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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) - Brasserie Fantôme

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89
very good

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 38
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 12-27-2007)
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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very murky apricot nectar color with a surprisingly modest head that does leaves a rather large amount of residue (lacing and legs)

Smell: Surprisingly sweet for a Fantôme, with a cinnamon-infused persimmon character; hints of apple sauce, brown sugar, clove and wheat are also present

Taste: Cookie dough malts quickly move in a fruity direction, with persimmon, apple, pear, apricot at first, followed by a sour cherry element in the back; after the swallow, the sour, lemony farmhouse flavors are rather dominant

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium to low carbonation

Drinkability: While the flavor profile is interesting, I was surprised by the sweetness up front and the lack of Saison character; not my favorite from this brewery but glad to have the chance to give it a shot

Thanks, jahuneyc, for the opportunity

brentk56, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of ptykozoon
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow, not much head or lacing. Looks boring, but that is just another one of the fantome's tricks...

Sweet lemon, sweet tarts and other assorted candies, apple, pear, excellent smell really. It has a distinct nose, something I've smelt before and love but it's hard to place.

A bit of a sour pang in this one which adds a nice element to the sweet, rich full fruity flavor. Yeast and a dry mouthfeel carry out into the taste.

Very dry and clean finish. Leaves my lips feeling chapped.

I was really looking to be critical in this review, but it really is just a splendid beer by such a cool and talented brewery.

ptykozoon, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazed orange-amber with an off-white head that thins to a lasting patch.

The smell is of orange, spiced yeast, black pepper, some caramel and a touch of bubblegum. Very complex.

The taste is of caramelish malth with spicy bread and black pepper. Candy sugar? sweetness. Bubblegum is there, but not as prominent as in the nose. There is some warming alcohol in the dry finish.

The carbonation is on-spot - noticeable without being prickly - lends towards helping smoothness.

A nice, complex sipper that seems to be more drinkable, but alcohol does slow it does as it progresses. Malt-accented and smooth. A "winter" brew that could be enjoyed year-round.

jwc215, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

Jwale73, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of watchnerd
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber caramel color with a one-two finger head that settles down into a ring with surface foam and very little lace. Aroma is fairly intense with fruit, peppers, and yeast. Taste is fruitier, sweeter, and less light than most saisons, with a bit of an alcohol kick on the finish that is uncharateristic of the alleged style. Really, a saison should never be 8% ABV, lest those saison swilling farmworkers maim themselves.

An enigma: a darn tasty beer, but a significant deviation from the style norm, if not an outright mis-categorization.

watchnerd, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

NCSUdo, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at about 58°F, the beer is a slow gusher that I was able to get into my glass before I lost any beer. The head, despite a very careful pour, slowly rises to five-finger in height and is a tan color with specs of dark yeast / particulates on it. The beer is quite clear, at least the liquid portions of it, which shows a pale reddish color when held up to the light, but there is also a ton of chunks floating around in the brew. This has quite a spicy nose to it and this mixes in well with interesting malt notes. Aromatic notes of clove, corn tortillas, spicy ginger, crushed caramel malts, oregano, a touch of sage, black pepper, some cardamom, milkweed, and a green vegetal note towards the end as well as some warming alcohol aromatics. Malt aromatics of soda crackers, fruity caramel notes and grassy grain are all noticeable. There is also a fair amount of fruit aromatics noticeable; I get notes of pears, apples, figs and some berry notes. As usual with a Fantôme brew, this has a very complex, layered aroma to it.

The carbonation has died down quite a bit and the beer now has a creamy texture to it that goes along with a fruit laden sweetness. Fruit notes of ripe plums, star fruit (that is at times striking), brandy soaked raisins and apple butter are all quite noticeable. The up front fruit notes are offset somewhat (but never really suppressed) by a spicy middle and finish that brings to mind flavors of white pepper, cloves, . Herbal notes of milkweed, perhaps a touch of green grass and a touch of sharp basil also add some sharpness and balance to the brew as does some sharp higher alcohol notes.

Towards the end of my first glass a sip gets a little chunky, but does not seem to effect the flavor all that much. The second pour is a bit more yeasty, both with a murky appearance and a yeast-like flavor to it. A touch more bready, but also a touch more herbal / vegetal in the finish, but on the other hand it has softened overall.

Another fantastic creation by Brasserie Fantôme. The texture of this brew is quite exquisite, despite being on the heavy side for a Saison and the distinct green, weed-like herbal note in the finish provides a nice balancing note to the heft and fruit sweetness. If this one starts to go sour it could reach phenomenal heights; even still, this is another home run, a fantastic creation, one which I will most definitely have to age a few of. One thing that does leave me wanting; what is the story behind this brew? I would really like to know why / what / how this brew came into being.

