Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)
Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #332
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,753
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 11.36%
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
178
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Notes: This listing is for the label depicting a white background with black spots.
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mactrail from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow amber brew with an enormous pile of foam in the Duvel tulip. Bubbles streaming long after it subsides. Mouthfeel is lush and prickly. Taste is more fruity and less mineral than a lot of strong Saisons. I'd almost call it a strong golden Belgian but there is that taste of brettanomyces rather than the intense fruity phenols.

Lively and lemony with a modest but persistent malty sweetness. Just a tang of acidity but well balanced. Aromatic with citrus, cereal, straw, and a hint of Hefeweizen. Some pleasant apricot flavor. Quite likeable powerful brew that is distinctly Belgian but well mannered. From the 750 ml bottle with a regular cork and a cap to boot. Purchased in California.

Jan 01, 2021
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overcarbed. When it chills out a bit, aggressive Brett funk. Very dry and leathery with a touch of lemon. An acquired taste no doubt, but one can say that about just about everything Fantome makes.

Jul 31, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This what the hell I am talking about.
The cork pops out with a lively THUWAP! And pours a richly hazy, honey orange, liquid capped with a cumulus of meringue head (You have ice cream on top of your beer! exclaimed my 4 year old)
The nose is funky and full with a soft breadiness and a pleasant, fruity tartness
Taste is remarkably fruity, apricot and white peach, a bit of overripe pear, but not really sweet. The.dregs bring a yeasty mineralogy that isn't unpleasant, but I'd decant carefully and try the dregs on their own.pour next time.
Mouthfeel is full.but dry with a soft carbonation and clean finish.
Overall this is one of my favorite beers ever. Perhaps the best season.I've tried. At least neck and neck with the fantome saison de Sergio. Great stuff.

Apr 05, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No label date. Purchased over a year ago.

Transparent golden-orange brew, but with an incredible amount of activity. Forms a very large off-white head with excellent retention and lacing.

Lightly sweet, rustic, funky, and tart all at the same time. Just a touch of lemon, wildflower honey, hay, grass - smells like a meadow in Spring.

Flavor is much lighter and more approachable than I would expect for Fantome. Light and sweet up front, with a musty dull edge. Stays sweet throughout, with a honey-like light cracker malt backbone and hints of flowers. Mid-palate, a dry, dusty character not unlike dirt or aspirin emerges; lightly vegetal, as well, almost like peppers without heat. Finish returns to the light sweetness.

Very lively and highly carbonated, which immediately impacts the palate, but quickly recedes to a soft, approachable feel. Effervescent up front, the finish is relatively wet, sweet, and long lasting. Absolutely no hint of the 8% ABV.

As far as Fantome saisons go, this one is fairly straight forward, but there is enough rustic mustiness to give it a unique character.

May 29, 2017
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MagicJeff from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this from Hop City at Krog last week. No idea how old this bottle is, though I imagine it's on the newer side since GA just started getting this beer again (unless it's an old cache that had been sitting around forever, but I doubt it given taste/appearance). Poured into my Allagash tulip.

Look: Deep golden orange with a lot of haze. Lots of carbonation and lots of white/off white/slight yellow head. Head retrained throughout drinking. Not as much lacing as I would like, especially given the head.

Smell: Lemon, aspirin. I kind of smell grass clippings after the rain on a hot day. Having a hard time picking a lot up here.

Taste: Chalky, medicinal old lemon candies. Funky lemon rind (not in a good way, the funk is almost bracing and more of an aftertaste than in harmony with the beer). Lemon-lime gatorade quality to it. Some grapefruity alcoholic notes. Slight tartness but by no means sour.

Feel: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, goes down relatively easy.

Overall: I definitely prefer the standard Saison by Fantome. There's something missing in this beer to tie it together--I think there's too much stale lemon dominating the palate. That said, for an ABV of 8%, it is very drinkable and went down fast.

May 21, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

like so many other fantome beers, there is almost no information to be found at all on this thing, whats in it, how old it is, any of that, but like always, i buy it out of pure intrigue. this time i was rewarded for my sometimes unfounded and undeserved faith in this brewery. a rustic and original saison of sorts, with a neat orange color to it, a lot of lasting white head, and a pretty interesting yeast complexion, which is really always something i look for and desire in these beers. its spicy in a cool way, but also, this beer has to have some spices in it right? i smell and taste everything from white pepper to orange peel to cardamom and vanilla, its odd, thick, a little sweet, yeasty in a weird way, and downright delicious. not like others, thats for sure, this has the classic fantome green bottle stink to it, again flattering rather than hurting one of their beers. the yeast is funky, not wild but weird, interesting in its grain complexion as well, with wheat for sure, maybe some oats, and a pils type bready flavor too. good carbonation and a lot of life in general, it seems this one has aged a little more gracefully than some of their others do. these can fall off a cliff, and this one has thankfully not done that yet. i like these odd beer experiences with fantome, i really do, but a little more information about the brew would be really useful. either way, theyve done it again...

