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


on tap

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RATINGS: 618   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8176) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle, shared at Apex. Hazy light orange amber, persistent thin off white head. Strongly estery nose, light caramel on the palate, yeasty esters, lighty musty, strong peppery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (5156) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 29, 2015
750ml (btw green glass) bottle. Hazy, reddish amber colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Spicy, yeasty and citrusy fruity aroma, peppery notes, red pepper, orange zest, a herbal touch of dandelion, bitter hoppy overtones, quite penetrative overall. Taste is herbal, spicy, dandelion, pepper, caramel malty background, an alcoholic touch; very dry finish. Far from flattering, rather inaccessible, esoteric.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Willrunforbeer’s crazy afternoon cellar clean out continues! This bottle has about 15 months of age, roughly. Dark amber color with huge carbonation level that gives head. Aroma is earthy with birch root, toasted grain and some dried leaves.

This brewers beers just don’t age well at all. The brew in my glass is nothing like the brewers deScription. Not sure if there wasn’t another labeling error (as I have had with this brewery back in 2013) The flavor is more of a Autumn seasonal beer from a lower end American brewery. Dried leaves, caramel sweetness that turns to lingering earthy bitterness. Thin body with ample carbonation giving some pop on the tongue. I guess if this was labeled as Autumn seasonal brew maybe the score would be slightly better but we still don’t know what the hell this should be.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WillRunForBeer (1585) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2015
750mL from my cellar. Picked up at Hunger Mountain over a year ago. Pours deep ruby red with an off white head. The commercial deScription says it’s "golden"... What’s going on here? Aroma is dry strawberry, earth. Flavor is very dry red fruits, mild moss, grassy bitterness. I’m not sure what this is, but it’s not very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malin_aiisa (325) - SWEDEN - APR 27, 2015
Bottle. Delirium bar Brussels. Aroma: Dark bread, syrup and caramel. Appearance: Nice thick brown head, bronw and hazy Taste: Full body, thick feel, medium sour, medium sweet, taste of bitter banana. Slightly taste of "skogaholmslimpa"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4453) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 16, 2015
750 ml. bottle from Perry’s. This one has been sitting in their fridge for a loooong time and I’ve been eyeballing for just as long. It finally went on sale, so I decided to take the plunge... It pours a clear orange color with a disappearing, fizzy white head. The aroma is interesting with fresh breeze, stone fruit and nectarine. Lightly earthy/spicy yeast. The flavor is tart with more nectarine, light earthy spice and a medium salty/tart finish. Fruity, salty, tart with a reasonably light body and complex finish. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (911) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle from Pat, thanks man! Appearance is a dark golden with nice white head. Aroma is flowers, lemon lime, and grass. Taste is lemon grass, white grapes, oak and a touch of bitterness and a dry finish. Medium mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Very refreshing, not sure I get the dandelions nor would I really be able tell if they were there but this is a winner either way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (456) - Montesarchio, ITALY - FEB 22, 2015
Birra ambrato carico, schiuma bianca croccante che non dura molto. Odore acido di sudore e di.legno, caramello, erba. In bocca c’è il caramello, la base maltata si sente e si avvertono anche i sentori acidi e di legno. Tante spezie e finale erbaceo. Birra che si lascia bere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (2713) - 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 (2513) - 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.

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