Fantôme Brise-BonBons | Brasserie Fantôme

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by goodbyeohio on 06-11-2005

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Reviews by davewlfpckfan29:
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

i have heard so many horror stories about fantome. about bad bottles, about ones that dont pour because they have turned gelatinous, and all sorts of others, but i had always adamantly defended fantome, having never had a bad experience myself, but this bottle was my first. the look is fine, quite a bright color orange to it and several inches of luxurious white foam, bubble bath style. it has some yeast sediment, chunky stuff, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style. the nose indicates that this bottle has been light struck. how can such an accomplished brewery so focused on quality continue to use green glass? especially internationally. its not just these guys, but so many european brewers. seems a shame, and like such an easy fix. this is definitely a victim of that, or poor handling, or both. skunky and it smells a bit like feet, behind sweeter grain and slightly wild saison yeast. my issue is the off aromatic, which turns into a similarly skunked out flavor. stale almost, just not good. i would score a little lower, but i know it was a bottle flaw, not a beer issue in its own right, but this was not the experience i had in mind. its also supposed to be bitter, but tastes incredibly sweet while its in the mouth, and only gets bitter on the finish, after i swallow. i dislike it because it doesnt taste real good, but i also dislike it because it isnt what it claims to be. a real let down, but i am attributing it entirely to green glass and poor handling, im sure this is an entirely different animal at the brewery or in belgium, and i will revisit it when i am fortunate enough to get there.

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Photo of pwoods
2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
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?

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

Poured into a tall skinny tulip glass. Pours very clear orange, three finger off white head that fades fairly quickly. Smell is lemony, hay, some fruit notes,banana, some orange. Taste starts off with some earthness, nice malt chaicture, Carmel notes, citrus, nice belgian yeast. The carbonation a is good, less than you'd expect from a fantome. Overall I am very impressed, this is different than the others I've had. It almost has the smell of an adjunct beer but has a lot of lemon and some funk. The signature fantome flavor is there but very subdued by the other complexities. I did drink this right out of the cellar, probably would have been crisper out of the fridge.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
No bottle date or vintage.

Appearance: Brise-BonBons looks fairly typical for a saison; with a lightly clouded bright golden-orange body topped by a massive white head. The head lasts fantastically well and leaves thick patches of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: I was a little worried about about this bottle given the recent talk of quality issues from Fantome, but the first sniff lets me know that this is just a good as the other Fantomes I have had and perfect for this hot summers day. Fantastic light citrus notes (lemon peel and some orange) combine with slightly musty yeast, a touch of dusty sack, grassy and floral notes, some pale malt, a little stone fruits and a touch of pear.

Taste: Given the description on the bottle I was expecting a fair amount of bitterness here, but both the bitterness and hop characteristics are very restrained (I wonder if this is an aged bottle?). That said, it is still absolutely delicious and I would be hesitant to change anything. Notes include: Lemon peel, orange, sweeter stone fruits, a lightly musty character, a little sweetness (honey?), pear, grassy notes and light meadow flowers. Even at room temperature there is no trace of alcohol noted.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is just about perfect for the flavour profile - light-medium bodied with just less than a high level of carbonation.

Overall: Brise-BonBons is a fantastic saison and was just perfect for a hot summers day. I could have easily crushed anothe bottle or two and will certainly be buying this one again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunny mimosa with a splash of orange juice. The beer is lightly peppered with fine yeast and the occasional bubble can seen zipping up to a fantastic looking head. The alabaster colored crown, a study in Belgian beer excellence, is leaving one of the most extensive, stickiest lace displays that I've seen in quite some time. Whatever else it is, this is gorgeous beer.

The nose manages to meet the sky-high bar set by the appearance. It's different from any Fantome beer that I've smelled thus far, but still manages to smell like a Fantome beer, if that makes any sense. It's fruitier than most saisons and has a tropical vibe that I'm enjoying immensely. A whiff of yeasty funkiness is evident, although it's far from the defining characteristic.

Brise-BonBons! is wonderful beer in the wild and wacky way that only Dany Prignon can manage. A quick glance at the label tells me that he named it 'ball breakers' and intended it to be too bitter for the normal person to enjoy. Most of the hopheads I know aren't normal people, so where does that leave us?

