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


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RATINGS: 601   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8184) - 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 (2610) - 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 (4424) - 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 (2516) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 6, 2005
75cl bottle, from 2004, so its coming up on a year old I guess. Pours hazlenut with billowing tan head. Some clinging lace. Classic Fantome barnyard sour nose. Horsehair, elderberry, earth, wet roots, old lemon peels....it goes on...Wonderful malty beer, hit with a good dose of spicy bitterness and maybe a touch of lactic sourness lying beneath that. The malt lends a nuttiness to it. Man, this is what makes Fantome great. Laura says Dany is her hero. Lingering with hints of chocolate or taragon?? more like juicy tobacco maybe. I’m holding onto my other bottle of this for awhile, I’d like to see how it ages...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9141) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2005
2004 bottled. Grassy aroma in there. Well carbonated and tasty spices and citrus. The use of dandelions was in the cartoon, but I didn’t take it seriously. I am in fact allergic to it in the spring season. I guess its good I had it in late winter. The bomber takes a long lunch to get through but doable without ill effects.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5134) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Huge off white head. Ruddy, cloudy red. Fresh baked bread comes out at first. Then you get a little hay and some fresh lemons. This seems to be partly from the dandelions. An amazing aroma of summer in a bottle. The taste is fairly dry with some fresh mown grass. Playing around in the background are notes of baking chocolate and some lemon peel zest. The finish lingers a long time on the tongue. This is a fabulous beer that showcases all that is good about Fantome and saisons!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2959) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2005
Aroma:flower and herb Appearance:hazy amber.Big head Flavor:Flower and herbe,yeast.smal sour taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rederic (3156) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2005
Beautiful hazy copper hue. Pours with light-long head, complex floral, herbal, spicy, malty aromas. The body is light and thin, with greenery, dandelion salad, herbal, floral garden flavors in the palate, showing a malty-sweety note in the finish

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