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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

398 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 72
Gots: 56 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

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 VoodooBrew
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The hazy brownish orange body sports a big, tan head, from which emanates a semi-funky, somewhat tart aroma. The flavor of Pissenlit is rustic, earthy, and elusive... something I couldn't quite put my finger on... But I will say this: this brew goes down oh so easy. It's a unique drinking experience that I certainly must recommend.

Photo of pentathlete
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine for a friggin' weed that I spend hundreds of dollars per year to clear from my lawn.

Poured into a couple of crystal goblets (for the wife and I) a cloudy dark hazy particle suspended liquid with a 1/4 inch head that stubbornly stuck around. No lacing. Horse blanket, green grass (no high tide, though, maybe an "oyster saison"?) and that dry Belgian yeast scent. Taste is a blend of dry malts and apparently dandelion (a hit of chlorophyll, I guess), just a treat of smooth flavor. The mouthfeel is full and satisfying. This is an incredibly easy beer to consume. If you can find it...buy it and enjoy.

EDIT: I looked at other reviews and I have to add that I did not notice a single sour note in this brew. Nothing vinegarish or tart that I could detect. This was an excellent saison with a "green" flavor, presumably from the dandelions. Check the dates...if this beer is fresh and well maintained then it should be a hit.

Photo of deBeers
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was so much better once my palate adjusted to it. It was tart, acidic, almost like a cantillon I had that night, yet oh so drinkable once you could get into it. Very dry and SOUR but surprisingly irrestiblile if your taste buds don't run away. Hang it you think you can and it might just be a beer worth savoring because this is very unique..

Cheers!

Photo of Sayson
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle capped and corked. 2005 vintage. Served in an oversized wine glass

a: opaque, amber in color, nice head good lacing.

s:floral, spicy, earthy and an underlying tartness

t: complex, a bit sweet, tart through and through

m: coating, very nice mouthfeel really interesting aftertaste residual tartness

d: This beer is not as drinkable as I expected it would be. It'sfull flavored and complex, but I don't long for the next sip.

Pissenlit is a great experience and the boys in Soy are to be commended for brewing a fine beer. Check it out.

Photo of Goldorak
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is for the aged bottle I bought straight from the brewery. He apparently found it somewhere in the barn and didn't quite know what to do with it, I was more than happy to take it off his hands! Dated 2000, it didn't have a cork, just a crown.

Appearance: Quite a darker shade of brown, the head was more subdued and was greyer, and had a few dusky chunks in there...

Smell: Wowza! The caramel was bit more darker, it had sort of a scotchy, oaky/vanilla aroma to it, almost as if it were aged in wood!

Taste: It tastes a bit metallic at first, then it tasted earthy and more acidic than the younger one, it was salty, with balsamic vinegar flavors and a dry finish that had a more conspicuous alcohol presence. It wasn't a unanimous favorite, but I absolutely adored it!

Photo of GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11/01/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no dating. Have had in storage for about 3/4 of a year. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Odd looking color for a saison. A very clouded orange, almost amber pour. Quite a large foamy head with moderate lacing.

Smell- Appropraite Fantome nasal candy. Funk for sure. Rotted lemons in a grassy field. Not a super strong stench as the regular saison that Fantome puts out. This one you have to actually sniff to get some. The other one eats through your skin.

Taste- Compared to the regualr saison, this one is much more subdued. Good tart lemon flavor with a bit of sweetness to go with the sour. Very earthy and floral tastes. Not sure what dandilions taste like, but maybe this is it? Whatever it is, it's very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Heavily carbonated approaching champagne and wine cooler quality.

Drinkability- If the bubbles would calm down this would be even better. Fairly difficult to drink the whole think due to the cabonation for someone going it solo. The taste is worth the try though.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Printemps 2004. Finally sitting down to another Fantome..this one brewed with dandelions of all things. Cork escapes with a nice pop...pours from the bottle a dark murky orange amber with a two finger head of billowy foam. Fast moving carbonation races up and allows the head to linger indefinetely. Aromas start with beautiful lemony grains, wildflower notes and light fruits (green apple, pear) abound with a well placed underlying earthy funkiness. Hints of cooked veggies with plenty of yeasty tones. Slight woody tannins. Immensely complex and unique..it's hard to describe with the written word the array of scents contained within my glass. Beautiful, funky, lovely....this is the aroma I live for in a truly artisnal saison. Thank you Dany!

