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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 72
Gots: 56 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

750mL Fantome bottle with cork and cap, purchased in Cleveland a couple months ago. The beer is copper color and a little hazy, with a thin wet white foam.

The beer smells yeasty and tart, with maybe a little skunky oxidation. Just a hint skunk, not so bad. The taste is so good, right from the start I can tell this will be among my favorites from Fantome. It starts with some sweet tart sugary flavors but ends strong with sour tartness and some dry lingering fruity ester flavors. Lots of contrast but it works.

Medium body and mouthfeel, feels thinner after each sip. Maybe due to its tart bite. Excellent.

04-03-2010 23:22:23 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 750ml bottle on 2/15/10. Poured into a snifter.

A - Emerged from the bottle as a hazy, peach-colored liquid with a bubbly ring and swirly, wispy head that reduced to spotty lacing.

S - Band-aids soaked in cherry juice is my first impression of this beer. Nice subtle earthy funk with moderate sourness and a hint of floral notes reminiscent of wildflowers. A musty yeast character and herbal hop notes provide an underlying earthy presence.

T - Really subtle funk character with herbal and earthy, cellar-esque notes. A dominant floral character appears in the middle and lasts through the backend, and is accompanied by a pleasant honey sweetness. This definitely was not as sour as the aroma implied. Finishes with a hint of band-aid and tart fruity notes.

M - Pretty light bodied with soft carbonation surprisingly. Not too sour on the palate at all. Refreshing and light.

D - Really tasty Saison with an herbal flair and plenty of floral and tart attributes. Complex yet light and subtle.

02-17-2010 01:56:37 | More by ffejherb
Photo of TMoney2591


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

02-14-2010 16:30:30 | More by TMoney2591
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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.

02-11-2010 16:47:21 | More by SIBrew
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3.4/5  rDev -16.9%

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy light orange with a minimal white head, spots of lace, I like the colour, but it looks gloopy.

S: Nice nose, complex notes of lemon and dandelions/wild greens, light funk.

T: Orange, lemon form the predominate flavour, nice complexity, some lactic character.

M: I've got a problem here obviously. This beer is flat, very very minor carbonation if that. Feels viscous and thick in the mouth, like orange juice mixed with maple syrup. Feels almost like Sauternes, but this doesn't have the sweetness and alcohol to make that work; this isn't white wine. Some crisp carbonation would do wonders here. This is not a style where I can forgive this error. This part of the beer sucks. Reminds me of the ropey Cantillon I got some months back.

D: The flavour is good, but the mouthfeel sucks, because of that, I can't recommend this especially at the price point. The Printemps from Fantome is a considerably better buy at this price.

02-10-2010 02:55:52 | More by Halcyondays
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4.78/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

01-29-2010 07:37:40 | More by rye726
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

75cl bottle. Hazy burnt orange, almost like a sunset. This would have easily deserved a five for appearance if the head had been a little more robust. The aroma is tart, tangy, and funky with a great orange-peach fruitiness, and a peppery spiciness. The flavor is dry and lightly tart, with lots of juicy citrus, and a bit of earth funk. The floral aspects blend very well with the overall flavor, but seem to add both earthiness and fruitiness, and maybe a little bitterness in the finish if that's not all hops. Medium-light bodied with almost medium carbonation, but not as much as I would like for this beer, and it holds it back from being the near perfect beer that it could be. Dandelions? Absolutely, based on this example. Fantastic and seamless bland of flavors and aromas. I can imagine a better-carbonated bottle, well, lets just say I'm going to need to find one of those. Fantome is quickly becoming me new favorite brewer.

01-26-2010 05:57:31 | More by bulletrain76
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4.63/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

01-20-2010 04:37:51 | More by cjgator3
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle from K&L Redwood City, and another shared at a tasting thanks to bulletrain76.

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head.

Aroma is barnyard funk, earth, honey, sweet malt, and floral/spiced notes.

Flavor is very funky, but not so much compared to other Fantome beers, with pale malt, honey, peach, earth, and dandelions, which lend some bitterness and tartness to the beer that works very well.

