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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

355 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 71
Gots: 57 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 05:21:21 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

09-01-2012 01:48:16 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-22-2011 22:35:29 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, slighly-light copper color with a white head. A bit of sticking lacing on the way down. Nose brings forward quite a bit; highly unusual, as is often the case. The predominant scent seems to be some sort of grassy, floral scent that's hard to place. In addition, a good amount of lemon, hay, and a little bit of musty funk. Taste is really floral and a bit grassy. Some light citrus notes as well. A bit of hay. Feel is really nice with the floral character livening things up and drying out the finish just a bit. Unlike many of Fantome's more unusual offerings, this one nails the drinkability factor.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 23:52:41 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Coppery ripe apricot with a hint of coral red. I was expecting a hue much closer to dandelion yellow, but am not disappointed in the least. In fact, the color is the best part about the appearance. I am a little let down by the clarity though; perhaps a little yeasty murk is yet to come. The golden beige cap is creamier and less airy than on most beer of this style. A good look overall.

The nose is saison-like; no surprise there. It'll be harder to describe what makes it so. A warm, earthy spiciness is its primary feature, along with an enticing herbalness. I don't believe that I can pick out the aroma of dandelions though, largely because I'm not sure what they actually smell like (I'll resist the urge to go out to my backyard and find out). Not outstanding, but pleasant enough in a rustic, farmhouse sort of way.

Three offerings--so far--are hardly enough to make such a blanket statement, but I don't believe that Brasserie Fantome brews anything other than good (or freakin' outstanding) beer. Pissenlit is solidly in the good camp. There's no way that I can pick out the various flavors so I won't even try. Again though, nothing strikes me as obviously dandelion-like. It would help if I knew what the little yellow weeds actually tasted like.

There's a bit of a toasted pale malt sweetness underlying all the yeast and spices and herbs. The potpourri that is the latter two is appealing to me and is becoming more so the more I drink. Alcohol is next to absent on the palate, another Fantome trademark. Whatever sugar is present initially says 'adieu' by the finish so that the beer ends up favoring modestly bitter and drying. Crisp doesn't apply. Refreshing does. As does delicious. As does compulsively drinkable.

A fine storm cloud of yeast has now appeared in the glass (I'm in the bottom third of the bottle) and the fascinating color is some kind of beautiful. I don't usually break out the big numbers unless there's a better than decent display of lace, but what the hell. This is great looking beer.

The body/mouthfeel is neither light and airy, nor is it full and sticky; it's somewhere in the vast middle. It does have a quality feel though and the fact that there's something less than a Belgianesque amount of carbonation doesn't detract from my enjoyment in the least. A hint of stickiness on the back end is a nice feature.

Pissenlit is French for dandelion and translates as 'pee in bed' due to the diuretic properties of the plant. I don't feel a pressing need to finish this review (and I'm not in bed anyway), but I may feel differently once milliliters 600-750 have been consumed. If Brasserie Fantome didn't exist, beer geeks would have to invent it. I love the idea of a small, talented, dedicated, quirky Belgian brewer who thinks outside the box. And I love his creations even more.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 16:00:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So it is not everyday I get to crack a new bottle from Fantome. I was actually quite excited to try this one. I had heard some really nice things. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 09/15/2009.



Ehh on the pour. No head at all, minor bubbles on the side that quickly left and only the slightest bit of lace apparent and even that faded off quite quickly. Dull golden color without much in the way of life in it. Again not terribly impressed here. Aroma was light, small hint of tart apple, lots of grain notes and hints of light floral touches bouncing around the outside of it. But far too light for me to be really engaged. Light flavor, grape peel, flowers, hints of light grassy notes and a lightness to it that really just seemed off to me. Flat feeling on the sips as well, really just not coming across that great to me at all. Light and easy to drink, but I just did not feel really compelled to follow through on it any more, just did not hold my interest.



Overall it was ok, but I would not really have the need to go back to it again. Probably the least complex thing I have had from them by far. Not sure what it was intended to come across as but I am hoping this was not it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 00:55:09 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a huge off-white head with perfect retention. Aroma of light spices which possibly includes cumin with some subtle funky yeast. Finish is slightly bitter but I would have expected a bit more at the end. Body is way too thin which kind of ruined part of the experience for me. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is a very fine saison but I guess I was expecting another funky spicy monster which is not what this is about it seems.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 14:42:20 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2003 shared by Craig/Ted. Thanks!

A: The pour is a bright orange color with a big white head that eventually settles down to a thin layer.

S: A great funk and must to the aroma with fruity citrus notes of both lemon and oranges, along with lots of floral character (as I would expect). The typical spice esters of Fantome are present as well.

T: Nice and lemony (mildly tart) up front with an intense floral quality following. Some musty and earthy funk gives this a nice "wild" character. Subtle spices fill in where they can.

M: The body is medium with a full, rolling carbonation.

