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


on tap

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RATINGS: 665   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (3060) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Hazy amber colour, white foam. Peppery nose, citrus, lots of spices. Sweet, light tart notes. Tea? Ok beer, but typical Fantôme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
alteregoo (1142) - POLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Pana niewielka, utrzymująca się w postaci chmurki. Barwa pomarańczowo bursztynowa, mętna. Aromat przyjemny, cytrynowo estrowy, w tle lekka dzikość i likier morelowy. W smaku półsłodkie, sporo kandyzowanych owoców, brzoskwiń, wina głogowego, jest też lekka kwaskowość porzeczkowa, w afterteasie fenole (goździk, pieprz) i miód akacjowy. Goryczka średnia, pestkowo ziołowa. Alkohol nieco za wysoki, nagazowanie średnie do niskiego. Lepkie i treściwe w odbiorze.
Mniszka oczywiście nie czuć, choć ogólnie piwo jest za ciężkie, mdłe, mulące, zbyt słodkie jak na Saisona. Gdzieś brakło tu świeżości i "zwiewności" najlepszych przedstawicieli stylu...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SeniorZozo (1345) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 1, 2016
Sharing session @ Budapest. cloudy amber colored beer with a white head aroma malts spicy citrus fruits and hops flavor malts spicy pepper citrus fruits and bitter hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (988) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours a murky amber brown with a fading off white head. Aroma of caramel, pepper, floral, lemongrass. Taste is of butterscotch, lemongrass, floral, musky, tea, herbs, pepper, pine. Oily mouthfeel, foamy, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (4622) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle. Can’t recall where from, but it’s been down the cellar for 18 months or so. Orange gold. Light haze. Thin, sticky, white head. Toasty, buttery, honeyed malts. Spicy. Gingery. Zesty. Touch of booze. Bready and yeasty. The full works. Taste is spicy bitter, and removed from what you might expect. Really quite grassy and herbal. Full and rich. Zesty, oily bitter finish. Rating courtesy of the missus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (1456) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2015
Murky pale with white head. Floral, earth, funky, cork, herbal, alcohol, caramel and perfume. Dry, citric, fruity, thick and sweet finish. Overall: All over the place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (2229) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2015
750mL bottle from Beer Cartel. Deep hazy orange body, creamy white head persists. Spicy nose - bitter orange peel, white pepper, coriander seed, bit of non-specific woodiness, dried herbs. Juicy body (best way to describe it!?), drying texture, moderate carbonation for style, lingers long on the palate. Spices are ramped up on the body! Intense, fragrant, complex with coriander, fennel, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peel, dried herbs, slightly medicinal notes. Firm bitterness, looong finish. Highly flavoured, very intense yet comforting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (5568) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep slightly hazy amber body with a medium foamy white head. Nose is floral honey tones, wheat, grains, straw, white sugar and hints of peaches, raisins and red berries. Taste is grains, white sugar, red berries, peaches, raisins, floral honey tones and hints of pale malts, red fruits and caramel. Medium body, medium to soft carbonation. A very decent saison with lots of fruitiness, but still not quite amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (12233) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Sample at Kurtkeller 022: Pumpkin-tastic 03 on 10/31/2015. Hazy reddish-amber color with a medium fluffy off-white head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of smoked malt, fruit and hops. Medium body with flavors of charred malt, yeast, fruit and mild hops. The finish is smoky malt and earthy hops, Above average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickFifty (1134) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2015
Cloudy amber color, tan head. Peach nose, apricot, citrus, Belgian yeast, light spicy. Fruity taste, Belgian yeast, citrus, caramel. Medium body, soft carbonation.

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