Fantôme Pissenlit
Brasserie Fantôme

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Brasserie Fantôme
Ranked #335
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4.06 | pDev: 11.08%
Jul 10, 2022
Jul 24, 2002
Fantôme PissenlitFantôme Pissenlit
Notes: Saison brewed with dandelions.
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Lot 13, unsure of bottling date

Fantome is always a weird brewery to me. They exist in their own bubble, and it’s always an honor to try whatever the hell they have going on. Let’s see what a dandelion Saison is like

Pours a cloudy brownish orange with 3 fingers of super creamy beige head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

This is lightly funky in the nose but the floral aspect really comes through. I’m picking up on aromas of wildflower honey, bready malt, lemon juice, dry oak, light toast, and light grass

It’s not quite as funky in taste but still fully expressive. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting orange zest, wildflower honey, bready malt, lemon juice, light oak, and caramel. The swallow brings notes of wildflower honey, orange marmalade, lemon zest, brown bread, light leather, oak, and apple skin

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a slick beer. Finishes dry and clean

This is a very good beer and one that’s wholly unique. I can never get enough Fantome
Jul 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Actually quite dark, the brick red to acorn brown body rapidly builds an actively airy, bubbly khaki to tan foam head that slowly settles in large lumps. At least this Fantôme was not a full on gusher.

Aroma is quite enticingly floral and earthily toasty both, with accenting hints of crabapple and dusty oak.

Taste has more Belgian phenols than I'd have expected, almost like a mildly acidic dubbel with allspice and gingersnap characteristics, but lighter. As it warms, a fine black pepper accent emerges.

The medium body is softly and delicately yet fillingly frothy with a semi-dry swallow that's lightly tingly and warming. And I'm not even sure whatever mild tartness I detect is truly any level of acidity, or just the playful Belgian yeast's crisp tang. One thing's for certain, though: Pissenlit is one hell of a unique brew.
Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Lot 14 Ao 18. Bb 2022

Light, fruity, and spiced. Bubblegum notes, herbal flavors, earthy hops, some crushed pepper. Dandelions would be hard to guess, but I can see how they are integrated.

This is one of the most drinkable Tomes on the market. Can’t believe it took me this long to get around to it.
Aug 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Shared 750 ml capped and corked green bottle at local tasting. Orange colour, large white head. Light spicy aroma with hints of dandelion "milk" and smoke. Light bodied for its strength. Fairly fresh but still unusual flavour, the dandelions probably, medium sweet with a slight acidity. Does not blow my socks off.
Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by caffeinelogic from New York

Jun 25, 2021
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Reviewed by SadMachine from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This was a 2001 bottle, and the cork came apart in it. We strained it, but that probably affected the flavor. It was still pretty good for a super old saison!
May 15, 2021
Rated: 4.38 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Mar 07, 2021
Rated: 4 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jul 26, 2020
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Reviewed by HoppyBastard from Nebraska

4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a capped and corked 1 pint 9.4 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, best before date "end 2021".

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, dark, copper color with two fingers tan head that slowly dissipated until an unbroken cap remained, highly carbonated, heavy lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, farmhouse funk, apple cider and cloves.

TASTE: initially sweet and citrusy with some farm house funk and a somewhat sour note on the finish, the 8% ABV is present.

PALATE: highly carbonated and medium body.

OVERALL: this is a good Saison if you enjoy the sour note, it's beautiful to look at and the 8% ABV is definitely perceptible but I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.
Jun 05, 2020
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a cellared bottle into the test glass.
A - Red Cedar color, excellent clarity, steady carbonation initially yields an off white thick froth. With time this yields to a thin ring.
S - Clove, honey, hibiscus tea. Hints of rose, light toast malts, earthy hops. There is a dark fruit thread, including cherries, plum. As the offering warms, some spring tobacco is in the mix as well.
T - Dark fruit up front, dark cherrie, red grape skin, some cheese rime funk , all on the base of semi sweet malt and a bit of mature funk,
M - Medium in boby, sweet start, moves toward center with a bit of tension between bitter and funky. The linger rich toggling between clove spicy, and fruit sweet
O - A wonderful offering that likely has pivoted with age, in the best way. I will seek out more
Apr 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a slightly cloudy, deep amber coloration with a medium, frothy head. Smells of biscuity, slightly caramelly malt, some distinct honey sweetness and fruity esters and well as lighter herbal accents. Taste is dominated by sweet malts and honey accents, nicely balanced against some fruity and slighty spicy yeast esters of tart green apple, gooseberry and clove, as well as hints of darker fruit such as plum and raisin, with some herbal accents coming through in the aftertaste. Finishes bittersweet, with a light tartness and some malty and fruity notes lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

