Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Dark) | 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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This listing is for the label depicting a black background with white spots.

Added by Thorpe429 on 11-15-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.82%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of cbutova
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed 07/31/11, moved over to this profile for obvious reasons.

A mysterious beer, couldn't find much info about this one.

A- Amber-brown body with a fizzy, bubbly head that forms up to a pretty nice size and has decent retention. No lace on the glass once the head fizzes out.

S- A prevalent fruit note that I can't quite name, juicy exotic peach type feel. Citrus fruit, lavender, floral and more fruit notes.

T- Similar to the nose but with more spice and a bit less fruit. The base has a solid Belgian Strong Dark feel. The unnamed fruit, lemon zest, floral lavender, slight hay barnyard, caramel, oak and raisin make for a complex experience.

MF- Fizzy bodied with high, silky carbonation. Some spice bitterness.

A very interesting, unique beer with flavors I have a hard time putting into words. Great fruit with a good Belgian Strong Dark base.

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, capped but not corked, bought 2 months ago at City Beverage for $15.39. I've been sorta saving it, and then last night I heard that Dany Prignon might be closing Fantome. Hopefully just propaganda, but it got Fantome in my head and here I am.

Nothing on the bottle to describe what went into this beer, just the standard Fantome "regular" saison descriptions on the label. Shooting blind, here goes. The beer is dark reddish copper, more red than other Fantome saisons, with some good sized floating yeasty chunks. The aroma is very one-of-a-kind, not the normal Fantome funk but rather kinda fruity. It smells a lot like some sweet-tart like candy I had as a kid, I can't quite place it, but the general adjectives would be chalky and fruity-sweet. A little bit of wood, cedar or redwood) and leather, but mainly sweet tart candy.

This tastes really sweet, sweet malts and esters with just a little tartness and chalk in the aftertaste. The overall result is flavorful and tasty, but not really as good as the regular Fantome, Printemps, Hiver, and Automne. I guess I just like my Fantomes more funky.

Medium body, no noticeable alcohol, goes down like liquid candy. Which it might in fact have, it seems sweeter than just malts alone would make it, probably there's candi sugar in this beer too. Very good, but I'm not too sad that this one is somewhat rare. As long as Dany stays open and makes the regular Fantome I'll be happy.

EDIT: I just got a beermail from Dany indicating that he has no plans to stop brewing. It was just a rumor, thank God.

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3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stomp when opened, good sign.
Nice amber orange color with a huge beige fluffy head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of oranges, lots of mint, brown sugar, booze and caramels.
Flavor with vinous notes, lots of berries, pineapple and coconut, mint, herbal hops, caramel and slightly toasted malts, mild spices and oxidized apples.
Medium towards full body with medium carbonation. A bit sticky and its alcohol of 8% abv is definitely there.
Very sweet and fruity Saison like they had fermented just fruits, hoppier than average and with an incredible and diverse complexity. I found it a bit too sweet and boozy, though. Not that easy to drink the full bottle.

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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, ruddy amber with a thick off-white head.

S: Huge fruity aromas are present on the nose. There's definitely plenty of cider apple and spiced pear here. As the beer settles down a bit, I get scents of caramel, raisin, dates, figs, currants, blueberry, and elderberry. There's also a slight musty earthiness on the nose that keeps the fruit from being overpowering.

T: Surprisingly soft on the palate with blueberry, elderberry, currant, fig, date, raisin, caramel, oak, spiced pear, and cider apple flavors. Around mid-palate, must, lactic yeast, papaya, passion fruit, and pineapple flavors kick in and deliver, as an earlier reviewer so astutely put it, a tropical punch-like flavor. The finish is sweet and mildly yeasty with notes of blueberry, currant, date, and fig blending with oak, lactic yeast, and pineapple notes.

M: Medium-bodied, very dry, and acidic. Carbonation is gentler than one would expect. Alcohol is pretty pronounced.

O: This is an excellent saison. Like all of Brasserie Fantome's beers, it is unique, a beer that is hard to compare to any others of its style. Definitely worth seeking out and savoring.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of elNopalero
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a ruddy ruby amber with a thick layer of cotton topping it. The lacing lingers in the glass. Looks amazing.
First impressions are of sweet berries (described as “Hawaiian punch” by one taster), spring berries, with fruity notes evolving as the beer opens up. It’s very fruity on the palate as well, with these sharp cherry and berry notes, finishing dry and tart with a touch of sour.

This is an intriguing, interesting, involving, evolving beer. I enjoyed sharing this with some beer enthusiasts after a day of hard work. Wish I knew who to properly thank for bringing it!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 7-2014

750 mL green glass bottle with cap and cork served around 55 degrees into a goblet.

The Dalmation is unusually dark for the style, more of a redish brown color than a golden yellow. Slightly hazy appearance with fizzy off-white head. It settles slowly but doesn't leave any lacing.

