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:
167
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.66%
 
 
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41
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25
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of Sammy
3.04/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crushinator's bottle. Pours cloudy with incredible white head bubbles. Really funky aroma, beyond farmyard, smells like a wild ale. Good mouthfeel but bitterness, with some old orange rind astringency and funkiness making it not that desireable to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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 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 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 djrn2
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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 zeff80
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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 zestar
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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 nickfl
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - One and a half fingers of off-white head on top of a slightly hazy, copper-brown body. The foam settles quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Acidic aroma of wheat and lactic acid as well as some light funky notes. Tropical fruit notes of mango and pineapple with a hint of pear. Some spicy hop notes and a hint of sulphur.

T - Tangy malt character up front with some wheat bite. Thicker malt notes in the middle of caramel and brown sugar with a sweetness that contrasts the mild acidity in the background. Finishes with more of the rich malt as well as a lightly must funk note, some spicy hops, and both lactic and light acetic acid flavors. Lingering sweet sour acidity with a bit of pineapple and coconut in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry, cidery finish.

D - This is a beer that lives up to the Fantome standard; complex and unusual with a balance that defies the sometimes bizarre flavors that characterize the beer. The funk is subtle, but really makes the beer into something special with a light acidity and musty character that ties the fruity yeast and herbal hops together. Quite a nice beer, it almost reminds me of a Flemmish red (there is something that tastes like oak, though I doubt this beer was fermented in fresh wood) and it is one of the best I have had form this brewery.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, amber body with a medium-sized, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Spicy, funkified aroma of dried tea leaves, citrus, herb medley.

Taste: Slight maltiness with some orange marmalade sweetness. All of the obligatory musty earthiness and barnyard accents. A few jolts of acidity along the way. Strong herbaceousness and plenty of spices. Semi-dry finish with lingering herbal hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I don't even know where to begin.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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 mdfb79
2.84/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 11/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by yourfragile at the mega-Fantome tasting. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a murky dark yellow with light carbonation evident and less than an inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops and a tiny bit sulfur-ish. Not sure if this is a bad bottle or what, but overall the smell is not very good.

t - Tastes of lemons, citrus hops, apples, and lightly sour fruits. Much better than the nose but still not great.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. A little bit undercarbonated.

o - Overall not my favorite Fantome. Nose seemed a bit off, and the taste was a little sour and faint. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Richard for sharing this.

A: The pour is a cloudy goldenrod color with a soapy white head.

S: Slightly funky with lots of sweet fruit notes. I get a lot of citrus, especially oranges and tangerines, along with some apricots.

T: This is quite sweet, considering what you normally get from a Fantome saison. Mostly sweet oranges and apricots with a slight bit of that bretty Fantome yeast character underneath.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation.

D: A pretty nice beer from Fantome, but not exactly my favorite from them either. I did enjoy all the fruitiness, however.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

Sampled alongside twenty other Fantôme beers.

The beer appears a very hazy yellow, with virtually no head or lacing.

The aroma is something to behold. I'm not sure if I love it, despise it, or both. Since I keep sticking my nose in the glass searching for an answer, it must be alright. Ripe onions and funky apricots amid a yeasty, floral base. Truly unique.

The flavor is tart, sour, intense. Apricots and Vidalia onions. Sharp and puckering. Acetic. This beer sinks into your cheeks.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Lip smacking and cheek burning tartness.

Overall, a unique brew, and worth a try, though certainly not my favorite Fantôme of the lot.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Light) from Brasserie Fantôme
4.03 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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