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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

355 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 71
Gots: 57 | FT: 6
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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cjgator3

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 04:37:51 | More by cjgator3
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nickd717

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 18:47:32 | More by nickd717
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bret27

California

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 18:43:43 | More by bret27
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 22:59:01 | More by illidurit
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 22:42:34 | More by brewcrew76
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Mora2000

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 22:33:50 | More by Mora2000
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nickfl

Florida

4.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 08:49:54 | More by nickfl
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adamette

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 01:42:20 | More by adamette
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sjccmd

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 02:47:12 | More by sjccmd
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 01:52:44 | More by number1bum
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GRG1313

California

3.15/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 07:21:50 | More by GRG1313
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blakesell

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 12:49:45 | More by Gavage
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crossovert

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 00:18:47 | More by crossovert
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 02:27:45 | More by callmemickey
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ccrida

Oregon

4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 03:27:05 | More by ccrida
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 00:18:58 | More by philipquarles
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bminor7

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 00:39:21 | More by bminor7
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emerge077

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:40:16 | More by emerge077
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ricke

Sweden

3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange with a medium-sized off-white head. Some lacings.

S: The aroma is really strange and hard to pinpoint. Malts reminiscent of wheat crackers, a lot of odd spices, some herbal notes. Notes of lemon and yeast.

T: The taste is better than the smell, but still very strange. Somewhat sweet and mildly tart flavors. Notes of malts, odd spices, fresh herbal notes, grass and earthy yeast. Perhaps something in the line of dandelions, but I might be reading to much into this. The finish is mildly bitter and somewhat spicy with notes of malts. Thankfully this one developed nicely in the glass. At first, it was quite bad, but it got better and after a while I actually enjoyed it quite a bit.

M: Medium body with somewhat lively carbonation.

D: A strange beer. Decent at best. Very interesting, but flavor-wise it's not very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 16:22:35 | More by ricke
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

it seems to me that this is a love it or just don't get it brewery. to the brewer (danny?): I feel like I "get it". your efforts are not in vain. your beers are pure art. pretty much no head on this one. very old school casky style. hazy burnt yellow-orange. nose is predominately dandilion. mostly flower, but some root. runners up are the usual suspects for fantome beers... slightly sour honey sweetened lemon ginger tea served in a barn on a fall morning with the scent of wet leaves drifting in the background. just fantastic. silky, soft, elegant body with a smooth, mellow, mineraly finish. i could punish quite a few of these. i'm off to hunt down a case.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 15:03:03 | More by timtim
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

2.17/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

from a 750 into a wine glass, as it was either that or a frosted mug (no way!).

Note- there was ZERO carbonation in this bottle. None. Never had a flatter beer.

A- A ....dandelion color. Almost a hazy pineapple juice with a dash of copper coloration. absolutely zero head.

S- Funky, for sure. Wet grass clippings, mild earthy/wheat notes, and a hint of stinky artisan cheese.

T- Follows the nose. Funky, grassy, a bit harsh considering the style. There's definite horse-blanket and musty cobweb flavors, a mild (rotten?) fruit note, hmmm.... The taste is decidedly more earthy than the nose would suggest. This flavor is not my favorite.

M- Here's where the beer falls apart. NO carbonation. I've never had a less carbonated beer. I feel if there was a bit of zing in this beer, it would have gone a long way to smoothing out the flavors and not being so heavy on the tongue. As it is, I struggled to finish this beer. Absolutely horrible lack of carbonation. You could pass this off as juice or tea... honestly.

D- Low to none. If this beer was carbonated, the off-putting flavors might have worked better. As it is, I cannot recommend this beer. I feel let down, as Fantome Saison is one of my top all-time beers, and I was looking forward to see what else in their lineup would knock my socks off. This one did not.

I may have had a bad bottle, due to the lack of carbonation... but @ $13 a bottle I won't be buying another one to confirm.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 13:38:45 | More by ShogoKawada
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer I've looked for and (looked forward to) for a while, the 'dandelion'/'pee in bed' saison; found bottles at Concordia Ale House several weeks ago - a complete surprise. Opened the bottle (no date notching, despite 'best before' options through 2014 down the label's edge), a green 750 with cap/cork, and poured to a couple tulips. Paired with a salmon/soba noodle/edamame/bok choy dish crafted by my wife.

Warmed for about 15 minutes out of the fridge before pouring.

A: Golden orange, haze grows milkier with each pour. The first couple pours retained a finger-ish head of white cream for under a minute; later ones achieved less. Not much lace, a slick veil with a few sticking dabs. Carbonation shows, though isn't particularly vigorous.

S: Lovely, meadow-like floral aroma, hay/grass, notable fruit (apricot), baked bread. A bit sugar-sweetened despite a yeasty flair that some call 'barnyard'.

T: The sweet-tart flavor of dried fruit mash (again, apricots, but something like lemon custard also) really stands out; it's not terribly tart or pungent, just mildly sugary and blending nicely with a scone/pie crust-like breadiness. Mild spice and some dry pepper and mineral bite to round off the finish.

M: Mellow carbonation, creamy and yeasty. So smooth, yet far from dull...undetectable warmth despite a heightened alcohol. Light/medium, 'feels' like the Belgian countryside.

D: Remarkably satisfying and an excellent pairing with dinner. 8% ABV is hardly detectable. The fruit flavors blended effortlessly with Asian spices, so my higher score may be a bit inflated due to the pairing (though I later finished the last 6-8 oz. as a stand alone and still found it highly enjoyable). One I'd love to have again, though for the price (I believe CAH sold this for $18) I may opt for a different Fantome...

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 00:20:10 | More by msubulldog25
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seaoflament

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for sharing this one last time at La Bella. Have wanted to try this one for a while but these Fantome bottles are quite pricey. Adding this review from notes I took that night.

The beer was a golden yellow with a bit of cloudiness from the yeast pour. About a quarter inch of foam on top that fell fairly quickly due to the acidity of the beer, mostly all Fantome beers I have had don't retain any head.

Sweet citrus on the nose, slightly herbal, sweet floral aromas, hay, musty grain, a bit spicy, and leathery notes in the back.

Some tartness at first with a lemon flavor, hay, mustiness, dull citrus and orange flavor. Brett must and leather in the background. Tasty but the beer could develop a bit more in the bottle. Low carbonation but works very good with this beer and drinkable for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 20:12:58 | More by seaoflament
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HopHead84

California

3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Consumed on 9/18/2009 and poured into a snifter. Thanks for opening this, Torry. The beer is a hazed tangerine orange with a miniscule white head. It appears nearly still.

For a liquid avatar of dandelions the smell is pretty good. It's floral with notes of peach. I notice pepper and clove. The taste is light and fruity, with apparent peach and apricot. It's slightly tart with a hint of spiciness. This tastes interesting for what it is.

The mouthfeel ruins this beer. It's almost dead flat with a horrendous viscosity and stickiness that is detrimental to the beer. I had to choke down my 8 ounce sample. Had I been alone I would have drain poured the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

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