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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

338 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%


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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SIBrew

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I drank this beer the other night. I feel like my life is complete now. I love saisons, with a passion i love that style of beer as much as anything else in this world. This one in particular hit the nail on the head with what I want in a saison. I usually comment on mouthfeel and smell and all that, but just buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 16:47:21 | More by SIBrew
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ccrida

Oregon

4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 03:27:05 | More by ccrida
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CashMoneyVagrant

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a huge, dense and fluffy white head of foam that clings all over the glass. Cloudy in appearance. Has a faint orange color at it's core with lemon skin, dried straw colors highlighting the outer edges of the beer.

Fruity and sweet up front in the nose, with a faint lemony tartness and dried herbal character developing rather quickly. There's a pleasant earthy hop aroma in there. I'm picking up the dandelions and can detect the dandelion tea that's used in the brew, which gives it a fresh flower, earthy green quality at the same time. This could be where the dried, earthy hop character comes from. Becomes more flowery and fruity as the beer warms. Notes of lemon zest, honey and wildflowers are showing up, with almost a fresh underripe banana aroma. Not much funk or mustiness though, as with most other Fantome beers. Dried flowers and a candied sweetness carry through on the nose with a bread like biscuit malt aroma that shows up as the brew comes to room temperature.

Starts off with a spritzy amount of carbonation that dissipates rather quickly becoming almost flat, but soft and creamy in taste. That hop quality comes through at first, with a touch of sweetness. Lemon zest, dried flowers and honey on the palate. Showing a nice musty character, more so than in the nose. If you every ate a dandelion as a little kid is something that keeps coming to mind. Dry and faintly sweet at the same time. Little too no tartness or sour flavors showing, though the mustiness carries nicely through the background of the beer. Just wonderfully aromatic and earthy, with lots of dried flowers, almost wet stones? in the taste.

The finishes very dry in the mouth, but still has that faint sweetness to round it out. There's also a nice yeasty bread quality in the finish, with a clove, coriander like spicyness that shows up on the palate and in the nose. What a great, dry and refreshing beer with the 8% Abv. nowhere to be found.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 19:33:56 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
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nogoodreason

Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy amber. Mild, fizzy, unimpressive head.

Nose is tart and earthy in the extreme. It's not lambic sour, it's cut grass and lemon juice tart.

I hate to use the dandelion reference... but you can sense that dandelion stem flavor. It's also lemony, and simply freaking beautiful with a mild, indiscernible fruity sweetness below it. It's warming, and becoming more tart, but somehow still mellowing. An earthy dryness replaces the juicy tart beer of earlier. The wild yeasty complexity becomes more present... straw, and grass clippings... I'm loving this.

Another cold pour turns the tartness into a lemon juice, with something sweet and spicy and that same dry, earthy finish. How many times can i use the word tartness to describe this beer? Not enough.

Yeast pour turns the beer an most unattractive brown, and it mellows developing a rye bread-like component and a grassiness that becomes predominant.

Finish is long, lemony and earthy.

I'm grateful to have sampled this. No surprises here, it's exceptional...

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 23:01:56 | More by nogoodreason
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark green, 1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz. (true 750ml) Bottle. It hides a marvelous offering from this most Artisanale, & bi-polarizing, of Belgium Brewers. The hand-drawn yellow & black label is befuddled, & the sketchy picture & handwritten characters make it hard to read. Looks like a child drew this one. Labeled as “Pissenlit”, Bières de Saison, Printemps ’02. Literally translated into English this means “Piss in Bed, Spring 2002”. Hell Yeah someone else who has been there, we all have our bad days. Oh, but wait, actually, “Pissenlit”, as the label states properly translates & really means “Dandelion”. Oh, that’s better.

The wonderful world of Fantôme, is like Charlie & the Chocolate Factory: I so want to meet the meet the creator of this fantasy wonderland.

Appearance: Deep, turbid, muddy, murky orange look. The head is a smooth uniformily bubble sized affair that has intense staying power due to the massive inherent carbonation. Has an earthy agricultural look.

