Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) - Brasserie Fantôme
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3.05/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
07-18-2008 12:09:59 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev +1%
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.
11-15-2011 00:52:11 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
06-23-2009 21:14:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
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
12-18-2010 00:49:10 | More by brentk56
4.33/5 rDev +8%
a newbie i picked up lat night as i try to work my way through the fantome lineup, its getting harder and harder to find these! opened earlier and poured into a tulip.
Very nice and extremely hazy golden yellow color came through immediately. Lots of sediment in here now as well. Huge carbonation profile could be seen with lots of chains of bubbles cascading up to the top of the glass to reinforce the huge champagne like head that came over the top of it. Lots of side glass lacing and a copious foam that would not quit. Very nice aroma here, lots of light grain, hints of grass, light lemon and a touch of grape. Nice airy smell gave way to a very nice flavor. Very light, and perfect for this summer day. First way was a slightly tart fresh grass like flavor. Some hints of peaches, pears, and a touch of tartness as well. Very nice light cereal grain flavor in the middle which became a touch bready as it warmed. Long finish of dried out bitter earthy notes and a touch of light fruit. Slightly sour on the tongue after a few moments. Fantastic carbonation kept it feeling very light and refreshing and this bottle was no issue at all to finish off as the profile was light, low abv and a wonderful bit of carbonation.
Overall I really thought this was a fantastic beer.
05-28-2011 16:26:22 | More by mikesgroove
4.05/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-26-2009 03:36:07 | More by Phyl21ca
3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
Thanks to Richard for sharing this.
A: The pour is a cloudy goldenrod color with a soapy white head.
S: Slightly funky with lots of sweet fruit notes. I get a lot of citrus, especially oranges and tangerines, along with some apricots.
T: This is quite sweet, considering what you normally get from a Fantome saison. Mostly sweet oranges and apricots with a slight bit of that bretty Fantome yeast character underneath.
M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation.
D: A pretty nice beer from Fantome, but not exactly my favorite from them either. I did enjoy all the fruitiness, however.
09-07-2010 04:25:02 | More by womencantsail
3.7/5 rDev -7.7%
Appearance: Pours a hazy, amber body with a medium-sized, fizzy, off-white head.
Smell: Spicy, funkified aroma of dried tea leaves, citrus, herb medley.
Taste: Slight maltiness with some orange marmalade sweetness. All of the obligatory musty earthiness and barnyard accents. A few jolts of acidity along the way. Strong herbaceousness and plenty of spices. Semi-dry finish with lingering herbal hints.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: I don't even know where to begin.
03-24-2008 17:51:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
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.
07-06-2009 05:55:41 | More by GRG1313
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-20-2012 01:23:06 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
05-30-2008 01:05:49 | More by RblWthACoz
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
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
Another bottle drank in the woods with a bunch of dudes one night, shared by someone likely named Michael or Matt as it were.
Tasted out of a Fantome glass side by side with the other dalmatian beer.
Beer is nearly clear with a light yellow color, decent soft white one finger head of airy nothingness, low retention but lacing left behind.
Aroma is little fruity, sweet, apricot and lemons. Mild oakiness.
Beer is tart, sour at the back end, funky, sweet up front, light in body, really complex. I like it. Better than the dark version for sure. The sourness is somewhat of a shock, I would have this again.
11-22-2011 17:46:37 | More by drabmuh
2.88/5 rDev -28.2%
From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by yourfragile at the mega-Fantome tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.
a - Pours a murky dark yellow with light carbonation evident and less than an inch of white head.
s - Smells of citrus hops and a tiny bit sulfur-ish. Not sure if this is a bad bottle or what, but overall the smell is not very good.
t - Tastes of lemons, citrus hops, apples, and lightly sour fruits. Much better than the nose but still not great.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. A little bit undercarbonated.
o - Overall not my favorite Fantome. Nose seemed a bit off, and the taste was a little sour and faint. Wouldn't seek it out again.
11-09-2011 21:53:06 | More by mdfb79
4.13/5 rDev +3%
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.
04-02-2008 02:43:17 | More by jwc215
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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
12-27-2007 02:10:18 | More by Gueuzedude
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
4.33/5 rDev +8%
02/13/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.
Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info. Lovely off center applied label, probably by Dany himself. Poured into my Fantome tulip.
Appearance- Light blood orange colored pour. Lots of yeast sediment, especially towards the end of the bottle. Murky, but tiny particles and not lumps and chunks of yeast. A decent 3/4 inch head which remains at a slight rim for the duration. Leaves behind light whisps and patches of lace.
Smell- A wee bit of funk, but mostly lemon rind and a bit of corriander and maybe some star anise. Yeast is prevelent as well. Do I also detect some hops?
Taste- Lovely fruity mixture of lemon rind and lemonade tastes along with some orange peel as well. A good amount of corriander and also a pinch of confectioiers sugar to give it a bit of sweetness. For the most part it's mildly sour...or rather tart. Certainly not as sour as lambics or flanders styles.
Mouthfeel- Very carbonated. At first right out the fride it's like taking a mouthfull of foam...as it settles though it actually develops a creamy mouthcoating and carbonation subsides to a nice brisk feeling rather than foamy. Creaminess really makes it nice going down.
Drinkability- Overall another very good beer from Dany. I would definitely purchase this one again if seen....for a reasonable price that is. I believe it was $13.99 or so, which might be just a touch too steep. Overall it's a great beer worth trying.
02-14-2008 16:47:38 | More by GClarkage
3.25/5 rDev -19%
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with yellowish hues and a very thin fizzy white head that immediately fades into a thin ring. No lacing.
Earthy aroma with funky saison yeast, light fruit, zesty spice and a prominent citrus character. Lots of lemon peel and grapefruit along with a subtle vegetal/earthy presence.
Medium bodied and surprisingly tart with a dry, sour funk that lingers throughout into a slightly puckering, dry finish. There's also a sweet fruit presence with lots of citrusy lemon as well as some apple and pear. Hints of grass, hay, yeast and a vegetal earthiness. There's also some faint spice that's nowhere near as strong as in the nose. Just really weird, kind of like a saison berlinerweisse hybrid. Kind of one dimensional though with an odd sour and sweet fruit flavor. Not too sour though, more puckering and dry.
02-08-2012 16:33:01 | More by corby112
Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.