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


on tap

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RATINGS: 553   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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nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2007
The aroma is hoppy with mostly grassy and herbal hops. There is also an incredible amount of yeast and cedar wood. The malt is there but subdued as compared to the other flavors that carry through from the aroma. The palate is typical for the style. This is an nice Belgian because of all the hops. Very unexpected, thanks Dany!

afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a large off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is wild Fantôme yeast, pepper, herbal hops, citrus, and slightly acidic. Taste is peppery, loaded with herbal hops, citrus, funk, and slightly sour. Medium mouthfeel with a strong well balanced bitterness and light tart finish. Another wonderfull beer from Fantôme.

skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 1, 2007
750 shared with Brie. Poured cloudy orange into 2 tulips. The taste was sour, grassy, butter, and piney. It wasn’t bad, but I’ve had much better from fantome. The grassy flavors are a little harsh near the end of the glass, but the sour acidity and floral aroma were great.

elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - APR 26, 2007
bottle. murky orange color. large head. lots of grain and bitterness in aroma as well as taste.

bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 23, 2007
Bottled. Hazy orange golden in colour with a small white head. Kinda confusing with notes of dust, spices, mold, fruit and yeasts. Also some sour notes.

Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2007
Bottle (Sune). Unclear orange - white head. Citrus, dusty, pepper, mould, fruity, yeast, very nice. Soft carbonated.

sunevdj (4123) - 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.

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.

puzzl (3260) - 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.

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.

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