Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)
Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #293
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,497
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 11.33%
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
175
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Brasserie Fantôme
 
Belgium
Avail:
Winter
Wants
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Gots
  23
SCORE
90
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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)
Notes: This listing is for the label depicting a white background with black spots.
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Reviews by Cresant:
Photo of Cresant
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served this 750 mL green bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The beer had a bright gold body and the heavy pour created a pithy loose, white head. The second pour was cloudier. The head left freckles of lace.

The smell was acrid. Grass clippings and mouldering hay. Peppery and floral. A very interesting aroma.

The taste was puckering tartness to begin with but that settled to a gentle floral taste. Smoke characteristic appeared late. Dry finish. Very well hidden alcohol. Very unique.

The mouthfeel was light in the mouth but there was enough heft to this one to consider it medium bodied. Mild carbonation.

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Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Leave it to Dany...as soon as im about to drink my last bottle of old style label Dalmatienne light, he releases a new batch with slightly updated label. Zthis review is for the freshly released batch.

750ml poured into a matching Fantome tulip, the brew appears a clouded golden color with a white creamy cap that holds well.

The smell is minty and herbal with a typical saison yeastiness like clove and banana with mild fruitiness laying underneath. It has a cleanliness about it that while enjoyable is young feeling and underdeveloped by Fantome standards.

The taste is bitter and herbal. a cooling almost menthol feel. Notes of clove and banana yeastiness are present with a touch of fruit like apple/pear skins. Like I mentioned in the aroma, this beer tastes young and clean with typical saison yeast character and unfortunately the Fantome house character I love is not yet present in this batch.

It is medium to full bodied with a pleasant creamy feel and moderate carbonation. An interesting brew that falls middle of the road for me. With time this could get better if the funk comes out and the bitterness fades.

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Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7/2/09 ~ 1.5+ years. Interesting to see how it's coming along. I busted it out on another hot ass day of gardening. I've averaged the scores from this review and the last. No real difference other then the brett is finally coming out in the taste. Some mold on the inside of the cap but not spoiled. Still a nice fruity saison, and I'm glad to see some funk showed up, but still falls way short of their pre-yeast scrub lacto bomb saisons. Disappointed to see it didn't morph into the classic Fantôme. *sigh* Won't be cellaring more of this, sorry Dany, it seems your mojo has washed away...

05-18-2008 - 750 ml bottle that I've cellared for about 5 months, served a bit warmer from cellar temp, this sucker is a slow but relentless over-foamer, filling up my Fantôme tulip, my large Gulden Draak tulip and a large St. Bernabus goblet. Ugghh, what a mess, but yielding magnificently huge, heady pours, slow settling, very clingy and dense. Color is a ruddy bronze with a yeasty haze. Foam clings forever.

Smell is strong, sweet and fruity, like over-ripe strawberries, also some clove-like spice. Trademark Fantôme, one of my favorite things about this brewery!

Taste is good, classic fruity Fantôme saison, but with a bit more of a caramel malt backbone, not even a 1/2 year yet in the cellar means it's not very funky right now, but with this unseasonably hot 100F day, I couldn't resist busting this out after planting some shrubs, true saisonnier stylee! Sadly, it's a bit to syrupy to hit the particular spot I had in mind, and needs some time for the bugs to chew it down.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick actually, in spite of the over-pressurized pours, it settles rather still, and the malty coagulates and yeast give leave a tannic like coating. I think this might have been more refreshing served colder, and might have helped retain some of the carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good because at the end of the day this beer is damn tasty. But I prefer my Fantôme's with some age on them to funkify, and this one will be lucky to be ready by fall (for which it seems like it would be a welcome accompaniment).

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange brown with a huge fluffy head that sticks around as a 1/2 inch head through the life of the beer. Very nice lacing as well. Bready, spicy, and sweet/sour aromas predominate as well as a slight funk and mustiness. No band-aid or anticeptic, though. Taste is quite a bit more sour than many of their offerings, and quite a bit less spicy, although there is some white pepper lurking at the end. The sourness is greatly tempered by a fruity sweetness to create a slightly funky sweet tart flavor with some flavors of papaya and very ripe nectarines sprinkled with some vinegar and white pepper. Fruitier and funkier than most of the other Fantomes I've had. Tart an smooth mouthfeel, but the sweet tart flavor makes this a bit less refreshing to drink for me- it overwhelms the palate a bit without stimulating it. One is enough for me as interesting as it is.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew courtesy of RateBeers fishingnet. Thanks Ben!

A: Pours a nice bold amber color with a big and bold foamy head. The retention is wonderful with a nice stream of bubbles rising to the top.

S: Nice candy overriped fruit sweetness with hints of spice.

T: Tons of candy sugar sweetness melded into overripe summer fruits. Nice level of spice with a blast of yummy Belgian yeast.

M: Average body with wonderful carbonation.

