Fantôme Pissenlit | Brasserie Fantôme

BA SCORE
91
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490 Ratings
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:
490
Reviews:
237
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
70
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Photo of Reaper16
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of morningthief
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of BeerTruck
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of ehammond1
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of harrymel
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of vissai
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of BillyTWilliams
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Agold
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a thick, puffy white head that quickly recedes into an even, thin mousse.

S: Aromas of herbal, lemony hops, must, earth, white tea, and funky, lactic yeast bludgeon the nose. This being a Fantome beer, I'm surprised the yeast scent isn't much stronger. Very restrained compared to the other Fantomes I've tried.

T: The entry is tart and chewy with plenty of yeast funk. Notes of cracked pepper, moist earth, biscuits, crackers, oak, white tea, fresh herbs, lemon, and must follow. A subtly floral, bittersweet flavor (presumably the fresh dandelion petals) emerges briefly at mid-palate. The finish is bitter, herbal, and funky with a combination of tea, pepper, biscuit, and yeast flavors.

M: Medium in body, firm, and relatively dry. Carbonation is spritzy, imparting a mineral-laden mouthfeel that makes this big beer more drinkable. Alcohol presence is undetectable. This one could easily sneak up on you.

O: This is a really interesting, refreshing saison. The use of dandelion petals makes this beer really stand out from the pack. Don't miss this one.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon purchase of this beer I was reassured by the bottle shop guy it would most likely be a good bottle, not light struck that is. He was right. Brilliant golden, hazy, and billowing white head. Some lacing, though not too much. Very grassy, earthy aroma. Noble hops? Some lemon. The flavor is lovely. Again it is grassy, has a subtle tartness, a some nice hop bitterness. Upton contemplation a classic saison yeast strain is apparent. It is herbal without being phenolic. It is earthy but clean. The finish is dry, though bitter. Dry over the palate with a tangy finish. I am just so please to have a fantome that isn't light struck. This makes my record 2 for 5.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Been drinking this for years...nothing like dandelions in your beer...helps you pee! Mostly clear gold...lingering head. Big aroma of funk and light berries. Rich flavor, some malt, funk, bread, bland fruit, tea & herbs. While some funkiness and not super smooth, tasty and fun!

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Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

iPad review from saison tasting.

A- Murky apple cider orange brown, foamy white head forms with good retention, spotty patches of lace.

S- Tart citrus and spice with saison yeast, peppercorn. Lemon zest, apple, slight funk straw barn.

T- Reminds me a lot of Fantome saison, citrus zest, peppery yeast spice, orange, clove, bread, very slight farm feel.

MF- Light with moderate high carbonation, silky smooth crisp body, slight tart and bitter.

Good saison, not as funky as some other fantomes.

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Photo of wesley14
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
4.09 out of 5 based on 490 ratings.
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