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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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385 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 71
Gots: 56 | FT: 5
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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 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 Jables
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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 ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

ggaughan, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of mikey711
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rather than age it, I just wanted to drink it.

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

It's a very cloudy orangy amber. A thin layer of head sits on top to provide very good lacing.

Very earthy smelling along with a hint of citrus. Dryness also present in the aroma. Also a slight hint of brett. A few floral notes too.

Very tangy and tart. Bitter fruit is pretty present, but also provides a little sweetness. Very dry, much like a white wine.

The sour dryness lingers on my tongue and is quite pleasant. Acidic, but not harsh.

Very easy to drink, but also nice to share with others. Very well done

mikey711, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from K&L Redwood City, and another shared at a tasting thanks to bulletrain76.

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head.

Aroma is barnyard funk, earth, honey, sweet malt, and floral/spiced notes.

Flavor is very funky, but not so much compared to other Fantome beers, with pale malt, honey, peach, earth, and dandelions, which lend some bitterness and tartness to the beer that works very well.

Medium bodied with somewhat soft carbonation.

Drinkability is high. This is a very good saison overall, and I'm happy to report that I didn't wet the bed after I had it.

nickd717, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy orangish yellow with a finger of fluffy white head. This beer has some good retention.

Smell: Smells like a very fruity saison. Pears and melon along with some herbal tartness. Just the right amount of sweetness to go with the other smells.

Taste: This one is good, but not as fruity as the smell would have suggested. Light and herbal with some yeast spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of aggressive, tingly carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This smells fantastic and tastes really good. I wish the melon notes came out more in the flavor, but it is still really good.

oline73, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of drewone
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

drewone, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of tjfinkle
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a bottle poured into a tulip. The beer poured a nice orangish yellow with soft head that quickly dissipated to a nice lacing. The smell is pleasantly tart with some nice floral notes. I also picked up some funky bready smells. Taste is again slightly floral, with some slight citrus.

This is a rather light beer with decent carbonation, but is very refreshing. I could easily drink a full 750 ml bottle of this no sweat. Very interesting saison, would be a great summer beer.

tjfinkle, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of rayjay
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

rayjay, Jun 10, 2007
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 msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer I've looked for and (looked forward to) for a while, the 'dandelion'/'pee in bed' saison; found bottles at Concordia Ale House several weeks ago - a complete surprise. Opened the bottle (no date notching, despite 'best before' options through 2014 down the label's edge), a green 750 with cap/cork, and poured to a couple tulips. Paired with a salmon/soba noodle/edamame/bok choy dish crafted by my wife.

Warmed for about 15 minutes out of the fridge before pouring.

A: Golden orange, haze grows milkier with each pour. The first couple pours retained a finger-ish head of white cream for under a minute; later ones achieved less. Not much lace, a slick veil with a few sticking dabs. Carbonation shows, though isn't particularly vigorous.

S: Lovely, meadow-like floral aroma, hay/grass, notable fruit (apricot), baked bread. A bit sugar-sweetened despite a yeasty flair that some call 'barnyard'.

T: The sweet-tart flavor of dried fruit mash (again, apricots, but something like lemon custard also) really stands out; it's not terribly tart or pungent, just mildly sugary and blending nicely with a scone/pie crust-like breadiness. Mild spice and some dry pepper and mineral bite to round off the finish.

M: Mellow carbonation, creamy and yeasty. So smooth, yet far from dull...undetectable warmth despite a heightened alcohol. Light/medium, 'feels' like the Belgian countryside.

D: Remarkably satisfying and an excellent pairing with dinner. 8% ABV is hardly detectable. The fruit flavors blended effortlessly with Asian spices, so my higher score may be a bit inflated due to the pairing (though I later finished the last 6-8 oz. as a stand alone and still found it highly enjoyable). One I'd love to have again, though for the price (I believe CAH sold this for $18) I may opt for a different Fantome...

msubulldog25, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL Fantome bottle with cork and cap, purchased in Cleveland a couple months ago. The beer is copper color and a little hazy, with a thin wet white foam.

The beer smells yeasty and tart, with maybe a little skunky oxidation. Just a hint skunk, not so bad. The taste is so good, right from the start I can tell this will be among my favorites from Fantome. It starts with some sweet tart sugary flavors but ends strong with sour tartness and some dry lingering fruity ester flavors. Lots of contrast but it works.

Medium body and mouthfeel, feels thinner after each sip. Maybe due to its tart bite. Excellent.

TurdFurgison, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%

750ml capped and corked bottle shared last night. 2008 Vintage.

A: Pours a clear orange with a 1/2-inch thick white head which lingers before settling to a thin cap and rim leaving spotty lace.

N: Lemony, saison farmhouse yeast, peppery spice, oak tannins, grassy/hay, mild funk.

T: Mild cheese, funk is more developed, farmhouse yeast, oak, earthy, spices, musty, fruity.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Fruity, dry, yeasty finish.

O: Nice and aged well.

wethorseblanket, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful, glowing orange with a thin layer of off-white head.

Mouthwatering, crisp, lemony nose with barnyard notes.

With a soft mouthfeel, light lactic acidity and several malty, flowery layers, there is more to this than most saisons.

It had nice head retention throughout, without much lacing. As it warms the flowery notes come out to play with the acidity. Finishes slightly dry.

Pissenlit won't be for everybody, but it does have an audience and you can sign me up.

brownbeer, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for hooking me up with a bottle of this. Poured into a matching Fantome tulip, this brew appears a very attractive lightly hazed amber orange color. 2 fingers of off-white froth appears and slowly recedes to a thin film across the top.

The smell is fruity with hints of lemon mixed with cork and must. Quite a bit of earthy elements like Brett and horsey character of barnyard dryness. Across the board this is a very balanced ad enjoyable smelling brew.

