Fantôme Pissenlit | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,693
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
517
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
71
Trade:
4
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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of Roguer
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
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.

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Photo of edthehead
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kendo
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.

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Photo of NickThePyro
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dipso123
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sludgeman
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

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Photo of doktorhops
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
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.

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Photo of shelby415
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma is malty, sweet with brown sugar and dried fruit notes. Taste is also malty and sweet with wheat, sugar and yeast flavor. Medium body and carbonation. A bit boozy with a light cardboard note.

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Photo of PJHOY
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tinfang
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Meh.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 517 ratings