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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

376 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 72
Gots: 55 | 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 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 deBeers
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was so much better once my palate adjusted to it. It was tart, acidic, almost like a cantillon I had that night, yet oh so drinkable once you could get into it. Very dry and SOUR but surprisingly irrestiblile if your taste buds don't run away. Hang it you think you can and it might just be a beer worth savoring because this is very unique..

Cheers!

deBeers, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of crossovert
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my 350th beer tried,woohoo.

This seems like beer that the brewer puts their hearts and muscle to.

Pours form the green 750 ml bottle into my tulip glass with a hazy orangeish amber with hints of brown. The head on the first glass I poured was rather thin, dissipated quickly, and had nice lacing. The second pour yielded a head that rose to the top of the glass, it was tight and golden marshmallow looking. It sticks for awhile. There is a lot of yeast in the bottom of this bottle that produces a brown tint to the beer.

The smell is great, fresh saison. No overt funk smell, but nice pronounced hops, a pinch of sour, some spice, and a bit of pear. The yeast is also there, producing the classic saison twang. There is a hint of flowery perfume scent in there, presumably the dandelion.

Slippery mouthfeel, not one of my favorites. The taste has some dandelion flavor, lots of sourness, some fruitiness, and some spice. A nice unique, tart saison without being too funky.

Overall a satisfying brew, I'm having it a bit warm, it probably would excel at a cold temperature.

crossovert, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a red wine glass.

A: Cloudy orange with slight brown hues. Lots of yeast sediment throughout. An initially, nice 1 inch head dies very fast to nothing. To the non_farmhouse drinker, this beer may look scary. To a homebrewer and saison lover, it looks lovely.

S: Strong mustiness and haylike aromas when it just comes out of the fridge. As it warms up to drinking temp I get lots of spring flower aromas and some tartness. Maybe a hint of barnyard too. Not terribly aromatic overall.

T: Sweet and sour sums it up. More on the sour side with a nice, tart bite. Some fruitiness with clementines and apples. Not really any hop character. No spicy phenols based on my tasting skills. In the end there is a faint earthy and sweatiness to it. Lots of flavors, but overall the sourness predominates.

M: As usual, spot on farmhouse dryness. Bone dry. Finishes a bit tart, but makes u long for another drink.

D: Overall, an unique saison. You have to have a taste for the sours if you try this, so be forwarned. Not the sourest I've had, definitely has some tartness. Would try again as a nice spring beer paired with a salad.

brewdoc75, May 31, 2010
Photo of bennetj17
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2004. Cloudy, orange/mahogany appearance with a full 1/2 inch head settling into a nice crust. There are plenty of flavors to note in the smell: spiced fruit, alcohol, pepper smoke, an hint of clove and some floral funk. Interesting. The flavor seems much different from the aroma as the malt tastes caramel-like with an aged smokiness and watery finish. I pick up some melon and tangy fruit as we go along, but I think this might be getting past its prime a bit. The body is slightly thin with a carbonation that starts out with some umph, but falls flat in the end. This beer had a decent drinkablility, and based on the flavors I think it would be better to only age about a year perhaps. Even when I tried a different bottle 8 months ago it was more interesting...

bennetj17, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 1.13.14

A - Pours a hazy medium brown with a huge foamy tan head that fades very slowly.

S - Earthy, funky, apples and pears.

T - Funky, earthy, smokey.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Too much carbonation and a lot of smoke in this one.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Slightly hazy, deep caramel color. Large, rocky, off-white head.

Floral and citrus, dandelions? Bit of toffee/caramel. Scent of earth -- very faint. Melons and some other tropical fruit.

Initially, bitter more than sweet - balanced out a lot as it warmed. Aftertaste of flowers and grass (again - not sure what dandelions taste like, so...). ABV incredibly well hidden. Somewhat bready in there, but really buried in the tart.

Medium in body. Medium - low in carbonation. Fantome is usually bubblier. Dry. Faint alcohol warming.

Not bad, but not as complex as other Fantomes. Hiver and Black Ghost are still my favorites, though. This one seemed to be all about the dandelion flavor, and there really wasn't that much other stuff going on, flavorwise. Very smooth, and quite easy to drink.

, May 09, 2007
Photo of bloberglawp
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orangish yellow, insane carbonation, huge head and awesome lacing.

Aroma of citrus, musty yeast and fresh lemongrass. Very fresh smelling still after 5 years in the bottle (2003).

A good amount of raw grain in the flavor, also alot of fresh hay and lemon notes, dry finish with a ligering aftertaste that makes you want to have more. Alcohol is a little hot but not overly so.

Awesome summer ale, I'd have this with pork chops on the BBQ or a lamb leg roast.

bloberglawp, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wine bottle. The label's got a Best Before portion along its side but the two notches are torn way far down the label, so that's kind of worthless.

Very limp, lightly carbonated and hazy like a motherfuck. Looks like a cloudy juice.

Smells lightly, pleasantly skunky. That clears up and there's some pixie stick tartness, big lemon juice and maybe a little quinine in there. Lots of Sour. The main thing is the sour.

