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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38
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Immortale25
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains a bit before sinking down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and tiny spackles of surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind on the glass.

S- A bit of skunk and lemon and then bam: smoke. But, unlike the Hiver I'd tried recently, this smells like straight up bacon.

T- Light saisonish citrus flavor immediately followed by super smoky bacon. Has a peaty, almost scotch-like flavor. As the drink ensues, some yeast characteristics begin to show but the smoke just stays compounded on the palate. Yes, it's drinkable for the ABV, but the flavor is just off-putting for a saison.

M- Medium-low carbonation with a light body but I'm still getting some saison spritz out of it somehow.

O- Fantome's beers just leave me scratching my head wondering why I'm getting oak notes out of a saison when I'm quite sure it's unintentional.

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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 036/477044
HF wine glass

A: Hazy golden yellow color. Three fingers of bright white fluffy head. Sticks around a while. Seems to be good carb aside from minimal pop on cork.

S: First smell I got was skunk like a Heiny, but that was just put of bottle. Once I can get under the head, traditional Saison funk. Barnyard. Hay. Pepper for sure. Some citrus, lemon. Smells dry, if you could say that.

T: Its actually very nice. You get some mild citrus up from, mostly like bright lemon. Then some of that spicy pepper kicks in. Grassy grainy notes. Dry wine like finish. Still tasting that citrus flavor. The label talks of a "bitter" beer, but aside from a little prickle up front it's very tame.

M: Medium body, but on the lighter side. More carbonation would help there.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of laituegonflable
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden apricot color, topped with a big white head, nice lacing.

S- Lots of fruit, a really interesting, inviting perfumey aroma. There's a lot of light fruity aromas like pears, orange, maybe some citrus and spice, but the perfume aspect of it is what really puts this on another level, I've never smelled anything exactly like it before and am having a tough time putting my finger on it, but it's awesome.

T- The usual and very nice Fantome blend of yeast, spice and funk. Has some tasty fruit and floral flavors along with a prominent noble hop bitterness. Floral and perfume elements are very noticeable.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth with a dry finish.

O- Another tasty, fascinating beer from Fantome, and a real treat to drink.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
4.06 out of 5 based on 360 ratings.
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