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Fantôme Clos Preal 2011 (Batch 2) - Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Clos Preal 2011 (Batch 2)Fantôme Clos Preal 2011 (Batch 2)

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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme visit their website

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Gold foil.

(Beer added by: stakem on 04-09-2012)
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

drabmuh, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 12.1.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, pale orange with a huge lively off-white head that fades slowly.

S - Earthy spice, Belgian yeast, slight hop grass.

T - Spices, earthy, dirt, tobacco, leather.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Earthy and spicy, lots of darker tones.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, batch 2.

3.5 A: Well hazed amber peach color. Three fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good given the ABV, but just a few whisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Wildflowers dominate the nose. Big floral throughout. Underneath there is a dry herbalness and citrusy orange and bitter orange peel. Mild peppery yeastiness. Alcohol is well hidden. Somewhat tame for a Fantome beer, but good enough.

3.5 T: Taste mirrors the nose. Floral with a dry herbalness. Plenty of orange and orange peel. Mild bitterness. Moderately spicy yeastiness focussing on pepper. Toasty malts with just a light booziness. Again, tame for a Fantome beer.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is lightly spritzy. Lacking creaminess though. Overall, good enough.

3.0 D: Some categories were borderline 3.0, so that's why this is. It's not bad, but I hold Fantome to a higher standard when they are dealing with this type of brew. The fact that it was super expensive doesn't improve the situation. Give the brew a try if you have some extra money laying around, but don't expect to be impressed.

DavoleBomb, Nov 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ADTaber, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Cloudy orange. Big white head. Great retention.

Smell - Some sort of spice and a lot of yeastiness. Belgian yeasts and sugars. Something here I can't read. Like a fruitinadfnjsd?

Taste - Interesting, but all over the place. Yeasty, sweet, fruity. Spicy as hell in the end. Like a Belgian pale with spices and herbs.

Mouthfeel - Deceptively light tasting. Well carbonated and dry.

Overall - The flavors are all over. Interesting is the best description.

Alieniloquium, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have added batch 2 as a seperate listing based on Dany Prignon's description of this being a different recipe from Batch 1. There are expectations of 4 different beers being brewed in total in the Clos Preal series.

Poured from a 750ml into a matching Fantome tulip. The brew appears a hazed copper color. 2 fingers worth of yellowish stained tan head appear and slowly fade leaving patches of lacing effect on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a layering atop the brew.

The aroma of this brew is quite herbal with hops. Zesty notes of lemon and grapefruit. Plenty of pulpy scents of fruit and a mild tingle of alcohol. A bit of plastic funk mixes with solvent alcohol and some earth as it warms.

The taste is very herbal with a backing of burnt toasty malt flavor and modest bitterness of pulp and rinds. Some plastic flavors are present with a pretty bold focus on the alcohol inclusion. Some solvent alcohol blends to more of a fusel note. Some green yeasty quality is found throughout the profile with a bit of a veggie flavor. The aftertaste is sulfur, cheese and mildly oak-like mixed with cardboard.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Quite a bold brew with a lot of upfront hop flavor. This is a Fantome offering that strays far off the beaten path. I am a huge Fantome fan but this one was not as enjoyable as I was hoping. Perhaps this is just going through a young, awkward phase at the moment. I will have to revisit it again maybe when some of the hoppiness fades/blends.

stakem, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for this oddball offering. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Giant white foam eventually settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotches of lace. Murky peach body.

S - Super peppery yeast, with some phenols as well. Light herbal hop aroma, with a backing malt character of stone fruit, hand lotion, and lightly toasted grains. There's a bit of musky funk present, but it's quite mild.

T - Unfortunately, the taste is a bit square. Lots of toasted grain and wheat flavors, with minimal sweetness, and a bitter dandelion and herb finish. Nothing wrong here, but just kind of generic.

M - Medium-full body, grainy and dry. Lower carbonation, and a touch of warmth on the throat. Could use a bit more spritz, although I didn't realize this was 10% at all.

D - It's decent, but I'd just as soon have a regular Fantôme. The herbal bitterness in the finish gets a bit fatiguing, and the beer is a tad heavy. Disappointing considering how difficult this is to obtain.

MasterSki, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

CelticAleMan, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

KevinmusPrime, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Etan
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml, gold foil, into a snifter.

A: Pours a glowing grapefruit-skin colored body with a huge white head. Very effective bottle conditioning.

S: Smells of citrus and tropical fruits. Pineapple, tart orange juice, mango, light yeast. Pretty surprising.

T: Taste is substantially drier and less fruity. Chalky yeast, lightly bitter and herbal, a bit of vanilla and citrus on the end. No alcohol.

M: Light-bodied, frothy carbonation.

O: The aroma on this is really interesting, but the taste is bit too dry and herbal to match it. Still, a very unique beer.

Etan, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AsianZero, you da best!

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, big white frothy head, sticky lace, big cap.

S - Citrus, funk, floral notes, light spice. The 10% really isn't there all that much, which is impressive. On the "higher-funk'd" side of saisons for me. Nothing crazy going on here though...a bit boring.

T - Pretty much spot-on with the nose. Lots of funk, yeast, citrus, lemon, and spice. A touch of fruity tartness in there as well, which adds something else to the mix. Booze is well-hidden here as well. Finish is funk and citrus, pretty dry.

M - Light to medium, lots of carbonation, dry finish.

O - The booze is basically non-existant for 10%, which is impressive by itself. It's good, but not something I'd drop a lot of coin for when I can just buy other Fantôme here in Chicago. Good, but not near world-class.

Sean9689, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

GRG1313, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

orangesol, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

JAHMUR, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Word to the wise...pour slowly

The beer pours a hazy orange with a huge plume of an off-white head. There is great lacing, head retention, and a touch of sediment floating along the bottom. As you near the bottom the yeast becomes a lot denser mimicking cirrus clouds in my glass. The nose is a refined bitter-yeastiness with spices that complement the beer's well hidden ethanol. The taste is both sweet and yeasty with good spice character and a hint of ethanol. The mouthfeel is exceptionally balanced with very few off flavors...slightly rindy lemon/grapefruit bitter/tartness that's pronounced and lingers. Solid beer with great flavor and an excellent mouthfeel.

ThePorterSorter, Sep 13, 2012
Fantôme Clos Preal 2011 (Batch 2) from Brasserie Fantôme
82 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.