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

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RATINGS: 667   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (6764) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2017
[email protected] pint pub. Pours amber color with a thin white head. Dark fruits, caramel, hops, floral notes, apricots. Pretty complex brew. Mouthdrying finish. Mild tartness, wheat and light berry notes in finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (4395) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2017
0,3l on tap @ One Pint Pub. Pours hazy amber with a medium creamy head. Aroma is earthy malts with some cucumber and a hint of dandelion. Flavor is earthy malts, a hint of yeast, some dandelion and hops. Great saison as usual from these guys.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (6024) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Tap at One Pint Pub, Helsinki. Colour is cloudy and murky dark orange with small creamy white head. Aromas and flavors: Berries, dryness, farmhouse elements, some yeast and malts. Extremely weird.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Korcz (1845) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 26, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AssKicker (307) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - OCT 21, 2016
Bue à la pression. Assez trouble, couleur ambrée, mousse crémeuse mais agoraphobe. Clairement axée sur les malts avec une bonne rondeur en bouche, pas mal caramélisée. L’amertume se dégage pas mal en fin de bouche avec une petite chaleur, et des notes végétales. Pas mal du tout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esp0r (2778) - NORWAY - SEP 7, 2016
Bottle enjoyed at home
Copper, very hazy, thin laced beige head. Smell of fruity yeast esters, a touch of toast, soucesm caramel and light malts. Moderate sweet, a tiny touch of acids, fruity malts, caramel and fruit peel, alot of spices. Quite dry, complex and nice, zesty tail, medium bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maakun (4484) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2016
Bottle shared at home. Clear copper with short lasting off white head. Honey, sweet malts, some bitter herbs, herbal tea, some green tea, hay, some apricot. Light yeasty with a hint of funk, but mostly quite straightforward. Medium sweet and bitter. A bit over medium bodied with under medium carbonation and soft feel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foffern (1722) - Bodø, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours a deep orange-brown colour with a creamy off-white head. Sour aroma of vinegar, forest floor, heather, wild berries, lemon and barnyard. Fruity and sweet flavour with a bitter aftertaste. Notes of flowers, grass, herbs, forest floor and leather. Has a slick mouth feel, medium to full body and a medium to heavy bitterness. A fresh, odd and a little unbalanced saison, both sweet and bitter at the same time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5006) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2016
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before end 2016. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas big of lemon, pear, plum, apple, white grape, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, dandelion, hay, straw, wood, leather, light honey, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dandelions, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, plum, apple, white grape, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, dandelion, hay, straw, wood, leather, light honey, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness, herbal bitterness, and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, plum, apple, white grape, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, dandelion, hay, straw, wood, leather, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dandelions, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from /bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly sticky, and lightly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dandelions, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murran (590) - - 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.


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