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


on tap

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RATINGS: 614   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Holmen2 (1871) - NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
Shiningly golden. Dense off-white head. Ash, sour peat, dried fruits and raw vegetables in aroma. Sourness and a hint of sour peat in taste and aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (3265) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
Shared bottle during RBHD Mosterøl gathering. Clear golden body with a lasting cappucino colored head. Smoke, acidity and floral notes on the nose and in the mouth. Ashy finish. Medium bodied. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5798) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crlnts (385) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kraddel (4592) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Botlle Pours unclear amber , no real foam smell is sweet , dusty . Taste is infection , dyacetil untill the maximum . Very bad . 1,2/5 bottle again in NYC Taste is smokey saison , amber malts, grassy , hoppy , citrus , good carbo . Bit sweet . Ok beer . 3,6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ragnampiza (751) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Abijen (1961) - ’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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ansjelaah (1746) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle @joes. Orange brown color with a small head. Smells and tastes herbs, floral, malts, sweet, yeast. Bah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3307) - 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

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