Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) | Brasserie Fantôme

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This listing is for the label depicting a white background with black spots.

Added by Gueuzedude on 12-27-2007

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102
Ratings:
161
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
15.17%
 
 
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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange brown with a huge fluffy head that sticks around as a 1/2 inch head through the life of the beer. Very nice lacing as well. Bready, spicy, and sweet/sour aromas predominate as well as a slight funk and mustiness. No band-aid or anticeptic, though. Taste is quite a bit more sour than many of their offerings, and quite a bit less spicy, although there is some white pepper lurking at the end. The sourness is greatly tempered by a fruity sweetness to create a slightly funky sweet tart flavor with some flavors of papaya and very ripe nectarines sprinkled with some vinegar and white pepper. Fruitier and funkier than most of the other Fantomes I've had. Tart an smooth mouthfeel, but the sweet tart flavor makes this a bit less refreshing to drink for me- it overwhelms the palate a bit without stimulating it. One is enough for me as interesting as it is.

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Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, amber toned orange with a two finger head of white fluff that slowly fades. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, citrus, biscuit, with light spicing. Wow...Dany never ceases to amaze. I love the smell with plenty of complexities and fresh doses of yeast and black pepper.
Taste is of the same aromas with mild tartness, along with cream, and graham crackers pulling up the rear. This would go well with chicken picatta, or fresh key lime pie.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp up front, creamy on the finish with near perfect carbonation.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with yellowish hues and a very thin fizzy white head that immediately fades into a thin ring.  No lacing.  

Earthy aroma with funky saison yeast, light fruit, zesty spice and a prominent citrus character.  Lots of lemon peel and grapefruit along with a subtle vegetal/earthy presence.

Medium bodied and surprisingly tart with a dry, sour funk that lingers throughout into a slightly puckering, dry finish.  There's also a sweet fruit presence with lots of citrusy lemon as well as some apple and pear.  Hints of grass, hay, yeast and a vegetal earthiness.  There's also some faint spice that's nowhere near as strong as in the nose.  Just really weird, kind of like a saison berlinerweisse hybrid. Kind of one dimensional though with an odd sour and sweet fruit flavor.  Not too sour though, more puckering and dry.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"07" Belgian Blonde style.

A: Poured a bright, hazy golden-orange with a thin beige head that quickly dissipated. Visible carbonation was light.

S: spicy and perfumy full of bananas, cloves, and curacao oranges and bearing a slight resemblance to a Franziskaner wheat, mmmm.

T: The flavor was rich with with strong flavors of creamy bananas, cloves, and tart oranges. There was a slight acidic bite in the swallow. There was a nice honey malt sweetness as well fruitiness (apples, pears) along with some light underlying herbal hoppiness. The beer finished with a nice yeasty spiciness, most notably cloves with a touch of sourness that blended well with the dry orange and malty palate.

M: The mouthful was creamy from the wheat bill with some warm oranges and a slight fizziness from the carbonation.

D: Overall really malty per style and a great example of an extreme blonde. Outstanding.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 750 ml bottle at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a cloudy orange, thin white head forms, some lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is neat, candi sugar, lots of fruit, honey, strawberries, cedar, some light spice. Taste is hney, yeast, sweet hop tea middle, hasmine, some alcohol, tons of fruit and a little spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty easy to drink. Not my favourite Fantome but pretty solid.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle served in a red wine glass. Lot B - best before July 2014 indicated on the label. Pours a beautiful honey-amber hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a dense, 1.5 inch khaki-colored head embedded with ringlets and pinpricks. Head eventually settles into a creamy, broken cap. Some lacing appears after each tilt, but adhesion is limited to only a few residual spots. Nose is very subdued - a suggestion of grass, citrus, candi sugar, honeydew melon and spice. Taste is a bit difficult to describe. A tea-like flavor dominates but there is also a muddled spiciness reminiscent of chai that follows, as well as a hint of citric acid to round out the edges. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to medium in body) with a pleasant, even carbonation and a bit of acidity. I also get a slightly dry sensation on the tongue at the finish. Nothing about this beer screams Saison, but I have to say that I really like it. It's complex and interesting and unlike any other Fantome I've had to date. Definitely worth the price (I paid $14.79) if you have the opportunity to try it, but don't expect it to taste anything like Fantome's flagship.

