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


on tap

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RATINGS: 592   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rederic (3063) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Pours a nice amber hue with a light slight-off-white head. Aroams of yeast, malt, a little floral and funk. Flavors are quite malty, slight dandelion flavor, a little citrus, slight bitterness. Overall, another outstanding saison by the kings of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
marcus (6772) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
This amber ale pours with a huge fluffy off-white head that dissipates slowly. There is a floral aroma and an initial spicy herbal flavor with a bitter finish. If you like the flavor of dandelions, this is the beer for you. Unfortunately for me, I found this flavor somewhat unpleasant. Pissenlit is an appropriate name, as I found it necessary to make a couple trips to the loo by the time I had emptied the 75cl bottle. Nevertheless, hats off to Fantome for trying something new.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
Funky nose, sour/sweet, fruity, hazy orange, pours a large off-white head. Flavour is citrus and a touch of yeast, tart, acidic. Decent, but I expected more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2004
(750ml bottle) Medium beige head atop a cloudy, sediment-filled copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, floral, cookie dough, lemon, orange peel, some wood, light barnyard. Taste is medium sweet, floral, chocolate, wood, orange, some caramel. Alcohol is very well hidden. Delightful light-medium body, lively yet somehow also creamy. I should not be drinking this in the week before Christmas -- instead I should be drinking this on a warm spring day, when the dandelions in the beer could commune with the dandelions at a picnic site, and the glorious intermingling would delight more of my senses than just taste and smell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2004
A dark cloudy amber body is topped by a very full, meringue head that lasts a long while. The aroma is highly spicy and slightly floral. I really don’t know what a dandelion smells or tastes like so I won’t pretend that I detect any in the beer. The body is highly carbonated and has a nice nutty malt body to back it up. Actually, it’s a little bit like banana nut bread, but with the nuts heavily outnumbering the bananas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Cloudy orange color, lots of lacing & fizzy head. Nose of barnyard & tart notes with grapefruit. Tastes lightly sweet & floral, planty, very yeast & light. Some dandelion notes are present. Spicy belgian ale, nice spin on the saison. Nice work Dany!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Amber with a foamy head and spottly lacing. Sour funk aroma. Malt goodness. Flowery hops, dandelions, and tart apples. Dusty cobwebs, sour hops and some dandelions. Citrus. I know what dandelions taste like... I remember eating them when I was a kid. :) Dry, lingering finish of funky yeast and caramel malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Wow. Medium fluffy head, lasted long time. Malt and sour aroma, some yeast, almost textbook Saison. Amazing complex flavor, I can barely describe what all is going on. Clear caramel malt flavors emerge, followed by a burst of funky yeast, random herbs, and a definite bitterness on the finish. This description utterly fails to do this beer justice. Amazing, beautiful stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Bottle. Nice medium amber color. Bitter and tart aroma. The dandelions are noticeable in aroma and taste. Very tart and sour. Bitterness from the dandelions plays on the tongue for a bit. Very interesting.

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