Overall: Man do I love Fantome' This is just another wonderful offering by a wonderful brewer. Thanks Ben!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This stuff pours straw yellow and has a uniform haze about it. Almost no head forms and what little bit of a ghostly white foam which did form dissipates rather quickly.

S: Smells insane. Huge funky presence meets red wine vinegar rotting lemon, and spicy crabapple.

T: Tart granny smith apple, spice and green grapes DOMINATE the palate. Its deliciously tart and fruity, not acrid as the nose might have suggested. The barnyard notes on the nose don't follow on the palate so much. I will say one gets the since that there are just a plethora of bugs swimming around in this stuff, and I wonder if they wouldn't continue to eat and let this beer mature over time. Perhaps even give it the carbonation which it lacks.

M: Full and coating. Oil slick.

O: Very unique stuff, a must try for fans of the funky sour stuff. Got to love Fantome!

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, capped, no cork

A: Deep copper under a half inch worth of white head. Low retention, no lace.

S: Tart and funky. Bit of fruity sweetness. A little bit of sour apple (light on the sour though), bit of hay, very earthy.

T: Certain fruity sweetness up front with the funk coming in right after. Pretty big amount of bitterness in the back end and an every so slight alcohol warmth. A lot of stuff happening here, slightly off balance. Note: After a bit of a temperature increase, the complexities finally melded together and extinguished any sigh off imbalance.

M/D: Medium bodied, surprisingly light carbonation, alcohol there a bit. Drinkability is fine. This is a sipper.

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Photo of sanatar
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Belgian goblet. Judging this beer as a Belgian Specialty Ale because I don’t think it really fits in as a Saison.

A - Pours a reddish-amber color with a huge creamy tan head that settles to a full covering over the beer. Looks very inviting.

N - Smells extremely fruity with great Belgian spiciness, some alcohol nose present. No malt or hops present at all.

M – I would say this beer is medium-thin bodied, with a great amount of carbonation, almost Champagne like. Alcohol is very well hidden no warming noticed.

F – So much going on in the flavor. Lots of fruits: plum, and raisin is the most noticeable to me. Some banana and orange is present to me as well. A nice sweet finish accompanies all of the spicy flavor that is going on in the beer. Finally a bit of alcohol flavor at the end. What a great beer.

O – What a great, drinkable beer. Very pleasant, would definitely drink it again if I had the chance.

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Photo of ballewblake
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of vince4953529
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a newbie i picked up lat night as i try to work my way through the fantome lineup, its getting harder and harder to find these! opened earlier and poured into a tulip.

Very nice and extremely hazy golden yellow color came through immediately. Lots of sediment in here now as well. Huge carbonation profile could be seen with lots of chains of bubbles cascading up to the top of the glass to reinforce the huge champagne like head that came over the top of it. Lots of side glass lacing and a copious foam that would not quit. Very nice aroma here, lots of light grain, hints of grass, light lemon and a touch of grape. Nice airy smell gave way to a very nice flavor. Very light, and perfect for this summer day. First way was a slightly tart fresh grass like flavor. Some hints of peaches, pears, and a touch of tartness as well. Very nice light cereal grain flavor in the middle which became a touch bready as it warmed. Long finish of dried out bitter earthy notes and a touch of light fruit. Slightly sour on the tongue after a few moments. Fantastic carbonation kept it feeling very light and refreshing and this bottle was no issue at all to finish off as the profile was light, low abv and a wonderful bit of carbonation.

Overall I really thought this was a fantastic beer.

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Photo of dstc
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky burnt orange color with a off-white head. Head falls to nothing, not much lace.

Aroma us of sweet, boozy dark fruits. Plums, raisins and a bit of funk.

Taste is all yummy. Plenty of malt that is sweet and fruity with a bit of musty and farmhouse quality to it.

Medium bodied and biting on the tongue.

Wow, this is good stuff. Just love it.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Tdizzle
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle purchased at Hi-Time in Costa Mesa.

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange color with a massive beige head that settles to a thick layer, leaving some large blankets of lacing all along the inside of the glass.

S- A very sweet and fruity aroma with a musty, funky sourness in the background. Over-ripe fruits and a bit of alcohol come out as the beer warms. Very enticing.

T- The taste is initially very sweet, but a mild funk kicks in towards the end, balancing out the sweetness only a little. That same sugary-sweet flavor resurfaces to stick around on the finish. The alcohol isn't noticeable in the flavor profile.

M- The mouthfeel is thick and a tad syrupy but with slightly aggressive carbonation.

D- For me, the sweet flavor of this beer became cloying, but the overall taste is good, and the smell is excellent. The 8% ABV is well-hidden too.

The bottle describes this as a Belgian Blonde Ale, but given the deep orange color and the sweet flavor, I'm not sure how this stacks up to other beers in this category. Definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of illidurit
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours a golden yellow with loads of white fizzy and creamy head. retains lightly.

big fruit and funk with bits of light spice and pepper. bit of skunk.

i read some reviews before i made mine, and then had to make sure i was drinking the same beer. some fruit like apricot and grape up front. some apple. light tartness. quickly fades into charcoal and ash. finishes like an ash tray. no lie.... (after a while i guess i got used to the ash and stopped picking up on it)

mild carbonation, light and fluffy.

great but the ash and charcoal just kills the flavor. no thanks, never again.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy these beers from Fantome. Pours with a fairly nice head, pretty good retention and lacing. Has a hazy amber color.

