Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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Reviews: 225
Hads: 445
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 72
Gots: 62 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

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Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a really weird beer, wine-like in its yeast complexion with even a little wild yeast funk in there too. fantome always has awesome yeast in their beers, this one is weird and new to me, tart but really full bodied and quite dry. the beer is a darker copper color, heady and hazy with a ton of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. the head never settles at all staying thick and cloud-like. the nose is sharp, spicy from the yeast, and with a distinct floral bitterness. not hoppy, but bitter like greens. there is a definitive dandelion head flavor in the finish of this beer, and ive heard mixed things that it is in fact brewed with dandelions, and that it is not. if i had to guess id say it must be, because it really does taste like them. spring time is in this beer, but its super bitter too, almost like the dandelion greens are used in the place of hops for bittering. its mildly astringent and really full bodied and frothy in the feel, but there is an acidity too. carbonation is great, white wine tannins show up in the finish, with the flowers and the bitterness. its really weird, but i like that weirdness in fantome beers, and thats why i keep buying them when i see them. enjoyable, but one time only. i wouldnt pick this up again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.22/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%

750ml capped and corked bottle shared last night. 2008 Vintage.

A: Pours a clear orange with a 1/2-inch thick white head which lingers before settling to a thin cap and rim leaving spotty lace.

N: Lemony, saison farmhouse yeast, peppery spice, oak tannins, grassy/hay, mild funk.

T: Mild cheese, funk is more developed, farmhouse yeast, oak, earthy, spices, musty, fruity.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Fruity, dry, yeasty finish.

O: Nice and aged well.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.52/5  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.

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Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy orangish yellow with a finger of fluffy white head. This beer has some good retention.

Smell: Smells like a very fruity saison. Pears and melon along with some herbal tartness. Just the right amount of sweetness to go with the other smells.

Taste: This one is good, but not as fruity as the smell would have suggested. Light and herbal with some yeast spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of aggressive, tingly carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This smells fantastic and tastes really good. I wish the melon notes came out more in the flavor, but it is still really good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head with a hazy peach orange color.

Nose has nice saison like malts, light funk, light tart fruit, light floral rose like aroma, citrus, great light funky saison malts, hint of sweet malts as well, almost boozy but not quite, and that typical Fantome like yeast aroma.

Taste has nice fruits, hint of tart sour fruits, hint of lemon and citrus, nice Belgian malts with a bit of funk and saison malts and spices. bit of a floral like flowery addition as well. Dry malty finish, with lingering saison malts and spices, tart fruit, a bit floral and lemony.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall great, another winner by Fantome. Nice malts, spices, floral flowery like flavors, nice overall blend of everything interesting.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this in Brussels, enjoyed chilld in a tulip shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is deep amber with subtle hazed appearance and light colored head with fine bead and good retention. The smell has a strong yeast ester that is fruity with some floral aroma and gentle malt with earthy scent and light caramel element. The feel has a slight tangy yeast and moderately high carbonation level with subtle creamy yeast texture and semi-sweet body with a light floral resinous texture with mild earthy tannin and semi-dry and warming quality in the finish.

The taste brings malt and slight yeast tanginess up front with mild medicinal edge from dandelion and subtle caramel in the malt with spicy and hint of woody accents mid palate with a somewhat tangy yeast flavor which is almost apricot with slight acidity that continues with a mild woody pungent and toasted flavor mixed with light citrus and malt balance that continues into a semi-dry finish. The impression is a very good saison while not the absolute best it is better than most with a fantome house character and the interesting dandelion addition as an extra

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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 RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/22/11 notes. Brought to a tasting by drabmuh; thanks Matt.

a - Pours a murky light orange color with an inc of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, spices, floral notes, yeast/

t - Tastes of oranges and tangerines, and light spice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Another nice saison by Fantome. Would certainly have again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white thin head of tiny white bubbles that breaks quickly forming a halo around the glass that leaves very little lacing, carbonation is lower than expected as well.

Aroma is interesting, it has a slight off putting aroma to it that I'll describe as grass clippings. I know this beer was made with flowers so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that this is the way it is suppose to smell. Other than the grass I smell some tea like spices and some earthiness as well.

Beer is medium to light in body and the grassiness carries through but somehow it's not bad. It's interesting, I don't know if I would drink the whole bottle myself but it does taste like flowers smell. I would be tempted to speculate that there was a new hop in there but I believe it's the flowers. Finish is nice, drinkability is good.

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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
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