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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
89
very good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 38
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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mrfrancis

Kentucky

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
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JasonSiedman

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

12-30-2012 00:54:05 | More by JasonSiedman
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Spaceangler

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-22-2014 01:09:14 | More by Spaceangler
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CelticAleMan

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-20-2013 00:08:51 | More by CelticAleMan
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

09-01-2012 22:13:56 | More by t0rin0
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Crosling

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -4%

Pros: Great appearance, long lasting foam, dark orange color. Caressing mouth feel. Nice balance, not harshly spiced or bitter. Nice aroma of herbs, lemon rind, pepper, chocolate nibs. Well balanced considering the brewer.

Cons: Very oxidized. Still don't like the brewery, but this is one of the better versions I've had.

03-16-2009 06:06:57 | More by Crosling
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ehammond1


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

Bottle

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

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
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ballewblake

New Jersey

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
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larryi86

Delaware

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
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hellbilly

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

bottle at least one year old...

pours orange-brown iced tea color and almost cloudy with a light tan head. the aroma is quite sweet yet acidic... lots of cinder block/cellar/cement smell, minerals, orange zest, brown sugar and co2 as well.

it's a touch (too) sweet on the palate. flavors of light fruity (peaches mainly) sourness, dust, mineral-y cinder block, caramel and raisin/verjus before a spicy somewhat dry finish. there's a mild bitterness throughout (yeast or hops, idk). yeasty fruity aftertaste lingers along with some of those skunky hops. it's medium bodied bordering full with prickly sharp carbonation.
7/4/7/4/16/3.8

12-01-2008 19:20:06 | More by hellbilly
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

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
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billshmeinke

California

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
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

A-cloudy gold with a thick cream colored head

S-fairly funky. Some spices. Caramel. Medium strength

T-comes in with a taste of some funk, but actually...it mostly tastes like sweet BBQ? I'm not lying. It's very odd. It tates almost smokey. After-taste is matching.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a watery finish

O-well, I never had a Saison like this before. Seems like it'd be a good summer Saison. I wonder what the dark version tastes like. Definitely goes down well.

10-01-2012 00:16:01 | More by AdamBear
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-15-2011 00:30:14 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-06-2012 00:45:47 | More by SPRichard
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

1 Pint.
50th brewery tried.
46th beer style tried.

Pours a hazy dark copper amber with a finger width off white bubbly head. Lots of carbonation present. Nose is spicy, farmhouse funk, belgian yeast, sweet. Taste is similiar to the nose, theres a sweet spicyness on the palatte paired with the distinct Belgian malts. Light 'Blonde Ale' characteristics too. Medium bodied and mouthfeel. At 8%, this should work just fine for this afternoon. I'm thinking it would be a wonderful beer to revisit this summer. Pricey!, but worth a try. Interesting introduction to the style.

02-20-2011 18:39:10 | More by heebes
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DearthVader

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-14-2011 08:03:59 | More by DearthVader
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FunkyMacGroovin

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-14-2011 15:38:12 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-27-2013 00:01:53 | More by Rifugium
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hays99

Kansas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-28-2012 20:06:07 | More by hays99
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-24-2013 19:23:36 | More by InspectorBob
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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
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illidurit

California

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
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

09-28-2012 17:14:13 | More by cbnz
Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
89 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.