Nose: Disgustingly marvelous. Earthy soil ground smells, mixed with cut grass, reminiscent of a badly set low cutting soil-chopping Lawnmower. Nasal remnants strike a chord with freshly cut grass from an English Cricket Field mixed with the hazy summer dew of a well used school sports field. Grassy & pungent. WOW.

Taste: Uncompromisingly Fantôme. Hard to describe, but easy to swallow. Dry, yeasty innoculent beginnings lead to an acerbic astringent middle. A floral backbone runs into an inherent acidic carbonation that gives a very lambic feel to the end of this most farmyard of ales. Dandelions shine through in the floral end. DOUBLE WOW.

Mouthfeel: High inherent carbonation leads to a champagne effervescence, akin to a lively lambic, mildly acidic but as strikingly lively as a recently caught fresh rainbow trout thrashing in the nets.

Overall: Quite marvelous – simply brilliant – for me; Dany Prignon is the Brewing equivalent of the Wright Brothers.

The Art of learning, is to conceal learning….

“Oh, East is East, & West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth & Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face,
tho' they come from the ends of the earth!”

Belgium? European? Saison? East?, West? or just plain WTF Weird? whatever label you post on it- This is bloody superb!!!

As Kipling rightly suggests – brilliance has no borders.
I hope appreciation of great beer follows these rules….

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 02:01:14 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil the saturday and at the moan and dove the sunday. lovely weekend! As soon as it's poured, it strikes me as different from the bottled version although with Dany it may just be another batch. I crave for bottles on this version. Shelton Bros have done quite a grand coup getting kegs of this.

The pour is chesnut brownish, very cloudy, mysterious. A gentle off-white ring is thinner than the bottle and the body will later confirm much smaller carbonation level, less fluffiness although still moderately carbonation and close to full bodied.

The nose abunds with belgian farmhouse characteristics, starting from the very peppery yeast which comes out musty with hints of cobwebs, sand.. quite undescribable, maybe even a touch of cat liter, but I swear it's a marvellous contemplative blend. Very earthy, leafy, salty. Notes of apples, caramel, brown sugar.. Complex and satisfying, sense bugging.

Typical fantôme light tartness reaches pinaccles in the abundant mustiness and cement like basement flavors. Very weird. Light astringence, lots of wood and leafy flavors remind me of my beloved speciaal brouwsel.. Terrific.

It doesn't have the appearance and mouthfeel grace of the bottled fantômes, but the flavors are utterly expansive and immensely enjoyable thoroughly. One of the top examples of farmish craft brewing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2004 15:25:41 | More by Rastacouere
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is for the aged bottle I bought straight from the brewery. He apparently found it somewhere in the barn and didn't quite know what to do with it, I was more than happy to take it off his hands! Dated 2000, it didn't have a cork, just a crown.

Appearance: Quite a darker shade of brown, the head was more subdued and was greyer, and had a few dusky chunks in there...

Smell: Wowza! The caramel was bit more darker, it had sort of a scotchy, oaky/vanilla aroma to it, almost as if it were aged in wood!

Taste: It tastes a bit metallic at first, then it tasted earthy and more acidic than the younger one, it was salty, with balsamic vinegar flavors and a dry finish that had a more conspicuous alcohol presence. It wasn't a unanimous favorite, but I absolutely adored it!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 21:25:16 | More by Goldorak
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Patrick999

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The "Dandelion Beer." I guess I'll dispose of the usual review format for this one and just ramble. It looks pretty in my unbranded tulip glass, with a slightly off-gold body. Plenty of foam and really nice lacing, but definitely not a gusher. What does it smell like? Lemony? OK, I can go with that. Also some very light sweaty sock, and a lot of weeds - indeed, the aroma screams Saison! with its tart, weedy-wildflower character.