I wonder whether this is one of the original bottles and is over a year and a half old, or whether it continues to be brewed and I got a relatively fresh one. It isn't overpoweringly bitter, so I'm guessing the former. No matter, it has held up remarkably well and is still much more bitter than the average saison. Assuming, of course, that a style like saison has any sort of consistent rules.

Noble hops are front and center, yet don't overwhelm the other members of the flavor profile. Lemon zest, lemongrass, unripe pears, tamed white pepper and clove make the biggest impressions on the palate. As with most all Fantome beer, Brise-BonBons! is dizzingly complex and its code is not easily cracked. Thankfully, I have 750 ml to try to figure it out.

Perhaps the best part about the beer is the interplay among bitter, sweet and tart. I'm enjoying letting them play off one another in interesting and varied ways as each (large) mouthful progresses. I have no idea what herbs and spices have been used, or whether any have been. I suppose it's possible that a killer yeast strain is responsible for the nearly limitless number of flavors, but I find it hard to believe.

The mouthfeel, while still good, isn't quite as wonderful as the rest of the beer. It's on the lighter side of medium and is nicely carbonated. It just doesn't have that buoyancy, that effervescence that I've come to expect in a world-class Belgian ale.

I wasn't too happy with my last beer from this brewery (Speciale de Noel). Thankfully, this one gets things back on track, reorders the cosmos to a place where Fantome beer is at or near the summit of brewing excellence. If I have one of the original bottlings, I hope to be fortunate enough to taste a more current batch. My balls are still intact, so I welcome the opportunity to test them against a fresh bottle of Brise-BonBons!

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Photo of MarioM
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml Poured into Russian River stemmed glass.

A: Bright crisp and extremely transparent and clear. Yellow with a huge foamy head composed of mostly large bubbles from the high carbonation. Head dissipated rather quickly but will come back immediately if the beer is disturbed.

S: The aroma hit me immediately after popping the cork. Grassy, earthy, lemon like citrus, sweet along with lemon grass and that funky Famtome character that is so unique to these beers. In this one the Fantome characteristic on the nose comes through as a slight smoky, sweet, smooth almost waxy plastic like phenols. Extremely unique smelling beer and have no Idea how to describe it. SO complex and delicious but very very strange.

T: That Fantome smokey characteristic comes through immediately with a malty and refreshing finish. Very dry and carbonated. Earthy lemon-grass citrus is there and is not as hopy as expected but rather balanced and delicious. I guess it would be a tad bit more hopy compared to something similar like Printemps but mostly bitter on the finish and has a nice lingering bitterness that is higher than their standard saison. As it warms it gets so, so delicious and complex. A great, great beer!

M: Being that its so carbonated and dry it has a great mouthfeel and full bodied. Their base yeast (Wyeast 3725) is surprisingly malty and sweet smelling so I can understand its behavior even though I can't replicate Dany's work. Finish is a bit bitter lingering but also has a lingering malty sweetness that is very unique to Fantome along with light lemon like citrus character similar to lemon grass.

O: Man this is so good... A great example of what Fantome is capable of doing. This was a bit smokey but after a little while it becomes hard to notice and does not bother me at all, actually I quite like it. The aroma from this beer is so wonderfully unique and complex, extremely hard to pin point, which is why I love Fantome brews. Dany keeps me and my palate on my toes and that's how I like it.

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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!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ball Breakers? I thought I ordered the little German chocolate candies beer…And why is there a sumo wrestler on my Belgian? I’m so confused by this bottle, I am unable to follow the conversation of my peers. Where’s the fricking ghost? He must be hiding somewhere? Did the Japanese guy eat him? What the hell is going on here? Oh yeah. The beer…$18 at the Map Room btw…

The bartender pops the cork and this thing starts smoking for like seventeen minutes. By the time I pour it, I’m wondering if a Jihadist replaced my beer with red PowerAde explosive or something. Then it pours into my glass all fizzy and aromatic of Belgian yeasts and hops and I know I am safe from the Mullah’s grasp. Plenty of foam now rests over a light apricot/lemon body.

An aroma of tangerines and strong grassy hops fills the air. Again I am surprised by this beer. Not much Fantome farmhouse funk here…The ghost has left the barnyard.

