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


on tap

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RATINGS: 635   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2449) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium body; Aroma of yeast, rich floral/fruit, some funk, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, fruit, floral, caramel, and spice; Crisp dry finish; Fairly high carbonation; Nicely balanced; Hit or miss with some Fantome brews - this was very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChtiBreizh (393) - Rennes, FRANCE - AUG 30, 2015
Amber to light brown, average fluffy head. Sweet, spicy with a dry and light bitter finish. Average carbonation, thick, smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TEJA (1928) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2015
Sampled at SBWF 2013. No head. Clowdy golden-brown color. Big fruit aroma. Big fruity taste with a small acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (4763) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2015
On draft at FOFA, pours reddish gold color with average head and lacing. notes of cucumber, dandelion and other florals, spicy yeast, grass and grain. Lighter to medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quack-Duck (9060) - Down South, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2015
bottle from kappldav123 - cheers! Hazy pale golden with a fluiffy white head. Malty start with pleasant sourish hints. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MacBoost (1645) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle toss via some trade extra. Thanks, bro! Pours a very turbid brown, like an aborted first batch of homebrew. Over carbonated. Flat Abbey could learn a lesson here. Aromas of spices, some dirt, perhaps a touch of week old dried lawn clippings. Taste is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Flavors of plant roots covered in dirt, failed settlers that got blown away during the dust bowl, unwashed pugs. Has a very light tartness. This may be an off batch or maybe fantome just sucks. Scroll past this tripe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (9777) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle - Caramel, citrus and some herbal notes. Cloudy orange with a nice off white head. Caramel, light funky tartness and some herbs with a bitterness in the finish. Not a fan of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8628) - 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 (5555) - 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 (5264) - 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.

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