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Fantôme Pissenlit | Brasserie Fantôme

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,933
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
500
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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79
Gots:
69
Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of spicelab
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle. At least 2 years old, but date hasn't been marked. First tried this a couple of years back.

Initial pour is a near clear stained-glass orange, with a meeker than expected white head that rapidly recedes to the barest collar. Murkiness creeps into the later pours.

Aromas are distributed between a nice woody, almost oud-bruin like element and a lovely amalgam of sweet esters and candied malt character. Lashings of lemon and grapefruit peel, marmalade and sour cherry. Glints of booze and nailpolish remover at times.

Flavours follow, but there's no hint of the booze or phenolic notes from the aroma. There's an enticing savoury herbal element which I'm assuming is the dandelion, but it mixes so ably with the malt backbone it' s hard to tell. Juicy, sour apricot and citrus pith lead the way.

Medium, syrupy feel, with modest carbonation and a very satisfying tangy acidity.

Truly appetising stuff. Bright, juicy flavours together with the moderate acidity make this insanely drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up in Vermont. So this is Fantome's dandelion beer. Lets see how it stacks up to Hill Farmsteads Vera Mae. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear very dark gold with a MASSIVE four finger fizzy white head that slumped down to leave sticky side lacing and a dense, dense quarter inch white head. Quite nice.

S - Light earthy notes along with some faint alcohol notes and that subtle bitter vegetation that comes with dandelions. Not quite as citrusy as Vera Mae.

T - Taste is...well, a bit harsher than I was expecting. Lots of alcohol here, shocking amounts due to it being Fantome. Some faint barnyard funk, along with dandelion. Wow. Can't get over how much alcohol is in this!

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad. Lots of carbonation. Helps it be not quite as boozey but damn.

O - Overall, the harshness of the booze is incredibly rough. Ugh. Maybe some age will help this even out.

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2.82/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Deep, dark orange body, with two fingers of off white soapy head. Head hangs around for a while and leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell: Burst of lemony citrus right from the popping of the cork. Some white pepper, a light funk, and a light astringency.

Taste: More citrus and lemon, plus some nice yeasty sweetness. White pepper and cloves come out next, along with some bread and a light hay. The only downside is a light rubber cement on the finish... I'm glad I consumed this now because I feel like this flavor would grow given time.
EDIT: As it warms, this is awful. Straight up rubber cement

Mouthfeel: Rather heavier than I was expecting for a "spring" saison. Juicy, yet dry. A slightest hint of alcohol comes through on the finish.

Overall: Enjoyable at first, but the rubber cement becomes overpowering.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml capped and corked bottle purchased from K & L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney, where I shared it with Rich and Sam for our Fantôme tasting day.

Pours a mildly hazed but very pleasant deep golden colour, with a fine bit slightly filmy head of white. The head really only consists at the edges, forming some pocked bubbles in a pleasant ring, but feeling a little lacklustre elsewhere. Body is solid and holds some nice carbonation. Some patchy but inconsistent lacing. Not one of the better looks of the Fantôme range.

Nose is pleasant and clean, with a mild chamomile sweetness and a slightly green herbal quality. Clean and very pleasant funk comes through lending some crispness and a touch of acidity. Underneath is a very nice sweetness, almost a honey character: this is subtle, but it really provides a lovely basis for the other characters. Very pleasant indeed.

Taste is also very good: clean, light, really well-balanced acidity, bouncing off the other complexities that flit and dive in and out of the palate. There's herbal qualities, sweetness, faint pepper, even a pleasant carbonic character that works very nicely with the beer. Pearskin rounds it out, but really, the flavour keeps going for much longer, with a dance of acidity and tartness cavorting right to the very end. Lovely stuff.

Feel is great: smooth but with a clean acidity to cut through it very nicely.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. It's so refreshing and very, very drinkable. 8% ABV? Not a hint of it: this looks like a clean, summer session beer, and seriously I would drink it as such. It's so very, very drinkable and so very delicious.

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3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a really nice shade of orange. A lot of Saisons try to acheive this combination of haze and clarity. Good color. This is an aged bottle, but there was still 1.5 fingers of dense, creamy head here.

The aroma begins with earthy, vegetal notes on top of a load of orange pulp. As it warms a very sharp ammonia character comes out. Bird poop, essentially. Literally like bird poop. It's off-putting, but also interesting.

The flavor has lots of bright acidity. There's a heavy orange juice flavor. Lots of lemon juice too, in the way that lambic and gueuze have. If anything this beer is like a mimosa lambic. Not as vegetal as I would have thought, but the dandelion flavor probably faded over the years.

The mouthfeel, as I could have expected from the head, is pretty full and creamy. Not what I always want from a Saison, but it works fine enough (and really bolsters the orange juice character). Overall this is a nice entry into the Fantome canon. It isn't as complex as other beers from Dany, but it drinks well.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy amber color with a thick fluffy head, nice retention and lacing.

S- Really interesting aroma, very floral with lots of earthy funk. There are also some sour notes and an almost honey-like sweetness in the background. Smells delicious.

T- Mild tartness and earthy funk, has a mild and very floral bitterness, a hint of spice as well as a bit of slightly sweet malt.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, effervescent feel, just a little bit dry on the finish.

O- A really nice saison, very tasty and highly drinkable. Like many Fantomes this was really fun to drink and is well worth seeking out.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

(Aged for 1 year)

Hazy golden and light orange with a small off-white head.

Pleasant aroma of white fruits (apple and pear), along with some floral notes, peach, and mild yeast.

The flavor is sweeter and less funky than many other Fantomes I've had, with the white fruits and floral notes leading the way, low bitterness, and only a touch of yeast funk.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Very nice, but not one of my favorite Fantomes, but only because I love, love, love most all of them.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of harrymel
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vint 2012?
Pours golden with and etched surface and excellent clarity. Skunk up front and a good dose of dantellion wine in the face. Some grain and sweet grain in there and good dose of clay. Flavor is grainy with a good sweetness and a nicely subdued yeast character. Nice hop character and nice sweetness. Medium bodied with sharp carb and a wet finish. Nice beer, but not something I’d go nuts for.

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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into DeRanke tulip in Brussels (cant remember the name of the restaurant); paired with amazing gouda cheese. This poured a great orange haze with a bit of white head. Such great belgian wild yeast aromas, some citrus, and you can really smell the dandelion...it works really well. Taste is amazing! Sweet honey hops, belgian wild, and dandelion. Really fantastic and full of great flavors! Get this saison...very unique as Fantome usually is.

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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky orange-y brown with a hug billowy head. Jut no end to this or the lace.

Nice musty nose with yeast, some sour fruit, and toasted grain.

Tart and yeasty, leading to a burnt husk bitterness, then some moderate bitterness, some sour grain, and light bitterness in the finish. Wonderful flavors and balance. A little acid in here cuts the must and funk. Alcohol is not noticeable at all -- until you stand up, that is.

Medium-light in body, but that is because of the carbonation. This is a bubbly one.

Big winner here. Terrific version of the style. Some unique toasty notes come thru with all of the other flavors mixed in. Together with structure and the rest, this queues up to be a another great one from this brewer.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes sampled Aug 19 2010 at Eb's
Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a smallish white head that quickly scatters. Smells earthy and herbal with a bit of a bready, sweet honey and funky edge. The flavor is like a saison but with a bit of a minty herbal edge. Bubbly dry fruity beer with a bit of tart and funk. Medium to light body with a crisp mouthfeel. Definitely a different beer, but not really to my tastes.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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