It tastes a bit more tart than it smells, to me - we're approaching lambic territory here with relatively high acidity. Lemony, with plenty of gueuze-like aged hops and other botanicals. There's a pretty big weediness here that I can only attribute to the dandelion. As is typical with Fantome, there's also a little undercurrent of earth/mushroom. Really a lot going on.

I can't see this being outrageously popular among a large beer-drinking public, due to its tart herbal-bitter nature, but for saison and wild ale lovers, this will be a treat, especially if you like tartness in your Saison. Very easy to drink for the saison aficionado, with a stellar soft feel and non-existent 8% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 21:47:19 | More by Patrick999
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trevorjn06

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely orange/copper color with one finger of head that recedes quickly.

Aroma is mildly tart, hints of malt and lots of fruit. Lemon, peaches and white grapes are present as well as tart cherries, funk, and must.

Flavor upfront is light, bready malt mixed with cherry pie that morphs into soft malt flavors and peaches. Toward the finish barnyard funk, tartness and apples come forward. The finish is cherries, a nice, balancing tartness, funk and a slight herbal character that rides out with tart peaches for the next minute or so. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium/high carbonation.

Overall this beer is very complex and a joy to drink, it reminds my of Spring and Summer. This beer has aspects of Orval, kriek lambic, and saison, I am trying to slow myself from drinking this too fast! I hope I can find more of this as it is wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 03:40:21 | More by trevorjn06
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marburg

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cloudier than Michigan during the bad weather seasons. Orange with vibrant, bright yellow glowing around the edges in the light. Moderate head fades quickly.

Lambic funk and wet, week-old grass clippings overlay yeast and a mild airy feel in the nose. Despite the pronounced sour aroma, this is simply bone dry and a tad bitter -- very little hint of sourness to be found on the tongue. Begins light and somewhat zesty. The weedy, floral dandelion flavor really does assert itself, driving home a unique bitterness that just assaults the palate. Spritzy, yeasty, and dry. I just chewed on lawn weeds and plum skins -- or so my taste buds are telling me. And yet, I f-ing love it.

Its rather complex, unique flavor profile is a bit tough to stomach after two glasses. But those first two just made up one of my favorite recent beer memories. Top shelf.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 00:11:59 | More by marburg
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rye726

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful, hazy straw with a silky white head. Very nice lace.

Nose has crisp fruity malts, musty wood, manure, horsebalnket, flower, sour yeast and white wine grapes

Taste has tart citrus fruits, sweet candy malts, floral herbs and barnyard funk. Quite complex yet superbly balanced.

Clean, refreshing body is delicately carbonated. Nice dry, acidic finish. Perfect example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 07:37:40 | More by rye726
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle or two at Bierparadijs

Pours cloudy, amber brown. Nice thick compacted head. Great retention.

Saison yeast in apparent on the nose. Malty sweet and hints of bitterness on the nose.

An explosion of flavor. Lots of fruity flavors, great malt base and something best described as funk. Sometimes it's like it wants to be tart but that never quite happens. Complex to say the least.

Nice medium to full body, perfect medium amout of carbonation.

One of the best beers I have ever had. After I drank one bottle I turned around to buy another 12. Great stuff and gert it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 11:36:55 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantome Pissenlit was served from a 750 corked and capped bottle dated spring 2003. The cork was fine-textured, instead of the usually choppy-textured cork. When the beer was poured into a Duvel tulip, an ample sticky white head rose, then settled down leaving excellent lacing. Brilliantly golden-orange and semi-transparant, the beer was a radiant beacon of light, attracting the attention of others in the room. The nose was fascinating, with the expected Fantome sourness carrying with it the fresh flowery aromas of dandelions, honey, and lime-orange citrus. This bouquet of smells became more pronounced and complex as the beer warmed. The beer was a masterwork of flavor...clean and refreshing, yet bold and balanced. The moderately sour silky malt body quickly releases a carbonated barrage of lemon-lime-orange citrus flavor, then very slowly melts into a molten malty zippy finish with a touch of bitterness. There was so much more going on here that I can't seem to describe, but I can say that it is totally captivating. The body was wonderfully silky and smooth, which balanced out the acidity well, and made for a satisfying finish. Again, Fantome has tugged at the heart of my soul. The work of a genious.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 04:02:35 | More by HiroProtagonist
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

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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Beerenauslese

California

4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is amber gold. Poured to a half-inch head, the head dissipates quickly into a cap and ring. Slight amount of lacing.

