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:
#4,595
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
167
Liked:
137
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
11.72%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
25
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Flat looking straw colored beer. Large spherical bubbles quickly dissipate leaving a light dusting of foam.

S: Mmm, gets a good deal more interesting here. Firstly, a puff of funk, probably that signature Fantôme smell that I've heard of. How to describe it? Musty lemons, stale smoke, and sulfur? Then honey, woodsy must once my giant nostrils become accustomed to the smell.

T: More honey, herbal bitterness, Fantôme funk. Kind of reminds my of a funky mead. Not a very dry finish, though a bit floral. I dig it!

M: Lightly carbonated, oily on the tongue. Slight pucker that is quickly overridden by the honey sweetness.

O: This is a tough brewery to pigeonhole. I can't think of this as a saison but I really enjoy it for what it is. Tons of character and moderate complexity.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flannelman808
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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 alucard
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BilbosNuts
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy dark yellow color with no head at all. It appears very still with limited to no carbonation.

S: The aroma is amazingly complex. Earthy, funky, sour apples, lemon, grapefruit, grassy. All aspects are balanced as well, as none overpowers the other.

T: Not quite up to the standard set by the aroma, but it is still solid. Definitely more lemony and grapefruit-y in the taste. While the other aspects are present, they aren't as well balanced as the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Very smooth with a crisp, tangy finish.

O: I really enjoyed this saison. It was honestly unlike any other saison I've had so far. While some aspects were a bit flawed, overall, it was very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to trying more from Fantome.

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle. sampled june 14/08.

pours deep orangey red with a small medium-density tan head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. lots of fruit, making me think more of a belgian dark ale than a saison. date, fig, bit of raisin. nice floral character too. bit of alcohol. wheat bread. bit of cracker.

taste is good. light caramel. wheat bread. bit of cracker. hint of biscuit. date, fig, hint of raisin. light alcohol. bit of orange peel. some floral character here too.

mouthfeel is good. just above medium carbonation level. medium-light body. fairly dry finish.

drinkability is great. really nice floral and fruity character and a solid malt base balancing the alcohol out. a nice and unique saison.

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Photo of erjaq
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of IBUnit63
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must've got this at Premier in Buffalo just before Thanksgiving. 750 corked & caged into St. Bernie's chalice.

There's a single-finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice tight lacing. Quite a few floaties slipped through the goalie's careful pour - woops! Tried to be gentle with it. Body is the color of bleached copper.

Absolutely electric on the palate. Slight Brett horse-blanket funk with extra-dry Champagne tones. Sour citrus goodness blends with balsa wood and hop pine to create perfect austerity. Wow.

What happened? This gets to be a lot more perfumy than what I would expect. The sour nose doesn't really translate - I hate t say it but I'm getting some Andre Cold Duck here! It's stronger than the now-mild Brett funk. Perhaps a little too much candi sugar sweetness. This finally dissipates with warmth for the most part but definitely leaves a trace. Still, wel-crafted overall.

Take out the excess candi sugar and this is great. Alas, it's there so it's merely very good. Balanced in Beautiful Chemistry with understated Brett, good core Saison yeast electricity, hop pine and dry light oak, this treats the palate nicely.

This drinks well but would do even better without the residual sweetness. Nicely done nonetheless in the "Old World" tradition.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of irishkyle21
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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 whiterascal
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great find at the local whole foods! Shared with Ottovon before we part for the holidays.

A: light russet with a fizzy tan head that thinned out quickly.
S: citrus, sweet, grassy, pinesol
T: a little spice at the back of the tongue, which opens up into a funky yeasty citrus flavor
M, crisp and fizzy
D: to me, this is an easy drinking beer. I like the carbonation and the flavors are smooth and mellow enough to drink all night.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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 bobsy
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gusher of a bottle from Buffalo. Hazy orange liquid with a large head, great lace and retention. Its really, a striking saison, and its prolific retnetion is aided by an evidently active carbonation.

The nose is exceptionally fruity, with strong notes of mango, papaya, and other delicious tropical things. Some sweet vanilla creeps in, along with grass and hay. This is also present in the flavour, although its the fruit tones dominate. Indeed, if asked to identify the distinguishing characteristic of this saison I would point to its tropical bouqet and flavour, which surprises me, as I found the regular Fantome vinous, funky and with a light sour touch. This is obviously a diffrent beast! What else to say? Dry finish with a hint of funk, but more would be better. Occasional cider notes. Refreshing summery quality with the alchol well-concealed (it really need not be so big). The body is medium-full and almost creamy, and certainly pleasing in the mouth.

The flavour is great, but could be better. That aside everything else is pretty near exceptional. Fantomes don't come cheaply, and the cost-value ratio on this isn't as good as it could be because the beer lacks the complexity that it needs to have me plunk down $13 again, but its certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Farnswurth
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ptykozoon
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow, not much head or lacing. Looks boring, but that is just another one of the fantome's tricks...

