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

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RATINGS: 593   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2010

Source:750 mL bottle split two ways.
Glass:Oerbier tulip.
Appearance:Hazy gold/orange pour with a thin white head.
Aroma:Aroma was decidedly floral, with a hint of bread, and almost no hint of sour.
Flavor:Very sour. Almost no other characteristics present other than the citrus lemon/lime. A hint of some sour green apple present also, but wayyyy in the background.
Palate:Light bodied with solid carbonation.
Overall:I really enjoyed this, though it wasn’t at all what I expected. Very sour, and I hadn’t had this level of sour in any of my Fantome beers before. Very good for the price at 12.99.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monkeychugg55 (910) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Cloudy amber with a small, fine beige head. The aroma is loaded with heavy caramel, toast, some spice and fruity esters. The flavor is everywhere. Rich caramelize sugar upfront, with some strong spicy phenols and alcohol notes. The finish is semi-dry, and lingers in the back of the throat for a while with a strange spicy character. Not exactly sure what dandelions taste like, but I don’t think I’m a fan of them.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontape (364) - Valley Village, California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
750 ml bottle, popped for a rainy Sunday brunch. Pours a murky, rusty brown with a tan head. Funk, grass, hay, saison yeast come through on the nose. All that on the taste as well with lightly sweet notes from the malt. I actually juice dandelion greens most mornings and I’m getting some familiar herbal bitterness here. Funky, interesting, enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (1725) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2014
November 5, 2014. Bottle at home. Hazy amber with a medium sized creamy white head. Aroma is spicy, citrus, grassy, light alcohol, green dandelion leaves. Taste is light sweet, a bit harsh bitterness from the dandelion. Finish is grassy greenish bitterness, light sweet malty note. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Akiro (5) - ITALY - OCT 18, 2014 does not count
E la seconda birra che assaggiamo di questo il birrificio. Si sente l’alcol il gusto è un tantino amaro, colore scuro. La schiuma è abbastanza persistente è una saison particolare contemporaneamente fruttata è acida sul finale. Più da meditazione che da pasto. Il sapore è un mix rurale mucca amarene sciroppate e caramello.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mile (3131) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle. Light amber, cloudy, small and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and dryish and lightly sourish aroma, light fruitiness and citrus with light hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and dryish, light sourness and citrus, light alcohol. Finish is average, malty and dryish, faint sourness and light citrus with light - some sharp spiciness (pepper), light hoppyness, some alcohol. Way too much alcohol considering the body. To put it nicely - don’t believe the hype.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
One of Fantôme’s better known spice beers, this one made with dandelions Danny Prignon harvests himself in the brewery’s vicinity. Rocky, very thick and stable, off-white head, orange blond colour, almost amber, hazy with a ’stormy’ fizz. Fruity, ’wild’ aroma of wet hay, sherry, peach, freshly cut grass, sweat, lemon peel, banana, meat broth but no apparent dandelions (whatever aroma that would be). Fresh citrus acidity in the onset, lots of sharp carbonation, supple and lightly powdery mouthfeel, very yeasty palate, peach, caramel, honey, sour accent lasts till the end, dry finish with grassy hops, bitterishness probably due to the dandelion as well, but I cannot recognise it with certainty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andriesradu (514) - ROMANIA - SEP 28, 2014
Pours hazy dark orange with a small head. Aroma has mainly notes of yeast, alchool and a moderate sweetness also a bit sharp. Aa is warms the aroma from the dandelions can be felt quite strong. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a distinct and sticky note from the dandelions.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esox (1114) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Bottled. Hazy amber color, creamy head. Strong, slightly acidic berry nose, gooseberry, slightly spritzy grapefruit, black currants, leather and dirt. A whiff of alcohol. Malty and slightly sweet, slightly harsh/bitter spiciness. Berryish alcoholic and slightly tart finish. Medium body, a bit oily and heavy. Quite low carbonation. Complex but there?s something strange in it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (2790) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2014
Flaske (med både patentkork og vinkork - her tar de forsegling seriøst!), delt på dag 2, RBHD-samlingen hos Asle Bjørn: højt skum! Vakker gylden farge. Aroma av friske løvetannblader (og det vet jeg som fjerner all løvetann i plenen manuelt). Smak av de samme + blomstersødme og røyk/aske. Farlig lett for sin vinkelhastighet. Fint karbonert. En annerledes og god saison.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Holmen2 (1232) - NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
Shiningly golden. Dense off-white head. Ash, sour peat, dried fruits and raw vegetables in aroma. Sourness and a hint of sour peat in taste and aftertaste.


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