Medium bodied with somewhat soft carbonation.

Drinkability is high. This is a very good saison overall, and I'm happy to report that I didn't wet the bed after I had it.

01-11-2010 18:47:32 | More by nickd717
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

bottle courtesy of bulletrain76 I believe..

S: Yeasty, bretty, citrus

A: Yellowish orange, cloudy, chunky w/minimum head

T: Yeasty, tart, lemon, peach

M: medium/thin, dry in the finish

D: Very refreshing

Overall: declicous and very drinkable saison. Another beer from this tasting I could drink all day.

01-11-2010 18:43:43 | More by bret27
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Bottle courtesy bulletrain76. Pours a peach-apricot color with no head, sort of odd. Aroma is also sweet and peachy with some tartness, lemons, marmalade. Flavor is like when you get down to the pit of a peach and you're trying to wrest every last peach fiber out of the stone. Woody, earthy, fruity, enigmatic. Another good one from Fantome.

01-10-2010 22:59:01 | More by illidurit
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Hazy deep orange with very little head, even with a vigorous pour.

S - Apple and pear, wet hay, fruity and a bit of earthy funk.

T - Grape, apple, pear, floral, slightly grassy with a bit of lemon sourness. Mild sweetness mixed with a bit of earthy acetic sourness.

M - Medium body with very soft carbonation creating a bit fuller mouthfeel than I was expecting. Tart, acidic finish that lingers.

D - Different than your regular saison. A nice surprise.

12-31-2009 22:42:34 | More by brewcrew76
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4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

12-31-2009 22:33:50 | More by Mora2000
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4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

12-28-2009 08:49:54 | More by nickfl
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

My 800th review. Another live review. The fourth of four consecutive Fantôme beers that I purchased for $13.99 one day at the Beer Engine in Lakewood. I have been wanting to drink these since I got them a few months ago and now is the time as I approach my 800th review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. green bottle which was corked and capped but removing the cap resulted in no carbonation release, it was all held in by the cork. Lot # and "best by" date not marked on the label of my bottle. The little chart is there but nothing is marked. The cork has the exact same mark as the regular Fantôme Saison, 086/477044. . Poured into my silver rimmed Hennepin goblet, my only Saison glass.

A Opaque medium caramel color body under a slight, creamy light brown head. Little to no sediment in the first glass but I have found significant sediment in subsequent glasses from these Fantôme beers. Sure enough, the sediment makes a great return. The second glass was much darker than the first moderately opaque appearance and had significant...about 1 cm...of sediment in the bottom of the glass. 4.5

S Malt, yeast predominate, some funk of earthy grains. Really interesting smell. 4.0

T A kriek like tartness is the most obvious in front of a nice moderate malt and Belgian yeast in a nice Farmhouse Ale that is more "farmhouse" than it is Saison. The tartness leaves a bit of a red wine twinge that is hard for me to put into words but I will try...it is like a nice tart grape skin taste. Really interesting and inviting. 4.5

M Moderate to high level of feel with that fruit/kriek tartness. The tartness and in fact all of the taste and feel was much stronger in the second glass. 4.0

D Good simply because the interesting tastes of this beer had me coming back for more to see if I can find more tastes and to see how the taste and feel changes the deeper into the bottle that I go. 4.0

Notes: A fitting beer to have for my 800th and the ABV is listed as "8.00" which is the only connection to 800 that I could come up with. Saison but mostly Farmhouse Ale fans should try this truly artisan beer.

12-22-2009 01:42:20 | More by adamette
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

750 ml bottle with no real indication of bottling date besides that the best before label (though nothing is notched) goes from 2009 to 2014...so it's probably still "good".

Pours dirty dark blond/light orange, very murky. Lots of bubbles. Looks fizzy. White head that fades surprisingly quickly. The lacing is a little wimpy, but for the style it's not a big deal.

