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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Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

988th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
750ML C/Cork

Thanks to Eric for sharing
*Shared by those in attendance at MrHirschybars*

App- A bit of a hazy double colored color of orange and yellow with some gold mixed in. A small head formed on a small pour which was nice to see. A couple lines of lace as well.

Smell- A few combined scents in the glass. A good bit of classic Fantome yeast and add to it a bit of grainy earthy floral notes.

Taste- A little bit of dry citrus character with notes of light spice and earthy yeast. A little bit as most are saying similiar to a wit bier.

Mouth- A pretty unique dry complex finish. Wasnt a fan of the ending combo of fruit/spice but I liked the beer overall.

Drink- A tasty beer with a lot of highlights. Overall the feeling I got was with Fantomes I should stick to the basic varieties.

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Photo of hawks10
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml green corked and capped bottle - No date but this comes from the most recent batch, poured into a tulip...

Pours a cloudy light orange, dark yellow with an abundance of fluffy white head which sticks around for a while, lots of lacing is left behind...

Smell is pretty subtle, earthy and dry with slight Fantome funk. A bit of fruity sweetness can be detected after a few sniffs, but this one leans mostly towards the grainy/earthy aromas, actually smells much like a Witbier...

Tastes much like a Witbier as well, subtle sweet and citrus fruits up front with lots of earthy, dry bitterness in the finish. Grassy with just hints of some funk.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, has a smooth and coating feel, dry bitter finish.

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Photo of PerHops
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Wonderful looking saison. Cloudy golden orange with a thin layer of head that sticks to the snifter and leaves a layer of foam coating the side of the glass.

S- Very mellow earthiness, light citrus, minerals, a tiny bit of funk.

T- Strawberries, lemons, pears, apples, light if pleasant spice notes and a lightly sour medium bitter finish make this very well balanced.

M- Medium high carbonation and a robust mouth coating finish. The bitterness helps it drink very cleanly.

O- One of the better beers I have tried from Fantome, though they have all been interesting if not very good.

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Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy orangish yellow with a finger of fluffy white head. This beer has some good retention.

Smell: Smells like a very fruity saison. Pears and melon along with some herbal tartness. Just the right amount of sweetness to go with the other smells.

Taste: This one is good, but not as fruity as the smell would have suggested. Light and herbal with some yeast spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of aggressive, tingly carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This smells fantastic and tastes really good. I wish the melon notes came out more in the flavor, but it is still really good.

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Photo of wschmit
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.75L bottle into a Duvel tulip. "Lot No." and "Best before end" both blank. Nice pop on opening.

A: Big, creamy head on top of a hazy, near-orange body. Great retention of the head, like a souffle. Can't see through it, very cloudy.

S: Pretty classic Fantome. A bit sweet, some lemon, and a nice tangy sweat smell. It says 'brewed with spices,' and while I get a generally sense of that, I can't pick anything out. Probably coriander and grains of feels a bit Witbier-like. Grassy, a bit. Good nose.

T: The taste overpowers the subtle nose, in a good way. Lots going on, and very much in the Witbier vein. Orange starts off, then some bready yeast, and then a bitterness not just from hops. Some green grassiness to match the nose. Pretty good.

M: Relatively thick, despite good carbonation. The body's heavier than expected. Not a bad thing, and it carries a lot of flavor, but still. Got more chew than anticipated.

O: This is pretty tasty, but it's a bit different than I expect from fantome. It's got some usual saison notes, but it deviates a bit far from the usual bill. Not bad, but I'd rather have regular fantome over this.

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Photo of muttyd
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured gently into a big tulip. Darker than I expected: amber and very hazy. Big fluffy offwhite head that doesn't go away. Lots of floaties mixed in with that haze.

The nose hits you immediately with the classic Fantome funk. Some citrus (lemon, orange zest) in there as well. Aroma also has a very distinct grassy, earthy bitterness; almost like wet dirt?

This is a rather dry beer, but the malt profile in this beer gives way to a sourdough-like bread sweetness. Lemon/citrus characteristics come through in the flavor and create a mouthpuckering, pleasant sourness. Lots of yeasty spice/funk in the finish. Very creamy and dry beer. Am I drinking a sour farmhouse or a tame gueuze?

Solid offering from Fantome. Worth every penny.

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Thanks to Armin. Pours a clear golden color with a collared white head. Sweet aroma of white grape, some florals, some spice, and honey. Semi tart grape start with lemon, floral, and some minimal spice like notes. Ends dyly. Pretty wine like. Overall, I was surprised by this and really enjoyed it. I haven’t been the biggest Fantome fan but this beer is perfect on a hot summer day.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head with a hazy peach orange color.

