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

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RATINGS: 635   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3165) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2015
Bottle. Hazy amber with an inch of near white head that’s soon a coat but never less. Aroma of stern dough, white pepper, grapefruit zest, oranges, some floral notes (although I wouldn’t have guessed dandelions - orange blossoms, mint, thistles, lavender). Creamy texture with moderate carbonation. Fruity with peaches and orange, some odd earthy and woody notes that settle into the mix after a little while. Dry, stemmy almost tannic finish that’s rather bitter. Herbal and citrus notes linger, amaro-like. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Second glass is a mite soupy. Another Fantôme beer like the others: some intrigue, plenty to like, no sign of problems.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2103) - Hässelby, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2015
Pours foggy rosehip with low white head Aromas of over ripe red apples, hay, grass, hints of citrus, funk Taste has complex but well balanced mouthfeel with notes of hay, citrus, barrel, spices, funk. Nice medium body, with medium to high carbonation and quite long bitter finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (1894) - - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle shared, thanks Neil. Definitely lots of dandelion in the nose. Floral flavors, grassy notes, lemon, cough syrup, notes of funk, earthy finish. Pretty outstanding saison, quite complex, slowly grows on you.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (1578) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks Neil! Hazy orange gold with a big soapy head. Grass, dandelion, green stems with dew in the morning, lemongrass, light wood on the nose. Taste is fairly well-balanced with some light caramel and malt holding up the grassiness. Ricola cough drops? Nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3222) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle from HIranoya. Aroma is interesting, green, grassy, sharp. Taste is good, light caramel, malt, earthy, sweet, floral, cherry drops. Sharp again. Nice. Dodged the Fantome bullet again!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2382) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Shared the bottle with the wife last sunday. Pours golden, slight hazr, quick white head. Solid pale malt sweetness, light grass, hay. Slight pepper. Light body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukasmh (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours all hazy blood orange with huge frothy off-white head. Aroma is yeast, green, funky fantome, candied sugar, grapefruit, zest, tangy mandarin. Taste is yeast, citrus, tangy mandarin, grapefruit, light candied sugar, lemon drops. Quite aromatic grapefruit bitternes, also zesty. Creamy body, light alcohol and slight warming.Really dry finish, grape, herbal and dry light bitter yeast. Light old hops maybe? Or just the pissenlit

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (2559) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (7733) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeevan (213) - 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.


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