Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) - Brasserie Fantôme
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2.98/5 rDev -25.7%
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.
05-21-2013 02:07:31 | More by laituegonflable
3.28/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
12-11-2012 03:59:23 | More by falloutsnow
3.5/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
11-24-2012 06:19:25 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.33/5 rDev +8%
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.
10-11-2012 20:07:49 | More by WillCarrera
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
10-01-2012 00:16:01 | More by AdamBear
Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.