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


on tap

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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (8248) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2016
Golden coloured and unclear. Has a white head, lasting. Aroma is spicy, faint floral, nice hoppy. FLavor starts light sweet, light bread, hoppy and finish bitter. Dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TorbenH (1020) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2016
amber, cloudy, white foam, grass, herbs, resin, full body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter, medium sweetness, very bitter,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4405) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2016
(Fantôme Pissenlit) Bottle 750 ml at home, served into a teku, ABV 8% Dark orange colour on the body, hazy, with two fingers of thick, white head sitting on top. Very good retention. Aroma of berries, apricots, sugar, malts, canned peach. Taste is sweet, with sugars, apricot and peach, faint floral notes, berries, red fruits, light jam, faint alcohol. Medium body, nicely carbonated, quite dry palate. On the sweet side but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (3346) - NORWAY - MAR 18, 2016
Bottle at De Heeren Van Liedekercke, march 12th 2015. Unclear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma is funky and spicy, fruit esters and tea leaves. Taste has grass notes, a pleasant bitterness, with a spicy saison yeast. Citrus fruits and grass in finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlGagario (104) - Modena, ITALY - MAR 11, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2016 In bottiglia. Colore arancio/ambra. Schiuma colore bianco avorio, a shampoo, fitta, cremosa e appena granulosa, molto persistente. Ottimo olfatto che denota carattere, citrico e floreale, pungente e paglierino, di erba fresca e spezie. Carbonazione intensa, attiva. Aroma farmhouse, citrico e nettarino, di linfa d’erba tagliata, fiori amari appena recisi, malto, crosta di pane, zucchero e spezie. Gusto appena dolce poi intensamente amaro d’erba, radicchio tarassaco, rabarbaro e fiori primaverili, velato da leggere ed ancestrali note dolci anch’esse floreali, che bene si legano al lievito. Finale lungo, con recupero leggermente dolce e balsamico, sempre erbaceo e di canapa. Corpo da medio a pieno, alcool ben nascosto. Palato impegnato. Non accessibile a tutti, è una birra di splendida amarezza, forte e intensa, nonché di ottimo componimento, equilibrata da una decente luppolatura, in grado di rievocare piacevoli sensazioni di giornate di primavera. Grazie al proprietario della bottiglia, il buon Gagà Carlo Alberto, per la gentile condivisione.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricksta_p (3009) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2016
Bottle at De Koffer, Groningen. Aroma is strong floral, dandelions, spicy peppery yeast, funky notes, ripe fruits, orange, hoppy notes. Flavour is over moderate sweet with a nicely moderate hoppy bitter finish. Body is medium. Nicely floral and yeasty fruity, another very fine Fantôme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (4537) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle at Vienna tasting February 2016. Many thanks! Hazy orange colour. Interesting and complex mix of elements in aroma and flavour. I get rose, stone fruits, subtle spiciness, peppery, slightly tart in the finish. Very good and true to style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (1837) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 27, 2016
0,75l bottle at Vienna Tasting. BB 12/2018. orange cloudy color, small white head. smells flowery, belgian yeast, spices, light grass, light sweetness, some tobacco. nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes lightly citric, belgian yeast, grass, peppery, acidic, flowery, bit musty. finishes lightly dry with notes of belgian yeast and spices and some flowery notes. I quite like this one, nice and refreshing on the citric / acidic side. good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (1700) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle kindly shared by Simay. orange color with white head. Aroma of biscuit, tea, pepper and lemon. Buttery citrus taste with spices, herbs and tea. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (7275) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle kindly shared by Simay, many thanks. Dark orange golden color with thick white head. Biscuit malt, rose, apricots in aroma. Taste, biscuit malt, light honey, spices, hops. Very good.

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