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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

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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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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...

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really excited to see this (and many other Fantôme beers) on the shelves recently! Poured from a green-glass capped-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Quite murky citrine body with a faint limoncello glow. Vigorous pour produces no head whatsoever, and there is barely a collar created by the sluggish microbubbles. Perhaps an older vintage?

Herbaceous savory fragrance, floral in a weird way (marigolds? lilacs? huh?), with syrupy fruit notes suggesting loquat, leechee nuts, and fermenting pear. A low Brett. note floats around as well.

Chalky and bracingly tart on the palate - the sourness gives way slowly to overripe pear again, reminding me something of a warhead. Yellow sorrel, lemon drops, and a hint of tallegio and aspirin fill out the profile. Very "wild" - the funkiest of the Fantôme family I've yet to sample. Not skunked, no diacetyl, not "off," despite my initial misgivings...

Quite creamy thanks to all the yeast, but very thin with insufficient carbonation.

As strange as it is, this one is growing on me, but it is definitely one for afficianados only...a farmhouse ale with hints of the outhouse?

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Photo of Cresant
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served this 750 mL green bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The beer had a bright gold body and the heavy pour created a pithy loose, white head. The second pour was cloudier. The head left freckles of lace.

The smell was acrid. Grass clippings and mouldering hay. Peppery and floral. A very interesting aroma.

The taste was puckering tartness to begin with but that settled to a gentle floral taste. Smoke characteristic appeared late. Dry finish. Very well hidden alcohol. Very unique.

The mouthfeel was light in the mouth but there was enough heft to this one to consider it medium bodied. Mild carbonation.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Golden... white head... but, wait, what's that? Sediment floats in stasis... Never before have I seen anything like this. It's like black pepper floating about in the beer.

S: Black pepper... first and foremost. Absolutely intriguing. Spicy, a VERY light fruit.

T: Yeasty, candi sugar, again... black pepper? (that might be a mental thing, honestly) Again, very light fruitiness (is this a Saison?). A deep flavour.

M + D: One of the more interesting brews I've had in some time. Carbonation on the minimal side, a little more on the heavy side of a medium body, a touch chewy, even. Sip away, and enjoy. VERY interesting, highly recommended. I'd pick it up- again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, hazy golden color with no head whatsoever, just some white bubbles that immediately disappear. Scent is like no other beer I've had before. I've smelled beers with funk before, but this thing is FUNKY! Some very unique musty aromas coming from this beer. There are also heavy lemon and wooden aromas. The lemon and must are the heavy hitters in the nose. Taste is very similar to how it smells. Immediately, I get some very tart lemon (wasn't expecting it to be this tart)... not mouth-puckering, but very tart. Hints of citrus (a TON of grapefruit) and grass. There are some wooden flavors along with light hoppiness. It finishes with some funk and musty lemon flavors. Mouthfeel is hardly carbonated, as it drinks more like a wine. Extremely dry. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is a VERY TASTY beer... the only thing keeping me from falling head over heels over it is the lack of carbonation. I still haven't been able to appreciate still beers like others tend to. I like my beer carbonated...at least a little bit. But amazing beer nonetheless.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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.

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

A: Deep rusty copper body. Reddish-tan head about a finger and a half tall on first pour. Rood retention and nice sheet like lacing remains after each sip. Not typical saison appearance, but pretty inviting.

S: Musty. I am picking up some light sour cherries, caramel, apricots, leather, a bit of wood, and some restrained farmhouse funk.

T: Similar to the nose in overall flavor components, but its all comes together a bit differently. A bit more mild and muted.

M: Medium bodied. A little flatter than I'd like, even for a Fantôme. Soft sourness lingers just a tad in the finish.

D: A flavorful and unique saison. Would loved to have had the opportunity to drink this fresh.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" off-white head that dissipated quickly over amber liquid.

S: Oak, horse barn funk, floral and earthy hops.

T: Just like it smells. Horse barn funk and sourness, oak, malt along with a floral, earthy, and citrusy finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: As unappetizing as I have described it, this beer definitely is interesting and it begs for another taste.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy these beers from Fantome. Pours with a fairly nice head, pretty good retention and lacing. Has a hazy amber color.