Smells of wild sourness, green grass, and flowers, with a little sweet brown sugar in the background. Quite delightful although subtle.

Tastes of tart apples and lemon peel, then has a nice long dry green grassy/vegetal finish.

The body is light and the carbonation is fizzy. Together with the acid level, this makes for a very refreshing beer. I'd like it to be just a bit more carbonated. As it is, it is tasting quite like a dry champagne.

This is a very tasty and drinkable saison. Really quite outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 02:48:16 | More by Beerenauslese
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ark57

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Bottling - It pours an orange gold with a slight haze and a thin creamy head. The aroma is funky with some yeastiness and the impressions of tartness. The bubbles of the carbonation are tiny and dance over the tongue. It has floral and citrus (mostly lemon) notes. It is slightly acidic and has a dry almost tart like finish. There is also a bitterness that is reminiscent of a bitter vegetable. I guess this is the dandelion coming out. I have never had dandelions in any fashion before, but now I think I have an idea what they taste like. A great refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 17:08:30 | More by ark57
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Dspohn

California

4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle enjoyed at Red Feather in Boise ID, I'd been wanting to try a saison from Fantome for quite awhile so finding this one in Idaho was a treat. 2008 vintage.

Poured hazy peach in color with an inch of nice bubbly white head that settled into a collar and left little lacing.

The smell has a large floral character with additional spicy yeast, earthy barnyard, sweet green apple and grapes. Some cheese-like funkiness also present. Light hop presence

The best tasting saison I've ever had. Sweet floral nectar balanced with bitter floral/earthy hops and tart green fruit (apples, grapes). More fruit presence than I was expecting from the smell, peaches, grapes and something similar to Rainier cherries? Wonderful. Plenty of earthy, funky, animalistic yeast that I look for in all top-tier belgian saisons. Tartness and sweetness meld perfectly, with a slighlty bitter and dry finish. Solid mouthfeel overall, light and bubbly for an 8% beer.

I loved it, one of my new favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 22:41:46 | More by Dspohn
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 03:36:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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cjgator3

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 04:37:51 | More by cjgator3
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Capped-and-corked 750ml bottle bought in Portland. Paid $14.49 for the bottle. Split into our pair of Fantome tulips and shared with my wife TulipSnifter.

A: Papaya nectar with a couple fingers of white head. Recedes to a full cap that sticks around for a while. No lacing, but some surprising legs show up well. 4/5

S: Bright and bruising lemon-lime zest. A wonderful sourness reminiscent of lambic is exciting. I can hardly recognize this as a saison, but I look forward to tasting it none the less. 4.5/5

T: Intensely sour! Oh boy is this nice. The slightest dose of earth funks it up a bit. Saison esters, cucumber skin, and some grape seed liven this up. A great saison. Possibly my favorite bottle of Fantome yet. 4.5/5

M: Appropriately moderate body with fine carbonation reminiscent of champagne. Clean and dry finish. Perfection. 5/5

O: In the world of beer, some are bad, some are good, and some are flat-out ugly. Very rarely do I come across a beer that is borderline a transcendent experience. This is one of those. Memories of this bottle may very well haunt me for some time if the other ones I bought don't live up to this level. 5/5

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 09:12:22 | More by hopsbreath
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 18:54:26 | More by cokes
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear golden amber with an off white head which rose tall and fell very slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was interesting with earthy hop presence and a very slight citrus note and a bit of grass thrown in for good measure. The aroma contained a muted caramel and a light fruitiness. Belgian farmhouse ale yeast aroma was present but at a very low level.

