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 deBeers
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was so much better once my palate adjusted to it. It was tart, acidic, almost like a cantillon I had that night, yet oh so drinkable once you could get into it. Very dry and SOUR but surprisingly irrestiblile if your taste buds don't run away. Hang it you think you can and it might just be a beer worth savoring because this is very unique..


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Photo of
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Slightly hazy, deep caramel color. Large, rocky, off-white head.

Floral and citrus, dandelions? Bit of toffee/caramel. Scent of earth -- very faint. Melons and some other tropical fruit.

Initially, bitter more than sweet - balanced out a lot as it warmed. Aftertaste of flowers and grass (again - not sure what dandelions taste like, so...). ABV incredibly well hidden. Somewhat bready in there, but really buried in the tart.

Medium in body. Medium - low in carbonation. Fantome is usually bubblier. Dry. Faint alcohol warming.

Not bad, but not as complex as other Fantomes. Hiver and Black Ghost are still my favorites, though. This one seemed to be all about the dandelion flavor, and there really wasn't that much other stuff going on, flavorwise. Very smooth, and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2004. Cloudy, orange/mahogany appearance with a full 1/2 inch head settling into a nice crust. There are plenty of flavors to note in the smell: spiced fruit, alcohol, pepper smoke, an hint of clove and some floral funk. Interesting. The flavor seems much different from the aroma as the malt tastes caramel-like with an aged smokiness and watery finish. I pick up some melon and tangy fruit as we go along, but I think this might be getting past its prime a bit. The body is slightly thin with a carbonation that starts out with some umph, but falls flat in the end. This beer had a decent drinkablility, and based on the flavors I think it would be better to only age about a year perhaps. Even when I tried a different bottle 8 months ago it was more interesting...

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Photo of crossovert
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my 350th beer tried,woohoo.

This seems like beer that the brewer puts their hearts and muscle to.

Pours form the green 750 ml bottle into my tulip glass with a hazy orangeish amber with hints of brown. The head on the first glass I poured was rather thin, dissipated quickly, and had nice lacing. The second pour yielded a head that rose to the top of the glass, it was tight and golden marshmallow looking. It sticks for awhile. There is a lot of yeast in the bottom of this bottle that produces a brown tint to the beer.

The smell is great, fresh saison. No overt funk smell, but nice pronounced hops, a pinch of sour, some spice, and a bit of pear. The yeast is also there, producing the classic saison twang. There is a hint of flowery perfume scent in there, presumably the dandelion.

Slippery mouthfeel, not one of my favorites. The taste has some dandelion flavor, lots of sourness, some fruitiness, and some spice. A nice unique, tart saison without being too funky.

Overall a satisfying brew, I'm having it a bit warm, it probably would excel at a cold temperature.

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Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wine bottle. The label's got a Best Before portion along its side but the two notches are torn way far down the label, so that's kind of worthless.

Very limp, lightly carbonated and hazy like a motherfuck. Looks like a cloudy juice.

Smells lightly, pleasantly skunky. That clears up and there's some pixie stick tartness, big lemon juice and maybe a little quinine in there. Lots of Sour. The main thing is the sour.

Tastes like it smells--maybe a little old, definitely a wee bit light struck (though the lightstriking is probably at least a little intentional, right?). Very sour for a saison, especially for a European one, and while that's nice it's also superintense, cloying, and there's not very much there to back it up.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orangish yellow, insane carbonation, huge head and awesome lacing.

Aroma of citrus, musty yeast and fresh lemongrass. Very fresh smelling still after 5 years in the bottle (2003).

A good amount of raw grain in the flavor, also alot of fresh hay and lemon notes, dry finish with a ligering aftertaste that makes you want to have more. Alcohol is a little hot but not overly so.

Awesome summer ale, I'd have this with pork chops on the BBQ or a lamb leg roast.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 1.13.14

A - Pours a hazy medium brown with a huge foamy tan head that fades very slowly.

S - Earthy, funky, apples and pears.

T - Funky, earthy, smokey.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Too much carbonation and a lot of smoke in this one.

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Photo of TPSReports
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The large capped and corked bottle poured several nice glasses for friends.

This was my first beer from Fantome, and it was quite enjoyable.

Poured with a nice off-white head, and cloudy light amber/yellow coloring.

The taste was fruity with a large dose a wheat. Very little hops, but a slight malt finish. When I say fruit, I mean citrus -- lemons, grapefruits, oragnes and limes. Quite a thirst quencher.

This was a nice brew on an 82 degree humid evening in Northern Alabama in June.


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Photo of artoolemomo
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Almost a gusher but not quite. Has pretty good retention as well. The head is a an off-white/very light tan while the body is a dull, medium to dark amber which appears a hazy medium amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very subtle but very refined. Very clean smelling. Banana, very light cloves, a suggestion of lemon and apple. Very spring smelling if that means anything. Swirling shows a little bit more of the cloves and gives off a blend of earthiness and ashiness.

