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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light)

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +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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Photo of watchnerd
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber caramel color with a one-two finger head that settles down into a ring with surface foam and very little lace. Aroma is fairly intense with fruit, peppers, and yeast. Taste is fruitier, sweeter, and less light than most saisons, with a bit of an alcohol kick on the finish that is uncharateristic of the alleged style. Really, a saison should never be 8% ABV, lest those saison swilling farmworkers maim themselves.

An enigma: a darn tasty beer, but a significant deviation from the style norm, if not an outright mis-categorization.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Foothills signature glass. A thin, slightly off white head sits on top of a somewhat hazy orange-honey colored body. Bits of yeast or spice remain suspended in the beer. No lacing.

Lots of grapes, citrus, some funky fruit and bits of spice. A very interesting aroma that is somewhat difficult to pull apart, but I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

The taste is filled with grapes, apples, pears and other vinous notes. Malty, but not overly so. Almost reminds me of Gummie Bears, very fruity. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Wine like with sweet malts and bits of unknown spice. A fruity saison.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy with a robust body and prickly carbonation. Heavy, yet fairly crisp at the same time.

Drinkability is good. This is a fun one to drink, since it seems to deviate a bit in the taste from many of the other saisons I've had. Splitting a bottle with 1-2 other people is about perfect. ABV isn't overly noticeable.

Overall, I liked this Fantome quite a bit. I've only had the Hiver, but preferred this one to that one. Lots of fruitiness and a great aroma. If this were easier to find and the price were a little lower I'd probably pick up another bottle to enjoy. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention and great lacing. Aroma is lightly sour with typical funkyness from Fantome. Mix of orange and fruity ester with a light spicy yeast and a tart aftertaste. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation with no signs of alcohol showing up. Quite unique like so many beer from this brewery and somewhat indescribable but still lacking a little something to makes it truly great.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of yourefragile at a recent Fantome tasting. Served in a Fantome tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a mostly-clear blonde color with a nice white head. The nose has plenty of acid plus some lemon and apricot. The flavor is pungent with lots of fruit and acid. Sharply pungent, slightly stinging the corners of my mouth. Light body and a very dry finish. Very solid brew.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out hazy, straw yellow with orange highlights. It had a good deal of carbonation and a long-lasting, white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky and phenolic. Mild notes of sweet caramel.

T - It tasted very spicy and funky with a touch of acidic tartness. Some sweet caramel undertones provide balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is really tasty. I just love Fantome beers.

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Photo of SABERG
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a (green) bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Lemon yellow sun, filtering through the stratus layer of white froth.
S - Bright lemon, a mash up of hay and lemon oil wrapped in a wool blanket riding
a horse in the rain!
T - Interestingly sharp fruit, lemon reduction, a bit of onion peel, and moderate acidity, ash finish.
F - Body is propelled across the palate, carbonation provides the surf for those sour notes, and a slightly sweet finish.
O - This bottle is superb, the basis here is broad, tangy, bitter, sweet, funky. A true delight.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a gorgeous golden color with some bright yellow notes and some nice haze to it. There is a nice 1 inch white head with some density to it but not very dense. White soapy bubbles are formed and they recede at a moderate pace. Not leaving any real lacing.

Strong funk notes. Old horse blanket and some nice corn husk notes a-plenty. It's been a while since I've smelled a true Belgian saison. Herbal and spicy notes are present including some nice fresh grain notes.

Grainy flavors start things off with some malt and some nice tartness. Lemony and citrusy juice notes are present and mix in with the funky horse blanket. There are grain notes mixed in with the tart notes and the funk. Interesting take on the style. Crisp and clean with a nice dry finish.

Pretty good saison. Fantome doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" off-white head that dissipated quickly over amber liquid.

S: Oak, horse barn funk, floral and earthy hops.

T: Just like it smells. Horse barn funk and sourness, oak, malt along with a floral, earthy, and citrusy finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: As unappetizing as I have described it, this beer definitely is interesting and it begs for another taste.

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Photo of ottovon
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing with me whiterascal!

A: pours a coppery orange color, with an off white head that fell quickly, but is hanging around on the top of the beer.

S: smells of citrus, a little caramely and like toffee. a nice bready, belgiany yeast smell as well.

T: taste is bready, a little toffee. i get some apple in there. it is crisp and a little tart. a little bit of bitterness in the finish.

M: it has a medium body with good carbonation.

D: very drinkable. I could drink the whole 750.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, hazy golden color with no head whatsoever, just some white bubbles that immediately disappear. Scent is like no other beer I've had before. I've smelled beers with funk before, but this thing is FUNKY! Some very unique musty aromas coming from this beer. There are also heavy lemon and wooden aromas. The lemon and must are the heavy hitters in the nose. Taste is very similar to how it smells. Immediately, I get some very tart lemon (wasn't expecting it to be this tart)... not mouth-puckering, but very tart. Hints of citrus (a TON of grapefruit) and grass. There are some wooden flavors along with light hoppiness. It finishes with some funk and musty lemon flavors. Mouthfeel is hardly carbonated, as it drinks more like a wine. Extremely dry. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is a VERY TASTY beer... the only thing keeping me from falling head over heels over it is the lack of carbonation. I still haven't been able to appreciate still beers like others tend to. I like my beer carbonated...at least a little bit. But amazing beer nonetheless.

