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


on tap

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RATINGS: 561   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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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.

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.

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.

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.

RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 28, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours a very cloudy pale orange, with a very dense one finger head that fades slowly to a solid layer of foam. The cap leaves behind a thick webbing of lace. Smell; lots of citric fruits with oranges and lemons, but there’s also some other tropical fruits with pineapple and mangoes. There’s a little bit of tartness swirling around in the back ground as well as bit of a musty funkiness. Taste; wow, the funky, mustiness that was in the background of the aroma is definitely more present in the flavor, but not overwhelmingly so. Once I get past that, the flavor becomes fruity with the tropical and citric fruits, and finishes dry and a bit on the tart side. Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice smooth, almost creamy carbonation, and the drinkability This is my first foray into the world of Fantome, and it was an excellent trip. Hopefully the others that are available around here now are just as good, and refreshing as this one has been.

beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2007
A Saison. Bitter, citrus, and yeasty flavors. Finishes stickey, chewy, and bitter.

Tmoney99 (14983) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle. Poured hazy amber with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy yeasty citrus aroma. Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sour finish of moderate duration. This was a standout beer.

detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a clear golden amber, like a light apple juice color, topped by a couple inches of sudsy white foam. Good head retention, decent webby lacing. Fairly effervescent beer. Candy apple fruit and caramel malt in the aroma. From a Fantome? Oh goodness... Mild tartness, not as funky as a normal Fantome (as if there is such a thing), and balanced by sweet caramel malt. The tartness wins out in the finish, where it is accompanied by dark honey and a hint of peppery spice. Spicy and grassy hop presence - this is nicely bitter. Medium body, softly carbonated, very soft mouthfeel.

OKBeer (1175) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2007
750 ml bottle from Sam’s in Chicago. Hazy golden yellow colour with a mostly lasting thick, creamy, and fizzy off-white head. Very pleasant floral, toasty, lightly spicy, farmy, candyish, and yeasty aroma. Fruity, yeasty, tart, and citric tangy flavours balanced with a pleasant lingering dry floral bitterness. Light to medium bodied, dry and refreshing mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable, much like Pissenlit. I didn’t find this to be all that bitter, as per the description, just another wonderful adventure in a bottle from Fantome. Does that make me a Brise-BonBons?

thornecb (6062) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Pours bright gold into a tulip. Bright white head recedes to skim rim. Earth and biscuit aromas. Hops front to back.

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