Taste- Starts with the fruit esters of the nose- a blend of apple and lemon. Cloves come in pretty strong and impart an ashiness that tends toward a woody bitterness. Some banana on the finish makes this a little bit more bearable. Some honey on the finish. Coriander as well but the cloves are a little much for me at the moment. The woody bitterness even gives off a little earwax. Fortunately, the honey and floral notes counteract this but not enough. A subsequent pour shows a much more mellow clove character with a bitter bite that serves to give the beer more character instead of overwhelming it. A good beer and a competent saison but doesn't really excite me in anyway. Nice balance and integration but it does lack in the presence and complexity departments. Some grain.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation which really works for this beer. Has some airiness.

Drinkability- Pretty easy going despite the slight distraction of the cloves. Certainly not worth the 16 bucks I paid though. I will not be buying this again.

Overall- A good beer and competent saison with a great beer price tag. Worth a try but if you balk at the cost, you should pass. Not as interesting as the regular Fantome. Definitely a bit boring.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant hazy honey color with no real head to speak of a few tiny bubbles and minuscule ring. The aroma is sour orange, some yeast, lightly funky. It smells pretty good. The taste is sour funky saison with a citrus punch and very dry finish. It is almost like Gueze light. The flavor is interesting and keeps drawing me in though there is only a hint of carbonation on the beer. It is medium in body and has like a hard cider prickle. I don't think the carbonation level is correct and that holds it back some but it is unique and rather tasty.

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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 Jredner
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is light and fruity with some concentrated floral and sharp sugary candy notes. The body is a caramel/orane color and holds a diminishing thumb thick, bubbly, tan head. Caramel is large in the fore with some bready undertones. Bitter citrus peel and muted spice notes appear mid range. Feels sharp and biting on the tongue. Slighly herbal note in the finish balances the sweet caraml that runs long into the aftertaste.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a dark orange, decent head, moderate lacing. Sherry on the nose, a little spice. Red fruit, some toffee, citrus, somewhat sour, moderately dry finish. Not what I expected in a beer labeled a "saison," but standing on its own it's a very nice beer. Reminds me more of a Flemish brown than a saison.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brief notes from a 750ml split last night, 2015 vintage.

A - Pours a murky-as-expected light brownish amber color with a little over a finger of off-white head. A thin ring and a few spots for a cap remain by the end, decent retention and some lace left behind.

S - Tart and earthy apple tones stick out the most, bit of a spice kick along with some floral. Kind of a sweet malt thing going on, along with light citrusy and grape notes.

T - Tart apple, lemongrass, earthy spice and yeast, honey, floral. Kind of an lightly spiced apple pie vibe with tart, sweet and farmy yeasts and malt backing and a kind of lotion/yogurt thing going on. Nicely opens up more with warmth, not much of a funky/weird spice profile as other Fantomes but still a bit on the strange side.

M - Kinda thick, chalky, yeasty feel, well-carbonated but perhaps a bit on the low side for the style, just a touch of alcohol burn.

O - A nice farmhouse, decent complexity and light tart earthy weirdness, but for Fantome I've come to expect something a bit more intriguing. A bit too much on the sweet-lotion side.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronze colour, slight cloud. Head is white, bit thin but lacing is nice. Looks alright.

Smells saisony and nice. Funky, but sweet, with brown sugar on there, notes of cherry, horse blanket and even salt. Very intriguing, but highly pleasant as well.

Taste is a little bit disappointing. Tastes quite yeasty for the most part with notes of tart, vinous characters upfront and some cherry on the back, with champagne and some of that brown sugar note. Very decent saison, with a bit of richness to it as well. Could use maybe more full flavour, and a bit more balance away from the yeast.

Bit of sizzle, but nicely padded by the body.

Fruity notes on an otherwise standard saison. Not bad at all.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a really weird beer, wine-like in its yeast complexion with even a little wild yeast funk in there too. fantome always has awesome yeast in their beers, this one is weird and new to me, tart but really full bodied and quite dry. the beer is a darker copper color, heady and hazy with a ton of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. the head never settles at all staying thick and cloud-like. the nose is sharp, spicy from the yeast, and with a distinct floral bitterness. not hoppy, but bitter like greens. there is a definitive dandelion head flavor in the finish of this beer, and ive heard mixed things that it is in fact brewed with dandelions, and that it is not. if i had to guess id say it must be, because it really does taste like them. spring time is in this beer, but its super bitter too, almost like the dandelion greens are used in the place of hops for bittering. its mildly astringent and really full bodied and frothy in the feel, but there is an acidity too. carbonation is great, white wine tannins show up in the finish, with the flowers and the bitterness. its really weird, but i like that weirdness in fantome beers, and thats why i keep buying them when i see them. enjoyable, but one time only. i wouldnt pick this up again.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Corked AND capped -- not taking any chances here. Worst (or best) labeling ever.

