Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme
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Reviews by cerevisiaephilus:
4.75/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Well, its my birthday. Might as well break into this bad boy. Might hit up an Oud Beersel Kriek later too.
Really great looking beer. Really awesome deep orange color. When held up to the light it is a bright burning intense red. Very high carbonation leaves a massive pillow of a head that has yet to subside after 5 minutes. The bubbles are still flooding out of the etched D of my Duvel glass.
Really amazing nose. Get some nice burnt candi sugar notes that are fairly subdued. But up front I get a touch of earthy musty scents that I think this brewery is so well known for. I might even detect some lobster in there. I know that's weird, but its just what I smell. EDIT: but after tasting the Fantome Saison, this thing tasted as clean as a munich lager in comparison.
Very nice taste, but not the 'exceptional' taste I was expecting, but 4.5 ain't shabby. Fairly mellow beer with a very well rounded pallette. Starts very smooth with some nice sweet candi notes, passes through a nice mellow fruity phase and finishes with a vegetal like astringency (not that astringent) that is quite nice. Maybe its hops but I doubt it. I imagine it might be the dandelions. But who knows??
Perfect mouthfeel. Really right on the money. Creamy without being thick. I like it. the intense carbonation also helps bring the beer to life.
Dangerously drinkable. Not cloying at all.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2004 00:35:53 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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3.61/5 rDev -12%
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 -9.5%
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 -4.6%
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
91 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.