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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Dark) - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
87
very good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This listing is for the label depicting a black background with white spots.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 11-15-2011)
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3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stomp when opened, good sign.
Nice amber orange color with a huge beige fluffy head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of oranges, lots of mint, brown sugar, booze and caramels.
Flavor with vinous notes, lots of berries, pineapple and coconut, mint, herbal hops, caramel and slightly toasted malts, mild spices and oxidized apples.
Medium towards full body with medium carbonation. A bit sticky and its alcohol of 8% abv is definitely there.
Very sweet and fruity Saison like they had fermented just fruits, hoppier than average and with an incredible and diverse complexity. I found it a bit too sweet and boozy, though. Not that easy to drink the full bottle.

FLima, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

yourefragile, Oct 11, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Amber body. Huge white head. Great retention. Good lacing.

Smell - Very fruity. Yeasty. Some caramel malt. Nothing terribly complex about it but nice.

Taste - Again it's very fruity. Berry fruit. Grain. Mild caramel. Yeasty finish. Not a ton of other flavors.

Mouthfeel - Over carbonated. Not sweet. Medium light body.

Overall - No complexity, but I enjoy it.

Alieniloquium, Jul 30, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice fluffy head, creamy lacing, dark hazy reddish mahogany color.

Nose candy sweet malts, caramel toasty, candi sugar, light grainy malt and maple candy like, little floral spices, bit of fruity esters and phenols.

Taste sweet candy malts, toasty reddish malts, candy sugar, light grainy malt, sweet syrupy, light floral saison spices but no saison, bitter slight earthy hops, fruity esters, light phenols, fairly bitter. Finish is sweet, candy malts, candy sugar, syrupy but dry, little sticky, light esters lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, sticky sweet.

Overall ok but nothing special.

jlindros, Jul 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

cfh64, Apr 30, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive been holding on to this bottle for awhile waiting to get the light version to drink side by side with it. I gave into curiosity and opened it this past weekend with friends. Poured into some matching Fantome tulips the brew pours a deep ruby to mahogany color with a yellowish tan finger of head. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass and rising bubbles maintain a half finger throughout the duration.

The aroma is very fruity like currents initially that fades to more of a tart smelling essence of cranberry. A hint of maltiness like toffee provides a base of sweetness for the fruit to play off. As it warms up, there is a bit of lemony lacto-like tartnesss to the nose.

The flavor is slightly boozy with a fruited aspect like the previously mentioned currents and cranberries. Some toasty malt sits underneath with a toffee sweetness and bready malt contrasted by hebal bitterness. The brew is somewhat medicinal as meaty with a mineral feel into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to fizzy amount of carbonation. One of the more boozy feeling, tart and fruity Fantome offeringd I have had. A crazy unique combination of character. Cranberry seemed to have an unshakeable impact in this brew that was pleasant. I wouldnt mind having more of this.

stakem, Apr 22, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Burgandy/copper, finger of light pinkish head, dissipates quickly

S - Sour grape, lemon, cranberry, raspberry

T - Initial: Sweet raspberry, grape, lemon. finish is a sour grape, spices, bitter hop level (1/10)

M - real light, light body

O - Very good. Great sweet and sour notes. Dark sour grape is wonderful. do wish it was thicker.

weonfire, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ADTaber, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

GeoffreyM, Feb 25, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before July 2014. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz green glass bottle with pressure cap sealed over an internally housed acquired at a nearby bottle shop for $22.00 (about $7.00 more than I usually pay for Fantome in SoCal) and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are through the roof as I usually love Fantome.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards. No wonder it's so pricey. 8% ABV confirmed.

Served following a warming period following its removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger light khaki colour head of great cream, brilliant froth, fantastic thickness, and incredible retention for the 8% ABV (~8+ minutes). Quite impressive. The body colour is a vibrant if understated caramel amber-brown. (Mahogany for the pretentious). Nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Very appealing for a saison. I'm getting excited.

Sm: Holy shit that's fantastic. Bright evocative fruits and fermented sugars. Cream, brown sugar, ripe cherries and berries, spicy biscuity yeast, raisin, light vine, caramel, candi sugar, and more of that luxurious fermented fruit. I can't pin down exactly which fruits, but it's not the dark fruit of a quad or dubbel. Definitely rich raspberry. Heavy biscuit malt, with some other perfectly selected grains there as well. It's exquisite. Perfect. I can't imagine it being any better. I cannot wait to try this. The best aroma I've experienced in probably the last six months. Strong, rich, and luxurious. Possess incredible elegance, subtlety, and complexity.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Raisin, bright evocative rich berries, biscuity spicy perfect yeasty notes, vinous character, brown sugar, a biscuit malt foundation, perfect caramelization, and grainy depth. Evokes dried fruit. Dessert wine character is subtle on the fringe. Lactose. Light fruit tartness. White pepper - a requisite note in any great saison. I don't know what gives it its tart complexity and spiciness; it could be seeds, earthy specialty grains, or obscure spices. All I know is the result is incredible. Light earthiness buried beneath the spiced malts. Light floral hops. Strawberry, maybe? Fig and dates. Currants. Oaky tones. Pear. Spicy green apple. The complexity and depth of flavour is staggering. Brilliant subtlety too. I love the fruit and yeasty notes. Nectary. Balance is near perfect.

Mf: Creamy, coarse, tingly, and wet. Smooth up front to welcome you in. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Very well executed. Perfect carbonation. Ideal palate presence, allowing all the subtlety to come through.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the high ABV - which never comes through in the flavours. A home run from Fantome. Perhaps the best saison I've ever had. I'll have no trouble finishing this bottle by myself. Worth the $22 I paid for it. The best beer I've had from Fantome to date. Pick up a few bottles for the cellar; this one comes highly recommended.

Lowish A-

kojevergas, Jan 19, 2013
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t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour from Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, spices, yeast, and some floral aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 28, 2012
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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Dark) from Brasserie Fantôme
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.