Fantôme Brise-BonBons | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Brise-BonBonsFantôme Brise-BonBons

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Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by goodbyeohio on 06-11-2005

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Photo of tavernjef
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.

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

Pours out an amber color. Transparent body with a cloudy just off white head. Carbonation can be seen floating up through this. Also leaves chunks of head to the glass. A grassy, wheat smell with some sour notes reminiscent of muscadine grapes and soda water. So I think this is supposed to be the Belgium version of Arrogant Bastard. It has the grassy/earthy feel I associate with Belgians, but a huge kick of bitterness in this one. It really isn't a hop bitterness. It tastes more like spices or char. It is an interesting beer. My only complaint is that it could be a little more balanced. Crisp and clean mouthfeel, no alcohol kick to it. Something I could enjoy year round.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This smells amazing. Big hops, in the Belgian sense, very floral, herbal, sharp, and dusty. Then, the array of oddness that is Fantome: very creamy, and buttery, with a nice fruityness, full of bananas and a touch of citrus. And a thick layer of the Fantome funk, which isn't so much "barnyard" as it is, compost/garbage-meets-moldy cellar-meets-sweaty sock. Mmmmm... doesn't that sound great?? Yeah, my favorite. Oh, I see I skipped over the appearance section, I was just too excited by the aromas flying out of this glass. Solid, slightly hazy orage, bright, with a big white head which settles to a 1/4 inch foam coating. Taste does not disappoint. Purposeful complexity. This is definitely the hoppiest of all the Fantome's I've had. Don't know which came out first, but this seems one of many Belgians that are bittering up their beers a bit lately. I like it. Adds a whole new dimension to an already complex beer. Contrasts the sweetness perfectly, clashing with the fruity bananas and cream boquet. And a nice, almost English style toffee, buttery butterscotch. Slightly oily hop resin finish. Texture is big and lush at first, but finishes dry and airy. Excellent. I've got a little theory going here. If the brewer was intentionally going for this, it's genius. If it's a remarkable accident, he's still a genius anyway. But it seems like this beer is really a hybrid of several different styles or approaches, from all over the world. It's got some big hops and nice "American" bitterness. It's got a sweet, fruity, banana spice vibe of the best German hefeweizens. And, a carmelly, buttery, toasty softness of a great English ale. Captures the essence of so many other great approaches to beer, while still remaining true to the Belgian farmhouse saison, Fantome style. Ball breakers indeed.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Murky dark orange body with a solid foamy white head that left some sheets of lace as it was consumed. Funky farmy yeast notes with a feint hoppiness. Some spice and sweetness was present as well. Bitter citric hops with some spicy and farmy flavors following them. Mild fruit notes and some sweetness. Ends on a spicy bitter finish. Solid mouthfeel and it was pretty drinkable stuff overall. An interesting brew to say the least with nice hoppy edge.

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Photo of Crosling
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical orange Fantome color. Hoppy nose, perhaps the hoppiest, aromatically, of the Fantome saisons. Extremely herbal, dry, with a tea-like nature, salty noodles with a light touch of fruits in the aroma. Flavor is unbelievably juicy, with loads of fruit flavors, particularly tangerine, orange and peach. Besides the fruits, it’s very tea-like and very herbal. I find it to be very unique, especially for Fantome, because it isn’t tart, but rather hop and spice led.

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

Appearance – 750 ml bottle from Colonial Spirits poured into an oversized wine glass. Relatively clear yellow on the first pour, closer to cloudy golden by the last pour, with a thin white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell – Barnyard, cherries, pears, dates, toasted malts, and a big punch on earthy hops, what an amazing, complex smell. This has lots of dark fruit aromas from such a light colored beer.

Taste – Definite strong bitterness as the label describes, but it is far from overpowering particularly to my double IPA loving taste buds. The flavor is not as complex as the smell, but it still has a lot going on, toasted malts, some tartness, lots of earthy hops, and some fruit.

Mouthfeel – Medium light with a healthy dose of carbonation. The mouthfeel complements the flavor well, making the bitterness strong, but not lasting.

Drinkability & Notes – Easy to drink particularly after you stop noticing the bitterness half way through the bottle. Fantome at their best, this beer is truly unique and tasty.

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Photo of silenius
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm finally getting around to reviewing this beer. I've had two bottles and each was incredibly delicious.

Pours a hazy golden brown with an average head. The core is a darker brown than the edges of the beer. The head foams moderately and disappears after a while.

Smelling this beer is almost as enjoyable as drinking it. At about 50 degrees farenheit it has a pleasant herbaceous hop scent to it with a bit of floral sweetness. As it warms toward room temperature, I get more smells. The herbaceous hops are still there, but they are joined by honey, bubblegum, lavender, and a hint of fennel. A great combination with no funkiness whatsoever.

Taste is a perfect balance of moderate herbaceous hops and the sweetness from the honey and floral malt character. Both tastes assert themselves and neither overpowers the other.

Mouthfeel is silky, thick, and slick.

Very drinkable. Too bad this is probably the last I'll see of this beer for a while.

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Photo of Bighuge
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.