Smells of spices, wood, citrus and some sourness.

The sourness that is apparent on the nose comes through even more on the palate (not close to mouth puckering though). Also tastes of yeasty spices, alcohol, a bit of sweet malts and alcohol.

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Photo of craytonic
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A bit darker (lots of ruby & copper) and a much larger head than the regular fantome saison. Some sporadic lacing down the side.

Nose: Not as tart or funky as I would hope, more caramel and apricot than expected:

Taste: Sweet, malty caramel/toffee, along with apricot and orange

Mouthfeel: Fuller than expected

Drinkability: high, perhaps a more approachable fantome, but not in a good way

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to augustgarage for this one! Poured into my brand-new fantome tulip.

A- Golden yellow, thin head, tiny bubbles on the outer ring. Carbonation, not a lot though. Nothing special.

S- Intense funk on this one. Sour fruit and stinky cheese.

T- Sweet fruit, orange and pineapple. Very juicy and tart (tart moreso than full-blown sour), very funky. Briny or salty, earthy in the finish with a lingering sweetness.

M- Almost still, but drinks very well. Fantastic flavors blend harmoniously. Slightly acidic in the finish. No sign of ABV.

O- Very impressed. Very funky stuff, one of the more 'out there' saisons I've had- this one shares a lot with other belgian styles like lambic/gueuze. An exceptional beer.


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Photo of aforbes10
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Monument in Concord. I opened it and then went searching for a glass and in the meantime the beer built up a nice head inside the bottle. Pours a mud brown with a 2-3 inch light brown head. Chunks floating around! Smells of brown sugar, plums, hazelnuts, lemon, and dry malt. Flavor is an interesting, malty, and fruity kick, made somewhat spicy in texture by the high carbonation. Plums and chocolate and truffles mixed in there too. A distinct hazelnut/amaretto on the finish, along with a slight chocolate note, which makes the overall flavor very satisfying, if a bit two-faced. Effervescent mouthfeel and medium bodied. A very textural beer with a lot of bubbles at first and a much smoother, creamier feel later on. Drinks very nicely and a memorable beer for sure. No surprise though, being that its from Fantome.

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Photo of SABERG
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must've got this at Premier in Buffalo just before Thanksgiving. 750 corked & caged into St. Bernie's chalice.

There's a single-finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice tight lacing. Quite a few floaties slipped through the goalie's careful pour - woops! Tried to be gentle with it. Body is the color of bleached copper.

Absolutely electric on the palate. Slight Brett horse-blanket funk with extra-dry Champagne tones. Sour citrus goodness blends with balsa wood and hop pine to create perfect austerity. Wow.

What happened? This gets to be a lot more perfumy than what I would expect. The sour nose doesn't really translate - I hate t say it but I'm getting some Andre Cold Duck here! It's stronger than the now-mild Brett funk. Perhaps a little too much candi sugar sweetness. This finally dissipates with warmth for the most part but definitely leaves a trace. Still, wel-crafted overall.

Take out the excess candi sugar and this is great. Alas, it's there so it's merely very good. Balanced in Beautiful Chemistry with understated Brett, good core Saison yeast electricity, hop pine and dry light oak, this treats the palate nicely.

This drinks well but would do even better without the residual sweetness. Nicely done nonetheless in the "Old World" tradition.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Funnkwerks globe .

This beer pours a hazy gold with a massive 2 inch head and leaves decent lacing down the sides of glass. The aroma is tart funk, grapefruit pith with just a little bit of must. The flavor is much the same. Fairly actic tart. Mouthfeel is not as dry as most other Fantome's. Overall this is a fantasic Fantome product. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color, completely hard to see through. No real lacing or retention.

Smells of lemon, hay, and funk.

Wowza, tons of lemon tartness, funk, hay, horse blanket. Damned tasty and complex. Slight minerality.

Spritzy, refreshing, tart. Farily light.

Really tasty, enjoyable, and quaffabl.