Dec 11, 2016
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hansavijaticar from Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell and taste lemony and soapy. Herbal and too bitter. Leaves a bit unpleasant aftertaste. Nice look, good lacing, but no match to Saison Dupont. Overrated just like Fantome Saison.

Dec 23, 2015
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and capped bottle. Hazy golden yellow, obnoxiously massive pillowy white read. It seemed to have stuck around forever. Great lacing and retention though, but I am knocking points due to it's excessive foam. Aromas of weed, lime, wheat and funk. Flavor is big lime up front with some hay, funk and mint. What a strange, strange beer...

Oct 05, 2015
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DrinkSlurm from New York

4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had at torst in Brooklyn.
Fantastic beer. Slight good n plenty finish but overall it's so well balanced and delicious. I wish I can drink this every day.

Sep 30, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

White head. Yellow gold color.

Flavor had an odd spice to it. Maybe dandelion. Spices and yeast. Lemon. Earthy and grassy. Clean. Slightly dry.

Decent beer, just unexpected with that odd initial flavor.

Sep 19, 2015
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a (green) bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Lemon yellow sun, filtering through the stratus layer of white froth.
S - Bright lemon, a mash up of hay and lemon oil wrapped in a wool blanket riding
a horse in the rain!
T - Interestingly sharp fruit, lemon reduction, a bit of onion peel, and moderate acidity, ash finish.
F - Body is propelled across the palate, carbonation provides the surf for those sour notes, and a slightly sweet finish.
O - This bottle is superb, the basis here is broad, tangy, bitter, sweet, funky. A true delight.
Cheers

Sep 15, 2015
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Blue_Hops from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer was very interesting with a nose that didn't carry over to the taste much. Smells much more floral, herby and minty. The taste has evident citrus oils in it as well as a bitterness that is hard to nail down. As I said before, this is interesting but I would call it a work of art. Not your typical saison. Get it if you can.

Sep 14, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lot Nr. B34 D 014. Best before end 2018.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, earth, lemon, lemon juice, lemon zest, and slight skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, herb, spice, lemon juice, and lemon zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of lemon and herb qualities that are slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Aug 01, 2015
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HeadyTheElder from Louisiana

4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Most recent batch. One of the craziest tomes ever. Menthol, citrus, earth, cat pee, funk, pine-sol, bong water, lime, grassy, complex... Great experience overall that somehow works well.

Jun 28, 2015
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MarioM from California

4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Beer pours with little to no foam with no head what so ever besides a thin film of tiny bubbles around the rim. Golden yellow and very clear after sitting in the fridge a few days and pouring gently.

S: As always, there is something very strange about this beer but its wonderful. The nose is perfume like, almost flowery but not quite. Almost like an artificial flower smelling solvent. Those of you that have guns, it smells like Hoppe's no.9 Bore cleaner that you use to clean the inside of gun barrels, which smells good btw. I know that sounds off putting but it works here somehow.

T: The spices go really well with the aroma and makes for a very interesting and extremely unique experience. Exactly what I expect when shelling out the dough for bottles of Fantome... Worth every penny... There is also a good malt balance to the spice and bitterness. It finishes with an earthy grassiness, very tasty.

M: The beer finishes with a very satisfying and refreshing bitterness that works well with the malt and spices. Carbonation is perfect, not english ale like nor is it champagne. There's a lingering malt character that reminds me of other Fantomes, obviously, but I also recognize it from drinking a double decocted maibock that I made which had a slight smokey character from me scorching the grain during the decoction. I'm now thinking Danny makes his beers by dedoction mash, hmm... Anyways, the aftertaste of this ghost is very tasty!

O: This is an amazing beer. I need to stop typing and go buy more! It is extremely interesting and intriguing. Its obviously weird and I love the Fantome smoke character that you get in "off" bottles, I love the weird ones. This one isn't as weird as it gets but its just right. Not clean but also definitely not too funky. Well done Danny!

Jun 22, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Leave it to Dany...as soon as im about to drink my last bottle of old style label Dalmatienne light, he releases a new batch with slightly updated label. Zthis review is for the freshly released batch.

750ml poured into a matching Fantome tulip, the brew appears a clouded golden color with a white creamy cap that holds well.

