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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Dark) - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
87
very good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 12
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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claaark13

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked b/J(#3)(hahaha!)/14. I'm betting that this is fairly fresh. Poured at cellar temp into a Founders snifter.

A - Pours a ruby brown with a thick off-white head. Looks good. Thick lacing remains.

S - !!!! Strawberries, raspberries, light background malts. Really just a burst of fruity aromas. Slight hay and Saison spices. I had the aroma higher, but after a few minutes the smell took on a dirty, musty, sandy water aroma.

T - Tart, unnamed fruity malts upfront, then the raspberry comes through. Some of the traditional Saison spices as well as hay appear in the back 1/2. Mild fruity tartness is from start to finish; nothing abrasive, but like a near-ripe strawberry and raspberry coming together. Nearly perfect.

M - Medium, thicker for the style.

O - I was thoroughly impressed. I didn't expect so much fruit, or any fruit, at all. Strawberries take off and then raspberries take over. This reminds me in some ways of their classic Saison. I'd have to do some digging to find who sent this to me, but I'm beyond thankful. Simply amazing, now I need to pour the rest and take the dogs outside on this hot day.

EDIT - Fantome has been known for batch/bottle variation. After reading some reviews below, I'm certain that this is a great example of the variation.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 21:39:15 | More by claaark13
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, ruddy amber with a thick off-white head.

S: Huge fruity aromas are present on the nose. There's definitely plenty of cider apple and spiced pear here. As the beer settles down a bit, I get scents of caramel, raisin, dates, figs, currants, blueberry, and elderberry. There's also a slight musty earthiness on the nose that keeps the fruit from being overpowering.

T: Surprisingly soft on the palate with blueberry, elderberry, currant, fig, date, raisin, caramel, oak, spiced pear, and cider apple flavors. Around mid-palate, must, lactic yeast, papaya, passion fruit, and pineapple flavors kick in and deliver, as an earlier reviewer so astutely put it, a tropical punch-like flavor. The finish is sweet and mildly yeasty with notes of blueberry, currant, date, and fig blending with oak, lactic yeast, and pineapple notes.

M: Medium-bodied, very dry, and acidic. Carbonation is gentler than one would expect. Alcohol is pretty pronounced.

O: This is an excellent saison. Like all of Brasserie Fantome's beers, it is unique, a beer that is hard to compare to any others of its style. Definitely worth seeking out and savoring.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 15:31:31 | More by mrfrancis
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Twal

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-03-2012 01:53:15 | More by Twal
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csano

Washington

3/5  rDev -23.3%

06-18-2012 02:11:30 | More by csano
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-02-2012 01:08:12 | More by ElGallo
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-12-2012 01:06:40 | More by DaveHack
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ElkSherpa

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-12-2012 21:45:26 | More by ElkSherpa
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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-12-2012 14:48:57 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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elNopalero

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a ruddy ruby amber with a thick layer of cotton topping it. The lacing lingers in the glass. Looks amazing.
First impressions are of sweet berries (described as “Hawaiian punch” by one taster), spring berries, with fruity notes evolving as the beer opens up. It’s very fruity on the palate as well, with these sharp cherry and berry notes, finishing dry and tart with a touch of sour.

This is an intriguing, interesting, involving, evolving beer. I enjoyed sharing this with some beer enthusiasts after a day of hard work. Wish I knew who to properly thank for bringing it!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 20:18:00 | More by elNopalero
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-04-2012 06:26:42 | More by pirmannt1
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-27-2012 02:55:51 | More by nathanjohnson
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-07-2012 15:08:10 | More by nmann08
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes and shared with bpk59.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a nice slightly hazy reddish amber with a nice one finger offwhite head.

S - Rather shockingly sweet and spicy. This is a saison? Lots of carmel and some slight fruits. Really odd for me.

T - Taste is only slightly better. Gettign some fruit (green apple) and spice notes. A bit of bubblegum too with some molassess as well.

M - Mouthfeel is fairly nice with good carbonation. Nice and light on the tongue.

O - Overall I felt this was a good beer, but just paled in comparison to the original Fantome. Would rather have a bottle of that for less.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 21:42:08 | More by rudzud
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RSchaeffer

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-28-2012 22:01:33 | More by RSchaeffer
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grownfool

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-27-2012 01:54:24 | More by grownfool
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oline73

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a finger of off white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Quite fruity with some mildly sweet malt. The fruit reminds me of sweet and slightly tart berries.

