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


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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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"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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2786) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Pours a hazy orange color with a gorgeous fluffy white head that eventually sits on top of the beer like a dollop of whipped cream. Extremely hoppy nose, almost IPA like with hints of citrus along with the usual Fantome funkiness that we all love. Flavor is heavily bitter at the start before giving way to a creamier earthy finish. Absolutely spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Bottle sampled with beerded_one. Pours hazy orange gold with a decent off-white head. Aroma of citrus, spices, fruit, some floral and sour notes. Flavor is carbonated, spicey, citrusy, fruit, smooth, floral. Good body, good brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
CapFlu (4653) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2006
(750ml bottle) Purchased through the Bieropholie/SAQ private imports. As good as this brewer is (and I love his wild ways) I cannot say that I particularly enjoy this recipe. The nose is great - the usual crazy spiced yeast and funk yet many of his beers are "peculiar" by design. Brise-BonsBons is overly tart and sour with orange flavour and weak on his strongest feature - his crazy, funky yeast. The spices do not pull this beer out of the mud, its too tart and acidic to be enjoyable. Its like a grannysmith sour apple with lemon juice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rian (4) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2006 does not count
A very interesting variation on the Belgian schtick, though I’m not too experienced with saisons. It’s bitter, but not in a hoppy way as much as a mineraly/herby way. The body is full though a bit foamy from the bottle. A real nice beer for something unusual, but the bite is kind of harsh, though not as dramatic as I think they’d make it out to be. The bitterness is abrupt against a estery honey full mouthfeel.

   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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfeldmann (1049) - 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."

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