Aroma is really stiking and very enjoyable. There is a distinct cherry smell mixed with apples and plums. It has a little of that sour yeasty funk and spice but it's the fruitiness that makes it truly unique.

The flavor is wonderfully complex yet perfectly balanced. There is sweetness up front, a little fruit like in the aroma, then a big spicy hit of pepper in the middle, and finally a very dry finish. It has layers of nuances that seem to unravel as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is light in body and well-carbonated. The alcohol is evident but not strong. Great balance but very dry.

Overall another fantastic beer from Fantome. I always hesitate to pay the $15 for their beers but I never regret it once it's in my glass.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to move this review, originally had this sometime during the summer of 2011.

750ml shared by the one, the only, cbutova. Always interested in trying a new Fantome and this one blew away my expectations.

Pours a hazy light brown, off-white head retains decently as a cap leaving spots of lacing here and there.

An awesome, totally unique scent. Sweet, funky, spicy lemonade, grassy fields filled with flowers, weird tartness.

The flavor brings similar uniqueness/awesomeness. Pear, apple, lemonade, flowers, lime, some dark fruit, grassy/hay/yeasty notes balance it out. Slight mint?, unidentified spices.

High carbonation, good full mouthfeel, no booze, refreshing.

With Fantome you always get an experience for sure and this is one of the more memorable beers I've had in some time. Hard to picture this as a winter beer, all the tart light fruit and flowers made this perfect for a summer day.

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Photo of mentor
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gift fom Geuezedude, thanks a bunch. Pours a four finger cream-tan head over a cloudy red-brown liquid. Smells lemon sour, orange oils, rye, dried hay, candi-sugar, mild alcohol, and some Brett.

Tastes caramel sweet, candi sugar, red fruits, and rounded phenolic. I don't know what that phenol is, but it is one of the most unpleasant flavors I've ever encountered. I find it in belgian-styled beer from time to time and just think it's hideous. Most people don't mind it, in fact, my wife thinks it adds an interesting dimension. Bleech. Chalky toffee, pear juice, old italian herbs (yes, in an unpleasant way), mild peppery, and finishes with a dash of lemony tart. Md-light body with some creaminess. Strong carbonation can't lift the sweet from the palate like I'd expect from a saison. Complex, but misses on the 'lightness' factor of a saison. Rated to style, not my taste preferences.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see that the dark version is on here now. Been keepin it in my notes until now. Pours a dark amber color with a large white head that goes down slowly. Scent is bready with a light hint of funk and a lot of pepper. A little chocolatey and very fruity. Taste is initially malty with some green apple. Then I get a bit of funk and a lot of spicy pepper. Hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Dry finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this one is COMPLETELY different than the "light" one. The one is not as good though. The only thing better in this beer is the carbonation. Still awesome though.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle batch b, 3, / 14
A: Pours a massively powerful light brown head overflowing the bottle still after a pour and the pressure was released. This has been in my kegerator for over a month, so glad it had time to settle in there. Pours a murky rust colored brown with sediment at the top of the bottle peeking out after the overflow.

S: Aroma of fruity strawberries, lacto, a refreshing lot of mixed spices and berries.

T: Wow this was much sweeter than I envisioned, tasting primarily of fresh berry fruit, with lacto and some tart oriented spices. There is plenty of tartness in the flavor here, but hard to pick up exactly what has caused it. Wild flowers? Dandelions? Raspberry seeds? Hard to guess, but it does taste as good as it is different.

M: Dry and overcarbonated. Just on the overflow, I have to say too much carbonation, but once it settled for about ten minutes it did taste quite pleasing.

O: This is another satisfyingly different Saison from Fantome. Glad to have tried it and would drink again, but I think I would prefer some of their other offerings over this. The color of course is a nice treat for a Saison, and primarily the main addition I got from the color was the chocolate malt flavors that came out of the malt.

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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark pour with a smallish tan, minimal lacing

Smell: Sweet bready malts with herbs and roast, touch of chocolate

Taste: Similar to the aroma, chocolate, herbs, sweet bread malts, touch of earth and fantome funk

MOuthfeel: Medium body, typical fantome

Overall: Alright, not one of my favorite fantomes.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah, the dark. review merged from the end of my dalmatienne light review:

update- drinking the amber, it's miles apart from the golden.

Malty, sweet dark fruit, a bit of pepper. Not much funk. Very sweet, but I like it. The nose on this one is like tropical fruit punch! I taste hints of blueberries and strawberries as it warms. The jammy fruit aspect is very odd but I like it. Lively mouthfeel.

I liked the 'light' more.. this one's very easy to drink and has nice carbonation but the other one had a ton of signature fantome funk and a nice sourness. The blonde was almost flat as well. A totally different beer, almost on opposite ends of the spectrum.

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Fantôme La Dalmatienne (Dark) from Brasserie Fantôme
3.97 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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