Fantôme Pissenlit | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme PissenlitFantôme Pissenlit
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
495
Reviews:
237
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
70
For Trade:
4
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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 ColForbinBC
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aufie
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of seanthornton152
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IrishColonial
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 CwrwAmByth
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbaker67
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 Jacobob10
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 mcrawford
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 80x2HopHead
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of straightlambic
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of squack
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
4.09 out of 5 based on 495 ratings.
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