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


on tap

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RATINGS: 549   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (4073) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 16, 2007
Thanx to Axilla for trading me this one. Pours a murky orange with a white head. Mellow smells of earth and alcohol. Slightly sour with dusty flavors of the old garret. Lively carbonation. Some sweetness in the back of the throat. Also hints of resin. Light to medium bodied. Very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Dense, very cloudy golden pour with heavy sedimentary particles and thick linear lacing reaching to the top of the glass. The head is tall and steadfast, porous and audibly fizzy. Looks like a lemon cream milkshake. Aroma is redolent with the unmistakable blast of Fantome yeast, funky and musty. Heavy earthy hoppiness is seemlessly blended with a towering measurement of citric and herbal sourness. My mouth is puckering before it ever crosses my lips. Peppery and mild berry esters are noted. Grassy tinges are present too, with the dominant note of hay sending this aroma right back around to the funkiness it started with; completion satisfactory. Flavor is yeasty, spicy and hoppy as well. Typical Fantome funk is turned up two notches in this offering. Additions of lemon zest and orange peel, white pepper in heavier amounts, grassiness that seems to smooth things out and slick, oily must. Flavor is very bitter, moderately spicy but never too much so, funky as can be imagined and penetrating with bold yeastiness. Finishes mildly sour, very full flavored and highly acidic, leaving faint bitter traces in the corners of my cheeks. . Palate is medium to medium-full, lively and remarkably balanced. A stellar offering from Fantome. As close as Dany has gotten to merging his unmistakable tasting saisons with the allure of the prickly lambics that share the same brewing region. Near genius.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2007
1 year old bottle (mid 2006 import). Pours with a big head that fades fast, in a color (without the yeast) closer to gold than any beer I’ve yet seen. Fantomes famous yeast, of course, makes this the ugliest beer imaginable, which is always a site to behold. At first the hop aroma in this beer is intrusive and out of place, but as this warms and breathes it becomes very mellow and a wonderful compliment to the beer. Spices are present, in the form of black pepper, coriander, lemon zest. Very mellow flavor, balanced spiciness and warm, chewy malts, incredibly drinkable at 8%. I wouldn’t have guessed a spec over 6. Slight sour fruit notes are noticable, but overall this is a big, chewy saison, hardly delicate but not a brick, either. Another winner from Fantome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Courtesy of Moejuck. Pours amber with a thin white head. Smells of grapes, lots of grass, hay, wildflowers, some peaches. Tastes of peaches, pepper, grass and very wheaty with some underlying smokiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
Drank in a tulip. Cloudy orange poor very muddy like with a very persistant beige head. Aromas of humidity, ashes, very acidic (green apples), old gym socks with an odd sweet rhubarb twist. That WOW factor when you taste it. Not sure about its category but it tastes and smells somewhat like a good lambic. Flavors are like very wet gym socks (dongt ask me why i know this), ashes and a nice sweet twist, somewhat like the aromas. This is very unique and quite an experince to drink!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2007
Cloudy golden body topped by a large white head. Wild and cheesy aroma. I was told this was a herbal rather hoppy Belgian. I got none of that. Instead I got an oily body with plenty of bready malts and cheesy yeast making me feel like I was drinking a bagel with cream cheese topping. Also present were some orange pulps and citrus fruits. The cheesy flavour had a raw-milk-cheese flavour to it. Appears to be retired now. Excellent beer, about average Fantôme. Looks like I got a bottle from the last batch thanks to Rastacouere. I already miss it more than a blind gunman with hiccups misses the target.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
750mL bottle. Hazy pale golden color with a massive rocky white head. Rain-swollen timbers and dusty cobweb, tinges of butter. Butterscotch immediately, quickly followed by and earthen floral component. Peppery tones underneath bubblegum esters. Grassy and lemony in the finish, with residual estery fruitiness and a dusty astringency. Mouthfeel is a medium light, rather dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2007
The aroma was spicy with a building bit of diacetyl, a strong presence of butter. A light tartness built as the head retreated. The aroma was earthy and spicy with a bit of a peppery presence. The copper beer was crystal clear in the chalice with a strong moussy white head which lasted extremely well to lace the glass. The flavor was crisp with only hints of the diacetyl noted in the aroma. A strong peppery spice and notable bittering were the dominant characteristics in the beer. The flavor was earthy, interesting and complex with some resinous hops which were a bit grassy in the background. Malt was present, but mostly as some light caramel and not as a prevailing wind. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Overall a nicely done Saison, the butter in the aroma I can do without, but still the flavor on this one is nothing but a winner. 750 ml corked and capped bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Thanks a bunch to moejuck and spector for opening this up. Pours a little yellow golden with a white head. Nice yeast, funky, citrus aroma with some slight sourness. Real light and dry flavor. Very tastey. Saisons are slowly moving up the scale of favorite styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2007
From a capped, corked 750 ml. green bottle with what appears to a coded lot/bottling number on the cork, a humorous front label and a brewery blurb on the back label, sampled in a tulip glass at a cool cellar temperature. Poured a cloudy orangey golden with a fluffy, frothy, creamy topped white head, good retention, some laced sticking. Aromas of orange rind, lemons, clove and spices, and earthy, musty, bready yeast. Good even carbonation, a little low for a saison, and a crisp, dryish, lightly tart, velvety smooth light-medium bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant, enjoyable taste, earthy, musty bread, tropical fruits with some lemon, clove and pepper, a light grassiness, a soft sweet maltiness, the alcohol is well in the background and only provides a slight warming presence in the palate, and a dryish, earthy, grainy, soft hoppy finish. Easy, smooth drinkability, one of the better saisons I’ve tried in the last few months, went well with the Pad Thai I had for dinner tonight.

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