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

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RATINGS: 575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 2004 bottle: When first reading about this offering from Fantome, I was definitely taken aback when finding out they were making a beer from dandelions. These guys have brewed some daring beers before, but I thought maybe they were going too far. Once again these guys have proven that they can brew an amazing beer using some of the most unorthodox ingredients out there.

Pours plum red with a thin but stubborm pinkish head. The first aromas of New England in the spring are what initially struck me when I caught the first scents radiating from this beauty. Smells strongly of morning dew, wet grass, barnyard and mustard seed. Tastes of salad, vegetal, with some nice sweet cherry-like undertones. Peppery on the tongue with a nice bitter finish. Great lasting lacing throughout the entire drinking experience. This is definitely one of the most unique saisons I’ve ever had.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rye726 (21) - Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2010
Pours a beautiful, hazy straw with a silky white head. Very nice lace. Nose has crisp fruity malts, musty wood, manure, horsebalnket, flower, sour yeast and white wine grapes Taste has tart citrus fruits, sweet candy malts, floral herbs and barnyard funk. Quite complex yet superbly balanced. Clean, refreshing body is delicately carbonated. Nice dry, acidic finish. Perfect example of the style.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Nose is a little week for what you are about to taste. Nose is slightly fruity with a large pepper smell. The beer has a nice bright yellow orange color that I crave from a good saison. First sip very carbonated more so than a sprite. Flavor is a rush with sour lemon and sweet mandrin orange accompanied by pete and white pepper. It settles in your mouth with a great lemon zest and a beautiful lace on your glass that will make your whole body yearn for just one more sip!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2003 Gloomy sunset. Spongy, gleaming white foam. Boisterous aroma of flower garden, chalky, peppery belgian yeast, leather, soil, pumpkin stem, mango, wood, and metallic aspects atop a layer of buttery malts, phenol, nutty yeast, and leather. Classic Fantôme prickly, fluffy mouthfeel. First sip yields full flavors right off the bat with a star anise-passion fruit blend and juicy hop onslaught. Trace of acidity emerges at middle stage to cushion the cottony malts. Lingering doughy traits alongside notes of white grape and cantaloupe. Finishes dry and herbal, grassy, cleanly yeasty with a touch of bready, caramel richness, gentle brushing bitterness, and earthy hop. Just an unbelievable combination. The herbal flavors, fluffy feel, complex yeastiness, and understated malt profile unite to unmask an impeccably crafted euphoric libation. To call this captivating would be an understatement.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 24, 2004
This beer is incredible! I was a bit wary at first due to the inclusion of dandelions in the mix, but the result is stunning. Smooth, golden, with sweet essence and a slightly dry finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slayer85 (1044) - Firenze, ITALY - FEB 25, 2008
750 ml bottle. A cloudy light amber beer with a medium sized, enough persistent white head. The aroma is great, intense with notes of barnyard, earth, citric fruits, hay, herbs, flowers. Light sourness in the nose that is balanced and inviting. The flavour begins quite sweet and malty before you’ve been hit by a balanced acidity and hop bitterness. Again many herbal/flowery notes with some spiciness and hints of citric fruits. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, lively carbonation, long dry finish with medium bitterness. The nth masterpiece from this wonderful brewery.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grunx (367) - - MAY 11, 2011
Cervesa realment curiosa, refrescant i amb un lleuger punt avinagrat. Molt agradable i fàcil de beure. Ideal per iniciar-se amb les sours.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3148) - Radom, POLAND - NOV 27, 2013
Bardzo dobre i tresciwe piwo. Kasztanowo brunatny kolor, mocna metnosc i to po przelaniu nawet niewielkiej ilosci, Spora i gesta piana no i ten zapach, Daktylowo sliwkowy. Lekko winny i kasztanowy. Zlozonosc potezna w smaku zwlaszcza wino wytrawne pomieszane z pieczonym jablkiem, troche nut jalowcowych i innych przyprawowych dodatkow, moze anyz i pieprz byl dodany. Nie mniej to wszystko jest sezonowe. Mimo skromnej etykiety to piwo wcale nie jest skromne. Polecam

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernest (6160) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2004 2004 bottle. Head is large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, grass, lemon), moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of clove, wood, hay, sand. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation. The latest release of other Fantomes, such as Black Ghost, have not quite measured up to older versions (perhaps a less than stellar batch of grains), but this one is wonderful...one of the first Fantomes I've noticed with a genuinely creamy mouthfeel. Over the last year I've become fiendishly addicted to saisons...Fantome, Blaugies, Dupont, I can't get enough. And this is a great example of why...farmhouse character all the way, amazing balance, impeccably clean tasting, and Dany's expert hand at the controls. Saison most completely captures what I feel is the purest form of beer...so genuine, so visceral, so freaking *real*. To get poetic for a moment, it is to drink life itself...it is the smell of the barley and wheat in the fields, it is the smell of the earth in which the plants grow, it is the smell of country air, the hay in the barn and the flowers by the brook. Saison is life.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3257) - 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.


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