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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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372 Ratings
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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 72
Gots: 55 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of dasenebler
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a hazy, medium amber with a tight little head. Not terribly effervescent or impressive in appearance, which is usually the case with Fantome.

I'm usually overwhelmed with Fantome aromas, but here things were a bit restrained: fruity, yeasty and barnyard-like, yet subtle.

The flavor, on the other hand, is excellent. A puckering tartness combines with a dry, earthy hop character to create an intense yet very refreshing brew. Really, really acidic and tart, though not quite Gueuze territory. There is a very bitter, rindy character to the finish-- quite dry. Think lemons, tart strawberries and grapefruit. I can't really taste the dandelion, though this is a pretty spicy brew on top of all the other sour flavors, so it must be in there somewhere. The mouthfeel was very low-carbonated and non-intrusive.

A most interesting Saison from a most iconoclastic brewery. Incredibly tart and bitter.

dasenebler, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%

Wine bottle. The label's got a Best Before portion along its side but the two notches are torn way far down the label, so that's kind of worthless.

Very limp, lightly carbonated and hazy like a motherfuck. Looks like a cloudy juice.

Smells lightly, pleasantly skunky. That clears up and there's some pixie stick tartness, big lemon juice and maybe a little quinine in there. Lots of Sour. The main thing is the sour.

Tastes like it smells--maybe a little old, definitely a wee bit light struck (though the lightstriking is probably at least a little intentional, right?). Very sour for a saison, especially for a European one, and while that's nice it's also superintense, cloying, and there's not very much there to back it up.

mynie, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of coryking
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

Had a sample that a patron gave me at the Soulard iTap. Tried almost back to back with the Fantome Saison...

750 bottle, I forgot to check the vintage...

Murky, golden ale in a glass, much like the Saison. Smells like orange juice, with a more assertive tartness than the saison. Dont get me wrong though, there is of course the big barnyard, horse blanket funk running around, but this time with an aggressive spiciness. Something very earthy in there too. On the palate, the spice is still present with the earthiness, but the tartness overshadows all on this one. Very little alcohol presence, nice moderate mouthfeel and an OK drinkability factor. Most may find this a little too tart, I enjoy it, but could continue to sip on a whole 750 by myself. Good, solid stuff though...

coryking, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of brewdoc75
3.6/5  rDev -12%

Poured into a red wine glass.

A: Cloudy orange with slight brown hues. Lots of yeast sediment throughout. An initially, nice 1 inch head dies very fast to nothing. To the non_farmhouse drinker, this beer may look scary. To a homebrewer and saison lover, it looks lovely.

S: Strong mustiness and haylike aromas when it just comes out of the fridge. As it warms up to drinking temp I get lots of spring flower aromas and some tartness. Maybe a hint of barnyard too. Not terribly aromatic overall.

T: Sweet and sour sums it up. More on the sour side with a nice, tart bite. Some fruitiness with clementines and apples. Not really any hop character. No spicy phenols based on my tasting skills. In the end there is a faint earthy and sweatiness to it. Lots of flavors, but overall the sourness predominates.

M: As usual, spot on farmhouse dryness. Bone dry. Finishes a bit tart, but makes u long for another drink.

D: Overall, an unique saison. You have to have a taste for the sours if you try this, so be forwarned. Not the sourest I've had, definitely has some tartness. Would try again as a nice spring beer paired with a salad.

brewdoc75, May 31, 2010
Photo of JoeQuinn1
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Appearance: Pours with no head. A copper orange color.

Smell: Definite brettanomyces smell. straw, orange creamsicle, grassy herbal.

Taste: Sour at first with a dandelion backbone. Very crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: This is my favorite part about this beer. Supersour at first, then diminishing tartness. High "Snappy across the palate" as Ryan from Cavalier Dist. says.

Drinkability: Awesome. Not just awesome. Fucking awesome. Perfect for sitting out on the porch on a hot day.

JoeQuinn1, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of craytonic
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

Appearance: Blood red orange and apricot in color, small-ish head; not as many beautiful floaters as the other Fantome offerings. Gave the bottom third of the bottle an aggressive swirl and got the floaters and a muddy, brown pour but no improvements to smell or taste - must be the fact that dandelions are not that good unless prepared properly (as described below)

Smell: Grass, lemon, vinegar, and tartness. Perhaps dandelions? Certainly some farmhouse must.

Taste: Uncut grass, fresh lemon,green apple, vinegar, pickled ginger, and tartness (but oddly sweeter than expected). Perfect organic element that is found in most Fantome. Actually reminds me a bit of the time I tried to make a salad with dandelion leafs, a delicious meal that involves wilting the leaves with bacon grease and vinegar (I failed horribly), but I digress. Definitely reminiscent of a wild meadow, and appropriate for a picnic at one.

Mouthfeel: I find this a bit thin compared to the base Saison, and much prefer that version. This, in taste, smell, and mouthfeel, makes me think "fantome light." Very dry finish; I do love the low carbonation, perfectly matches the beer.

Drinkability: Like all fantome offerings, very drinkable.

craytonic, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of DrewHodges
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

notes from 4/10/10 tasting. .750mL bottle poured to tulip chalice.

A-completely cloudy dull yellow-brown, no head or foam, almost milky color later, lots of sediment at the end of the bottle

S-light aroma of pears and apples, very nice, but faint

T-taste of sour apples, cider-like, lemon juice, but not too sweet or too tart

M-refreshing, crisp mouthfeel, a little thin, medium carbonation

D-exceedingly drinkable, with no notice of high alcohol level, and another great one from Fantome

DrewHodges, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

$13.99 for a 750ml

A: slightly cloudy, a bit light brown, for a saison I expected a bit lighter
S: funk with biscuity malt
T: this is a saison?, it has hints of a saison with bret, very drinkable, very good, and well-balanced
M: good mouthfeel
D: very drinkable on a warm summer day, tartness is not especially crazy and well-balanced

wisrarebeer, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

Patrick999, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of peabody
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours out a really clear yellow with lots and lots of white foamy small suds.
Smell is metallic sour like lemon peel and cherry skins.
Taste is lemon juice and cherry tart combined with some sugar and spice.
Mouthfeel is very clean with just a hint of sugary sweetness left in the palate.
Drinkability is very good here. Excellent.

peabody, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

TurdFurgison, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
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.

ffejherb, Feb 17, 2010
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of SIBrew
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.

SIBrew, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of rye726
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.

rye726, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of bulletrain76
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.

bulletrain76, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
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.

cjgator3, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of nickd717
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.

nickd717, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of bret27
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.

bret27, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of illidurit
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.

illidurit, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of brewcrew76
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.

brewcrew76, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of nickfl
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.

nickfl, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of adamette
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.

adamette, Dec 22, 2009
Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.