Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) | Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)
BA SCORE
4.01/5
167 Ratings
Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme
Belgium
fantome.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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

Added by Gueuzedude on 12-27-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,660
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
167
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
25
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of EskimoDave
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of czfreeman
4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
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 DrewShal9
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: amber to a dark brown body with a creamy white head
S: woods, lavender, green apple, lemon zest, FUNK, grass
T: lemon, orange, citrusy fruits, earthy/grassy, sweet and sour. Very interesting indeed.
M: highly carbonated, slightly creamy like skim milk, very drying
O: 1st fantome experience, definitely not my last. This beer is awesome and looking forward to more tastes of their products! Definitely try this!

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Photo of nickhiller
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany/cherry wood colored, thick bubbly head is short lived, leaving behind no trace.

S: very floral, smells like perfume or potpourri, lavender, green apple, sherry, rosé wine, Flintstones chewable vitamins.

T: lavender, amazing I've never tasted that in a beer, prunes and dried apricot, dark cherries, Flintstones vitamins.

M: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, not too much, not too little, sweet mellow finish.

O: so awesome, manages to be fruity and flowery while still being 'beer' beer. Also the vitamin smell and flavor brings me right back to my childhood.

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Photo of djrn2
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of MarioM
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Beer pours with little to no foam with no head what so ever besides a thin film of tiny bubbles around the rim. Golden yellow and very clear after sitting in the fridge a few days and pouring gently.

S: As always, there is something very strange about this beer but its wonderful. The nose is perfume like, almost flowery but not quite. Almost like an artificial flower smelling solvent. Those of you that have guns, it smells like Hoppe's no.9 Bore cleaner that you use to clean the inside of gun barrels, which smells good btw. I know that sounds off putting but it works here somehow.

T: The spices go really well with the aroma and makes for a very interesting and extremely unique experience. Exactly what I expect when shelling out the dough for bottles of Fantome... Worth every penny... There is also a good malt balance to the spice and bitterness. It finishes with an earthy grassiness, very tasty.

M: The beer finishes with a very satisfying and refreshing bitterness that works well with the malt and spices. Carbonation is perfect, not english ale like nor is it champagne. There's a lingering malt character that reminds me of other Fantomes, obviously, but I also recognize it from drinking a double decocted maibock that I made which had a slight smokey character from me scorching the grain during the decoction. I'm now thinking Danny makes his beers by dedoction mash, hmm... Anyways, the aftertaste of this ghost is very tasty!

O: This is an amazing beer. I need to stop typing and go buy more! It is extremely interesting and intriguing. Its obviously weird and I love the Fantome smoke character that you get in "off" bottles, I love the weird ones. This one isn't as weird as it gets but its just right. Not clean but also definitely not too funky. Well done Danny!

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Most recent batch. One of the craziest tomes ever. Menthol, citrus, earth, cat pee, funk, pine-sol, bong water, lime, grassy, complex... Great experience overall that somehow works well.

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Photo of Cresant
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
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 sanatar
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Onibubba
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just finished this one. Nice hiss as the cap is flipped off. Pours a hazed dark honeyed amber. Huge active light beige head. Lots of bubbles can be seen racing to the top. Nice. Slight peppery smell, but much more similar to a triple.

Taste approaches triple territory as well. Not much funk to be found, but oh the sweetness. At times, rushes of milk chocolate, honey too. Decadent, but not cloying - much too sophisticated for that. Body becomes smoother as the beer is alllowed to warm. Quite drinkable. If I had the means, I'd kill another bottle this instant.

At times this reminded me of Dogfish Head's Midas Touch, only much, much better in every respect. Delicious like a sweet tea on a hot day. This beer does a southern boy good.

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Photo of blakesell
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle looks like the other Fantomes I have with spots behind the naughty ghost. That ghost is up to something. I assume this is bottled in '07. Bought last night at Rich O's and intended to age it but when bringing it inside it fell on the cap and exploded so I guess it's time to drink it now. Poured into a Belgian tulip.

Appearance- Hazy golden with a thick foamy head (not just because it fell) that dissipates about 5 minutes later into a pond scum cap with slight greenish hints and black specks. A very strange appearance for a strange brewer.

