Fantôme Brise-BonBons - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 56
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring. Streaks of chunky lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of funky saison character along with some earthy hops, light fruit and zesty spice. Musty and slightly vegetal with hints of grass, straw and wet hay along with subtle apple, pepper and bready yeast.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a slightly creamy texture that counters that earthy/funky saison character. Slightly dry with some musty barnyard funk that's mildly bitter with some earthy hops, bready yeast, zesty spice and light fruit. Excellently balanced, complex and extremely quaffable.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Small white head.

Smell - Herbal hops. Pale malt. Smells a little skunked.

Taste - Grassy and herbal hops. Aggressively bitter right up front. Pale malt. Doughy malts. Yeasty and strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I fear the green bottle skunked it a bit. Otherwise nice hoppy saison.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky amber toned orange with a nice white head that slowly fades into a smal white film. Seems unfiltered with some floaters dangling around in the brew. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is earty, musty, funky, with that Fantome saison yeast, along with bitter lemon zest and light grassiness.
Taste seems equal to the aromas with a nice sugary citrus blast standing out.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sugary, with grated lemon peel bitters hanging around the palate.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml capped and corked bottle purchased from K & L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to share with Sam & Rich during our Fantôme tasting day.

Pours a very light and pleasantly clear golden hue, with a frothy, messy and rather sticky head of pure white, bubbly foam. Lacing is chunk and forms honeycombed patterns across the inside of the glass. Some fine carbonation, but surprisingly little. Body is quite light. It looks quite refined, but a little bit aloof, like it has hidden secrets.

Nose is smooth, classic and very pleasant. Slight green vegetative bite, with a smooth, rounded Belgian yeast overtone. Light, lilting citrus characters, with an underlying sweetness that gives a sherbet or fairy-floss undertone. It's really very nice, if lacking some real bang.

Taste is clean and crisp, with some mild lemon pith characters around the edges of the palate, and a direct, mildly bitter note through the centre. Some peppery characters come through on the end, along with the first truly earthy, rustic character—but even then it's quite subdued for a Saison; it comes through as a strong Belgian golden ale would.

Feel is light, but a little bit acidic: even though there's not a lot of tartness or true acidity in the flavour.

Overall, this is a really very nice Saison indeed. It's clean and fragrant and classic, and superbly refreshing. It's light, but it has subtle complexity throughout. A real winner, as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 750 mL bottle poured into The Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Amber colored ale pours into the goblet with small-ish head that leaves an acceptable amount of lace. The ale is hazy, but there are no big chunks of sediment or yeast visible.

Smell: A musty natural smell is evident, as are undertones of fresh fruit and pepper.

Taste: There is a hop presence in the taste that quickly transitions into a funky, earthy taste that is as once refreshing and mouth-puckering. For an 8% brew, the alcohol is remarkably well hidden.

Mouthfeel: This ale sits very nicely on the palate. The spices and fruit flavors mix nicely together and give the ale a good feeling.

Drinkability: I think that this ale is very drinkable, although at 8%, caveat emptor.

Photo of biegaman
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appropriately enough for a Fantôme offering, Brise-BonBons is dressed in what looks like a ghost costume made out of a bedsheet; a white blanket covers much of the glass and leaves ghost-shaped blobs of cobweb-like lacing. Though an orange-gold colour, the beer is largely nontransparent due to its almost icy complexion.

What follows is an honest observation that, though written with a bit of humour, is meant to be taken entirely seriously. The aroma has more funk than George Clinton and owes much of it to a stark and pungent smell that strangely resembles urine... from an unhealthy liver.

Just as mold is repulsive and inedible except when it isn't (i.e, a veiny blue cheese), so too it goes in beer that, generally speaking, pungent and funky qualities are bad... except when they're good. Typically this is true only of lambics and other "wild"or bacterial-fermented beers, but it can characterize the odd Saison too. And Fantôme saisons are nothing if not odd.

The taste has that same acidic, urine-like dankness, a pungency that the homeless and dark alley dwellers will know well. It also offers, however (as the aroma eventually does too), more savory, spicy and fruity notes that include dried herbs, orange rind, straw, and lemon curd.

Still, the beer is distinguished by that mildewy farmhouse 'funk'. Its effects on the mouthfeel include not only the sharp acidity but also a tangyness that borders on sour. Curiously refreshing, it shows virtually zero of its 8% alcohol and has a dry, neutral, and rewarding finish.

Farmhouse ales have a chaos that is seemingly best controlled by Belgian brewers. Dany Prignon of Fantôme in particular has a mysterious way of summoning it and Brise-BonBons, perhaps more than any other of his offerings, explores the depths of this characteristic 'funk'. A very interesting beer that most people should find excellent, if not at least memorable.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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!

Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped and corked 750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orangish color with fluffy white head. Aroma is typical of a Fantome brew with musty barnyard, peppery and citrusy smells. Taste is bitter with a lot of the same musty farmhouse flavors in the taste as are in the smell. I am really starting to absolutely love Fantome. They make some excellent brews and this is no exception.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.21/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like peppery spice, earthiness, oranges, lemon peel, and some hay. It tastes like citrus (oranges, lemons), peppery spice, yeast, earthiness, grass/hay, pears, apples, funk and some bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, it's yeasty, spicy, fruity and good! I'd like to try this one again in the future. $13.99 a bottle.

Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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

Photo of rudzud
3.36/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

Photo of akang
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Assuming this was a bad batch or bottle as it was dominated by bandaids.

Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced a huge effervescent pure white bubbly head with good retention. Some lace. Love the color on this one.

(S)- A wonderfully dry and crisp earthy funk. Bits of lemon peel and a grassy, almost floral-like citrus.

(T)- A nice dry earthy clay quality with crisp lemon and citrus with a touch of spicy, piney hops.

(M)- A nice crisp carbonation level. A nice feel too of dry earth, lemon, and yeast. Minimal bitterness, though a much higher hopped Saison than your average one.

(D)- A great crisp and refreshing yet dry and hopped Saison for this humid and hot day. I still like their regular Saison the best still, though this is a great variation.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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!

Photo of RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of laituegonflable
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.