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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) - Brasserie Fantôme

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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.19%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
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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Metalmonk

North Carolina

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?...

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 23:07:48 | More by Metalmonk
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 17:47:57 | More by bobsy
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nickfl

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 05:23:54 | More by nickfl
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GRG1313

California

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

2011 taste of the 2010/2011 release: Pours a light gold/yellow with an extremely "quick" white head that fades very rapidly.

A bit of sweet green apple nose that's more elegant and fruity than sour. Floral tones and citric orange with just a hint of sweet brett character.

Mouthfeel is lightly citric and lightly puckery. The "start" of a sour - sort of like "sour 101."

Initial front palate is a lightly sweet/lightly tart orange/tangerine character and which flavors carry through to a lemon. Alcohol is hidden and almost a "soft drink" easiness in the drinking. One must exercise care or you could drink a great deal.

Nice and a bit unique in its "fresh orange/tangerine" light sour character yet still an appealing simplicity. Finishes lightly tart orange/lemon.

* *
(2009 review):
Let's face it, we all love the labels of this producer's bottles! However, the brews? You either love them or hate them. Generally, I've been disappointed. This one is perhaps the best Fantome I've tried.

Pours a cloudy dark orange/amber with some brown tints and a thick white head.

Nose of big nice and pleasant/assertive Belgian fruit-oranges, citrus and bananas that's very appealing.

Great mouthfeel of creamy heavy citrus-orange sour. Very integrated and just "feels right" in your mouth. You want more. Pleasant and perhaps one of the most well balanced sours I've tasted. Light delicate carbonation but big sour assertive orange flavors giving way to a sour lime flavor, character and finsih.

This is a very layered, complex and pleasant sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 05:55:41 | More by GRG1313
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 03:02:55 | More by aforbes10
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Polished persimmon with tangerine trim. A somewhat gentle pour has generated more than four fingers of whipped creamy foam that is equal parts alabaster, ecru and pastel orange. It's a lovely looking lid and is laying down loads of lace.

The nose isn't typical Fantome in that it isn't wacky and funky and delightfully deranged. It is typical, however, in that it's complex and seems to change with each sniff. The primary aromas are musky fruit peel (apricots), leather, woodsy spices (sandalwood, cedar) and a hint of horse blanket.

Along with being one of the most approachable Brasserie Fantome brews, La Dalmatienne might be the maltiest and the sweetest. Come to think of it, the former might be a direct result of the latter. I'm okay with the change, as long as the rest of the lineup stays the way it is.

Rather than saison/farmhouse ale, Belgian strong golden ale seems a more accurate style choice. The malt is toasted and ever so slightly caramel-like. The fruitiness is still primarily apricots (and maybe peaches), with an orange and lemon zest tartness in the mix as well. The spice load is on the low end and is difficult to identify as a result. As always, alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Due to all the malt sugars, the mouthfeel is bigger than usual. It still isn't anywhere close to full. The bubbles add just a hint of volume and otherwise stay out of the way. Drinking quickly is easily achieved, but I'd advise against it since the flavor should be savored and the ABV should be respected.

While La Dalmatienne is definitely delicious beer, it doesn't really seem like a creation of the immensely talented Dany Prignon. If you're concerned that the rest of the brewery's lineup is too 'out there' for you, this would be a good place to start. Sort of a 'training wheels' Fantome. No disrespect intended.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 21:14:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Crosling

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 06:06:57 | More by Crosling
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 03:36:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 14:33:12 | More by IBUnit63
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hellbilly

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle at least one year old...

pours orange-brown iced tea color and almost cloudy with a light tan head. the aroma is quite sweet yet acidic... lots of cinder block/cellar/cement smell, minerals, orange zest, brown sugar and co2 as well.

it's a touch (too) sweet on the palate. flavors of light fruity (peaches mainly) sourness, dust, mineral-y cinder block, caramel and raisin/verjus before a spicy somewhat dry finish. there's a mild bitterness throughout (yeast or hops, idk). yeasty fruity aftertaste lingers along with some of those skunky hops. it's medium bodied bordering full with prickly sharp carbonation.
7/4/7/4/16/3.8

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 19:20:06 | More by hellbilly
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 03:02:24 | More by wagenvolks
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Reino

Oregon

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

1pt 9.4fl oz bottle poured into an oversize snifter.

Note: This bottle was given to me out of my bottle store's cellar. It foamed over upon opening causing the yeast to stir and resulting in yeast being poured into my glass on both pours. The bottle was well cared for and had no "off" tastes or aromas.

Apppearance-- The beer poured a cloudy, ruby-amber hue with a solid head that fought the good fight for quite some time. If you judged the texture of this beer by its appearance, you would think the beer had the mouthfeel of a warmed gelatin. The yeast appeared almost suspended in the liquid, even though the carbonation appeared to be ample. Perhaps my glass was not cleaned well enough, but I have to call it how I see it, and the lacing of this beer leaves something to be desired. Maybe the yeast being in my pours had something to do with it, but I'll buy another one and change the score if that's the case. Otherwise, lacing was on the low side.

