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


on tap

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RATINGS: 662   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
Johnstledger8 (748) - 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 (4253) - 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 (1364) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (2119) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2015
750mL bottle from Beer Cartel. Deep hazy orange body, creamy white head persists. Spicy nose - bitter orange peel, white pepper, coriander seed, bit of non-specific woodiness, dried herbs. Juicy body (best way to describe it!?), drying texture, moderate carbonation for style, lingers long on the palate. Spices are ramped up on the body! Intense, fragrant, complex with coriander, fennel, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peel, dried herbs, slightly medicinal notes. Firm bitterness, looong finish. Highly flavoured, very intense yet comforting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (5420) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep slightly hazy amber body with a medium foamy white head. Nose is floral honey tones, wheat, grains, straw, white sugar and hints of peaches, raisins and red berries. Taste is grains, white sugar, red berries, peaches, raisins, floral honey tones and hints of pale malts, red fruits and caramel. Medium body, medium to soft carbonation. A very decent saison with lots of fruitiness, but still not quite amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11509) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Sample at Kurtkeller 022: Pumpkin-tastic 03 on 10/31/2015. Hazy reddish-amber color with a medium fluffy off-white head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of smoked malt, fruit and hops. Medium body with flavors of charred malt, yeast, fruit and mild hops. The finish is smoky malt and earthy hops, Above average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickFifty (1050) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2015
Cloudy amber color, tan head. Peach nose, apricot, citrus, Belgian yeast, light spicy. Fruity taste, Belgian yeast, citrus, caramel. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3509) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2015
Bottle. Hazy amber with an inch of near white head that’s soon a coat but never less. Aroma of stern dough, white pepper, grapefruit zest, oranges, some floral notes (although I wouldn’t have guessed dandelions - orange blossoms, mint, thistles, lavender). Creamy texture with moderate carbonation. Fruity with peaches and orange, some odd earthy and woody notes that settle into the mix after a little while. Dry, stemmy almost tannic finish that’s rather bitter. Herbal and citrus notes linger, amaro-like. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Second glass is a mite soupy. Another Fantôme beer like the others: some intrigue, plenty to like, no sign of problems.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2715) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2015
Pours foggy rosehip with low white head Aromas of over ripe red apples, hay, grass, hints of citrus, funk Taste has complex but well balanced mouthfeel with notes of hay, citrus, barrel, spices, funk. Nice medium body, with medium to high carbonation and quite long bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (2566) - - OCT 20, 2015
Bottle shared, thanks Neil. Definitely lots of dandelion in the nose. Floral flavors, grassy notes, lemon, cough syrup, notes of funk, earthy finish. Pretty outstanding saison, quite complex, slowly grows on you.

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