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


on tap

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RATINGS: 610   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 9, 2005
2004 Vintage. This was an interesting beer, especially since it was brewed with dandelions (if I only knew those weeds in my back yard could be used for something useful). This was a very nice treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
2004 Vintage. Poured a deep golden color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of flowers, citrus and yeast. Tastes of flowers, apples, yeast, barnyard, and lemons. Lightly sweet. Crisp and clean finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Lighter bodied, with obvious grassy flower notes in nose and taste, but also strange spices. Perfumy, dry, sometimes chemical-like aftertaste is actually enjoyable, but hard to describe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Broke open this badbwoy while watching the second season Magnum PI DVD set. Hard to believe ol Tom Seleck didn’t get even one of the several Ferrari’s used. Of course, he could probably afford to buy us all one. Anyhow, I poured this into a short stemmed wine glass. Nice orange, off white head. Body was brownish orange. Nose started a little skunky then mellowed out to a more earthy feel with a little bit of flower. Taste swung back and forth with some sour notes, the dandeline being preseant, but not overwhelming. Some spices here and there and a little mint even which caught me by surprise. Taste completes with a bitter-hope-apple taste, not too offensive. Worth $9.99 in my book and somehow reminded me of Unibroue’s Maudite which I had right afterwards. Yea....I was Piss n’ Lit

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 21, 2005
Grassy and herbal tea nose leading to a nice spicy yeast and biscuits lead in. Very strange sour notes probably the dandelion with white pepper and white tart fruits. Has a bit of Basil and Oregano toward the end with a nice nitter and sour apples finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 14, 2005
Deep golden/orange in color with a small white head. Aroma of honey and fruit, slightly acidic. Fruity and spicey flavor reminscent of flower and herb gardens.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2005
750 ml bottle. Corked and capped. Pours a darker color than most saisons- mostly amber- slightly hazy and a good head and lace. Aroma is on par with southampton saison- lots of spices- clove, mild fruitiness and awesome yeasty aromas. Aroma also gets much better as it warms. I wouldnt have noticed any dandelions except that maybe it darkened the color as it was a little darker than usual. Flavor is slightly less exciting as I would have expected from the amazing smell but it was still complex and on par with any other top notch saison. Pissenlit seems to have a more fruity and malty flavor than most yet still retains that farmhouse spicy character with lots of yeast especially in the second pour when some of the sediment gets into the glass. The finish is slightly bitter, and very clean and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2005
750 mL, corked & capped (2004 bottle, sampled April 2005): mountainous off-tan head that leaves behind an outrageously thick, clinging Styrofoam lace. Sweet floral/herbal aroma with caramel coated, hop cones & apples. Spicy, green grape flavours start a very well developed palate: pale malts, orange zest & lemon flesh, soft & slightly acidic yeast, metallic and dirt straight from the barnyard, each making their own statement on a very light and creamy palate, wow. I have had a couple of Fantôme brews recently that haven’t been as good as I remember, but this one is back on top – complex yeast bill, tasty barnyard flavours and wonderfully smooth overall, in a word: beautiful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Dark amber/orange, cloudy, good-sized diminishing white head. Bitter nose, slightly skunky, with a sour tang, some metallic tinge, iced tea, something like dandelion wine. Musty, bretty horseblanket flavor. Some skunk, decent hop bitterness over biscuity malt undertones, slight sourness. Strong effervescence. Almost reminiscent of a pilsener in its combination of grassy (and somewhat skunky) hops and a light malt flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8529) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Big thanks to beeryum for this. Pours turbid dark straw with huge white head. Aroma of big hopcit, Brett, hops, some florals. Tastes malty, saisony. This one reminds me of McKenzie Bavay a lot. A great beer.

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