Smells fantastic. Bright and grassy, flowers, citrus, earthy funk, slight sourness. There's a little basement mustiness, but it is overwhelmed by the fresh yeasty grass, lemon, flowers. This is my third Fantôme beer and I'm just amazed at how fresh and "spring meadowy" their beers tend to smell...even when I know they can't be too fresh.

The taste is surprisingly tart. Sour apples and lemons followed by a unique earthiness that could be from the dandelions. This is then taken over by tartness again. As I'm progressing through the bottle the tartness becomes the dominate flavor. I was hoping that the interesting earthy flavor would become more pronounced with warmth, but no such luck. Still, each sip seems to be different and exciting.

Sparkly mouthfeel, light body but full of flavor. Dry, clean finish that is very refreshing.

It may be that I'm getting used to more sour beers, but this is a surprisingly refreshing beer. Finishing the 750ml is not at all a problem. If it wasn't for the high ABV I could consider this sessionable. The sourness becomes pretty dominate, but it is one of the most refreshing sour beers I've had.

12-10-2009 02:47:12 | More by sjccmd
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

Shared a bottle of this over the weekend with krisandajt. It was completely flat; not a drop of carbonation to be found. Still tasty, but I wish it had been carbonated better. As I cracked this bottle I was listening intently for a pop. Not much of one, but as it poured it did generate a very small amount of lace; more than the last bottle did. It pours a cloudy orange color, and what head there is is bone white.

Smell is quite floral with a good dose of Fantome funk. There is a fresh, floral and tangerine aroma that I'm guessing is a product of the dandelions. It's nice; I wouldn't have guessed it came from dandelions if I didn't know. I would have guessed a light noble hop. Bit of spice too, and it has both some light sweetness as well as a subtle tartness.

Taste is a bit more tart than I expected from the nose. Starts off with a zesty citrus tartness, followed by some grain and a subtle honey sweetness. Maybe it's not that it's that sweet, it's just that without much carbonation (although it has more than the first bottle I have) there isn't a crispness to the beer that would otherwise mask some of the residual sweetness. There's some horse blanket Fantome funkiness to the beer, as well, and it's quite tasty overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth, but is lacking in carbonation. A really crisp feel here would have pushed the whole beer up a notch. It still has a dryness to it in the finish.

This is a tasty beer, but not up there with my favorites from Fantome. The addition of dandelions is interesting and successful, although it doesn't make for the most complex brew. It's relatively simple for a Fantome offering, and the lack of carbonation hurts it a touch. Still, it was tasty and enjoyable, and I would try it again with hopes for some more bubbles.

12-10-2009 01:52:44 | More by number1bum
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3.15/5  rDev -23%

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.

12-05-2009 07:21:50 | More by GRG1313
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from the corked 750 ml bottle into a beveled English style pint glass. This is the 'newer' vintage without the sumo wrestler on the bottle. It has been in my cellar, but it's not so old. 2008?

Appearance- The beer pours spritzy looking, orange and lightly hazy, loads of carbonation on the sides, but nearly no carbonation in the head. A mere finger of foam on the sides that doesn't stick around at all. Lacing is there, but not all that substantial.

Smell- Smells like Fantome! Sweet light German malts and that funky Fantome yeast that I love so well. An almost buttery sweetness, much like cream of wheat flavored with sugar or honey. A very unique smell for a very unique beer, the butter is not a diacetyl smell.

Taste- A sprite soda carbonation flavor and tangy funk rip apart the entire mouth making for a sour evening that I can't complain about. May be a bad idea for pre-steak dining, but I don't regret it. There's another flavor that I can't quite put my finger on that is somewhat reminiscent of wild onion greens, but for some reason that seems completely wrong. Perhaps I'll pinpoint what it was later and far too late for the review.

Mouthfeel- This has one of the most excellent tart spritzy mouthfeels on any beer I've ever had. I'll drink this again just to regain the mouth feeling that I'm getting from this fine brew, along with the fact that it has a lot of German and Belgian aspects combined with almost a Czech pilsner sweetness. Highly carbonated, medium light bodied.

