Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) - Brasserie Fantôme

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 142
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 39
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 12-27-2007

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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 142
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (886 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (560 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (543 characters)

Photo of Tdizzle
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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). (2,127 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of Onibubba
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4.87/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (3,384 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of blakesell
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (1,665 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,476 characters)

Photo of sanatar
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (968 characters)

Photo of watchnerd
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of clickpush
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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... (1,213 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 (2,601 characters)

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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
90 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.