The taste is lightly tangy with lemon before switching to a toasty sort of caramel grainy quality. It is earthy with barnyard flavoring expected of a saison. There are mild notes of clove and pepper mixed with musty cork and earth. Some fruit like pear or apple skins and spice. Toffee-like aftertaste includes a touch of oak.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Visually it looks low in carb but it is fizzy in the mouth/feel. Superb drinkability with well integrated/hidden alcohol. Very well balanced brew that I feel like I could drink all day without getting bored with it.

stakem, Dec 22, 2011
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 ptykozoon
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumpkin orange, yellow highlights.

Spice, lemon, lime.

Pleasant taste, drinkable, very drinkable. Bits of salt, lots of floral.

Spritzy mouthfeel, dry - almost winelike dryness. 8%?!

This would be highly sessionable if it was a few abv's lower. This is something I can sip all day easily.

ptykozoon, May 29, 2011
Photo of cbeer88
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into Duvel glass. Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #6.

Appearance: Pour filling half the glass yields a finger of fluffy white head. Lacing is spotted. Color is medium-to-dark orange and hazy.

Smell: This one is earthy. Some funk, some grain, and a wee bit of fruit - lemon and peach maybe? Also a slight tart smell.

Taste: Definitely quite tart, but falls short of sour territory. We're looking at a saison here, so we're dealing with a Fantome. The tart acidity really dominates the flavor, but I'm also tasting some grass, wheat, and a touch of lemon. A bit of floral taste in there too as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbed, thin body.

Drinkability: Fairly high. It's refreshing and the alcohol isn't too strong. As the beer warms the ABV lets you know it's not quite a session beer though.

Overall: This is pretty good. It's not the best Fantome I've ever had, but it's far from the worst. A very good saison - aside from the tartness, it's pretty straightforward for Fantome, though I'm not sure what is supposed to be in this one due to the blind taste test.

cbeer88, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Best before June 2013
Glass: Tulip

Pissenlit is a most interesting saison, unique in appearance, flavor, and texture, with solidly pleasing results. The beer's focus on bitterness and unripe fruits does not go unnoticed, though its other characters are still discernible below this flavorful mix. An excellent and unique saison, which along with the classic, goes together with Strange Ghost and Saint Roch as my most well-remembered beers from this brewery.

Pours a 2.5cm tall head, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, tan in color, with excellent retention, lasting a few minutes as it settles to a 0.5cm cap atop the body. Lacing is exceptional: extra thick swatches stick to the sides of the glass with each sip and slowly merge into the cap topping the body; the sheeting effect is something of art. The body is an opaque golden brown color, with light bringing out reddish-orange hues and a faint yellow wrapping around the perimeter of the beer (and showing that the beer is slightly transparent, perhaps 90% opaque). Carbonation is visible moving along the edges of the glass, but I've never seen it move so slow: this is clearly a thick, heavy beer and it looks fantastic.

Aroma is, overall, very modest and rather average. There are hints of slight sweetness, Brettanomyces-influenced barnyard funk, citrus pith (grapefruit and/or orange), and aged herbs (bay leaves, savory), but none of them particularly strong or noteworthy.

Pissenlit's flavors focus on the bitter, tart, unripe, and citrus pith, creating a fairly amazing flavor when joined to the Belgian saison yeast and proprietary herbs that Dany uses. Front of tongue detects muted tartness, unripe fruits (apple, pear), and honey-like sweetness. Mid-palate finds dense flavors of unripe fruits, saison yeast, acidic tartness, tart candy sweetness, cheese, pineapple, and modest grapefruit. Back of palate picks up sharp bitterness, acidic tartness, cheese, saison yeast, and tart candy sweetness. Aftertaste is mildly tart and bitter, with slight graininess and citrus pith.

The beer is heavy, with ample carbonation, which nicely foams this thick concoction upon the palate creating a smooth and heavy mouthfeel. While this is different from many other saison I've had it's interesting and pleasing. Closes out thick, creamy, and fairly dry; quite satisfying.

falloutsnow, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty nice pour. Hazy, faded golden and pale. Nice foamy head

Musty aroma, some earthy barnyard not really funky. Some nice white pepper spice and a solid yet subtle notion of sulfur.

A solid taste. The sulfur seems to be the strongest aspect, but it's really well done and blends nicely with the white pepper, some coriander and lemon. It has a crispness with a lingering funkiness that's not all that funky. More earthy.

This beer is easy drinking with nice levels of carbonation, sulfur and citrus. Still, and earthy sort of beer.

Mebuzzard, May 24, 2013
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 errantnight
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

errantnight, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

With no other Belgian brewery currently doing what farmhouse brewers have been doing for centuries, the ebs and flows of Fantome earns them as much frustration as it does grace. But once in a while, magic happens and that does so with Pissenlit.

Pouring a darker amber shade than is common, its richer reds and browns elude to the toasted character within. With the nose hovering above, whiffs of bread crust and cotton candy seduce the senses while earthen wafts of peppercorn, straw and hay float above.

Its sultry taste is estery of grape candy, plum and apple before the middle palate sets in with its earthy and peppery balance. With the soft malt presence drying out, the slightness of rose wine acidity, cumin, clove and cork all offer an herbal, woodsy and leathery quality to give the taste mature complexity, balance and grace.

Its dry and peppery finish easily sheds any lingering finish and offers a refreshing, bubbly and warming feel with an aftertaste of dried fruit and damp straw. More complex than words allow, Fantome demonstrates why they are the premiere farmhouse ale makers!

BEERchitect, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of AlexFields
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

AlexFields, Wednesday at 03:19 AM
Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.