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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark orange in color with a creamy 2" head that lingers. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: muskiness, alcohol, and a bit of bitterness.

Taste: definitely wrapped in a big musky blanket, flavors such as caramel, tart green grapes, plums, green apples, and a strong spicy bitterness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, but provides some balance.

Mouthfeel: crisp and extremely dry from start to finish. The bitterness dominates the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very interesting beer that grew on me as the bottle finished. I probably could have had another glass or two in the session.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 1pt 9.4fl oz corked and capped bottle. The label is adorned with a fat dude, maybe sumo, uttering the words "Que veux tu casser, Noble Briseur?", whatever that means.

Pours a cloudy iced tea color with a huge head, about 4 inches worth, into my La Chouffe tulip glass. Pretty dense and sticky.

Aroma is slightly musty and sour.

Flavor is matly with hints of hops. A little bit of sourness in there as well. Pretty balanced as far as bitterness, sourness, and sweetness. Saison really isnt my favorite style but this one seems pretty good to me. Drinkability seems pretty high considering the 8% abv. Alcohol isnt even noticeable.

Nearly full bodied with a nice twang. A pretty good beer overall. Not my favorite style, but this is my favorite beer in this style. Maybe the guy on the bottle got fat from drinking this all day!

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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork begins to come out as soon as I pull the cap off. Pours with furious carbonation, huge head leaves decent lace. Body is a cloudy straw color. Smells kinda hoppy in a European way, with some spices. Slight barnyard characteristics.

Tastes refreshing, with tart fruits dominating, barnyard comes in at the end, with light hops. Mouthfeel is a bit more full than I am used to for Fantome. Plenty drinkable.

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gorgeous: bright sparkling orange with a large and retentive white head.

Smells... funky. Different. Very earthy, and the funk isn't cut into by any fruit or bacterial sharpness. It's really weird at first but I begin to like it after a few minutes.

Tastes the same, only with pronounced hop bitterness. Strange at first, but gets to be quite nice after a few sips. Starts off with earthen funk, moves into a more traditionally beery middle of peat moss, barley, and hay, and then finishes with a rather large dose of euro hops.

If you only had a sip or two of this, you'd probably hate it. But that's why you shouldn't review a beer after just a sip. This is really nice.

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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ball Breakers? I thought I ordered the little German chocolate candies beer…And why is there a sumo wrestler on my Belgian? I’m so confused by this bottle, I am unable to follow the conversation of my peers. Where’s the fricking ghost? He must be hiding somewhere? Did the Japanese guy eat him? What the hell is going on here? Oh yeah. The beer…$18 at the Map Room btw…

The bartender pops the cork and this thing starts smoking for like seventeen minutes. By the time I pour it, I’m wondering if a Jihadist replaced my beer with red PowerAde explosive or something. Then it pours into my glass all fizzy and aromatic of Belgian yeasts and hops and I know I am safe from the Mullah’s grasp. Plenty of foam now rests over a light apricot/lemon body.

An aroma of tangerines and strong grassy hops fills the air. Again I am surprised by this beer. Not much Fantome farmhouse funk here…The ghost has left the barnyard.

Mild acidity and tartness are overshadowed by hop bitterness. Hmmm…weird. Not very spooky or Belgian if you ask me. Earthy and pleasant. Lovely palate. I give this an A, despite all the stress and anxiety it has caused by surprising me so much.

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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Only my second Fantome, the Noel was good and I've been wanting to get some more of these to try. Finally bit the bullet today and grabbed this and the Chocolate...

Golden straw color with some chill haze. Tight white head. Quickly rose to an inch and a half but settles down to a nice quarter inch cap.

Aroma definately has the typical saison notes. Spicy white pepper, corriander and cloves, some straw and grass. Funkiness comes in as well, not a dirty smell at all, a "clean" funk, very Belgian like in this regard.

Taste is pretty amazing, its all over the place and what I expect from Fantome. Starts out funky with some earthy sourness. Then a bit of tartness comes in (not like a lambic, this is subdued). A strong malty backbone, almost toasted, carries this one through. When it was colder more of the corriander and pepper spices were evident but as it warms more of the pasture, barnyard funkiness lingers on with some alkaline notes. Finish is dry in either case and has a chalky bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. I usually expect a thinner mouthfeel from this style but this one is stepped up a bit. Initially carbonation made this one really crisp but the warmth makes it fuller in the body as it slides down the tongue. Flavor and bitterness really linger allowing the funk to really hang in there.

Good drinkability. Not a sipper but still too heavy to really put down quickly. This was as expected and hits the spot when the farmhouse flavors are desired. There is a ton in the flavor but doesn't seem to ever overdo it in any one aspect, nicely done.

