Fantôme Pissenlit | Brasserie Fantôme

485 Ratings
Fantôme PissenlitFantôme Pissenlit

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a thick, mousse-like head that leaves some patchy lacing behind. Aroma is classic Belgian yeast esters, bread crust, musty hay, woody spice, golden raisins, and a little acidity. Flavor is similarly yeast-forward at first before giving way to more of a bready sweetness with wood, dusty basement, dried flowers, spicy, lemony citrus, and some tanginess on the finish. Medium bodied, smooth, dry feel with an increasing bitterness. Lovely...rustic, but not weird; yeasty, but not overly so; malty, but not sweet.

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Photo of mntlover
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly clear copper color with a sparse bubble rising to a big fluffy tan head that falls slowly.

Aroma is lots of mingled fruits pear, apples , grapes etc mingled on a fairly heavy bready malt base. Lots of hay and funk notes thrown in the mix along with touches of spice light pepper perhaps clove mingled in. Aroma seems heavier then most saisons but it is complex and very nice.

Taste is like the aroma big malty base at least for a Saison. Lots of fruity notes mingled with good open fermentation funk. Finish is lingering fruit, malts funk and spice.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium at least for a Saison and I like it carbonation is only medium actually kind of on the mellow side for a Fantome, and I like it.

Overall might be biased by the brewery but they never fail to make something tasty. Personally this one seems a little heaver then most of there Saisons and I like it.

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Photo of zac16125
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden copper, with a large 3 fingers width head. Head is light tan in color and has great retention before dissipating down. Leaves tons of lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is quite fruity, Belgian-yest esters, fairly significant tart characters, floral and earthy notes;significant spice, but I can’t pinpoint the specific spice. Great depth and complexity in the nose. 4.5

T: Taste is fairly sweet for the style, more caramel malt than I anticipated, lots of spice like black and white pepper, fairly floral. I get almost no tart characters which somewhat surprises me after the aroma. Some citrus and subtle fruity characters to round it out. Great complexity. 4

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a heavy carbonation. ABV is pretty high for the style, but you wouldn’t guess it if you didn’t read the label. Drinkability is quite good. 4.25

O: I used to try Saisons all the time, but after underwhelming brew after underwhelming brew I went away from the style and now rarely re-visit. I have to say thats likely because its seems every American brewery has a saison on the shelves these day, and unfortunately most of them are blah. Fantom almost always kills it, and brings a level of complexity that is missing is so many of the others I have tried. This one is no different. A very well done beer here. 4.25

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before end 2016. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas big of lemon, pear, plum, apple, white grape, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, dandelion, hay, straw, wood, leather, light honey, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dandelions, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, plum, apple, white grape, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, dandelion, hay, straw, wood, leather, light honey, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness, herbal bitterness, and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, plum, apple, white grape, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, dandelion, hay, straw, wood, leather, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dandelions, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from /bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and lightly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dandelions, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of pants678
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Murky yellow, not much head.

Floral, boarding on sour.

Really bright and sweet, the right mix of floral and honey--don't think honey's actually involved, though. Like a sweet tea with little detectable alcohol. Wouldn't know dandelion if I hadn't read about it.

Might could use a touch more carbonation.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brief notes from a 750ml split last night, 2015 vintage.

A - Pours a murky-as-expected light brownish amber color with a little over a finger of off-white head. A thin ring and a few spots for a cap remain by the end, decent retention and some lace left behind.

S - Tart and earthy apple tones stick out the most, bit of a spice kick along with some floral. Kind of a sweet malt thing going on, along with light citrusy and grape notes.

T - Tart apple, lemongrass, earthy spice and yeast, honey, floral. Kind of an lightly spiced apple pie vibe with tart, sweet and farmy yeasts and malt backing and a kind of lotion/yogurt thing going on. Nicely opens up more with warmth, not much of a funky/weird spice profile as other Fantomes but still a bit on the strange side.

M - Kinda thick, chalky, yeasty feel, well-carbonated but perhaps a bit on the low side for the style, just a touch of alcohol burn.

O - A nice farmhouse, decent complexity and light tart earthy weirdness, but for Fantome I've come to expect something a bit more intriguing. A bit too much on the sweet-lotion side.

