Fantôme Clos Preal 2011 (Batch 2) - Brasserie Fantôme
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3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
03-13-2013 18:01:02 | More by Etan
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
12-29-2012 22:46:38 | More by Alieniloquium
3.35/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
12-24-2012 06:14:06 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
11-04-2012 01:39:02 | More by DavoleBomb
4.08/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
09-13-2012 18:53:41 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.88/5 rDev +9%
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.
05-11-2012 17:31:40 | More by Sean9689
3.68/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
04-24-2012 15:01:50 | More by MasterSki
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
04-09-2012 18:10:50 | More by stakem
Fantôme Clos Preal 2011 (Batch 2) from Brasserie Fantôme
82 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.