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


on tap

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RATINGS: 670   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 15/20
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Bottle. An orange-amber color with a foamy white head. A mildly sweet floral aroma with lemongrass, and herbal spices. A dry, flowery flavor with a touch of citrus and an an earthy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2677) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
2004: Very cloudy amber body with a huge head. Good lacing on the glass too. Aroma is very grassy with notes of caramel, barnyard, pepper and light spices. Flavor is mostly the same, probably the grassiest flavored beer I’ve had. Dandelions though? Sure why not. An interesting Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2006
2004- @ kps. Lots of carmel aroma with some lemongrass and some light pepper. flavor is of lemon, white pepper, corriander, carmel. thinner palate with lots of carbonation. kind of tastes like squirt ir fresca. grapefruit flavor, dash of strawberry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Surprisingly full in aroma andflavor. Vivala dandelion! Nose is buttery and rich, sitting atop a murky brew with a fizzy dissapating head. Taste is honey, honey and more honey. Finish is short and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Can’t brag that I tasted Dandelions but I can now imagine the ingrediant. Very farmhoule ale type. Flowery and soft but yet 8%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7685) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Cork & Bottle - Baton Rouge, La. - 750 ml bottle. Hazy, dark orange pour - looks like I remember nectarine juice looking like as a kid. Initial thick, bubbly, off-white head, sticks around just a bit. Clean, sweet aroma, very faint hints of licorice, some bubble gum and a lemony undertone to round it out. Flavor is sweet and refreshing. Some subtle fruit notes - nectarines perhaps, some vinegar sourness, and a sweet citrus undertone in the back end - somewhere between lemons and oranges. Also detect some Christmas spices in there as well - quite a mouthful. Mouthfeel is spritzy, but not in a distracting way. Thick enough. Impressed. Can’t say I taste the dandelions though!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing this at the January gathering. Poured a cloudy effervescent amber with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is a strange mix of sweet floral qualities and a grassy bitterness with a hint of smoke. Taste is very dry and acidic with floral smokiness coming through quite prominantly. Well made and unusual.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2006
From Jan 06 Indy tasting. Thanks. I believe the bottle is from 2003. Standard cloudy golden saison pour with a white head. The aroma is vinegar, grape, and a bit funky. It has a nice presence in the nose. The taste is a lot like apple cider and then also has some vinegar character, but with an overriding sweetness that lingers after the vinegar enough to make the finish quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (5111) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2006
(750ml bottle) Many thanks go to Boutip for trading this master brewer’s rarity to me. Pours a thick, white, creamy head with a reddish-amber, highly carbonated body. The nose is classic Fantome: musky, grass clippings, lemon, dirty laundry, golden raisins and malt. The creamy malt flavour upfront melds into a mix of wild farmhouse yeast, coriander and orange pith. Very elegant and worthy of a relaxing evening with a book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13283) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
Bottle at l’Autre Oeil, Summer 2005. Red brown ale, hazy and dirty, with no head. Sour ground cherry in aroma with fiddle head, and light coriander. Spiced malts with sweet spiced notes, dandelion, licorice and vinaigry acidity. Smooth and enjoyable.

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