Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) | Brasserie Fantôme

Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)
BA SCORE
82%
Liked This Beer
4.01 w/ 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:
#4,616
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
167
Liked:
137
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
11.72%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
41
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Trade:
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of aforbes10
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Monument in Concord. I opened it and then went searching for a glass and in the meantime the beer built up a nice head inside the bottle. Pours a mud brown with a 2-3 inch light brown head. Chunks floating around! Smells of brown sugar, plums, hazelnuts, lemon, and dry malt. Flavor is an interesting, malty, and fruity kick, made somewhat spicy in texture by the high carbonation. Plums and chocolate and truffles mixed in there too. A distinct hazelnut/amaretto on the finish, along with a slight chocolate note, which makes the overall flavor very satisfying, if a bit two-faced. Effervescent mouthfeel and medium bodied. A very textural beer with a lot of bubbles at first and a much smoother, creamier feel later on. Drinks very nicely and a memorable beer for sure. No surprise though, being that its from Fantome.

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Photo of dstc
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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 hwwty4
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Funnkwerks globe .

This beer pours a hazy gold with a massive 2 inch head and leaves decent lacing down the sides of glass. The aroma is tart funk, grapefruit pith with just a little bit of must. The flavor is much the same. Fairly actic tart. Mouthfeel is not as dry as most other Fantome's. Overall this is a fantasic Fantome product. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ever wonder what a $16.99 beer tastes like? Paid the outrageous price for this brew from a company that I've never heard of before... The fact that I am only the second person on this site to review it attests to its rare and exotic factor... From a 1pint, 9.4 fl oz champagne-like bottle, this beers pours a beautiful copper-brown, dark golden color with a huge head that just doesn't go away... Aroma was full of esters and alcohol with a spicy, strong, sweet smell... The sticker on the bottle depicts a white ghost, which was what caught my eye along with the eye-popping price tag...the most I ever paid for a single bottle, but what the hell - you only live once... Tastes very much like a strong golden Belgian ale... spicy, sweet taste filled with banans, fruit, esters and cloves... a unique taste, but I must say that I've sampled better brews for much less... The beer has a really good mouthfeel and goes down crisp and smooth... if it weren't for the hefty 8% ABV, drinkability would be much better, as there is a slight presence of alchol which is detectable... Otherwise, a very taste, rich, and inviting brew full of character... If you don't mind the price tag, this is definitely worth a shot...

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy reddish orange color with a big 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: yeast, pepper, and fruit sweetness aren't overwhelming, but they are quite pleasant on the nose.

Taste: plums, honey, green apples, and some hints of orange citrus create the sweetness while the yeast, pepper, hint of alcohol, and bitterness balances it out wonderfully.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish with a short aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very tasty beer that can be quaffed for quite a while. Very expensive, so it may be tough to drink several of these without putting a dent in the wallet.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle into a snifter and shared with friends at a thanksgiving beer tasting.

Pours a bright, burnt-copper grapefruit hue with an excellently retained, sandy taupe head. Evenly dispersed carbonation danced around a good amount of yeasty bits. Aroma was big on the fruits (apple peel, tangerine, and mango) that benefited from a spritzy carbonation level. A decent crystal malt background and faint aroma of floral hops rounded out the nose.

Quite the delicious saison, Dalmatienne delivers faint toffee and juicy notes of starfruit and mango that gave way to a peppery, spicy hop kiss on the finish. The mouthfeel is phenomenal, with a medium-light body and a crisp, refreshing finish of hops and black pepper. You can really taste the craftsmanship in all of Fantome's beers, and this was no exception. A bit pricey, sure, but worth every cent.

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Photo of Reino
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1pt 9.4fl oz bottle poured into an oversize snifter.

Note: This bottle was given to me out of my bottle store's cellar. It foamed over upon opening causing the yeast to stir and resulting in yeast being poured into my glass on both pours. The bottle was well cared for and had no "off" tastes or aromas.

