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
Ratings:
360
Reviews:
179
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
12.32%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
38
For Trade:
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Photo of rallison
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muddy orange pour with a minimal white head.

Slightly acidic apple juice and yeast in the aroma. Sweet in the taste with notes of citrus and apple juice. Yeasty with funky characteristics. Earthy and farmhouse-y. Kind of a muddy flavor all-in-all.

Soft, semi-creamy body. Finish is lightly sour and semi-dry.

Overall, enjoyable but not worth $15.

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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 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 dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML green Belgian bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Out of the many beers I've sampled from Fantome, this one was probably my least favorite... Pours a copper, amber hue with minimal head that soon receded and left a tawny, tangerine color with hardly any lacing but visible carbonation... smell was very spicy, spritzy, and loaded with citrus and pepper... taste was also hinted towards essences of pepper, lemon, citrus, buckwheat, and florals... a somewhat more bitter and sour version compared to other samples from the brewery that I've tasted... Not much of a sweet flavor present, and the strong pepper characteristic really makes itself known along with a noticeable floral presence and a powerful ginger essence... Overall, I really wasn't blown away by this brew, and this one seemed more of an abberation from a company that usually turns out distinct, and interesting samples...

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Light orange straw color with a head about half an inch thick. This is pretty hazy.

the aroma is tart and bitter from afar. A deeper whiff gives some sweetness. There are some nice German hops in tue aroma.

The taste has some sweet bready with some candy orange. The finish is mildly bitter.

This is medium bodied with some nice soft carbonation.

This is good; It drinks like a nice Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very cloudy and hazy with a huge billowing head of white coming up and over the top. Really nice carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass and a light bit of sediment in the bottom. Light aroma, light spice, bananas and light grain, nothing really over the top here at all and very understated. The taste was a bit bigger, grainy with a light fruit hint to it, but still nothing that is terribly over the top. Good, but not great. Light dry finish with a hint of peach and pear as it rolls out.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Bradford and poured into a tulip. This one pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a three finger white head that settles to some sticky lace.

Real nice bitter floral hop aroma all throughout this one. A little bit buttery in the aroma with a little bit of funk. Good bitter hoppy flavors. Seems to have a little bit of sweentess in the finish here but mostly a bitter hop flavor.

The feel is light with good carbonation. A little dry. Overall prety tasty. An interesting take on a saison.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750m bottle for $12. This is a murky dull orange. The aroma is really strange and reminds me of FFF Rabid Rabbit. The more I sniff at the glass, the more I think of grassy hops. The aroma on this is truly odd and very interesting. The flavor is also very odd. Immediate juicy citrus and some pucker at the end. The mouthfeel really reminds me of drinking a nice juice. There is a very off heavy spice that I cannot identify but it seems to permeate. I really didn't think this was sour our tart but more funky and spicy. This is a complex beer that requires some attention, and its strong!

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Photo of craytonic
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty one, slightly light golden pour. Smell is slightly sour with an earthy funkiness, not as bold as some of the other Fantomes I love but still tasty. God body to it, similar to the regular fantome. Very enjoyable and I am glad to have tried a good bottle of this, last bottle I had was bad.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a nice one finger frothy head, nice lacing and retention, well carbonated, yellow golden straw color, slightly murky.
S- Refreshing wheat presence, grassy earthy notes, slight sweetness, slight apple aroma, citrus, slight banana, refreshing aroma.
T- Floral taste, really light wheat flavor, earthy notes, spice, banana, slight hefe wheat taste to it, sweet bitterness at the end.
M- Medium/light mouth feel, decent carbonation, easy drinkability, slight alcohol presence.
O- This was the first beer in the Fantome tasting, it was enjoyable and a good start to the night but nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml into tulip. The notches on the label are “b, c, June, 2014”.

