Fantôme Pissenlit | Brasserie Fantôme

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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 WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 ehammond1
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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 harrymel
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
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 +8.3%
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 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 +3.7%
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 johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
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 mrfrancis
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +4.7%
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 DenverLogan
4/5  rDev -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 cbutova
4/5  rDev -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 andrewinski1
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 JizackFH
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
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 WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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 rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of scottfrie
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%
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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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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 cbeer88
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of impending
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy dull golden straw, towering dense white head slow to recede, excellent lacing.

Text book example of funk, a delicious aroma. You know the taste will be complex as well. Coupled with a musty lemon.

Hay, florals, earth, a shallow brief sour and dandelion bitterness. Lots of grass. The floral note seems to come and go in a delightful way. Sour doesn't come natural to me and this defies the line as it appears then is replaced in the finish with the earth, very nice. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a very nice saison that could at times feel a bit boozy. on two occasion it was either a sipper or a fantastic fit. great with food primarily. dandelion is at most dominant in the aftermath of the plate with a interesting grass bitter that is at first higher in mineral than expected. this mellows. this beer is nice at room temperature even. standard saison pour. golden with a bit of murk at the bottom of the bottle. nose of grass, barn and honey and mellow notes. palate is dry with a mild sourness. pear, corn and white grape. the minerality makes it a bit harsh when it stands alone though. great with mexican food but not spicy as it betters out the harsher undertones.

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Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
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 jibbyvonjibb
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@Gourmet Haus bar, Redwood City, CA

Color: straw

Clarity: cloudy

Head: tiny bubbles

Aroma: When first poured, farmhouse funk filled the air, but quickly dissipated. Grainy. Pears. Some honey.

Taste: Grainy sweetness. Slightly tart, though not as much as most Fantomes. Finishes dry with herbal bitterness that might be the promised dandelines, but might also just be hops.

Overall: As (almost) all Fantomes, it is extremely drinkable due to dryness, slight tartness, and fruitiness. However, I would rank this lower than most Fantomes because of strange herbalness that takes away from the fruitiness that I love. Dandelions...not directly identifiable, but might be that strange herbalness that I am not crazy about.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a tulip.

Appearance- Pissenlit has two fingers of off-white, orange tinted foam. It is pretty dense with decent cratering and big bubbles. The body is a very cloudy, orangish-gold. There are many carbonation columns.

Smell- There is an earthy and slightly funky yeast smell. It is also a little herbal and even floral.

Taste- The first drink is actually really citrusy. There is a little bit of lemon and pear. This is followed by the earthy yeast and some sweet corn. The finish is full of more sweet citrus and wheaty malt. It is very crisp, and very good.

Mouth feel- The Pissenlit has a lighter to medium body that keeps it crisp and a little over-carbonated. However, I think that is exactly right for this saison.

Overall- This saison manages to preserve the farm flavors expected from a saison while keeping it light, crisp, and a bit more citrusy.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for hooking me up with a bottle of this. Poured into a matching Fantome tulip, this brew appears a very attractive lightly hazed amber orange color. 2 fingers of off-white froth appears and slowly recedes to a thin film across the top.

The smell is fruity with hints of lemon mixed with cork and must. Quite a bit of earthy elements like Brett and horsey character of barnyard dryness. Across the board this is a very balanced ad enjoyable smelling brew.

The taste is lightly tangy with lemon before switching to a toasty sort of caramel grainy quality. It is earthy with barnyard flavoring expected of a saison. There are mild notes of clove and pepper mixed with musty cork and earth. Some fruit like pear or apple skins and spice. Toffee-like aftertaste includes a touch of oak.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Visually it looks low in carb but it is fizzy in the mouth/feel. Superb drinkability with well integrated/hidden alcohol. Very well balanced brew that I feel like I could drink all day without getting bored with it.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Note: Based on some buzz in the forums, I think this may be an infected/slime bottle. But it was still good, so I'm posting my review.

Review adapted from notes taken 12-12-11

Appearance: A pale orange gold, pours like a heavy broth - a very strange sludgy-ness, considering how light it is - leaves something akin to a weird film rather than a lacing, as if there were fat and/or oil in the beer - cloudy, slimy [2014 bottle - still hazy, but not slimy looking, impressive carbonation, score upgraded to 4.00]

Smell: Funky at first, but becomes delicate as it warms - some hay, barynard, horse blanket - very funky, but in a very mild way [definitely smells like a Fantôme beer, with some musty funk, yeasty weirdness]

Taste: It's like a funky malt smoothie - light malts, grains, light bread - a little tart - some light fruits - fruit seeds? - lemon, some grassiness - flowers, minimal bitterness - very weird, but good

Mouthfeel: Hands-down the weirdest mouthfeel of any beer I've ever had - it's like chewing on jello - it's so heavy, it's seriously like a smoothie - very smooth, I'm not sure even how to comment on the carbonation [non-slimed bottle has a medium bottle, smooth, nice carbonation, floral finish, score upgraded to 3.75]

Overall: One of the most bizarre beers I've ever had

This really felt like I was drinking a smoothie. I practically had to chew it. But despite the unexpected mouthfeel, it was a good saison. At the very least, Fantôme beers are consistently interesting. I would buy this again. [Non-infected bottle was definitely better, overall score upgraded to 3.75]

Update, 5/19/14

This bottle confirms that the 2011 bottle I previously reviewed was, in fact, a slime bottle. The mouthfeel on this is dramatically different, but the smell and mouthfeel are more or less the same. [Updated comments above in brackets]

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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
4.08 out of 5 based on 485 ratings.
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