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

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RATINGS: 584   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4258) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Kermis... big thanks. Poured a cloudy medium amber with a thin white head. The aroma is zesty citrus fruit and yeast. The flavour is moderate sweet light bitter with a sherbet citrus yeast malt liqourice bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (4953) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours murky brown with a tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, caramel, malt, light floral, light vegetal. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (3037) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2014
Hazy brown appearance. Aroma is floral, malty, caramel. Initial sweet malty taste quickly becomes rather tart. A bit too tart. Background has an earthy, yeasty taste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (919) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Thanks to OldMrCrow for sharing this bottle! My first taste of anything from Fantome. Pours dark amber / brown with frothy offwhite head. Big, beautiful malt presence in this aroma, wafting up from a bed of freshly cut hay. I don’t think I’ve smelled anything quite like this, honestly. Mineral, bread, hay, some spice, and a subdued sweet malt aroma reminiscent of caramel, but not the candy stuff -- like, caramel if it was cultivated directly from the field. Taste: not nearly as sweet as I expected from the nose, but a big, nice malt presence here. Some sweetness, a little funk in the back end of the taste. Finishes somewhat dry (well, not at all compared to arctic saison sampled in the same sitting, but I’d still call this reasonably dry by normal standards). Lots of hay with a pleasant, lingering finish. Doesn’t feel nearly as big as the 8% ABV would suggest. Medium body, good carbonation, with some more of that not-caramel caramel and some toast as it warms. Overall: definitely going to keep an eye out for more Fantome saisons -- this was a great introduction to the brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8036) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle. Rusty brown with a large rocky cream foam. Aromas are toffee with bready, musty yeast and floral notes. Red berries with weetabix and stewed pear with spices. Nutty tea with hints of lemon and herbal notes. Flavours are cookie dough bready yeast with earthy apple and spices. Sweet and sour lemon with hints of cheesecake. Very nice foaming palate with gritty cocoa. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 29, 2013
29/12/2013 750ml bottle, shared @La Tana (thanks Valeriotto!). Dorata intensa, torbida, schiuma leggera bianco sporca, mediamente persistente. Al naso è meravigliosa, fruttata, sentori agrumati, citronella, lieviti, leggermente acidula, magnifica! In bocca attacco da saison, note agrumate, finale leggermente amarognolo e acidulo, grezza, rustica, vera. Corpo medio, alcol incredibilmente nascosto. Buonissima, da bere e ribere senza sosta!

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dashiflakes (1) - - DEC 21, 2013 does not count
A little sour, a good deal yeasty. Great color. A brewery I'd like to get to know more, even if I might not be having this particular beer again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
berntholer (898) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013
light beige head disappears with some lacing. amber colour. aroma yeast, peper, esters, dried fruits. taste is sour and extremely wry. medium body and carbonation. gross. bottle 75 cl

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrymel (1499) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Vint 2012? Pours golden with and etched surface and excellent clarity. Skunk up front and a good dose of dantellion wine in the face. Some grain and sweet grain in there and good dose of clay. Flavor is grainy with a good sweetness and a nicely subdued yeast character. Nice hop character and nice sweetness. Medium bodied with sharp carb and a wet finish. Nice beer, but not something I’d go nuts for. Serving type: bottle 09-14-2012

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3181) - Radom, POLAND - NOV 27, 2013
Bardzo dobre i tresciwe piwo. Kasztanowo brunatny kolor, mocna metnosc i to po przelaniu nawet niewielkiej ilosci, Spora i gesta piana no i ten zapach, Daktylowo sliwkowy. Lekko winny i kasztanowy. Zlozonosc potezna w smaku zwlaszcza wino wytrawne pomieszane z pieczonym jablkiem, troche nut jalowcowych i innych przyprawowych dodatkow, moze anyz i pieprz byl dodany. Nie mniej to wszystko jest sezonowe. Mimo skromnej etykiety to piwo wcale nie jest skromne. Polecam


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