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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 72
Gots: 56 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002)
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Photo of silenius


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

A brewery has to have brass balls to market a beer in America with the word "piss" in the name. Lucky for me, Fantôme is just such a brewery.

The guys at the liquor store I bought this from said that danedlion beer was a bit too "out there" for them try. I disagreed and welcomed the chance to try something I never had before from Fantôme.

The beer pours a cloudy (almost milky) orangey brown with a big fluffy fine-bubbled head that sticks around and laces in my wine glass. Visually, it looks like apple cider with a head. On the dark side for a saison, but hey, this is Fantôme!

Smell is quite interesting with a heather and lilac like floralness, herbs de provence and licorice.

Very tasty with the licorice coming forward a bit along with some green herbal bitterness, a little hop nip on the tip of my tongue, and a nice softly bitter cleansing aftertaste.

This is a food beer for sure, roast chicken, casseoulet, white bean dishes and even fish and chips would go well with this. Come to think of it, turkey and cranberry sauce might be interesting as well.

Second helpings please!

09-08-2004 02:52:34 | More by silenius
Photo of Guinness4me


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

I do believe this is my first Saison beer, and it reminds me of other Belgians but with a kick. Could it be the dandelions?

It poured a murky, maple color with a light head that clung nicely to my glass. The smell was like most Belgians but with a funk that I can't quite place. Prunes? Raisins? Apples?

When I first poured and tasted, it was chilled and had a strong fruity bitterness that has calmed as the beer has warmed. It has gone from fruity to hoppy with a bit of apple taste on the back of my tongue. The spices are complex and hard to place.

The more it stands, the easier this is to drink. Very pleasant beer. I'll definately drink again, as well as other beers from this brewery.

09-05-2004 21:57:15 | More by Guinness4me
Photo of crookedhalo


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

2004 bottling. Pours a hazed amber to copper color with a lasting off-white head in the Fantome tulip. Some typical saison traits in the nose, sourness, herbal and botanical notes, and barnyard funk as well as a freshly rained garden. I was expecting this one to be real wild all-around; it poured a bit darker than I expected. But then I thought that the dandelion juices act as many other unpasteurized juices would, get darker with exposure. Like an apple does when it's cut open and let stand for a bit of time. The taste is very intriguing for a saison. The dandelion only enhances the whole experience with this saison. Unconventional, but if I recall from a gourmet organic salad, dandelions have a similar acridness in their taste that a typical (and Fantome can be the standard) saison should usually have. The tastes of dandelion and, the more traditional malt and maybe some candi sugar, are complementary. This bottle's pretty young and I'd venture to guess that this beer would be very interesting with a few years of aging behind it. It has a grassy, botanical feel interplayed with the malt portion of the beer. For lovers of saison beers, I highly recommend it. An eye-opener within one of my favorite styles of beer. I'd remembered as a child hearing of dandelion wine. Maybe this was perhaps why I'd been looking forward to trying this so shortly after purchase.

08-29-2004 05:28:08 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Jason


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Presentation: 750 ml green magnum with a vintage date of 2003 on the front label.

Appearance: Sunrise reddish orange in a haze with a thin white lacing on top.

Smell: At first thought … Lemon Pledge. Then grassy, musty, earthy and more lemony notes come along.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Uncommonly musty and earthy with a good dry malt backing and lemony tartness. Semi-crisp and slick on the tongue. Yeasty with a crazy tart nutty flavor. Finishes with a quick pucker and more yeast.

Drinkability & Notes: Certainly one of the more interesting saisons I have tried, I ended up braising a pork roast with some of this … most excellent.

08-04-2004 19:57:55 | More by Jason
Photo of marburg


4.78/5  rDev +16.9%

Cloudier than Michigan during the bad weather seasons. Orange with vibrant, bright yellow glowing around the edges in the light. Moderate head fades quickly.

Lambic funk and wet, week-old grass clippings overlay yeast and a mild airy feel in the nose. Despite the pronounced sour aroma, this is simply bone dry and a tad bitter -- very little hint of sourness to be found on the tongue. Begins light and somewhat zesty. The weedy, floral dandelion flavor really does assert itself, driving home a unique bitterness that just assaults the palate. Spritzy, yeasty, and dry. I just chewed on lawn weeds and plum skins -- or so my taste buds are telling me. And yet, I f-ing love it.

Its rather complex, unique flavor profile is a bit tough to stomach after two glasses. But those first two just made up one of my favorite recent beer memories. Top shelf.

05-05-2004 00:11:59 | More by marburg
Photo of ark57


4.7/5  rDev +14.9%

2003 Bottling - It pours an orange gold with a slight haze and a thin creamy head. The aroma is funky with some yeastiness and the impressions of tartness. The bubbles of the carbonation are tiny and dance over the tongue. It has floral and citrus (mostly lemon) notes. It is slightly acidic and has a dry almost tart like finish. There is also a bitterness that is reminiscent of a bitter vegetable. I guess this is the dandelion coming out. I have never had dandelions in any fashion before, but now I think I have an idea what they taste like. A great refreshing beer.

04-12-2004 17:08:30 | More by ark57
Photo of Jables


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured an opaque orange with a thin white lacy head.

Aroma is sharply acidic, cidery notes, light apples and pears. Yeasty sweet bread dough provides a solid backbone for the lighter, crisper, fruitier smells to dance on.

Flavor is based on a solid platform of biscuity doughy malt, but the acidic citrus pop dominates the tongue for a bit. While the initial flavor is the doughy malt, and the acidic zing hits after, as the brew sits on the tongue it very strongly resembles a dry white wine, very strongly. The finish is grape skins and back to the biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel is creamy but the acidity pricks the tongue and leaves it wounded.

Drinkability is only hampered by the acidity.

03-26-2004 03:58:29 | More by Jables
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

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


4.68/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -12.5%

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

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


4.5/5  rDev +10%

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!!!


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


4.88/5  rDev +19.3%

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….

06-08-2003 02:01:14 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.