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Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7/2/09 ~ 1.5+ years. Interesting to see how it's coming along. I busted it out on another hot ass day of gardening. I've averaged the scores from this review and the last. No real difference other then the brett is finally coming out in the taste. Some mold on the inside of the cap but not spoiled. Still a nice fruity saison, and I'm glad to see some funk showed up, but still falls way short of their pre-yeast scrub lacto bomb saisons. Disappointed to see it didn't morph into the classic Fantôme. *sigh* Won't be cellaring more of this, sorry Dany, it seems your mojo has washed away...

05-18-2008 - 750 ml bottle that I've cellared for about 5 months, served a bit warmer from cellar temp, this sucker is a slow but relentless over-foamer, filling up my Fantôme tulip, my large Gulden Draak tulip and a large St. Bernabus goblet. Ugghh, what a mess, but yielding magnificently huge, heady pours, slow settling, very clingy and dense. Color is a ruddy bronze with a yeasty haze. Foam clings forever.

Smell is strong, sweet and fruity, like over-ripe strawberries, also some clove-like spice. Trademark Fantôme, one of my favorite things about this brewery!

Taste is good, classic fruity Fantôme saison, but with a bit more of a caramel malt backbone, not even a 1/2 year yet in the cellar means it's not very funky right now, but with this unseasonably hot 100F day, I couldn't resist busting this out after planting some shrubs, true saisonnier stylee! Sadly, it's a bit to syrupy to hit the particular spot I had in mind, and needs some time for the bugs to chew it down.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick actually, in spite of the over-pressurized pours, it settles rather still, and the malty coagulates and yeast give leave a tannic like coating. I think this might have been more refreshing served colder, and might have helped retain some of the carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good because at the end of the day this beer is damn tasty. But I prefer my Fantôme's with some age on them to funkify, and this one will be lucky to be ready by fall (for which it seems like it would be a welcome accompaniment).

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with no head whatsoever. Displays a brilliant, shimmering golden hue with faint orange highlights when held up to the light. If this had a head, it would look great.

S: Earthy, lactic yeast funk on the nose with hints of citrus, grass, and some sort of peppery spice. As the beer warms, these scents blend beautifully.

T: Opens tart with assertive notes of grapefruit, lemon, bitter orange, kumquat, grass, salty brine, and oaky, lactic yeast. The finish lingers for a long while, displaying a mixture of citrus, yeast, and alcohol flavors.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, dry, and firm with practically no carbonation. Quite frankly, I doubt this beer would feel as heavy as it does if it were a bit livelier.

O: I like this beer, but Fantome produces far better. Still, the worst Fantome is better than the best beer produced by some breweries. I love the fact that the flavor reminded me of a good Sauvignon Blanc until that yeasty farmhouse funk set in to remind me I was drinking a beer. A very interesting effort, but probably the least appealing of the Fantome beers I have tried.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Fantome outlined ghost tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a minimal pure white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, wood, funk, citrus, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, citrus, fruit, spices, wood, and grapes. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really impressed with this one being my first time trying it. Everything on this one just worked really well together and made it really easy to drink. I enjoyed this one so much that before I finished the bottle, I call my local bottle shop and had them put their last bottle on hold for me. A really tasty brew that everyone should have the chance to try. A well done brew by Fantôme.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.96/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle shared at the January 2012 Santa Cruz tasting at Sante Adairius. Pours a hazy pale gold with basically no head. Fantastic aroma -- this is the kind of beer you might spend longer smelling than drinking. Apricot shortbread cobbler comes to mind, along with a mulled cider spiciness: cinnamon and cloves, perhaps cardamom. Flavor is a little less engrossing. Semi-tart, semi-sweet, with a vague fruitiness -- apples first, then a touch of lemon. The alcohol shows through just a little, contributing a sharpness that pairs in the finish with a significant hop bitterness. Dry with low carbonation.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew courtesy of RateBeers fishingnet. Thanks Ben!

