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Pissenlit by Brasserie Fantome
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
8.00 % ABV

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.

Review by Lum on 10/06/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 2010
A very vigorous pour displays a Saison of a brassy, amber color adorned with a full fingers worth of slightly almond colored cap. This cap falls almost immediately, but quite visable are the active streamers of fine carbonation bubbles migrating their way to the surface. Nice.

Aroma is Fantome excellent. Sweet with residual sugars and very grassy elements lend a balancing contrast to the floral centerpiece in the nose. Mineral and dusty funk make their play here as well. Fantastic.

Interestingly sour. Slightly sweet, the tartness grabs at the back edges of the tongue. The grassy aspect carries through from the nose, so a nice balance between the two senses is easily found. Lemons and tart green apples. Floral - how does one describe the taste of flowers? It tastes as it smells - I'll leave it at that. Very nice earthy, musty funk lingers throughout the palate and into the finish.

Moderate in body, good zesty tingle for carbonation. Very little acidic dryness to this.

Love this shite. Been looking forward to opening this for a while now - today was just a gorgeous July day, and after spending the afternoon on Cayuga Lake... this didn't stand a chance. Insanely drinkable - I could put down a couple 750's of this - easy. A nearly perfect sour Saison, and quite possibly my favorite Fantome. Murph - I can't thank you enough.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 10/05/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
Thanks to Joey for sharing this one last time at La Bella. Have wanted to try this one for a while but these Fantome bottles are quite pricey. Adding this review from notes I took that night.

The beer was a golden yellow with a bit of cloudiness from the yeast pour. About a quarter inch of foam on top that fell fairly quickly due to the acidity of the beer, mostly all Fantome beers I have had don't retain any head.

Sweet citrus on the nose, slightly herbal, sweet floral aromas, hay, musty grain, a bit spicy, and leathery notes in the back.

Some tartness at first with a lemon flavor, hay, mustiness, dull citrus and orange flavor. Brett must and leather in the background. Tasty but the beer could develop a bit more in the bottle. Low carbonation but works very good with this beer and drinkable for the most part.

Served In: Pint Glass

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