Surprise! What the heck is this? Wow. I have never seen a beer that looks quite like this. A bit like a Bigfoot barleywine, a bit like a buckwheat honey, a bit like papaya juice, slightly murky, sappy, with a huge tan head with good retention. Thick lacing. I don't know how to score this; it's nice, but it's pushing it for the style. Four it is.

Smell: I'm having a bit of trouble wrapping around this one. I think I'll just stream of consciousness it: hoppy, grassy, grainy, earthy. Not a ton of fruit or yeast that I'm picking up. Does not bring da funk. No word on da noise.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts a bit tangy with an odd grassy flavor that I'd imagine comes from the dandelions. Soon, though, a citrus hammer slams your palette. Big rush of bitter lemon juice. It's tempting to give up on it, but underneath a nice, almost chocolate, maltiness sits on the floor. There's a lot going on here, and I don't think I'm having the best night, palette-wise. Still, I think the citrus is a bit much here. (Although the yeast pour at the end adds a bit of fuitiness and spice to the mix.) The mouthfeel is crisp and coating, very nice.

Drinkability: Good. I think it's a bit heavy on the bitterness (in fact, it's a dead ringer for Orval), but otherwise a tasty and unique take on the style. I'm going to have to come back to this one; there's too much subtlety to take in in only one take.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/22/11 notes. Brought to a tasting by drabmuh; thanks Matt.

a - Pours a murky light orange color with an inc of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, spices, floral notes, yeast/

t - Tastes of oranges and tangerines, and light spice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Another nice saison by Fantome. Would certainly have again.

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Photo of number1bum
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle of this over the weekend with krisandajt. It was completely flat; not a drop of carbonation to be found. Still tasty, but I wish it had been carbonated better. As I cracked this bottle I was listening intently for a pop. Not much of one, but as it poured it did generate a very small amount of lace; more than the last bottle did. It pours a cloudy orange color, and what head there is is bone white.

Smell is quite floral with a good dose of Fantome funk. There is a fresh, floral and tangerine aroma that I'm guessing is a product of the dandelions. It's nice; I wouldn't have guessed it came from dandelions if I didn't know. I would have guessed a light noble hop. Bit of spice too, and it has both some light sweetness as well as a subtle tartness.

Taste is a bit more tart than I expected from the nose. Starts off with a zesty citrus tartness, followed by some grain and a subtle honey sweetness. Maybe it's not that it's that sweet, it's just that without much carbonation (although it has more than the first bottle I have) there isn't a crispness to the beer that would otherwise mask some of the residual sweetness. There's some horse blanket Fantome funkiness to the beer, as well, and it's quite tasty overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth, but is lacking in carbonation. A really crisp feel here would have pushed the whole beer up a notch. It still has a dryness to it in the finish.

This is a tasty beer, but not up there with my favorites from Fantome. The addition of dandelions is interesting and successful, although it doesn't make for the most complex brew. It's relatively simple for a Fantome offering, and the lack of carbonation hurts it a touch. Still, it was tasty and enjoyable, and I would try it again with hopes for some more bubbles.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$13.99 for a 750ml

A: slightly cloudy, a bit light brown, for a saison I expected a bit lighter
S: funk with biscuity malt
T: this is a saison?, it has hints of a saison with bret, very drinkable, very good, and well-balanced
M: good mouthfeel
D: very drinkable on a warm summer day, tartness is not especially crazy and well-balanced

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at 2015 Hill Farmstead Festival of Farmhouse Ales. I found this to have a super grassy aroma and flavor. Nothing spectacular. I much prefer Vera Mae.

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Photo of aracauna
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark cloudy amber body is topped by a very full, meringue head that lasts a long while. The aroma is highly spicy and slightly floral. I really don’t know what a dandelion smells or tastes like so I won’t pretend that I detect any in the beer. The body is highly carbonated and has a nice nutty malt body to back it up. Actually, it’s a little bit like banana nut bread, but with the nuts heavily outnumbering the bananas.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
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 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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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml green magnum with a vintage date of 2003 on the front label.

Appearance: Sunrise reddish orange in a haze with a thin white lacing on top.

Smell: At first thought … Lemon Pledge. Then grassy, musty, earthy and more lemony notes come along.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Uncommonly musty and earthy with a good dry malt backing and lemony tartness. Semi-crisp and slick on the tongue. Yeasty with a crazy tart nutty flavor. Finishes with a quick pucker and more yeast.

Drinkability & Notes: Certainly one of the more interesting saisons I have tried, I ended up braising a pork roast with some of this … most excellent.

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