Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) - Brasserie Fantôme
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3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
750 mL bottle poured into a tulip
A- A hazy golden copper color with a two finger white head.
S- Barnyard funk, earthy, a little sour, some light fruits, herbal, floral.
T- Funky, earthy, sour lemon, sweet apples, some sweet malts, floral, herbal, ashy/off finish that really throws everything off. The finish isn't as off putting the more I drink this.
M- Crisp, light body.
O- I like the nose and the beginning of the taste, but the finish hurts this beer a lot. I feel that drinking a whole bottle isn't an issue. This is the second beer I have had from Fantome and I am not really impressed, I seem to have really bad luck with getting good bottles...
08-27-2012 02:19:17 | More by larryi86
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-10-2012 22:48:59 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Pours a very cloudy dark yellow color with no head at all. It appears very still with limited to no carbonation.
S: The aroma is amazingly complex. Earthy, funky, sour apples, lemon, grapefruit, grassy. All aspects are balanced as well, as none overpowers the other.
T: Not quite up to the standard set by the aroma, but it is still solid. Definitely more lemony and grapefruit-y in the taste. While the other aspects are present, they aren't as well balanced as the aroma.
M: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Very smooth with a crisp, tangy finish.
O: I really enjoyed this saison. It was honestly unlike any other saison I've had so far. While some aspects were a bit flawed, overall, it was very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to trying more from Fantome.
06-13-2012 03:10:36 | More by BilbosNuts
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
05-24-2012 02:32:50 | More by DaftCaskBC
3.93/5 rDev -2%
Honey colored with white head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is strongly lemon with some funk.
Taste follows the smell initially. This is very tart. There is some definite horse blanket quality to it. Very little bitterness in the finish. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel is dry with average carbonation.
Overall good, but I am less of a fan of sours.
04-01-2012 11:21:48 | More by TrappistJohnMD
4.58/5 rDev +14.2%
Served this 750 mL green bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The beer had a bright gold body and the heavy pour created a pithy loose, white head. The second pour was cloudier. The head left freckles of lace.
The smell was acrid. Grass clippings and mouldering hay. Peppery and floral. A very interesting aroma.
The taste was puckering tartness to begin with but that settled to a gentle floral taste. Smoke characteristic appeared late. Dry finish. Very well hidden alcohol. Very unique.
The mouthfeel was light in the mouth but there was enough heft to this one to consider it medium bodied. Mild carbonation.
03-25-2012 22:50:01 | More by Cresant
2.53/5 rDev -36.9%
I don't know if I got a bad bottle but the taste was awful. It had a very chemical taste to that disagreed with my mouth. The best way to describe it as drinking a corked or spoiled white wine or maybe a cheap scotch gone bad. It's the first Fantome I couldn't stand to drink.
03-16-2012 14:21:52 | More by SalMineo
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
4/5 rDev -0.2%
750 mL bottle shared at the January 2012 Santa Cruz tasting at Sante Adairius. Pours a hazy pale gold with basically no head. Fantastic aroma -- this is the kind of beer you might spend longer smelling than drinking. Apricot shortbread cobbler comes to mind, along with a mulled cider spiciness: cinnamon and cloves, perhaps cardamom. Flavor is a little less engrossing. Semi-tart, semi-sweet, with a vague fruitiness -- apples first, then a touch of lemon. The alcohol shows through just a little, contributing a sharpness that pairs in the finish with a significant hop bitterness. Dry with low carbonation.
01-30-2012 09:16:51 | More by illidurit
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
3.05/5 rDev -23.9%
pours a golden yellow with loads of white fizzy and creamy head. retains lightly.
big fruit and funk with bits of light spice and pepper. bit of skunk.
i read some reviews before i made mine, and then had to make sure i was drinking the same beer. some fruit like apricot and grape up front. some apple. light tartness. quickly fades into charcoal and ash. finishes like an ash tray. no lie.... (after a while i guess i got used to the ash and stopped picking up on it)
mild carbonation, light and fluffy.
great but the ash and charcoal just kills the flavor. no thanks, never again.
01-07-2012 00:17:10 | More by hooliganlife
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
Served from bottle into a Fantome outlined ghost tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a minimal pure white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, wood, funk, citrus, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, citrus, fruit, spices, wood, and grapes. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really impressed with this one being my first time trying it. Everything on this one just worked really well together and made it really easy to drink. I enjoyed this one so much that before I finished the bottle, I call my local bottle shop and had them put their last bottle on hold for me. A really tasty brew that everyone should have the chance to try. A well done brew by Fantôme.
12-18-2011 20:23:44 | More by thagr81us
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Funnkwerks globe .
This beer pours a hazy gold with a massive 2 inch head and leaves decent lacing down the sides of glass. The aroma is tart funk, grapefruit pith with just a little bit of must. The flavor is much the same. Fairly actic tart. Mouthfeel is not as dry as most other Fantome's. Overall this is a fantasic Fantome product. One of the best I've had.
12-18-2011 01:44:44 | More by hwwty4
Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.