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


on tap

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RATINGS: 660   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bastarda (413) - Freiburg, GERMANY - APR 21, 2016
@bartlebier’s weird beer tasting/Bierhandlung/Mai16. Another work of art by fantome. nose starts out simple, with a bit of lactose and fruits, getting spicier, bread spices (aniseed, caraway seeds, coriander) with then a whole early summer rainy day limetree blossom lushness unfolding. Taste is really quite different from nose, sweet, apricots, some alcohol fumes, apricot jam in aftertaste, blossom honey in late aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoned99 (1155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2016
UPDATED: APR 9, 2016 750ml shared with friends. Aroma: floral, candied fruits. App: hazy peach, minimal white head. Taste and palate: medium body, medium sweetness, high carbonation, light acidity finish. Overall: not bad but too sweet for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkska101 (1678) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2016
Bottle shared with some douches courtesy of Alex A: floral, dandelion, subtle spiciness, light citrusy, perfumy App: hazy copper smallish white head good lacing. T/p: thin to med body with moderate long acidic finish. Moderate carbonation. O: surprisingly flowery with nice acidity. An easy to drink saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (592) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2016
2016/04/03 - Pours a hazy, dark orange colour with a foamy, off white head that quickly dissipates and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is dough, spices, citrus (orange, lemon), stone fruit (peach, apricot), floral notes, hints of leather and light funk. Taste is doughy yeast, citrus, stone fruit, spicy notes, funk and floral/herbal hops. Mouthfeel is medium with smooth carbonation and a lightly bitter finish. I really dig the saisons from Fantome and this one does not disappoint. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (1286) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2016
[2012] 750ml bottle. Murky burnt orange with a foamy beige head. Flavors are lemon, funk, sweet cereals, flowers and earth with fruity, herbal and metallic notes. Medium body, good carbonation, smooth texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (8387) - 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 (1035) - 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 (4751) - 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 (3982) - 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 (114) - 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.

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