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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

385 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 71
Gots: 56 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002)
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Reviews by ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml poured into my Fantôme tulip, Pissenlit is a brassy gold with a fluffy white head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is very estery, which as perfect an example of saison as this is, is citrusy and assertive but not heavy or thick, there is a light mineral water air.

Taste is big fruity saison esters with loads of lemons, a nice clean, tart sourness, quinine, everything I like about saison is represented. Fantôme is back in a big way with this beer, wow!

Mouthfeel is slick, light, on the drier side, very nice.

Drinkability is ridiculously high for me. Saison is my favorite style, and this is a perfect example of why. Citrus, sour, light, dry and pithy. Reminds me of their Blanche, but with more oomph, and more carbonation. This is my all-time favorite brewery, but I've honestly not had a Fantôme in the last 10+ years that measure up to my memories of their hay-day...until this.

ccrida, Nov 04, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

With no other Belgian brewery currently doing what farmhouse brewers have been doing for centuries, the ebs and flows of Fantome earns them as much frustration as it does grace. But once in a while, magic happens and that does so with Pissenlit.

Pouring a darker amber shade than is common, its richer reds and browns elude to the toasted character within. With the nose hovering above, whiffs of bread crust and cotton candy seduce the senses while earthen wafts of peppercorn, straw and hay float above.

Its sultry taste is estery of grape candy, plum and apple before the middle palate sets in with its earthy and peppery balance. With the soft malt presence drying out, the slightness of rose wine acidity, cumin, clove and cork all offer an herbal, woodsy and leathery quality to give the taste mature complexity, balance and grace.

Its dry and peppery finish easily sheds any lingering finish and offers a refreshing, bubbly and warming feel with an aftertaste of dried fruit and damp straw. More complex than words allow, Fantome demonstrates why they are the premiere farmhouse ale makers!

BEERchitect, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of ricke
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange with a medium-sized off-white head. Some lacings.

S: The aroma is really strange and hard to pinpoint. Malts reminiscent of wheat crackers, a lot of odd spices, some herbal notes. Notes of lemon and yeast.

T: The taste is better than the smell, but still very strange. Somewhat sweet and mildly tart flavors. Notes of malts, odd spices, fresh herbal notes, grass and earthy yeast. Perhaps something in the line of dandelions, but I might be reading to much into this. The finish is mildly bitter and somewhat spicy with notes of malts. Thankfully this one developed nicely in the glass. At first, it was quite bad, but it got better and after a while I actually enjoyed it quite a bit.

M: Medium body with somewhat lively carbonation.

D: A strange beer. Decent at best. Very interesting, but flavor-wise it's not very impressive.

ricke, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful, glowing orange with a thin layer of off-white head.

Mouthwatering, crisp, lemony nose with barnyard notes.

With a soft mouthfeel, light lactic acidity and several malty, flowery layers, there is more to this than most saisons.

It had nice head retention throughout, without much lacing. As it warms the flowery notes come out to play with the acidity. Finishes slightly dry.

Pissenlit won't be for everybody, but it does have an audience and you can sign me up.

brownbeer, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Printemps 2004. Finally sitting down to another Fantome..this one brewed with dandelions of all things. Cork escapes with a nice pop...pours from the bottle a dark murky orange amber with a two finger head of billowy foam. Fast moving carbonation races up and allows the head to linger indefinetely. Aromas start with beautiful lemony grains, wildflower notes and light fruits (green apple, pear) abound with a well placed underlying earthy funkiness. Hints of cooked veggies with plenty of yeasty tones. Slight woody tannins. Immensely complex and unique..it's hard to describe with the written word the array of scents contained within my glass. Beautiful, funky, lovely....this is the aroma I live for in a truly artisnal saison. Thank you Dany!

First sip brings an elegant light fruity maltiness with notes of lemon, green apple and pear intertwined. Hints of cooked veggies and flowers weave in and out. I have no idea what dandelions taste like..but they must be contributing the vegetal floral hints here! Earthy, yeasty, woody funkiness works its magic and adds a slightly sour/tart twang to each subsequent sip. Slightly sweet with a wonderful aftertaste. I find this to be a magnificent saison. Much like the regular Fantome saison except with a more earthy, floral twist. Just another reason I love experimental brewing.

Mouthfeel is rather light with a vibrant carbonation. Slightly dry and exceptionally refreshing. Flavors hit every taste bud on the way down. I wish it was not so hard for me to find this brew or really any Fantome in general. I have yet to be disappointed. This is an all day drinkable saison even at 8%. If you enjoy true, artisnal saisons...seek this one out as you will not be dissapointed. A uniquely different triumph!

orbitalr0x, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml green magnum with a vintage date of 2003 on the front label.

Appearance: Sunrise reddish orange in a haze with a thin white lacing on top.

