Fantome Pissenlit

Posted: June 30, 2015 in Brasserie Fantome, Reviews, Saison/Farmhouse Ale

The other half had a craving for Thai food last night. We found a spot in Lambertville to hit up that was BYOB. I also remembered that there was a nice beer store a few blocks away. We stopped and I hadn’t been there in years. They still had some nice selections, but what I noticed was they had a lot of beers that had obviously been sitting on the shelf for awhile, such as a popular “beer camp” series from last year. In my beer infancy, I would have grabbed it up because I enjoyed it, but now, there are so many options out there and I’d prefer to buy something I know is fresh that I haven’t tried. I read an article yesterday about NY beer stores and it cited this exact reason for some of them going out of business. But, I digress. Beer time.

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ABV: 8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “…made with dandelions, literally ‘wet the bed’ in French. Described as ‘highly spicy with touches of pepper and slight grass and floral notes, a touch of lemon-lime citrus.”

Random: My office is about 8,000 degrees today. It’s normally freezing.

This beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that was slow to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass and a crown on top of the body. The body was a cloudy, orange-brown color with visible detritus. There was no carbonation to be seen since the beer was too cloudy. The nose was very fragrant with grass, flowers and lemon. Belgian yeast was apparent as well. The taste started with some citrus (lemon) and flowers. White peppercorn was present with some sweetness from the malt. Grass finished the flavors of the sip. It was a thicker beer than I’m used to for the style and very dry. It had a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish was very long with grass and peppercorns. This was $18.99 for the bomber, which was $.86 for per ounce. This was an expensive beer, but in my opinion, worth it, given the complexity of the flavors. I would pick this one up if you want a different type of saison.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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