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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
Ranking:
#3,245
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
366
pDev:
12.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
40
Trade:
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Ratings: 366 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of dogfooddog
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw yellow with a moderate fluffy white head. have read about the photosensitivity of this beer, hope it isn't damaged. from nose, I am OK - very peppery, spcy, with a strong background of typical fantome barnyard nose, hay, leather, organics. Very appetizing nose from this beer.

taste is a bit smaller than expected, very peppery (a very common spicy taste in this man's beers), with the pepper actually dominating into the finish, keeping more restrained barnyard/saison-type character in the background completely. It is there, but heavily understated in this beer. overall aftertaste fades very quickly.

overall very nice, peppery fantome beer, but to me it seems a bit understated.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deapokid
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Fantome seasonal is lightly carbonated and beautifully bright orange in color. It has little to no head and only the slightest of lacing, giving it a wine or fruit juice appearance. Definitely intriguing.

Scent is a complex combination of blood orange, clementine and tangerine aromas with mild hints of alcohol and rind. Very strong and sweet.

Taste is tart and sour; lemon, pulp, lactic acid and candied sweetness are all on display. A smoky musk peaks out in the conclusion, as does plum and prune. The final sips take on a dry, bitter character. A strange and fascinating experience.

Although it's rather sour, that sugary and dry finish adds a nice balance to the beer, making it toe the line between sweet and sour.

I've never had a Fantome that I could stop sipping. The layers of flavor MUST be deciphered and putting the glass down is like interrupting an adventure.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scruffwhor
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden tea hue with some strong bubbles and a thick head and film during the drinking phase of enjoying this beer. The aroma is a mix of very light musty earthy and some classic Euro candies. The taste starts with a mix of very fresh cut, green grass, light toast malts, and Stygian hops. The middle is all about the candy. The finish is semi-sweet with that hop note coming back. Pretty easy to drink and went very well with my rare steak, German potatoes and salad.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a hazy dark golden pour with 3 fingers of foamy white head and excellent lacing left behind (slow dissipation). aromas of fresh cut grass, bell peppers, white pepper, lemongrass, coriander.. this is a very nice smelling traditional saison. wow - this is one tasty treat.. the yeast profile is very funky.. almost plasticky but not in a bad way.. a very strange belgian yeast strain with almost a bologna like after taste.. lots of spice (coriander, maybe some belgian candy sugar.. dark, and grassy hops) with an overall bready and sweet profile and a slight bitter aftertaste. a lovely enjoyable drink, medium in body with light carbonation. this feels very sessionable, the alcohol is not present at all, and feels light enough to be able to drink this 750 all by myself.. glad i am! definitely a good experience. my first from fantome, and i felt very risky after reading so many bad reviews on quality control by the company.

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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 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 Bunuelian
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Neffbeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into an Allagash glass.

A: It pours a beautiful pale gold with remarkable clarity. There is a monstrous white that hangs around for a minute and settles into a calm white sheet over the beer. I would say the re-fermentation in the bottle took off on this one as it is really effervescent. Spots of lacing line the glass in small patches.

S: The label goes into the "ball breaker" naming of the beer and the nose does not disappoint, massive aroma of floral, herbal hops. It is so floral it almost reminds me of bubble gum. There are notes of yeastiness and a bit of wheat as well.

T: I got this bottle from Belgium in December and this is the second one I have opened. Amazingly it is still really bitter and hoppy; floral, herbal and peppery. Some of the flavor hops have faded a bit, but not much. A bit of barnyard funk hangs around, but it is way in the background. There is also a touch of sweetness that hints at apples, grapes and honey, but that is quickly squashed in the super dry bitter finish.

M: Light and heavily carbonated, the feel is incredibly refreshing.

O: I love this beer, too bad I don't have more of this beer for the summer months. I have yet to be disappointed by anything that Fantome has brewed. Great beer, Cheers!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like peppery spice, earthiness, oranges, lemon peel, and some hay. It tastes like citrus (oranges, lemons), peppery spice, yeast, earthiness, grass/hay, pears, apples, funk and some bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, it's yeasty, spicy, fruity and good! I'd like to try this one again in the future. $13.99 a bottle.

