Fantôme Brise-BonBons | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by goodbyeohio on 06-11-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
360
Reviews:
179
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
12.32%
 
 
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54
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39
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1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of HoppyBastard1
2.27/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Worst smelling beer I've ever opened. Cloudy, lots of sediment. Didn't taste much better. Not sure if this was just a funky bottle or not, but it was bad, really bad

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Photo of JDV
2.44/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle shared at tasting (I believe by guezelover)
Pours a bright cloudy orange with a lasting beige head. Smell is dusty herbal, bright and lightly funky. Taste is overwhelmingly metallic. Some tart and funkiness, but very thin overall. I found this very unappealing. Perhaps was served too warm in fact, which didn't help.

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Photo of hopsbreath
2.48/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to sweemzander for the hookup here. I've never seen this particular Fantome in Oregon but apparently Chicagoland has a few on the shelves. In typical Fantome style, no date was notched on the side of the bottle so I really have no idea when this was brewed. 750ml bottle poured into a pair of Fantome tulips and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: Pale translucent gold body, big fluffy white head, spotty lacing. 4/5

S: Interesting nose. Funk, sour, lemon, skunk. 3.5/5

T: Definite Belgian saison yeast. Heavy on the cloves with a splash of banana. Fairly bitter as expected, skunked hop character is less than enjoyable. That might be my fault for keeping it in my fridge for a few months though. Grassiness and minimal animal bedding add some curiosity. 2/5

M: Semi-heavy, sticky, not great. 2/5

O: By far not my favorite Fantome. This one has faults at virtually every turn. Glad to try it, but next time I'll make a point to try it fresher. 2/5

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Photo of rowingbrewer
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of akang
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 06/25/11 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip. Unfortunately I do not know the vintage of this bottle, but I'm pretty sure it is very old.

a - Pours a clear orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of heavy bready malts and fruity malts. Very sweet smelling, and a little bot of cardboard. A bit oxidized.

t - Tastes again of bready malts, sweet fruity msalts, and cardboard. I think this one is a bit past its prime.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. A little bit creamy, but undercarbonated.

o - Unfortunately I think this bottle was past it's prime. I picked it up at a store that has Belgian beers cellared back to 1991 that also had a bit of a sweet bready/cardboard taste to them, so I'm guessing this bottle is 10+ years old. Going to have to try and find a more recent bottle to re-review/update, but I'd stay away from older vintages of it.

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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?

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Photo of SocalKicks
2.97/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I assume this was a bad batch. Tasted of smoke and bandaids.

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Photo of jdamaso84
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Cloudy, citrusy looking beer that poured a pretty thick head.

Smell - Lots of fruit - apricots and citrus? - with a hint of skunkiness.

Taste - I was extremely let down by the taste of this beer. It had a STRONG "band aid" aftertaste that overwhelmed anything else that would have been picked up otherwise. Bad batch, perhaps?

Mouthfeel - Heavy and well carbonated.

Overall - Fantome might be my favorite brewery, but every once in a while there's a batch that delivers really bad off-flavors. This happened to a bottle of Boo! I had as well as a bottle of the 2011 Printemps. Sometimes something goes wrong in the brewing process and hopefully Dany discovers what it is and can straighten it out because unfortunately this bottle became a drainpour. :(

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
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 Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy sunshine yellow gold. Paler in the natural light. In the light of the room it has a sultry blush on it like a ripe apricot. Nose is funky, musty and has a light touch of wood. Vague citrus, discreet lemon peel and gentle but sweet hop herbal. Malty scent to the nose is bland cracker. Taste is good except the carbonation is lacking. The flavors are all met adequately by the beer. Nothing too out of balance. The funk gains a kind of prominence it did not want because of the lack of carbonation. The flavors do no travel the palate well, they just sit there. Juicy middle, hints of spice.

Lackluster in general. Lacking in personality and in pizzazz.

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Photo of IndyDad
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Norseman
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of TulipSnifter
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale gold with white head.
S - The smell is pretty muted. I smell a little funk but that's about it.
T - At first it tasted like pot. As it warmed up I got a little more of th banana and cloves.
M - It's a little sticky but might be pretty average. I prefer it a little cleaner and dry. To each their own.
O - Honestly, I'm getting a lot of skunked hop flavors. I've had great Fantome but this isn't it.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Algonquin, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Tulip

I found Brise-BonBons to be something like a Fantome take on a pilsner, an interesting concept. It was fairly clean in taste and smell, as well as crisp on the palate, but so are many other examples of this style. In general, I enjoyed this beer, but didn't find it to distinguish itself from many others in the style (aside from, say, a lesser ester/bubblegum concentration and more focus on German lager characters). Happy I was able to try it, but I would probably pick up a good pilsner or German lager instead of this beer.

Pours a 1.5cm head, fairly clean white in color, composed of medium and small-sized bubbles, with average retention rates. The head fades to a thin cap atop the body of the beer after a minute or so. Lacing is present, but modest, a few splotches here and there. Body is transparent, golden in color with visible, mild-looking carbonation. Looks pretty average to me.

Aroma is biscuity, from use of pale (pilsner?) malts, with very slight tanginess from wild yeast and bacteria. Perhaps faint lemon rind-like citrus characters, but I'm reaching.

Taste is, overall, remiscent of a Belgian pilsener: bitter, pale malts, pilsner-like sweetness, and marginal Belgian yeast character. Front of palate picks up bright, pale malt sweetness with slight European hop bitterness. Mid-palate notices more pale malt sweetness with balanced European hop bitterness and a bit of subdued pepperiness from, perhaps, Belgian/Saison yeast. Back of palate finds the bitterness more substantial, with subdued balancing pale malt sweetness. Aftertaste is of herbal bitterness, like fresh lettuce or chicory.

Beer is medium to medium-light in weight, with medium-high carbonation that makes this softly fizzy across the palate, that is, not harsh, mostly crisp. Closes semi-dryly, with modest stickiness across the palate.

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