Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) | Brasserie Fantôme

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165 Ratings
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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:
165
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.91%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of More_betterness
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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 dcmchew
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlexFields
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of DeutschesBier
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crosenkrantz
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Please, rename to Bitter Orange Fanta.

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Photo of Mattias
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some weird herbal taste i can't pick out. As always, interesting but not very good.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Big_Dave
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Spaceangler
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of chippo33
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of laituegonflable
2.96/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a shiny gold colour with no head. Thin film around the edge with dense bubbles. Decent lace. Not bad, but not great.

Smells sweet, honey and nutty. Lots of almondy notes. Sweet predominantly with hints of Belgian phenols on the back. Marzipan, pecan and peanut. I'm definitely missing the funk here.

Wow, world of difference on the palate. So sour. A lot better, and yet still a bit simple and underdeveloped. Peanut notes, some chestnut, with tart vinegar character and some lemon/apple cider notes. Not particularly interesting, just tastes a little unnuanced to me.

Tart mouthfeel with pull from the yeast. A bit dry and acidic, but not bad.

Maybe it was a mistake following Logsdon's excellent Seizoen with this, as this just doesn't taste right to me. Tartness is there but there doesn't seem to be much else.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
4.03 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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