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Fantôme Pissenlit

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (2344) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle from Beergium. Hazy copper colorr, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, spices, hops, earthy notes, ripe fruits and a bit of acidic notes. Bitter finish with citrus, ripe fruits, earthy notes and hops. Very nice saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (6985) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 2, 2015
Bottle shared with jeevan. Pours hazy to murky amber, thin white head. Aromas of orange, toffee, light brown bread. Taste is bitter orange, a green note I guess from the dandelion. Light sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeevan (160) - SCOTLAND - OCT 2, 2015
Shared bottle with James, ta. Pours a hazy orange/amber. Small head and nice lacing. Orange and sweet caramels cooking aromas. Some hoppy aromas too. Tangy oranges with caramel shortbread. Citrus fruit pith bitterness. One of the nicest Fantome beers I’ve had. As usual they’re both as familiar as they’re unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2324) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium body; Aroma of yeast, rich floral/fruit, some funk, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, fruit, floral, caramel, and spice; Crisp dry finish; Fairly high carbonation; Nicely balanced; Hit or miss with some Fantome brews - this was very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChtiBreizh (253) - Rennes, FRANCE - AUG 30, 2015
Amber to light brown, average fluffy head. Sweet, spicy with a dry and light bitter finish. Average carbonation, thick, smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TEJA (1763) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2015
Sampled at SBWF 2013. No head. Clowdy golden-brown color. Big fruit aroma. Big fruity taste with a small acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (4232) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2015
On draft at FOFA, pours reddish gold color with average head and lacing. notes of cucumber, dandelion and other florals, spicy yeast, grass and grain. Lighter to medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quack-Duck (8861) - Down South, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2015
bottle from kappldav123 - cheers! Hazy pale golden with a fluiffy white head. Malty start with pleasant sourish hints. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MacBoost (1562) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle toss via some trade extra. Thanks, bro! Pours a very turbid brown, like an aborted first batch of homebrew. Over carbonated. Flat Abbey could learn a lesson here. Aromas of spices, some dirt, perhaps a touch of week old dried lawn clippings. Taste is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Flavors of plant roots covered in dirt, failed settlers that got blown away during the dust bowl, unwashed pugs. Has a very light tartness. This may be an off batch or maybe fantome just sucks. Scroll past this tripe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (8442) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle - Caramel, citrus and some herbal notes. Cloudy orange with a nice off white head. Caramel, light funky tartness and some herbs with a bitterness in the finish. Not a fan of this one.

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