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Fantôme Pissenlit

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Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dany, the offbeat brewer at Fantôme, will try anything, and the results are always interesting. A beer made from dandelions would be worth a try if only because no one has ever brewed one before, but the great news is that this is actually a very good beer.
Dany and some cohorts get busy every spring picking bushels of dandelions that grow in the fields around the picturesque farmhouse brewery. The yellow flowers are removed and dried in the sun, then soaked in water for a few days. The thick, dark dandelion “tea” that results is the basis for the Pissenlit, which is made also from traditional barley malt and hops. It resembles a classic saison beer – golden spritzy brew, strong and very flavorful, with a good hop bite. You may have to strain to taste the dandelions, but you know they’re in there.
It should be noted that uncooked, the dandelion has a diuretic effect and is known in France as Pissenlit (literally, "wet the bed" - this also happens to be the British folk-name) for precisely this reason.


0.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
hockeybeerguy (1611) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a snifter and a tulip. There was a semi - glossed over orange hazy copper color. The head was barely there. There wasn’t any lacing whatsoever. The smell had a floral leathery aroma surrounded by barnyard funk. The taste was tart and sour pummeling the once floral notes into submission to hide their face whatsoever from the beer. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium on the body with not much of any sessionable quality to it because it is unbalanced as it is. Overall, more crap from this brewery. So glad the end is somewhat in sight. If anything, it sure lives up to the first part of it’s name - it sure is piss alright.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (181) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2014
Hazy, orange-brown color, with a small fizzy head. Herbal freshness, somehow hoppy, with hints of bread and pine, also honeyed aromas. Begins with a gentle bitterness, soon getting wrapped up by sweet floral notes. Has a unique floral bite to it, which goes along with spices. This beer remains its balance, due to dough, bready malts. Those convince by acting as a counterpart to to the dominant floral, herbal refreshing flavors and sweetness in the beer. Warms up the belly, low carbonation is responsible for the spices to heat up the palate in the finish, amongst a herbal, syrupy sweetness. Contains also a medicine-like bitterness, softened by malts, underlining the cabbagy impression of this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3448) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2014
Amber of color with a beige head. An aroma with sweets, wood, wet paper and weak sour. A flavor with wood, sour, bitter, dry and herbs.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
circinus (209) - SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle 0.75 cl from the Internets (mikkellershop). Hazy orange with a yellowish thick head. Blue cheese, hints of sourness, citrus. Medium body, medium carbonation. Too much blue cheese.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Franzen (290) - SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
Interesting aroma rich in blue cheese and stable. Hazy orange white head. Tart taste with the blue cheese and stable beeing present once again. Medium to full body, average carbonation. Don’t really care for this beer much at all, not a big fan of blue cheesse which is a main aroma and taste player in this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atheist_Peace (928) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2014
Super cloudy orange pour with near nonexistent head. Fairly funkifed with some fruit notes and a Belgian spiciness. Lots of the same notes on the palate and the dandelion really comes out in the finish. Definitely a good brew.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Inbreak (1897) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2014
08.06.2014, 0,75l bottle @ home:
Nice slightly fizzy longlasting head. Aroma is kind of floral and smoked, lightly smoked light malts, flowers, sour grass, shed, caramel, unripe banana, yeast, hay, somked ham, cheese, chalk, sugar. Taste is slightly sour-ish sweet and smoked, sour grass, hay, cheese, shed, weeds, flowers, lightly smoked light malts, chalk, yeast, sorrel, sugar. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Not really my cup of tea.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6879) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2014
Trübes orangebraunes Bier mit wenig Schaum. Geruch malzig, leicht säuerlich, fruchtig. Geschmack hefig, reife Früchte, bananig.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Valgreen (639) - DENMARK - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle @ Jacob. From Voldby. Cloudy orange, medium white head, some lacing. Aroma, malty, spices, floral, wet autumn leaves, sugary/caramel. Taste, malty, caramel, spices, brown sugar, grass, hay, little lime, wood. Not as sour as I expected. Medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1001) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2014
750 ml bottle at home. Pours brown amber with a thin fizzy off-white head. Aroma of salted caramel, cherries and some barnyard funk. Light to medium body, nice sour touc with adry finish, taste of tart strawberry and peaches. Special saison.


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