Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) - Brasserie Fantôme
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4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
08-22-2008 06:53:12 | More by Reino
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
08-21-2008 02:01:02 | More by ballewblake
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
07-29-2008 17:30:42 | More by Viggo
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
07-29-2008 02:03:29 | More by weeare138
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
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
3.15/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
07-01-2008 18:42:31 | More by JDV
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
06-20-2008 20:24:37 | More by grub
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
06-19-2008 05:13:44 | More by irishkyle21
4.15/5 rDev +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.
06-02-2008 01:32:10 | More by Georgiabeer
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
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
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!
05-29-2008 18:36:47 | More by tpd975
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
05-24-2008 07:04:09 | More by Tdizzle
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
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).
05-18-2008 00:14:54 | More by ccrida
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
04-27-2008 23:00:15 | More by NCSUdo
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
4.88/5 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
4.13/5 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
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
4.5/5 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
4.58/5 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
4.33/5 rDev +8%
"07" Belgian Blonde style.
A: Poured a bright, hazy golden-orange with a thin beige head that quickly dissipated. Visible carbonation was light.
S: spicy and perfumy full of bananas, cloves, and curacao oranges and bearing a slight resemblance to a Franziskaner wheat, mmmm.
T: The flavor was rich with with strong flavors of creamy bananas, cloves, and tart oranges. There was a slight acidic bite in the swallow. There was a nice honey malt sweetness as well fruitiness (apples, pears) along with some light underlying herbal hoppiness. The beer finished with a nice yeasty spiciness, most notably cloves with a touch of sourness that blended well with the dry orange and malty palate.
M: The mouthful was creamy from the wheat bill with some warm oranges and a slight fizziness from the carbonation.
D: Overall really malty per style and a great example of an extreme blonde. Outstanding.
02-29-2008 00:58:55 | More by beerthulhu
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
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
4.13/5 rDev +3%
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.
01-26-2008 23:46:04 | More by watchnerd
Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.