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Fantôme Pissenlit Special

Formerly brewed at Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Soy-Erezée, Belgium


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 4.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
In the small village of Ohis, France, there's a young girl named Justine who needs our help. Justine is suffering from a rare, neurological condition known as leukodystrophy, which often leads to paralysis, and we are all trying to raise money for her desperately-needed operation.

Brasserie Fantôme's Dany Prignon, and his brewer friend Gilles Didier (who lives in Ohis), conceived the brilliant idea of brewing a special beer to be sold at auction to raise money for this operation. So they they created a special, strong version of Dany's rare and delicious Pissenlit saison, brewed with dandelions. This is a one-time, very limited edition -- only 20 bottles are available! Each bottle has been numbered and signed by Dany and Gilles, and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the European Leukodystrophy Association, which is trying to help Justine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9122) - Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2016
750 ml bottle (18 of 20) generously shared by Sebastian at RBWG 2011 from notes. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a medium foamy white head. The aroma has some of the expected earthy funk that Fantome brings to the table as well as herbal dandelion, citrus, apple juice, spices, light cocoa and floral notes. The flavor is very drinkable, pale malt with a touch of caramel sweetness, herbal, some cocoa, lemon citrus that has lower acidity and a mild tart character. Hints of apple, mild spices, floral, with the expected earthiness. Medium-bodied and decently carbonated. Thanks for the shot and sorry for the delay in rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Pours orange. Head is fluffy and white. Nose is classic musty Fantôme. Sweet malt, and spicy?, fruity complex nose. Flavor similar but really really tart but not sour. Wow so tart and creamy feel. Odd. what the hell does dandelion event taste like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle 18/20, Sampled Sampled March 2011 @ RBWG
The beer has a darkish brown / concentrated amber color that is topped by an amber head. The nose has an oxidized, nutty note to it that leans towards sherry, and this is joined by some dark fruit notes, and, ah there it is, a grassy, green pepper herbaceous character that has got to be the dandelions. There is also some malt character that provides some toasted malt aromatics that are noticeable. The nose is so influenced by the dandelions, it is almost woody even, some tobacco hints, and it has quite a dried grassy like character (though this last has more of a green edge to it than straight grass does though).

The beer is not as sweet as I was expecting, but it has some sweetness to it that is tempered by the nutty, sherry like oxidation. This has quite a big dandelion grassiness and herbaceous quality to it in the finish that lingers on the tongue for quite some time. There is some tartness to this beer that intermingles with the dandelion notes. An earthy apple note combines with the fruit character from the oxidation character. A toasted grain character in the finish almost has a dusty cocoa character to it. The dandelion even adds an astringency and bitterness that is almost hop like, but it is greener and more raw in character. Actually this is quite astringent, especially as it warms up. The initial sweetness really tempers down as the beer warms up as well, and the toasted grain and herbal notes start to take over.

This is quite nice, I am really surprised by how noticeable the dandelions still are in both the nose and in the flavor. This is very different than I expected; lots of toasted malt notes melds well with the nutty oxidation and the herbal dandelion character, as well as with a soft spice character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0 (76) - Do Not Resuscitate, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Big thanks to Sebastian for sharing this. Pours hazy brown, mostly flat, with a ring of white foam around the edge of the glass. Aroma is flowers, iced tea, black pepper, and caramel malts. Flavor is mostly just iced tea with flowers steeped in it but also plenty of malt, some oxidation, tobacco, and lemons. Thin body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2011
RBWG from FlacoAlto. An honor to be able to taste such a rare gem. Murky brownish color. Yeast, light toffee, spices and lightly funky aroma. Flavor follows suit. Yeast, light fruit, spice. Taste the rareness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2011
750 ml bottle (18 of 20) shared by FlacoAlto during RBWG - Pours a hazy light brown color with a thin off white head. Aroma is dark esters and light spice. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt, esters, with some light herbal spice and a hint of yeast. Has a slight tart finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Light to medium body. Another great rarity I got to try at RBWG. Thanks Sebastian!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
@RBWG-750-thanks to FlacoAlto–pours a light brown head and murky brown color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel/dark cocoa, fruit. Taste is medium malt-caramel/dark cocoa, fruit, some herbal/spice hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3595) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle-huge thanks to FlacoAlto for sharing what could be the most rare beer of all time! however, im not going to rate this beer on its rareness, im going to rate it as it is a beer. dark copper hue with a small fizzy white head. dark fruits on tne nose-plums, brown sugar. lots of black pepper on the flavors with a long sweet finish. really not all that complex of a beer but given its age, im sure i needed a bigger sample than what i had. however, i can say i had this beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Murky amber color with fleeting ivory foam. Grainy pale malt, spicy, hebal, wild flower aromas. medium body. Dry spice, wild flower, citrus flavors on a smooth caramel base, classic crazy Fantome brew--Much thanks to FlacoAlto@RBWG

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1546) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Generously shared by FlacoAlto at RBWG. Holy hell Sebastian, you are the man. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is caramel, grass and herbal spices. Flavor is honey, spices, grass, fruits. Alcohol is well hidden. Thanks Sebastian!

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