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


on tap

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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & mds -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a murky orange with a friggin’ massive lasting white head. Aroma of sour fruit, funky hops, yeast, spices and sweet malt. Flavour is funky and bitter with some sourness and spices -- it’s a bit of an odd one, not sure how much I like it. Medium bodied. Not as good as the other Fantome beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2006 Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy and mds, my bottle. Cloudy orange with a huge off-white fluffy/creamy lasting head. Funky/sour herbal aroma, some candy malt, waves of hops and peppery. Taste - thick, peppery and herbal-hop bitter, lemon juice, very spicy and yeasty - loveryly! Average body, incredibly astringent and bitter, very long spicy finish - takes some getting used to, but very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
Opened with a terrifying big bang! Right away, I am overwhelmed by the farm aroma! (cowshed, horseblanket and green apples!?) Rocky HUGE head, lots of laces, oxidized-honey-colored (hazy). Aroma of citrus, cabbage, horseblanket, hay, and lots more. Very bitter and a little acidic. Bitterness reminiscent of, earth, herbs, grapefruit and endives (someome mentionned unripe plums). A litlle fruity lemon, cantaloup. Finishes very dry. Body is crisp. Overall, and atypical beer, nothing comes close. I found the aroma incredibly complex but I was a bit disconcerted with its extreme bitterness. I have never had so much fun to try and analyze a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diogène (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2006
At bistro l’autre oeil. Hazy amber with a medium white head. Strange aroma, horse blanket, currants, very bitter, tart I don’t even know how to describe it. Taste is Horseblanket, almost lambic, dust, very dry aftertaste, almost as if you swallowed dust, pinneaple, very bitter finish but not usual hops bitterness. Strange brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a medium amber color and is fully opaque. Gigantic white head fades slowly, but never fully dissipates, chunky lacing. Aroma is dry, funky and full of barnyard. Medium bodied, lifting and drying carbonation. Tasty beer. Blending aspects of funky Fantome and APA/IPA. Drying and astringent. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - SEP 17, 2006
cloudy gold with a small creamy head. marshmallow, yeast, vanilla, candy aroma. some grains, lemon, marshmallow, pepper, other spices, and hops in flavor. dry, grainy aftertaste. not as sour as the la gourmande i just tasted before this. light bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Bottle with an interesting label. I saw this when I was out of town and I forgot to get one, but the other day when I went to my local store there was one there, so I scooped it up. Pours an orange color with a massive head on it. Smells sweet and kind of rank, not really going to give it much in the way of points on smell. Taste is smooth and refreshing, not so hoppy as the label claims. This is an average saison at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2006
Robe orange voilée surmontée d’une mousse beige en dentelle qui persiste. Arômes de poivre, et de levure. Saveurs de poivre, de poussières, de levures, de céréales et de houblon aromatique épicé.

   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.

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