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


on tap

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RATINGS: 678   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murran (625) - - JUN 24, 2016
Pours an amber body with a really thin head. Rich and warm aroma with malty tones and a wooden feel. Taste is rich and rather complex with dominant malt and some wooden tones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Franckg (1577) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
Bouteille sans date. Robe orange sale sans col de mousse. Arômes de malt terreux, caramel, foin mouillé, abricot, miel, cassonade. En bouche, malt caramelisé et légèrement gazonné, abricots, zeste d’orange, miel. Finale très amère effectivement de plante verte. Texture duveteuse et corps mince. Pas mon genre du tout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sokuzs1 (1198) - POLAND - MAY 31, 2016
Aroma: peach. fruity, spicy, hay, light leather Taste: light sour, light bitter, earthy, dandelion, leather, spicy, fruity

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Arcanor (408) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2016
750ml bottle. Pour golden and hazy with lace. A nice tall and thick white foam cover this heavenly liquid. A weird but enjoyable belgian style yeast and floral aroma cover the walls of my nose. Light to medium body, lively carbonation, small acidity. Sometimes it’s a dice roll with this brewery, even more here in Quebec when the bottle travels on a boat for a long time. But this time it’s a hit. The case of 6 beer are just perfect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (7476) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAY 8, 2016
750ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Cloudy orange color. Small size, white head, stays. Alcohol, faint apples, minerals and jammy in aroma. Sweet, herbal, fruity, yeasty, straw in taste. Flowery, herbal bitterness in aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
martjoobolut (4083) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy orange. Aroma is floral, sweet, phenolic, fruity. Flavor is sweet and bitter, fruits, apricots, citrus. Finish is dry-dandelion bitter. Overall: very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suurjuust (3504) - ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle shared by Mart. Murky orange amber, small white head. Nose is citric, fruity, herbal. Flavor is spicy, sweet, malt, biscuits, finish with herbal bitterness, spice, lingering dandelion bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel. Strange and plant-y, but very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (5324) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2016
Bottle. Amber with a lot of haze and two finger head. Very herbal and fruity with plenty of flavor. Overly sweet for my taste and there’s an odd plastic note that I really can’t ignore. Very disappointing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bastarda (496) - Freiburg, GERMANY - APR 21, 2016
@bartlebier’s weird beer tasting/Bierhandlung/Mai16. Another work of art by fantome. nose starts out simple, with a bit of lactose and fruits, getting spicier, bread spices (aniseed, caraway seeds, coriander) with then a whole early summer rainy day limetree blossom lushness unfolding. Taste is really quite different from nose, sweet, apricots, some alcohol fumes, apricot jam in aftertaste, blossom honey in late aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoned99 (1499) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2016
UPDATED: APR 9, 2016 750ml shared with friends. Aroma: floral, candied fruits. App: hazy peach, minimal white head. Taste and palate: medium body, medium sweetness, high carbonation, light acidity finish. Overall: not bad but too sweet for me.

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