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Fantôme Brise-BonBons | Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
4.05/5
Exceptional
366 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by goodbyeohio on 06-11-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,245
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
366
pDev:
12.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
40
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 366 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of WillCarrera
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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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.

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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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Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of NerdGirl
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of sukwonee
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1" foamy cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over cloudy honey-amber liquid.

S: Soapy, horse-barn funk, citrus, yeast, alcohol esters with grassy and earthy hops.

T: Lemon, horse-barn funk, yeasty, honey malt and a musty finish with grassy and earthy hops.

M: Dry with medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation, similar to champagne but more slick.

O: Not my favourite of the Fantomes, I can't get the image of sitting in a horse barn out of my head; but to be fair this taste does settle down as it warms.

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Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of hays99
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Mrpickles
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of brystmar
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden, hazy pour yields an enormous amount of thick, white head. Excellent lace and retention. Extremely dry champagne-like aroma with tons of esters. Earthy with abundant funky yeast.

Taste holds lots of yeast as well, hints of sour fruit, slightly phenolic. Much more boozy warmth than I expected as it descends, finishing bone dry. Body is slick, but lacks substance. Diacetyl?

Another fun saison from Fantome; always enjoy tasting these.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another tribute to the subtle genious of Fantome. Even when they attempt to brew a beer too bitter for most people to enjoy, theystill end up with a balanced, complex, and approachable beer of excellent quality.

For all the hype on the label regarding this beer's bitterness, I would guess we are looking at APA level IBUs, maybe 30 to 40. But even then, the hop flavor really melds with the farmhouse yeast character so its hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. Brise Bon Bons is not you typical American hp bomb because it does not use you typical American hops (or hopping rates). Earthy, floral, peppery, and grassy. And really quite delicious. Calling it a hoppy Saison doesn't do it justice, but in the end that may be the best way to describe it. Maybe not as suited to the cellar as the flagship Fantome, but still a remarkable beer that I can't wait to try again.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a murky apricot color. More accurately, it has the color of an apricot and it is also murky from yeast that was free to flow from the bottom of the bottle out into my glass (and not, as you may have been led to believe by my previous sentence's construction, an apricot that is itself murky). The egg white head sits at a little greater than one finger. Tremendous retention. It's been five minutes or so and the foam shows no signs of dispersing. It would score even higher if it wasn't yeast-dreggy.

The aroma comes off as so bone-dry and hoppy that it shares more similarities with a Belgian Strong Pale Ale than it does the Saison style. Lots of crisp, green hop aroma backed up by estery-sweet yeast smells and a cracker-like malt base. Some soap comes across as well. A trace amount of funk, too; not anywhere close to the usual Fantome standards. But then, nothing about this aroma indicates that this is a Fantome beer. It's the most straightforward-smelling beer of Dany's that I've had yet.

There's a lot of green bitterness up front. Unlike, though, say, a Duvel, this bitterness doesn't taste hoppy so much as it tastes vegetal. Again, there is some funk to this beer that lends a slight strawberry-meets-hay element to the finish but it is a complimentary player, a situational spot-shooter coming off the bench. This beer is trying instead to highlight it's dry malt flavor and the way its crisp bitterness and phenolic character play off of that. It's a touch too boozy for my liking, but it doesn't distract too much from what is a surprisingly focused beer.

It's a touch thicker in terms of mouthfeel than I prefer my saisons, but then I also don't prefer my saisons to be 8% ABV. Still, the relative thickness doesn't take away from the pleasingly dry, clean finish that this beer seems to be all about.

Overall, this is a fine hoppy saison. It's very well done. And really surprisingly focused, especially when you consider that this is a Fantome beer. It reminds me of an improved take on what Dupont tried to do with their Avec Les Bons Voeux.

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Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 366 ratings
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