Smell-- Fruit and a funky medicinal phenolic scents battle it out at first. As I let my nose dive deeper into the snifter, the medicinal phenolic smell seems to be paired with a biting kalamata olive scent and faint black pepper. This would be a bit off putting if not for the fruit, which is incredibly hard to nail down as to which fruits I'm actually smelling. It changes as it warms, but I think I've settled on dried apricots and mangos, figs and a hint of orange rind. Perhaps a bit of light, bready malt, as well. The aroma is a complex one, and I'm not going to pretend like I can pick out everything, but for the reviews' sake, just know that it is very good and interesting.

Taste-- Fasten up and let me take you on the bizarre ride that is this beer's taste. I had no idea what to expect going into it, and after tasting it, I'm still not sure I have a grasp on what I experienced. The notes this beer induced seem manic, but I'll try my best to make sense of it all. At its coldest point, the beer's taste was dominated by the same fruits I experienced in the nose mixed with the same medicinal/olive-y funk: dried apricots, figs, band aid and kalamatas. But as it warmed a bit, the spicy pepper made itself very well known at the finish and buddied up with some alcohol spiciness. The alcohol was similar to the spiciness you'd get from a good vodka. The fruit remained at the forefront as it warmed, but the band-aid funk came early and tried to get to the end before succumbing to the pepper and alcohol that lingered on my tonsils and back of my throat. The funk sort of takes on an yerba mate tone towards the very end, with that earthy, astringent, vegetable taste. There is also a touch of caramel in there, but this beer is incredibly complex and above my pay grade.

Mouthfeel-- At first it has a medium-low carbonation which suits the beer just fine, but it quickly gets to a lower carbonation point that I find very pleasant. There is very little tartness to be found, and the gooey, gelatin-like appearance starts to reflect the mouthfeel. Some tart or hoppy beers feel like they're taking something away from the tongue, leaving it dry and abused, but this beer coats and messages it. My tongue feels smoothed and refreshed by this brew. It makes for quite the pleasant experience, allowing me to really appreciate the complexities that I'll never be able to explain.

Drinkability-- A bit torn on how to score this one. On the plus side: the beer's tartness is very well in check, as is the carbonation and the flavors, which are complex, but aren't so overwhelming you can't enjoy a few. I myself drank a bomber alone and didn't regret the decision. On the negative side: it provides enough complex flavors that in the long run it may grow tiresome and overwhelming if you tried to drink more than an entire bottle, and has a fairly high abv that sneaks up on you, even with the alcohol presence there to remind you to slow down. When it comes down to it, buy this beer if you see it. It is very interesting and worth your money and time.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 06:53:12 | More by Reino
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ballewblake

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Red Carpet Wines in Glendale, CA.

Poured from a 750 in a duvel tulip. Huge head on a bad pour, very heady. Head receded in a few minutes leaving spongy lacing on the glass. Light amber brew with an off white head. Yeasty and candi sugar on the nose, some mild hops in the background, nothing bold here. Bubbly carbonated on the pallet, candi sugar leaves this one pretty sweet on initial tastes. a little heavier with the malts in tow behind. Easy to drink, not offensive. Mildly complex and flavorful. Head retention is decent when it gets mid way down.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 02:01:02 | More by ballewblake
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 17:30:42 | More by Viggo
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 02:03:29 | More by weeare138
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Proteus93

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 02:50:02 | More by Proteus93
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crushinator's bottle. Pours cloudy with incredible white head bubbles. Really funky aroma, beyond farmyard, smells like a wild ale. Good mouthfeel but bitterness, with some old orange rind astringency and funkiness making it not that desireable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 12:09:59 | More by Sammy
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JDV

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 18:42:31 | More by JDV
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 20:24:37 | More by grub
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 05:13:44 | More by irishkyle21
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 01:32:10 | More by Georgiabeer
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Yes. It's been too long since I've had a chance to try a new Fantôme. Let's do this, shall we?

Pours a clouded gold with a thinner white head that falls to nothing fairly quickly. Nose is that slightly antiseptic and fully funky. Flavor is bringing the funk, but it also has quite a brighter citric side to it as well. I want to say that the alcohol might be making a slight presence as well. Really it tastes like lemonade in a way. Feel is slick on liquid and the carbonation is biting. Nice to drink. A bit too citric, really. But still it's nice to have.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 01:05:49 | More by RblWthACoz
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tpd975

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +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!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 18:36:47 | More by tpd975
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Tdizzle

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 07:04:09 | More by Tdizzle
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ccrida

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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).

Serving type: bottle

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