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


on tap

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RATINGS: 659   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (4791) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle at Vienna tasting February 2016. Many thanks! Hazy orange colour. Interesting and complex mix of elements in aroma and flavour. I get rose, stone fruits, subtle spiciness, peppery, slightly tart in the finish. Very good and true to style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (1927) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 27, 2016
0,75l bottle at Vienna Tasting. BB 12/2018. orange cloudy color, small white head. smells flowery, belgian yeast, spices, light grass, light sweetness, some tobacco. nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes lightly citric, belgian yeast, grass, peppery, acidic, flowery, bit musty. finishes lightly dry with notes of belgian yeast and spices and some flowery notes. I quite like this one, nice and refreshing on the citric / acidic side. good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (1804) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle kindly shared by Simay. orange color with white head. Aroma of biscuit, tea, pepper and lemon. Buttery citrus taste with spices, herbs and tea. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (7554) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2016
Bottle kindly shared by Simay, many thanks. Dark orange golden color with thick white head. Biscuit malt, rose, apricots in aroma. Taste, biscuit malt, light honey, spices, hops. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (2817) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Hazy amber colour, white foam. Peppery nose, citrus, lots of spices. Sweet, light tart notes. Tea? Ok beer, but typical Fantôme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
alteregoo (809) - POLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Pana niewielka, utrzymująca się w postaci chmurki. Barwa pomarańczowo bursztynowa, mętna. Aromat przyjemny, cytrynowo estrowy, w tle lekka dzikość i likier morelowy. W smaku półsłodkie, sporo kandyzowanych owoców, brzoskwiń, wina głogowego, jest też lekka kwaskowość porzeczkowa, w afterteasie fenole (goździk, pieprz) i miód akacjowy. Goryczka średnia, pestkowo ziołowa. Alkohol nieco za wysoki, nagazowanie średnie do niskiego. Lepkie i treściwe w odbiorze.
Mniszka oczywiście nie czuć, choć ogólnie piwo jest za ciężkie, mdłe, mulące, zbyt słodkie jak na Saisona. Gdzieś brakło tu świeżości i "zwiewności" najlepszych przedstawicieli stylu...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SeniorZozo (1110) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 1, 2016
Sharing session @ Budapest. 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (677) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours a murky amber brown with a fading off white head. Aroma of caramel, pepper, floral, lemongrass. Taste is of butterscotch, lemongrass, floral, musky, tea, herbs, pepper, pine. Oily mouthfeel, foamy, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (4020) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle. Can’t recall where from, but it’s been down the cellar for 18 months or so. Orange gold. Light haze. Thin, sticky, white head. Toasty, buttery, honeyed malts. Spicy. Gingery. Zesty. Touch of booze. Bready and yeasty. The full works. Taste is spicy bitter, and removed from what you might expect. Really quite grassy and herbal. Full and rich. Zesty, oily bitter finish. Rating courtesy of the missus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (1293) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2015
Murky pale with white head. Floral, earth, funky, cork, herbal, alcohol, caramel and perfume. Dry, citric, fruity, thick and sweet finish. Overall: All over the place.

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