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


on tap

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RATINGS: 610   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (2639) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 20, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2015 750ml bottle from El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. 20-01-2015.
BBD: before 2016. Lot nº B2 A 2012.
In short: funky bitter ale.
Pours murky orange with frothy off white head. Short head retention, some lacing. Citrusy, zesty, spicy aromas. Light to medium body, average to high carbonation, crispy texture. Taste is moderate bitter, dry, citrusy, spicy, subtle tart notes. A funky ale, spicy, with a distinctive twist, quite different from other wild ales. Very interesting and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 8/25/13 from a capped and corked (I think) 750mL bottle. Pours cloudy deep burnt orange with an average white head that leaves average lace. The nose is spicy yeast, a touch of caramel malt, and a nice herbal dandelion flower aroma. The flavor is plenty spicy with a bit more caramel malt than expected, and that same floral herbal note. The body is fairly full with lively, but smooth, carbonation, and a long spicy, white peppercorn finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6470) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours cloudy orange, nose is floral, herbal, sweet flowery flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
toxichop (479) - South Gate, California, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Latest Batch P: Reddish brown/orange with a two finger light tan head. S: Pears, spices, malt, plums and that fantome funk. T: Sweat pear notes, malt, spices, some apples and a lot of yeast. M: Medium body and highly carbonated. O: Enjoyable beer from Fantome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (3922) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle at home from Stirchley
hazy earwax gold with fluffy white head collapsing to lacing. Tart acidic funky but on opening up plenty of fruity peach. Moderate carbonation and body, slightly funky plasticky, smoky, sweet, vegetal, dry. Not sure if I’m a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wekker84 (1870) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2015
Bottle a cloudy amber colored beer with a white head aroma malts spicy citrus fruits and hops flavor malts spicy pepper citrus fruits and bitter hops

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3116) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 Bottle: Cloudy, murky, borderline swamp copper-tinted amber. Almost brown with a foamy off-white, quickly fading head. Aroma of sticky caramel, ashy herbal notes, floral leaves, white pepper, light band-aid, farmhouse bales of wet hay, & old cork. Flavor is more earthy, with a big note of forest floor, herbal leaves, white pepper, caramel twinges, Belgian spiced yeast, some mild esters, a touch of vague fruitiness, & some more of that musty old cork-like funk towards the finish. A bit of moldy driftwood lingers in the finish, semi-funky & moderately sweet. Slightly sticky, pretty bold bodied for a saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monkeychugg55 (956) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Cloudy amber with a small, fine beige head. The aroma is loaded with heavy caramel, toast, some spice and fruity esters. The flavor is everywhere. Rich caramelize sugar upfront, with some strong spicy phenols and alcohol notes. The finish is semi-dry, and lingers in the back of the throat for a while with a strange spicy character. Not exactly sure what dandelions taste like, but I don’t think I’m a fan of them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontape (469) - Valley Village, California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
750 ml bottle, popped for a rainy Sunday brunch. Pours a murky, rusty brown with a tan head. Funk, grass, hay, saison yeast come through on the nose. All that on the taste as well with lightly sweet notes from the malt. I actually juice dandelion greens most mornings and I’m getting some familiar herbal bitterness here. Funky, interesting, enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (2181) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2014
November 5, 2014. Bottle at home. Hazy amber with a medium sized creamy white head. Aroma is spicy, citrus, grassy, light alcohol, green dandelion leaves. Taste is light sweet, a bit harsh bitterness from the dandelion. Finish is grassy greenish bitterness, light sweet malty note. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

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