Quite a rich, dark and malty Saison that is sweeter than I'm used to from the style, with a certain honey note and some darker fruits rounding out the typical fruity yeast esters, as well as ligher herbal and spicy accents and a good, hoppy bitterness in the finish. While it's perhaps just a tad too sweet for my personal taste, it's still works out very nicely, with the light tartness and distinct bitterness balancing things out nicely, as well as a great general harmony of sweet, fruity, tart, bitter and herbal/spicy elements.
Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Jan 26, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by metter98 from New York

Dec 28, 2019
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12/19/19 bottle @ home
Dec 19, 2019
Rated: 4.32 by RBorsato from Virginia

Nov 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
When trying a new Fantome, I am never sure what I'm going to get. Pissenlit is a good surprise, very much in the middle range of experimentation in a style that has undergone a lot change recently.

I like Pissenlit's amber Looks and soft foam. Smells are as herbal as they are yeast-driven spicy. Pissenlit's Tastes are wonderfully balanced; well-blended malts producing some plum-like, apple fruitiness that is moderated by herbs and pepper with a splendid semi-dry finish. This softness can sit in my mouth for a long time; but amazingly, it scrubbed my palate for more pizza during our neighbor's party on a snowy Halloween.

I recognized I hadn't done a brewer review on Fantome, so I went on their website and the homepage was all decked out for Halloween. Unfortunately, I could not find the English button and my French is less than good and there really were not all that many pictures ... so maybe the brewer review waits for yet another Fantome surprise. They key question : is Fantome on my BBBL (Belgian Brewery Bucket List) even though Fantome seems remote ?
Oct 31, 2019
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Reviewed by t420o from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Fantôme Pissenlit

A - Slow pour produces large 2-1/2 inch khaki colored head. Body is a turbid looking orangish brown color. Head recedes to about 1 inch fairly quick and eventually settles in for the duration at about a 1/2 inch cap with moderate lacing. 4.25

S - nice nose of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, spices, herbal, and some mild alcohol. 4

T - a nice spicyness combined with a beautiful Belgian yeast start. That goes into some herbal flavors, which I’m not sure if that is from the hops of the dandelion “tea.” Its quite nice and a great saison. 4.25

M - fairly high carbonation, as is typical of the style. A nice medium body that is still slick going down. Excellent. 4.5

O - I really enjoyed this one. It’s spicier and more herbal than most saisons and I enjoyed that. 4.25

Oct 02, 2019
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Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I've been lucky enough to find an ample supply of Fantome in the area... This is one i haven't tried yet... A very active light khaki colored head comprised of varying sized bubbles fades away fairly quickly but in a very exciting manner.. Loaded with spry carbonation... The color walks a find line between very dark amber and light brown... The nose picks up dark fruits and brown sugar... The more traditional saison aromas are buried a bit beneath the surface... Absolutely exquisite flavor profile with tons of complexity... Each sip reviews a new subtle nuance... The feel starts with prickly carbonation... It's light in nature, but there is an added weight, depth and creaminess if you allow it to sit on the tongue for a few moments... Overall a wonderful beer and well worth seeking out for lovers of the style...
Aug 16, 2019
Rated: 4 by brandoneast from Texas