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Photo of babaracas
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours red tinted medium orange, one finger thick dense, creamy khaki colored head. Fades slowly leaving a thin ring and spiderwebbing delicate lace down the glass. Smell: red apple, ripe pear, fairly peppery and mildly grassy; bready with some date-ish sweet fruit. Warmer it becomes earthy, wet leaves, maybe a little tobacco. Lots going on. Taste: unfiltered apple juice, caramelized pear, sugar cookie with some sweet spices and brown sugar, peppery, a bit grassy and leafy, dried orange peel. Medium bodied, creamy feel with substantial carbonation. This has probably the least amount of the Fantome "funk" than any variant I've tried (maybe just due to lack of age of the bottle?) but it's a delicious, bold saison... with some dubbel-ish ideas and dandelions.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, cork reads "Brasserie Fantôme Soy 086/477044", no date.

Medium amber in color and hazy. A persistent, off-white head sits on top. Fruity aroma right off the bat; mostly citrus with some apple, then hay, grass, earth, and mustiness tagging along behind it. The taste is phenomenal. So earthy and funky. Reminiscent of wet leaves or a damp basement. It's musty to the point it almost feels dirty, which may sound uninviting, but it manages to stay light and effervescent enough to remain refreshing. Speaking of which, the carbonation is spot on. Medium-light bodied and it finishes dry and slightly sour. Remarkably easy to drink.

With all the talk of bottle inconsistencies that the brewery has almost become infamous for, I really had no idea what to expect from my first Fantôme. What I got was a beautifully unique brew that made for a really enjoyable drinking experience.

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Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Saison as usual from this brewery. Pretty strong, flowery, bitter-sweet. Great appearance typical for a Saison. Not sure if the dandelions really add to the experience but it gives their regular brew a different note.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into glass. shared with friends. really good. hazy orangish-copper color with a light head. tastes of fermenting fruit and huge amount of funk. more funk. almost minty in its funkiness. really good. I'm going to let the other one sit around a cpl of years.

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Photo of RobinLee
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color: Dirty straw, huge billowy white head. Really fluffs up out of the beer.

Nose: Like an overripe fruit (apple, maybe?), that sort of sickly sweet but accompanied by a vague waft of funk or gasoline.

Taste: Sweet caramel and pears, maybe some apple cider tart. Grass and funk at the mid/end. Finishes crisply.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly effervescent, it stays light on its feet without being dry as the Sahara. I could've taken this down by myself, but would've had a painful first day of grad school.

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Photo of Evahflow
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Murky orangish brown color. Fizzy fluffy head that sticks around with great lacing

S- Earthy must maybe a woodyness, sweet malt, some weird fruit I can't quite put my finger on. Really weird but kind of intoxicating.

T- Light caramel malt presence, citrus rind, the fruit from the smell maybe some sort of berries? Apples, some vegetal grassyness im assuming from the dandilions. Musty woods,A weird combo of pepper and malt sweetness then transitions to a really nice tart finish. a lot going on.

M- medium mouthfeel, some malt presence almost like a very well attenuated ode bruin, crisp and highly drinkable.

O- This may be the best fantome I've had to date. Weird hybrid of a ode bruin and saison. A whole lot going on flavor wise. Reminds me of Tired hands Woodlahands( a mushroom ode bruin) very woodsy with weird fruit and tons of umami. Wouldn't be surprised if Dany was friends with Guy Fieri because this bottle took me to flavor town.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at 2015 Hill Farmstead Festival of Farmhouse Ales. I found this to have a super grassy aroma and flavor. Nothing spectacular. I much prefer Vera Mae.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Murky muddy brownish orange. Fat tan head with excellent retention. Nose is funk with some sweet malt, I am getting a touch of floral scent but not a ton of fruits. There is some earthy citrus rind. Caramel but light . A woody bit of herbal that is so vague I wish it was more prominent. Taste is muddled. The malts are sweet but are not crisp or well defined. The beer is sticky and overly sweet to the drink at first but seems to lighten up a bit as ti warms. There is something exciting going on so faintly in the background though. Spice starts to come forward and a touch of warmth from alcohol. A bit of pepper and now this is better. The hop herbal is muddy and cloudy to the palate. The funky yeast is a kind of intruder to the drink in a way at first but you start to appreciate it after a while. It seems to be a jumble instead of something clearly envisioned. Finishes with a malty sweetness, something a touch sour and a mild but lingering bitter.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a murky orange-brown full of sediment. Thick, champagne-like head that dissipates very quickly. Minimal lace
S - earthy must, hint of citrus, floral hop presence, Belgian maltiness.
T - follows the nose, orange rind, biscuit.
M - on the medium side with an uncharacteristically creamy feel.
O - citrusy saison with just enough mustiness.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma of unspecified spice, light
Head average (5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, frothy, diminishing to irregular ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – few small islands and reefs of tiny bubbles
Body medium brown/orange, slight haze
Flavor is herbal with no hop bitterness found, just a slightly malty backbone. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, fizzy carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3. An average beer with weak aroma and flavor: to call them “delicate” would be overly generous and optimistic.