First sip brings an elegant light fruity maltiness with notes of lemon, green apple and pear intertwined. Hints of cooked veggies and flowers weave in and out. I have no idea what dandelions taste like..but they must be contributing the vegetal floral hints here! Earthy, yeasty, woody funkiness works its magic and adds a slightly sour/tart twang to each subsequent sip. Slightly sweet with a wonderful aftertaste. I find this to be a magnificent saison. Much like the regular Fantome saison except with a more earthy, floral twist. Just another reason I love experimental brewing.

Mouthfeel is rather light with a vibrant carbonation. Slightly dry and exceptionally refreshing. Flavors hit every taste bud on the way down. I wish it was not so hard for me to find this brew or really any Fantome in general. I have yet to be disappointed. This is an all day drinkable saison even at 8%. If you enjoy true, artisnal saisons...seek this one out as you will not be dissapointed. A uniquely different triumph!

Photo of putnam
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color resembles the caramel color somewhere between the black and yellow on a roasted chicken carcass. Cloudy with murky sediment stirred up from travel. Lemon-drizzled zucchini bread aromas. Faintly herbal. Boldly spiced with hardened burned sugar glaze over nut meal and wild northern herbs flavors, along with a heaping dose of oak. Fixed chicory bitterness serves exotic, pulpy texture. Loaded with Brother's Grimm and Ali Baba images of roasted herb and spice flavor. This must have been made with a mortar and pestle as well as a kettle. The outcome is never heavy. Tonic-like, yes. Burnt root bitterness prevails on the lemony, oak-flavored finish.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came in a green 750 ml magnum, capped and corked. Second bottle of beer I ever had to apply a corkscrew to. The label is a folky ink line drawing, a figure blowing on the dandelion that is serving as the first "i" in the name of the beer, against a yellow backdrop, and surrounded by grey.

Pours out a cloudy Red Rose black tea-like hue, like home-made iced tea, a deep deep amber. Massive slightly off-white head, creamy and chunky with fantastic retention. Clingy nets of lace.

The nose is earthy and herbal, dandelion and nettle, I've passed through many pleasant mountain meadows that smell like this, reminds me of hiking. Light citrus and honey in the background, one has to really search for it beyond the surface.

Difficult to explain why I like it, even to myself, but I sure do like the taste of this stuff. Crisp biscuity malt drenched in honey, faint chocolate wafer, clover, light citrus throughout, a bit grassy with a very floral finish, slight herbal astringency on the finish thanks to the dandelions. Light and unassuming all the way through, and that's half the charm, it's all in the right place, even if I can't fit it all together on my own. A wonderful surprise, especially having the Black Ghost knock me on my ass in bewilderment. A fantastic experiment with the saison style, this herbal concoction rises to the top with its subtlety and charm.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, not as effervescent as I once anticipated, it is light, but not thin, manages to remain velvety.

This Pissenlit is a real treasure, crappy label and all, it's what's inside that counts, just like your mom and Oprah always told you. There's a subtle beauty to it, in the aroma, the taste and the mouthfeel, this is a beer that lets you know you don't have to be smacked over the head with extremes to experience the finer points of craftsmanship. If Phyl21ca were here at the moment, I'd hug him, but will also gladly salute him for the fine trade.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This saison poured a cloudy, iced-tea brown color with white foam that settled but clung to the glass a little bit. The smell was lightly tart. The taste was nicely tart with a bit of sourness and very low hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was dry and tart with medium body and medium-low carbonation. The lightly tart taste lingered pleasantly. This was a very nice and drinkable saison.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a huge off-white head with perfect retention. Aroma of light spices which possibly includes cumin with some subtle funky yeast. Finish is slightly bitter but I would have expected a bit more at the end. Body is way too thin which kind of ruined part of the experience for me. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is a very fine saison but I guess I was expecting another funky spicy monster which is not what this is about it seems.

Photo of NoLiberty
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer from Fantome on tap at Red Bones in Boston.

Appearance - Pours into goblet with a full clean white head with high lacing. Body color is clean strong amber with orange marmelade edging.

Aroma - My initial recognition was a fresh water, sandy-bottomed pond. Musty and earthy with hints wild clover flowers.

Taste - Cranberry front, mild fruit middle with clean hop-crabapple finish and nice dry bitterness. The entire follow-through is reminiscent of fresh cut firewood, like sweet wet wood.

