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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: 13
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -23.3%

06-11-2014 01:22:15 | More by BGsWo22
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Holland

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-01-2014 03:15:42 | More by Holland
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed 07/31/11, moved over to this profile for obvious reasons.

A mysterious beer, couldn't find much info about this one.

A- Amber-brown body with a fizzy, bubbly head that forms up to a pretty nice size and has decent retention. No lace on the glass once the head fizzes out.

S- A prevalent fruit note that I can't quite name, juicy exotic peach type feel. Citrus fruit, lavender, floral and more fruit notes.

T- Similar to the nose but with more spice and a bit less fruit. The base has a solid Belgian Strong Dark feel. The unnamed fruit, lemon zest, floral lavender, slight hay barnyard, caramel, oak and raisin make for a complex experience.

MF- Fizzy bodied with high, silky carbonation. Some spice bitterness.

A very interesting, unique beer with flavors I have a hard time putting into words. Great fruit with a good Belgian Strong Dark base.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:12:08 | More by cbutova
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-08-2014 02:19:54 | More by petermethot
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-15-2013 13:49:54 | More by ADTaber
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mentor

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gift fom Geuezedude, thanks a bunch. Pours a four finger cream-tan head over a cloudy red-brown liquid. Smells lemon sour, orange oils, rye, dried hay, candi-sugar, mild alcohol, and some Brett.

Tastes caramel sweet, candi sugar, red fruits, and rounded phenolic. I don't know what that phenol is, but it is one of the most unpleasant flavors I've ever encountered. I find it in belgian-styled beer from time to time and just think it's hideous. Most people don't mind it, in fact, my wife thinks it adds an interesting dimension. Bleech. Chalky toffee, pear juice, old italian herbs (yes, in an unpleasant way), mild peppery, and finishes with a dash of lemony tart. Md-light body with some creaminess. Strong carbonation can't lift the sweet from the palate like I'd expect from a saison. Complex, but misses on the 'lightness' factor of a saison. Rated to style, not my taste preferences.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 04:40:12 | More by mentor
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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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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 7-2014

750 mL green glass bottle with cap and cork served around 55 degrees into a goblet.

The Dalmation is unusually dark for the style, more of a redish brown color than a golden yellow. Slightly hazy appearance with fizzy off-white head. It settles slowly but doesn't leave any lacing.

Aroma is really stiking and very enjoyable. There is a distinct cherry smell mixed with apples and plums. It has a little of that sour yeasty funk and spice but it's the fruitiness that makes it truly unique.

The flavor is wonderfully complex yet perfectly balanced. There is sweetness up front, a little fruit like in the aroma, then a big spicy hit of pepper in the middle, and finally a very dry finish. It has layers of nuances that seem to unravel as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is light in body and well-carbonated. The alcohol is evident but not strong. Great balance but very dry.

Overall another fantastic beer from Fantome. I always hesitate to pay the $15 for their beers but I never regret it once it's in my glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:28:20 | More by GilGarp
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CelticAleMan

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-20-2013 00:08:12 | More by CelticAleMan
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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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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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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-25-2013 20:26:29 | More by GeoffreyM
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to move this review, originally had this sometime during the summer of 2011.

750ml shared by the one, the only, cbutova. Always interested in trying a new Fantome and this one blew away my expectations.

Pours a hazy light brown, off-white head retains decently as a cap leaving spots of lacing here and there.

An awesome, totally unique scent. Sweet, funky, spicy lemonade, grassy fields filled with flowers, weird tartness.

The flavor brings similar uniqueness/awesomeness. Pear, apple, lemonade, flowers, lime, some dark fruit, grassy/hay/yeasty notes balance it out. Slight mint?, unidentified spices.

High carbonation, good full mouthfeel, no booze, refreshing.

With Fantome you always get an experience for sure and this is one of the more memorable beers I've had in some time. Hard to picture this as a winter beer, all the tart light fruit and flowers made this perfect for a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 17:03:59 | More by Chico1985
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-14-2014 05:57:36 | More by Mattias
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle batch b, 3, / 14
A: Pours a massively powerful light brown head overflowing the bottle still after a pour and the pressure was released. This has been in my kegerator for over a month, so glad it had time to settle in there. Pours a murky rust colored brown with sediment at the top of the bottle peeking out after the overflow.

S: Aroma of fruity strawberries, lacto, a refreshing lot of mixed spices and berries.

T: Wow this was much sweeter than I envisioned, tasting primarily of fresh berry fruit, with lacto and some tart oriented spices. There is plenty of tartness in the flavor here, but hard to pick up exactly what has caused it. Wild flowers? Dandelions? Raspberry seeds? Hard to guess, but it does taste as good as it is different.

M: Dry and overcarbonated. Just on the overflow, I have to say too much carbonation, but once it settled for about ten minutes it did taste quite pleasing.

O: This is another satisfyingly different Saison from Fantome. Glad to have tried it and would drink again, but I think I would prefer some of their other offerings over this. The color of course is a nice treat for a Saison, and primarily the main addition I got from the color was the chocolate malt flavors that came out of the malt.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 23:01:38 | More by alpinebryant
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weonfire

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 01:31:26 | More by weonfire
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DaveHS

California

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours hazy dark brown with over an inch of fluffy pollen yellow/off white head. Leaves spotty,, sticky lacing.

S-That old familiar grassy, earthy Fantome funk. Pond water, musty old wood, a fruit aroma that's hard to place. Maybe cherry juice?

T/M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry, hoppy finish. Fairly nondescript. Tastes like a Belgian amber spiked with saison yeast. Dry, earthy hoppiness brings the finish to a screeching halt, obliterating everything that came before it.

O-Not one of Fantome's best. I've come to expect great things from this brewery, as almost everythihg I've had from them has been creative, complex and packed to the brim with funk. This was bland in comparison.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 23:30:35 | More by DaveHS
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-27-2012 02:55:51 | More by nathanjohnson
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cfh64

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-29-2013 23:48:52 | More by cfh64
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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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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed on 4.11.2010

Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my tulip glass. The bottle says "Belgian Blond Ale," so I am not sure that this should be called a saison.

When poured with a delicate touch, a big and ample 2-finger head collects atop the caramel coppery body of the beer, even as the beer doesn't reach the convergent/divergent transition in my tulip. Even after the head subsides, a quick swirl recreates the creamy cap that appeared after the pour. Lacing is spritzy and comes in little groups of spotty bubbles.

The aroma is full of brettanomyces funk, but it is unique in my experience, as La Dalmatienne is also characterized by a sweet maltiness in the smell. Sour cherries also come along for the ride. Digging deeper, other fruity esters come through - apricot and pears mainly. There is also, obviously, that barnyard scent that Fantome does so well. The palate brings on a big malty sweetness that is nicely balanced by the bretty funk and slight sourness. The sourness isn't acidic, and is very pleasant. The fruity esters really add a lot to the beer, and they make the malty sweetness find its place nicely.

The mouthfeel is full, but still lightly carbonated, even though there are tons of bubbles that seem to impregnate the entire body. There is a creamy quality to the finish, and the fruity esters and sweetness linger on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 02:52:10 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Dark) from Brasserie Fantôme
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.