus. This is a bitter nose. The leafy Belgian hops dominate the bouquet and trump any mild sense of maltiness.

Taste – The hop flavor is grand at the taste but the bitterness from the nose backs off a bit. It’s mildly, and pleasantly, bitter on the tongue but strong with the leafy hoppiness. I don’t think I’ve tasted a hoppier Saison.

There are some fruits in here as well but they are walloped by the hops, especially at the finish. I can pick up some tangerine and a light grapefruit and maybe even some actual green grapes.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is mild in this medium-bodied Belgian. I really liked the bitterness level. It smells like it’s going to be a bitter bomb and even when you drink it you’re waiting for that bitter kick in the pants at the finish, but it just evens out throughout the profile and keeps you in that happy hoppy place.

Drinkability – I don’t think this beer could be more drinkable. The booze is unnoticeable and the big hop flavor is so smooth it won’t even slow you down. A session Saison? You bet!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 02:17:10 | More by RoyalT
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden tea hue with some strong bubbles and a thick head and film during the drinking phase of enjoying this beer. The aroma is a mix of very light musty earthy and some classic Euro candies. The taste starts with a mix of very fresh cut, green grass, light toast malts, and Stygian hops. The middle is all about the candy. The finish is semi-sweet with that hop note coming back. Pretty easy to drink and went very well with my rare steak, German potatoes and salad.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 05:01:52 | More by scruffwhor
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 1 Pint 9,4 fl.oz green glass bottle, corked with a crown cap. The unusual looking black, white & yellow label had me perform a double-take look tonight whilst literally chilling in the walk in cooler at one of the few great beer stores which I visit on a regular basis whilst spying for new brews. This sexy beauty was appropriately on the top shelf and once carefully lifted off I just knew it wasn’t going back there. Was this really a Fantôme?? Oh Yeah, the rarely seen Brise-BonsBons! Another whacky label is perfectly suited to this creation from Dany Prignon. This one is described in a rather long-winded way by the Shelton Brothers as a beer dedicated to “Ball-Breakers”. Typically Fantôme, it doesn’t need a fresh by, or born on, date and it is listed, like nearly all Fantômes, at 8% ABV.

Appearance: My Rabbit made easy work of the pristine Cork which extracted with a reassuring thud soon followed by a satisfying "thruppp" along with some light gray gunsmoke. The beer rose up the inside of the bottle quickly as it stood, in fact before I could remove the extracted cork from my Rabbit the foam was out of the top of the bottle anda quick pour was necessary. A thick rising off-white mass soon forms as the Brise-BonBons! is released from its captive container. Light hazed apricot body fleshes out with a hazed furry peach aura. Medium carbonation but the head has some excellent staying power throughout. Nice sheet lacing formed during each swig from the glass leaves a random assortment of patterns on the glass walls.

Nose: Not as funky as some Fantômes but it retains a resilient barnyard character which acts as a solid base for the aromatic hops and sour tangerines plus whatever else was lying around Soy’s favorite farmhouse at the time no doubt. Has a fruity dimension about it.

Taste: Gorgeous bitterness kicks this one off to a great beginning right from the starting stalls. Balancing effects from the yeast, soft fleshy oranges, some citric herbal spice and a dry sour middle. The finish is astringent, nicely hopped yet the backing malts never waver in their subservient role. Striking spicy hop licks in the end, lingering funky bitterness. Bloody great.

Mouthfeel: The conditioning is firm but the carbonation is low key, rounded, soft and yet undeniably perfect in its poise. No hint of any alcohol, all that is subsumed by the bitterness and dry texture which

Drinkability: Oh my, this is **very** drinkable….if it is supposed to be a beer too bitter for normal people and a ‘Ball-Breaker” – well, it fails. This one gently plays and caresses my balls, I just can’t get enough of this, it is an absolutely enthralling libation that I just could not put down. I enjoy De Ranke XX but this beauty has an even more attractive profile, soft carbonation and lots of “drink me” DNA. I could really go for another 750 of this one right now!

Overall: Funky Fantôme Finally meets some bitter Hops as opposed to the aged kind so often used just as a preservative in Belgium!! It’s a great blend too, and it works really well for me. A very bitter Fantôme, a tasty experiment that works extremely well….I should have gotten more of these, but I think the beer store only had one case and I it wouldn't have felt right to walk out with a Six-Pack of these, but I wish I had now. I don’t think they will last long on the shelves so do not pass these by.

At long last!!!! Another “bitter” hop laden brew from Belgium to join the incredibly small but very select band that already exist, at this rate we could be into double figures soon.

Impressive and Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 07:15:10 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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jrallen34

Illinois

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

750ml bottle into my Rochefort tulip...The beer pours super carbonated, a good two fingers off white head. A very weird texture and look, pockets of bubbles, good retention and lacing. The beer itself is a light honey gold, appealing color...The aroma is really nice, bitter, fresh, lightly sour, just like a saison should be. Light lemon, some nice yeast, complex...The taste isn't as complex but its still tasty. A lot of bitter hops, yeast, almost soapy taste. A very tannic chalky stick to your tongue finish. Pretty easy to drink, good full saison experience of bitter and sour.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 01:36:36 | More by jrallen34
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle purchased from Joey at South Bay Drugs, capped and corked. The beer is hazy dark yellow with almost no head. The beer smells like classic Fantome, same amount of hops as the standard stuff from the brewery (but this bottle may be a little old). A little tart flavor, fruity apple-like flavors, nice barnyard funk. Earthy and musty and delicious. I really enjoyed this like all Fantome beers, less hops than I wanted but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:52:12 | More by TurdFurgison
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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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tpd975

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice tall white foamy head. Very good retention and lace.

