Fantôme Pissenlit | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme PissenlitFantôme Pissenlit

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

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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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with about a finger's worth of sturdy white head that sticks around for quite a while, leaving a nice bit of lacing behind. The smell is a bit weak, but hints of spice, banana, clove, and even those dandelion flowers are all present. The taste has that spice, but then leans heavily toward a sour grapefruit, mixed with a tiny bit of bitterness and an underlying combination of grass and earth. The dry finish holds its own tartness. Though a relative love for saisons might be necessary to enjoy this brew to its fullest, its heavily moderate body helps keep the overall drinkability pretty high.

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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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Photo of Sayson
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle capped and corked. 2005 vintage. Served in an oversized wine glass

a: opaque, amber in color, nice head good lacing.

s:floral, spicy, earthy and an underlying tartness

t: complex, a bit sweet, tart through and through

m: coating, very nice mouthfeel really interesting aftertaste residual tartness

d: This beer is not as drinkable as I expected it would be. It'sfull flavored and complex, but I don't long for the next sip.

Pissenlit is a great experience and the boys in Soy are to be commended for brewing a fine beer. Check it out.

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

A-hazy dark orange color with a good off-white head and decent lacing

S-lemon, wheat bread, earthy, slight funk,slight caramel

T-wheat, grassy, lemon, yeasty funk, apple, clove, mild sweetness, mildly tart finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and a little dry

O-the flavors were an interesting mix,but not as compelling as the regular saison

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy light golden body. Well retained big white head.

Smell - Pale malts with a light acidity and floral character. Bretty? If it's brett, it's very mild.

Taste - Much brettier. Light tartness. Pale malts again, but much spicier. Dry in the finish with a slight sweet kick.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and dry. Well carbonated.

Overall - I'd never peg it as dandelion, but the flavor is very nice.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Derved from a 750ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. My first Fantome.

Appearance- Hazy orange/red with one finger of fluffy white head that left great lacing.

Smell- Rye and wheat spice, pilsner malts, light tart funky lemon, some pepper and yeast. Almost has a "BMC" "adjunct" smell to it.

Taste- Spicey yeast and a funky smoke flavor. Light lemon and very light tinge of booze. That smoke is so light and is almost hidden by funk, but it's still there. Minerality to this one too.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with medium body. Not hot from the 8%. Gently coats the mouth.

Overall- Wasn't expecting the flavors I got from this beer, but certainly glad it wasn't like people were saying the recent batches of Fantome were like. Solid saison. I should try more Fantome.

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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 MarioM
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml poured into Brasserie D'Achouffe tullip glass

A: Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a huge light tan/off white head that dissipated to a one finger head made from medium to small size bubbles with a creamy patch in the center. Good lacing but doesn't last long and slowly makes its way back down to the foam and into the beer, minus a few patches. Given a minute or two, the head dissolved into a thin even layer but never completely gone. not a bad looking beer, definitely darker than I was expecting.

S: Not as Fantome funky as other beers but it has a cheese like, almost an earthy raw grain but also hay like funk to it. The aroma reminds me of a brew day during the mash in, its warm from the hot mash and the aroma of grain fills the air. That's the feel I get from this funky brew. A tad bit floral and maybe spice but very earthy and hay like to me.

T: First thing that came to mind was how clean and non-fantome this beer is. Kinda disappointing to not have any of that weirdness that I'm so used to and have grown to love. A bit warming from the abv. Beer has a satisfying fruitiness with an herbal touch to it with a bit of spice in the background. Finishes with a similar earthy hay like almost grain like maltiness that is nice. Medium carbonation makes for a light tartness and refreshing dryness, easy to drink and refreshing. Bitterness is almost non-existent but works for this Dandelion beer.

After waling away for a bit and lettign it warm up in the glass and let it linger in my mouth I start to notice a bit of Fantome character to it. Its just very subtle compared to others but it is there. Maybe since I get absolutely no smokiness from this when all other Fantome beers I've had did, which I've thoroughly enjoyed. A good tasting beer but just doesn't make me jump like most other Fantome brews have. Still worth a try and would buy again.

M: Finish is dry and lightly tart with good dark fruit flavors lingering. Dryness makes you want to take another sip and continue savoring. I do get some alcohol mixed with the dryness and fruitiness but is not bad at all. Its warming but not boozie.

