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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

417 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 73
Gots: 58 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

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Ratings: 417 | Reviews: 223
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat murky golden with a huge, fluffy, white head that takes a while to fade to a drinkable level. My bottle says 2004 on it, so it could be a function of age. Smells fairly sharp and herbal with a bare touch of sourness and some nice lingering herbal bitterness. Lots of herbal bitterness from the dandelions in the taste, decidedly not hops caussing this bitterness. Much more herbal and vegetal. Some slight sourness, and a nice background of malty sweetness balances everything out. Less sour and much more herbal than most Fantomes, but there is still some off the trademark pepperiness in the finish. Tastes smooth, strong, herbal, and sweet in the mouth wwith restrained carbonation. Very pleasant for a fall afternoon on the porch.

Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dkachur for sharing this one

A: Golden blonde... murky. Nice looking. Not HUGE bubbles, but bursting going on. Nice ring of lace. The head is almost a light dandelion colour, ironically.

S: Herbal, floral hops. Earthy, some malty goodness. The first time I'd use the phrase "funk" though I hate it. Very nice.

T: Smooth, herbal, DANDELION. A very intriguing flavour... and quite delicious. Yeasty, the slight sour flavour, but not particularly fruity or anything.

M + D: Light spritz of carbonation, somewhat silky, an easy drinker for what it is... nice to sip away at and enjoy. A nice introduction to Fantome.

Photo of Absumaster
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ayellow golden beer with a settling head that is quite creamy and lacing like all Fantome beers.

Smell is light tart with spicy notes and even some maltiness. For a Fantome beer the tartness is quite mild and leaves some room for the malt, which has some caramel malt in there. The pissenlits are present, but that is just because I know. It gives the beer a green, grassy smell. Again very subdued.

Taste is light tart and like the smell this can not be called tart, rather it has a light sourness, that tastes like light lactic acid. There is a herbal, green taste to the beer, like chewing fresh grass. The dandelions must give some bitterness too, which is a tad sharp.
Body is quite thin. Mouthfeel is rough and dry.
Without the typical tartness, this beer has nothing sticking out and is not the best of the Fantome range, although a lot of people will disagree.

Photo of vwcraig
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and capped 750mL from Yinzer. Thanks man.

Spring of 2004 on label. Into a Fantome tulip. Opened with a healthy pop and a little smoke in the bottleneck. Color of rusty autumn leaves with a thin off-white crown. Decent amount of slow-rising bead. Sour and herbal smells mainly with a rooty and earthy note somewhere in the back. The earthy taste comes out in the first taste and I can only imagine that it's the dandelion. A late sweetness comes in that reminds me of grape jelly. Slightly sour and very pleasant. Dusty and musty too. Bottle was still fairly well carbonated and holds up a medium body and mouthfeel. In my top 3 Fantome experiences to date. Sweet and sour mix along with the earthiness make this drinkable for me.

Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML green, Belgian bottle purchased from Super Saver in Somerville - 2004 version...
From what I've heard, this brew was created using a mixture of dehydrated dandelions picked fresh from a field near the picturesque brewery in Belgium...
Pours a murky, hazy, dark-amber, mahoghany-brown, ruby-red appearance with a modest foamy and frothy head that soon receded, leaving quite a bit of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Smell was replete with fresh florals, citrus, lemon, lime, and coriander...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, and you have to strain really hard to notice the dandelions, but they are certainly there... A very intersting, unique, and distinct brew that really manages to stand out and make itself noticeable among other Saison styles...
Good mouthfeel and an easy level of drinkablity without any hint of the 8% ABV...
Recommended...

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clouded ruby brown with a decent light tan/crème head that kinda sticks around. This is one of the best looking saisons I have seen in a long time. Nose is funk and yeast. Flavor is fairly mild I think. But man at the end does the saison funk come back to kick you in the mouth for an aftertaste. It comes back and lingers. Mmmmm. Basically when I drink this I just think grass. Grass, grass, grass. Feel is standard I think. Not too thin, with a certain level of body. Drinkable indeed. Overall a fairly even saison and nothing too wild. Another solid Fantome production.

Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Keg N Bottle in Isla Vista for $12.99.

Very curious to try this beer. An 8% saison brewed with dandelions? Interesting, to say the least. Pours a nice ruby amber color with a 1 finger off-white head that lingers around and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

First smell is surprising - this beer is over 3 years old now? A touch of slightly funky (in the good way) Belgian yeast with pretty fresh floral and earthy smells. Well, this thing smells delicious, lets see how it tastes..

First taste I am immediately impressed with the smoothness and the dandelion flavor. I don't think I've ever tasted dandelion (although tis possible..), but the flavor here is just like dandelion smells. It's an enjoyable sweetness. A touch of sweet toffee here too. Finishes with just the smallest touch of tartness that is quickly replaced by the dandelion on the finish. All these flavors are pretty delicate, so make sure you don't serve this one too cold - I could really see it all come apart at a colder temperature.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Rich and smooth, with a slightly lingering aftertaste of sweetness.

Drinkability is quite exceptional on this. Quite easy to drink.

Highly recommended. A pleasant surprise after reading some of the reviews.

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

2004 vintage. Hope I don't wet the bed tonight (you know, from the dandelions, of course)!

The color of a deep orange soda. Pretty head with tiny bubbles, active carbonation, and a great Brussels lace.

Funny, for a 3-year-old beer, it has the nose of green beer fresh from the tanks. Malt and hops are present, but they aren't the focus of the smell of this beer. Instead, there's "other miscellaneous stuff." Things that come to mind are herbs, holidays, CO2 mixed with other gases...it's all so damn hard to put into words. A bit gueuze-like.

Tart. Artisan. Liquid poetry. Herbal bitterness. Hard water. Radishes. Smarties candy. Mildly bitter. Dry finish. Green tea. Herbal tea. Pepper. Just some of the many flavors you might come across.

Carbonation is high, but it's also quick to go away, leading to two different beers over time. It's best right in the middle, because by the end of the bottle it gets a bit heavy.

Fantome has never let me down. I think they're one of the best breweries in the world, and certainly one of the most interesting. This beer wasn't quite my favorite, but it's certainly worth checking out. Cheers!

Photo of
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Slightly hazy, deep caramel color. Large, rocky, off-white head.

Floral and citrus, dandelions? Bit of toffee/caramel. Scent of earth -- very faint. Melons and some other tropical fruit.

Initially, bitter more than sweet - balanced out a lot as it warmed. Aftertaste of flowers and grass (again - not sure what dandelions taste like, so...). ABV incredibly well hidden. Somewhat bready in there, but really buried in the tart.

Medium in body. Medium - low in carbonation. Fantome is usually bubblier. Dry. Faint alcohol warming.

Not bad, but not as complex as other Fantomes. Hiver and Black Ghost are still my favorites, though. This one seemed to be all about the dandelion flavor, and there really wasn't that much other stuff going on, flavorwise. Very smooth, and quite easy to drink.

Photo of trep
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle 2004 Vintage.

Murky golden hued body. Thin, white head on top. Aroma is very floral, like a bouquet of flowers. I guess the "brewed using dandelions" would have let me know that. Very grassy hops with a bit of sour funkiness, typical for saisons.

Very refreshing beer for Easter Sunday. Light bodied, high carbonation. Very sweet and estery. Hops are balanced to the sweetness of the malt and sourness of the, i'm guessing, yeast. Finishes dry with a bit of white-grape aftertaste.

Light bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Very very drinkable.

Photo of cbl2
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2/23/2007 $8.99 750 mL 8.00% Bottled 2004.

Appearance:

Pours a brilliant dark copper hue infused with orange highlights. Topped by a thin haze of white foam that settles rapidly.