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Photo of BeerHonky
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The usual 750ml bottle. Enjoyed at d.b.a. NYC. Poured into wide belgian style glasses, I wish we were given something more goblet-ish. Poured a cloudy, pale yellow with a very thin head that did not hang out for very long. Smells like a fruity, spicy farm field. Fresh outdoor smells mixed with some citrus fruit and spice. Like a fresh breeze off a muddy fruit field! Awesome. It tastes pretty much like it smells too but with a slight yeasty bread after taste at times. Nice spice flavor too...I'm picking up a dry pepper or ginger flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. A nice light, even carbonation gives this beer a nice refreshing feeling to it. Very drinkable to boot.

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Photo of mltobin
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maltlikker
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NateF90
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange/golden with a terrific fluffy white head that fades to a fairly substantial cap and leaves some nice lacing. The smell is slightly herbal up front, followed by a slightly sour lemon/orange tang and finally some herbal hops on the finish. The taste has the sour hit up front, thhe light citrus flavors, followed by the same herbal hops and a dry powderiness on the finish. The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, but also slightly chalky. The chalkiness increases as the beer breathes. Like all the Fantome beers, this is a complex and refreshing Saison. The addition of a fair dose of hops isn't a perfect blend, but its a nice change of place. Only the mouthfeel really suffers. Good, just not my favorite Fantome.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a very nice strong golden color with some slight orange hues to it. Nice white dense head is present that is a bit short at about 0.5 inches. It recedes at a moderate pace down to a thin mat.

S - Fresh funk. Nice grainy malt notes with some slight spice and a bit of a malt sweetness. It is pretty straight forward.

T & M - Starts off with some slight fruit sweetness. Pear and some apple. There is some nice bready malt and grain notes with a good mix of funk and a very slight tartness. The funk is tempered but very well represented. Nice Saison flavors. Seems to be almost perfect per the style description. Flavors are a bit mild and really easy to drink but still well crafted. There is some clove and some nice peppery spice to the beer as well. Mouthfeel is lighter with nice carbonation and great dry funk to finish off but with some nice sweetness.

O - Very good Saison. Delicious individual flavors that play well with each other. Fantome is definitely at the forefront of Saisons.

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Photo of benbazi
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very hazy, dark, golden yellow with a nice 2 finger + white head that eventually settles to abotu 1/2 a finger and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S-A little bit of funk, but mostly citrus. A hint of floral hops also noted.

T- upfront is a bit tart citrus flavor with a hint of hop bitterness. This immediately fades away an showcases a Belgian candy sugar and sweet bready yeastness along with a hint of funk.

M- Big moderately heavy yeasty mouthfeel-good but not as smooth as I would have liked in this brew.

D- Another awesome Saison by Fantome. Its crazy how one brewing co. can switch up this style so much. The flavors of this one remind me a little bit of Brooklyn-Schneider Hoppfen-Weisse. I like it a lot and am excited to try the black ghost waiting for me in my fridge along with other Fantome brews.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped and corked 750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orangish color with fluffy white head. Aroma is typical of a Fantome brew with musty barnyard, peppery and citrusy smells. Taste is bitter with a lot of the same musty farmhouse flavors in the taste as are in the smell. I am really starting to absolutely love Fantome. They make some excellent brews and this is no exception.

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Photo of Highbury09
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Phatz
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light honey gold color with a huge frothy white head that had great retention. Served in a tulip it took some patience for the head to recede enough to drink through. Heavy lacing as well.

Smell: A bold plethora of herbs and spices make up a complex aroma from which specific flavors are difficult to isolate. It is yeasty with that barnyard sour funk, spices, bread malt, smokiness and a touch of wood.

Taste: Again complex and muddled, into a beautiful array of strange earthy musty tastes on the tongue. The flavor starts off sweet with bread malt and spices with a bit of a bit in the back end like pepper, clove and alcohol but complex. The aftertaste leaves lots of funky herbs and spices on the tonsils.

Mouthfeel: It is a spicy Saison that is zesty and full of life, and yet soft and creamy, with a dry astringent finish.

Drinkability: I have not acquired the taste for Saisons past one. The style is one I enjoy best with cheese and then I am ready to move on.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of ChefCarl
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful cloudy, nice and rich peach colored
S - Sour fruits
T - I may be crazy, or have an off bottle, but i get some almost burnt taste out of this, first comes some green apple then comes a wash of smokiness
M - Good carbonation, a slight sour note
O - I like it, it is definitely interesting!

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