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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Photo of Farnswurth
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've been burned by my last two bottles of Hiver but out seems in Denver Hiver and Noel are all we get. I was excited to see different Fantome at Lukas Liquors.

A- beautiful hazy straw gold with the best pillowy white head I've seen in years. Amazing retention and lacing.

S- ah shit, it's got a little of that skunky, band aide, and chemical notes I've before far to familiar with in Hiver. I'm worried.... the off smells dissipated a bit with a vigorous swirl or six.

T- very nice, notes of musty barnyard funk, white pepper, sweet cereal grains and bright lemon peel. The skunky notes are there but play well with the funk.

M- a tad oily but effervescent and soft enough to negate the slickish oily texture.

O- very different but very nice. It's less polished than many of the elite saisons out there but has a very rustic appeal

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Photo of stephensinner
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of thufflife
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 036/477044
HF wine glass

A: Hazy golden yellow color. Three fingers of bright white fluffy head. Sticks around a while. Seems to be good carb aside from minimal pop on cork.

S: First smell I got was skunk like a Heiny, but that was just put of bottle. Once I can get under the head, traditional Saison funk. Barnyard. Hay. Pepper for sure. Some citrus, lemon. Smells dry, if you could say that.

T: Its actually very nice. You get some mild citrus up from, mostly like bright lemon. Then some of that spicy pepper kicks in. Grassy grainy notes. Dry wine like finish. Still tasting that citrus flavor. The label talks of a "bitter" beer, but aside from a little prickle up front it's very tame.

M: Medium body, but on the lighter side. More carbonation would help there.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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 facesnorth
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Photo of utopiajane
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy sunshine yellow gold. Paler in the natural light. In the light of the room it has a sultry blush on it like a ripe apricot. Nose is funky, musty and has a light touch of wood. Vague citrus, discreet lemon peel and gentle but sweet hop herbal. Malty scent to the nose is bland cracker. Taste is good except the carbonation is lacking. The flavors are all met adequately by the beer. Nothing too out of balance. The funk gains a kind of prominence it did not want because of the lack of carbonation. The flavors do no travel the palate well, they just sit there. Juicy middle, hints of spice.

Lackluster in general. Lacking in personality and in pizzazz.

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Photo of Norseman
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork pops nicely from the happy sumo wrestler label. Pours into my Orval chalice a lovely hazy light orange/amber color with a big bubbly popping head. Looks quite nice in the glass, like a wonderful autumn day. Aromas begin with the classic Fantome barnyard yeasty funkiness. Melded with an upfront herbally, spicy hoppiness that jumps out of the glass and sets itself apart from any other Fantome brew. Hints of grains and lemony, citrusy undertones as well. Interesting.

First sip brings a lovely citrus, lemony hinted pale maltiness accentuated by a wonderful musty funkiness. Fresh, vibrant yeast rolls through the flavor. Hops appear mid palate with a herbal, grassy, spicy fresh flavor and bring along a nice bitterness that grabs the palate. The hops work really well in the saison overall and grab my tastebuds with every sip. Slight lingering bitterness and mellow funkiness on the finish. Another wonderful winner from Dany and Fantome.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a healthy carbonation. Floats over the palate like silk and goes down smooth. Easily drinkable and definetly not too bitter for me!! It's always exciting to uncork a new bottle of Fantome and see what you will find. One of my favorite breweries that seemingly always brings me an enjoyable drinking experience. Well worth seeking out and I hope I can find myself upon another bottle sometime soon. Yum. Thanks to eclectic for the opportunity to sample this fine brew.

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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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Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GJ40
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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Photo of blisscent
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nlmartin
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $8.99. This beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer has a very hazy golden yellow coloration. The head is a honey white coloration. The head lasted throughout the drinking of the beer. The beer had loads and loads of sediment.

Smell: The beer has a spicy load up of cloves, cinamon, coriander, spicy musty yeastyness, sour lemon and lime, as well as, a big malty breadyness.