Smell: At first thought … Lemon Pledge. Then grassy, musty, earthy and more lemony notes come along.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Uncommonly musty and earthy with a good dry malt backing and lemony tartness. Semi-crisp and slick on the tongue. Yeasty with a crazy tart nutty flavor. Finishes with a quick pucker and more yeast.

Drinkability & Notes: Certainly one of the more interesting saisons I have tried, I ended up braising a pork roast with some of this … most excellent.

Jason, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, capped and corked, dispenses a hazy, golden body with a small offwhite head that quickly falls into a cap. Some sheet lacing on the chalice.

Aroma is earthy, with a distinct fresh lemon slice note. Grassy hops, and a hint of coriander and white pepper.

Mouthfeel has a light medium body with a subdued carbonation.

Taste is dry, but not overly so. Lemon tartness, grassy hops, a dirty earthiness, a hint of white pepper, and a dandylion herbal quality. Finishes dry and herbal.

A solid Belgian saison, but not the world beater I usually find in a Fantome offering. I could still sip this one all day if not for the stiff price tag.

merlin48, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle provided by blutt59 and tasted at thirdeye11's birthday tasting.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a minimal white head. Strong saison smell with some light funkiness and some citrus. The taste has a little funk and quite a bit of citrus, mainly lemon. Great drinkability and very refreshing. Very dry finish.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
5/5  rDev +22.5%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev -2%

rob133, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

(Aged for 1 year)

Hazy golden and light orange with a small off-white head.

Pleasant aroma of white fruits (apple and pear), along with some floral notes, peach, and mild yeast.

The flavor is sweeter and less funky than many other Fantomes I've had, with the white fruits and floral notes leading the way, low bitterness, and only a touch of yeast funk.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Very nice, but not one of my favorite Fantomes, but only because I love, love, love most all of them.

ehammond1, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded golden hazed body with a bright white head forming thick above the rim of the chalice. Fine even lacing intricate appearance, fine effervescent carbonation these Belgians know how to execute. Aroma earthy herbal, pissenlit can be interpeted as Dandelion or "wet the bed" either way drinking enough of this I get the connection. Spicy yeast, a touch of mellow alcohol hidden in the biscuit pilsner malt, slight skunk nose from the green bottle but inoffensive for the most part. Flavors refreshing, spicy yeast, crisp malt sweetness with dry herbal/earthy/floral hop additions excellent saison. Funky lactic acidity works well with a hint of citrus, floral notes really bursting with barnyard, meadows, fresh cut grass. Mouthfeel is crips effervescent carbonation medium to light bodied, easy to drink with a nice tartness. Overall drinkability was incredible, a great version of Fantome that holds up with the best of any Saisons I've ever come across.

WVbeergeek, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque yellow-orange color with a half-finger off-whtie head. The head dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing.

Smells of earthy fruit - pears and green apples - with a good amount of sweet funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderate amounts of malt flavors serve as a background for fruit flavors that are both tart and sweet with underlying herbal hop flavors. The ending is more on the tart side than anything.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a slick mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle rather easily and could have another.

Overall I was a bit surprised by the light carbonation but it ended up working really well with the flavors. Worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of coryking
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a sample that a patron gave me at the Soulard iTap. Tried almost back to back with the Fantome Saison...

750 bottle, I forgot to check the vintage...

Murky, golden ale in a glass, much like the Saison. Smells like orange juice, with a more assertive tartness than the saison. Dont get me wrong though, there is of course the big barnyard, horse blanket funk running around, but this time with an aggressive spiciness. Something very earthy in there too. On the palate, the spice is still present with the earthiness, but the tartness overshadows all on this one. Very little alcohol presence, nice moderate mouthfeel and an OK drinkability factor. Most may find this a little too tart, I enjoy it, but could continue to sip on a whole 750 by myself. Good, solid stuff though...

coryking, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
086/477044 on cork
A- The dense hazy dark orange body has a billowing sheet of microbubbles that swirl around and support a thick white foam that sits on the glass in sheets.

S- The dandelion flowers aroma mixes with green spice hops that blend with a peppery yeast ester note. There are club soda notes and some cheese rind brett hints in the finish. Aroma well blended.

T- The bright tartness fades to soft malt with yeasty saison peppery notes and a dry finish with some soft sulfur dandelion green notes that linger in the back of the throat. The slight sweetness of Pils malt comes through as the beer opens up.

M- The light mouthfeel has a slightly creamy but crisp finish with no alcohol heat.

