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


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RATINGS: 590   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (1065) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 14, 2014
75 cl. bottle at Biercab. Amber colour with white head. Fruity, yeast, malt aroma. Fruity, sweet, yeast taste, some caramel. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBaboon (1591) - FINLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Kaataa männynpihkaista nektaria valkoisella vaahdolla. Tuoksu on kukkapenkkiä, niittyä, makeata mallasta ja hedelmiä. Maku on makeahko, kukkean aromikas ja hedelmäinen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
molly75 (300) - (Madrid - España), ITALY - MAR 7, 2014
ASPETTO color ambra scuro con riflessi ramati, schiuma beige, media presenza fine media persistenza. OLFATTO cereali e lieviti in prima linea, fruttale he ricorda marmellata di fragole, miele, una leggera alcolicita notabile GUSTO una certa dolcezza da lo spunto iniziale, mantenendo un tocco acidulo fruttale un tocco citrico e una complessita alcolica e speziale conduce al finale lasciando un ultimo colpo di coda acidulo TEXTURE corpo medio, morbida nonostante una carbonazione vivace COMMENTO FINALE saison complessa, con alcolicita importante e uno speziato intrigante, differente da altre saison belga provate ma convince appieno

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MPA (821) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle. Amber with off white head. Aroma of barn, hay and straw. Flavour ois sweet and malty. White bread notes with yeast quite apparent. Nice. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kraftster (14) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Lucky I had my Pfriem tulip nearby when I pulled the cork from this one - really gushed. Didn't lose too much. Poured right away. Deep amber color, dark for a saison. Honey-like in its opacity. Not much of a head and it dissipated vet quickly. No lacing whatsoever. Smell is very muted, which ends up bring a theme with this one. Some fruity esters, oak, and earthy notes, grains and wild flowers. Malt sweetness. No real funk or phenols evident, too much malt and sweetness to get any grass or hay. Really hard to pick up specifics. Stone fruits--peach and nectarine--lead. Very soon after there's a grainy butterscotch flavor, perhaps caramel. Yeasty spice helps it finish dry. Oaky, floral flavor hidden in there. No real pepper to speak of, no alcohol heat. Maybe a slight herbal characteristic, oregano? Overall muted flavors, hard to get much of anything underneath the unique stone fruit/butterscotch combo. Medium body, nice carbonation. Slightly oily. Definitely the least unique Fantome I've had. Some tripel characteristics and uncharacteristically malt driven for a Belgian-made saison. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (3464) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle share from Kermis. Poured hazy medium amber. Aroma is floral and yeasty. Medium to light body, flavour is bitter hops, lightly sweet. A bit bland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4600) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (5413) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (3219) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1017) - 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.

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