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

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 491   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


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2006
Murkey honey color. Like Honey dried in a fridge. White medium head frothy and dissipates relatively slowly. Nose has hints of apple honeysuckle, malt. Hardly as bitter as the commercial label describes. However, the more of the bottle you drink the more bitter it gets for some reason. Slight caramel at the front of the flavor. Complex notes throughout. Seems to dance between slightly sweet and sour notes in the middle. Aftertaste is a nice grapefruit rind. Available in small quantities at Colonial Spirits, Acton.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2006
Pours hazy orange with a medium head very small by fantome standards. Aroma of vanilla, cream, hay, malty sweetness. Flavor is sweet upfront with light caramel, tea, light vanilla, mild citrus, cream, and hay. A growing bitterness arrives in the finish. Medium body that becomes slightly thin at the finish. Slightly creamy palate with a notable fizziness with on the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 1, 2006
Bottle 750ml. hazy golden orange w large white head. Aroma is farmhouse saison, sour apples, clovey, teakwood. Flavor is citrusy, with a trace of teakwood, peat, & coriander. The cork smelled of wild mushrooms. Very nice but I thought it tasted a bit green, too fresh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Poured a cloudy orange/amber color body with a signature white head. The aroma is a mild, slightly barny, yeast. The flavor is lemongrass, mild bananas, and some light honeydew. A very enjoyable Saison!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2006
750ml bottle. Intriguing fruity, herbal aroma, very lightly sweet with notes of green, leafy, herbal and citric hops along with lighter suggestions of powdered sugar, hay, faint wood and cellar must. Golden amber in color, initial pour is quite clear with a massively frothy and lasting head. Flavor profile is, for the most part, bitter, citric and lightly tart, some lemon, grapefruit, leafy herb and hop spice noted as well, leading to a dry, cleansing, yet long lasting finish that is also full of yeast character. Highly effervescent palate but is still fairly smoothly rendered and quite drinkable. Body is fairly full. An interesting creation, as is this brewer’s way.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 15, 2006
I could smell the Belgian yeast, the aroma was sweet and fruity. t was a very cloudy amber color. To me the flavor was that of a sour apple. The mouthfeel was just a little bit stick. Overall, it was very good.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jerohen (1977) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2006
Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Hazy dark orange coloured. In the aroma some notes of wild-fermentation shine through, although i doubt whether this is intentionally. Some sourness, dryness, yeast and a lot of hops. Very odd combination of all kinds of flavours. Overdone imho.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2006
(750ml bottle) Particulate-filled, cloudy amber body with white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is not very strong, medium sweet, herbal/grassy, banana, melon, yeast/cheese, light dusky. Taste is medium sweet, melon, herbal, cream, light banana. Creamy medium body with alcohol fairly well hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2323) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Back to crazy. Cloudy orange body with a large head. Aroma is a mess with notes of lighter fruits, overripened grapefruity hops, smoke from rotton wood, peppers and light spices. The flavor is the same, and I have no idea how this qualifies as a saison but whatever. The smoke flavor I am getting is almost a flat or bad one, so I used a rotton wood reference. It’s definitely not hickory roasted smoke or something that sounds equally attractive. The grapefruity hops came off in a similar way. Whether this beer was sitting for too long or this was intended, I have no idea... it was certainly interesting.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2006
6th Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Aroma is fruity, lactic, yeasty. Very bitter flavour. A lot hoppy taste too, too much spices. Too bitter.


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