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Photo of dar482
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma smacks of smoke up front, along with strawberries and blueberries, with some caramel sweetness and breadiness.

The flavor follows with restrained smoke up front as well, along with that fruity berry note, then onto caramel sweetness, but then the beer dries out wonderfully on the finish. A really balanced beer that is intensely fun. A strange combination of saison, smoke, fruity esters.

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Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated October 18, 2014.

A-The brew is a darker, honey-like color. It is murky too. The head is almost two fingers tall to start and a drops slowly after about two minutes. No lacing left behind. The foam is off-white.

S-This is an odd, but strangely appealing scent. I get grassy, leafy aromas (like dandelions), with hints of lemon, white peppercorn, and medicinal alcohol. Pair that leafy flavor with must white grape and tart plum and you have this beer. It is weird but it works for me.

T-The taste is similar. I get some lightly tangy fruit like plum at first, but the mild sweetness fades quickly and the finish dries out to expose grassy, mildly bitter, leafy, peppery flavors. The finish is long and complex.

M-The feel is medium in heft with a moderately crisp carbonation that is easy to drink.

O-This is an odd one, for sure, but I mostly like it. The dry, leafy, bitter flavors actually seem to pair up well with the oddly fruity flavors that I taste. If it really is made with dandelion, I would believe it.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this in Brussels, enjoyed chilld in a tulip shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is deep amber with subtle hazed appearance and light colored head with fine bead and good retention. The smell has a strong yeast ester that is fruity with some floral aroma and gentle malt with earthy scent and light caramel element. The feel has a slight tangy yeast and moderately high carbonation level with subtle creamy yeast texture and semi-sweet body with a light floral resinous texture with mild earthy tannin and semi-dry and warming quality in the finish.

The taste brings malt and slight yeast tanginess up front with mild medicinal edge from dandelion and subtle caramel in the malt with spicy and hint of woody accents mid palate with a somewhat tangy yeast flavor which is almost apricot with slight acidity that continues with a mild woody pungent and toasted flavor mixed with light citrus and malt balance that continues into a semi-dry finish. The impression is a very good saison while not the absolute best it is better than most with a fantome house character and the interesting dandelion addition as an extra

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a really weird beer, wine-like in its yeast complexion with even a little wild yeast funk in there too. fantome always has awesome yeast in their beers, this one is weird and new to me, tart but really full bodied and quite dry. the beer is a darker copper color, heady and hazy with a ton of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. the head never settles at all staying thick and cloud-like. the nose is sharp, spicy from the yeast, and with a distinct floral bitterness. not hoppy, but bitter like greens. there is a definitive dandelion head flavor in the finish of this beer, and ive heard mixed things that it is in fact brewed with dandelions, and that it is not. if i had to guess id say it must be, because it really does taste like them. spring time is in this beer, but its super bitter too, almost like the dandelion greens are used in the place of hops for bittering. its mildly astringent and really full bodied and frothy in the feel, but there is an acidity too. carbonation is great, white wine tannins show up in the finish, with the flowers and the bitterness. its really weird, but i like that weirdness in fantome beers, and thats why i keep buying them when i see them. enjoyable, but one time only. i wouldnt pick this up again.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

750ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass
No bottle date

Appearance: Wow, this is a really interesting colour, I was expecting a golden beer, but instead it pours a rather clouded light reddish-brown with golden-orange edges. A soft pour yields a massive off-white head that lasts fantastically well and leaves thick lacing as it recedes. 4.25

Smell: This might just be the most unique smelling Fantome offering I have had to date, offering a strong earthiness, grassy notes, freashly broken foliage, some underlying sweetness, apple, a touch of citrus peel, coriander and actually a touch of dandelion. 4.5

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is absolutely delicious and incredibly unique. Note include: A light tartness, an earthy quality, apples, a touch of citrus, coriander, spicy yeast, a little lactic, broken foliage, a little dandelion and a touch of sweetness. 4.25

Mouthfeel: Medium bodies with a medium-high level of carbonation. The body matches the flavour profile perfectly and results in a fantastically refreshing, easy drinking beer. 4.25

Overall: Pissenlit is another fantastic beer from Fantome and one I hope to have again soon. I think it would pair amazingly well with a crusty loaf of bread and some rustic cheeses. 4.5

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Photo of godtopus
3/5  rDev -26.5%

This was a really weird beer. The herbal bitternes from the dandelions was difficult to get past. Giving this beer some time to grow on you might be necessary. I will probably revisit this later and give it more of a chance.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

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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.

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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!

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