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


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RATINGS: 686   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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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JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2006
In refernce to my other Fantome rating, i could be a window cleaner for them as well and still be happy. I would have an invisible squeegee made out of gatiti. Ona serious note, one of the better Saison’s Ive had lately.

Zeswaft (1776) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
ehhhh, this was more of a lambic to me. just big sourness up front in the nose and flavor. It had more body than a lambic but just sour all over. i don’t understand the dnndelion thing but that description to the left is way too long.

sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2006
thanks to cmubeerman for this. thick-looking, opaque, brown. late sunset appearance. small head. not the most saisony thing i’ve ever smelled. sour though. really sour taste. not strong enough aroma perhaps. strange beer.

footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Enjoyed with the Minnesota crew a long time ago and taken from old notes. Pours a dark cloudy amber color with lots of carbonation. Very strange sour flavor,bitter and lemony citrus-like. It was a refreshing brew.

ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2006
2004 Bottle. Found this at my beer store, and didnt even know it was a Fantome until Id already got it home and was looking at the bottle. Pours out a dark brown color with a very large head. I got this beer alot cooler than the normal beers I drink because I love saisons cooler than other beers. The result was great. Smelled yeasty, fruity, full of oak, and grassy. Taste was very similar with the sweetness of the malts really coming out. This was an awesome thirst quenching summer beer that I would love to get more bottles of, and I just might next time I go to the store. The last pour was a terrible one, when my hand slipped and I dumped about half of the shit that was in the bottom straight into my glass. Oh well, it was still good.

SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2006
750 mL bottle. This is one I’ve been waiting to try for a while, so, as I listened to my grandfather tell the story of when he used to make his own dandelion wine, I had to crack this bottle open. I took the cap off, and the cork immediately started to move ... surprisingly, it wasn’t a gusher. Hazy copper with a nice head, with a good amount of sediment in each glass. Sweet and dry in the nose with a little funk to it that’s hard to explain. It’s not farmhouse or alcohol, but somewhere in between. Sweet mouthfeel to begin, but it becomes more dry as it goes, and picks up a little sting in the back of the throat. Very spicy (peppery, corriander, clove, lavender) and malty from molasses and caramel. All of it is in nice balance. Very nice beer, although I’d have liked it to be a little dryer and more musty. (It was a hit with the family, as well)

goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Poured a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma was tart with some vinegar notes and some light funk. Sweet caramel malty flavor with some tartness as well. Much less than the aroma. Mild CO2 bite.

jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2006
big 750 mL bottle, opened and drunk at basement temperature. grassy spicy and herbal saison aroma, bitter but not "hops bitter", more of an astringent acidic and slightly chemical bitter aroma. tangy saison flavor, finishing with more bitterness which isn’t quite hops, and although i must admit i’ve never tasted dandelions, it tastes a lot like what i would imagine dandelions to taste like - very green and harsh, slightly dry. very carbonated and effervescent. excellent as far as gimmick beers go, but for the price, better saisons can be had.

Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2006
2004 bottle from the Cellar of Gondor. Poured a medium caramelly-amber with a beige head. First pour was clear, and all the particulates showed up shortly afterward. Intricate lacing followed this down. Nose was strikingly odd at first.. with an old rustic farm, dandelions, caramel, darker spices, and a hint of dust slowly emerging. Flavor found plenty of dandelions and their resultant bitterness, a spicy caramel base, grass, and the top floor of an old dusty barn. Medium-bodied. Malty middle became a tad tacky. Bitterness heightened at the back-end. Tasty and unusual. Enjoyed it!

FotogInk (1) - Hamtramck, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2006 does not count
Cork # 096/477044 Being a new fan of FANTOM , which I discovered last year during a trip to Ann Arbor, I was joyful to find this. Summer properly sums up this brew, as I agree with many of the complexity comments. Tastes of the dandelion underwhelm the palatte, as rich flavorful spices, take over. Stewards review is spot on, with floral delacacies awaiting, alongside the beloved Fantom amber and frothy head.

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