Purchased From: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of ccrida
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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).

ccrida, May 18, 2008
Photo of sisuspeed
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Foothills signature glass. A thin, slightly off white head sits on top of a somewhat hazy orange-honey colored body. Bits of yeast or spice remain suspended in the beer. No lacing.

Lots of grapes, citrus, some funky fruit and bits of spice. A very interesting aroma that is somewhat difficult to pull apart, but I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

The taste is filled with grapes, apples, pears and other vinous notes. Malty, but not overly so. Almost reminds me of Gummie Bears, very fruity. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Wine like with sweet malts and bits of unknown spice. A fruity saison.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy with a robust body and prickly carbonation. Heavy, yet fairly crisp at the same time.

Drinkability is good. This is a fun one to drink, since it seems to deviate a bit in the taste from many of the other saisons I've had. Splitting a bottle with 1-2 other people is about perfect. ABV isn't overly noticeable.

Overall, I liked this Fantome quite a bit. I've only had the Hiver, but preferred this one to that one. Lots of fruitiness and a great aroma. If this were easier to find and the price were a little lower I'd probably pick up another bottle to enjoy. Worth seeking out.

sisuspeed, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention and great lacing. Aroma is lightly sour with typical funkyness from Fantome. Mix of orange and fruity ester with a light spicy yeast and a tart aftertaste. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation with no signs of alcohol showing up. Quite unique like so many beer from this brewery and somewhat indescribable but still lacking a little something to makes it truly great.

Phyl21ca, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of yourefragile at a recent Fantome tasting. Served in a Fantome tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a mostly-clear blonde color with a nice white head. The nose has plenty of acid plus some lemon and apricot. The flavor is pungent with lots of fruit and acid. Sharply pungent, slightly stinging the corners of my mouth. Light body and a very dry finish. Very solid brew.

Thorpe429, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Tdizzle
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle purchased at Hi-Time in Costa Mesa.

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange color with a massive beige head that settles to a thick layer, leaving some large blankets of lacing all along the inside of the glass.

S- A very sweet and fruity aroma with a musty, funky sourness in the background. Over-ripe fruits and a bit of alcohol come out as the beer warms. Very enticing.

T- The taste is initially very sweet, but a mild funk kicks in towards the end, balancing out the sweetness only a little. That same sugary-sweet flavor resurfaces to stick around on the finish. The alcohol isn't noticeable in the flavor profile.

M- The mouthfeel is thick and a tad syrupy but with slightly aggressive carbonation.

D- For me, the sweet flavor of this beer became cloying, but the overall taste is good, and the smell is excellent. The 8% ABV is well-hidden too.

The bottle describes this as a Belgian Blonde Ale, but given the deep orange color and the sweet flavor, I'm not sure how this stacks up to other beers in this category. Definitely worth a try though.

Tdizzle, May 24, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out hazy, straw yellow with orange highlights. It had a good deal of carbonation and a long-lasting, white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky and phenolic. Mild notes of sweet caramel.

T - It tasted very spicy and funky with a touch of acidic tartness. Some sweet caramel undertones provide balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is really tasty. I just love Fantome beers.

zeff80, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
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.

JoEBoBpr, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

DaftCaskBC, May 24, 2012
Photo of ottovon
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing with me whiterascal!

A: pours a coppery orange color, with an off white head that fell quickly, but is hanging around on the top of the beer.

S: smells of citrus, a little caramely and like toffee. a nice bready, belgiany yeast smell as well.

T: taste is bready, a little toffee. i get some apple in there. it is crisp and a little tart. a little bit of bitterness in the finish.

M: it has a medium body with good carbonation.

D: very drinkable. I could drink the whole 750.

ottovon, Dec 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -0.2%

SPRichard, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of heebes
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint.
50th brewery tried.
46th beer style tried.

Pours a hazy dark copper amber with a finger width off white bubbly head. Lots of carbonation present. Nose is spicy, farmhouse funk, belgian yeast, sweet. Taste is similiar to the nose, theres a sweet spicyness on the palatte paired with the distinct Belgian malts. Light 'Blonde Ale' characteristics too. Medium bodied and mouthfeel. At 8%, this should work just fine for this afternoon. I'm thinking it would be a wonderful beer to revisit this summer. Pricey!, but worth a try. Interesting introduction to the style.

heebes, Feb 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

DearthVader, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

FunkyMacGroovin, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Rifugium, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

hays99, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

InspectorBob, Jun 24, 2013
Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.