O: Glad I finally got to try what seemed to be a strange beer but actually was not strange at all. I would not recommend this brew to some one who wants to experience the fantome funk but definatily to someone who's sampled other Fantomes and wants to experience a "clean" example of what Dany is capable of over in the Ardenne forest.

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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 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 Truh
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Went big game hunting for lion with this one on 10/10/2004. 10-oz pour in a rotund and erotically bulbous Fantome glass at the Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA.

One-inch fluff of coated, frenetic head to start. Almost a raspberry-like hue to the pour, but a bit on the lighter side of the color palate. Tulips, other fragrant flowery notes to nose, which was mellowed somewhat by a light malt character. To taste, a biting flower presence, likely dandelion, cuts through everything else that might be offered but that smooths out and slowly the malt develops through the body. This one was hard to quantify, and as the bartender said, “man, that one has a serious identity complex.” Not sure I would choose to have more than one of these during an evening; the sour linger on the tongue might very well wreak havoc on your palate for the rest of the evening.

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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 Guinness4me
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do believe this is my first Saison beer, and it reminds me of other Belgians but with a kick. Could it be the dandelions?

It poured a murky, maple color with a light head that clung nicely to my glass. The smell was like most Belgians but with a funk that I can't quite place. Prunes? Raisins? Apples?

When I first poured and tasted, it was chilled and had a strong fruity bitterness that has calmed as the beer has warmed. It has gone from fruity to hoppy with a bit of apple taste on the back of my tongue. The spices are complex and hard to place.

The more it stands, the easier this is to drink. Very pleasant beer. I'll definately drink again, as well as other beers from this brewery.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden-amber with off white head in Fantome tulip. Nice lacing.

Smell is plum, bubblegum, banana, and an earthiness.

Taste is sweet malt, grass, hints of banana and bubblegum. An unusual charred oak quality comes in late with the bitterness. Bitterness is mild. I detect almost no tart character.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Lots of carbonation.

Overall this was good. Could have done without the charred oakiness and would have liked some tart sourness.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a murky orange-brown full of sediment. Thick, champagne-like head that dissipates very quickly. Minimal lace
S - earthy must, hint of citrus, floral hop presence, Belgian maltiness.
T - follows the nose, orange rind, biscuit.
M - on the medium side with an uncharacteristically creamy feel.
O - citrusy saison with just enough mustiness.

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

750 mL bottle 2004 Vintage.

Murky golden hued body. Thin, white head on top. Aroma is very floral, like a bouquet of flowers. I guess the "brewed using dandelions" would have let me know that. Very grassy hops with a bit of sour funkiness, typical for saisons.

Very refreshing beer for Easter Sunday. Light bodied, high carbonation. Very sweet and estery. Hops are balanced to the sweetness of the malt and sourness of the, i'm guessing, yeast. Finishes dry with a bit of white-grape aftertaste.

Light bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Very very drinkable.

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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 safaricook
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Saison as usual from this brewery. Pretty strong, flowery, bitter-sweet. Great appearance typical for a Saison. Not sure if the dandelions really add to the experience but it gives their regular brew a different note.

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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 illidurit
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bulletrain76. Pours a peach-apricot color with no head, sort of odd. Aroma is also sweet and peachy with some tartness, lemons, marmalade. Flavor is like when you get down to the pit of a peach and you're trying to wrest every last peach fiber out of the stone. Woody, earthy, fruity, enigmatic. Another good one from Fantome.

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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 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 seaoflament
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for sharing this one last time at La Bella. Have wanted to try this one for a while but these Fantome bottles are quite pricey. Adding this review from notes I took that night.

The beer was a golden yellow with a bit of cloudiness from the yeast pour. About a quarter inch of foam on top that fell fairly quickly due to the acidity of the beer, mostly all Fantome beers I have had don't retain any head.

Sweet citrus on the nose, slightly herbal, sweet floral aromas, hay, musty grain, a bit spicy, and leathery notes in the back.

Some tartness at first with a lemon flavor, hay, mustiness, dull citrus and orange flavor. Brett must and leather in the background. Tasty but the beer could develop a bit more in the bottle. Low carbonation but works very good with this beer and drinkable for the most part.

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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
4.08 out of 5 based on 474 ratings.
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