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Fantôme Brise-BonBons | Brasserie Fantôme

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4.05/5
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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:
#3,244
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 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 rudzud
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Picked this up a long while back. 2011 vintage.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a two finger white head that fades to leave a creamy half finger blanket with light lacing. Quite nice.

S - Aromas of light green apples, lemons, floral fields, nice light funk. Super super appealing.

T - Taste is not nearly as good as the nose. Showing signs of age big time. Sweeter malts, the citrus is there but replaced by harsher alcohol. Fruits way off in the distance. Quite the opposite of the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, nicely carbonated.

O - Overall, huge let down. So much promise to this only the have the taste fall flat. Ugh.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz green glass bottle with pressure cap over an internally housed cork acquired at Lukas Liquor and served into a Guinness goblet in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger wide fizzy head. White colour. No creaminess. No frothiness. Thin. Retention is pretty good (~4 minutes).

Body colour is an orange-copper. Translucent.

No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Standard fare for the style.

Sm: Funky, doughy, bready. Bready malts. Brett yeast. Some funkiness. No alcohol comes through. A mild strength aroma.

T: Doughy, bready. Funky. Clean neutral maltiness. Not getting much in the way of spices; maybe clove. Some bready malts. Light lemony citrus.

Lacks character. Balanced and enjoyable. I do like it, but it lacks the complexity and subtlety of Fantome's better saisons.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not oily, harsh, or biting. Nice carbonation; the bottle conditioning suits it. Complements the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I do like it, but it isn't worth the $15ish pricetag. I'll enjoy killing the bottle, but Fantome does far better beers. Nice but not great.

B-

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Photo of CSO
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tpd975
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice tall white foamy head. Very good retention and lace.

S: Lots of citrus, apple skin, and wet hay. Very light spice beneath.

T: Earthy and floral up front. Lemon and wine in the middle. The finish is very dry and hopped.

M: On the lighter side of medium, Nice prickly carbonation, very very dry finish.

D: One that should be shared. Not bad overall, but a 750 is just too much for one person.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of bird22
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Auracom
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy rust orange color with 1/2 inch of off white foam

S - aroma of candied sugar, lemon and other citrus fruit, wheaty bready smell with a bit of funkiness to it

T - sour, bitter dry taste with lemon zest and orange

M/D - crisp and refreshing but dry at the same time. Nice sour and bitter flavor

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Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of rayjay
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dany: you really need to put a vintage tag on your bottles; I have no idea when this was brewed!

Huge pillows of fluffy foam over a deep straw-colored hazy beer. Looks great.

Herbal nose with alcohol, lots of malt, pancake flour, wild yeast, and a fair amount of hops. It possesses a strong herbal bitterness (not so much from hops); funny I would have guessed that this was the dandelion beer, but I guess there's none in this one! Chamomile tea, green tea, white pepper, pastries, grass, wheat, and orange chocolates can all be found somewhere in here. Oh, and theres malt and hops too.

The malt base may be a bit too big for this beer, because it suffers slightly from being thick and sticky. Drinkability is just above average, mostly because the beer is so unique; I found the harsh bitterness and zany flavors interesting, but they never quite all came together for me. I've loved every beer I've had from this brewery, but this wasn't my favorite. Cheers!

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Photo of ERDoc
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Or at it seems like it could be...the rating is off of what I think it was to be based on everything BUT taste.
Bottle bought at the Belmont station in Portland Oregon. No date found or available when asked. So, buyer beware! I'm sure I paid too much for but hey, it's Fantome!
The taste straight kills it! Not in a good way at all either. Dooky! Pure funk aftertaste lingers like when your friend drops a giant deuce in your bathroom!
Too bad because its Fantome and they make great beers!
Wait... The label has a giant sumo wrestler on it!
I guess I can't say I wasn't warned.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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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Photo of mdvatab
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DCon shared this one w/ me at Wolf Public House.
Poured from 750ml bottle into New Belgium snifter.

Aroma: Honey sweetness, light cereal grain, subtle spiciness, some floral hops, and a bit of lemon zest. Aroma is a bit reserved compared to other saison's I've had.

Appearance: Very hazy, golden-orange body. Thick, white, persistent head of foam. Nice lacing.

Flavor: Spicy Belgian yeast aroma, some bretty funk, wheat ale sweetness appears toward the end. Then, a very subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High, crisp carbonation. Full body--especially for style.

Overall: While a bit sweeter than what I'd like to taste in this style, I'd say it was a decent effort by Fantome. Definitely a new twist on the saison!

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Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with rajendra82 - thanks! Poured from a 750ml bottle with a cork under a bottle cap (1st time for that) into a tulip glass. The labels had good story on the beer and brewer but no dating info. It was a cloudy golden yellow. It had a quick fizzy white head that turned into a partial foam. Great lacing and tons of carb. The smell was saison with the fruit and normal spices with a huge black pepper smell added (guess it's technically coriander but seems more black pepper to me). The taste was kinda odd because of the pepper taste. It has the underpinnings of a classic saison but they are overpowered by the pepper. It's not bad but then again it's not very good either. My wife loves those black pepper potato chips and this right up that alley. For my tastes, it's a bit too much for me to really love this beer. I'll probably finish the bottle but really wouldn't seek it out again. If you love pepper then this is the beer for you. (3.5, NA-OIE, ML, N)

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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 janubio
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml. corked bottle. Hazy pale goloden colour, good head, a white cloak is always on the surface and a ring clings to wall of the glass. As usual in Fantome, tehre's some barnyard smell, weaker than in other ones. There's also lemon, grass, flowers and spices. Palate is not (to me) as bitter as the description says, rough, lemon, vanilla notes?. Another good one from Fantome, though not my favourite one.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly cloudy pale orange yellow color with a white fluffy head. Light wheat and slight banana notes in the nose. Sweeter start than expected, some alcohol notes. Some light fruit flavors as well. The bitterness kicks in slightly in the end but is not overpowering at all. Not bad, not sure I would call it a ball buster but its pretty decent.

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