Nose has nice saison like malts, light funk, light tart fruit, light floral rose like aroma, citrus, great light funky saison malts, hint of sweet malts as well, almost boozy but not quite, and that typical Fantome like yeast aroma.

Taste has nice fruits, hint of tart sour fruits, hint of lemon and citrus, nice Belgian malts with a bit of funk and saison malts and spices. bit of a floral like flowery addition as well. Dry malty finish, with lingering saison malts and spices, tart fruit, a bit floral and lemony.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall great, another winner by Fantome. Nice malts, spices, floral flowery like flavors, nice overall blend of everything interesting.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Almost got rid of this. The pour is ridiculous. The head blossoms out of the bottom and looks like big chunks of foam, or yest. It looks like a solid object. I left about a 1/4 inch of space at the top of the glass and within 5 seconds, it was oozing over the sides of the glass. The head is shiny too, almost like its got vegetable oil in it. I had to wrap the glass in a towel to absorb the constant overflow. Even after drinking some of the head, it would continue to rise and overflow. I figure I lost nearly 1/4 of the beer to this. And the head is very thick - thicker than the beer. This was almost enough to stop me.

Aside from the 2/3 of the beer that is white head the rest is a cloudy orange. The head never really settles.

Funky, sour barnyard-y scent. Quite sour. Not sure if that's due to the dandelions or not.

The taste is quite a bit mellower, not nearly as sour. Still, there are noticeable citrus hints. Fresh, farm-y malt taste. Very dry.

Mouthfeel is so-so. The beer itself is lightly carbonated, and pleasantly zesty. But the head never goes away, and it is too thick and oily. Really ruins this.

I'd try more of Fantome's beers...but this one will not be revisited.

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Photo of monitorpop
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow with a huge foamy white head.

S: Funky moss and citrus.

T: Unique balance between earthy funk and sour citrus.

M: Light and refreshing with pleasant carbonation, leaves the tongue tart.

O: Nice funky saison. A bit heavy on the citrus side for my taste.

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Photo of drpimento
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of odd & interesting. Poured with a small, fizzy, off white head that quickly disappeared and no lace. Color is a clear orange amber with a few bubble trails. Aroma is very beery (like on a brewing day outside the City Brewery down the street), yeast, a little hop, citrus. Flavor is much the same with tartness standing out and with a little bitterness and a bare hint of sweetness in the background. Body is good and carbonation is just a shade light. Finish is like flavor and has good length.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a medium-large, frothy, white head that sticks around for a bit. Scent is INSANELY funky. Tons of funk from when the cork was popped. A lot of lemon zest and grassy notes. Also has a bit of floral hop scents. Taste is not what I was expecting. This is quite tart for a saison. Not sour, but pleasantly tart. I love it! It's a nice, complex blend of barnyard funk, lemon, sour apple, spices, Belgian yeast, and grass. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and finishes nice and dry. Alcohol is NOWHERE to be found. Drinkability is scary high. Overall, this is one of the best saisons I've ever had. Another amazing offering from Fantome! Bravo!

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Capped-and-corked 750ml bottle bought in Portland. Paid $14.49 for the bottle. Split into our pair of Fantome tulips and shared with my wife TulipSnifter.

A: Papaya nectar with a couple fingers of white head. Recedes to a full cap that sticks around for a while. No lacing, but some surprising legs show up well. 4/5

S: Bright and bruising lemon-lime zest. A wonderful sourness reminiscent of lambic is exciting. I can hardly recognize this as a saison, but I look forward to tasting it none the less. 4.5/5

T: Intensely sour! Oh boy is this nice. The slightest dose of earth funks it up a bit. Saison esters, cucumber skin, and some grape seed liven this up. A great saison. Possibly my favorite bottle of Fantome yet. 4.5/5

M: Appropriately moderate body with fine carbonation reminiscent of champagne. Clean and dry finish. Perfection. 5/5

O: In the world of beer, some are bad, some are good, and some are flat-out ugly. Very rarely do I come across a beer that is borderline a transcendent experience. This is one of those. Memories of this bottle may very well haunt me for some time if the other ones I bought don't live up to this level. 5/5

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Photo of Wadsey
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure of vintage, but I purchased it in Indianapolis about a month ago. Served in New Belgium tulip.

A: Pours hazy pale gold with negligible head and lacing. Searching through the haze, I find the beer quite bubbly.

