Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) - Brasserie Fantôme
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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
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
3.63/5 rDev -9.5%
A: It pours a pale yellow color with some cloudy clarity at best. There was a pop when I removed the cork put it poured really close to dead flat. No head with some small bubbles hitting the surface.
S: There are some strong citrus notes up front with a serious cheesy funky smell not far behind. The more I smell it I am reminded of a dry white wine.
T: The flavor is very vinous in quality with a nice kick of citrus to back it up. The lack of carbonation is not bothering as much as I anticipated. It still manages to finish clean and dry.
M: The feel is a bit thin without the bubbles, but at least it isn't overly sweet and syrupy.
O: I wish this one would have been properly carbonated as I can see myself enjoying it a bit more. It still is good brew, but falls short of what it could be.
11-12-2011 03:23:11 | More by Neffbeer
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
District of Columbia
3.48/5 rDev -13.2%
Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.
Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.
The beer appears a very hazy yellow, with virtually no head or lacing.
The aroma is something to behold. I'm not sure if I love it, despise it, or both. Since I keep sticking my nose in the glass searching for an answer, it must be alright. Ripe onions and funky apricots amid a yeasty, floral base. Truly unique.
The flavor is tart, sour, intense. Apricots and Vidalia onions. Sharp and puckering. Acetic. This beer sinks into your cheeks.
Medium bodied with low carbonation. Lip smacking and cheek burning tartness.
Overall, a unique brew, and worth a try, though certainly not my favorite Fantôme of the lot.
11-08-2011 03:30:14 | More by Huhzubendah
2.75/5 rDev -31.4%
Poured form bottle into 25cL karmeliet tulip. Opens with almost no pop
Ar: Sweaty smoke, funky in a not great way. This is a strange beer. tart, the smoke dominates, lemony acidity
Ap: Clear gold, light white head, good retention
T: A distinct smokey character, like smoked nuts, was the first thing that stood out. Fruity sweetness, mildly tart. Smokey spice finish. A pleasant mild saison character in there with lemon and mild hop spice, but funky barbecue dominates the finish.
M: Light body, medium carb, slight tartness, lingering smokey feel.
O: I know there can often be unique spicing in these beers but this smokeyness really caught me off guard. It is interesting and weird. I don't think this is what the beer ought to taste like.
11-08-2011 02:40:25 | More by DaveJanssen
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
Port Bottle Shop
Cloudy, hazy, and murky orange, yellow, and gold with nearly no head whatsoever. There is very little carbonation here and lots and lots of chunky sediment.
Bright floral and citrus aromas with peach and apricot leading the way. As the beer warms, the citrus become more and more present. It's quite nice and very unique.
This is a very sweet saison dominated by peach citrus. There's nearly no bitterness whatsoever, and while very simple, it's very tasty. It's more like a fresh (peach) juice than any other beer I've had.
Medium bodied with very low carbonation, though I think it works quite well with these flavors.
A strangely unique beer, but very tasty. I suspect this one to be very polarizing; if you're expecting or hoping for anything other than a juicy peach saison, look elsewhere. If that sounds like something you'd quite enjoy, buy a case! (That being said, with Fantome's batch/bottle variation, who knows what one may find!)
10-31-2011 21:48:48 | More by ehammond1
3.73/5 rDev -7%
A: Pours a hazy gold with no head whatsoever. Displays a brilliant, shimmering golden hue with faint orange highlights when held up to the light. If this had a head, it would look great.
S: Earthy, lactic yeast funk on the nose with hints of citrus, grass, and some sort of peppery spice. As the beer warms, these scents blend beautifully.
T: Opens tart with assertive notes of grapefruit, lemon, bitter orange, kumquat, grass, salty brine, and oaky, lactic yeast. The finish lingers for a long while, displaying a mixture of citrus, yeast, and alcohol flavors.
M: Medium-to-full bodied, dry, and firm with practically no carbonation. Quite frankly, I doubt this beer would feel as heavy as it does if it were a bit livelier.
O: I like this beer, but Fantome produces far better. Still, the worst Fantome is better than the best beer produced by some breweries. I love the fact that the flavor reminded me of a good Sauvignon Blanc until that yeasty farmhouse funk set in to remind me I was drinking a beer. A very interesting effort, but probably the least appealing of the Fantome beers I have tried.
10-26-2011 23:09:40 | More by mrfrancis
4.53/5 rDev +13%
A- A very bright golden color; lighter hue. looks like a white wine. Has little to no carbonation. i poured it pretty hard from the bottle and got a very slight agitation that ended quickly; left no head or lacing.
S- Smells just like a white wine or mead. Fruity earthy aromas, some alcoholic qualities; some slight burn in the nostrils.
T- Exactly what the nose led onto be. Just like a blend of mead and a light white wine. Not sour, but has some slight tart hidden in there. Very interesting flavors, unlike any beer ive had, but keeps turning my mind towards wine. Im really digging this beer.
M- Lite body with a syrup quality that isnt heavy or unpleasant. Like i said before, no carb at all.
O- Very interesting beer, if i can call it that. I really enjoyed this, much like all the Fantomes ive had, but this stood apart from all the others. Truly a unique beverage and experience.
10-05-2011 02:09:22 | More by Kshock
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
Hazy yellow, not much head or lacing. Looks boring, but that is just another one of the fantome's tricks...
Sweet lemon, sweet tarts and other assorted candies, apple, pear, excellent smell really. It has a distinct nose, something I've smelt before and love but it's hard to place.
A bit of a sour pang in this one which adds a nice element to the sweet, rich full fruity flavor. Yeast and a dry mouthfeel carry out into the taste.
Very dry and clean finish. Leaves my lips feeling chapped.