Apppearance-- The beer poured a cloudy, ruby-amber hue with a solid head that fought the good fight for quite some time. If you judged the texture of this beer by its appearance, you would think the beer had the mouthfeel of a warmed gelatin. The yeast appeared almost suspended in the liquid, even though the carbonation appeared to be ample. Perhaps my glass was not cleaned well enough, but I have to call it how I see it, and the lacing of this beer leaves something to be desired. Maybe the yeast being in my pours had something to do with it, but I'll buy another one and change the score if that's the case. Otherwise, lacing was on the low side.

Smell-- Fruit and a funky medicinal phenolic scents battle it out at first. As I let my nose dive deeper into the snifter, the medicinal phenolic smell seems to be paired with a biting kalamata olive scent and faint black pepper. This would be a bit off putting if not for the fruit, which is incredibly hard to nail down as to which fruits I'm actually smelling. It changes as it warms, but I think I've settled on dried apricots and mangos, figs and a hint of orange rind. Perhaps a bit of light, bready malt, as well. The aroma is a complex one, and I'm not going to pretend like I can pick out everything, but for the reviews' sake, just know that it is very good and interesting.

Taste-- Fasten up and let me take you on the bizarre ride that is this beer's taste. I had no idea what to expect going into it, and after tasting it, I'm still not sure I have a grasp on what I experienced. The notes this beer induced seem manic, but I'll try my best to make sense of it all. At its coldest point, the beer's taste was dominated by the same fruits I experienced in the nose mixed with the same medicinal/olive-y funk: dried apricots, figs, band aid and kalamatas. But as it warmed a bit, the spicy pepper made itself very well known at the finish and buddied up with some alcohol spiciness. The alcohol was similar to the spiciness you'd get from a good vodka. The fruit remained at the forefront as it warmed, but the band-aid funk came early and tried to get to the end before succumbing to the pepper and alcohol that lingered on my tonsils and back of my throat. The funk sort of takes on an yerba mate tone towards the very end, with that earthy, astringent, vegetable taste. There is also a touch of caramel in there, but this beer is incredibly complex and above my pay grade.

Mouthfeel-- At first it has a medium-low carbonation which suits the beer just fine, but it quickly gets to a lower carbonation point that I find very pleasant. There is very little tartness to be found, and the gooey, gelatin-like appearance starts to reflect the mouthfeel. Some tart or hoppy beers feel like they're taking something away from the tongue, leaving it dry and abused, but this beer coats and messages it. My tongue feels smoothed and refreshed by this brew. It makes for quite the pleasant experience, allowing me to really appreciate the complexities that I'll never be able to explain.

Drinkability-- A bit torn on how to score this one. On the plus side: the beer's tartness is very well in check, as is the carbonation and the flavors, which are complex, but aren't so overwhelming you can't enjoy a few. I myself drank a bomber alone and didn't regret the decision. On the negative side: it provides enough complex flavors that in the long run it may grow tiresome and overwhelming if you tried to drink more than an entire bottle, and has a fairly high abv that sneaks up on you, even with the alcohol presence there to remind you to slow down. When it comes down to it, buy this beer if you see it. It is very interesting and worth your money and time.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 taste of the 2010/2011 release: Pours a light gold/yellow with an extremely "quick" white head that fades very rapidly.

A bit of sweet green apple nose that's more elegant and fruity than sour. Floral tones and citric orange with just a hint of sweet brett character.

Mouthfeel is lightly citric and lightly puckery. The "start" of a sour - sort of like "sour 101."

Initial front palate is a lightly sweet/lightly tart orange/tangerine character and which flavors carry through to a lemon. Alcohol is hidden and almost a "soft drink" easiness in the drinking. One must exercise care or you could drink a great deal.

Nice and a bit unique in its "fresh orange/tangerine" light sour character yet still an appealing simplicity. Finishes lightly tart orange/lemon.

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(2009 review):
Let's face it, we all love the labels of this producer's bottles! However, the brews? You either love them or hate them. Generally, I've been disappointed. This one is perhaps the best Fantome I've tried.

Pours a cloudy dark orange/amber with some brown tints and a thick white head.

Nose of big nice and pleasant/assertive Belgian fruit-oranges, citrus and bananas that's very appealing.

