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


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RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2004
short light tan diminishing head. dark ruby/light bronze color. sour apple nose and yeasty aroma. sour flavor, thought this was a gueze at first. now I realize it was the dandilions. lively carbonatoin, yeasty middle and malty finsh. fun journey!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1007) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2004
A nice offering from Fantome, though a bit heavier and darker than most in the saison style. Very nice color and head and a good aroma as well. Strange, and unexpected for the style, but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Pours a hazy dark orange color with huge foamy white head. Aroma has a slight brown sugar sweetness, but is dominated by tart granny smith apple notes, some corriander and earthy smells are detected as well. Bitter earthy flavors up front, hints of malty sweetness, possibly some honey. Light fruit notes in the middle. Finishes bitter and with the signature fantome yeast funkiness. Another treat from fantome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 750mL bottle, Undated A very bright and coppery-orange pour, light reds and golds in there. Big foamy off-white head. Aroma of bitter orange, tons of funky yeast, hints of a fiery herbalness and some alcohol. Flavor is bold and spicy. The yeast explodes in your mouth, leaving a huge and complex funk swirling around, light cheese, grass, and generally reminds me of an extremely hot sunny day on a farm. The flavor never seems to quit though, and you get a good dose of alcohol, strong orange liqueur notes and what might be perceived as a lightly spicy vegetable-like juiciness. I loved this one. It was pretty aggressive, but I was definitely in the mood for something bold, and there was enough sweetness to balance (maybe a bit too much towards the end of the bottle), with interesting flavors and the always unique Fantome yeast. Would definitely buy again soon. This stuff would age magnificently. 2004 Draught at Redbones. Mmmm, yes, I do believe Fantome is quite tasty on draught. First the regular saison, now this. I love it, sweet but lightly sour as well, though not astringent. Powerful citrus and sugar with alcohol notes. All the while, the yeast imparts a complex flavor. Thick and juicy, like they squeezed fresh dandelion juice in to this stuff. A hearty saison!

2000 bottle compliments of Goldorak sampled on 11/6/05. In the nose are notes of madeira and strong Fantome yeast, with light caramel and sweet dark fruits. Flavor shows pleasant oxidation, with a strong herbal spiciness, light caramel that stays out of the way, but yet provides a supportive body. Light tanginess on the end and a definite B. Lambicus presence of sour cherries in the middle. Still poured a fine bubbled head, fairly well retained, overtop a dark olive and mahogany brown. Mouthfeel is still tightly carbonated, with light expansiveness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Pours a hazy orange with a medium head (which is extremely small by fantome standards). Aroma is of the signature fantome funky yeastyness, citrus, a mild doughyness, and a very faint underlying aroma of fresh vegitation that I couldn’t place until it expressed itself more in the flavor. Flavor is funky yeast, bready, buttery, slight spice, citrusy and has a slight underlying flavor of what daddillions smell like (maybe its just psychosomatic but I swear I picked it up). Nice beer fairly mild but not boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Amber with an off-white head. Aroma put me in mind of bubblegum and cloves. High carbonation and a thin texture. Flavor was spicy and sweet. Overall unimpressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Amber color, opaque, some floaties that never really sink, full cream color head. Very earthy and herbal, some funk lying underneath in the aroma. The dandelions add some bitterness and acidity. Citrus and herbs blended well. Flavor was not as up front as the aroma and lacked the funk. Bitter finish. Lively carbo, medium bodied, no signs of alcohol. Quite nice, Fantome strikes again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7715) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2004
(Draught) Dark amber, fully cloudy; dense head, consistency and colour of coffee cream. VERY fruity nose, a little bit of cookies, faint spicey. Bitter-dandelion taste (obvious). There are quite some restsugars. Bitter is not oppressive, fresh-clean tasting, garden herbs and citrus in the finish. Medium to well bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Just a spur of alcohol, estery. The dandelion returns in force in the aftertaste. Wow - this beer has been spectacularily bettered in the +/-8 years since I last drunk this; creamier, less aggressive - that’s bettering performance!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Bottle, merci a JoeT. The aroma is a floral explosion of nectarines and peaches. This led me to expect more sharp and crisp hoppiness in the flavor, but it turned out to be a little bit tame, leaning towards green apples. Somewhat like a geueze. Acidic finish. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8525) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
UPDATED: APR 15, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Murky, golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. The nose is spicy and citrusy with heavy notes of must, lemon and leather. The well-balanced, spicy and citrusy flavor is excellently bittered and totally hides the beer’s fairly high ABV. Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter and dry finish. Very drinkable. At 8% ABV, maybe a bit too drinkable. World class beer for sure!

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