D: Man, this was great. Aging Fantome beers tends to be a big toss up, but this really paid off.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 19:45:01 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-23-2014 01:43:43 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours up a slightly murky, dark orange body with a well-sized, foamy, white head.

Smell: Touches of sweet-scented barley mingled with notes of freshly-squeezed lemon juice, spices, juiced apples, dialed down funk, and a long midday walk near the garden section of a Home Depot.

Taste: Light base maltiness with a touch of mildly sweet toffee crumbles. While you are treated to a fruit taste of crisp, cut apples, it's the tart lemon that is the real standout for me. Lemony, lemony, lemony. Delicate spice character, though you also get a meager taste of crystallized ginger. Sure, I do get plenty of strong floral tones, but my mind leaps to lilac or chamomile instead of the humble dandelion. Though I've had dandelions in a few salads and, in one curious instance, atop a pizza, I have not found the flavor to be overly appreciable. Emerging earthy grassiness upon slight warming. Subtle funk character. Lightly acidic. Finishes perfectly dry and with a very effervescent charge of bubbles.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated - quite lively, I must say!

Drinkability: Nice work, Fantôme. An excellent, highly refreshing saison! Like the standard Fantôme Saison, this one drinks incredibly well and I find I reach the bottom of my glass at lightning speed.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 17:16:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-05-2012 07:21:55 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

01-23-2014 01:42:14 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-11-2013 04:48:53 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

03-14-2014 22:15:34 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange/amber with no head.

Fantastic "Fantome" nose of barnyard funk, sour, honey, dandilions and unripe peaches and a heavy nose of corn tortilla (yeast).

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy but basically flat; super light carbonation. Low carbonation.

Flavors are sour, bitter apple and while assertive somehow thin and not particularly appealing. Not really drinkable but I confess that it grows on you a bit as you try it. A bad bottle? Will try again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 07:21:50 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with about a finger's worth of sturdy white head that sticks around for quite a while, leaving a nice bit of lacing behind. The smell is a bit weak, but hints of spice, banana, clove, and even those dandelion flowers are all present. The taste has that spice, but then leans heavily toward a sour grapefruit, mixed with a tiny bit of bitterness and an underlying combination of grass and earth. The dry finish holds its own tartness. Though a relative love for saisons might be necessary to enjoy this brew to its fullest, its heavily moderate body helps keep the overall drinkability pretty high.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 16:30:30 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Duvel tulip. Pours with a giant 3 finger head to the top, rich murky dark orange body. It leaves random spots of lace, but the head doesn't last forever. 2nd pour does the same, and is more sustained, due to the dry glass.

Fruity baked/spiced apple aroma, some flinty wet stone in there too, with mild wet hay must. Tiny pin-sized streams of racing carbonation visible in the glass.

Tart apple, mystery spices, funky Belgian yeast. Approaching cidery but not quite. Wet feel, yet dry and wine-like in the aftertaste. Definitely some grape in there. Not quite sour, a nice pucker though, so be prepared. Very fruity with mild supporting spice. Reminds me of some aged Jolly Pumpkin brews i've had, in the wild yeast/cidery respect. Regardless it's super drinkable, and scratches the wild/sour itch for me. Unique from the regular Saison. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:40:16 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

05-15-2013 00:23:22 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 bottle shared by the late chswimmer. Thanks, Ted.

Glowing amber with a thin cap of white which settles to spotty patches. The nose is bizarre; floral and lightly acidic, musty and funky, earthy, lemony. The palate has an odd floral character alongside evenly balanced lactic sourness and musty brettanomyces. Dandelions contribute a tea-like flavor and a bit of astringency that comes through in the finish. It's a strange one, but enjoyable and refreshing on the whole. Age seems to have treated it well.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 08:32:56 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

11-15-2011 00:25:21 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clouded ruby brown with a decent light tan/crème head that kinda sticks around. This is one of the best looking saisons I have seen in a long time. Nose is funk and yeast. Flavor is fairly mild I think. But man at the end does the saison funk come back to kick you in the mouth for an aftertaste. It comes back and lingers. Mmmmm. Basically when I drink this I just think grass. Grass, grass, grass. Feel is standard I think. Not too thin, with a certain level of body. Drinkable indeed. Overall a fairly even saison and nothing too wild. Another solid Fantome production.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 02:25:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 19:57:55 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Rbald42, always happy to try amy Fantome, cheers Ryan!

Pours an effervescent & semi-hazed amber with a finger of cream colored head. Stays murked up, minimal head retention & some lacing, plus some viscosity to this

S: Sourness, apples & a touch of woodyness

T: Tartness, sour apples & pears with touches of honey up front. Tartness, grassy notes, green apples, a touch of candi sugar, with woody hop notes & even some grapefruit & lemon, Finishes tart, semi-crisp

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & good balance bewtween tart & fruittyness

Drinks fairly darn easy another nice sour from Fantome

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 00:47:34 | More by russpowell
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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.