GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a dark, hazed old copper penny color w/ a tall, semi creamy froth. Superb head retention slowly reducing to a full, downy canopy. Strong aromas of spicey tropical essence and granite. Full nectar w/ very shy residual effers that create a luscious, creamy texture. Nice! A big malty backbone supports a miriad of flavanoids and a paceful peachpit bittering unit. Nuances of tropical fruit w/ an emphasis on buttery banana nut. Mildly medicinal with complexities including vanilla cream, gummy kiwi, a hint of cola, and blackcherry tart. The finish is bittered nicely and midly tart. Lingering fruit adds to the romance. A very tastey brew indeed. This brew is rich and very generous yet balanced. Highly recommended.
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.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by Shyam. This one bottle of this stuff was fantastic. I am told that due to variation, it will be very lucky if it ever tastes like this again. Nose was right up my alley: thick aromatic jasmine, thick green and gray teas, light lavender, hint of anise, hop and wheat. Flavor is all those plus yeast and Taro. Color is a beautifully glowing brown with smattered yeast speckled and floating in the glass. Very full Saison etheral/ephemeral finish with only light soil. Unbelievable bottle.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - NOV 20, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep cloudy copper with a fine sea-foam head. Dried apricot notes swirl with a sublime, yeasty spiciness in the nose. Flavor adds a lightly sweet blood-orange tartness that melds well with the rustic, earthy quality of the brew. Mouthfeel is neither too viscous nor too thin ... striding gracefully between the two. The soft, ample carbonation lifts the sweetness from your palate for a subtle and enjoyably clean finish. Supremely easy to drink, and at 8% ... it is no joke. After writing this, I’ve taken a look at a few other reviews, and it looks like I am rating this quite a bit higher than my brethren (never to discount my lovely brew-sisters). I cannot help it, I am simply enjoying this immensely. In general, if you tend to enjoy the peculiarities and nuances of Fantome ... let this one haunt you.
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber Shared. WOW! What a treat. Appearance is clear brown with a lovely head and nice lacing. Aroma is super floral and as it warms it oddly becomes vanilla and pineapple with hints of pear and the lovely fantome yeast. Taste is sweet and a tiny bit of malt more of the aroma and now hints of lavender or lilac. Palate is thin and dry. Overall this is incredible but I am not sure how well it would go down on a cold night it is WAY too refreshing.
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy red-brown with soft, creamy, beige head / Delicate, mildly tart, nose of orchard fruit and caramel / Medium body, lightly tart, with beautiful balance of fruity acidity and creamy malts, and fine finish / Earthy flavors of apples, cherries, strawberries, caramel, hay, cinnamon, coriander, and oak / Great stuff.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - 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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nbutler11 (1263) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Shyam. Great label on this one -- too bad the beer gushed all over it. Pours amber in color with yeast floating everywhere in the glass. It looks like someone poured sand into a gelatin mold. Smells like a woman coming out of Bath & Body Works - jasmine, green tea, and lotion. Tastes of candied sugar and I want to say tamarind, so I will. Also features tart green apples and cinnamon toward the finish. A champion saison if you apparently win the Fantome bottle lottery like we did.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite Fantome beers yet. Pours mahogany, slightly cloudy, with a tall off-white head. Herbal fruity nose, sweet caramel, wood, and spice. This beer just soaks the palate in flavor, long fruit notes draw out behind a earthy woodiness that melds with spices. Paired with cheese this beer really shines, the earthy softness of the cheese pairs off against the light tart fruitiness of the beer.
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a semi-hazy medium-brown with a nice head. The aroma has tons of grass and herbal spice. When you take a sip, the nose has a "full" quality that I find elusive... if the hops and herbs can be described as light, there’s something else there that’s just... fuller. ’Meaty’ comes to mind, but that’s too heavy a term. There’s some of that quality in the flavor, too. Nice and refreshing. Feels great in the mouth... a bit spicy, full yet light. Kind of reminds me of the first bottle of Chocolat I had... has some slighty bitter qualities, though this bears no resemblance to an IPA. Saisons aren’t really one of my favorite styles, but Fantome makes such imaginative variations on the style, I’m forced to declare my allegiance to farmhouse ales.