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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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227 Reviews
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Reviews: 227
Hads: 453
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 72
Gots: 61 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

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Reviews: 227 | Hads: 453
Reviews by seaoflament:
Photo of seaoflament
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for sharing this one last time at La Bella. Have wanted to try this one for a while but these Fantome bottles are quite pricey. Adding this review from notes I took that night.

The beer was a golden yellow with a bit of cloudiness from the yeast pour. About a quarter inch of foam on top that fell fairly quickly due to the acidity of the beer, mostly all Fantome beers I have had don't retain any head.

Sweet citrus on the nose, slightly herbal, sweet floral aromas, hay, musty grain, a bit spicy, and leathery notes in the back.

Some tartness at first with a lemon flavor, hay, mustiness, dull citrus and orange flavor. Brett must and leather in the background. Tasty but the beer could develop a bit more in the bottle. Low carbonation but works very good with this beer and drinkable for the most part.

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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!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma of unspecified spice, light
Head average (5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, frothy, diminishing to irregular ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – few small islands and reefs of tiny bubbles
Body medium brown/orange, slight haze
Flavor is herbal with no hop bitterness found, just a slightly malty backbone. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, fizzy carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3. An average beer with weak aroma and flavor: to call them “delicate” would be overly generous and optimistic.

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Photo of ricke
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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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!

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Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ehammond1
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doremite
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glid02
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of coryking
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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...

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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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesStreet
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a murky orange-brown full of sediment. Thick, champagne-like head that dissipates very quickly. Minimal lace
S - earthy must, hint of citrus, floral hop presence, Belgian maltiness.
T - follows the nose, orange rind, biscuit.
M - on the medium side with an uncharacteristically creamy feel.
O - citrusy saison with just enough mustiness.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of ipc2000
3/5  rDev -26.5%

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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
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