Mouth - Full-bodied with good building carbonation in the mouth. Foams and fills the mouth and carries flavors throughout palate.

Drinkability - This works about as well as nature can. Please more.

Photo of TPSReports
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The large capped and corked bottle poured several nice glasses for friends.

This was my first beer from Fantome, and it was quite enjoyable.

Poured with a nice off-white head, and cloudy light amber/yellow coloring.

The taste was fruity with a large dose a wheat. Very little hops, but a slight malt finish. When I say fruit, I mean citrus -- lemons, grapefruits, oragnes and limes. Quite a thirst quencher.

This was a nice brew on an 82 degree humid evening in Northern Alabama in June.

Cheers.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown and clear, saisony with some organically-caused cloudiness. humongous head that craters quickly but evenly, sparse light lace. lots o' bubbles, almost champagnic. aroma is utterly orgasmic. equal parts sweet tripel-y butter indulgence and citrus hop-free grapefruit acid enrobed by the proverbial horse blanket blacterium. some macintosh apple hints in the nose as well. deep aroma brings out a burnt sugar.

taste is more bitter than expected, mostly botanical from the dandelion flower essence. sweet cantaloupe and honeysuckle all mixed up in the belgian sugar profile. finishes dry but not impairingly bitter.

expertly contrived for such an experimental, off-the-wall brew.

not a fruit/vegetable beer?

Photo of gbontrag
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

smells like celery, green apple, floral bouquet, wet gravel. Foam rises mucho, falls back gently. Whoa, that's a pond water sort of beer. Has a honey hue.
Has the spicy flavor of nasturtiums, and wild fermented grains. There's the unwashed tomatillos: Sweet and sour with acidic bitterness. Dandelion green finish with malt vinegar dressing.
I found the alcohol a little strong. It has a luscious mouthfeel in my opinion, and the flavors go on and on. It's like a grab bag of cottage garden flavors.

Photo of clvand0
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a tall head that falls slowly and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of interesting esters - floral and citrus with some hops, grassy. The flavor has a lot of lemon and some funkiness. A little grainy. The body is light to moderate and the drinkability is great for the alcohol.

Photo of WetCoaster
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Corked AND capped -- not taking any chances here. Worst (or best) labeling ever.

Surprise! What the heck is this? Wow. I have never seen a beer that looks quite like this. A bit like a Bigfoot barleywine, a bit like a buckwheat honey, a bit like papaya juice, slightly murky, sappy, with a huge tan head with good retention. Thick lacing. I don't know how to score this; it's nice, but it's pushing it for the style. Four it is.

Smell: I'm having a bit of trouble wrapping around this one. I think I'll just stream of consciousness it: hoppy, grassy, grainy, earthy. Not a ton of fruit or yeast that I'm picking up. Does not bring da funk. No word on da noise.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts a bit tangy with an odd grassy flavor that I'd imagine comes from the dandelions. Soon, though, a citrus hammer slams your palette. Big rush of bitter lemon juice. It's tempting to give up on it, but underneath a nice, almost chocolate, maltiness sits on the floor. There's a lot going on here, and I don't think I'm having the best night, palette-wise. Still, I think the citrus is a bit much here. (Although the yeast pour at the end adds a bit of fuitiness and spice to the mix.) The mouthfeel is crisp and coating, very nice.

Drinkability: Good. I think it's a bit heavy on the bitterness (in fact, it's a dead ringer for Orval), but otherwise a tasty and unique take on the style. I'm going to have to come back to this one; there's too much subtlety to take in in only one take.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is beter than I remember it. It pours a very dark straw color with a huge pillowy head that falls to a very healthy coating over the top and leaving a ton of lace as it falls. The nose is nice. Lots os citrusty lemon, some vegetable aromas, and some slight earthyness. The flavor is very nice, with a big lemoney burst to start, moving to a tart spike, falling to a vegetable and earthy finish. The feel is moderate, with a moderate carbonation. It works very well with the flavor. A very good beer for this warm day. Drinkability is excellent. Its very smooth and easy to drink. No hinot of 8% alcohol at all. Good show. Very good.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy and light orange color. Large bubbly head is white and soda-like, it settles down quickly and holds at a thin, solid cap. The bottom-half pour turns this into a muddy yellow and brown concoction. Wild.