S: Sourness catches me off guard. Smells like an unblended lambic or gueze, albeit much more subdued. Lactic and citrus acid. Next, I find general fruit and floral notes. Overly ripe fruits, such as peach or nectarine, play a supporting role, too.

T: Mellow lactic sourness, white wine, a little earthiness, grass, and some lime/lemon citrus. A moderate bitterness joins pleasant tartness on end of palate, but snaps off cleanly and invites another sip.

M: Medium body and light, soft carbonation. The carbonation level works well with the vinous quality of Pissenlit.

O: Pissenlit represents a different take on the Saison style, and it could be seen as extreme, in its own way, in that it almost completely forsakes spice for tartness. A very good Saison, even if it is slightly askew.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumpkin orange, yellow highlights.

Spice, lemon, lime.

Pleasant taste, drinkable, very drinkable. Bits of salt, lots of floral.

Spritzy mouthfeel, dry - almost winelike dryness. 8%?!

This would be highly sessionable if it was a few abv's lower. This is something I can sip all day easily.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle. Live review....number 1,100!

A- Pours a very hazed golden straw yellow color. Two finger white head shows great retention. This beer leaves sheety lacing on the sides of the glass which tends to be thick in certain areas.

S- The aroma is so interesting to me. It has the typical saison like aroma with a hint of barnyard funk in the backing. The front of the beer showcases a mix between lemongrass and earthy dirt. There is more of a lemon aroma toward the middle and ending of the beer which kind of blends with the saison aroma. Hints of some funk and fresh cut grass linger throughout the entire beer itself.

T- With the aroma smelling very interesting I knew I was in for something special. The beer upfront shows a light lemon overtone with undertones of cut grass. There is a light flower hint to the front of the beer as well. It tastes to me like how a flower smells. Some ligth funk begins to show itself in the ending of the front and the start of the middle. Lemon grass and hints of barnyard funk with the middle of the beer shows a little bit of a change. There is a nice saison spiciness in the backend of the beer that blends with a dandelion flavor and some light funk. The alcohol never really shows in the tailend of the beer at all. Such a great overall flavor profile.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. So many flavors are left on the palate but the ones I have no trouble picking out are lemongrass, barnyard funk, flower, and light yeast. Aftertaste is hints of alcohol, dandelions, lemongrass, and barnyard funk. Flavors seemed to flourish and blend well together for the style and I was impressed with the flavors all around. No off flavors were present when drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying left on the palate after each sip.

O- Overall this beer was interesting to me. Not my favorite from Fantome but holy shit is this made well. I have a couple extra bottles in the cellar and I can only imagine what a couple years of age will do to these. The alcohol was light and never took away from the whole flavor. I enjoyed how the flavors blended well and nothing was over the top at all with this beer. A well made beer which I have come to expect with this world class brewery. A lovely take on a saison. A must try for anyone!

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Photo of iguenard
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

( 24/50, 8% alc/vol, Autre Oeil) Hazey very yeasty dark amber-red body. Head of light toast color. Disc stays forever, heavy floral aromas. Somewhat lime-lemon nose with herbal accents. Lacks in malt aromas and is sweet overall. Alcohol is well covered. Tastes of dandelions, bitter floral palate and sulfurous flavours throughout. Tastes very different. A sort of bitter-tart combination that sets it apart. Very tart and sour, acidic palate. Powerful dandelion tastes and textures. Taste takes you back by it's originality but leaves quickly gratifying. Above average on the overall drinkeability. Weird tastes somehow work well together. Specially the dryness due to flower and hops.

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Photo of jlenik
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: bright amber. fizzy head but there is definitely some carbonation in this bottle.

s: tropical fruit, sour apple, almost a cider like smell.

t: tart. a cider like taste but without the apple taste, I suppose that might be the dandelions? alcohol is non-existent in taste. as it warms up it starts tasting more floral. that cider feel is also less apparent.

m: dry with an almost tingly after feel.

o: pretty good beer. not sure if the dandelions really did much for the beer but it was tart and delicious so I give it my approval. My first fantome beer and I'll definitely try a few more in the future.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is amber gold. Poured to a half-inch head, the head dissipates quickly into a cap and ring. Slight amount of lacing.

Smells of wild sourness, green grass, and flowers, with a little sweet brown sugar in the background. Quite delightful although subtle.

Tastes of tart apples and lemon peel, then has a nice long dry green grassy/vegetal finish.

The body is light and the carbonation is fizzy. Together with the acid level, this makes for a very refreshing beer. I'd like it to be just a bit more carbonated. As it is, it is tasting quite like a dry champagne.

