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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Pour is dark hazy amber with a thin dense lasting tan head...smell is wet leaves, funk, straw, maybe some bacon.,,,taste is funky and sour, then turningg quite bitter...interesting indeed...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
"Not a typical saison. Not near as much of the barnyard funk to it. Poured a dark golden color nice lacing and some sedimentation. Aroma was peppery with some funk to it. Flavor was of pepper wheat and hops. FUll mouthfeel."

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2851) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Lot 086/477044: Not as much funk and barnyard as I was expecting, this one poured with a golden-amber cloudy appearance with a nice large head and lots of sedimentation. Lacing was good. The aroma was slightly funky, but lots of pepper. The flavor was nice smooth wheaty base with some hopping, lots of pepper hopping. The bitterness was welcomed, as this was a very fine Belgian Saison. I loved the interpretation on style with high hopping. Mouthfeel was full and hearty. Great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2006
750 bottle. Beer is a clear bright gold color with a huge, off-white, mostly lasting frothy head. The aroma is malty with a trace of toasted grain; Hoppy with bright moderate notes of lemon, straw and herb; Yeasty with light notes of soap, light-to-moderate notes of dank basement; Moderate miscellaneous notes of orange zest, lemon zest, white pepper, coriander. Aroma doesn’t brace you for the bitter grip in the flavor. Flavor is moderately acidic, moderately bitter, lightly sweet with a long, grippy, moderaterately bitter, trace sweet finish. The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively. Refreshing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Another really bitter fantome beer, I like this one a lot more then the Printemps though. Nice blend of herbs and spice in the finish made this an amazingly refreshing beer on a hot day. Lighter fruit tones fade while peppery clove notes come forward in the finish. The bitterness was a bit overwhelming on the first sip, but really settled after that.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2006
Bottle: Poured a very hazy dark orangey color ale with a huge foamy off-white head with perfect retention. Aroma of funky yeast with a side of horse blanket is very attracting. Taste is a mix between some sweetness and strong malt presence, sourness and funk from the yeast are just plain great and the slighter bitter hops finish is very rewarding. Body is quite full and alcohol is well hidden. Another masterpiece in this brewery line-up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2006
Another Belgian treat courtesy of Poperinge. Giant head. More foam than beer in the glass. Cloudy dark orange. Great label. Great story. Aroma of yeast, hops, old socks, apples and pears. Head looks like septic sludge. Spicy flavour is a surprise not advertised in the aroma. Big alcohol kick warms the ears. Big kick even for 8%. Beer almost evaporates on the tongue. A fun beer to drink. A ton of pepper in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Hazy orange. Nice white head, good lacing. Fresh orange and apricot, lavender, clove, very perfumy nose. Really nice. Palate is crisp and medium, just right. Flavor is fresh orange and bitter orange rind with a little lavender and a hint of pine. A bit muted on the flavor, but exceptionally well balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2006
Aroma:Floral,sour... Appearance:Very hazy amber,good white head... Flavor:Wierd flavor.I taste something like sand or land (cork porbleme???)Small citrus flavor....

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Bottle... Very cloudy, amber ale with a large, frothy, white head. Outstanding retention. Lots of tiny black particles. Noble hops in the earthy, floral nose. Also notes of white pepper, fuzzy fruit and mandarin orange. Balanced nicely flavorwise. Sturdy malt backbone with plenty of hops/herbs to cut deeply into any residual sweetness. Full-bodied and creamy with fizzy carbonation. Finishes grassy and dry.


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