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Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"With joy and a little bit of mischief, Fantôme brewer Dany Prignon dedicates this very bitter beer to all of the many varieties of brise-bonbons - literally, ball-breakers - in the world. Specifically, this beer is meant for wise-guys, braggarts, pains-in-the-ass, muck-rakers, troublemakers, know-it-alls, stuffed-shirts, blow-hards and bores, as well as nut-cracking, wind-bag, prattling-on, self-appointed experts on everything, and nose-in-the-air snobs, convinced they can do anything better than you. Dany intended to make a beer too bitter for a normal person to enjoy. The problem is, everyone loves it! Guess we’re all just a bunch of brise-bonbons sometimes..." - Shelton Brothers


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (1035) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2006
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Hazed pale orange, brobdignagian bone-white froth, slowly settling. Funky fresh aroma. Tart. Fruity. Lemons and apricots. Ginger and pepper. Smooth entry on the palate, though the taste is entirely an odd animal here, utterly quixotic. A crazychop blend of spices and fruits, tart and sweet, zesty and tangy, and altogether refreshing. Bracing bitterness, who knows how much hops, swirling into the combined effect of all these other flavors. Taste again: sweet, then sour, then mellow, fading, but citrus kick hanging on and lessening some...taste again: soft, sour, spicy, orange, mellow, cool, yum... Taste again: lemon and spice, and super smooth. A masterful, flavoful brew. A nice time spent with a bottle of Belgian beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Lemon, earthy, and flowery aroma. The appearance is cloudy-yellow/orange witha medium head. Medium palate. Their is a citrus flavor in the back of your mouth surrounded by some nice light earthy flavors. Very easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle: Clear golden color with a white head. Aroma, funky, some lemon, yeast. Flavor, tart with some light mustiness, a little bready. Pretty solid stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle at CT4 shared by sliffy,thanks! Yellow-orange pour...hazy with a fizzy white head. Aroma of lemon, lemon zest, least, light mint and a tinge of funk. The flavor was spicy, more lemon/lemonzest, yeast and light malt. Pretty light body, a bit creamy as well with lively carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2006
750ml bottle shared at Columbus Tasting 4.0 - Poured hazy pale golden with a light white head. Aromas of lemon, spice, yeast, and a slight amount of funk.. Flavor is Lemon, spice, lots of bready notes, and a slight sour funk at the finish. Palate was light and airy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Shared this one at the Columbus tasting #4.Aroma is of spice and kind of bready.Pours a hazy gold.Had some spices and funk in the taste.Was kind of thin with some spice in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5497) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
A nutmeg christmas aroma. Taste is creamy and a little thick, with some vanilla. Yet another solid Fantome offering. No. 51.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2006
A change of pace for Fantome, this hazy orange-bodied saison emphasizes the bitter end of the potpourri spectrum, with a well-developed blend of perfumey flower petals, and even hints of cinnamon. As in most of the brewer’s saisons, I pick up characteristics of yarrow and caraway. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2006
amber body with large, beige head..nose of belgium yeast, bready and biscuity, as well as a zesty citrus element...flavor is very different than its aroma: very woody and spicey, herbal, bready, grainy, and has some sort of vitamin/mineral finish..smooth palate


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