Taste: Light and fruity just like the smell. I would have liked the taste to be a tad fuller. Fruity up front with some berries and a slight tartness. I keep thinking I'm getting some bubble gum. The finish is just little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy, tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: Another solid offering from this brewery. I enjoyed the fruity notes, but there wasn't quite enough to back it up. I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:24:38 | More by oline73
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a gorgeous copper brown body with three fingers of foamy vanilla colored head that lingers real well and laces the glass beautifully.

S - notes of grain, caramel, yeast and a whole bunch of spices/herbs in the back. a good inviting nose.

T - theres some sweet malts up front grain and cracker notes followed by a nice citrus bite in the back which leads into just spice/herb bittering madness. its damn good. noticing a bit of a molasses after taste as well.

M - closer to medium bodied than most saisons as this is a winter brew. it seems almost coarse on the tongue. lots of bubbly carbonation in there as well.

O - this is a superb saison and quite glad i made the detour this past weekend to pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 14:49:06 | More by celticfutblclub
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kiki3drt292

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-10-2012 19:59:34 | More by kiki3drt292
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emdawg

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-01-2012 05:41:35 | More by emdawg
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rob133

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

12-27-2011 22:31:38 | More by rob133
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nate for sharing this one. Served in a Surly Dakness glass. Lot b, best before July 2014.

A - A finger-plus of off-white foam settles to a medium cap and slightly thicker collar. There's minimal lacing, and the body is an opaque amber color.

S - This tastes like a strange blend of saison, quad, and English brown ale. There's some dark candi sugar, the trademark Saison pale malt 'pez' flavor, a bit of phenolic yeast, some cola nut, hand lotion, and a faint sour lemon finish. An herbal greens aroma emerges as the beer warms up.

T - Milled and lightly toasted grains, mixed with nuts, mlik chocolate, and cola, again reminds me of a brown ale, but there's the candi sugar mingling with stone fruits, lotion, and Belgian yeast. Light herbal bitterness in the finish, but otherwise surprisingly clean.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, a slightly grainy medium body, well-hidden alcohol (if this is actually 8%), and a lightly sticky finish. Somewhat innocuous compared to the bizarre flavor combinations.

D - A very odd beer that seems like it could have been blended from other ones. That being said it was surprisingly drinkable, and the flavors all seemed to find a place and not clash with one another. I'd definitely have it again, and it's quintessentially Fantôme alright.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 16:34:44 | More by MasterSki
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musicforairports

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The review below has been moved over to the "dark" version now that there are two available to review.

Lot B, best by July 2014, into a tulip.

Cloudy ruby-brown color, decent head, some lacing.

Smells like candi sugar, some darker malt, apple and other fruit.

Taste has strong notes of chocolate and green apple; as it warms, it becomes heavy on candi sugar and a musty apple character.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium. Not as carbonated as you might expect.

This is a good twist on a saison, with the chocolate notes. Could do with a bit less candi sugar. Fantome makes better beers, but that doesn't mean this one is bad. It's pretty complex.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:39:18 | More by musicforairports
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DovaliHops

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see that the dark version is on here now. Been keepin it in my notes until now. Pours a dark amber color with a large white head that goes down slowly. Scent is bready with a light hint of funk and a lot of pepper. A little chocolatey and very fruity. Taste is initially malty with some green apple. Then I get a bit of funk and a lot of spicy pepper. Hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Dry finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this one is COMPLETELY different than the "light" one. The one is not as good though. The only thing better in this beer is the carbonation. Still awesome though.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 07:44:03 | More by DovaliHops
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah, the dark. review merged from the end of my dalmatienne light review:

update- drinking the amber, it's miles apart from the golden.

Malty, sweet dark fruit, a bit of pepper. Not much funk. Very sweet, but I like it. The nose on this one is like tropical fruit punch! I taste hints of blueberries and strawberries as it warms. The jammy fruit aspect is very odd but I like it. Lively mouthfeel.

I liked the 'light' more.. this one's very easy to drink and has nice carbonation but the other one had a ton of signature fantome funk and a nice sourness. The blonde was almost flat as well. A totally different beer, almost on opposite ends of the spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 22:23:25 | More by ShogoKawada
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark pour with a smallish tan, minimal lacing

Smell: Sweet bready malts with herbs and roast, touch of chocolate

Taste: Similar to the aroma, chocolate, herbs, sweet bread malts, touch of earth and fantome funk

MOuthfeel: Medium body, typical fantome

Overall: Alright, not one of my favorite fantomes.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 04:52:13 | More by craytonic
Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Dark) from Brasserie Fantôme
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.