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Fantôme Pissenlit | Brasserie Fantôme

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500 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,944
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
500
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of ccrida
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml poured into my Fantôme tulip, Pissenlit is a brassy gold with a fluffy white head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is very estery, which as perfect an example of saison as this is, is citrusy and assertive but not heavy or thick, there is a light mineral water air.

Taste is big fruity saison esters with loads of lemons, a nice clean, tart sourness, quinine, everything I like about saison is represented. Fantôme is back in a big way with this beer, wow!

Mouthfeel is slick, light, on the drier side, very nice.

Drinkability is ridiculously high for me. Saison is my favorite style, and this is a perfect example of why. Citrus, sour, light, dry and pithy. Reminds me of their Blanche, but with more oomph, and more carbonation. This is my all-time favorite brewery, but I've honestly not had a Fantôme in the last 10+ years that measure up to my memories of their hay-day...until this.

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Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a huge, dense and fluffy white head of foam that clings all over the glass. Cloudy in appearance. Has a faint orange color at it's core with lemon skin, dried straw colors highlighting the outer edges of the beer.

Fruity and sweet up front in the nose, with a faint lemony tartness and dried herbal character developing rather quickly. There's a pleasant earthy hop aroma in there. I'm picking up the dandelions and can detect the dandelion tea that's used in the brew, which gives it a fresh flower, earthy green quality at the same time. This could be where the dried, earthy hop character comes from. Becomes more flowery and fruity as the beer warms. Notes of lemon zest, honey and wildflowers are showing up, with almost a fresh underripe banana aroma. Not much funk or mustiness though, as with most other Fantome beers. Dried flowers and a candied sweetness carry through on the nose with a bread like biscuit malt aroma that shows up as the brew comes to room temperature.

Starts off with a spritzy amount of carbonation that dissipates rather quickly becoming almost flat, but soft and creamy in taste. That hop quality comes through at first, with a touch of sweetness. Lemon zest, dried flowers and honey on the palate. Showing a nice musty character, more so than in the nose. If you every ate a dandelion as a little kid is something that keeps coming to mind. Dry and faintly sweet at the same time. Little too no tartness or sour flavors showing, though the mustiness carries nicely through the background of the beer. Just wonderfully aromatic and earthy, with lots of dried flowers, almost wet stones? in the taste.

The finishes very dry in the mouth, but still has that faint sweetness to round it out. There's also a nice yeasty bread quality in the finish, with a clove, coriander like spicyness that shows up on the palate and in the nose. What a great, dry and refreshing beer with the 8% Abv. nowhere to be found.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy amber. Mild, fizzy, unimpressive head.

Nose is tart and earthy in the extreme. It's not lambic sour, it's cut grass and lemon juice tart.

I hate to use the dandelion reference... but you can sense that dandelion stem flavor. It's also lemony, and simply freaking beautiful with a mild, indiscernible fruity sweetness below it. It's warming, and becoming more tart, but somehow still mellowing. An earthy dryness replaces the juicy tart beer of earlier. The wild yeasty complexity becomes more present... straw, and grass clippings... I'm loving this.

Another cold pour turns the tartness into a lemon juice, with something sweet and spicy and that same dry, earthy finish. How many times can i use the word tartness to describe this beer? Not enough.

Yeast pour turns the beer an most unattractive brown, and it mellows developing a rye bread-like component and a grassiness that becomes predominant.

Finish is long, lemony and earthy.

I'm grateful to have sampled this. No surprises here, it's exceptional...

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark green, 1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz. (true 750ml) Bottle. It hides a marvelous offering from this most Artisanale, & bi-polarizing, of Belgium Brewers. The hand-drawn yellow & black label is befuddled, & the sketchy picture & handwritten characters make it hard to read. Looks like a child drew this one. Labeled as “Pissenlit”, Bières de Saison, Printemps ’02. Literally translated into English this means “Piss in Bed, Spring 2002”. Hell Yeah someone else who has been there, we all have our bad days. Oh, but wait, actually, “Pissenlit”, as the label states properly translates & really means “Dandelion”. Oh, that’s better.

The wonderful world of Fantôme, is like Charlie & the Chocolate Factory: I so want to meet the meet the creator of this fantasy wonderland.

Appearance: Deep, turbid, muddy, murky orange look. The head is a smooth uniformily bubble sized affair that has intense staying power due to the massive inherent carbonation. Has an earthy agricultural look.

Nose: Disgustingly marvelous. Earthy soil ground smells, mixed with cut grass, reminiscent of a badly set low cutting soil-chopping Lawnmower. Nasal remnants strike a chord with freshly cut grass from an English Cricket Field mixed with the hazy summer dew of a well used school sports field. Grassy & pungent. WOW.

