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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 72
Gots: 55 | 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 granger10
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

granger10, May 02, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

twelvsies, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muddy apricot bronze with a modest bleached tan foam.
Nose is plump with caramel breads, cilantro, farm, lime juice, and a noticeable, reedy dandelion bitterness.
Enters with grainy bread notion, with tickles of spiciness that suggest rye. Later, it solidifies into a sweeter, moister notion of sourdough and caramel. Light almond skin nuttiness, followed with a wash of lingering lemon juice tartness. Earthier and funkier from here on out. Quavering mineral astringency, dirty linens, mushrooms, and coriander. Rides out with a weedy floral hue that can only be associated with the dandelions.
Medium bodied, but with its gentle, steady carbonation, this is nearly as solid a quencher as it is an experience.
Hats off to Fantome, once again. Likewise to Bighuge, for coming through with this weed.

cokes, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good saison, 2004 bottled. Grassy aroma in there. Well carbonated and tasty spices and citrus. The use of dandelions was in the cartoon, but I didn't take it seriously. I am in fact allergic to it in the spring season. I guess its good I had it in late winter. The bomber takes a long lunch to get through but doable without ill effects. Alcohol was disguised by fizziness, but proved to be a knockout. This is a robust beer as all the fantomes.

Sammy, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of aracauna
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark cloudy amber body is topped by a very full, meringue head that lasts a long while. The aroma is highly spicy and slightly floral. I really don’t know what a dandelion smells or tastes like so I won’t pretend that I detect any in the beer. The body is highly carbonated and has a nice nutty malt body to back it up. Actually, it’s a little bit like banana nut bread, but with the nuts heavily outnumbering the bananas.

aracauna, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep scarlet red/mahogany tone. Fairly clear. Thick crop of eggshell white foam on top. Retention is excellent. Lacing is quite full and comes in sheets.The aroma is quite lemony. Lemongrass comes to mind. Leather as well. Tart fruits, yeast and dough. It runs the gamout. Very nice. The taste follows through. Although not as tart as the nose lead me to believe. Lemon Pepper. Spiced up dough. A little tart cherry. Some acidity. Yeasty, stale mustiness. Nice farmhouse character. Body is somewhat light and the mouthfeel is fluffy. Quite drinkable and quite enjoyable. Another winner from Fantome.

Bighuge, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, its my birthday. Might as well break into this bad boy. Might hit up an Oud Beersel Kriek later too.

Really great looking beer. Really awesome deep orange color. When held up to the light it is a bright burning intense red. Very high carbonation leaves a massive pillow of a head that has yet to subside after 5 minutes. The bubbles are still flooding out of the etched D of my Duvel glass.

Really amazing nose. Get some nice burnt candi sugar notes that are fairly subdued. But up front I get a touch of earthy musty scents that I think this brewery is so well known for. I might even detect some lobster in there. I know that's weird, but its just what I smell. EDIT: but after tasting the Fantome Saison, this thing tasted as clean as a munich lager in comparison.

Very nice taste, but not the 'exceptional' taste I was expecting, but 4.5 ain't shabby. Fairly mellow beer with a very well rounded pallette. Starts very smooth with some nice sweet candi notes, passes through a nice mellow fruity phase and finishes with a vegetal like astringency (not that astringent) that is quite nice. Maybe its hops but I doubt it. I imagine it might be the dandelions. But who knows??

Perfect mouthfeel. Really right on the money. Creamy without being thick. I like it. the intense carbonation also helps bring the beer to life.

Dangerously drinkable. Not cloying at all.

cerevisiaephilus, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A handsome brew for sure displaying its red-orange hues. Nose is distinctly Fantome in every aspect. Slightly sour, acidic, funky, deep, tart fruit scents, especially apple, figs and spices. Truly outstanding flavor. Taste begins with a variety of fruit notes (apples, plum), then leads into a long lingering spiced out finish that especially emphasizes the use of cinnamon and fig juice. Funky, tart, complex and all in all, another amazing Fantome.

Crosling, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of nogoodreason
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy amber. Mild, fizzy, unimpressive head.

Nose is tart and earthy in the extreme. It's not lambic sour, it's cut grass and lemon juice tart.

I hate to use the dandelion reference... but you can sense that dandelion stem flavor. It's also lemony, and simply freaking beautiful with a mild, indiscernible fruity sweetness below it. It's warming, and becoming more tart, but somehow still mellowing. An earthy dryness replaces the juicy tart beer of earlier. The wild yeasty complexity becomes more present... straw, and grass clippings... I'm loving this.

Another cold pour turns the tartness into a lemon juice, with something sweet and spicy and that same dry, earthy finish. How many times can i use the word tartness to describe this beer? Not enough.

Yeast pour turns the beer an most unattractive brown, and it mellows developing a rye bread-like component and a grassiness that becomes predominant.

Finish is long, lemony and earthy.

I'm grateful to have sampled this. No surprises here, it's exceptional...

nogoodreason, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oh my, 8%...I couldn't tell. Had on tap at 'bones last evening. Cloudy chesnut when served, it came topped with a filmy tan head. It pretty much stayed the course. I am getting candi sugar, mustiness, and some kriek like notes from the aroma. Medium in mouthfeel, low carbonation, my tasting notes say: barnyard, dried horsesweat...very horseblankety in flavor. There are some krieklike notes (sour), and also some tannins in the finish. Tasty and unique...but I wouldn't want to drink it all day. One is enough.

PatandDavid, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of Truh
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Went big game hunting for lion with this one on 10/10/2004. 10-oz pour in a rotund and erotically bulbous Fantome glass at the Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA.

One-inch fluff of coated, frenetic head to start. Almost a raspberry-like hue to the pour, but a bit on the lighter side of the color palate. Tulips, other fragrant flowery notes to nose, which was mellowed somewhat by a light malt character. To taste, a biting flower presence, likely dandelion, cuts through everything else that might be offered but that smooths out and slowly the malt develops through the body. This one was hard to quantify, and as the bartender said, “man, that one has a serious identity complex.” Not sure I would choose to have more than one of these during an evening; the sour linger on the tongue might very well wreak havoc on your palate for the rest of the evening.

Truh, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil the saturday and at the moan and dove the sunday. lovely weekend! As soon as it's poured, it strikes me as different from the bottled version although with Dany it may just be another batch. I crave for bottles on this version. Shelton Bros have done quite a grand coup getting kegs of this.

The pour is chesnut brownish, very cloudy, mysterious. A gentle off-white ring is thinner than the bottle and the body will later confirm much smaller carbonation level, less fluffiness although still moderately carbonation and close to full bodied.

The nose abunds with belgian farmhouse characteristics, starting from the very peppery yeast which comes out musty with hints of cobwebs, sand.. quite undescribable, maybe even a touch of cat liter, but I swear it's a marvellous contemplative blend. Very earthy, leafy, salty. Notes of apples, caramel, brown sugar.. Complex and satisfying, sense bugging.

Typical fantôme light tartness reaches pinaccles in the abundant mustiness and cement like basement flavors. Very weird. Light astringence, lots of wood and leafy flavors remind me of my beloved speciaal brouwsel.. Terrific.

It doesn't have the appearance and mouthfeel grace of the bottled fantômes, but the flavors are utterly expansive and immensely enjoyable thoroughly. One of the top examples of farmish craft brewing.

Rastacouere, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of silenius
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

silenius, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of Guinness4me
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Guinness4me, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

crookedhalo, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

marburg, May 05, 2004
Photo of ark57
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ark57, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of Jables
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jables, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
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.

HiroProtagonist, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
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

beerguy101, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
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!!!


francisweizen, Jul 16, 2003
Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.