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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Darrell at the recent Fantome mega-tasting. Served in a Fantome tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden color with a bit of an apricot hue. Nice white head with some ringy lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a good dosing of lemon and citrus plus a bit of light earth. Mild acidity to the flavor along with lemon and citrus. Almost like a Saison d'Erezee Ete-light. Light body with great carbonation. Winner all around.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rajendra82
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The front label on this green bomber of this Fantôme did not feature the signature ghost. Instead a Sumo wrestler speaking French was shown. The back label did feature the ghost beside the product description. he beer pored out clear, golden, and only had a medium sized head despite using a Duvel tulip. The lacing however was quite good. The smell was classic Saison with a mingling of the aromas of funky brettanomyces, earthy yeast, and biscuity malt. However there was also a faint whiff of hops in the air. The taste was smooth and mellow, and seemed simple at first, until I tried to peel apart the layers. The cohesive flavor was comprised of sweet, sour, bitter, and earthy elements in a delicate balance. Farmhouse origins were clear in the rough hewn oak flavor and bracing sourness. Unlike most other Saisons, there was little spiciness here. Instead of that the balance was achieved by muted but noticeable hop presence. Not as bracingly hoppy as the American interpretation of the style, but a lot drier than those beers, so the hops were more noticeable here that they otherwise would have been. Not quite a ball-breaker the label promised, but a fantastic beer anyway. Only downside was the thin body. A couple of more percent ABV would have made this that much more memorable.

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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hey, it's a new Fantome to love, alongside Hiver and the regular! That said, this was a less than perfect bottle, and has to be scored as such.

Into my Bruery tulip we go... pours a nice rich, pale orange/gold with spotty head forming. A bit limp on the carbonation side leaves a bit of an uneven look. Was looking for a bit more.

But not more on the nose. Really this is right there with any great Belgian beer I've ever had. A rich, full, dense, complex sensory experience that is really awe-inspiring. Big grapefruit front leads to a delicate blend of fruits and spices and earthiness, there's hints of hop aroma trending floral and earthy, funky brett notes pumping up the grapefruit and sweaty horse, delicate esters and phenols from the yeast. A bit of toasty, bready sweetness as a layered base. Just perfect.

The taste falls a bit flat, unfortunately, and the culprit is the carbonation. Everything rolls in on the same ridiculous platter of awesomeness that the aroma is built on, but it glides to quickly over the tongue, a water-y thinness pervades and leaves one searching. The breadiness is brought out a bit more, the balance of hop bitterness to residual sweetness is grand, but it's a bit thin and underperforming what it could be, and there's a bit of a hint of cardboard at the end.

I'd still buy bottles if they were all like this, but knowing there must be others with proper carbonation out there... I feel comfortable saying that subsequent reviews will place this in my upper echelon of personal favorites.

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4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle w/ BA deeplennon at Toronado for $19.75. A gold apricot hued beer topped by a loose white head tumbled from the bottle into my tulip glass. Plenty of bubbles throughout the beer and a glimpse of fog in the body that gives away the bottle conditioning. The smell is dry and complex, lots of wild yeast aroma, herbal and fruity, and the flavor is more of the same, though admittedly a bit less complex. The malts really blossom over the course of a half hour as the brew warms up. Sweet presence up front with some light fruit character gives way to an herbal, nutty, dry finish that also carries a nice dose of tartness, so exclusive to the saison style. The mouthfeel was a bit too explosive, as the beer foamed immediately upon entering the mouth and was not able to keep its form... this seemed to ease up though as it decanted in the glass.

A beer very much enjoyed.

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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a murky tangerine orange with a foamy, bubbly off white head. There were tiny micro-bubbly carbonation streams steadily rising upwards from the bottom of the glass.

S: slighty yeasty, yielding soft perfumy notes of fresh oranges and lime. There was some herbal spiciness of basil and oregano as well.

F: yeasty, with musky dry oranges. There was a definite peppery spiciness to the flavor right in the middle of the palate. There was some celery and a slight grassiness in the finish as well a soothing light sourness of oranges lacing the tongue.

M: The mouthful was medium bodied with an oily texture, soft carbonation and a yeasty dry lacing.

D: Drinkability was incredibly smooth with a gentle fade of dry orange sourness leaving you wanting more. As always with fantomes brews, the last sip is as intriguing as the first.

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

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4.1/5  rDev +1%

Beautiful copper color with a big, fluffy white head. Nice funky aroma. Interesting flavor with malt, hops and funk. Very earthy and hearty. Has a slight IPA quality and a hint of sweetness.

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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked & capped bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Portland, ME for $8.99 (+tax & deposit). The cork code reads 086/477044.

Served in a pint glass at about 55F. The color is around SRM 8, a cloudy, orange-y, light amber. Low carbonation but it holds up well.

Big nose with spices, some funk and mustiness (in a good way). Despite the description the bottle the hops presence was very subdued, mostly noticeable in the finish. This is certainly not "a very bitter brew". I don't know the Fantome date codes so it might be old with faded hops.

No shortage of complexity: citrus, spices or the impression of spices including coriander, clove and pepper, yeasty-ness, pear, and maybe a faint touch of green or sour apple. It starts sweet/sour but the finish is dry with that dusty quality many farmhouse ales have.

Mouthfeel is full and round. The alcohol is well masked but at 8% this isn't exactly a session beer.

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