A: The cork came out easy with a huge loud “pop” and the liquid started to foam up right away. Luckily I had my glass ready, but I did get a few chunks of yeast with the pour. The color is a fairly clear amber/caramel golden, and the huge foamy head is off-white or light tan. The head really frothed up with the pour and took some time to die down into a fuzzy and lasting film. The contents left inside the bottle continued to froth up for quite some time. Second pour was much more cloudy, as expected.
S: Interesting nose on this one. I get slight vegetal and medicinal notes mixed with sour fruits, musty yeast, nail-polish acidity and maybe some apple skins. The hops earthy are spicy with an herbal hint, but overall they are not especially fragrant. The nose is very musty overall, with no one scent dominating.
T: More flavors of hops than the nose let on. Luckily I’m not really tasting any of the cook vegetable/medicinal notes I picked out of the nose. Profile is musty cork, herbal, slightly leafy hops, and light funky tartness. This drinks pretty well, especially at warmer temperatures. I get hints of an almost boozy-like quality in the finish, but this beer isn’t that high in ABV. The aftertaste reminds me of fruit but without the sweetness, and there is a good dose of lingering leafy bitterness.
M: Very foamy but soft carbonation that kicks up on my palate. Medium body that’s on the fuller side, with a chewy, lightly greasy mouthfeel. The finish is lightly tart and mixes well with a decent punch of hoppy bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.
O: The carbonation and the nose had me worried, especially since the last four or five tome beers I’ve reviewed have been dogshit, but this was quite enjoyable. I don’t know if I need to buy another bottle, but I’d certainly drink this again.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml cap n cork bottle into a teku.

Pours a hazy gold with a 2" thick white head. Big clumps n trails of lacing.

Honey, bitter citrus, dough, pine

Sweet pale malts followed big very bitter lemon peel, slight spice, dough, more citrus and pine.

Different saison with the big citrus bitterness. Fairly drinkable and crisp.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - Brasserie V was changing over all of their tap lines at lunch, so we hit the bottle list

the bartender uncorked this sucker and sent the cork flying across the bar.

split; from notes

appearance: served in a belgian tulip - hazy dark golden body, layers of white foam

smell: a hint of skunk at first from that blasted green bottle - fortunately it doesnt last, or it at least fades. grain, noble hops, light funk, earth

taste: I'm not sure how I felt about this - I think I prefer the fantomes that are a bit cleaner with bright floral flavors. This guy is an ideal autumn saison with heavy notes of grain, leaves and earth, bread, cracked pepper.

mouthfeel: a touch of spice, a touch of funk, nice carbonation. no complaints

overall: good, but not my favorite fantome

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Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light saison colour with little white head. A saison aroma bit also cidry. Higher carbonation than I am used to from Fantome. Bitter, sour, acidic, coriander. Drinkable but not as good nor common as I have come to expect from fantome. Bold in your face as always though. Drying finish.Thanks Viggo.

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Photo of LotsofLupulin
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jgammoniv
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of sukwonee
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of DCon
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this brew w/ mdvatab from 33 Wine Bar & Tap House in Lafayette Square (St. Louis), MO for $15.83. Poured from the Green, Corked&Capped Bottle w/ a sumo wrestler saying “Que veux tu casser, Noble Briseur?” on the front into a 0,47l New Belgium "Oversized Snifter" Glass and has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a good floral hop aroma and light spices throughout. Medium fruity background but no sign of any acidity or sour qualities.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that is frothy and keeps for good time. The body is a pale orange color, cloudy, and leaves good Belgian typical lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Has a extreme dominance of spices and yeast in this brew. No tart or sour character here (which am bummed out about) but there is a light orange and citrus taste coming from the hop I'm assuming. Bitterness level is low and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Spicy, and then once again has no signs of tartness or sour qualities. Spice and a good hop character are left on the palate.

Overall Impression- While having many Saisons this summer, they ALL had some sort of sour/tart quality in the taste and mouthfeel. While this one does not, I am not going to bash this brew because of the lack of this. A very refreshing beer and had good characteristics still with the fruit and spicy tastes. Will be checking this one off my Fantôme check-list!

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Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of shoegueuze
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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