Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.88/5 rDev +21.7%
A: amber to a dark brown body with a creamy white head
S: woods, lavender, green apple, lemon zest, FUNK, grass
T: lemon, orange, citrusy fruits, earthy/grassy, sweet and sour. Very interesting indeed.
M: highly carbonated, slightly creamy like skim milk, very drying
O: 1st fantome experience, definitely not my last. This beer is awesome and looking forward to more tastes of their products! Definitely try this!
08-02-2011 00:18:16 | More by DrewShal9
4.88/5 rDev +21.7%
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.
04-09-2008 02:53:51 | More by czfreeman
4.8/5 rDev +19.7%
A: mahogany/cherry wood colored, thick bubbly head is short lived, leaving behind no trace.
S: very floral, smells like perfume or potpourri, lavender, green apple, sherry, rosé wine, Flintstones chewable vitamins.
T: lavender, amazing I've never tasted that in a beer, prunes and dried apricot, dark cherries, Flintstones vitamins.
M: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, not too much, not too little, sweet mellow finish.
O: so awesome, manages to be fruity and flowery while still being 'beer' beer. Also the vitamin smell and flavor brings me right back to my childhood.
05-16-2011 03:27:51 | More by nickhiller
4.63/5 rDev +15.5%
Just finished this one. Nice hiss as the cap is flipped off. Pours a hazed dark honeyed amber. Huge active light beige head. Lots of bubbles can be seen racing to the top. Nice. Slight peppery smell, but much more similar to a triple.
Taste approaches triple territory as well. Not much funk to be found, but oh the sweetness. At times, rushes of milk chocolate, honey too. Decadent, but not cloying - much too sophisticated for that. Body becomes smoother as the beer is alllowed to warm. Quite drinkable. If I had the means, I'd kill another bottle this instant.
At times this reminded me of Dogfish Head's Midas Touch, only much, much better in every respect. Delicious like a sweet tea on a hot day. This beer does a southern boy good.
04-26-2008 23:18:04 | More by Onibubba
4.58/5 rDev +14.2%
750 ml bottle poured into Belgian goblet. Judging this beer as a Belgian Specialty Ale because I don’t think it really fits in as a Saison.
A - Pours a reddish-amber color with a huge creamy tan head that settles to a full covering over the beer. Looks very inviting.
N - Smells extremely fruity with great Belgian spiciness, some alcohol nose present. No malt or hops present at all.
M – I would say this beer is medium-thin bodied, with a great amount of carbonation, almost Champagne like. Alcohol is very well hidden no warming noticed.
F – So much going on in the flavor. Lots of fruits: plum, and raisin is the most noticeable to me. Some banana and orange is present to me as well. A nice sweet finish accompanies all of the spicy flavor that is going on in the beer. Finally a bit of alcohol flavor at the end. What a great beer.
O – What a great, drinkable beer. Very pleasant, would definitely drink it again if I had the chance.
01-31-2008 03:25:54 | More by sanatar
4.58/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
03-25-2012 22:50:01 | More by Cresant
4.58/5 rDev +14.2%
Bottle looks like the other Fantomes I have with spots behind the naughty ghost. That ghost is up to something. I assume this is bottled in '07. Bought last night at Rich O's and intended to age it but when bringing it inside it fell on the cap and exploded so I guess it's time to drink it now. Poured into a Belgian tulip.
Appearance- Hazy golden with a thick foamy head (not just because it fell) that dissipates about 5 minutes later into a pond scum cap with slight greenish hints and black specks. A very strange appearance for a strange brewer.
Smell- Orangey peppery citrus with the nice brettanomyces funk that Fantome is known oh so well for. Yeast and alcohol esters come through on the nose as well. Lacto bacillus also comes in on the nose. I love those Belgian bacterias.
Taste- Big blood orange. It actually tastes like there is a blood orange squeezed into the beer. Peppery spices come in after and those wonderful Belgian bacterias linger with a creaminess on the tongue with the peppery spices. This is nice at room temperature, at least that doesn't detract after being forced to drink it sooner than expected. Wheat, bananas, and bubblegum come through later in the taste. There is also a sweet sugar that isn't like any other Belgian I've had. Perhaps this is the candi sugar syrup I have heard of?
Mouthfeel- Sticky and sweet, Medium full bodied and evenly carbonated. A bit astringent for some, but that is Fantome in a nutshell.
Drinkability- This is one of the best saisons I have had the pleasure of drinking. Fantome is one of my favourite saisons so that's really no surprise to me. I hope I can find another to age back one day.
03-02-2008 21:58:51 | More by blakesell
4.58/5 rDev +14.2%
A - One and a half fingers of off-white head on top of a slightly hazy, copper-brown body. The foam settles quickly and leaves light lace.
S - Acidic aroma of wheat and lactic acid as well as some light funky notes. Tropical fruit notes of mango and pineapple with a hint of pear. Some spicy hop notes and a hint of sulphur.
