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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Dark) - Brasserie Fantôme

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BA SCORE
88
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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
Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

drewone, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of alpinebryant
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.

alpinebryant, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of claaark13
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.

claaark13, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
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.

mrfrancis, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Twal
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Twal, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of csano
3/5  rDev -23.3%

csano, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

ElGallo, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of DaveHack
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

DaveHack, May 12, 2012
Photo of ElkSherpa
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

ElkSherpa, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +2.3%

XicanoBeerRun, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
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!

elNopalero, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
4/5  rDev +2.3%

pirmannt1, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +2.3%

nathanjohnson, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.3%

nmann08, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of rudzud
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.

rudzud, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of RSchaeffer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

RSchaeffer, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of grownfool
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

grownfool, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of celticfutblclub
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.

celticfutblclub, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

kiki3drt292, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of emdawg
4/5  rDev +2.3%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of rob133
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

rob133, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
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.

musicforairports, Dec 10, 2011
Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Dark) from Brasserie Fantôme
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.