Mild acidity and tartness are overshadowed by hop bitterness. Hmmm…weird. Not very spooky or Belgian if you ask me. Earthy and pleasant. Lovely palate. I give this an A, despite all the stress and anxiety it has caused by surprising me so much.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork pops nicely from the happy sumo wrestler label. Pours into my Orval chalice a lovely hazy light orange/amber color with a big bubbly popping head. Looks quite nice in the glass, like a wonderful autumn day. Aromas begin with the classic Fantome barnyard yeasty funkiness. Melded with an upfront herbally, spicy hoppiness that jumps out of the glass and sets itself apart from any other Fantome brew. Hints of grains and lemony, citrusy undertones as well. Interesting.

First sip brings a lovely citrus, lemony hinted pale maltiness accentuated by a wonderful musty funkiness. Fresh, vibrant yeast rolls through the flavor. Hops appear mid palate with a herbal, grassy, spicy fresh flavor and bring along a nice bitterness that grabs the palate. The hops work really well in the saison overall and grab my tastebuds with every sip. Slight lingering bitterness and mellow funkiness on the finish. Another wonderful winner from Dany and Fantome.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a healthy carbonation. Floats over the palate like silk and goes down smooth. Easily drinkable and definetly not too bitter for me!! It's always exciting to uncork a new bottle of Fantome and see what you will find. One of my favorite breweries that seemingly always brings me an enjoyable drinking experience. Well worth seeking out and I hope I can find myself upon another bottle sometime soon. Yum. Thanks to eclectic for the opportunity to sample this fine brew.

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Photo of blitz134
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Only my second Fantome, the Noel was good and I've been wanting to get some more of these to try. Finally bit the bullet today and grabbed this and the Chocolate...

Golden straw color with some chill haze. Tight white head. Quickly rose to an inch and a half but settles down to a nice quarter inch cap.

Aroma definately has the typical saison notes. Spicy white pepper, corriander and cloves, some straw and grass. Funkiness comes in as well, not a dirty smell at all, a "clean" funk, very Belgian like in this regard.

Taste is pretty amazing, its all over the place and what I expect from Fantome. Starts out funky with some earthy sourness. Then a bit of tartness comes in (not like a lambic, this is subdued). A strong malty backbone, almost toasted, carries this one through. When it was colder more of the corriander and pepper spices were evident but as it warms more of the pasture, barnyard funkiness lingers on with some alkaline notes. Finish is dry in either case and has a chalky bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. I usually expect a thinner mouthfeel from this style but this one is stepped up a bit. Initially carbonation made this one really crisp but the warmth makes it fuller in the body as it slides down the tongue. Flavor and bitterness really linger allowing the funk to really hang in there.

Good drinkability. Not a sipper but still too heavy to really put down quickly. This was as expected and hits the spot when the farmhouse flavors are desired. There is a ton in the flavor but doesn't seem to ever overdo it in any one aspect, nicely done.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Billolick
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was happy to find this one still available a few days after the Blind tiger's saison event. Gotta love Fantome on tap at the Tiger! Anyway, this one poured a cloudy dull golden, supporting a white head and leaving fine, wispy lacing. Nose was multi-faceted, pepper, must, barnyard, earth.
This one hit me as being quite sour.certaintly notions of lambic running around in this concoction. Sort of a lactic, yeasty, wheaty, saisony, Belgian taste missile. Nice peppery spice thing also going on. Tasty, complex, intriguing, not a beer for everybody, but I loved it. Viva Fantome!

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Photo of badbeer
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden yellow color with a frothy white head, great retention and lacing. Aroma was slightly tart with some lemon zest to it, but don't you worry, there's more, you better believe there's more. Aroma is simply remarkable, cracked peppercorn, fresh bread, hay, some kind of flower I can't name, and beyond those, I'm not sure if I'm able to put into words what I notice. Taste has some tartness to it, just the right amount of it too. Many of the aromas are echoed in the taste with just a slightly spicier finish. Less than medium bodied, but not thin, carbonation was on the high side. Amazing beer. I need more.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of DerekQXQX
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light saison colour with little white head. A saison aroma bit also cidry. Higher carbonation than I am used to from Fantome. Bitter, sour, acidic, coriander. Drinkable but not as good nor common as I have come to expect from fantome. Bold in your face as always though. Drying finish.Thanks Viggo.

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Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 377 ratings