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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 GCBrewingCo
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.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this tonight at O'Briens with the intention of taking it back to Tampa with me for the holidays. Nope, not gonna happen... cork is coming out right now.

750ml bottle, capped, corked, pours a hazy yellowed orange hue and makes a dense and creamy white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by musty, barnyard yeastiness, there's some banana esters somewhere in the background, but this is mostly funky. Strong honey and caramel malts can be found along with a bunch of earthy, grassy hops.

Flavor opens with a medium bittering on the tongue, some tart citrus fruits, spicy pepper and a very earthy hop taste. A light sweetness lingers and there's a really subdued hint of green olives, chewy bitter finish. This is an explosion in my mouth, the flavor profile here is insane.

This is incredibly well balanced on the palate, starts with peppery carbonation and becomes creamy, finishes very dry.

This is a very interesting and tasty offering from Dany Prignon. The more I sample from Fantôme, the more respect I have. This beer is awesome, has everything I like about a saison and is really hoppy. I will have this again and that is a friggin promise.

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Photo of jahred
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What's this? A hoppy saison? Interesting, I though to myself...

Pours a cloudy, bright orange color with lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of my chalice toward a thick, offwhite foamy head. Beautiful, intricate patterns of lace settle on the glass as I raise it to my nose.

Mmmm. Definitely a saison. Smells earthy, bready, yeasty, rustic, and of course, just a drop funky. As advertised, the taste is quite bitter, but also very smooth. Lots of prickly carbonation dance on my tongue and mingle with earthy hop flavors. Bitter lemon and bitter orange notes, along with sweet honeyish malt and and intense black pepper flavor that signifies that this is definitely a saison, despite it's uniqueness.

Wow. 8% ABV and super hoppy, but this is ridiculously easy to drink. The alcohol warms my tummy as I finish my glass. Despite being low on cash, I went back and bought two more bottles. One is now in my closet - I can't wait to taste it in a few years.

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Photo of taez555
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy golden/orange yellow body with a decent sized white head.

The nose a mixture of mild wheat, soft fruit and some very mild touches of spice. Essentially a straight ahead saison or belgian golden ale. Nothing overly amazing.

Taste is medium to full bodied. Basically.... HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!! It starts rather simple then there's this sudden sneak attack of HUGE super dry, citrus lemon peel, hop that just comes out of nowhere and overloads the senses and then disappears without a trace. It almost tastes like someone poured a cap full of lemon pine sol or something into a saison. Leafy, earthy, piney and whole lot of citrus peel. Astringent and hoppy with an even but not deadly bitterness. It ends not as strongly as it comes on.

What a weird, weird beer. It lives up to it's name, it has some serious balls. Sort of De Ranke XX meets saison dupont mixed with a little orval and a dash of stone ruination. An interesting beer I would not hesitate having again.

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

Pours a hazy copper color that is topped by a frothy, almost three finger thick, pale tan head. The aroma is sharp and herbal with a bit of grassiness thrown into the mix as well; it is purely driven by hop aromatics. Though as I get used to the aromas a bit of soft fruitiness starts to pick through; notes of green apple and a hint of pear.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, but quickly takes on a sharp hop bite that leads to an herbal, astringent bitterness in the finish. There is some definite yeast driven flavors as well, including a light, mouth drying almost cotton ball-like, funkiness. There is a definite fruitiness here that the hops are trying to drown out, but can't quite do: I get notes of tart apples, pears and perhaps a hint of sour plums. Seems that Dany did not make this quite hoppy enough, I still get plenty of Saison like characteristics, though it is certainly is hop dominated. There are quite a bit of earthy spiciness here with notes of black pepper, a hint of allspice, perhaps even a hint of nutmeg.

The interesting thing about this beer is that this was supposed to be an unbalanced hop attack of a beer, yet it is instead quite a bit more balanced than perhaps many American hoppy beers. The upfront, characteristic, Fantôme fruitiness, and that touch of earthy spiciness really balances the hop character, especially as the beer warms up a bit. A spectacular failure, indeed!

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murkish brown with orange overtones, the head was thin and white. A sandy sediment graced the bottom of my glass. Usually I'm not fond of this, but this one didn't look as bad as a few others with gross looking floaties.

Smell: Funky, catty, the hops were herbal but perhaps a bit skunky, but not as if the Beer was lightstruck, more like a strange tea you would get at a Chinese herbalist.

Taste: Very mineral, I'd even say metallic, like licking a spoon. I've noticed this in a lot of Fantome Beers but not as much as in this one. The taste in itself was of wet grass covered in dust, with just a hint of candi sugar. Maybe not as "bretty" as I expected, still another great Beer from way out in left field.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, California in October 2005 for $11.99- I got the last bottle!!! And as a one-off, I guess this is my only chance.

I just love the description on the side of the bottle- the Shelton Bros say that this is "dedictated to.... wise-guys, braggarts, pains-in-the-ass, muck-rackers, trouble-makers, know-it-alls..." etc. Which BAs do you think they were thinking of when they wrote that? :-) (just kidding).

Poured into my Orval glass (I flipped a coin between this and Duvel glass). Orval's pretty hoppy, so this should work just fine...