The flavor was very nice and light with a low grassy flavor and a very well done earthiness that was expressed in the bittering and the flavor. The bittering was just to the level to be noticeable and balance the malt. The malt has a low caramel flavor. All the flavors melded well in the beer for a nice complexity. A light spice was also present.

The finish was dry with lasting earthy and slight grassy flavors that dry out further to a very light spice in the finish. The body was medium and the carbonation well done. There was only a slight bit of farmhouse in the aroma and another slight bit in the flavor. A very easy drinking beer with no indication of the alcohol level.

750 ml capped and corked bottle. Number on bottle is handwritten in ink marker and is #836 I have no idea who put this on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 23:19:29 | More by GCBrewingCo
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2003 Pissenlit. The beer that made me fall in love with Fantome. At Max's today. Alas, I did not pay $8 for it at Max's.

The beer pours a cloudy honey color, but with the usual specks of God knows what floating about. There is virtually no head retention or lacing. On the nose, one gets lemon, straw, apple cider, fresh mown grass and light honey. The beer smells very nice, but on the palate.... there is an initial blast of sour lemon and cardboard, followed by honey, a touch of bitterness and hay. Only Fantome could make a beer with this kind of flavor. Amazing. Mouthfeel is smooth and long, probably all the more so as the carbonation is pretty low. There is almost a sweet and sour, ice tea flavor component to this beer. The 8% alcohol level is meaningless in this beer. I know it's there, but I get no sense of it.

Dreamy. Exceptional. Fantome.

Note: Had to go back and up the appearance score a bit. While there was no head or retention to speak of initially, a second pour revealed a much more lively beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 21:17:34 | More by johnmichaelsen
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml capped and corked bottle purchased from K & L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney, where I shared it with Rich and Sam for our Fantôme tasting day.

Pours a mildly hazed but very pleasant deep golden colour, with a fine bit slightly filmy head of white. The head really only consists at the edges, forming some pocked bubbles in a pleasant ring, but feeling a little lacklustre elsewhere. Body is solid and holds some nice carbonation. Some patchy but inconsistent lacing. Not one of the better looks of the Fantôme range.

Nose is pleasant and clean, with a mild chamomile sweetness and a slightly green herbal quality. Clean and very pleasant funk comes through lending some crispness and a touch of acidity. Underneath is a very nice sweetness, almost a honey character: this is subtle, but it really provides a lovely basis for the other characters. Very pleasant indeed.

Taste is also very good: clean, light, really well-balanced acidity, bouncing off the other complexities that flit and dive in and out of the palate. There's herbal qualities, sweetness, faint pepper, even a pleasant carbonic character that works very nicely with the beer. Pearskin rounds it out, but really, the flavour keeps going for much longer, with a dance of acidity and tartness cavorting right to the very end. Lovely stuff.

Feel is great: smooth but with a clean acidity to cut through it very nicely.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. It's so refreshing and very, very drinkable. 8% ABV? Not a hint of it: this looks like a clean, summer session beer, and seriously I would drink it as such. It's so very, very drinkable and so very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 06:58:21 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with one finger of white head on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam shows decent retention and leaves nice lace.

S - Earthy spice notes with strong honey/chamomile character. Peppery yeast and some bready malt with a hint of toffee.

T - Tangy wheat with spice notes of pepper and chamomile up front. Sweet, bread like pilsner malt in the middle with a huge note of earthy, wild honey. Unrefined sugar and more pilsner malt blend with the spices and honey in the finish and are balanced by moderate acidity.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - As usual, Fantome has created a unique and enthralling drinking experience with this beer. The honey character is huge and complex with an earthy, wild note that is evocative of both chamomile and really good mead. The yeast lends spicy notes that stick to the background, but manage to add a layer of complexity. There is also a significant level of sourness from the bugs that seem to make their way into every Fantome beer and it helps immensely with balance and drinkability. Highly recommended, this is exceptional even for Fantome.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 08:49:54 | More by nickfl
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