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Photo of illidurit
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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 heebes
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint.
50th brewery tried.
46th beer style tried.

Pours a hazy dark copper amber with a finger width off white bubbly head. Lots of carbonation present. Nose is spicy, farmhouse funk, belgian yeast, sweet. Taste is similiar to the nose, theres a sweet spicyness on the palatte paired with the distinct Belgian malts. Light 'Blonde Ale' characteristics too. Medium bodied and mouthfeel. At 8%, this should work just fine for this afternoon. I'm thinking it would be a wonderful beer to revisit this summer. Pricey!, but worth a try. Interesting introduction to the style.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 750 ml bottle at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a cloudy orange, thin white head forms, some lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is neat, candi sugar, lots of fruit, honey, strawberries, cedar, some light spice. Taste is hney, yeast, sweet hop tea middle, hasmine, some alcohol, tons of fruit and a little spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty easy to drink. Not my favourite Fantome but pretty solid.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lot Nr. B34 D 014. Best before end 2018.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, earth, lemon, lemon juice, lemon zest, and slight skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, herb, spice, lemon juice, and lemon zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of lemon and herb qualities that are slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a burnt orange in color with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. It had the signature fantome bretty oak funky character in the aroma with mild citrus, vinegar, and faint dark fruits. It didi have some caramel and brown sugar as well. Pears apples flavors blend quite well with the bretty funky oaky character but had vinegar dark fruit citrusy accents and a touch of caramel in the background. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a oaky, vinegar, sweet, mild fruity, and tart finish. I thought it was decent from fatome and kinda was a little dissapointed cause I heard it was gonna be bomb but was let down.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished persimmon with tangerine trim. A somewhat gentle pour has generated more than four fingers of whipped creamy foam that is equal parts alabaster, ecru and pastel orange. It's a lovely looking lid and is laying down loads of lace.

The nose isn't typical Fantome in that it isn't wacky and funky and delightfully deranged. It is typical, however, in that it's complex and seems to change with each sniff. The primary aromas are musky fruit peel (apricots), leather, woodsy spices (sandalwood, cedar) and a hint of horse blanket.

Along with being one of the most approachable Brasserie Fantome brews, La Dalmatienne might be the maltiest and the sweetest. Come to think of it, the former might be a direct result of the latter. I'm okay with the change, as long as the rest of the lineup stays the way it is.

Rather than saison/farmhouse ale, Belgian strong golden ale seems a more accurate style choice. The malt is toasted and ever so slightly caramel-like. The fruitiness is still primarily apricots (and maybe peaches), with an orange and lemon zest tartness in the mix as well. The spice load is on the low end and is difficult to identify as a result. As always, alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Due to all the malt sugars, the mouthfeel is bigger than usual. It still isn't anywhere close to full. The bubbles add just a hint of volume and otherwise stay out of the way. Drinking quickly is easily achieved, but I'd advise against it since the flavor should be savored and the ABV should be respected.

While La Dalmatienne is definitely delicious beer, it doesn't really seem like a creation of the immensely talented Dany Prignon. If you're concerned that the rest of the brewery's lineup is too 'out there' for you, this would be a good place to start. Sort of a 'training wheels' Fantome. No disrespect intended.

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Photo of larryi86
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A hazy golden copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Barnyard funk, earthy, a little sour, some light fruits, herbal, floral.

T- Funky, earthy, sour lemon, sweet apples, some sweet malts, floral, herbal, ashy/off finish that really throws everything off. The finish isn't as off putting the more I drink this.

M- Crisp, light body.

O- I like the nose and the beginning of the taste, but the finish hurts this beer a lot. I feel that drinking a whole bottle isn't an issue. This is the second beer I have had from Fantome and I am not really impressed, I seem to have really bad luck with getting good bottles...

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Photo of AdamBear
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-cloudy gold with a thick cream colored head

S-fairly funky. Some spices. Caramel. Medium strength

T-comes in with a taste of some funk, but actually...it mostly tastes like sweet BBQ? I'm not lying. It's very odd. It tates almost smokey. After-taste is matching.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a watery finish

O-well, I never had a Saison like this before. Seems like it'd be a good summer Saison. I wonder what the dark version tastes like. Definitely goes down well.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey colored with white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is strongly lemon with some funk.

Taste follows the smell initially. This is very tart. There is some definite horse blanket quality to it. Very little bitterness in the finish. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel is dry with average carbonation.

Overall good, but I am less of a fan of sours.

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Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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 billshmeinke
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color, completely hard to see through. No real lacing or retention.

Smells of lemon, hay, and funk.

Wowza, tons of lemon tartness, funk, hay, horse blanket. Damned tasty and complex. Slight minerality.

Spritzy, refreshing, tart. Farily light.

Really tasty, enjoyable, and quaffabl.

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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
4.02 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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