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


on tap

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RATINGS: 659   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2805) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Last beer at KPs year end fest. And the notes can speak for that. An orange appearance with a moderate head. Creamy orange? and lemon. This one was quite carbonated. Pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Exceedingly floral with dry finish. There is some malty notes and a light bronze coloring. Alcohol is well blended and the palate is fairly complex and smooth. Highly recommended. A beautiful Saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours dark orange, slightly brownish, with decent white head. Aroma and flavor are dominated by the floral character. Faint butter and lemon in the flavor but fades to a really dry finish, with almost no aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (12958) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2005
750 ml bottle poured a hazy reddish copper with a large long lasting amber head. Aromas of mild horseblanket, leather, citrus, and some floral notes. Palate was light bodied,crisp and refreshing. Flavors of leather, lemon, spice, and a bit of earthiness with a with a crisp, biting finish. This is one of the better Fantomes I’ve had[I have’nt had a bad one yet].

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2005
2004 bottle enjoyed in November of 2005. Bottle opened with a rather loud "pop" that was actually sort of impressive. Pours a gorgeous murky orange color with a thick and lasting white head. Aroma is citrusy with a hint od odd spice that I assume comes from the dandelions. Very crisp and biting with a rather earthy and citrusy flavor. Notes of pepper in there and I’m thinking that the hops and dandelions work together to deliver a strong bite in the finish. I hardly knew what to expect from this one and I’m thoroughly impressed. Not nearly as weird as I thought it would be. Just a solid offering from a great company.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5498) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Spring 2003. Initial smell and taste is lime to me. Especially the smell. The saison bite is there, and I suppose dandelions? How can one be sure, never having eaten them. Mostly I get lime, but maybe that’s what dandelions taste like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a large somewhat-lasting white head. Aroma is floral along with some sour and sweet notes. The flavour was somewhat different then what I was expecting based on the aroma -- it’s still floral and sour but with some citrus, hops, yeast and spices. It’s quite dry and I don’t think I could drink too much of it but overall it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrt (62) - USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 Like many Fantomes, Pissenlit is a bold and rich Saison with a beautiful dense head and a great, juicy, mouthfeel. This one is a little more dense and tangy but very well balanced and very drinkable, if not downright addictive. Highly recommended for the Saison fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3119) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
Bottle shared with blankboy, tupalev and HogTownHarry - courtesy of tupalev (via a trade with Boutip). Hazy orange-amber with a large, foamy head. Aroma is very herbal - definate dandilion notes along with some grass and dark honey. Flavour is sweet in the start, with some lovely herbal/floral notes, and a bit of spiceiness in the finish. A really refreshing beer - hard to believe it’s 8%!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
Shared with blankboy, GregClow and Hogtown Harry - from a trade I did with Boutip (thanks!). Dark orange, small white head. Light pleasant floral aroma. Medium body. Sweet floral taste. Lightly hopped and yeasty. More body that I was expecting. 0 hint of alcohol. Incredibly drinkable, this was really worked for me - sweet and delicious. My first 2 beers from this brewery have been excellent and unique!

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