Brewed by Brasserie Fantôme
Style: Saison
Soy-Erezée, Belgium
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This is for the original version, with a black / dark grey label. The beer is at least to be called amber to brown. If you had a blond beer from a bottle with a light grey label, please put your rating under the other version: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/fantome-la-dalmatienne-light/391494/

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1775) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Sunny, hazed amber pour with a wispy, tanned white crown. Wholly sweet aroma; dried cherries, though distinguishable from the brittle bretty lead they usually give, pears, and rotten apples. Warmer moments of vanilla, sugar cookies, and dried caramel. Not much dustiness or funkiness, more commonly digging into several varieties of unripened sweetness, and growing somewhat green after a while; very grassy and fresh, but still sweet, something like a white sugar glaze on a freshly cut avocado. Rather unmistakably young right now. The complexity is there, but the intrigue isn’t.

Flavor is a creamy, sweet, sprightly affair of bananas, vanilla, and cinnamon browned apples; very dense and warm at first with a lot of young estery yeast qualities, floral honey, and generally very sweet doughiness. Some sweet leafy spices cut it somewhat; basil and maybe tarragon; and a fairly basic, sugary alcohol flavor leans in mid palate. These characteristics are strikingly similar but better defined and better executed than the aroma might have suggested.

Yeast lends a glowing tropical fruit touch that permeates both aroma and flavor; some passion fruit and golden kiwi dusted bitterly with dandelion residue, lemon zest and minerals. Generally a more lush, textured sweetness at this point. Lightly mildewy, sweaty funk creeping in, especially in the nose.

Juicy, creamy, consistently heavy palate rubbing the mouth with a dried out adhesive feeling amplified by alcohol. Finishes long with white grape, pear skin and adhesive like bitterness. An enormously interesting offering as always. I’d love to revisit this in two years. Thanks Joshua!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7637) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
My bottle (750ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Second Annual Saison Tasting’. Pours a hazy golden-orange with an average size frothy white head. Aroma: Wow, that’s odd! Sweet and spicy pee -- in a good way. Flavour: Man, this is one weird beer -- sweet, spicy and funky Kool-Aid -- or something like that. Medium bodied. I like it -- it’s incredibly odd, but I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
5-25-08 bottle shared by dewbrewer (thanks!)
Semi cloudy glowing yellow orange. Smell is nice and fruity with a touch of funky yeast in there playing along with the big orange notes. Flavor is spiced fruit and is sweet and unique. A touch on the cotton side for the palate - but an interesting beer all together. Nicely carbonated, and has a nice clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3055) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
I think this is courtesy Redlight. Pours out brown with a thin white head. Grapefruit citrus, black pepper aroma. Thick malty citrus, orange peel taste with a hint of black pepper spice. Orange peel spice finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2810) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Throwdown. Curious licorice and apricot fruit aromas. Nice spicy yeastiness. Peppery. Eucalyptus? Figs and raisins. Medium sweet. Pleasing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2008
bottle shared by dewbrewer. Thanks!
Pour bright orange and is slightly hazy. Smell is fresh and bright, but funky and dusty as well. Some orange in the nose too. Taste is dry, funky, and truly strange. Dusty, and a very light sourness in the finish. Medium to thin bodied. Light carbonation. Pretty unique, even as fantome beers go, with really hard to place spiced flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a large off-white head that fades leaving some spotty lacing. Aroma of over ripe citrus, caramel, spicy yeast, and a hint of acidity. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness, well hidden alcohol, and a spicy yeasty finish. Not much of the Fantôme funk that I love but still a very tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 Bottle shared by some Texas residents at lb4lb’s tasting, a big thank you. Poured a hazy golden-orange color with a thin white head that receded to a ring and left some lacing. Spicy, citrus aroma and some funky barnyard and moderate yeast. Tart, funky taste with some moderate fruit presence (orange, lemon, apricot) with a nice peppery spiciness and some yeast character and some more light fruitiness on the finish. Smooth, crisp beer with good carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
Perhaps a poor sample? Bottle from John’s Market. Dark red amber. Good but not crazy head. Lots of carbonation keeps a fair cover on the beer. Lively nose with lots of warm spice and a hint of...of...diaper pail. Flavour is caramel and warm spice (Kwak-like) ant then finishes with a sour ugly finish. The yeast in the bottom of the bottle makes the beer taste smoother.

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