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


on tap

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RATINGS: 696   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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2010

Source:750 mL bottle split two ways.
Glass:Oerbier tulip.
Appearance:Hazy gold/orange pour with a thin white head.
Aroma:Aroma was decidedly floral, with a hint of bread, and almost no hint of sour.
Flavor:Very sour. Almost no other characteristics present other than the citrus lemon/lime. A hint of some sour green apple present also, but wayyyy in the background.
Palate:Light bodied with solid carbonation.
Overall:I really enjoyed this, though it wasn’t at all what I expected. Very sour, and I hadn’t had this level of sour in any of my Fantome beers before. Very good for the price at 12.99.

mansquito (7127) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2017
Sovereign, tap: hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is hay, yeast, some fruitiness, toasty, and spice. Taste is sort of sweet. Pretty nice.

ciocanelu (3093) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 11, 2017
Hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma is malty, sweet with brown sugar and dried fruit notes. Taste is also malty and sweet with wheat, sugar and yeast flavor. Medium body and carbonation. A bit boozy with a light cardboard note.

markoijelena (3200) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - DEC 4, 2017
Draft 0.15l at Vrteska festival II Belgrade, Serbia. Thanks everybody for sharing beers. 06.05.2017. Pour it hazy orange color with no head. Aroma peach, saison yeast. Taste sweet, lacto, sourish till the end, quite dry, medium body, thick feel, lively, long finish!

sjogro (4999) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2017
Bottle at home. Golden amber with white head. Sweet malts, floral and herbal, can taste the dandelion clearly. Moderate sweet and bitter. Medium body and soft carbonation.

DiarmaidBHK (6137) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2017
Draft at Churchkey. Pours golden with a white head. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Nice floral and grass notes on the nose and tongue with a hint of horseblanket. Solid.

geolgau (544) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - OCT 31, 2017
Aroma: slightly floral perfume, farmhouse, barnyard, fresh hay, belgian sweetness. Taste is sweet, very belgian with brown sugar, belgian yeast, alcohol spiciness. Sticky mouthfeel, low carbonation. Nice hybrid between a belgian strong ale and a saison, but too sweet.

MrTipple (6952) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2017
Sweet grain and bread malts, caramel, sweet citrus fruits, barnyard. Hazy gold, tiny, creamy, white head. Light bitter. More subtle, slightly sweet barnyard, sweet grain and bread malts, caramel, dark molasses, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Very nice Saison, rich and well-balanced. Bottle from Independent Spirit, Bath.

MetalNHopHead (2257) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 28, 2017
One of the best parts about this brew is its name. I've been drinking dandelion root tea to promote liver health since college (it's probably a wash because of all the alcohol I consume, but oh well) and I can definitely vouch for the diuretic tendencies of the plant. Happily, Pissenlit didn't cause me to charge to the bathroom although its flavors were somewhat similar to the tea I enjoy. Pissenlit pours a clear amber. Spicy, earthy aromatics. Grainy flavor with some black pepper. Some of that tea-like dandelion comes through - it's toasty and only mildly floral compared to the overly vegetal taste you sometimes get with dandelion beers. Fat malt feel and a touch of bitterness on the back-end. Odd but exceptionally well-done.

HuskerTan (2449) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - OCT 27, 2017
Bottle. A- Caramel, roses, malty. A- Copper orange color, hazy liquid, off white head. T- Caramel, rum cake, spices, floral. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, malty finish. O- Don't get much in terms of the dandelions. At least the floral bitterness I would perceive. Lots of caramel malt and some spice. Not bad but not really outstanding by any means.

glennmastrange (2939) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2017
Bottle. Moderate grain, caramel and straw for the malt, light flowers for the hops, light to moderate musty and farmhouse for the yeast, with solvent, ripe pear, green pepper and allspice. Head is small to average, frothy, off-white, with some slippery spotty lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is muddy, grayish dark tan. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and faintly bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily, with a soft to lively carbonation. A more rich and sweet Saison rather than being light and crisp. A very enjoyable beer either way.

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