Aroma:

Herbaceous barnyard funk dominates with some notes of fresh flowers.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Great chewy mouthfeel that starts off with a wonderful sour aspect. Notes of tart cherries and fresh cut flowers vie for dominance. Finish is long and pleasantly bitter. Possibly the best Saison I've had since Southampton's Fleur. This has the same sensation of being brewed with fresh flowers, which is a very appealing flavor.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a hazey apricot sienna. Good head with robust lacing. Good bubbles too. Very cool when some of the sediment mixes with the brew, it turns into a very opaque amber.

Smell- A floral bouquet of malt. Smells like Spring has sprung in Belgium mixed with ripe fruits.

Taste- Tastes lke a geat saison. Floarl, dry malts that make you smack your lips with both tartness and refreshing carbonation. You wouldn't know there were dandelions in this beer unless the lable told you. Great malts and some stale tasting hops.

Mouthfeel- Wet yet dry feel. Just great and very well balanced with a robust body. Very tight palate overall.

Another great saison from the saison masters at Fantome.

Photo of bennetj17
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2004. Cloudy, orange/mahogany appearance with a full 1/2 inch head settling into a nice crust. There are plenty of flavors to note in the smell: spiced fruit, alcohol, pepper smoke, an hint of clove and some floral funk. Interesting. The flavor seems much different from the aroma as the malt tastes caramel-like with an aged smokiness and watery finish. I pick up some melon and tangy fruit as we go along, but I think this might be getting past its prime a bit. The body is slightly thin with a carbonation that starts out with some umph, but falls flat in the end. This beer had a decent drinkablility, and based on the flavors I think it would be better to only age about a year perhaps. Even when I tried a different bottle 8 months ago it was more interesting...

Photo of Jredner
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is light and fruity with some concentrated floral and sharp sugary candy notes. The body is a caramel/orane color and holds a diminishing thumb thick, bubbly, tan head. Caramel is large in the fore with some bready undertones. Bitter citrus peel and muted spice notes appear mid range. Feels sharp and biting on the tongue. Slighly herbal note in the finish balances the sweet caraml that runs long into the aftertaste.

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

2004 bottle: I got a good sized "pop" when I pulled the cork, and then a small overflow. Fortunately, not much beer was lost. Needless to say, there is a quite large almost tan head on this one. The beer itself is a murky, lighter mahogany shade. The aroma is a tad lighter than I would have expected, but still quite nice. Notes of breadiness as well as some floral notes. Suprisingly tart taste, yet no fruitiness that you would usually expect with a tart beer. I’m trying to come up with a good description of the taste, other than pleasant. It is very complex and difficult to discern individual tastes. A very good brew.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery ripe apricot with a hint of coral red. I was expecting a hue much closer to dandelion yellow, but am not disappointed in the least. In fact, the color is the best part about the appearance. I am a little let down by the clarity though; perhaps a little yeasty murk is yet to come. The golden beige cap is creamier and less airy than on most beer of this style. A good look overall.

The nose is saison-like; no surprise there. It'll be harder to describe what makes it so. A warm, earthy spiciness is its primary feature, along with an enticing herbalness. I don't believe that I can pick out the aroma of dandelions though, largely because I'm not sure what they actually smell like (I'll resist the urge to go out to my backyard and find out). Not outstanding, but pleasant enough in a rustic, farmhouse sort of way.

Three offerings--so far--are hardly enough to make such a blanket statement, but I don't believe that Brasserie Fantome brews anything other than good (or freakin' outstanding) beer. Pissenlit is solidly in the good camp. There's no way that I can pick out the various flavors so I won't even try. Again though, nothing strikes me as obviously dandelion-like. It would help if I knew what the little yellow weeds actually tasted like.

