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

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Added by goodbyeohio on 06-11-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
360
Reviews:
179
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
12.32%
 
 
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54
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39
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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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 biegaman
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appropriately enough for a Fantôme offering, Brise-BonBons is dressed in what looks like a ghost costume made out of a bedsheet; a white blanket covers much of the glass and leaves ghost-shaped blobs of cobweb-like lacing. Though an orange-gold colour, the beer is largely nontransparent due to its almost icy complexion.

What follows is an honest observation that, though written with a bit of humour, is meant to be taken entirely seriously. The aroma has more funk than George Clinton and owes much of it to a stark and pungent smell that strangely resembles urine... from an unhealthy liver.

Just as mold is repulsive and inedible except when it isn't (i.e, a veiny blue cheese), so too it goes in beer that, generally speaking, pungent and funky qualities are bad... except when they're good. Typically this is true only of lambics and other "wild"or bacterial-fermented beers, but it can characterize the odd Saison too. And Fantôme saisons are nothing if not odd.

The taste has that same acidic, urine-like dankness, a pungency that the homeless and dark alley dwellers will know well. It also offers, however (as the aroma eventually does too), more savory, spicy and fruity notes that include dried herbs, orange rind, straw, and lemon curd.

Still, the beer is distinguished by that mildewy farmhouse 'funk'. Its effects on the mouthfeel include not only the sharp acidity but also a tangyness that borders on sour. Curiously refreshing, it shows virtually zero of its 8% alcohol and has a dry, neutral, and rewarding finish.

Farmhouse ales have a chaos that is seemingly best controlled by Belgian brewers. Dany Prignon of Fantôme in particular has a mysterious way of summoning it and Brise-BonBons, perhaps more than any other of his offerings, explores the depths of this characteristic 'funk'. A very interesting beer that most people should find excellent, if not at least memorable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color that is topped by a frothy, almost three finger thick, pale tan head. The aroma is sharp and herbal with a bit of grassiness thrown into the mix as well; it is purely driven by hop aromatics. Though as I get used to the aromas a bit of soft fruitiness starts to pick through; notes of green apple and a hint of pear.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, but quickly takes on a sharp hop bite that leads to an herbal, astringent bitterness in the finish. There is some definite yeast driven flavors as well, including a light, mouth drying almost cotton ball-like, funkiness. There is a definite fruitiness here that the hops are trying to drown out, but can't quite do: I get notes of tart apples, pears and perhaps a hint of sour plums. Seems that Dany did not make this quite hoppy enough, I still get plenty of Saison like characteristics, though it is certainly is hop dominated. There are quite a bit of earthy spiciness here with notes of black pepper, a hint of allspice, perhaps even a hint of nutmeg.

The interesting thing about this beer is that this was supposed to be an unbalanced hop attack of a beer, yet it is instead quite a bit more balanced than perhaps many American hoppy beers. The upfront, characteristic, Fantôme fruitiness, and that touch of earthy spiciness really balances the hop character, especially as the beer warms up a bit. A spectacular failure, indeed!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
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 sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced a huge effervescent pure white bubbly head with good retention. Some lace. Love the color on this one.

(S)- A wonderfully dry and crisp earthy funk. Bits of lemon peel and a grassy, almost floral-like citrus.

(T)- A nice dry earthy clay quality with crisp lemon and citrus with a touch of spicy, piney hops.

(M)- A nice crisp carbonation level. A nice feel too of dry earth, lemon, and yeast. Minimal bitterness, though a much higher hopped Saison than your average one.

(D)- A great crisp and refreshing yet dry and hopped Saison for this humid and hot day. I still like their regular Saison the best still, though this is a great variation.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky amber toned orange with a nice white head that slowly fades into a smal white film. Seems unfiltered with some floaters dangling around in the brew. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is earty, musty, funky, with that Fantome saison yeast, along with bitter lemon zest and light grassiness.
Taste seems equal to the aromas with a nice sugary citrus blast standing out.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sugary, with grated lemon peel bitters hanging around the palate.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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 beerthulhu
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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml capped and corked bottle purchased from K & L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to share with Sam & Rich during our Fantôme tasting day.

Pours a very light and pleasantly clear golden hue, with a frothy, messy and rather sticky head of pure white, bubbly foam. Lacing is chunk and forms honeycombed patterns across the inside of the glass. Some fine carbonation, but surprisingly little. Body is quite light. It looks quite refined, but a little bit aloof, like it has hidden secrets.

Nose is smooth, classic and very pleasant. Slight green vegetative bite, with a smooth, rounded Belgian yeast overtone. Light, lilting citrus characters, with an underlying sweetness that gives a sherbet or fairy-floss undertone. It's really very nice, if lacking some real bang.

Taste is clean and crisp, with some mild lemon pith characters around the edges of the palate, and a direct, mildly bitter note through the centre. Some peppery characters come through on the end, along with the first truly earthy, rustic character—but even then it's quite subdued for a Saison; it comes through as a strong Belgian golden ale would.

Feel is light, but a little bit acidic: even though there's not a lot of tartness or true acidity in the flavour.

Overall, this is a really very nice Saison indeed. It's clean and fragrant and classic, and superbly refreshing. It's light, but it has subtle complexity throughout. A real winner, as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring. Streaks of chunky lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of funky saison character along with some earthy hops, light fruit and zesty spice. Musty and slightly vegetal with hints of grass, straw and wet hay along with subtle apple, pepper and bready yeast.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a slightly creamy texture that counters that earthy/funky saison character. Slightly dry with some musty barnyard funk that's mildly bitter with some earthy hops, bready yeast, zesty spice and light fruit. Excellently balanced, complex and extremely quaffable.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Immortale25
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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 beergorrilla
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 750 mL bottle poured into The Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Amber colored ale pours into the goblet with small-ish head that leaves an acceptable amount of lace. The ale is hazy, but there are no big chunks of sediment or yeast visible.

Smell: A musty natural smell is evident, as are undertones of fresh fruit and pepper.

Taste: There is a hop presence in the taste that quickly transitions into a funky, earthy taste that is as once refreshing and mouth-puckering. For an 8% brew, the alcohol is remarkably well hidden.

Mouthfeel: This ale sits very nicely on the palate. The spices and fruit flavors mix nicely together and give the ale a good feeling.

Drinkability: I think that this ale is very drinkable, although at 8%, caveat emptor.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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 ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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