Fantôme Pissenlit
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #214
Ranked #3,695
4.09 | pDev: 11%
Brasserie Fantôme
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Photo of Beginner2
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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 ?

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Photo of t420o
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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


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Photo of philbe311
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
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...

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of Harrison8
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -10.5%
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 -2.9%
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 Kendo
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Sludgeman
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
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 +13.4%
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 -2.4%
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 Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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 kitch
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle with a best before end 2019 date. Poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy amber-orange colour with a two finger light tan-orangey coloured head that had good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet Belgian yeast, breadiness, lots of fruit, plum, orange, apple with hints of clove and banana, lightly peppery, hay, grass and some spices.

Taste: Musty, apple juice, grass, orange, orange peel bitterness, some kind of floral herbal spice mix that’s not easy to describe and some pear and pepper lingering on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall: This was interesting but perhaps that floral herbal spice mix threw me off a bit. I also felt the carbonation was too low. In the end I think I prefer their regular Saison a lot more.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to an oversized wine glass.

A: The body is bright orange with some yellow coloration. The head is white and shows great retention. There's also some lacing on the side of the glass.
S: The aroma is super floral. The dandelion aroma is very soft while very prominent. It's amazing.
T: The taste is very balanced. The sweetness, while low, comes only from the malts, lowering the barrier to other tastes. After that, there's dandelion that gives a small sweet profile and both a acidic and bitter profile. It's very balanced for a herbal beer.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is high. Bitterness is medium high.
O: Amazing herbal beer, probably my favorite ever.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork came out with a pop! Amber orange brew poured out with a light whitish tan frothy head that eventually settled down. Champagne bubbles cascade endlessly. Smells of straw and a stale dusty barn. Earthy with a hint of citrus. The taste is bright, yet muted; earthy yet fresh. The dichotomy of old and new pairs old funky tasting wet oak mixed with the bright glow of tangerines and apricot. Sweet thick syrupy candy sugar with a tart tangy and herbal finish. Dry crusty wheat bread with wet waxy green vines. Sour blood orange finishes slightly acidic but nicely balanced with the sweetness. Fantastic balance all around. Sweet, sour, earthy, rich, bright, tangy, syrupy, yet light and playful. Beautifully crafted beverage. Best enjoyed warmish so as not to mask all the earthy nuances.

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Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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%
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 +2.9%
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 +0.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -8.3%
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 +3.4%
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 Jacobier10
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -2.2%
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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