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Photo of dstc
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky burnt orange color with a off-white head. Head falls to nothing, not much lace.

Aroma us of sweet, boozy dark fruits. Plums, raisins and a bit of funk.

Taste is all yummy. Plenty of malt that is sweet and fruity with a bit of musty and farmhouse quality to it.

Medium bodied and biting on the tongue.

Wow, this is good stuff. Just love it.

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Photo of MarioM
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

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Photo of czfreeman
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1pt 9 oz uncorked bottle. No apparent freshness date to be found. Fantome Dalmatienne pours out a deep cherry brown color with slight rose' tints. Very similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru in color. As yeast is later swirled in, this beer looks exactly like fresh-pressed unfiltered apple cider. This brew is capped by a very nice light tan-hued head. The head has quite a long rentention time as well, over two minutes have passed since initial decanting and a nice 1 finger head remains. The beer leaves a solid wall of foam lacing as it settles slowly down in the chalice.
Aroma- An enormous array of scents greet the olfactory sense. Wild strawberries,horseblanket,musty hay,piles of fall leaves,vanilla oak sweetness,wild yeast, basil-like, oregano, red delicious apples at the harvest with a slice of spiced rum cake. The wonderful funks from the yeast create a smell remininscent to approaching rain. The aromas finish with a note of clementine-lemon citric acidity. Very much like tart white grape juice balanced by a burnt, musty woodlike finish. The aromatic sensations alone in this beer are utterly amazing before even taking a sip. Very evocative child-like memories of playing in a field of maple/oak leaves during the early fall months is what I am experiencing right now.
Flavor-Begins with an inital strawberry like sweetness, cut by hot pumpkin pie-like flavors, yeasts, hay, wild muscadine,spicy cinnamon, nutmeg cloves, spicy breads. white grape juice, warm rum spiced apple pie add a cider like tartness.funky yeasty, apples, apple butter I honestly feel overwhelmed trying to describe this kaleidescope that I am presented with. It really tastes like biting into sweetly-spiced fall breads followed by sips of tart apple cider. The flavors change completly as the beer warms. Initially it is sweet, spicy very much like a spiced pumpkin/apple pie. Asthe temperature approaches true presentation levels; the warmness really begins to shine through and it becomes nearly identical in the flavors and aromas as well as apperance of a warmed cup of spiked cider. Completley runs the gamut of wonderful harvest-time treats.
mouthfeel: The flavor and aroma profiles presented in this beer are so complex that it leaves anything else as a simple afterthought. However, the mouthfeel provides a near-perfect balance of sweetness cut by acitric tartness that finishes with a slight alcohol warmth- making it nearly irresistable to sip. The yeast adds a thick mouthfeel and creaminess that I have not yet experienced in a saison ale. Wow. That is my reaction upon further reflection of my drinking experience. Wow.

drinkablity: I would say that this beer is limited in it's drinkability only by the sheer pleasure I had in partaking it. Anything more than 1 bottle would be simply too much to ask. An overload of a good thing if you will. It may sound crazy, but Mr. Dany Prignon has compacted an entire season into one bottle. The vast range of aromas and flavors gave me the entire fall season in 1/2 hour. This symphony of sensory overload gave me the satisfaction of a fall-time hayride surrounded by buckets of ripe fruits while enjoying cup of hot cider. What extreme talent and passion must have went into the creation of such a brew. I have said of Fantome once before and will say again: As an aspiring brewer, this was a truly inspirational experience.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, capped, no cork

A: Deep copper under a half inch worth of white head. Low retention, no lace.

S: Tart and funky. Bit of fruity sweetness. A little bit of sour apple (light on the sour though), bit of hay, very earthy.

T: Certain fruity sweetness up front with the funk coming in right after. Pretty big amount of bitterness in the back end and an every so slight alcohol warmth. A lot of stuff happening here, slightly off balance. Note: After a bit of a temperature increase, the complexities finally melded together and extinguished any sigh off imbalance.

M/D: Medium bodied, surprisingly light carbonation, alcohol there a bit. Drinkability is fine. This is a sipper.

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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
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