Smell- Orangey peppery citrus with the nice brettanomyces funk that Fantome is known oh so well for. Yeast and alcohol esters come through on the nose as well. Lacto bacillus also comes in on the nose. I love those Belgian bacterias.

Taste- Big blood orange. It actually tastes like there is a blood orange squeezed into the beer. Peppery spices come in after and those wonderful Belgian bacterias linger with a creaminess on the tongue with the peppery spices. This is nice at room temperature, at least that doesn't detract after being forced to drink it sooner than expected. Wheat, bananas, and bubblegum come through later in the taste. There is also a sweet sugar that isn't like any other Belgian I've had. Perhaps this is the candi sugar syrup I have heard of?

Mouthfeel- Sticky and sweet, Medium full bodied and evenly carbonated. A bit astringent for some, but that is Fantome in a nutshell.

Drinkability- This is one of the best saisons I have had the pleasure of drinking. Fantome is one of my favourite saisons so that's really no surprise to me. I hope I can find another to age back one day.

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Photo of nickfl
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - One and a half fingers of off-white head on top of a slightly hazy, copper-brown body. The foam settles quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Acidic aroma of wheat and lactic acid as well as some light funky notes. Tropical fruit notes of mango and pineapple with a hint of pear. Some spicy hop notes and a hint of sulphur.

T - Tangy malt character up front with some wheat bite. Thicker malt notes in the middle of caramel and brown sugar with a sweetness that contrasts the mild acidity in the background. Finishes with more of the rich malt as well as a lightly must funk note, some spicy hops, and both lactic and light acetic acid flavors. Lingering sweet sour acidity with a bit of pineapple and coconut in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry, cidery finish.

D - This is a beer that lives up to the Fantome standard; complex and unusual with a balance that defies the sometimes bizarre flavors that characterize the beer. The funk is subtle, but really makes the beer into something special with a light acidity and musty character that ties the fruity yeast and herbal hops together. Quite a nice beer, it almost reminds me of a Flemmish red (there is something that tastes like oak, though I doubt this beer was fermented in fresh wood) and it is one of the best I have had form this brewery.

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Photo of Bp123
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kshock
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A very bright golden color; lighter hue. looks like a white wine. Has little to no carbonation. i poured it pretty hard from the bottle and got a very slight agitation that ended quickly; left no head or lacing.

S- Smells just like a white wine or mead. Fruity earthy aromas, some alcoholic qualities; some slight burn in the nostrils.

T- Exactly what the nose led onto be. Just like a blend of mead and a light white wine. Not sour, but has some slight tart hidden in there. Very interesting flavors, unlike any beer ive had, but keeps turning my mind towards wine. Im really digging this beer.

M- Lite body with a syrup quality that isnt heavy or unpleasant. Like i said before, no carb at all.

O- Very interesting beer, if i can call it that. I really enjoyed this, much like all the Fantomes ive had, but this stood apart from all the others. Truly a unique beverage and experience.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to augustgarage for this one! Poured into my brand-new fantome tulip.

A- Golden yellow, thin head, tiny bubbles on the outer ring. Carbonation, not a lot though. Nothing special.

S- Intense funk on this one. Sour fruit and stinky cheese.

T- Sweet fruit, orange and pineapple. Very juicy and tart (tart moreso than full-blown sour), very funky. Briny or salty, earthy in the finish with a lingering sweetness.

M- Almost still, but drinks very well. Fantastic flavors blend harmoniously. Slightly acidic in the finish. No sign of ABV.

O- Very impressed. Very funky stuff, one of the more 'out there' saisons I've had- this one shares a lot with other belgian styles like lambic/gueuze. An exceptional beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous rust/blood-orange color with some haze, tons of bubbles, some floaters (I like!) and a ridiculously creamy inch-thick head. This glass does not feature a "nucleation site," but the bubbles are cruising around in there with such energy you'd think it does. Label notes this is a "blonde" but it's not...strawberry blonde, at best.

