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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 73
Gots: 57 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Thanks to Armin. Pours a clear golden color with a collared white head. Sweet aroma of white grape, some florals, some spice, and honey. Semi tart grape start with lemon, floral, and some minimal spice like notes. Ends dyly. Pretty wine like. Overall, I was surprised by this and really enjoyed it. I haven’t been the biggest Fantome fan but this beer is perfect on a hot summer day.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Almost got rid of this. The pour is ridiculous. The head blossoms out of the bottom and looks like big chunks of foam, or yest. It looks like a solid object. I left about a 1/4 inch of space at the top of the glass and within 5 seconds, it was oozing over the sides of the glass. The head is shiny too, almost like its got vegetable oil in it. I had to wrap the glass in a towel to absorb the constant overflow. Even after drinking some of the head, it would continue to rise and overflow. I figure I lost nearly 1/4 of the beer to this. And the head is very thick - thicker than the beer. This was almost enough to stop me.

Aside from the 2/3 of the beer that is white head the rest is a cloudy orange. The head never really settles.

Funky, sour barnyard-y scent. Quite sour. Not sure if that's due to the dandelions or not.

The taste is quite a bit mellower, not nearly as sour. Still, there are noticeable citrus hints. Fresh, farm-y malt taste. Very dry.

Mouthfeel is so-so. The beer itself is lightly carbonated, and pleasantly zesty. But the head never goes away, and it is too thick and oily. Really ruins this.

I'd try more of Fantome's beers...but this one will not be revisited.

Photo of monitorpop
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow with a huge foamy white head.

S: Funky moss and citrus.

T: Unique balance between earthy funk and sour citrus.

M: Light and refreshing with pleasant carbonation, leaves the tongue tart.

O: Nice funky saison. A bit heavy on the citrus side for my taste.

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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of odd & interesting. Poured with a small, fizzy, off white head that quickly disappeared and no lace. Color is a clear orange amber with a few bubble trails. Aroma is very beery (like on a brewing day outside the City Brewery down the street), yeast, a little hop, citrus. Flavor is much the same with tartness standing out and with a little bitterness and a bare hint of sweetness in the background. Body is good and carbonation is just a shade light. Finish is like flavor and has good length.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a medium-large, frothy, white head that sticks around for a bit. Scent is INSANELY funky. Tons of funk from when the cork was popped. A lot of lemon zest and grassy notes. Also has a bit of floral hop scents. Taste is not what I was expecting. This is quite tart for a saison. Not sour, but pleasantly tart. I love it! It's a nice, complex blend of barnyard funk, lemon, sour apple, spices, Belgian yeast, and grass. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and finishes nice and dry. Alcohol is NOWHERE to be found. Drinkability is scary high. Overall, this is one of the best saisons I've ever had. Another amazing offering from Fantome! Bravo!

Photo of hopsbreath
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
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

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3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure of vintage, but I purchased it in Indianapolis about a month ago. Served in New Belgium tulip.

A: Pours hazy pale gold with negligible head and lacing. Searching through the haze, I find the beer quite bubbly.

S: Sourness catches me off guard. Smells like an unblended lambic or gueze, albeit much more subdued. Lactic and citrus acid. Next, I find general fruit and floral notes. Overly ripe fruits, such as peach or nectarine, play a supporting role, too.

T: Mellow lactic sourness, white wine, a little earthiness, grass, and some lime/lemon citrus. A moderate bitterness joins pleasant tartness on end of palate, but snaps off cleanly and invites another sip.

M: Medium body and light, soft carbonation. The carbonation level works well with the vinous quality of Pissenlit.

O: Pissenlit represents a different take on the Saison style, and it could be seen as extreme, in its own way, in that it almost completely forsakes spice for tartness. A very good Saison, even if it is slightly askew.

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumpkin orange, yellow highlights.

Spice, lemon, lime.

Pleasant taste, drinkable, very drinkable. Bits of salt, lots of floral.

Spritzy mouthfeel, dry - almost winelike dryness. 8%?!

This would be highly sessionable if it was a few abv's lower. This is something I can sip all day easily.

Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle. Live review....number 1,100!

A- Pours a very hazed golden straw yellow color. Two finger white head shows great retention. This beer leaves sheety lacing on the sides of the glass which tends to be thick in certain areas.

S- The aroma is so interesting to me. It has the typical saison like aroma with a hint of barnyard funk in the backing. The front of the beer showcases a mix between lemongrass and earthy dirt. There is more of a lemon aroma toward the middle and ending of the beer which kind of blends with the saison aroma. Hints of some funk and fresh cut grass linger throughout the entire beer itself.

T- With the aroma smelling very interesting I knew I was in for something special. The beer upfront shows a light lemon overtone with undertones of cut grass. There is a light flower hint to the front of the beer as well. It tastes to me like how a flower smells. Some ligth funk begins to show itself in the ending of the front and the start of the middle. Lemon grass and hints of barnyard funk with the middle of the beer shows a little bit of a change. There is a nice saison spiciness in the backend of the beer that blends with a dandelion flavor and some light funk. The alcohol never really shows in the tailend of the beer at all. Such a great overall flavor profile.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. So many flavors are left on the palate but the ones I have no trouble picking out are lemongrass, barnyard funk, flower, and light yeast. Aftertaste is hints of alcohol, dandelions, lemongrass, and barnyard funk. Flavors seemed to flourish and blend well together for the style and I was impressed with the flavors all around. No off flavors were present when drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying left on the palate after each sip.

O- Overall this beer was interesting to me. Not my favorite from Fantome but holy shit is this made well. I have a couple extra bottles in the cellar and I can only imagine what a couple years of age will do to these. The alcohol was light and never took away from the whole flavor. I enjoyed how the flavors blended well and nothing was over the top at all with this beer. A well made beer which I have come to expect with this world class brewery. A lovely take on a saison. A must try for anyone!

Photo of iguenard
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

( 24/50, 8% alc/vol, Autre Oeil) Hazey very yeasty dark amber-red body. Head of light toast color. Disc stays forever, heavy floral aromas. Somewhat lime-lemon nose with herbal accents. Lacks in malt aromas and is sweet overall. Alcohol is well covered. Tastes of dandelions, bitter floral palate and sulfurous flavours throughout. Tastes very different. A sort of bitter-tart combination that sets it apart. Very tart and sour, acidic palate. Powerful dandelion tastes and textures. Taste takes you back by it's originality but leaves quickly gratifying. Above average on the overall drinkeability. Weird tastes somehow work well together. Specially the dryness due to flower and hops.

Photo of jlenik
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: bright amber. fizzy head but there is definitely some carbonation in this bottle.

s: tropical fruit, sour apple, almost a cider like smell.

t: tart. a cider like taste but without the apple taste, I suppose that might be the dandelions? alcohol is non-existent in taste. as it warms up it starts tasting more floral. that cider feel is also less apparent.

m: dry with an almost tingly after feel.

o: pretty good beer. not sure if the dandelions really did much for the beer but it was tart and delicious so I give it my approval. My first fantome beer and I'll definitely try a few more in the future.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.