Jun 18, 2019
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Reviewed by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle. Pours an amber color. I was expecting it to be lighter. The head is more manageable than most Fantome brews. Aroma is the textbook Fantome funk with a hint of tartness. Grass, hay, barn. I would say that it is less of these things than others. The flavor has a balancing malty factor. It smooths out the funky, semi-tartness. A really awesome yeastiness in both flavor and aroma; not surprising. This isn't necessarily a bad thing either! The most balanced Fantome I have had. A slight boozy heat on the finish. Medium carbonation and a good, solid body. I am really, really getting into this brewery!
Jun 15, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

May 31, 2019
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Reviewed by eric5bellies from Australia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Drank from my Tree house tulip. Been looking forwards to this one

A - Pours a clear copper colour with an off White head that dies quickly to a film
S - Marmalade aromas with some mild spice
T - Some nice dark citrus fruits with a spicy dry finish
M - Full bodied and medium carbonation
O - Worth seeking out but not much sign of the dandelion
Jan 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a copper-amber with a light fog to it. Head formation is a finger in height and white in color. Aroma is honey, barley, wheat, herbal and floral hops and toasty, biscuity malts. Yeast esters are light, but show their hand right at the finish. It smells a touch sweet. Flavor profile is a pleasant blend of sweet, bitter, and smooth. Honey, grapefruit, and white grapes add the sweetness, with dank, herbal, and floral hops and toasty, biscuity malts adding the bitterness. It has a good blend, with a well shaped dynamic. It's not a blast of flavors that fade, but rather a well-written melody of notes that wax and wane through a story, with dank hops clinging onto the finale solo. Mouth feel is still, and when combined with the medium-thickness, derives a rather heavy mouth feel. It's like a heavy comforter laying over the tongue, free of lumps and grist. Overall, a splendid saison with a lively bit of hops in the background. It carries a rather prominent sweetness which balances out well with the hops and standard saison notes. The low head formation and still feeling are a bit disappointing though.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.
Nov 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Meager head production, even from a turbulent pour; it eventually built to perhaps a half finger. Body is surprisingly dark orange, but transparent.

Almost like champagne or white wine on the nose. Apples and pears, slight funk and tannins, honey, flowers, a bit of bubblegum, white grapes.

Very lovely mix of flavors on the palate, mostly matching the nose. Honey, apples, lemon, a touch of must and cheese on the finish, very light tannins, caramel malt, wheat bread. It's a slightly sweet, slightly funky saison, very approachable and balanced.

Not particularly lively on the palate; sorely lacking in carbonation, which was of course heavily implied by the lack of head - as well as the lack of any audible pop when uncorking. Medium-light bodied, and slightly syrupy beside the lack of carbonation.

I suspect this bottle may from the previous Spring, as it should not have died off like this over a 6 month period. It hasn't impacted the flavor, but it does impact the mouthfeel - and therefore the overall experience. However, I can tell from the flavor profile that this is a very tasty beer. I can't rate it overall based purely on potential; I also cannot directly attribute the lack of carbonation to age (vice poor practices or a poor batch), and beers do not typically fall off like this under normal circumstances, regardless.
Oct 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
(large format bottle, no discernible dating on label - purchased cold at Monk's and split between 3 people... poured into a gibraltar glass)

Cloudy amber liquid, pours with a voluminous, ever-lasting spongy head... Bit of delicate spice and faint hint of maybe apple cider on the nose. Touch of must (dirt)... Hint of spice pops on palate; bubblegum malt foundation; bit of golden raisin and/or baked apple (cake) in the background; no overt 'dandelion' flavor nor herbal leafy bitterness... touch of meat to the body (sediment?), not sharply dry, finish drops away...

Did any floral element, if apparent in fresh bottle, decay away back into the blend of malt and yeast? Was it just added for color and perhaps a touch of earthiness?... Not at all what I'd expected, but interesting nonetheless. Glad I finally tried it, but I feel I would only get this again if it were on draft and/or picked up a reliably new bottling.
Sep 30, 2018
Rated: 4 by edthehead from New York

Sep 09, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by aztraz from Sweden

Sep 01, 2018
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Reviewed by Kendo from New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Poured from the bottle - which has been in my beer fridge for probably 18-24 months - into a Piraat tulip. Body is coppery-orangey-amber with a small ivory/whitish head on top. Lots of sediment.

