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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 71
Gots: 55 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

drabmuh, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

mdfb79, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: This beer appears a very hazy yellow hue, with a smallish head that leaves some random lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is grand, with scents of flowers, grass, grapes, leaves, earth, and vegetables.

T: The flavor follows suit, making for a complex, intriguing and enjoyable brew. The beer also has some notes of funk and citrus.

M: The feel is medium bodied, with a lingering aftertaste of grass and spice. Alcohol is well hidden.

D: This is definitely an unorthodox saison, but I quite like it. I would definitely like to get a few bottles of this for the cellar.

Huhzubendah, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of russellcricket
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought at Healthy Spirits in San Fransisco. Poured from 750 into saison dupount mini tumbler.

Cloudy straw appearance with one inch white head that disipated rather quickly.

Smells of sourdough bread, lemon, Brett funk. One of the most enticing saison sniffs I've had.

Ripened meyer lemon and subtle earth initiate the palate and a sweeping light tingle of carbonation sweeps though twoard a dry sour geuze-like finish.

This is an exceptionally unique saison I am looking forward to having this beer again as soon as I see it around.

russellcricket, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with no best by date.
Poured into a tulip.

A: Brilliant orange/golden color with a two finger white head. It fades reasonably quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: The nose is incredibly floral up front. The flowers never really fade, but some tart lemon accents creep in followed by a touch of funky hay. This is one of the most interesting bouquets I have come across in a Saison.

T: It begins with a pronounced tart burst (lactic acid, lemon and apple) that opens up into a floral dry finish. There is some Brett roaming around in there adding to the overall complexity. The flavors meld together quite well.

M: Light and minimally carbonated.

D: This is a beer that I could drink many of, it is incredibly interesting and palatable. Where did they hide the 8%?!

Neffbeer, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant hazy honey color with no real head to speak of a few tiny bubbles and minuscule ring. The aroma is sour orange, some yeast, lightly funky. It smells pretty good. The taste is sour funky saison with a citrus punch and very dry finish. It is almost like Gueze light. The flavor is interesting and keeps drawing me in though there is only a hint of carbonation on the beer. It is medium in body and has like a hard cider prickle. I don't think the carbonation level is correct and that holds it back some but it is unique and rather tasty.

ThirstyBird, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma right away was of citrus lemon oaky tart notes with bretty funk and acidic character but it did have slight underlying earthy herbal notes.

T: the taste was dominated by the citrus lemon which meshed good with oaky barrel character alongside bretty funky, slight spice, and mild earthy accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a sweet, funky bretty, oaky, citrusy, and mild dry finish.

D: it drank really good and has been one of my favorite fantomes that I've had. Its been tasty every single time.

Gobzilla, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from 750 ml bottle it poured an orange /yellow color with a nice head and warm lacing,, smell is funky sour with a sour apple smell and acidic with a lemon peel smell..taste is a sour saison with sour fruit and lemon peel followed by a musty oak taste this is real funky/sour is a great way it has lodas of tart fruit notes with a woody musky finish..mouth feel was light on carbonation and medium on the tongue with tart and sour fruit notes,,this is real drinkable the bottle was gone fast..highly recommended if you like a sour saison

gatornation, Dec 19, 2010
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.

womencantsail, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

largadeer, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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

russpowell, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from the few notes I took while waiting for the Ebenezer's/Sean Z. Paxton beer dinner to begin. This beer was readily available to all guests waiting in the lobby until the dining room doors opened. It's hazy with a golden orange color. The head is white and is mostly foam, but with some soap bubbles on top. The beer smells of orange citrus, but is also sour. There is some good Belgian yeast in there as well. It has a good tart flavor. Lemon and orange citrus abound. Candi sugar provides a little sweetness. It has a medium body and average carbonation with tiny bubbles. It leaves a good dry coat. It's a very drinkable beer. The puckering sensation and dry coat are great. If you are a fan of this brewery, this is one to check out.

ToasterChef, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL capped-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Gamboge and orange peel liquid, very hazy with faint amber highlights. A very thin whispy white collar forms slowly despite a vigorous pour and barely sticks around. Average lacing, mild viscous legs. [edit: a subsequent pour generated a more substantive and lastin head along with a merengue-like lacing - odd!]

Lovely candied citrus aromatics with hints of kumquat, bubble gum, wheat, and earthy wild yeast.

Tart and funky palate entry, lush fruit-juice like flavors intermingle with a touch of aspirin, roquefort, and fermenting hay. The flavor profile is rather subtle overall, but all its own. I'm looking for dandelion but don't get any peppery taste (like from the greens), or anything particularly floral, nor anything especially sweet (like a dandelion wine). Hops don't play an obvious role either. The finish reminds me something of a sauvignon blanc - acidic, mineral-laden, with hints of citrus - with the addition of more rustic (horse-manure?) notes.

Light bodied, and somewhat flat, though perhaps that is just this bottle? The alcohol is well integrated, and not at all hot.

Crisp, refreshing, and not particularly weird - this is a bright tart saison that should appeal to those who already enjoy Fantôme's more readily available offerings....

augustgarage, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$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 +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 17, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 04, 2010
Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
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