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


on tap

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RATINGS: 692   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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witthatsbier (584) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 7, 2017
pours an orange colour, with a light white head spicy aroma bit clove cinnamon taste is fruit spicy long spiced finish ok but not special

NZJoe (41) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 1, 2017
Poured from a bottle BB end 2019, drunk on 1/08/2017. Lot no 52a16. Highly anticipated beer right here. Big Fantome fan and Ive never yet had the privilege of this beautiful concoction reaching my lips. Upon prying loose the cork, there is no pop, at first I think it has lost its carbonation but then I see the wee beauty bubbles rising up to the surface. I pour her in nice and gentle like, and we get a nice sized head. Hazy, dark golden colour but not too chunky and murky. Definitely giving off that Fantome aroma, but its not too strong. Theres maybe a bit more bitterness and hay in the nose than the standard Fantome. Taking a sip, Im pretty pleased. This is gonna be a good one. Complex, elegant but also thirst-quenching like you could crush a few of these sitting in the late afternoon sun at a cafe in the Belgian countryside. I would say bitterness is a bit higher, possibly from them bitter dandelions, but gone is a lot of that spice you get from the standard. Sunny peaches, chicken coops, fresh bread is there in its place. I have to say, carbonation is a bit on the low side, especially by the second glass, but it still has a lovely body. Im glad I got to try this beer at last. Doesnt surpass the standard in my books, but nice for a change.

danlo (3234) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2017
750ml bottle. Golden amber colour, off-white foam head and fruity yeasty aroma, with apricot, spice, funky. Taste is grainy, fruity apricot, funky milky yeast notes and some earthy spicy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry tangy bitter finish. Nicely drinkable saison.

ruigo (3080) - PORTUGAL - JUL 19, 2017
75cl bottle. Hazy brownish amber with a big off-white head. Plums, apples, spices, grassy and yeasty. Good but a bit unbalanced towards the finish.

davidezdonz (587) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - JUN 30, 2017
A 750ml bottle with a best before end 2019 date. Poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass. It was a lightly hazy amber-orange colour with a two finger light tan-orangey coloured head that had good retention and left nice lacing. Aromas of sweet Belgian yeast, breadiness, lots of fruit, plum, orange, apple with hints of clove and banana, lightly peppery, hay, grass and some spices. Tastes musty, apple juice, grass, orange, orange peel bitterness, some kind of floral herbal spice mix that’s not easy to describe and some pear and pepper lingering on the finish. Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Overall this was interesting but perhaps that floral herbal spice mix threw me off a bit. I also felt the carbonation was too low. In the end I think I prefer their regular Saison a lot more.

kapusta (116) - Browns Summit, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2017
750ml bottle pours hazy orange body with a frothy rocky overflowing head. Aroma is very spicy with tart dry micro greens aroma, coriander and peppery-citrus aroma. Taste is dry tartness, spices, orange peel and honey, extremely complex. Dry and semi-bitter, but also fruity. Very unique, but I would be hard pressed to say I could tell there were dandelions in the brew. Excellent beer

tapefuzz (813) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2017
750mL bottle. Pours amber-orange with a large foamy white head. Aroma is sweet; dandelions, sweet grain, caramel malt, and a light fruitiness. Taste is tart and tangy; sweet caramel malt and fruit up front followed by dandelions, wine, apple, grain, and a hint of leather. A touch of alcohol. Spicy, yeasty finish. Medium body. High carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Usually I prefer beers with the yeast sediment added, but in this case the beer is much better without it - the tartness is submerged and an earthiness from the yeast becomes dominant.

ineedbeer (2255) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 3, 2017
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, purchased back in 2008 or 2009. Aroma is very fruity with quite a bit of red apple and pear. Light floral notes with a medium light herbal note. Some yarrow-like floral notes. Faint citrus notes. Pours a hazy, dull, golden orange with a medium large, thick, frothy, white head that recedes somewhat quickly to the edges where it lingers for quite some time. Light lacing and small legs. Flavor is slightly sweet with a touch of acidity. Faint grain notes with some light citrus notes. Moderately strong red apple notes with some light pear notes. Fairly floral with some yarrow notes,rose hips and dandelion. Medium low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice beer, but the red apple note is too strong. Nice floral notes. Good, soft acidity and nice mineral notes.

Iznogud (4317) - CROATIA - MAY 24, 2017
On tap at Vrteška, 2017. Pours unclear dark yellow., white head. Sour, some citrus notes, odd bitterness. Yeast, bit spicy. Very odd and seemed off. Light to medium bodied.

Ysok02 (1826) - Mons, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2017
Robe ambrée, belle mousse abondante et crémeuse. Nez marqué par les épices et le malt, puis s’ouvre sur un coté végétal et une note de thé, d’infusion. Bouche à l’attaque à la fois ample et épicée, une très belle bulle qui allie fraîcheur, finesse et onctuosité, longue finale végétale. Une saison puissante mais qui reste fraîche, dommage que le nez nez soit pas plus complexe.

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