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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

356 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 71
Gots: 57 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 Bottling, Sampled February 2004
A sour aroma escapes from the bottle as I pop the cork. The beer pours a brilliantly clear orange-gold color. It is topped by a cream colored head that is kept afloat by a high level of carbonation that streams through the beer. There is a sour, herbal, softly floral, but interestingly sweet aroma to this beer. A nice light and refreshing beer. There is a light sweetness to this mostly dry beer. It is lightly acidic with a soft fruitiness to back it up. The finish has a light spiciness and is lightly astringent as well. There is a definite herbal-vegetal taste to this, which, could almost be mistaken for being hop derived, but must surely be the dandelions coming through. This is an interesting beer that would be far more appropriate if I had sampled it when it was warm outside, good thing I bought another bottle. Definitely a soft beer though, there are no hard or sharp elements to be found.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 19:33:04 | More by Gueuzedude
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantome Pissenlit was served from a 750 corked and capped bottle dated spring 2003. The cork was fine-textured, instead of the usually choppy-textured cork. When the beer was poured into a Duvel tulip, an ample sticky white head rose, then settled down leaving excellent lacing. Brilliantly golden-orange and semi-transparant, the beer was a radiant beacon of light, attracting the attention of others in the room. The nose was fascinating, with the expected Fantome sourness carrying with it the fresh flowery aromas of dandelions, honey, and lime-orange citrus. This bouquet of smells became more pronounced and complex as the beer warmed. The beer was a masterwork of flavor...clean and refreshing, yet bold and balanced. The moderately sour silky malt body quickly releases a carbonated barrage of lemon-lime-orange citrus flavor, then very slowly melts into a molten malty zippy finish with a touch of bitterness. There was so much more going on here that I can't seem to describe, but I can say that it is totally captivating. The body was wonderfully silky and smooth, which balanced out the acidity well, and made for a satisfying finish. Again, Fantome has tugged at the heart of my soul. The work of a genious.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 04:02:35 | More by HiroProtagonist
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A short head of frothy white foam resides over a hazy orange body. Its very fine, natural carbonation helps it to maintain a creamy collar and lacy surface covering throughout the glass; and it leaves some minimal short-lived lace with each sip. The nose is floral, grassy and somewhat citrusy with a touch of "barnyard"; and it exhibits some fruit and a touch of sweetness as well. It's bright, interesting, and invigorating with a bit of complexity. The body is medium/light with a delicate, natural carbonation from bottle conditioning that gently caresses the palate before fading smoothly away. The flavor offers an incredible balance between lightly sweet malt and gently tart yeastiness on either side of a distinctly grassy, herbal, and floral character. It finishes dry, and a touch powdery, with a short lingering fruity-sweetish-tart malt note and some low-key herbal and delicately spicy-grassy hops. It's a really interesting beer that appears at first to be more than it is; reveals it's true self upon tasting; and then displays more complexity than it alludes to while still remaining very straightforward. It's quite drinkable, and most enticing. An impressive beer that should be on the "must have" list of any Belgian beer fan.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 03:36:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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beerguy101

California

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dandelion beer. Orange gold color, very hazy, small head. Grassy and earthy. Mellow and smooth. Complex flavors; herbal, grassy, spicy, slightly sweet, citrus and coriander. Not very hoppy. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. And yes it a weird label, but a very interesting beer. . Worth seeking out

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 03:55:34 | More by beerguy101
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pissenlit 2003, 750ml bottle, capped and corked. This brew pours a light yellow colour with a small, whispy head. The aromas are floral, slightly hoppy, and lambic funky. The taste is a wonderful combination of lambic-like sourness, floral hoppiness, and background maltiness. The mouthfeel is light and fluffy and the drinkability is excellent, especially as this beer warms up. The dandelion taste really shines through in the finish of this beer. Don't drink this stuff too cold!!!

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Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 14:07:09 | More by francisweizen
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark green, 1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz. (true 750ml) Bottle. It hides a marvelous offering from this most Artisanale, & bi-polarizing, of Belgium Brewers. The hand-drawn yellow & black label is befuddled, & the sketchy picture & handwritten characters make it hard to read. Looks like a child drew this one. Labeled as “Pissenlit”, Bières de Saison, Printemps ’02. Literally translated into English this means “Piss in Bed, Spring 2002”. Hell Yeah someone else who has been there, we all have our bad days. Oh, but wait, actually, “Pissenlit”, as the label states properly translates & really means “Dandelion”. Oh, that’s better.

The wonderful world of Fantôme, is like Charlie & the Chocolate Factory: I so want to meet the meet the creator of this fantasy wonderland.

Appearance: Deep, turbid, muddy, murky orange look. The head is a smooth uniformily bubble sized affair that has intense staying power due to the massive inherent carbonation. Has an earthy agricultural look.

Nose: Disgustingly marvelous. Earthy soil ground smells, mixed with cut grass, reminiscent of a badly set low cutting soil-chopping Lawnmower. Nasal remnants strike a chord with freshly cut grass from an English Cricket Field mixed with the hazy summer dew of a well used school sports field. Grassy & pungent. WOW.

Taste: Uncompromisingly Fantôme. Hard to describe, but easy to swallow. Dry, yeasty innoculent beginnings lead to an acerbic astringent middle. A floral backbone runs into an inherent acidic carbonation that gives a very lambic feel to the end of this most farmyard of ales. Dandelions shine through in the floral end. DOUBLE WOW.

Mouthfeel: High inherent carbonation leads to a champagne effervescence, akin to a lively lambic, mildly acidic but as strikingly lively as a recently caught fresh rainbow trout thrashing in the nets.

Overall: Quite marvelous – simply brilliant – for me; Dany Prignon is the Brewing equivalent of the Wright Brothers.

The Art of learning, is to conceal learning….

“Oh, East is East, & West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth & Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face,
tho' they come from the ends of the earth!”

Belgium? European? Saison? East?, West? or just plain WTF Weird? whatever label you post on it- This is bloody superb!!!

As Kipling rightly suggests – brilliance has no borders.
I hope appreciation of great beer follows these rules….

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 02:01:14 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.