Aroma - very grassy with yeast, pepper, a light lemony citrus and a touch of musty dampness. Fairly nice assortment of aromas. The cork has a strong tobacco smell but none of it transferred to the beer.

Taste - a fresh grainy taste with a mild lemon tartness. The aftertaste comes quickly, lemon rind and just a hint of mustiness. It's the first time that element actually works for me. The finish is lemony and refreshing. The bottom sediment softens the flavors considerably, sweetens them a little.

Mouthfeel - starts sorta crisp, average to light body, nothing paticularly distinctive. The bottom half, however, is very smooth, the sediment creating an orange juice texture that is really good.

Drinkability - on the pricy side at 10$ per bottle, but it was a tasty treat and an enjoyable experience.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells a lot like the regular Fantome, but that's where the similarities end. Pours a dark, almost brown hue. Huge, foamy head. Has a dry hoppiness reminiscent of Orval. Not nearly as refreshing as the standard Fantome, but maybe more complex. Gets better as it goes, and makes for a terrific apperif. I love Saisons, and there are a lot of nice varieties. Try this one for something different.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear golden amber with an off white head which rose tall and fell very slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was interesting with earthy hop presence and a very slight citrus note and a bit of grass thrown in for good measure. The aroma contained a muted caramel and a light fruitiness. Belgian farmhouse ale yeast aroma was present but at a very low level.

The flavor was very nice and light with a low grassy flavor and a very well done earthiness that was expressed in the bittering and the flavor. The bittering was just to the level to be noticeable and balance the malt. The malt has a low caramel flavor. All the flavors melded well in the beer for a nice complexity. A light spice was also present.

The finish was dry with lasting earthy and slight grassy flavors that dry out further to a very light spice in the finish. The body was medium and the carbonation well done. There was only a slight bit of farmhouse in the aroma and another slight bit in the flavor. A very easy drinking beer with no indication of the alcohol level.

750 ml capped and corked bottle. Number on bottle is handwritten in ink marker and is #836 I have no idea who put this on the bottle.

Photo of Tballz420
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of tiny bubbles coat the glass when this murky orange/brown brew is poured in the glass. Big cream colored head, supported by lots of carb bubbles. Nice lacing. Grassy, earthy scent, perhaps some sweetness. Nice mix of flavors, earthy grass tones, some tartness, touch of sweet in the front. Pinch of barnyard as well. Some alcohol detectable, more noticable in the belly. Pretty smooth mouth. Quite an eclectic brew. Check her out.

Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Citrus colored with a sticky, foamy light white head. Lots of lacing. Very floral and weedy, grassy in the aroma. Slightly yeasty and a little of a horse blanket hay aroma in there. There are strong flavors in this beer yet it is very light on the tongue. Superb job by these brewers of creating such a unique, complex brew. Slightly fruity, slightly bready and earthy, but mostly a mixture of floral/herbal elements. Slight lambic funk comes through the further I go. Finish lingers with a dryness. I couldn't believe this was 8% abv. Seems like a misprint. Worth seeking out.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alert, alert, alert! Discounted at Ryan & Casey in Greenfield, $6 for a 750 ml. Really didn't know what to expect with this one, particularly because the label is in French.

Appearance- pour a wonderfully murky orange, with unbelievable head retention. Uniform lacing. Looks good.

Taste is great. Florals all over the place, this is the most charismatic part of this beer. A nice change from other Belgian that overrides you with clove and spice.

A good tasting saison, I am a little suspect on the condition of my beer, leans towards a sour aftertaste. Worth a try.

Photo of twelvsies
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this one... appears a tawny brown color with some glints of red in there, and a huge thick and rocky head on top, and I can tell it's not going anywhere. Smells at first like sweet apples, but is then followed by a barrage of zesty spices; corriander, a hint of black pepper, and some nice floral hops, maybe Hallertau? I'm not a hop expert but I think I'm starting to recognize this one. Taste is excellent!! Yes!! I love this style... nice and zippy. The sweet apple taste is there but more subdued. The zesty tartness takes over. Lemon rind, dust, fresh cut grass (probably due to the dandelions) and a sourness take over. Really really complex, yet subtle, allowing all the flavors to come across one by one. Super dry finish caps of an amazingly smooth mouthfeel. Rather airy, but with some slick substance to it, not too light. You gotta try this one.

Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.