Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) | Brasserie Fantôme

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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
Ratings:
166
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.66%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of VashonGuy
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Keith_R
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MagicJeff
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this from Hop City at Krog last week. No idea how old this bottle is, though I imagine it's on the newer side since GA just started getting this beer again (unless it's an old cache that had been sitting around forever, but I doubt it given taste/appearance). Poured into my Allagash tulip.

Look: Deep golden orange with a lot of haze. Lots of carbonation and lots of white/off white/slight yellow head. Head retrained throughout drinking. Not as much lacing as I would like, especially given the head.

Smell: Lemon, aspirin. I kind of smell grass clippings after the rain on a hot day. Having a hard time picking a lot up here.

Taste: Chalky, medicinal old lemon candies. Funky lemon rind (not in a good way, the funk is almost bracing and more of an aftertaste than in harmony with the beer). Lemon-lime gatorade quality to it. Some grapefruity alcoholic notes. Slight tartness but by no means sour.

Feel: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, goes down relatively easy.

Overall: I definitely prefer the standard Saison by Fantome. There's something missing in this beer to tie it together--I think there's too much stale lemon dominating the palate. That said, for an ABV of 8%, it is very drinkable and went down fast.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

like so many other fantome beers, there is almost no information to be found at all on this thing, whats in it, how old it is, any of that, but like always, i buy it out of pure intrigue. this time i was rewarded for my sometimes unfounded and undeserved faith in this brewery. a rustic and original saison of sorts, with a neat orange color to it, a lot of lasting white head, and a pretty interesting yeast complexion, which is really always something i look for and desire in these beers. its spicy in a cool way, but also, this beer has to have some spices in it right? i smell and taste everything from white pepper to orange peel to cardamom and vanilla, its odd, thick, a little sweet, yeasty in a weird way, and downright delicious. not like others, thats for sure, this has the classic fantome green bottle stink to it, again flattering rather than hurting one of their beers. the yeast is funky, not wild but weird, interesting in its grain complexion as well, with wheat for sure, maybe some oats, and a pils type bready flavor too. good carbonation and a lot of life in general, it seems this one has aged a little more gracefully than some of their others do. these can fall off a cliff, and this one has thankfully not done that yet. i like these odd beer experiences with fantome, i really do, but a little more information about the brew would be really useful. either way, theyve done it again...

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

Photo of Stolenface1
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkrug5
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erjaq
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of alucard
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hansavijaticar
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell and taste lemony and soapy. Herbal and too bitter. Leaves a bit unpleasant aftertaste. Nice look, good lacing, but no match to Saison Dupont. Overrated just like Fantome Saison.

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Photo of mportnoy
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShanePB
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and capped bottle. Hazy golden yellow, obnoxiously massive pillowy white read. It seemed to have stuck around forever. Great lacing and retention though, but I am knocking points due to it's excessive foam. Aromas of weed, lime, wheat and funk. Flavor is big lime up front with some hay, funk and mint. What a strange, strange beer...

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
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 SadMachine
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunuelian
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of Bp123
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jas45678
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.
Cheers

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Photo of Blue_Hops
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
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 JohnnieNepal
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 HeadyTheElder
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
4.03 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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