Drinkability- Another great plus to this beer is that it doesn't taste a thing like 8%. It would be great for summer sipping on the porch with friends, which is what I will do with the other older bottle, and perhaps another new bottle if I can muster it.

11-25-2009 22:43:16 | More by blakesell
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

Appearance: hazy orange color with a reddish tint. A short head falls to a thick surface foam that lasts a bit.

Smell: malt sweetness, barnyard funk, and a hint of sourness provides a unique and interesting aroma.

Taste: nice malt sweetness balanced with some sour green grapes, tart green apples, some barnyard funk, yeast, hint of spice, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable here. A hint of sourness arrives at the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish with some dryness late. Very long aftertaste as the flavors never seem to leave the mouth.

Drinkability: this beer had a great flavor profile and it was so interesting I did not want to put the glass down. Great beer.

11-18-2009 12:49:45 | More by Gavage
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3.6/5  rDev -12%

This is my 350th beer tried,woohoo.

This seems like beer that the brewer puts their hearts and muscle to.

Pours form the green 750 ml bottle into my tulip glass with a hazy orangeish amber with hints of brown. The head on the first glass I poured was rather thin, dissipated quickly, and had nice lacing. The second pour yielded a head that rose to the top of the glass, it was tight and golden marshmallow looking. It sticks for awhile. There is a lot of yeast in the bottom of this bottle that produces a brown tint to the beer.

The smell is great, fresh saison. No overt funk smell, but nice pronounced hops, a pinch of sour, some spice, and a bit of pear. The yeast is also there, producing the classic saison twang. There is a hint of flowery perfume scent in there, presumably the dandelion.

Slippery mouthfeel, not one of my favorites. The taste has some dandelion flavor, lots of sourness, some fruitiness, and some spice. A nice unique, tart saison without being too funky.

Overall a satisfying brew, I'm having it a bit warm, it probably would excel at a cold temperature.

11-18-2009 00:18:47 | More by crossovert
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Hazy orange body. Moderate sized white cap. Quickly faids to a very light skim. Spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Rick funky nose. Lemon, green apple, bready yeast. Typical farmhouse funk.

T: Surprisingly tart blast up front. In some ways more reminiscent of a wild ale than a saison in this respect. Lemon zest, green apple, yeast, coriander and a slight funky tartness. Some floral components.

M: Good carbonation levels. Light-medium bodied. Good zing to it in the finish. Slightly refreshing.

D: The tartness is a bit overpowering for what I was looking for in this saison ... an interesting saison that clearly is reflective of the dandelion addition.

11-15-2009 02:27:45 | More by callmemickey
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4.97/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

11-04-2009 03:27:05 | More by ccrida
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

75cl bottle from Spring 2004. Pours a cloudy, dark copper color with a frothy white head that lasts. Nice lacing. Smells sweet and incredibly floral. Slightly tangy fruitiness, along with some grassy notes. Some barely noticeable spice. Really interesting taste, with loads of floral, fruity yeast character. Slightl metallic notes are pervasive in an otherwise sweet malt body. Hints of honey. Finishes fairly dryly. Very pleasant beer that seems to have done well with age.

11-01-2009 00:18:58 | More by philipquarles
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

750 ml from Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY. Bottle is dated Printemps 2004 - so manufactured in the spring of that year, making this bottle quite old. This is my biggest reservation in trying this beer.

A - pours a 1/2 finger head, a murky amber color.
the cork pop was significant.

S - really different...smelled like wine at first, a funky grapey aroma. like nothing I've experienced before.

T - similar to the smell. something like a gewurtztraminer. i got about 1/2way into making dandelion wine once so i don't know what it tastes like, but i'm sure that some of this is due to the pissenlits. the malt and hops are subdued. alcohol is hidden.

M - thin, carbonation is initially high but lessens over time. reasonable.

D - good. ABV is disguised and this beer is very refreshing in that it's complex but light. recommended. even for being 5 1/2 years old!

10-31-2009 00:39:21 | More by bminor7
Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
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