Fantôme Pissenlit | Brasserie Fantôme

492 Ratings
Fantôme PissenlitFantôme Pissenlit

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

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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%

Photo of andrewinski1
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. The color is light golden/straw; it looks very clear. There is a nice two finger head.

The aroma shows off the spicyness in the aroma. Some orange candy aroma is here as well.

The taste starts out dry and spicy, but it quickly turns into a fruity finish. This uniquely shows off both the spicy and fruity characteristics of a saison. There is a bit of grassiness.

The body is medium with nice zesty carbonation.

Well it's a Fantôme so it's delicious!

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Photo of ElkSherpa
5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JizackFH
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer Review #612

A - This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color. It has a little more than two fingers of white head resting on top. It has excellent retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has aromas of hay, floral notes, some funkiness, yeast, earthiness, a mild hop presence, apricot, green apple, lemon, and some other light fruitiness.

T - The taste follows the nose quite well. It starts off with some maltiness and a good amount of earthiness. There are some fruit flavors like apricot, green apple, pear, and lemon. There is some funk and barnyard flavors. Some yeast flavor is present as well as a mild hop flavor. The finish leaves some lingering earthiness, fruit, funk, and hops behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is a little bit of sweetness, as well as a nice amount of earthy and hop bitterness. There is some dryness on the back end as well.

O - This has really good drinkability. It goes down easy and the flavor is really nice. Overall, I think this is a good beer and a nice representation of the style. I recommend picking this one up. This was my first Fantôme beer, and I am looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of Pamola
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded golden hazed body with a bright white head forming thick above the rim of the chalice. Fine even lacing intricate appearance, fine effervescent carbonation these Belgians know how to execute. Aroma earthy herbal, pissenlit can be interpeted as Dandelion or "wet the bed" either way drinking enough of this I get the connection. Spicy yeast, a touch of mellow alcohol hidden in the biscuit pilsner malt, slight skunk nose from the green bottle but inoffensive for the most part. Flavors refreshing, spicy yeast, crisp malt sweetness with dry herbal/earthy/floral hop additions excellent saison. Funky lactic acidity works well with a hint of citrus, floral notes really bursting with barnyard, meadows, fresh cut grass. Mouthfeel is crips effervescent carbonation medium to light bodied, easy to drink with a nice tartness. Overall drinkability was incredible, a great version of Fantome that holds up with the best of any Saisons I've ever come across.

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Photo of pixieskid
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of furthurgone
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pirmannt1
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
086/477044 on cork
A- The dense hazy dark orange body has a billowing sheet of microbubbles that swirl around and support a thick white foam that sits on the glass in sheets.

S- The dandelion flowers aroma mixes with green spice hops that blend with a peppery yeast ester note. There are club soda notes and some cheese rind brett hints in the finish. Aroma well blended.

T- The bright tartness fades to soft malt with yeasty saison peppery notes and a dry finish with some soft sulfur dandelion green notes that linger in the back of the throat. The slight sweetness of Pils malt comes through as the beer opens up.

M- The light mouthfeel has a slightly creamy but crisp finish with no alcohol heat.

O- I was surprised at how the taste and smell of dandelion flowers really came through with the support of the fantome yeast. There are some Noble hops and pils malt qualities offer nice depth.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of scottfrie
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to SneezyAchew for handing me this one.

A: Oh shit. Slime bottle. Big time. This shit pours like snot mixed with honey. I filled up about half the ‘bowl’ of the tulip, and a finger of thin head appeared. Miraculously though, over the course of about 5 minutes the extremely dense and fine head slowly rose up and filled the rest of the glass all the way to the brim. This very impressive column of foam sat there for over the ten minutes it took me to muster the courage to take a sip of this beer. I think the head would have lasted until the next morning had I left this glass on the counter. Liquid score = 1, head score and retention = 5. Appearance score = 3.0? Sure why not.
S: I get notes of vinous white wine, oak barrel, dandelions, grass, earthy must, and strange notes of a good kind of funk mixed with a sharp pediococcus and lactic bad kind of funk. Am I going to get sick from drinking this? I get some notes of lemon and citrus as well.
T: Flavor follows the nose. It’s a little sharp but actually not that bad. Citrus rind, flowers, oak, and sharp wee beasties dominate. Very earthy and spring-like all around. The finish is very gritty and dry, and my mouth is coated in some kind of film after each swallow.
M: Very thick, chewy and creamy. This isn’t thick in a stout kind of way, this is thick in a cough syrup type of way. This is about the farthest thing from refreshing as you could get. The head is like drinking mousse.
O: What a disappointment. I drank as much as I could but there’s no way my stomach could handle a whole bottle of this. It wasn’t so much the taste as the appearance and the texture. This just didn’t satisfy my beer or saison craving.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this the other day at vintage and was very very excited to try it as it has been on my wants list since 2008.

A- Body is a very hazy, uniformly translucent golden yellow hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head eventually fades to about 1/2 finger and leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass.

S- Nose is very good. Funky yeast, floral hops, a hint of sourness, belgian candi sugar and breadiness.

T- Upfront is a lot of floral hop bitterness, a hint of sourness, a hint of vinegar. The floral hop bitterness and a hintr of funk really come through for the finish.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a pretty lightweight bready body.

O- Overall this is a very good saison. There is a lot to experience with this one and it has very little fruity characteristics to balance it out-its mostly either raw and earthy/funky, or sugary-and there doesn't seem to be much to bridge the gap between the two. Overall a good saison.

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Photo of RSchaeffer
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of cbeer88
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into Duvel glass. Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #6.

Appearance: Pour filling half the glass yields a finger of fluffy white head. Lacing is spotted. Color is medium-to-dark orange and hazy.

Smell: This one is earthy. Some funk, some grain, and a wee bit of fruit - lemon and peach maybe? Also a slight tart smell.

Taste: Definitely quite tart, but falls short of sour territory. We're looking at a saison here, so we're dealing with a Fantome. The tart acidity really dominates the flavor, but I'm also tasting some grass, wheat, and a touch of lemon. A bit of floral taste in there too as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbed, thin body.

Drinkability: Fairly high. It's refreshing and the alcohol isn't too strong. As the beer warms the ABV lets you know it's not quite a session beer though.

Overall: This is pretty good. It's not the best Fantome I've ever had, but it's far from the worst. A very good saison - aside from the tartness, it's pretty straightforward for Fantome, though I'm not sure what is supposed to be in this one due to the blind taste test.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: Pretty sure I got a slime bottle. Oh well, it was tasty and the only thing it messed with was the mouthfeel..I think.

Appearance: Pours like good homemade chicken soup (oh slime). Layer of oily foam graces the top of the beer. Pours a dusky, almost ruddy, deep orange. So very hazy.

Smell: Slight funk layered over some apricots and a touch of barnyard. Light lemon zest. Loads of apricot and pear. Lemon juice and mealy fruit. Slightly floral. Aroma is soft and complex. I think of it as pretty.

Taste: Unctuous. Slight hint of lemon and funk. Some apple and apricot round out the back. Aftertaste hits stronger to pear and apricot than the initial sip. Slight floral edge runs through the back. Nice depth of flavor. Some funk and lemon brighten things up a bit. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: This one was thick and heavy. It was awesome. Drank like homemade chicken broth. Tongue coating and delicious.

Overall: If this was an infected bottle, I really want to try a clean one. Nice soft flavors show that Fantome really knows how to make a saison. Even when it gets messed up, it's still better than 90% of the saisons on the amrket.

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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
4.09 out of 5 based on 492 ratings.
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