O- I was surprised at how the taste and smell of dandelion flowers really came through with the support of the fantome yeast. There are some Noble hops and pils malt qualities offer nice depth.

rhoadsrage, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on the 4th of July with my family. This 750 ml bottle did not have the label on it so I could not tell the year. The beer poured a hazy amber color with a thick white trademark Fantome head. Yummy. The aroma was a bit funky, earthy based on the yeast character of this brew and there was a bit of dried fruit notes as well. The taste is a bit tart and slighty sweet with some definite flavor of earthiness (grass and probably the dandelion flower that it was brewed with). The body is light to medium and made for a perfect summertime saison.

ggaughan, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of ipc2000
3/5  rDev -26.5%

ipc2000, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muddy apricot bronze with a modest bleached tan foam.
Nose is plump with caramel breads, cilantro, farm, lime juice, and a noticeable, reedy dandelion bitterness.
Enters with grainy bread notion, with tickles of spiciness that suggest rye. Later, it solidifies into a sweeter, moister notion of sourdough and caramel. Light almond skin nuttiness, followed with a wash of lingering lemon juice tartness. Earthier and funkier from here on out. Quavering mineral astringency, dirty linens, mushrooms, and coriander. Rides out with a weedy floral hue that can only be associated with the dandelions.
Medium bodied, but with its gentle, steady carbonation, this is nearly as solid a quencher as it is an experience.
Hats off to Fantome, once again. Likewise to Bighuge, for coming through with this weed.

cokes, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good saison, 2004 bottled. Grassy aroma in there. Well carbonated and tasty spices and citrus. The use of dandelions was in the cartoon, but I didn't take it seriously. I am in fact allergic to it in the spring season. I guess its good I had it in late winter. The bomber takes a long lunch to get through but doable without ill effects. Alcohol was disguised by fizziness, but proved to be a knockout. This is a robust beer as all the fantomes.

Sammy, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL capped-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Gamboge and orange peel liquid, very hazy with faint amber highlights. A very thin whispy white collar forms slowly despite a vigorous pour and barely sticks around. Average lacing, mild viscous legs. [edit: a subsequent pour generated a more substantive and lastin head along with a merengue-like lacing - odd!]

Lovely candied citrus aromatics with hints of kumquat, bubble gum, wheat, and earthy wild yeast.

Tart and funky palate entry, lush fruit-juice like flavors intermingle with a touch of aspirin, roquefort, and fermenting hay. The flavor profile is rather subtle overall, but all its own. I'm looking for dandelion but don't get any peppery taste (like from the greens), or anything particularly floral, nor anything especially sweet (like a dandelion wine). Hops don't play an obvious role either. The finish reminds me something of a sauvignon blanc - acidic, mineral-laden, with hints of citrus - with the addition of more rustic (horse-manure?) notes.

Light bodied, and somewhat flat, though perhaps that is just this bottle? The alcohol is well integrated, and not at all hot.

Crisp, refreshing, and not particularly weird - this is a bright tart saison that should appeal to those who already enjoy Fantôme's more readily available offerings....

augustgarage, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A short head of frothy white foam resides over a hazy orange body. Its very fine, natural carbonation helps it to maintain a creamy collar and lacy surface covering throughout the glass; and it leaves some minimal short-lived lace with each sip. The nose is floral, grassy and somewhat citrusy with a touch of "barnyard"; and it exhibits some fruit and a touch of sweetness as well. It's bright, interesting, and invigorating with a bit of complexity. The body is medium/light with a delicate, natural carbonation from bottle conditioning that gently caresses the palate before fading smoothly away. The flavor offers an incredible balance between lightly sweet malt and gently tart yeastiness on either side of a distinctly grassy, herbal, and floral character. It finishes dry, and a touch powdery, with a short lingering fruity-sweetish-tart malt note and some low-key herbal and delicately spicy-grassy hops. It's a really interesting beer that appears at first to be more than it is; reveals it's true self upon tasting; and then displays more complexity than it alludes to while still remaining very straightforward. It's quite drinkable, and most enticing. An impressive beer that should be on the "must have" list of any Belgian beer fan.

NeroFiddled, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of grownfool
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

grownfool, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Pours a somewhat dark orangish amber color with a thin off-white head that quickly turns into a thin lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is simply fantastic. It is sour, musty, earthy and floral. Very saison/farmhouse like. 

T- The taste starts out tart with some citrus and some earthy/musty notes as well. There is also a nice dry malt backbone. Well done! 

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, another fantastic brew from this great brewery. A must try if you can get your hands on it.

cjgator3, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of mikey711
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rather than age it, I just wanted to drink it.

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

It's a very cloudy orangy amber. A thin layer of head sits on top to provide very good lacing.

Very earthy smelling along with a hint of citrus. Dryness also present in the aroma. Also a slight hint of brett. A few floral notes too.

Very tangy and tart. Bitter fruit is pretty present, but also provides a little sweetness. Very dry, much like a white wine.

The sour dryness lingers on my tongue and is quite pleasant. Acidic, but not harsh.

Very easy to drink, but also nice to share with others. Very well done

mikey711, Aug 21, 2009
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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.