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


on tap

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RATINGS: 527   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
"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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4918) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3190) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2133) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2006
750 ML bottle. Apricot orange/yellow with a huge white fluffy head. Aromas of citrus, pear, and pepper. More of the same in the flavor, but somewhat subdued. Decent bitter finish: sweet grapefruit with pepper. Very Interesting. Pretty Good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaktikMTL (6483) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
Bouteille verte de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur herbacé, de fruits sûrettes et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde orangée voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices avec une amertume d’agrumes très présente. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement poudreuse. Forte effervescence en bouche. Présence d’amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #713)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange body with a large frothy white head. Strange aroma - herbal grass, lemon, orange, mint spice, yeast, and acid. Really difficult to pinpoint. Spicy flavour - menthol, potpourri, lemon, grass - bitter and dry finish diminishing quickly. Sweet malt/yeast. Finishes with slight alcohol bite. Interesting as expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7408) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2006
750 mL bottle. Poured a beautiful translucent medium orange with a short cap of white head. Nose was of funky barnyard yeast and old blankets, sour lemon, and odd assorted spices. Flavor department didn’t work as well for me... had overriding stale funkiness, some cardboard, and lesser notes of the dusty lemon funkiness that graces the nose... bitterness was moderate to high, but the execution seemed off. Enjoyed the dry finish. This was solid.. but I wanted to like it more...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Dull and foggy dark hay. Solid and creamy, dull white, medium sized crown that stays put for a timely fashion. Big patchy sheets of lace lock into position as it begins to fade and be consumed. Not to mention one of the funniest labels yet to come out of Belgium. I know I could be a Brise-bonbons any given day of the week. Aroma is of dry stale breads, farm yard wind, brisk, crisp, dry, leafy hops, and a big squeezed in sourness underneath of lime and tangerine skins. Taste is bold and grabbing. Soft in the front, lightly sweet, kinda toasty, mostly paled in malt and senses a more radiant middle, and then the all or nothing crazy dry and bittered spicy finish sets in. Wowzaa, this has quite a turn into the finish. The dryness is weirdly unique with a dry, white peppery spice and leafy hoppyness. Notes of alkaline, rubber, dirt, lime, burnt pie crust, and chicken wire all make for some funky bite and bittering dryness. Never overpowering, but pushing the envelope plenty with its complexity and strength. Your buds will pucker with effects you may not be ready for. Feel is delightfully smooth and soft before its drying canter sets in. Just over a medium body with a simple texture of lightly pricking carbonation. Remarkably easy to take in, that is until the spices and dryness take their place on the palate making you wait a bit more for each next sip. Tart and sour envelope glue notes also tend to grab some of the finish now that I have gotton through most of it. One complexing and distastfully chalk-like finish for sure. A tad extra bitter and dry for my tastes, I tend to favor the darker versions, and with a sweeter balance of malts, but this a fun brew none the less if your palate can take the dryness. I wanted to like it more but just couldn’t bring myself to get past the parching, chalky, dry spicy finish. Not a Fantome favorite in my book.

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