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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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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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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 23:00:15 | More by NCSUdo
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Onibubba

Kentucky

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 23:18:04 | More by Onibubba
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czfreeman

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 02:53:51 | More by czfreeman
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:43:17 | More by jwc215
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 17:51:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 18:15:57 | More by merlin48
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blakesell

Ohio

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 21:58:51 | More by blakesell
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 00:58:55 | More by beerthulhu
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GClarkage

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 16:47:38 | More by GClarkage
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sanatar

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 03:25:54 | More by sanatar
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watchnerd

California

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 23:46:04 | More by watchnerd
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 00:00:23 | More by Gavage
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: 750 ml bottle poured into tulip glass. Very light pour yields huge overwhelming 4+ finger head. Head is light tan and body light brown, slightly cloudy. Tons of carbonation along the outside of the glass. Head is super resilient - fluffy and slow to go down. Perhaps too heady.

Nose: Rich and bright aroma. Reminiscent perhaps of Reinaert. Fruity, tart, salty, a tiny touch of funkiness. Blueberry, juicy, a touch of black pepper, maybe some orange. Not as deep as I'm making it sound... I'm really searching here - it's not bursting out of the glass or anything.

Mouth: First thing I notice is how foamy the mouthfeel is... the explosive carbonation noted in the pour explodes in the mouth as well, foaming up and creating tons of bubbles in my mouth. Flavor is very similar to aroma. Alcohol is very noticeable in flavor. Taste is very sweet, nothing I've tasted in a Fantome before. Actually more like an unremarkable Belgian brown. Some caramel, brown sugar, cloying sweetness.

I believe this is grossly mis-characterized as a Saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 07:59:33 | More by clickpush
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dsa7783

New Jersey

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

Ever wonder what a $16.99 beer tastes like? Paid the outrageous price for this brew from a company that I've never heard of before... The fact that I am only the second person on this site to review it attests to its rare and exotic factor... From a 1pint, 9.4 fl oz champagne-like bottle, this beers pours a beautiful copper-brown, dark golden color with a huge head that just doesn't go away... Aroma was full of esters and alcohol with a spicy, strong, sweet smell... The sticker on the bottle depicts a white ghost, which was what caught my eye along with the eye-popping price tag...the most I ever paid for a single bottle, but what the hell - you only live once... Tastes very much like a strong golden Belgian ale... spicy, sweet taste filled with banans, fruit, esters and cloves... a unique taste, but I must say that I've sampled better brews for much less... The beer has a really good mouthfeel and goes down crisp and smooth... if it weren't for the hefty 8% ABV, drinkability would be much better, as there is a slight presence of alchol which is detectable... Otherwise, a very taste, rich, and inviting brew full of character... If you don't mind the price tag, this is definitely worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 23:37:47 | More by dsa7783
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 02:10:18 | More by Gueuzedude
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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.