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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett - Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Femme Fatale BrettEvil Twin Femme Fatale Brett

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364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 17
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Auracom on 06-18-2012

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Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pastel yellow in color. Served in a tulip with a fairly large, bubbly off white head. Aroma is inviting: pineapple, mango, and some yeasty esters. Unfortunately the taste doesn't back up the smell. Very light pale malts, dry, almost cider like with very little of the tropical fruit that was in the nose. Lighter body. Dry, and characteristically Bretty. A nice beer, but would have appreciated a bit more sweetness and more of the Brett fruitiness to come through on the flavor like it did in the nose.

Photo of portia99
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a well hazed pale orange tinted straw color with a thick cap of dense white foam showing excellent staying power. Frothy webs of lacing are left on the glass when the head eventually fades.

S - Ahhhh, brett! Super funky aroma. Tons of earthy, barnyard funk up front that overpowers just about everything. Sweet fruity aromas of oranges, lemons, apricots. Spicy too - cloves and phenols/bandaids! Brett really did some great things here - this smells outstanding!

T - Quite bitter up front, mostly in a medicinal/aspirin sort of way. Very phenolic (flavors of what I imagine bandaids to taste like!)...also cloves, cool herbal flavors with wintergreen taking the lead...not really much funk - brett gives a lot of medicine and phenols - interesting and good, but a bit more barnyard here would have worked well.

M - Thinnish body with a fine carbonation of reasonably high intensity. A medicinal bitterness takes a firm hold here and dominates things a bit too much, in my opinion. Tons and tons of brett character in the earthy, herbal, phenolic sense - not so much on the funky, horsey, barnyardy way.

O - Really had no expectations for this coming into it...other than hoping it would be good given the $15 price tag. Aroma coming from this beer is outstanding...one of the best smelling brett beers I've encountered. Flavors are good, but are heavy on the phenols and missing some of the best brett derived funkiness. Overall, I think this really is a very good brett beer that could have been outstanding. Reminds me a bit of Midnight Sun's 3767 (my all time favorite brett beer), but falling a bit short on balance and complexity of flavor. If this was an $8-9 bottle of beer I'd buy this much more often...at $15 it is a bit of a tough value proposition.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of iKrystin
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of KFBR392
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Yellow IPA color but very clouded. Nice carbonation is present with a huge head that remained present throughout drinking the beer. Some lacing remained on the glass.

Smell: Light, yeasty refreshing tang to the aroma. The yeast is definitely the dominate force in the aroma, masking much of the hop presence. Not a belgian yeast aroma though, very different, tough to put my finger on it.

Taste: Okay this is unique. I've never had a Brett style beer before so this was a new experience. The crisp carbonation presence almost felt like a soda. Sharp citrus flavors felt like an IPA but at the same time was so different. This was a new experience for my palette so I'm having some trouble with this one.

Mouthfeel: Once again the soda comparison comes up here. Bright feeling stings right off the bat. The yeast sticks around for a while.

Overall: Like I said, this was my first brett style beer and I really liked it. This beer is called an American IPA but didn't feel like it at all. The unique yeast which I guess is so difficult to deal with is a nice treat to change things up. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, this is the beer for you.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-yellow with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a very slow pace.

S - Funky and lightly tart Brett, grapefruit, citrus, and light pine hops, some sweet caramel and lightly grainy malts, lemon zest.

T - Funky and tart brett, tart green fruits, lemon peel, grapefruit, orange, citrus, and light pine hops, some bitterness, sweet caramel and lightly grainy malts, some farmhouse flavors.

M - Medium bodied with full carbonation. Smooth with a tart, dry, and funky finish.

D - Nice Brett beer. The hops make for a good balance with the Brett character.

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. The beer pours a bright gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy hops (grapefruit, pineapple), along with some brett, floral hops and bready malt. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but I think the brett comes out stronger in the taste. There's some citrusy and floral hop flavors noticeable, and bready malt is in there too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, I might have to pick up another bottle in the future. $8.99 a bottle.

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and a strong Brett aroma. Taste is much the same with a pretty intense Brett finish that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a really crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A bright, hazy, golden color with two finger white head.

S- Bright citrus, a little funk from the brett, touch of floral hops, great balance between hops and brett.

T- More funk from the brett than in the nose, touch citrus hops, floral hops, very brett forward.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- A nice combination of hops and brett. I will probably pick this up again.