A: Pours a nice bold amber color with a big and bold foamy head. The retention is wonderful with a nice stream of bubbles rising to the top.

S: Nice candy overriped fruit sweetness with hints of spice.

T: Tons of candy sugar sweetness melded into overripe summer fruits. Nice level of spice with a blast of yummy Belgian yeast.

M: Average body with wonderful carbonation.

Overall: Man do I love Fantome' This is just another wonderful offering by a wonderful brewer. Thanks Ben!

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Photo of merlin48
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, capped not corked. Pours into a goblet a hazy nectarine body with a huge and billowing beige head. Splotches of foamy lace decorate the glass. Aroma opens with lemony and earthy notes, quickly joined by floral, spicy, and citrus fruit components. Medium body is enlivened by the trademark velvety carbonation. Taste is dry, earthy, herbal, and spicy. Very similar to other Fantomes but this one has more of a fresh orange slice essence. Coriander and white pepper notes add a nice complexity. Another exceptional saison from Fantome.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Cloudy, hazy, and murky orange, yellow, and gold with nearly no head whatsoever. There is very little carbonation here and lots and lots of chunky sediment.

Bright floral and citrus aromas with peach and apricot leading the way. As the beer warms, the citrus become more and more present. It's quite nice and very unique.

This is a very sweet saison dominated by peach citrus. There's nearly no bitterness whatsoever, and while very simple, it's very tasty. It's more like a fresh (peach) juice than any other beer I've had.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation, though I think it works quite well with these flavors.

A strangely unique beer, but very tasty. I suspect this one to be very polarizing; if you're expecting or hoping for anything other than a juicy peach saison, look elsewhere. If that sounds like something you'd quite enjoy, buy a case! (That being said, with Fantome's batch/bottle variation, who knows what one may find!)

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous rust/blood-orange color with some haze, tons of bubbles, some floaters (I like!) and a ridiculously creamy inch-thick head. This glass does not feature a "nucleation site," but the bubbles are cruising around in there with such energy you'd think it does. Label notes this is a "blonde" but it's not...strawberry blonde, at best.

Fruity, musty, leathery smell...a little sweat too, but the funkiness never overtakes the tart fruit essence here (mostly lemon and green apple come to mind).

Big, bold flavor with tons of character. Green apple, pear, peach and some citrus zest are tangled up in a foundation of leather and musk; essence of herbal tea and a dessert-y maltiness, like graham cracker crust, peanut brittle and toffee. Raw yet welcoming, wild yet superbly crafted. The kind of beer that sets the imagination running rampant with all kinds of flavor perceptions.

Smooth, velvety texture...buoyant and airy on the tongue. Lots of bubbles that don't gang up on the tongue for a carbonation overload...rather, they caress and do right by the flavor(s). By now it seems there's not a single weak point in this beer.

This is simply fantastic. Wow. No idea why it's called La Dalmatienne, complete with the ubiquitous Fantome ghost in front of black-spotted white wallpaper...but I would definitely buy this again, even at $15 a bottle. Can you buy a wine this good for $15?...

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Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever wonder what a $16.99 beer tastes like? Paid the outrageous price for this brew from a company that I've never heard of before... The fact that I am only the second person on this site to review it attests to its rare and exotic factor... From a 1pint, 9.4 fl oz champagne-like bottle, this beers pours a beautiful copper-brown, dark golden color with a huge head that just doesn't go away... Aroma was full of esters and alcohol with a spicy, strong, sweet smell... The sticker on the bottle depicts a white ghost, which was what caught my eye along with the eye-popping price tag...the most I ever paid for a single bottle, but what the hell - you only live once... Tastes very much like a strong golden Belgian ale... spicy, sweet taste filled with banans, fruit, esters and cloves... a unique taste, but I must say that I've sampled better brews for much less... The beer has a really good mouthfeel and goes down crisp and smooth... if it weren't for the hefty 8% ABV, drinkability would be much better, as there is a slight presence of alchol which is detectable... Otherwise, a very taste, rich, and inviting brew full of character... If you don't mind the price tag, this is definitely worth a shot...