Great mouthfeel of creamy heavy citrus-orange sour. Very integrated and just "feels right" in your mouth. You want more. Pleasant and perhaps one of the most well balanced sours I've tasted. Light delicate carbonation but big sour assertive orange flavors giving way to a sour lime flavor, character and finsih.

This is a very layered, complex and pleasant sour beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, amber toned orange with a two finger head of white fluff that slowly fades. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, citrus, biscuit, with light spicing. Wow...Dany never ceases to amaze. I love the smell with plenty of complexities and fresh doses of yeast and black pepper.
Taste is of the same aromas with mild tartness, along with cream, and graham crackers pulling up the rear. This would go well with chicken picatta, or fresh key lime pie.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp up front, creamy on the finish with near perfect carbonation.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle drank in the woods with a bunch of dudes one night, shared by someone likely named Michael or Matt as it were.

Tasted out of a Fantome glass side by side with the other dalmatian beer.

Beer is nearly clear with a light yellow color, decent soft white one finger head of airy nothingness, low retention but lacing left behind.

Aroma is little fruity, sweet, apricot and lemons. Mild oakiness.

Beer is tart, sour at the back end, funky, sweet up front, light in body, really complex. I like it. Better than the dark version for sure. The sourness is somewhat of a shock, I would have this again.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've bought at least one example of every Fantome I can find in Portland. The base Fantome Saison is my bench mark for the style and a beer I've had three times prior to just now with the last bottle being drunk just before this one. Judging by the limited reviews, it would appear that this one is sort of tough to come by. Split into a pair of Fantome tulips and shared with my wife TulipSnifter.

A: Appears similar to amber wildflower honey colored in the glass. Huge voluminous snow white head forces me to pour by parts into my glass as the head recedes. Insane amounts of lace sheets cover my glass. Surprisingly it's very leggy and viscous as well. It doesn't get any better looking than this. 5/5

S: Not as big of an aroma as the beer I had previously. What I can pick up on are the lighter ester notes I associate with belgian saisons such as sweet over-ripened bananas, generic fruit punch. It's unique for sure, but I'm left wanting a little more. An average score seems perfectly acceptable here. 3/5

T: Oh wow. That is full of pie spice with an emphasis on cloves. Misty mentioned artificial chocolate similar to Tootsie Rolls. Upon the suggestion, I'd have to agree. Bretty barnyard shows itself in spades along with some lactic tart notes highlighted by lemon zest. There's quite a bit of residual sweetness here as well. It would seem that there's still some residual sugars kicking around. It's extremely unique in my experience with saisons and is an extreme beer that is wildly in line with my personal taste. I reward interesting and unique beers I like, and I'll make no exception here. I love this flavor profile. 5/5

M: The spice numbs my tongue while the viscosity coats it at the same time. Fine carbonation tries to keep this clean but it still finishes a little gummy. It does however feel about as big as it tastes so it's pretty appropriate. 4/5

O: About as interesting a beer as I've had in a while. Fantome was of interest to me before this bottle but just landed itself square on my most curious Belgian brewery list. I'm going to be forced to track down the harder to get bottles as well now. A fine example of unrestrained brewing imagination. Try one of these out for a little fun and a hell of a ride! 4.5/5

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"07" Belgian Blonde style.

A: Poured a bright, hazy golden-orange with a thin beige head that quickly dissipated. Visible carbonation was light.

S: spicy and perfumy full of bananas, cloves, and curacao oranges and bearing a slight resemblance to a Franziskaner wheat, mmmm.

T: The flavor was rich with with strong flavors of creamy bananas, cloves, and tart oranges. There was a slight acidic bite in the swallow. There was a nice honey malt sweetness as well fruitiness (apples, pears) along with some light underlying herbal hoppiness. The beer finished with a nice yeasty spiciness, most notably cloves with a touch of sourness that blended well with the dry orange and malty palate.

M: The mouthful was creamy from the wheat bill with some warm oranges and a slight fizziness from the carbonation.

D: Overall really malty per style and a great example of an extreme blonde. Outstanding.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours an almost perfectly clear golden yellow color, topped with an inch of fluffy white head, nice retention, leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Really interesting aroma, lots of fruit (apple, pear, a bit of citrus) as well as strong spice, musky earth and yeast notes. Some clove, pepper and caramel malt as well, it smells awesome, and evolves as the beer warms up.