Sweet lemon, sweet tarts and other assorted candies, apple, pear, excellent smell really. It has a distinct nose, something I've smelt before and love but it's hard to place.

A bit of a sour pang in this one which adds a nice element to the sweet, rich full fruity flavor. Yeast and a dry mouthfeel carry out into the taste.

Very dry and clean finish. Leaves my lips feeling chapped.

I was really looking to be critical in this review, but it really is just a splendid beer by such a cool and talented brewery.

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Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazed orange-amber with an off-white head that thins to a lasting patch.

The smell is of orange, spiced yeast, black pepper, some caramel and a touch of bubblegum. Very complex.

The taste is of caramelish malth with spicy bread and black pepper. Candy sugar? sweetness. Bubblegum is there, but not as prominent as in the nose. There is some warming alcohol in the dry finish.

The carbonation is on-spot - noticeable without being prickly - lends towards helping smoothness.

A nice, complex sipper that seems to be more drinkable, but alcohol does slow it does as it progresses. Malt-accented and smooth. A "winter" brew that could be enjoyed year-round.

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Photo of Budlum
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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 Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle served in a red wine glass. Lot B - best before July 2014 indicated on the label. Pours a beautiful honey-amber hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a dense, 1.5 inch khaki-colored head embedded with ringlets and pinpricks. Head eventually settles into a creamy, broken cap. Some lacing appears after each tilt, but adhesion is limited to only a few residual spots. Nose is very subdued - a suggestion of grass, citrus, candi sugar, honeydew melon and spice. Taste is a bit difficult to describe. A tea-like flavor dominates but there is also a muddled spiciness reminiscent of chai that follows, as well as a hint of citric acid to round out the edges. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to medium in body) with a pleasant, even carbonation and a bit of acidity. I also get a slightly dry sensation on the tongue at the finish. Nothing about this beer screams Saison, but I have to say that I really like it. It's complex and interesting and unlike any other Fantome I've had to date. Definitely worth the price (I paid $14.79) if you have the opportunity to try it, but don't expect it to taste anything like Fantome's flagship.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very murky apricot nectar color with a surprisingly modest head that does leaves a rather large amount of residue (lacing and legs)

Smell: Surprisingly sweet for a Fantôme, with a cinnamon-infused persimmon character; hints of apple sauce, brown sugar, clove and wheat are also present

Taste: Cookie dough malts quickly move in a fruity direction, with persimmon, apple, pear, apricot at first, followed by a sour cherry element in the back; after the swallow, the sour, lemony farmhouse flavors are rather dominant

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium to low carbonation

Drinkability: While the flavor profile is interesting, I was surprised by the sweetness up front and the lack of Saison character; not my favorite from this brewery but glad to have the chance to give it a shot

Thanks, jahuneyc, for the opportunity

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Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at about 58°F, the beer is a slow gusher that I was able to get into my glass before I lost any beer. The head, despite a very careful pour, slowly rises to five-finger in height and is a tan color with specs of dark yeast / particulates on it. The beer is quite clear, at least the liquid portions of it, which shows a pale reddish color when held up to the light, but there is also a ton of chunks floating around in the brew. This has quite a spicy nose to it and this mixes in well with interesting malt notes. Aromatic notes of clove, corn tortillas, spicy ginger, crushed caramel malts, oregano, a touch of sage, black pepper, some cardamom, milkweed, and a green vegetal note towards the end as well as some warming alcohol aromatics. Malt aromatics of soda crackers, fruity caramel notes and grassy grain are all noticeable. There is also a fair amount of fruit aromatics noticeable; I get notes of pears, apples, figs and some berry notes. As usual with a Fantôme brew, this has a very complex, layered aroma to it.

The carbonation has died down quite a bit and the beer now has a creamy texture to it that goes along with a fruit laden sweetness. Fruit notes of ripe plums, star fruit (that is at times striking), brandy soaked raisins and apple butter are all quite noticeable. The up front fruit notes are offset somewhat (but never really suppressed) by a spicy middle and finish that brings to mind flavors of white pepper, cloves, . Herbal notes of milkweed, perhaps a touch of green grass and a touch of sharp basil also add some sharpness and balance to the brew as does some sharp higher alcohol notes.

Towards the end of my first glass a sip gets a little chunky, but does not seem to effect the flavor all that much. The second pour is a bit more yeasty, both with a murky appearance and a yeast-like flavor to it. A touch more bready, but also a touch more herbal / vegetal in the finish, but on the other hand it has softened overall.

Another fantastic creation by Brasserie Fantôme. The texture of this brew is quite exquisite, despite being on the heavy side for a Saison and the distinct green, weed-like herbal note in the finish provides a nice balancing note to the heft and fruit sweetness. If this one starts to go sour it could reach phenomenal heights; even still, this is another home run, a fantastic creation, one which I will most definitely have to age a few of. One thing that does leave me wanting; what is the story behind this brew? I would really like to know why / what / how this brew came into being.

Purchased From: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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