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


on tap

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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2006
From C&C 750. Pours a hazy orange with huge, foamy off white head. Nose has lots of spice, light floral/citrus with hints of malt. Flavor is fruit rind bitter, with a grapefruit aftertaste. Palate is creamy. Enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Corked and capped 750 with gputty. Hazy orange-gold, big off white head. Nose is bitter orange, spicy, some grassyness. Thick foamy lace. Creamy mouthfeel, but lively all the same. Bitter orange flavors, musty. Odd, herbal bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2006
750mL, no date. Pours a hazy orange with a one finger fading creamy eggshell head. Very strong spicy, peppery, and grassy hops. Also some yeast, apples, light banana and apricots, a little earthy and musty. More tart than the aroma leads on, with some peppery bitterness in the middle and a dry dirt finish. Flavor is predominantly fruity with some funk and dust. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Could not tell that this was 8% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2006 Slight hazy honey gold hue, with a rocky white head, yeasty, fruity nose of rape apples, strawberries, starfruits, spicy accents of nutmeg, coriander, hint of licorice, floral herb, subtle hay in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, dry medicinal herbs, with marjoram, rosamary, clover, and a floral hops grassiness and rapini bitterness, with some mild fruity notes of lemony zest, peach, oranges, leading towards a dry herbal and flowery hops bittering finish.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2345) - 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.

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5210) - 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.

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