T - Tangy malt character up front with some wheat bite. Thicker malt notes in the middle of caramel and brown sugar with a sweetness that contrasts the mild acidity in the background. Finishes with more of the rich malt as well as a lightly must funk note, some spicy hops, and both lactic and light acetic acid flavors. Lingering sweet sour acidity with a bit of pineapple and coconut in the aftertaste.
M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry, cidery finish.
D - This is a beer that lives up to the Fantome standard; complex and unusual with a balance that defies the sometimes bizarre flavors that characterize the beer. The funk is subtle, but really makes the beer into something special with a light acidity and musty character that ties the fruity yeast and herbal hops together. Quite a nice beer, it almost reminds me of a Flemmish red (there is something that tastes like oak, though I doubt this beer was fermented in fresh wood) and it is one of the best I have had form this brewery.
02-06-2010 05:23:54 | More by nickfl
4.53/5 rDev +13%
A- A very bright golden color; lighter hue. looks like a white wine. Has little to no carbonation. i poured it pretty hard from the bottle and got a very slight agitation that ended quickly; left no head or lacing.
S- Smells just like a white wine or mead. Fruity earthy aromas, some alcoholic qualities; some slight burn in the nostrils.
T- Exactly what the nose led onto be. Just like a blend of mead and a light white wine. Not sour, but has some slight tart hidden in there. Very interesting flavors, unlike any beer ive had, but keeps turning my mind towards wine. Im really digging this beer.
M- Lite body with a syrup quality that isnt heavy or unpleasant. Like i said before, no carb at all.
O- Very interesting beer, if i can call it that. I really enjoyed this, much like all the Fantomes ive had, but this stood apart from all the others. Truly a unique beverage and experience.
10-05-2011 02:09:22 | More by Kshock
4.53/5 rDev +13%
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.
04-27-2011 00:27:04 | More by ShogoKawada
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
03-03-2008 18:15:57 | More by merlin48
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
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?...
02-24-2010 23:07:48 | More by Metalmonk
4.45/5 rDev +11%
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.
07-22-2008 02:50:02 | More by Proteus93
4.45/5 rDev +11%
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.
06-26-2009 03:02:55 | More by aforbes10
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
12-13-2010 13:52:06 | More by dstc
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
I've bought at least one example of every Fantome I can find in Portland. The base Fantome Saison is my bench mark for the style and a beer I've had three times prior to just now with the last bottle being drunk just before this one. Judging by the limited reviews, it would appear that this one is sort of tough to come by. Split into a pair of Fantome tulips and shared with my wife TulipSnifter.
A: Appears similar to amber wildflower honey colored in the glass. Huge voluminous snow white head forces me to pour by parts into my glass as the head recedes. Insane amounts of lace sheets cover my glass. Surprisingly it's very leggy and viscous as well. It doesn't get any better looking than this. 5/5
S: Not as big of an aroma as the beer I had previously. What I can pick up on are the lighter ester notes I associate with belgian saisons such as sweet over-ripened bananas, generic fruit punch. It's unique for sure, but I'm left wanting a little more. An average score seems perfectly acceptable here. 3/5
T: Oh wow. That is full of pie spice with an emphasis on cloves. Misty mentioned artificial chocolate similar to Tootsie Rolls. Upon the suggestion, I'd have to agree. Bretty barnyard shows itself in spades along with some lactic tart notes highlighted by lemon zest. There's quite a bit of residual sweetness here as well. It would seem that there's still some residual sugars kicking around. It's extremely unique in my experience with saisons and is an extreme beer that is wildly in line with my personal taste. I reward interesting and unique beers I like, and I'll make no exception here. I love this flavor profile. 5/5
M: The spice numbs my tongue while the viscosity coats it at the same time. Fine carbonation tries to keep this clean but it still finishes a little gummy. It does however feel about as big as it tastes so it's pretty appropriate. 4/5
O: About as interesting a beer as I've had in a while. Fantome was of interest to me before this bottle but just landed itself square on my most curious Belgian brewery list. I'm going to be forced to track down the harder to get bottles as well now. A fine example of unrestrained brewing imagination. Try one of these out for a little fun and a hell of a ride! 4.5/5
04-29-2011 05:17:42 | More by hopsbreath
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
Appearance: pours a hazy reddish orange color with a big 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.
Smell: yeast, pepper, and fruit sweetness aren't overwhelming, but they are quite pleasant on the nose.
Taste: plums, honey, green apples, and some hints of orange citrus create the sweetness while the yeast, pepper, hint of alcohol, and bitterness balances it out wonderfully.
Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish with a short aftertaste. Medium bodied.
Drinkability: very tasty beer that can be quaffed for quite a while. Very expensive, so it may be tough to drink several of these without putting a dent in the wallet.
01-18-2008 00:00:23 | More by Gavage
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
12-18-2011 01:44:44 | More by hwwty4
Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.