S: Lots of citrus, apple skin, and wet hay. Very light spice beneath.

T: Earthy and floral up front. Lemon and wine in the middle. The finish is very dry and hopped.

M: On the lighter side of medium, Nice prickly carbonation, very very dry finish.

D: One that should be shared. Not bad overall, but a 750 is just too much for one person.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 17:02:42 | More by tpd975
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GClarkage

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/20/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped and corked. No date listed on the label. I think the cork said 2005 though. Poured into my Duvel glass. God I wish I had a Fantome glass! One of the few glasses that are elluding me.

Appearance- Apricot in color, full inch plus head. Looks pretty creamy and lasting. As usual, very nice lacing from the ghost.

Smell- Lots of stuff going on here. Not really and funk, but lots of other qualities. Powdered sugar, lemon rind, white pepper, clove and even bananas!

Taste- Nice typical saison sourness to go with a pinch of sweetness. Didn't really get the clove or banana in the taste, but plenty of lemon rind, powdered sugar and spices though.

Mouthfeel- Sticky sugary coating, nice carbonation level.

Drinkability- As usual, another very good beer from Mr. Prignon! I'll look for this one again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 19:18:33 | More by GClarkage
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 02:03:31 | More by ArrogantB
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up a long while back. 2011 vintage.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a two finger white head that fades to leave a creamy half finger blanket with light lacing. Quite nice.

S - Aromas of light green apples, lemons, floral fields, nice light funk. Super super appealing.

T - Taste is not nearly as good as the nose. Showing signs of age big time. Sweeter malts, the citrus is there but replaced by harsher alcohol. Fruits way off in the distance. Quite the opposite of the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, nicely carbonated.

O - Overall, huge let down. So much promise to this only the have the taste fall flat. Ugh.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:18:51 | More by rudzud
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale golden colour with a slight cloud. Head is off-white, light specks of lace but big, fluffy, generous look otherwise. Great.

Smells saisony, but sweet. Cinnamon toast with notes of quince, peach and raspberry. Horsey funk as well, oxidised vinegar, but all very well balanced to entice and uplift. A treat.

Taste starts off quite tarts, and gets even more so. Vinous with champagney notes, lemon curd, raspberry vinegar and of course that organic barnyard funk. Light spice notes, peach fruit and even guava. Vanilla comes through on the back, providing some sweetness late. Lovely mix, really as though it were deliberately and cleverly thrown together, but still with a rough, untamed edge.

A bit of pull on the mouthfeel but it works well. Nice and dry on the finish which helps to counteract that late sweetness.

Clever beer. All the right funky notes but patched up in all its oddities to make it refreshing and supremely drinkable. A memorable drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 05:07:32 | More by laituegonflable
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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

Bottle opened on 10.30.12.

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a two inch off-white soapy head with good retention.

S - Lemons, light barnyard funk, wheat.

T - Subtle, bitter lemons and slight funk.

D - Lower carbonation and a light body.

O - Not overly bitter as I was hoping for. Pretty subtle all-around.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 05:23:44 | More by HuskyinPDX
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ehammond1


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

(Aged for 1 year)

Hazy yellow, golden, and light amber with a large, big-bubbled near-white head. Great retention and lots of cling. A very pretty saison, as expected from Fantome.

As with many other Fantomes, the aroma is a big collection of white fruit aromas: sweet, juicy, earthy pears, moderately tart green apples, and mild peach juice. There's also good amounts of barnyard, grass, and a little funk.

The flavor too has lots of white fruit elements, along with some citrus, barnyard, musk, basement, and grass. The funk is mild but complementary.

Medium to full bodied for the style, with moderate-high carbonation. I could drink a lot of this.

As with most Fantomes, this one's fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 16:53:04 | More by ehammond1
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice clear amber orange with a white and frothy head which rose tall and fell very slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy and fruity with a very slight acidic sour note to the nose. The aroma contained a waft of alcohol that was at a low level and some spice combinations that were muted and interesting. The aroma was also lightly floral along with the fruitiness and the spice was peppery and nice.

The flavor was bitter and earthy with a really nice peppery spice bite to accompany the sizeable bittering component. The peppery spice flavor was worthy mentioning twice and it complemented the almost grassy and nearly resinous hop presence.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop bittering and spice flavor long and very pleasant into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and the carbonation gave a creaminess to the mouthfeel. The alcohol was restrained with only hints of a presence in the aroma and no appreciable warming post consumption.

750 ml capped and corked bottle. I've been waiting a very long time to get this beer and finally it made it's way to Brawley's in Charlotter where it was snagged. I gotta get more! $13.99.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 00:07:53 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Boto

Connecticut

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

Draught @ Monks: This one poured a somewhat cloudy, lighter amber color. There was some white head on it, but not much. The nose was interesting: it contained some floral and spice notes, as well as being slightly sour and musty. The taste was also very interesting, There were some sour notes, as well as some lighter fruit flavors. Also some hopiness to it. Very interesting and quite refreshing!

Serving type: on-tap

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