Taste: The beer lulled me in with a nice malty breadyness. Then my taste exploded in chaos. The beer goes off like a spice bomb combo of lemon lime zest, cloves, all spice, sour astringent lemon juice, bananna esters, peppery coriander, alum, dirty funky yeastyness. Needless to say the pucker factor is pretty high. The taste never reaches ball busting potential. The beer has a peppery bone dry finish. The beer is dam tasty.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The beer has a very bone dry finish. The beer seems to have a gritty mouthfeel. The beer is oddly pleasing and highly refreshing.

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Photo of peabody
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really couldy yellow with one finger of white small foamy suds.
Smell is very spicy. Nutmeg and allspice but with a floral quality. Lemon peel and a slight phenol quality out of the nose. Some soapyness. There is everything here for the nose. Perfect.
Taste is a wonderfull mix of hoppy bitterness and a semi-sweet malt sugar. Very refreshing.
Mouthfeel is very clean here. Can't tell if there is any alcohol but can feel it in the aftertaste.
Drinkability is great here again. Just a great beer.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Hugonaut13
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

02/2014 release served cold in a teku

Appearance: deep straw colored with a massive creamy head of white foam. The beer poured fairly clear considering its microbial composition. I really love the bottle presentation with the crown cap and cork underneath. Very Belgian farmhouse

Nose: hay, funky Brett, sweet malts, spicy hop character, lemons, limes, slight acidic note, very nice and smells similar to Saison Dupont

Taste: follows the nose. hay, Brett funk but not too heavy, slightly tart and dry, spicy hops remain and add a significant amount of bitterness, lemons, lime, little acid. Delicious.

Overall: This one was a winner for me. I'm going to take more chances on Fantome in the future

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Fantome beers, and this one has been near the top of my 'Beers I Must Try' list for a long time. 12.95 at Downtown Wines in Boston. The Flemish Sumo wrestler on the label alone makes this beer worth the money.

It pours an intriguing reddish, orange color with some haze and a dense reverse blizzard of tiny carbonation bubbles. The head is huge and creamy and blankets the glass in cream, not just lace. A sizable head lasts till the very last. The aroma is of granny smith apples, melon, lemon zest and a yoghurty acidity. Some herbal, earthy notes also fill the nose.

An expansive bitterness greets my tastebuds followed almost simultaneously by a sour, tart fruit flavor. Bitter hops and funky barnyard mustyness mix with tropical fruit and fresh sea air. The mouthfeel is thick and full with a messaging carbonation blanket.

This is a fantastic hoppy Beligan ale. Too complex for me to decipher with justice, and much too drinkable.

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Photo of Phatz
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy straw golden with a thin white head.

S - Lemon, musty, bready yeast & spice.

T - Musty, yeasty bread with tropical fruits, lemon and pepper.

M - Crisp with low carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Smooth easy drinker and the alcohol is well hidden. A tasty saison.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Immense thanks to ShogoKawada (and indirectly mikey711?) for the chance to try this - very difficult to locate on the West Coast ale. The story behind its brewing is similar to the Arrogant Bastard (i.e. a beer too bitter for normal people, dedicated to "ball breakers")...

Poured from a green glass 750mL capped-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip. The cork emerged with much fanfare, though the bottom was coated in a thick layer of muddy yeast, unlike anything I've seen before.

Orange peel/Princeton orange gradient with faint amber highlights, though the liquid overall is rather hazy, though you can still make out the solid globules of lees. An immense but fairly active rocky head recedes to a hefty finger of burbling froth. Messy lacing smatters the sides, and a ghostly viscous layer of tears drags down the beige wheat-speckled bubbles.

Orange liqueur, old clothing stored in a closet, wood varnish, goat sweat, lots of floral notes, and other nameless aromas compete for your attention.

Quite sweet at first, bursting with ripe fruit, but followed immediately by a tart lemon-like flavor and then a wave of spices, malt, buckwheat, and a surprising level of bitterness from hops (more so than most from this brewery I've thus far sampled). The finish is dry and tart, suggesting buttermilk, pepper, mace, and lightly toasted grain.

Medium bodied, effervescent, and zesty mouthfeel.

Very refreshing in its way - a sort of "Belgian IPA" crossed with a wild ale and a saison...but hybridized quite successfully.

Worth seeking out if you like sour funky beers as well as hops...yum.

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Photo of nh2032
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Fantôme Brise-BonBons from Brasserie Fantôme
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