The smell is minty and herbal with a typical saison yeastiness like clove and banana with mild fruitiness laying underneath. It has a cleanliness about it that while enjoyable is young feeling and underdeveloped by Fantome standards.

The taste is bitter and herbal. a cooling almost menthol feel. Notes of clove and banana yeastiness are present with a touch of fruit like apple/pear skins. Like I mentioned in the aroma, this beer tastes young and clean with typical saison yeast character and unfortunately the Fantome house character I love is not yet present in this batch.

It is medium to full bodied with a pleasant creamy feel and moderate carbonation. An interesting brew that falls middle of the road for me. With time this could get better if the funk comes out and the bitterness fades.

Jun 05, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

La Dalmatienne isn't black and white but it does have spots - floating little flakes of yeast dot the glass (this despite that very close attention was payed to leave behind those last couple really muddy ounces of sediment). Clarity and a resplendent copper colour manage somewhat to persist in this otherwise very handsome looking ale. It looks good in the chalice but would even better suit a snifter.

The inside of the bottle cap was heavily rusted but it smelled amazing. Unsurprisingly the beer smells even better. It is unique and funky to an extent that few beers ever truly are. It has earthy, sweet, and tart features in unusual combinations like oyster mushroom, gjetost cheese, and farmhouse cider.

First and foremost, however, La Dalmatienne shares its stronger similarities with Amontillado or Oloroso sherry as well as brandy. Intoxicating, lightly oxidized flavours of grape must, dried fruits and figs, honey, baking apples, bitter almonds, used oak, and all sorts of miscellaneous things rich and sweet. It's delicious and, again, extraordinarily distinct.

If you know this brewery you know that "a Fantôme never gives up his secrets" - not even production or best before dates unfortunately. This bottle has been in my cellar for so long I can't remember when I bought it (best guess is 7 or 8 years prior). Only once having tried it once before, eons ago, I can't recall how this compares. But one thing's for sure: true to reputation, Fantôme beers do age fantastically.

When I first heard others raving about 10+ year old bottles of Fantôme I was skeptical. As I experimented with aging beers myself I gradually found the results less and less encouraging until eventually becoming a full-fledged 'fresh is best' advocate.

But there are exceptions to every rule. If you have any La Dalmatienne (or any other Fantôme offerings) don't be in a rush. The complexities and characteristics of this bottle were unequivocally distinct in the beer world and its rich, sweet subtleties rivaled only by beverages like brandy and sherry. Whatever the price tag was it was steep - but definitely worth it.

May 18, 2015
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laituegonflable from Australia

2.96/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a shiny gold colour with no head. Thin film around the edge with dense bubbles. Decent lace. Not bad, but not great.

Smells sweet, honey and nutty. Lots of almondy notes. Sweet predominantly with hints of Belgian phenols on the back. Marzipan, pecan and peanut. I'm definitely missing the funk here.

Wow, world of difference on the palate. So sour. A lot better, and yet still a bit simple and underdeveloped. Peanut notes, some chestnut, with tart vinegar character and some lemon/apple cider notes. Not particularly interesting, just tastes a little unnuanced to me.

Tart mouthfeel with pull from the yeast. A bit dry and acidic, but not bad.

Maybe it was a mistake following Logsdon's excellent Seizoen with this, as this just doesn't taste right to me. Tartness is there but there doesn't seem to be much else.

May 21, 2013
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Gifted by CE, from somewhere in AZ
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Pours a light beige head of about 1cm, composed of medium to large-sized bubbles, and with below average retention (lasting under a minute). The head fizzes away to a thin ring around the glass, leaving a few modest spots of lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is an orange-amber color, transparent, with light bringing out a somewhat bright, rust-orange color. Carbonation is visible and fairly substantial, streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is nearly candy-like sweetness with light toffee, hints of brandy, and lavendar/mint-like herbs. Not unappealing, but not particularly appealing, either.

Front of palate picks up light toffee and brown candy sugar-like sweetness. Mid-palate is brown candy sugar sweet, with prune esters, brandy, and medicinal or cough syrup-like flavors at times; it also includes a bit of "damp woods" like tastes, powdered cocoa, and potpurri-like herb usage. Back of palate picks up faded cherry-in-syrup flavors, toffee and brown candy sugar sweetness, and faint ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of medicinal/cough syrup sweetness with hints of brown candy sugar and prunes. Overall, quite complex, but perhaps overly sweet and a bit unbalanced in this regard.

Beer is medium-bodied, with slight wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is low in intensity, resulting in a smooth, though fairly stagnant mouthfeel that is just slightly foamy. Closes dryly, with little residual stickiness across the palate, despite the sweet flavors.

