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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Hazy amber body with some floaties and a thick white head. Very good blend of fruits and spices in the aroma and flavor with a hint of grass. Creamy and smooth with a clean dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2005
Pours a murky amber color with a thin white head. Excellent aroma of earthy yeast, herbs, grass, and flowers. The flavor has the same profile, earthy yeast, herbs, grass and flowers, but is less powerfull. Light body, creamy texture.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (14258) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2005
Bottled, vintage 2004
Nut brown. Slightly hazy (some floating yeast) .Good tanned head. Aroma has herbs, hops, yeast and caramel plus touch of barnyard. Medium-bodied, carbonated. Refreshing summer drink with good hop character. Some sweet yeasts in the background. Though classic saison, this one is quite close to some quality tripels. Warming alcohol in the aftertaste.

3.8
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9940) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1908) - 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.

4.2
   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

3.7
   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.

4.2
   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.

4.4
   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.


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