Smells of spices, wood, citrus and some sourness.

The sourness that is apparent on the nose comes through even more on the palate (not close to mouth puckering though). Also tastes of yeasty spices, alcohol, a bit of sweet malts and alcohol.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really excited to see this (and many other Fantôme beers) on the shelves recently! Poured from a green-glass capped-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Quite murky citrine body with a faint limoncello glow. Vigorous pour produces no head whatsoever, and there is barely a collar created by the sluggish microbubbles. Perhaps an older vintage?

Herbaceous savory fragrance, floral in a weird way (marigolds? lilacs? huh?), with syrupy fruit notes suggesting loquat, leechee nuts, and fermenting pear. A low Brett. note floats around as well.

Chalky and bracingly tart on the palate - the sourness gives way slowly to overripe pear again, reminding me something of a warhead. Yellow sorrel, lemon drops, and a hint of tallegio and aspirin fill out the profile. Very "wild" - the funkiest of the Fantôme family I've yet to sample. Not skunked, no diacetyl, not "off," despite my initial misgivings...

Quite creamy thanks to all the yeast, but very thin with insufficient carbonation.

As strange as it is, this one is growing on me, but it is definitely one for afficianados only...a farmhouse ale with hints of the outhouse?

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Photo of czfreeman
4.87/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1pt 9 oz uncorked bottle. No apparent freshness date to be found. Fantome Dalmatienne pours out a deep cherry brown color with slight rose' tints. Very similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru in color. As yeast is later swirled in, this beer looks exactly like fresh-pressed unfiltered apple cider. This brew is capped by a very nice light tan-hued head. The head has quite a long rentention time as well, over two minutes have passed since initial decanting and a nice 1 finger head remains. The beer leaves a solid wall of foam lacing as it settles slowly down in the chalice.
Aroma- An enormous array of scents greet the olfactory sense. Wild strawberries,horseblanket,musty hay,piles of fall leaves,vanilla oak sweetness,wild yeast, basil-like, oregano, red delicious apples at the harvest with a slice of spiced rum cake. The wonderful funks from the yeast create a smell remininscent to approaching rain. The aromas finish with a note of clementine-lemon citric acidity. Very much like tart white grape juice balanced by a burnt, musty woodlike finish. The aromatic sensations alone in this beer are utterly amazing before even taking a sip. Very evocative child-like memories of playing in a field of maple/oak leaves during the early fall months is what I am experiencing right now.
Flavor-Begins with an inital strawberry like sweetness, cut by hot pumpkin pie-like flavors, yeasts, hay, wild muscadine,spicy cinnamon, nutmeg cloves, spicy breads. white grape juice, warm rum spiced apple pie add a cider like tartness.funky yeasty, apples, apple butter I honestly feel overwhelmed trying to describe this kaleidescope that I am presented with. It really tastes like biting into sweetly-spiced fall breads followed by sips of tart apple cider. The flavors change completly as the beer warms. Initially it is sweet, spicy very much like a spiced pumpkin/apple pie. Asthe temperature approaches true presentation levels; the warmness really begins to shine through and it becomes nearly identical in the flavors and aromas as well as apperance of a warmed cup of spiked cider. Completley runs the gamut of wonderful harvest-time treats.
mouthfeel: The flavor and aroma profiles presented in this beer are so complex that it leaves anything else as a simple afterthought. However, the mouthfeel provides a near-perfect balance of sweetness cut by acitric tartness that finishes with a slight alcohol warmth- making it nearly irresistable to sip. The yeast adds a thick mouthfeel and creaminess that I have not yet experienced in a saison ale. Wow. That is my reaction upon further reflection of my drinking experience. Wow.

drinkablity: I would say that this beer is limited in it's drinkability only by the sheer pleasure I had in partaking it. Anything more than 1 bottle would be simply too much to ask. An overload of a good thing if you will. It may sound crazy, but Mr. Dany Prignon has compacted an entire season into one bottle. The vast range of aromas and flavors gave me the entire fall season in 1/2 hour. This symphony of sensory overload gave me the satisfaction of a fall-time hayride surrounded by buckets of ripe fruits while enjoying cup of hot cider. What extreme talent and passion must have went into the creation of such a brew. I have said of Fantome once before and will say again: As an aspiring brewer, this was a truly inspirational experience.

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Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of mothman
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

White head. Yellow gold color.

Flavor had an odd spice to it. Maybe dandelion. Spices and yeast. Lemon. Earthy and grassy. Clean. Slightly dry.

Decent beer, just unexpected with that odd initial flavor.

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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 175 ratings