yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to dickinsonbeer. A usual Fantome aroma comes form this one. A bit sweet and a bit sour. Some flowers and funk as well. Mellow spices help the funk come through. Sour fruit but more citrus sour like lemon and sour orange. Pretty good.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to dickinsonbeer. Light orange, opaque pour with some white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, candy sugar, and spices. Flavor is also sweet malt, a little citrus, and sugar. Tasty and sweet.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased to-go from the new Liars Club. Pours a brown-mustard mud color with a Swedish pillow head. You may blow into it to see the magic of memory foam. The nose was musty with grape skins, white wine, brie cheese, coffee cake, and some sharp tang. Lots of carbonation. Almost too much. Flavors were earthy and yeasty in a cobweb/musty way...wood, grapes, and astringency dominate with odd bitterness in the finish. Very gassy stuff. Quite damn dry also. Some plastic-like fantome character too that has been absent in a lot of fantome’s recent releases...I’ll let the carbonation die down and i think i will quite enjoy.
JoeMcPhee (8313) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2010 Rerate - 750 ml bottle. Deep amber pour with some fairly pronounced chunky yeast floaties throughout. The nose is rich and malty with a distinct spicy breadiness and a really intense, minty yeastiness. Zesty with loads of spicy character. Fairly bright with a nice spicy/citrusy character. It’s not nearly as wild or funky as I recall it - but it’s got a nice aged Belgian character to it. Excellent palate with a mixture of spicy yeast and herbal/minerally hoppiness even. As it warms up, a touch of pineapple fruitiness comes into the mix - even though I really enjoyed this the first time I had it, I think I underestimated it.
Thanks to dickensonbeer for sharing this. Cloudy amber beer, thin-white head. Sweet bready flavour, rye malt, earthy character and a soft dried fruitiness. Some honey malts, spices and a soft of sage, herbal and other indescribable herbal flavour. Lots of sweetness and fruitiness is also present. Very unusual, but very tasty.
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Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (barnyard, cobwebs), with notes of dried mango and pineapple, candy sugar, tangerine, black tea, honey, ginger.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Quite the fruit bomb, and very sweet too, rather unusual for this brewery. Very attractive and complex nose. Succulent, but a little too sweet for both the style (although it’s probably a better idea to switch this to a Belgian Strong Ale, ’cause I doubt Dany would even suggest this is a proper saison) and my tastes.
asedzie (587) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at The Trappist. Pours hazy brown with off-white head. Aroma is fruity- peach, orange- w/funky undertones of yeast. Flavor has a swirl of fruity esters, bready dough and nuanced floral/herbal hops. Some hop resins in the flavor, as well. Thick, yet extremely lively and creamy texture. Perfectly balanced and exciting.
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich amber with a big dark cream colored head. Caramel, light citrus, earthy aroma with cocoa and cookie batter notes. Toffee/caramel flavor with yeast, spice, earth and a bit of tart lemon. Medium body. Lingering sweet caramel with herbal, yeast, and spice.
bhensonb (10702) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. A real foamer when the bottle cap was loosened. Aromas of caramel, yeast, spice and floral hop. Hazy ripe stone fruit flesh color with a vigorous white head that didn’t stick around long. More than medium body with copious, creamy carbonation. The flavor is sweetish, accompanied by spices and some balancing bitterness. There is a bit of heat. The finish is more dry than sweet, though some honey, fruity sweetness persists. The mouth is left with an impression of woody astringency. Not so much sweet tart as flavors that follow one another. Very good ale. I could believe it was in contact with oak.
Dorwart (2359) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
About a 1 inch thick off-white head of medium sized bubbles. Reduces to a thick milky layer on top. Tons of carbonation keeps a nice thin foam on the surface. Dry and herbal aromas. Dried grass, spices, yeast and some malts. Color is a nice copper. Thicker and heavier body than most of their brews. Very lively in the mouth. Sweet malts, more spices and a bit of tartness that makes the mouth salivate. Didn’t expect that aspect of the brew. A bit of honey as others have said. Finishes sweet and warming with a bit of lingering tartness. This is a damn fine brew. It breaks the mold for Fantome but also is one of their better brews in my opinion.
jrt (62) - USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 This one is really different for a Fantome. Of course, since it’s Fantome, I imagine each bottle of Dalmatienne is going to be different. Dalmatienne tastes like honey, tofee and cake, but it’s not sickly sweet at all. It starts chewey and then gets nice and golden hoppy, then finishes nice and dry with a long lingering cotton candy and honey after taste. Weird, complex, indescribable flavors that are flat out addictive.
I could smell citrus notes but not so much taste them. This kinda stetches the notion of Saison, but I don’t know what else it could be described as.