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:
165
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.91%
 
 
Wants:
41
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26
For Trade:
1
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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 heebes
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -0.7%
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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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