Dec 11, 2012
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped and corked bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable in Sydney as part of our Fantôme tasting day.

It uncaps without as much as a thunk, and pours similarly: rather flat and heavy. A mild ring of white forms around the edge, but otherwise it looks uncarbonated and pretty dense. Colour is a pleasant slightly hazed golden hue, and it picks up the light nicely: giving it a glow. Overall, it's not bad-looking, but is missing some of the key points of the style and the brewery.

Holy crap, what's going on here? Sweet and sour intensity, like heavily oaked botrytis semillon, with a hint of earthiness and a phenolic, gueuze-like bite. Some marzipan almond acridity. This is very strange: possibly just wrong.

Taste is similar, but maybe a bit better: apple and pear cider characters come through along with a pronounced acidity, and a slightly herbal and slightly carbonic bite on the finish. It feels rather thin, however, and has very little residual body: it's this more than anything that makes me believe this is not how it was supposed to be.

To be honest, I didn't hate it, even though it feels like this sample is infected with something that wasn't meant to be there: the stronger acidity is actually an interesting addition to the base Fantôme beer, which still managed to retain some character. But this is less good than it should have been, I feel, and I wonder just how much this has veered off from its goal.

Nov 24, 2012
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WillCarrera from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours an almost perfectly clear golden yellow color, topped with an inch of fluffy white head, nice retention, leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Really interesting aroma, lots of fruit (apple, pear, a bit of citrus) as well as strong spice, musky earth and yeast notes. Some clove, pepper and caramel malt as well, it smells awesome, and evolves as the beer warms up.

T- Similar to the nose, quite fruity with lots of apple, pear and a bit of citrus. There's a really perfect amount of tartness that I wasn't expecting from a saison, but it works really well. There's also some mild caramel malty sweetness in the center, with a dry, spicy finish. Musty, earthy yeast pulls everything together.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy, drinks pretty easily for 8.00%, although it's on the fuller side of medium.

O- A great saison, has a massive amount of complexity and character, the tart flavors also add a nice new dimension to the beer.

Oct 11, 2012
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AdamBear from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-cloudy gold with a thick cream colored head

S-fairly funky. Some spices. Caramel. Medium strength

T-comes in with a taste of some funk, but actually...it mostly tastes like sweet BBQ? I'm not lying. It's very odd. It tates almost smokey. After-taste is matching.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a watery finish

O-well, I never had a Saison like this before. Seems like it'd be a good summer Saison. I wonder what the dark version tastes like. Definitely goes down well.

Oct 01, 2012
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larryi86 from Delaware

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A hazy golden copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Barnyard funk, earthy, a little sour, some light fruits, herbal, floral.

T- Funky, earthy, sour lemon, sweet apples, some sweet malts, floral, herbal, ashy/off finish that really throws everything off. The finish isn't as off putting the more I drink this.

M- Crisp, light body.

O- I like the nose and the beginning of the taste, but the finish hurts this beer a lot. I feel that drinking a whole bottle isn't an issue. This is the second beer I have had from Fantome and I am not really impressed, I seem to have really bad luck with getting good bottles...

Aug 27, 2012
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JoEBoBpr from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a gorgeous golden color with some bright yellow notes and some nice haze to it. There is a nice 1 inch white head with some density to it but not very dense. White soapy bubbles are formed and they recede at a moderate pace. Not leaving any real lacing.

Strong funk notes. Old horse blanket and some nice corn husk notes a-plenty. It's been a while since I've smelled a true Belgian saison. Herbal and spicy notes are present including some nice fresh grain notes.

Grainy flavors start things off with some malt and some nice tartness. Lemony and citrusy juice notes are present and mix in with the funky horse blanket. There are grain notes mixed in with the tart notes and the funk. Interesting take on the style. Crisp and clean with a nice dry finish.

Pretty good saison. Fantome doesn't disappoint.

Aug 10, 2012
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BilbosNuts from Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy dark yellow color with no head at all. It appears very still with limited to no carbonation.

S: The aroma is amazingly complex. Earthy, funky, sour apples, lemon, grapefruit, grassy. All aspects are balanced as well, as none overpowers the other.

T: Not quite up to the standard set by the aroma, but it is still solid. Definitely more lemony and grapefruit-y in the taste. While the other aspects are present, they aren't as well balanced as the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Very smooth with a crisp, tangy finish.

O: I really enjoyed this saison. It was honestly unlike any other saison I've had so far. While some aspects were a bit flawed, overall, it was very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to trying more from Fantome.

Jun 13, 2012
Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 178 ratings