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Fantôme Pissenlit - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

404 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 73
Gots: 57 | FT: 5
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Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into a tall tulip, I think this is a 2010 or 2011 but the label is ripped

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with some amber highlights. A finger of foam forms and quickly recedes to a film.

S: Lemons and Granny Smith apples intermingle very nicely to create a slightly sour smell.

T: Similar to smell, lemons and Granny Smith apples come together nicely. A bit minerally and grassy, this beer reminds me of spring.

M: Medium thickness with medium carbonation. Feels about right for the style.

O: The lemons and Granny Smith apples go well together, but I'm looking for a bit more in the style. Spices, funk, something else. This beer could be mistaken for cider. Decent nonetheless.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes sampled Aug 19 2010 at Eb's
Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a smallish white head that quickly scatters. Smells earthy and herbal with a bit of a bready, sweet honey and funky edge. The flavor is like a saison but with a bit of a minty herbal edge. Bubbly dry fruity beer with a bit of tart and funk. Medium to light body with a crisp mouthfeel. Definitely a different beer, but not really to my tastes.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a deep amber pour, almost brown. 2 fingers of head which left behind a lot of nice lacing. smells very bready, wheat, some sweet dark fruits (raisin, plum, fig), white pepper, funky bubblegum-like belgian yeast. a weird rusty flavor, lots of raisins, very yeast oriented - a hint of brett but very charred-like woods as well.. this beer is like a funky "light" quad with a rusty overtone. in other words, not really my thing.

medium body with high carbonation, sweet and malty, funky with a dry finish.

if it weren't for the fact that it was cheapish and i was already pacing an order from belgium (so the shipping didn't give me a heart attack for a single bottle), i probably wouldn't have bothered with this one. i guess, too, with fantome it's hit or miss.. for me this was a miss - but some may like this style. i love saisons, but this was just more of a dark charred saison.. not my thing.

Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a huge off-white head with perfect retention. Aroma of light spices which possibly includes cumin with some subtle funky yeast. Finish is slightly bitter but I would have expected a bit more at the end. Body is way too thin which kind of ruined part of the experience for me. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is a very fine saison but I guess I was expecting another funky spicy monster which is not what this is about it seems.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of deBeers
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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!

Photo of
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of bennetj17
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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...

Photo of crossovert
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of TPSReports
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of iguenard
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Jredner
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Denzo
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bccocx
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
91 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.