Started drinking this pretty cold, and let it warm over a while. Descriptions based across the temperature profile.

Appearance is a moderate golden, almost orange with a pretty off-white head of tiny bubbles. A little lighter than Orval (since it's in the glass), and the head isn't as white, but otherwise, very similar.

Aroma is very strong. One of the stonger I have smelled.Very solid hops of juniper pine, grass, and slight (very slight) fruit (citrus). A yeasty sharpness very reminiscent of Orval also rises from the glass. The organic funkiness I associate with Fantome is there only slightly- much more subdued than other beers from this brewer (and in my mind, better because of it).

Flavor is a follow-through of the aroma, with a rather strong alcohol ending. Sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel and drinkability- nice and full, sharpness is a little stronger than I prefer. Dryness and astringency a little stronger than I prefer.

Overall I really like this beer. I am not a big hop lover, but I tend to like the few hoppy Belgian beers that are out there, and this is a very good addition to the suite (even if only for a short time).

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Photo of jonnylieberman
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dany does it again...

Appearance: Having what may just be my favorite all-time beer label, Brise-BonBons! pours a pale orange with a massive head -- plenty of clinging lace.

Smell: A very citrus-y nose with some light berry notes. Some Saison yeast is apparent and appropriate.

Taste: Sweet, bitter and refreshing. A real explosion for your pallate, yet subdued -- quite elegant. There is a restrained bitterness -- more pronounced than other Saisons -- that is lingering and pleasant. Lots of Low-coho hops. A nice tartness as well. Very yummy. Strawberry and even a little raspberry is apparent, as is some sort of tea.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic. Full, yet not filling. Strong carbonation works well with the tart and the bitter. Dry, but the fruitiness prevents it from being too dry. Very nicely done.

Overall: 8%? You have to kidding me. The mouthfeel indicates a solid 5% session beer. For reals, this beer is excellent. I highly encourage you to seek some out. I have one more bottle after this, and then a trip to the store.

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Photo of clvand0
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

orbitalr0x brought this one my way. Pours a light orange color with a huge head that falls slowly and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma has quite a bit of European hops as well as slight spice and some funk. The flavor has a lot of the typical Fantome yeast, funk and spice. Quite a bit of hop flavors and bitterness for a Fantome beer, but not over the top. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is very good. This is a very nice hoppy saison.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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 kmpitz2
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peachy color with a very light and patchy coat of head over top of the liquid. Very active carbonatin cascades through it. Nose is moderate spicey and grassy noble hops. Good grassy notes with a light lemoney malt behind it. Smells nice. Flavor is full of grassy noble hop and fantastic musty barnyard notes. Nothing is too strong, but everything works really well with the other flavors. I like the balance on this one. There is a light bitter that hangs on the end, but nothing too lingering. Tasty. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Very good on the pallate. I really enjoy this brew. Its the third or fourth hoppy saison that I've had, and I think this needs to be done more often. Such a good combination.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle, Spuyten Duyvil (one of the 12!! Fantôme available at Spuyten these days) Amusing very artisanal label. Immense rocky white head raises above the delicious golden and hazy body. A gentle, soft malt background supports a surprisingly big hop bite for Fantôme. But what a marvellous hop bite.. Parsley laden herbal/grassy character with the typical Belgian floweriness, leafy and lemony, spicy and fieldish. The yeast brings a definite farmhouse character through its heavily white peppery and barnyardy covers. Very spicy, algae and oregano reminiscent, plus the usual inexplicable that, that day, made the difference between 8’s and 9’s. Medium bodied, naturally airy, expanding mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Surprisingly restricted acidity despite the hoppy leanings. Very attenuated and saisonish in its sheer essence. A real frontrunner this one, might even be an opus, I’ll definitely have to try it again, it doesn’t feel right that I rate it this high (comparing to the other beers I gave such scores), but there is just nothing I dislike in there, it takes what I like about beer and throws it in a bottle. Its looks and mouthfeel are far beyond criticism while the rest is just Dany Prignon playing with hops… sounds simple if you don’t know the man’s magic background, but those who do can imagine the results.

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Photo of Ego
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.99 @ Buy Rite South Plainfield NJ, no freshness date but this was on the distro's website as a new beer last month.. this should have been a caged cork, damn near ripped the screwpull out of my hand opening this one!

crazy exploding white small bubble head even on a gentle pour, lemonade suspension, fantastic lacing, this looks just flat out fantastic, period.

big farmhouse funk, lambic-like citrus notes, a little honey underneath ? or maybe floral tones? a drying mold smell is in there as well, as with alot of fantome brews there is a ton in there but nothing overpowering

damn so far this one has me by the balls, let's get to the best category already...

taste etc...
prickly on the tongue, medium bodied, first sip BAM you get hop bitters in the back of your mouth, a minor lemon taste coats the mouth fading into the aforementioned hop bitterness. This is good but not great, very enjoyable none the less.

worth a try, a little more flavor and this might be a giant killer, it is easy drinking and the 8% is felt only in the gullet. I would say for the money though the Ete is far superior.

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Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
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