Taste: Uncompromisingly Fantôme. Hard to describe, but easy to swallow. Dry, yeasty innoculent beginnings lead to an acerbic astringent middle. A floral backbone runs into an inherent acidic carbonation that gives a very lambic feel to the end of this most farmyard of ales. Dandelions shine through in the floral end. DOUBLE WOW.

Mouthfeel: High inherent carbonation leads to a champagne effervescence, akin to a lively lambic, mildly acidic but as strikingly lively as a recently caught fresh rainbow trout thrashing in the nets.

Overall: Quite marvelous – simply brilliant – for me; Dany Prignon is the Brewing equivalent of the Wright Brothers.

The Art of learning, is to conceal learning….

“Oh, East is East, & West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth & Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face,
tho' they come from the ends of the earth!”

Belgium? European? Saison? East?, West? or just plain WTF Weird? whatever label you post on it- This is bloody superb!!!

As Kipling rightly suggests – brilliance has no borders.
I hope appreciation of great beer follows these rules….

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rastacouere
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil the saturday and at the moan and dove the sunday. lovely weekend! As soon as it's poured, it strikes me as different from the bottled version although with Dany it may just be another batch. I crave for bottles on this version. Shelton Bros have done quite a grand coup getting kegs of this.

The pour is chesnut brownish, very cloudy, mysterious. A gentle off-white ring is thinner than the bottle and the body will later confirm much smaller carbonation level, less fluffiness although still moderately carbonation and close to full bodied.

The nose abunds with belgian farmhouse characteristics, starting from the very peppery yeast which comes out musty with hints of cobwebs, sand.. quite undescribable, maybe even a touch of cat liter, but I swear it's a marvellous contemplative blend. Very earthy, leafy, salty. Notes of apples, caramel, brown sugar.. Complex and satisfying, sense bugging.

Typical fantôme light tartness reaches pinaccles in the abundant mustiness and cement like basement flavors. Very weird. Light astringence, lots of wood and leafy flavors remind me of my beloved speciaal brouwsel.. Terrific.

It doesn't have the appearance and mouthfeel grace of the bottled fantômes, but the flavors are utterly expansive and immensely enjoyable thoroughly. One of the top examples of farmish craft brewing.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is for the aged bottle I bought straight from the brewery. He apparently found it somewhere in the barn and didn't quite know what to do with it, I was more than happy to take it off his hands! Dated 2000, it didn't have a cork, just a crown.

Appearance: Quite a darker shade of brown, the head was more subdued and was greyer, and had a few dusky chunks in there...

Smell: Wowza! The caramel was bit more darker, it had sort of a scotchy, oaky/vanilla aroma to it, almost as if it were aged in wood!

Taste: It tastes a bit metallic at first, then it tasted earthy and more acidic than the younger one, it was salty, with balsamic vinegar flavors and a dry finish that had a more conspicuous alcohol presence. It wasn't a unanimous favorite, but I absolutely adored it!

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Photo of Patrick999
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The "Dandelion Beer." I guess I'll dispose of the usual review format for this one and just ramble. It looks pretty in my unbranded tulip glass, with a slightly off-gold body. Plenty of foam and really nice lacing, but definitely not a gusher. What does it smell like? Lemony? OK, I can go with that. Also some very light sweaty sock, and a lot of weeds - indeed, the aroma screams Saison! with its tart, weedy-wildflower character.

It tastes a bit more tart than it smells, to me - we're approaching lambic territory here with relatively high acidity. Lemony, with plenty of gueuze-like aged hops and other botanicals. There's a pretty big weediness here that I can only attribute to the dandelion. As is typical with Fantome, there's also a little undercurrent of earth/mushroom. Really a lot going on.

I can't see this being outrageously popular among a large beer-drinking public, due to its tart herbal-bitter nature, but for saison and wild ale lovers, this will be a treat, especially if you like tartness in your Saison. Very easy to drink for the saison aficionado, with a stellar soft feel and non-existent 8% alcohol.

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Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful, hazy straw with a silky white head. Very nice lace.

Nose has crisp fruity malts, musty wood, manure, horsebalnket, flower, sour yeast and white wine grapes

Taste has tart citrus fruits, sweet candy malts, floral herbs and barnyard funk. Quite complex yet superbly balanced.

Clean, refreshing body is delicately carbonated. Nice dry, acidic finish. Perfect example of the style.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, its my birthday. Might as well break into this bad boy. Might hit up an Oud Beersel Kriek later too.

Really great looking beer. Really awesome deep orange color. When held up to the light it is a bright burning intense red. Very high carbonation leaves a massive pillow of a head that has yet to subside after 5 minutes. The bubbles are still flooding out of the etched D of my Duvel glass.