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Pinknuggets
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into hfs sniffer

A: golden honey color of a quality ipa with a huge 2in white foamy head that takes a while to dissipate

S: floral scent with a funky aroma that I have seen with Brett before there is not much hop there though

T: okay so the main taste here is definitely a Brett funk which tastes good but it almost the only thing there is a hint if ipa taste with hop bitterness but its not well balenced

M:it's got a carbonation feel without being bubbly but I wish it was more so as the fact it's almost flat tasting with a carbonation feel brings out the funk and really hurts the drinkability

O: I like it but it was harder to drink as time went on the funk sort of got to me I feel if it was more balanced it could be good but it wasn't my favorite unless you like Brett stay way but if you do it's worth a shot not my style though

Photo of siddhartha
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of tastymug
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of pohldogg356
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a half finger of fluffy white head. The head covers the glass as you drink the beer.

Smell: Citrus hops up front, they seem to be super fresh. There is a light, slightly sweet malt note behind the hops along with a hint of brett.

Taste: This reminds me a lot of a west coast IPA. Light and mildly sweet malt show up but the star is the aggressive citrus peel hop flavor. I'm getting a touch of brett in the background that's quite refreshing. The finish is full of west coast IPA hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation. The carbonation could use a small boost. The finish is dry.

Overall: I thought this was a fantastic IPA and the brett just took it over the top. I thought it was very interesting and fun. I would definitely have more of this one in the future.

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought for $9.49 poured into a wine glass. Very excited to try this one.

A: A shade lighter than the usual copper of an IPA. This is the handsome opaque orange of a Belgian IPA. Unimpressive, one-finger head.

S: Smells like an IPA, and a damn good one. Very citrusy, with peach at the fore.

T: Very nice, but it drinks more like a traditional Belgian IPA than I wanted. Taste isn't quite as robust as the smell hints it will be and the Brett comes off more of a faint yeastiness; a friend described it more an "enhancer" than a singular component itself. This was slightly disappointing.

M: A wall of dryness at the back end. Medium carbonation. Light body with nice texture, but maybe too light.

O: I love the effort, but this didn't exactly come together for me. Seemed closer to, say, Cali-Belgique than anything, whereas I wanted a hopped-up Rayon Vert. If you're into the idea of this primarily for the Brett character, you may be disappointed. Regardless, it's a fun beer that demonstrates how an "everything has been done" adage totally doesn't apply to beer styles yet.

Photo of fmccormi
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 1 pint 0.9oz / 500ml pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware). The only freshness information is a note on the label at the end of the beer description that says “Best before 2013.” Well, there’s about two months left in 2012, so you’re welcome, Evil Twin. Still, anticipating this to be much more brett-focused, rather than hop-focused. Fine by me!

Appearance (3.0): Not a ton of head here, maybe a finger of off-white foam that dies down to a thin collar on the surface of the beer and an good-sized patch of thin but chunky foam toward one side. The body, however, looks like old orange juice, in the best way possible: opaque, peachy-amber colored, and a dark orange hue against the light. Almost no lacing to speak of, just a couple of suds here and there.

Smell (4.5): Very nice blend of bretty, musty funk and some moderately catty, sweet citrus character, pineapple and fresh orange leading the way. Some sweet crystal and pilsner type malts make up the base, which blend well with the hop and funk character coming up from the glass.

Taste (4.0): This is . . . something else, to say the least. Very odd kind of peppery spice that comes off the back end of the yeast note, which starts off with a moderately tart funk and moves into something reminiscent of the rind of some soft or semisoft cheese, like a funky brie. To be clear though, this is NOT to imply any presence of lactic acid. Sounds weird, but it’s interesting and (as it warms up) I dig it. The hops are definitely there, too, but mostly in bitterness: a sharp, citric bite leads into a modestly juicy, fruity citrus character, and then finishes off on the back end with a pronounced grapefruit zest kind of bitterness. The malt profile remains bready and plain, just simple and crackery, supporting the good hop bite and the spicy, fruity, funky brett character.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Hey, great mouthfeel. Sharp carbonation that’s not aggressive or coarse, just a solid tingle that slowly turns into a soft foaming action as it goes down. The body is oily and somewhat viscous, just on the full side of medium-weight, and finishes extraordinarily dry (hi there, brett).

Overall (3.5): This one sure is an oddball to start out. But, it really, really smooths out as it warms up, integrating the brett and hop characteristics almost seamlessly, and that weird kind of cheese-rind funk dissipates substantially. The overall effect is not something that will have me running back to the store exactly, but I would like to try this on tap and / or much fresher, because I suspect the brett had just gone too far for this beer to retain much coherence of character by this point.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.