Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
3.45/5 rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Into Duvel tulip
Not a whole lot of head. AT ALL. Has a cider/honey viscous quality to it. Slightly turbid. Rustic? On style? I dunno. Not doing a whole lot for me, so for style, I'd say average to slightly below.
Definitely a sweet dandelion thing going on. That's OK. A little Styrian Goldings hoppiness. Definitely herbal; fortunately not chamomile. The dandelion makes it interesting but maybe the sweetness is a little bit much.
I like the acidity here - a trademark of most of the Fantome offerings I've sampled. Still, there's no zip on this fastball. Borderline syrupy. It's got a kick and some nice flavor of dandelion greens. Still, it could use a little pick-me-up.
The little acidity is a savior here, 'cause otherwise it would be sort of hop/dandelion syrup. Very flat but tangy on the finish. Saison? Not in the current sense. Good? Depends on the palate. Interesting? Definitely.
Man, every time I pay 2x other saisons to try a Fantome I sit there and say, "I'm trying. Damn...I'm trying." But quite a few of these have let me down. The culprit? Almost always the carbonation. No exception here. Give this some zip and I have to imagine it would be quite nice. As is it drinks pretty well. This has to be fixed.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2009 23:09:28 | More by IBUnit63
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3.61/5 rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottle opened on 1.13.14
A - Pours a hazy medium brown with a huge foamy tan head that fades very slowly.
S - Earthy, funky, apples and pears.
T - Funky, earthy, smokey.
D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.
O - Too much carbonation and a lot of smoke in this one.
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2014 05:51:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.71/5 rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance- Almost a gusher but not quite. Has pretty good retention as well. The head is a an off-white/very light tan while the body is a dull, medium to dark amber which appears a hazy medium amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.
Nose- Very subtle but very refined. Very clean smelling. Banana, very light cloves, a suggestion of lemon and apple. Very spring smelling if that means anything. Swirling shows a little bit more of the cloves and gives off a blend of earthiness and ashiness.
Taste- Starts with the fruit esters of the nose- a blend of apple and lemon. Cloves come in pretty strong and impart an ashiness that tends toward a woody bitterness. Some banana on the finish makes this a little bit more bearable. Some honey on the finish. Coriander as well but the cloves are a little much for me at the moment. The woody bitterness even gives off a little earwax. Fortunately, the honey and floral notes counteract this but not enough. A subsequent pour shows a much more mellow clove character with a bitter bite that serves to give the beer more character instead of overwhelming it. A good beer and a competent saison but doesn't really excite me in anyway. Nice balance and integration but it does lack in the presence and complexity departments. Some grain.
Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation which really works for this beer. Has some airiness.
Drinkability- Pretty easy going despite the slight distraction of the cloves. Certainly not worth the 16 bucks I paid though. I will not be buying this again.
Overall- A good beer and competent saison with a great beer price tag. Worth a try but if you balk at the cost, you should pass. Not as interesting as the regular Fantome. Definitely a bit boring.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2014 06:45:36 | More by artoolemomo
3.91/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750 ml poured into Brasserie D'Achouffe tullip glass
A: Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a huge light tan/off white head that dissipated to a one finger head made from medium to small size bubbles with a creamy patch in the center. Good lacing but doesn't last long and slowly makes its way back down to the foam and into the beer, minus a few patches. Given a minute or two, the head dissolved into a thin even layer but never completely gone. not a bad looking beer, definitely darker than I was expecting.
S: Not as Fantome funky as other beers but it has a cheese like, almost an earthy raw grain but also hay like funk to it. The aroma reminds me of a brew day during the mash in, its warm from the hot mash and the aroma of grain fills the air. That's the feel I get from this funky brew. A tad bit floral and maybe spice but very earthy and hay like to me.
T: First thing that came to mind was how clean and non-fantome this beer is. Kinda disappointing to not have any of that weirdness that I'm so used to and have grown to love. A bit warming from the abv. Beer has a satisfying fruitiness with an herbal touch to it with a bit of spice in the background. Finishes with a similar earthy hay like almost grain like maltiness that is nice. Medium carbonation makes for a light tartness and refreshing dryness, easy to drink and refreshing. Bitterness is almost non-existent but works for this Dandelion beer.
After waling away for a bit and lettign it warm up in the glass and let it linger in my mouth I start to notice a bit of Fantome character to it. Its just very subtle compared to others but it is there. Maybe since I get absolutely no smokiness from this when all other Fantome beers I've had did, which I've thoroughly enjoyed. A good tasting beer but just doesn't make me jump like most other Fantome brews have. Still worth a try and would buy again.
M: Finish is dry and lightly tart with good dark fruit flavors lingering. Dryness makes you want to take another sip and continue savoring. I do get some alcohol mixed with the dryness and fruitiness but is not bad at all. Its warming but not boozie.
O: Glad I finally got to try what seemed to be a strange beer but actually was not strange at all. I would not recommend this brew to some one who wants to experience the fantome funk but definatily to someone who's sampled other Fantomes and wants to experience a "clean" example of what Dany is capable of over in the Ardenne forest.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2013 05:48:30 | More by MarioM
Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
92 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.