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

bottled
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RATINGS: 505   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


2.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lalubeer (57) - CANADA - AUG 24, 2006
I’ve never taste a beer like that one before. It was a good experience but not tempted to buy it again. did not like the type of hop they used. Cloudy amber body with a thin head. Taste of citrus fruits, vinegar and herbs. Very bitter and very dry at the end

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Glowing yellow with a rich creamy head. Definitely has more hops on the nose than the typical saison. Smells like it belongs with all those other earthy and ephemeral scents. Substantial body, especially for a saison, which I think can run too thin sometimes. This is hop-heavy for the style but it all still balances out.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Clear gold, tight pillowy white head. Nose is orange & fruit, barnyard funk, hay, grape, slightly fishy (?!) grassy hops. Flavor is caramel, lemon, funk, clovey butterscotch finish w. plenty of hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2006
Bottle. Typical Fantome. Lots of peppery spice, nice slightly wild farmhousey characters. Apricoty/peachy sort of fruit,with a nice, dry peppery backbone.Nice bitterness and the alcohol is nicely hidden, yet still has a slight warming effect. Nicely balanced.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2006
750ml - The initial aroma is Fantome signature barnyard funk followed by half-baked bread dough, lemon zest, coriander, fresh herbs, and hops with some spice on top. Pours cloudy orange/brown with a nice big fluffy head and great lacing. Flavor is similar to aroma but not as funky. It is actually kind of sweet like fresh melons or peaches, then you get hit with some hop tartness. Palate is oh so smooth and creamy. I love it!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5102) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2006
The body on this one was medium orange with some haze. The thick head was large and white. The aroma was typical Fantome with oranges, leather and earthy dandelions. The taste was leather with apple cores. There was also some cinnamon and sweet peaches in the finish. Plenty of carbonation in the mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2642) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours orange/gold with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, and spices. The flavor is citrus, fruit, spices, and carbonation. I hate the style, but drinkable and somewhat enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2006
75cL bottle, goblet. Ruddy golden straw hue crowned by a large, but curt, fizzy white head. Hops leap forth from every angle with powerful aromas of fresh cut grass, cilantro, lime zest, sweet basil and a dozen other herbs I can’t possibly fathom. Round out any would-be sharpness are gentle yeast aromas of leather and barnyard. A soft toasted bread and straw malt profile leaves the hops and yeast to show off. A subtle undertone of mangoes and pineapples brings another level of freshness to the mix. Curiously sweeter than expected, a juxtaposition of honeydew and fresh bread melts across the front palate with a crisp and lively acidity dancing about, all in contrast to a pleasantly sour lactic note. These flavors hold so firmly to the palate that it becomes challenging to separate individual flavor events after the beer moves further back on the tongue. The aftertaste, however, clearly spells out what has transpired. A juicy and funky center rolls into a herbal and grassy hop bite and everything ends in a semi-dry, lactic-tart bite. Upon warming the entire experience becomes more earthy and herbal yet. The body is silky smooth with pinpoint carbonation and a light enough touch to make the beer appear much less than 8%abv if it weren’t for that wonderful warming sensation I always get from Danny’s masterpieces. A clever creation that demonstrates both the impact and depth of hops (as well as yeast, per usual). I could have withstood a little more dryness to really bring out the bitterness, thoug.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle: Orange color, nice white puffy head, retentive, nice lacing. Nose of skunk, orange, yeast and barny notes, some anise too I recon. The flavor is rich and chewy, herby malts with some celery and thyme. The finish is dry with some lemon and yeast. Odd wooly tail. A bit odd for fantome, usually they’re more balanced.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 Ball-breaker beer. My kinda name. Aroma is quite hoppy for a Saison, but it is not that west coast essence of grapefruit and pine hoppiness it is bitter, but quite floral and herbal in nature. Actually has a very enticing aroma and lets a bit of sweet fruity malt sneak through. The color is a hazy yellow/orange and the head is a creamy white affair about a thumb thick and it diminishes slowly. Fore is floral, tastes a little like a rose petal (yes I have eaten rose petals) and has a smooth almost buttery feel to it. Very bitter on the bank end, but mildly pear and apple accented through the middle. Some citrus peel and fruit asspect are also present in the middle and finish. Very nicely balanced. Not at all tart or overly bitter. A damn tasty brew that is going down amazingly well despite having come in from sweaty yardwork. Excellent beer.


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