I was really looking to be critical in this review, but it really is just a splendid beer by such a cool and talented brewery.
09-29-2011 00:43:49 | More by ptykozoon
4.13/5 rDev +3%
750ml corked and capped bottle served in a red wine glass. Lot B - best before July 2014 indicated on the label. Pours a beautiful honey-amber hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a dense, 1.5 inch khaki-colored head embedded with ringlets and pinpricks. Head eventually settles into a creamy, broken cap. Some lacing appears after each tilt, but adhesion is limited to only a few residual spots. Nose is very subdued - a suggestion of grass, citrus, candi sugar, honeydew melon and spice. Taste is a bit difficult to describe. A tea-like flavor dominates but there is also a muddled spiciness reminiscent of chai that follows, as well as a hint of citric acid to round out the edges. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to medium in body) with a pleasant, even carbonation and a bit of acidity. I also get a slightly dry sensation on the tongue at the finish. Nothing about this beer screams Saison, but I have to say that I really like it. It's complex and interesting and unlike any other Fantome I've had to date. Definitely worth the price (I paid $14.79) if you have the opportunity to try it, but don't expect it to taste anything like Fantome's flagship.
09-05-2011 00:30:50 | More by Jwale73
3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
A: Darker than most Fantome’s I’ve had to date. This is more of amber cranberry color with some orange highlights. Thick off white head and lots of carbonation from the looks of it. Can’t wait to try it, looks wonderful! 4
S: Smell is of apples, cooked orchard apples predominantly. This is most probably intentional and not acetylaldehyde (a command off flavor). Also, another first impression I got was that it smelled like a “holiday” beer. Perhaps there are some spices in here. Who knows though...only Dany knows. I was also hoping for more of that Fantome tangy tartness but it seems to be devoid here. 3.5
T&M: Taste pretty much follows the nose (which is what I love about Fantome...aroma and taste are very much intertwined). Lots of green apple flavor, not too heavy but definitely the dominant flavor. Carbonation level is perfect for the style and mouthfeel is crisp with a medium-light body. Clean finish. 3.5 / 4
O: Overall, not my favorite Fantome to date, but not something to shy away from. The regular Saison sets the bar pretty damn HIGH, but compared to other beers this is great. The apple flavor is not too intense, but still recognizable. It drinks easy, is refreshing and smells like apples. Good stuff! 4
08-29-2011 16:56:52 | More by julian
4.88/5 rDev +21.7%
A: amber to a dark brown body with a creamy white head
S: woods, lavender, green apple, lemon zest, FUNK, grass
T: lemon, orange, citrusy fruits, earthy/grassy, sweet and sour. Very interesting indeed.
M: highly carbonated, slightly creamy like skim milk, very drying
O: 1st fantome experience, definitely not my last. This beer is awesome and looking forward to more tastes of their products! Definitely try this!
08-02-2011 00:18:16 | More by DrewShal9
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a bright, hazy golden color with no head whatsoever, just some white bubbles that immediately disappear. Scent is like no other beer I've had before. I've smelled beers with funk before, but this thing is FUNKY! Some very unique musty aromas coming from this beer. There are also heavy lemon and wooden aromas. The lemon and must are the heavy hitters in the nose. Taste is very similar to how it smells. Immediately, I get some very tart lemon (wasn't expecting it to be this tart)... not mouth-puckering, but very tart. Hints of citrus (a TON of grapefruit) and grass. There are some wooden flavors along with light hoppiness. It finishes with some funk and musty lemon flavors. Mouthfeel is hardly carbonated, as it drinks more like a wine. Extremely dry. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is a VERY TASTY beer... the only thing keeping me from falling head over heels over it is the lack of carbonation. I still haven't been able to appreciate still beers like others tend to. I like my beer carbonated...at least a little bit. But amazing beer nonetheless.
07-07-2011 04:40:42 | More by DovaliHops
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
3.93/5 rDev -2%
Hazy golden color, completely hard to see through. No real lacing or retention.
Smells of lemon, hay, and funk.
Wowza, tons of lemon tartness, funk, hay, horse blanket. Damned tasty and complex. Slight minerality.
Spritzy, refreshing, tart. Farily light.
Really tasty, enjoyable, and quaffabl.
05-23-2011 04:03:27 | More by billshmeinke
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
A: Flat looking straw colored beer. Large spherical bubbles quickly dissipate leaving a light dusting of foam.
S: Mmm, gets a good deal more interesting here. Firstly, a puff of funk, probably that signature Fantôme smell that I've heard of. How to describe it? Musty lemons, stale smoke, and sulfur? Then honey, woodsy must once my giant nostrils become accustomed to the smell.
T: More honey, herbal bitterness, Fantôme funk. Kind of reminds my of a funky mead. Not a very dry finish, though a bit floral. I dig it!
M: Lightly carbonated, oily on the tongue. Slight pucker that is quickly overridden by the honey sweetness.
O: This is a tough brewery to pigeonhole. I can't think of this as a saison but I really enjoy it for what it is. Tons of character and moderate complexity.
05-17-2011 23:56:21 | More by Lazerlobe
4.8/5 rDev +19.7%
A: mahogany/cherry wood colored, thick bubbly head is short lived, leaving behind no trace.
S: very floral, smells like perfume or potpourri, lavender, green apple, sherry, rosé wine, Flintstones chewable vitamins.
T: lavender, amazing I've never tasted that in a beer, prunes and dried apricot, dark cherries, Flintstones vitamins.
M: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, not too much, not too little, sweet mellow finish.
O: so awesome, manages to be fruity and flowery while still being 'beer' beer. Also the vitamin smell and flavor brings me right back to my childhood.
05-16-2011 03:27:51 | More by nickhiller
Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.