T- Similar to the nose, quite fruity with lots of apple, pear and a bit of citrus. There's a really perfect amount of tartness that I wasn't expecting from a saison, but it works really well. There's also some mild caramel malty sweetness in the center, with a dry, spicy finish. Musty, earthy yeast pulls everything together.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy, drinks pretty easily for 8.00%, although it's on the fuller side of medium.

O- A great saison, has a massive amount of complexity and character, the tart flavors also add a nice new dimension to the beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

02/13/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info. Lovely off center applied label, probably by Dany himself. Poured into my Fantome tulip.

Appearance- Light blood orange colored pour. Lots of yeast sediment, especially towards the end of the bottle. Murky, but tiny particles and not lumps and chunks of yeast. A decent 3/4 inch head which remains at a slight rim for the duration. Leaves behind light whisps and patches of lace.

Smell- A wee bit of funk, but mostly lemon rind and a bit of corriander and maybe some star anise. Yeast is prevelent as well. Do I also detect some hops?

Taste- Lovely fruity mixture of lemon rind and lemonade tastes along with some orange peel as well. A good amount of corriander and also a pinch of confectioiers sugar to give it a bit of sweetness. For the most part it's mildly sour...or rather tart. Certainly not as sour as lambics or flanders styles.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated. At first right out the fride it's like taking a mouthfull of foam...as it settles though it actually develops a creamy mouthcoating and carbonation subsides to a nice brisk feeling rather than foamy. Creaminess really makes it nice going down.

Drinkability- Overall another very good beer from Dany. I would definitely purchase this one again if seen....for a reasonable price that is. I believe it was $13.99 or so, which might be just a touch too steep. Overall it's a great beer worth trying.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No label date. Purchased over a year ago.

Transparent golden-orange brew, but with an incredible amount of activity. Forms a very large off-white head with excellent retention and lacing.

Lightly sweet, rustic, funky, and tart all at the same time. Just a touch of lemon, wildflower honey, hay, grass - smells like a meadow in Spring.

Flavor is much lighter and more approachable than I would expect for Fantome. Light and sweet up front, with a musty dull edge. Stays sweet throughout, with a honey-like light cracker malt backbone and hints of flowers. Mid-palate, a dry, dusty character not unlike dirt or aspirin emerges; lightly vegetal, as well, almost like peppers without heat. Finish returns to the light sweetness.

Very lively and highly carbonated, which immediately impacts the palate, but quickly recedes to a soft, approachable feel. Effervescent up front, the finish is relatively wet, sweet, and long lasting. Absolutely no hint of the 8% ABV.

As far as Fantome saisons go, this one is fairly straight forward, but there is enough rustic mustiness to give it a unique character.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blue_Hops
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer was very interesting with a nose that didn't carry over to the taste much. Smells much more floral, herby and minty. The taste has evident citrus oils in it as well as a bitterness that is hard to nail down. As I said before, this is interesting but I would call it a work of art. Not your typical saison. Get it if you can.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Fantome outlined ghost tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a minimal pure white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, wood, funk, citrus, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, citrus, fruit, spices, wood, and grapes. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really impressed with this one being my first time trying it. Everything on this one just worked really well together and made it really easy to drink. I enjoyed this one so much that before I finished the bottle, I call my local bottle shop and had them put their last bottle on hold for me. A really tasty brew that everyone should have the chance to try. A well done brew by Fantôme.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep rusty copper body. Reddish-tan head about a finger and a half tall on first pour. Rood retention and nice sheet like lacing remains after each sip. Not typical saison appearance, but pretty inviting.

S: Musty. I am picking up some light sour cherries, caramel, apricots, leather, a bit of wood, and some restrained farmhouse funk.

T: Similar to the nose in overall flavor components, but its all comes together a bit differently. A bit more mild and muted.

M: Medium bodied. A little flatter than I'd like, even for a Fantôme. Soft sourness lingers just a tad in the finish.

D: A flavorful and unique saison. Would loved to have had the opportunity to drink this fresh.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of jkrug5
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 82% out of 100 with 167 ratings
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