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


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RATINGS: 606   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 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 (8386) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2626) - GERMANY - MAR 16, 2005
Funky smells: drainpipe, fresh grass, and a little farty. Pale amber color with a creamy biege head. Sweet-n-sour malt taste with some nuts and green apples. A slightly tart end. Chalky finish too. Medium body. Typical Fantome brew that is all over the flavor map, but it somehow comes together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 March 2005 (2004) 750 ml bottle (yellow label) drunk greedily all by my lonesome...dark, tawny translucent orange with a big slightly off-white lasting fluffy head...huge bretty-sour nose, with lemon and grapefruit dancing underneath and a whiff of pepper...amazingly smooth, creamy body never undermined by the huge spicy herbal qualities and slightly vinegary sourdough just offset by hints of honey...the perfect mouthfeel for this style with dancing effervescence and lovely earthiness married in harmony. 8/4/9/5/17 4.3

November 2005 (2004 or 2005 yellow label) 750 ml bottle shared with Da Montreal Crew at Fantômes and More! tasting. Similar to above, though this sample seems a bit sweeter and I find cherry and sour apples to leaven the big sourdough-vinegar component...easy to drink though perhaps less complex. 8/4/9/4 16 4.1

Same tasting, 2000 (lavender) label. Almond-whiskey-vanilla in the moderately oxidized, earthy caramel nose...very acidic, full of sour cherry, not as sweet as the above, earthy tones threaten to take over and finally do as vinegar and stewed fruit rampage towards the mineral-laden finish, joined by a touch of saltwater...Flemish sour character pronounced in this extraordinarily complex, odd monstrosity of an earthy balsamic vinegar festival. Totally awesome. 9/4/9/5 18 4.5

Overall rating is a combination of the three samples.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2540) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Wasn’t to fancy about this one. Hazy light amber color, malt and weird orange taste. Celery aftertaste. Kind of sulphury nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2005
2004 bottle. Bright amber color, thick white head and lacing. Funky aroma, orange peel, lemons, peaches, applesauce lying in grass; similar to Orval. Medium body, malt backing to a citric body, but in a lemony way, with pears and apples. Lively and soft carbonation, refreshing and easy to drink. While there may be some floral elements in the aroma, and I haven’t actually tasted dandelions, I don’t think that they are too high in the mix. Another great Fantome brew.

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