This is a very tasty and drinkable saison. Really quite outstanding.

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Photo of Dspohn
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle enjoyed at Red Feather in Boise ID, I'd been wanting to try a saison from Fantome for quite awhile so finding this one in Idaho was a treat. 2008 vintage.

Poured hazy peach in color with an inch of nice bubbly white head that settled into a collar and left little lacing.

The smell has a large floral character with additional spicy yeast, earthy barnyard, sweet green apple and grapes. Some cheese-like funkiness also present. Light hop presence

The best tasting saison I've ever had. Sweet floral nectar balanced with bitter floral/earthy hops and tart green fruit (apples, grapes). More fruit presence than I was expecting from the smell, peaches, grapes and something similar to Rainier cherries? Wonderful. Plenty of earthy, funky, animalistic yeast that I look for in all top-tier belgian saisons. Tartness and sweetness meld perfectly, with a slighlty bitter and dry finish. Solid mouthfeel overall, light and bubbly for an 8% beer.

I loved it, one of my new favorite beers.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp, clear, golden copper color with an enormous, thick, frothy, sticky, meringue like, white head. Amazing retention and a great lace left.

S - Strong grassy, herbal funk/barnyard aroma. Also some orchard fruit that provides a good amount of tartness. Strong lemony and tart citrus aroma as well. A nice barnyard saison aroma overall.

T - Close to what I expected from the nose. A strong tart, funky, barnyard flavor with plenty of grassy, herbal, and medicinal flavors. Zesty lemon and tart citrus with hints of tart apple and other orchard fruit. Dominated by a funky mix of fruitiness (apple) and grassy/herbal flavors.

M - Medium body with a good level of carbonation. Zesty and lively feel.

D - Very easy to drink and the ABV is extremely hidden. Nice funk and tartness but not so that it was hard to finish the 750mL bottle I had. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Notes: Overall a nice funky/barnyard saison. Another good beer from Fantome. It's not the very top of saisons, nor is it as good as the Fantome Saison, but I enjoyed this. All the parts together I can see dandelion being used (having eaten dandelion before) but it doesn't just jump out. Worth a try though - at least the batch I tried.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a super hazy dark golden orange color. No head, no real lacing. Cloudiest beer I have ever seen. Interesting.

Smell is tart, sour brett, citrus and sharp acidic grass.

Taste is a real tart grassy and slight citrus. This beer is what would happen if Original Fantome had sex with Cantillon Iris and they had a kid. Nice complex sour notes and spicy orange and clementine.

Mouthfeel is a wee bit thin but not bad for the style with moderate to high carbonation.

Surprisingly drinkable with all the sharp flavors going on. Real nice, unique beer here.

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Photo of tjfinkle
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a bottle poured into a tulip. The beer poured a nice orangish yellow with soft head that quickly dissipated to a nice lacing. The smell is pleasantly tart with some nice floral notes. I also picked up some funky bready smells. Taste is again slightly floral, with some slight citrus.

This is a rather light beer with decent carbonation, but is very refreshing. I could easily drink a full 750 ml bottle of this no sweat. Very interesting saison, would be a great summer beer.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely orange/copper color with one finger of head that recedes quickly.

Aroma is mildly tart, hints of malt and lots of fruit. Lemon, peaches and white grapes are present as well as tart cherries, funk, and must.

Flavor upfront is light, bready malt mixed with cherry pie that morphs into soft malt flavors and peaches. Toward the finish barnyard funk, tartness and apples come forward. The finish is cherries, a nice, balancing tartness, funk and a slight herbal character that rides out with tart peaches for the next minute or so. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium/high carbonation.

Overall this beer is very complex and a joy to drink, it reminds my of Spring and Summer. This beer has aspects of Orval, kriek lambic, and saison, I am trying to slow myself from drinking this too fast! I hope I can find more of this as it is wonderful.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white thin head of tiny white bubbles that breaks quickly forming a halo around the glass that leaves very little lacing, carbonation is lower than expected as well.

Aroma is interesting, it has a slight off putting aroma to it that I'll describe as grass clippings. I know this beer was made with flowers so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that this is the way it is suppose to smell. Other than the grass I smell some tea like spices and some earthiness as well.

Beer is medium to light in body and the grassiness carries through but somehow it's not bad. It's interesting, I don't know if I would drink the whole bottle myself but it does taste like flowers smell. I would be tempted to speculate that there was a new hop in there but I believe it's the flowers. Finish is nice, drinkability is good.

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