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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

384 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 71
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 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.

gbontrag, Jun 19, 2005
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.

clvand0, Jun 01, 2005
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.

WetCoaster, May 23, 2005
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.

kmpitz2, May 21, 2005
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.

brewdlyhooked13, May 19, 2005
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.

JohnnyDuvel, May 17, 2005
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.

GCBrewingCo, May 10, 2005
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.

Tballz420, May 05, 2005
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.

granger10, May 02, 2005
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.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Apr 27, 2005
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.

twelvsies, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +1.7%
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 -4.9%
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 +10.3%
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 +16.4%
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 +6.1%
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 +20.1%
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 -15.9%
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%
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 +18.9%
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 +6.1%
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 -2.5%
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 +8.6%
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 -4.4%
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
Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.