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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5306) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
Shared 750 ml capped and corked green bottle at local tasting. Orange colour, large white head. Light spicy aroma with hints of dandelion "milk" and smoke. Light bodied for its strength. Fairly fresh but still unusual flavour, the dandelions probably, medium sweet with a slight acidity. Does not blow my socks off.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crlnts (340) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Light amber, thin to no white head. The malt profile is not far from a bière de garde, caramel. The bitterness of dandelions is rather harsh and one dimensional compared to hops.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jensgam (156) - , DENMARK - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle, pours hazy golden with white head. Aroma is dozy with smokey notes. Flavor is sweet, spicy and smokey notes.

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
kraddel (3615) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
Botlle Pours unclear amber , no real foam smell is sweet , dusty . Taste is infection , dyacetil untill the maximum . Very bad .

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ragnampiza (515) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - AUG 5, 2014
750 ml bottle from Les Vignerons (2012 vintage). Dark amber, pretty hazy, with an average, creamy, moderately persistent off-white head. Pungent and rustic nose, quite fruity, yeasty, definitely floral and almost herbal/medicinal in a way. Doesn’t look like a Saison but it certainly smell like one. Slightly bizzarre upfront, tasting almost lactic and sirupy, quite a big astringency, not as dry as hoped or expected. Moderate bitterness, pleasent malty and herbal sweetness. A hint of toffee and bubblegum in the aftertaste. Soft to average carbonation, light to medium body, slightly creamy texture. Well, it’s my first ever Fantome and I’m still alive after half bottle, that’s a good sign I guess. Strange, unusual, interesting and quite unique beer. Tasty.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Abijen (1523) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2014
Pours an orange slightly unclear beer with a good white head. Smells floral, malts and herbal. Tastes medium sour, herbs and floral. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ansjelaah (1505) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle @joes. Orange brown color with a small head. Smells and tastes herbs, floral, malts, sweet, yeast. Bah.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2747) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2014
Bottled. Pours chazy, deep golden with an average, lacing, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, flowerish hops and yeast. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and with bitter notes. Medium bodied, oily texture and average carb. An excellent and complex Saison

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bartlebier (1955) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2014
75cl bbEnd2016. A usual brackish orange Fantôme soup entices by its soured brett nose, redolent with both wild and cooked general fruct-&herbality: both peach blossom and overripe peach muck, fresh dandelion stems and their poisonous grassy milk, pollen-honeyed milkshake served in a dodgy bar deep down in a soggy Belgian bayou. Taste is a comparable connect-the-dots of soggy, fresh, dusty, fruity, sweet and grassbitter-hoppy - on a perfectly balanced sweet&sour, dry&syrupy palate. In a confusing league of its own, making every sip a strange and dirtily delectable event.

0.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Bulk_Carrier (2247) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a snifter and a tulip. There was a semi - glossed over orange hazy copper color. The head was barely there. There wasn’t any lacing whatsoever. The smell had a floral leathery aroma surrounded by barnyard funk. The taste was tart and sour pummeling the once floral notes into submission to hide their face whatsoever from the beer. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium on the body with not much of any sessionable quality to it because it is unbalanced as it is. Overall, more crap from this brewery. So glad the end is somewhat in sight. If anything, it sure lives up to the first part of it’s name - it sure is piss alright.


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