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Brise-BonBons by Brasserie Fantome
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
8.00 % ABV

"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..." 

 
Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2009
750ml Bottle
$11.69
Sam's Downers Grove

Brise-BonBons (AKA Ballbreaker) pours a brightly polished golden with glowing orange highlights when held to the light. A big fluffy white 3 finger head formed on the pour and as it ever so slowly rteceded left chunky lacing down my glass. Head finally settles to 1 finger of sticky meringue like stiffness.

This is one tasty smelling concoction. A medley of fruits start things off. Each seperate aroma is subtle but blended flawlessly with the next. Mildly tart green apples fade into juicy, dripping honeydew which in turn fades into a couple drop of orange juice. I believe I can smell some candi sugar as well, not sure if it's added but there is that sweetness. There's a mild tartness in there from the green apple but not really any of that "barnyard funkiness". Mildly grassy with as hint of alcohol occasionally.

The flavors are a little more subtle and unfortuanately a little too well integrated to pick out the individual flavors like I would like to. Grassy up front followed by the tartness of green apples. Mild honeydew mid palate is quickly taken over by an orange zestiness. Grassy hops show themselves again on the swallow and leave a pleasant moderate lingering bitterness. The bitterness grows as the bottle empties.

Body is light and zesty with prickly carbonation. Dry finish accentuates the hoppy finish. Very nicely done.

This is outrageously easy to drink. Thirst quenching but as soon as my thirst is quenched the dryness makes me need more.

Exceptional brew from Fantome. I'm glad I stumbled across this one. The label states "a beer too bitter for a normal person to enjoy". Not super hoppy but your tongue will feel the numbness. I won't hesitate to pick this up again.

Reviewed: 5/27/07

Price: $11.69 Served In: Tulip

Review by KingG on 05/29/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 10 18 4 8 2008
Poured into chilled into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance is good. Very dark orange with plenty of dirty murkiness. Thin ring of foam sits on top with decent
lacing. Looks like a potion.

Smell is very good. Deep and complex nose. Wet fresh mowed grass, funky yeast, citrus overtones, smelly socks, and a hop presence. There's a barnyard stank here that is very strange, musty and 'damp.' Very unique.

Taste is very good. Flavor is as deep as the smell is and quite similar. Initially, semi-sweet citrus jumps out and then some chalky yeast makes itself known. There's a bitterness that gets balanced out with a bready maltiness as well. Finish is tart and musty.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium-bodied with smooth, moderate carbonation. Acidic, dry and a little chalky and puckering.

Overall: A beautifully crafted, easy drinking brew that would be perfect for spring/summertime outdoor weather. Not my favorite from Fantome but still a very worthy part of their line-up. Highly recommended.

Price: $15.00 Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 12/17/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 15 4 8 0
Dull and foggy dark hay. Solid and creamy, dull white, medium sized crown that stays put for a timely fashion. Big patchy sheets of lace lock into position as it begins to fade and be consumed. Not to mention one of the funniest labels yet to come out of Belgium. I know I could be a Brise-bonbons any given day of the week.

Aroma is of dry stale breads, farm yard wind, brisk, crisp, dry, leafy hops, and a big squeezed in sourness underneath of lime and tangerine skins.

Taste is bold and grabbing. Soft in the front, lightly sweet, kinda toasty, mostly paled in malt and senses a more radiant middle, and then the all or nothing crazy dry and bittered spicy finish sets in. Wowzaa, this has quite a turn into the finish. The dryness is weirdly unique with a dry, white peppery spice and leafy hoppyness. Notes of alkaline, rubber, dirt, lime, burnt pie crust, and chicken wire all make for some funky bite and bittering dryness. Never overpowering, but pushing the envelope plenty with its complexity and strength. Your buds will pucker with effects you may not be ready for.

Feel is delightfully smooth and soft before its drying canter sets in. Just over a medium body with a simple texture of lightly pricking carbonation. Remarkably easy to take in, that is until the spices and dryness take their place on the palate making you wait a bit more for each next sip. Tart and sour envelope glue notes also tend to grab some of the finish now that I have gotton through most of it. One complexing and distastfully chalk-like finish for sure. A tad extra bitter and dry for my tastes, I tend to favor the darker versions, and with a sweeter balance of malts, but this a fun brew none the less if your palate can take the dryness. I wanted to like it more but just couldn't bring myself to get past the parching, chalky, dry spicy finish. Not a Fantome favorite in my book.

Served In: Pint Glass

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