Tastes like it smells--maybe a little old, definitely a wee bit light struck (though the lightstriking is probably at least a little intentional, right?). Very sour for a saison, especially for a European one, and while that's nice it's also superintense, cloying, and there's not very much there to back it up.

mynie, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of TPSReports
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The large capped and corked bottle poured several nice glasses for friends.

This was my first beer from Fantome, and it was quite enjoyable.

Poured with a nice off-white head, and cloudy light amber/yellow coloring.

The taste was fruity with a large dose a wheat. Very little hops, but a slight malt finish. When I say fruit, I mean citrus -- lemons, grapefruits, oragnes and limes. Quite a thirst quencher.

This was a nice brew on an 82 degree humid evening in Northern Alabama in June.

Cheers.

TPSReports, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of artoolemomo
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Almost a gusher but not quite. Has pretty good retention as well. The head is a an off-white/very light tan while the body is a dull, medium to dark amber which appears a hazy medium amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very subtle but very refined. Very clean smelling. Banana, very light cloves, a suggestion of lemon and apple. Very spring smelling if that means anything. Swirling shows a little bit more of the cloves and gives off a blend of earthiness and ashiness.

Taste- Starts with the fruit esters of the nose- a blend of apple and lemon. Cloves come in pretty strong and impart an ashiness that tends toward a woody bitterness. Some banana on the finish makes this a little bit more bearable. Some honey on the finish. Coriander as well but the cloves are a little much for me at the moment. The woody bitterness even gives off a little earwax. Fortunately, the honey and floral notes counteract this but not enough. A subsequent pour shows a much more mellow clove character with a bitter bite that serves to give the beer more character instead of overwhelming it. A good beer and a competent saison but doesn't really excite me in anyway. Nice balance and integration but it does lack in the presence and complexity departments. Some grain.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation which really works for this beer. Has some airiness.

Drinkability- Pretty easy going despite the slight distraction of the cloves. Certainly not worth the 16 bucks I paid though. I will not be buying this again.

Overall- A good beer and competent saison with a great beer price tag. Worth a try but if you balk at the cost, you should pass. Not as interesting as the regular Fantome. Definitely a bit boring.

artoolemomo, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Jredner
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is light and fruity with some concentrated floral and sharp sugary candy notes. The body is a caramel/orane color and holds a diminishing thumb thick, bubbly, tan head. Caramel is large in the fore with some bready undertones. Bitter citrus peel and muted spice notes appear mid range. Feels sharp and biting on the tongue. Slighly herbal note in the finish balances the sweet caraml that runs long into the aftertaste.

Jredner, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant hazy honey color with no real head to speak of a few tiny bubbles and minuscule ring. The aroma is sour orange, some yeast, lightly funky. It smells pretty good. The taste is sour funky saison with a citrus punch and very dry finish. It is almost like Gueze light. The flavor is interesting and keeps drawing me in though there is only a hint of carbonation on the beer. It is medium in body and has like a hard cider prickle. I don't think the carbonation level is correct and that holds it back some but it is unique and rather tasty.

ThirstyBird, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Gonzoillini, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of iguenard
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

( 24/50, 8% alc/vol, Autre Oeil) Hazey very yeasty dark amber-red body. Head of light toast color. Disc stays forever, heavy floral aromas. Somewhat lime-lemon nose with herbal accents. Lacks in malt aromas and is sweet overall. Alcohol is well covered. Tastes of dandelions, bitter floral palate and sulfurous flavours throughout. Tastes very different. A sort of bitter-tart combination that sets it apart. Very tart and sour, acidic palate. Powerful dandelion tastes and textures. Taste takes you back by it's originality but leaves quickly gratifying. Above average on the overall drinkeability. Weird tastes somehow work well together. Specially the dryness due to flower and hops.

iguenard, May 07, 2011
Photo of MCDuhamel
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Pours a dark orange, decent head, moderate lacing. Sherry on the nose, a little spice. Red fruit, some toffee, citrus, somewhat sour, moderately dry finish. Not what I expected in a beer labeled a "saison," but standing on its own it's a very nice beer. Reminds me more of a Flemish brown than a saison.

MCDuhamel, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

mklisz, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of DaveHack
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

DaveHack, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

oldp0rt, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

jzeilinger, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Mattias, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronze colour, slight cloud. Head is white, bit thin but lacing is nice. Looks alright.

Smells saisony and nice. Funky, but sweet, with brown sugar on there, notes of cherry, horse blanket and even salt. Very intriguing, but highly pleasant as well.

Taste is a little bit disappointing. Tastes quite yeasty for the most part with notes of tart, vinous characters upfront and some cherry on the back, with champagne and some of that brown sugar note. Very decent saison, with a bit of richness to it as well. Could use maybe more full flavour, and a bit more balance away from the yeast.

Bit of sizzle, but nicely padded by the body.

Fruity notes on an otherwise standard saison. Not bad at all.

laituegonflable, May 21, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

bsuedekum, May 18, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Texasfan549, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of TallSaint
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

TallSaint, Oct 14, 2013
Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.