There's a bit of a toasted pale malt sweetness underlying all the yeast and spices and herbs. The potpourri that is the latter two is appealing to me and is becoming more so the more I drink. Alcohol is next to absent on the palate, another Fantome trademark. Whatever sugar is present initially says 'adieu' by the finish so that the beer ends up favoring modestly bitter and drying. Crisp doesn't apply. Refreshing does. As does delicious. As does compulsively drinkable.

A fine storm cloud of yeast has now appeared in the glass (I'm in the bottom third of the bottle) and the fascinating color is some kind of beautiful. I don't usually break out the big numbers unless there's a better than decent display of lace, but what the hell. This is great looking beer.

The body/mouthfeel is neither light and airy, nor is it full and sticky; it's somewhere in the vast middle. It does have a quality feel though and the fact that there's something less than a Belgianesque amount of carbonation doesn't detract from my enjoyment in the least. A hint of stickiness on the back end is a nice feature.

Pissenlit is French for dandelion and translates as 'pee in bed' due to the diuretic properties of the plant. I don't feel a pressing need to finish this review (and I'm not in bed anyway), but I may feel differently once milliliters 600-750 have been consumed. If Brasserie Fantome didn't exist, beer geeks would have to invent it. I love the idea of a small, talented, dedicated, quirky Belgian brewer who thinks outside the box. And I love his creations even more.

Photo of akorsak
2.59/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a 750 mL bottle of Pissenlit 2003 served in a goblet. The ale is cold.

A: The saison has a hazy yellow-orange color with big head that does not lace well.

S: The smell is very funky, barnyard, almost unpleasant.

T: Taste has a slightly lactic, pucker edge. Flavor is very gamey and funky. There are no discernible flavors that grab you, as the beer has taken the natural fermentation too far.

M: Not good, the flavors are at once sour and harsh.

D: Below average, pass on this for Fantome Saison. Again Fantôme confounds me. The ale is cutting edge, but too far off said edge, making it difficult to enjoy.

Photo of errantnight
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another success from fantome... although not as unqualified as their saison saison or the brise bons bons (for me, anyway).

Pours a much deeper, darker straw then I expected, distinctly brown hues with about a finger's worth of head into a tulip. Vaguely cloudy. Intriguing. Engaging. Me likey.

Aromas are distinctly floral and earthy. Muddied candy, if there were such a thing. A little sweetness in there. Rich and funky. Yum.

Taste? Just a hint of a disappointment. I'm not sure that I'm wild about it at first. Distinctly, and heavily, vegetal. Not quite the funky barnyard "real" saison thang. Which is incredibly innacurate to say, of course, this was merely my initial impression before I straightened myself out. And drank more.

Intended to be shared, this wasn't well received, so I consumed most of the bottle. Glad I did. This grew on me, and quickly. I kept thinking: "this tastes like daisies, and not just the way they smell. Like you ripped them up from the ground, roots and dirt and all, and somehow concocted a tasty beverage out of it." I hear this was brewed with sunflowers. Or something. Spot on. Malt notes are smooth, subdued, and definitely a little rich, but not toasty. This would perhaps be a better description of the mouthfeel, which is bigger than some saisons, but smooth, and the mild, refreshing vegetal notes (really, this is a positive) make this a delightful sipper (and at 8%, just right).

In the end, I don't love it, and won't revisit as frequently as other fantomes, but as with all their brews I've tasted, will always have a home in my fridge. Would love to experiment in the kitchen with this bad boy.

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

Sampled on the 4th of July with my family. This 750 ml bottle did not have the label on it so I could not tell the year. The beer poured a hazy amber color with a thick white trademark Fantome head. Yummy. The aroma was a bit funky, earthy based on the yeast character of this brew and there was a bit of dried fruit notes as well. The taste is a bit tart and slighty sweet with some definite flavor of earthiness (grass and probably the dandelion flower that it was brewed with). The body is light to medium and made for a perfect summertime saison.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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 -3.9%
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
4.83/5  rDev +19%
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
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.