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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

356 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 71
Gots: 57 | FT: 6
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 falloutsnow:
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Best before June 2013
Glass: Tulip

Pissenlit is a most interesting saison, unique in appearance, flavor, and texture, with solidly pleasing results. The beer's focus on bitterness and unripe fruits does not go unnoticed, though its other characters are still discernible below this flavorful mix. An excellent and unique saison, which along with the classic, goes together with Strange Ghost and Saint Roch as my most well-remembered beers from this brewery.

Pours a 2.5cm tall head, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, tan in color, with excellent retention, lasting a few minutes as it settles to a 0.5cm cap atop the body. Lacing is exceptional: extra thick swatches stick to the sides of the glass with each sip and slowly merge into the cap topping the body; the sheeting effect is something of art. The body is an opaque golden brown color, with light bringing out reddish-orange hues and a faint yellow wrapping around the perimeter of the beer (and showing that the beer is slightly transparent, perhaps 90% opaque). Carbonation is visible moving along the edges of the glass, but I've never seen it move so slow: this is clearly a thick, heavy beer and it looks fantastic.

Aroma is, overall, very modest and rather average. There are hints of slight sweetness, Brettanomyces-influenced barnyard funk, citrus pith (grapefruit and/or orange), and aged herbs (bay leaves, savory), but none of them particularly strong or noteworthy.

Pissenlit's flavors focus on the bitter, tart, unripe, and citrus pith, creating a fairly amazing flavor when joined to the Belgian saison yeast and proprietary herbs that Dany uses. Front of tongue detects muted tartness, unripe fruits (apple, pear), and honey-like sweetness. Mid-palate finds dense flavors of unripe fruits, saison yeast, acidic tartness, tart candy sweetness, cheese, pineapple, and modest grapefruit. Back of palate picks up sharp bitterness, acidic tartness, cheese, saison yeast, and tart candy sweetness. Aftertaste is mildly tart and bitter, with slight graininess and citrus pith.

The beer is heavy, with ample carbonation, which nicely foams this thick concoction upon the palate creating a smooth and heavy mouthfeel. While this is different from many other saison I've had it's interesting and pleasing. Closes out thick, creamy, and fairly dry; quite satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 04:41:41 | More by falloutsnow
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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.