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Photo of bobsy
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gusher of a bottle from Buffalo. Hazy orange liquid with a large head, great lace and retention. Its really, a striking saison, and its prolific retnetion is aided by an evidently active carbonation.

The nose is exceptionally fruity, with strong notes of mango, papaya, and other delicious tropical things. Some sweet vanilla creeps in, along with grass and hay. This is also present in the flavour, although its the fruit tones dominate. Indeed, if asked to identify the distinguishing characteristic of this saison I would point to its tropical bouqet and flavour, which surprises me, as I found the regular Fantome vinous, funky and with a light sour touch. This is obviously a diffrent beast! What else to say? Dry finish with a hint of funk, but more would be better. Occasional cider notes. Refreshing summery quality with the alchol well-concealed (it really need not be so big). The body is medium-full and almost creamy, and certainly pleasing in the mouth.

The flavour is great, but could be better. That aside everything else is pretty near exceptional. Fantomes don't come cheaply, and the cost-value ratio on this isn't as good as it could be because the beer lacks the complexity that it needs to have me plunk down $13 again, but its certainly worth a try.

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle. sampled june 14/08.

pours deep orangey red with a small medium-density tan head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. lots of fruit, making me think more of a belgian dark ale than a saison. date, fig, bit of raisin. nice floral character too. bit of alcohol. wheat bread. bit of cracker.

taste is good. light caramel. wheat bread. bit of cracker. hint of biscuit. date, fig, hint of raisin. light alcohol. bit of orange peel. some floral character here too.

mouthfeel is good. just above medium carbonation level. medium-light body. fairly dry finish.

drinkability is great. really nice floral and fruity character and a solid malt base balancing the alcohol out. a nice and unique saison.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle into a snifter and shared with friends at a thanksgiving beer tasting.

Pours a bright, burnt-copper grapefruit hue with an excellently retained, sandy taupe head. Evenly dispersed carbonation danced around a good amount of yeasty bits. Aroma was big on the fruits (apple peel, tangerine, and mango) that benefited from a spritzy carbonation level. A decent crystal malt background and faint aroma of floral hops rounded out the nose.

Quite the delicious saison, Dalmatienne delivers faint toffee and juicy notes of starfruit and mango that gave way to a peppery, spicy hop kiss on the finish. The mouthfeel is phenomenal, with a medium-light body and a crisp, refreshing finish of hops and black pepper. You can really taste the craftsmanship in all of Fantome's beers, and this was no exception. A bit pricey, sure, but worth every cent.

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Photo of Crosling
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pros: Great appearance, long lasting foam, dark orange color. Caressing mouth feel. Nice balance, not harshly spiced or bitter. Nice aroma of herbs, lemon rind, pepper, chocolate nibs. Well balanced considering the brewer.

Cons: Very oxidized. Still don't like the brewery, but this is one of the better versions I've had.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours a golden yellow with loads of white fizzy and creamy head. retains lightly.

big fruit and funk with bits of light spice and pepper. bit of skunk.

i read some reviews before i made mine, and then had to make sure i was drinking the same beer. some fruit like apricot and grape up front. some apple. light tartness. quickly fades into charcoal and ash. finishes like an ash tray. no lie.... (after a while i guess i got used to the ash and stopped picking up on it)

mild carbonation, light and fluffy.

great but the ash and charcoal just kills the flavor. no thanks, never again.

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Photo of JDV
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle shared by dewbrewer. Thanks!
Pour bright orange and is slightly hazy. Smell is fresh and bright, but funky and dusty as well. Some orange in the nose too. Taste is dry, funky, and truly strange. Dusty, and a very light sourness in the finish. Medium to thin bodied. Light carbonation. Pretty unique, even as fantome beers go, with really hard to place spiced flavors.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Almost like a Gin and Tonic in beer form. Juniper and medicinal bitterness. Slight lime. Slight orange. First couple sips were okay, but it just got too hard to drink. Way too bitter and medicinal.

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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.
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