S: Yeasty. Apple cider. Slight funkiness. Herbal and floral as well.

T: Apple juice and citrus peel. Modest yeastiness, some tartness. Some peppery spice on the finish, and heat from the ABV is felt in the belly.

M: Medium in heft, a bit flat (it may have sat too long).

O: OK; I suspect this would've been better when it was young.
Aug 01, 2018
Rated: 5 by NickThePyro from Washington

Jun 27, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by dipso123 from Oregon

May 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

May 19, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

May 07, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Keith_R from Georgia

May 02, 2018
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at the Soveriegn in DC.

The last glass from the keg. A nice saison but not Fantome's best. 3.75

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber orange. 3.75

S - A hint of soap (maybe the bar's fault), faint spice aromas and a bit of fruit. 3.5

T - Caramel with spice on the pallet (but not the nose). No dandelions are evident. 4.0

MF - Medium body with a dry, bright and slightly sharp finish. 4.0
Apr 12, 2018
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Reviewed by doktorhops from Australia

4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
Been looking forward to this one: my first Fantôme beer. As you may know I am a massive Saison fan, I have an almost constant supply of Saison Dupont in my fridge, so when I see a new Saison at my local my general reaction is “giddy-up!”. Then I buy said Saison, whisk it home to my beer-boudoir (aka my kitchen) and crack it open to feast on the cloudy golden fluid within. Fantôme have always intrigued me, from the ghost on their label that looks like they should be sued by the Ghostbusters producers, to the crafty vibe I get from the way they market their beers - I mean Belgium is the original craft beer country, so that makes Fantôme double-crafty: a craft brewery from the craft country! This beer is brewed with dandelions too, hmm.

Poured from a 750ml corked and crown capped bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy amber/orange body with a thin and splotchy cream-coloured head with specks of lace on the side of the glass. A bit on the darker side for a Saison in my experience, but otherwise it’s looking tasty. 7/10.

S: Some rather nice yeast funk from the start providing a musty, cardboard-like funk that mingles well with peppery notes, a slight herbal tinge, some overripe cider apple sweetness and a dash of bubblegum. All the classic Saison characters make an appearance, it’s like a celebrity game show, only with beer aromas. Like a warm hug from an old friend [that’s 2 analogies in 1 paragraph - you can’t do that Doc]. 9/10.

T: A big and brash Saison! Flavours right out of the gate like a bolted horse. Tastes like a train wreck of weird and wonderful flavours on my tongue [Right! This is the Simile Police, we’re now stripping you of your right to write analogies, please step into this van]... sooo, I’m back from Metaphor Prison (which is a metaphorical prison, pun intended), this flavour profile contains the following: musty/cardboard funk, peppery notes, herbal tinge, overripe cider apples, dash of bubblegum, and an orange peel bitterness in the finish. It’s funky as a ____ jumping into a ____ with a ____ - all of which I can’t say without that damned Simile Police slapping me with several violations. It is good though, and the 8% ABV is well hidden. 10/10.

M: Medium bodied, almost zero carbonation but it’s dense where you get it. 7/10.

D: This beer reminds me of Dupont Cervesia in all the right ways, and that beer is #4 out of 1,004 for me, so yeah - it’s like that brew. This is a singular and superlative brew from Fantôme, a brew that will have me coming back again and again for more. So I guess you can call me a Fantôme fan now. 10/10.

Food match: Brasserie food with a twist, like a steak frites with deconstructed chips.
Mar 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On draft. Served in a wine glass. Pours a lighter, slightly hazy golden yellow body, two and half finger white head, too much retention for that much head. Lacing is prevalent. Smell is light sweet honey, lots of floral notes, cobweb, straw and a bit of Bretty leather. Touch of lemony citrus. Flavour follows; a bit of cobweb and lemon, light caramel, touch of honey, tons of floral notes. It works nicely, evoking late spring in the mountains. Mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, mildly bitter floral finish.
Mar 27, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by shelby415 from Oregon

Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 3.34 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Mar 04, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by Dirtyhands from Maryland

Feb 23, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by nmann08 from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
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