Really amazing nose. Get some nice burnt candi sugar notes that are fairly subdued. But up front I get a touch of earthy musty scents that I think this brewery is so well known for. I might even detect some lobster in there. I know that's weird, but its just what I smell. EDIT: but after tasting the Fantome Saison, this thing tasted as clean as a munich lager in comparison.

Very nice taste, but not the 'exceptional' taste I was expecting, but 4.5 ain't shabby. Fairly mellow beer with a very well rounded pallette. Starts very smooth with some nice sweet candi notes, passes through a nice mellow fruity phase and finishes with a vegetal like astringency (not that astringent) that is quite nice. Maybe its hops but I doubt it. I imagine it might be the dandelions. But who knows??

Perfect mouthfeel. Really right on the money. Creamy without being thick. I like it. the intense carbonation also helps bring the beer to life.

Dangerously drinkable. Not cloying at all.

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Photo of marburg
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cloudier than Michigan during the bad weather seasons. Orange with vibrant, bright yellow glowing around the edges in the light. Moderate head fades quickly.

Lambic funk and wet, week-old grass clippings overlay yeast and a mild airy feel in the nose. Despite the pronounced sour aroma, this is simply bone dry and a tad bitter -- very little hint of sourness to be found on the tongue. Begins light and somewhat zesty. The weedy, floral dandelion flavor really does assert itself, driving home a unique bitterness that just assaults the palate. Spritzy, yeasty, and dry. I just chewed on lawn weeds and plum skins -- or so my taste buds are telling me. And yet, I f-ing love it.

Its rather complex, unique flavor profile is a bit tough to stomach after two glasses. But those first two just made up one of my favorite recent beer memories. Top shelf.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely orange/copper color with one finger of head that recedes quickly.

Aroma is mildly tart, hints of malt and lots of fruit. Lemon, peaches and white grapes are present as well as tart cherries, funk, and must.

Flavor upfront is light, bready malt mixed with cherry pie that morphs into soft malt flavors and peaches. Toward the finish barnyard funk, tartness and apples come forward. The finish is cherries, a nice, balancing tartness, funk and a slight herbal character that rides out with tart peaches for the next minute or so. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium/high carbonation.

Overall this beer is very complex and a joy to drink, it reminds my of Spring and Summer. This beer has aspects of Orval, kriek lambic, and saison, I am trying to slow myself from drinking this too fast! I hope I can find more of this as it is wonderful.

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Photo of hyuga
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ScaryEd
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of rrski198
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of pirmannt1
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle or two at Bierparadijs

Pours cloudy, amber brown. Nice thick compacted head. Great retention.

Saison yeast in apparent on the nose. Malty sweet and hints of bitterness on the nose.

An explosion of flavor. Lots of fruity flavors, great malt base and something best described as funk. Sometimes it's like it wants to be tart but that never quite happens. Complex to say the least.

Nice medium to full body, perfect medium amout of carbonation.

One of the best beers I have ever had. After I drank one bottle I turned around to buy another 12. Great stuff and gert it if you can.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantome Pissenlit was served from a 750 corked and capped bottle dated spring 2003. The cork was fine-textured, instead of the usually choppy-textured cork. When the beer was poured into a Duvel tulip, an ample sticky white head rose, then settled down leaving excellent lacing. Brilliantly golden-orange and semi-transparant, the beer was a radiant beacon of light, attracting the attention of others in the room. The nose was fascinating, with the expected Fantome sourness carrying with it the fresh flowery aromas of dandelions, honey, and lime-orange citrus. This bouquet of smells became more pronounced and complex as the beer warmed. The beer was a masterwork of flavor...clean and refreshing, yet bold and balanced. The moderately sour silky malt body quickly releases a carbonated barrage of lemon-lime-orange citrus flavor, then very slowly melts into a molten malty zippy finish with a touch of bitterness. There was so much more going on here that I can't seem to describe, but I can say that it is totally captivating. The body was wonderfully silky and smooth, which balanced out the acidity well, and made for a satisfying finish. Again, Fantome has tugged at the heart of my soul. The work of a genious.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is amber gold. Poured to a half-inch head, the head dissipates quickly into a cap and ring. Slight amount of lacing.

Smells of wild sourness, green grass, and flowers, with a little sweet brown sugar in the background. Quite delightful although subtle.

Tastes of tart apples and lemon peel, then has a nice long dry green grassy/vegetal finish.

The body is light and the carbonation is fizzy. Together with the acid level, this makes for a very refreshing beer. I'd like it to be just a bit more carbonated. As it is, it is tasting quite like a dry champagne.

This is a very tasty and drinkable saison. Really quite outstanding.

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

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

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4.68/5  rDev +15.3%

Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 500 ratings
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