Fruity, musty, leathery smell...a little sweat too, but the funkiness never overtakes the tart fruit essence here (mostly lemon and green apple come to mind).

Big, bold flavor with tons of character. Green apple, pear, peach and some citrus zest are tangled up in a foundation of leather and musk; essence of herbal tea and a dessert-y maltiness, like graham cracker crust, peanut brittle and toffee. Raw yet welcoming, wild yet superbly crafted. The kind of beer that sets the imagination running rampant with all kinds of flavor perceptions.

Smooth, velvety texture...buoyant and airy on the tongue. Lots of bubbles that don't gang up on the tongue for a carbonation overload...rather, they caress and do right by the flavor(s). By now it seems there's not a single weak point in this beer.

This is simply fantastic. Wow. No idea why it's called La Dalmatienne, complete with the ubiquitous Fantome ghost in front of black-spotted white wallpaper...but I would definitely buy this again, even at $15 a bottle. Can you buy a wine this good for $15?...

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Photo of Diomede
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of gunclubchris
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of merlin48
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, capped not corked. Pours into a goblet a hazy nectarine body with a huge and billowing beige head. Splotches of foamy lace decorate the glass. Aroma opens with lemony and earthy notes, quickly joined by floral, spicy, and citrus fruit components. Medium body is enlivened by the trademark velvety carbonation. Taste is dry, earthy, herbal, and spicy. Very similar to other Fantomes but this one has more of a fresh orange slice essence. Coriander and white pepper notes add a nice complexity. Another exceptional saison from Fantome.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Golden... white head... but, wait, what's that? Sediment floats in stasis... Never before have I seen anything like this. It's like black pepper floating about in the beer.

S: Black pepper... first and foremost. Absolutely intriguing. Spicy, a VERY light fruit.

T: Yeasty, candi sugar, again... black pepper? (that might be a mental thing, honestly) Again, very light fruitiness (is this a Saison?). A deep flavour.

M + D: One of the more interesting brews I've had in some time. Carbonation on the minimal side, a little more on the heavy side of a medium body, a touch chewy, even. Sip away, and enjoy. VERY interesting, highly recommended. I'd pick it up- again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had at torst in Brooklyn.
Fantastic beer. Slight good n plenty finish but overall it's so well balanced and delicious. I wish I can drink this every day.

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Photo of biegaman
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

La Dalmatienne isn't black and white but it does have spots - floating little flakes of yeast dot the glass (this despite that very close attention was payed to leave behind those last couple really muddy ounces of sediment). Clarity and a resplendent copper colour manage somewhat to persist in this otherwise very handsome looking ale. It looks good in the chalice but would even better suit a snifter.

The inside of the bottle cap was heavily rusted but it smelled amazing. Unsurprisingly the beer smells even better. It is unique and funky to an extent that few beers ever truly are. It has earthy, sweet, and tart features in unusual combinations like oyster mushroom, gjetost cheese, and farmhouse cider.

First and foremost, however, La Dalmatienne shares its stronger similarities with Amontillado or Oloroso sherry as well as brandy. Intoxicating, lightly oxidized flavours of grape must, dried fruits and figs, honey, baking apples, bitter almonds, used oak, and all sorts of miscellaneous things rich and sweet. It's delicious and, again, extraordinarily distinct.

If you know this brewery you know that "a Fantôme never gives up his secrets" - not even production or best before dates unfortunately. This bottle has been in my cellar for so long I can't remember when I bought it (best guess is 7 or 8 years prior). Only once having tried it once before, eons ago, I can't recall how this compares. But one thing's for sure: true to reputation, Fantôme beers do age fantastically.

When I first heard others raving about 10+ year old bottles of Fantôme I was skeptical. As I experimented with aging beers myself I gradually found the results less and less encouraging until eventually becoming a full-fledged 'fresh is best' advocate.

But there are exceptions to every rule. If you have any La Dalmatienne (or any other Fantôme offerings) don't be in a rush. The complexities and characteristics of this bottle were unequivocally distinct in the beer world and its rich, sweet subtleties rivaled only by beverages like brandy and sherry. Whatever the price tag was it was steep - but definitely worth it.

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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 167 ratings
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