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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348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 13
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Auracom on 06-18-2012)
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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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues and no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface. As you get near the bottom of the bottle, the beer becomes very cloudy due to the yeast.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose along with some hints of tropical fruits from the hops.
T: The hops stand out prominently in the taste of this beer and contribute flavors of tropical fruits—mangoes seem to stand out in particular. There is a light amount of bitterness and sourness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable.
O: This IPA is very well balanced with the underlying malts because it exhibits lots of interesting hop flavors without lots of bitterness.

Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Mikkeller Bar.

Appearance is a cloudy gold color with a thin white head. Its` nose mango, crackers, funk, pepper and hay. The taste of Femme Fatale is cake, brett, hops and grass. It is an interesting mix of flavors, but works well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a well carbonated brew. It finishes rather dry. This is a tasty beer and for those who enjoy some funk, pick it up ! It is cool to see it on the shelves in the U.S. now, when I tried it in Copenhagen during a brief stay, did not know if I would see this beer again.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Wonderful moderate to strong aromas of tropical hops (mango and pineapple) with lighter notes of brett funkiness and grapefruit/citrus hops. Very inviting.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of tropical hops (mango and pineapple). Very light amounts of brett funkiness/sourness, much less than in the smell. Well balanced as there is very little bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Very easy to drink with the lighter body and lower ABV - drinks like it is sessionable but just a touch too strong to really be a session beer. Very enjoyable with wonderful tropical hop flavors and aromas and just enough brett. Definitely one I would recommend and have again.

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Modest head but it leaves excessive blanketing lace with a thicker ring of lace after each sip. Yellow straw color with a bit of a chill haze.

Very attractive and fresh grapefruit hop smell. Prickly.

Plenty of bitter hop presence, but there is a malt base in the background. A bit thin with a neutral level of carbonation. Long, long aftertaste. Overall, this is pretty straightforward--a bitter, neutral IPA.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of jrenihan
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a very cloudy golden-yellow colour with a large white head. Good retention and lacing.

Wow, smell is great. Tonnes of tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, peach. Actually smells a bit like mango lemonade! A bit of bretty funkiness is hidden underneath, not obviously apparent at first- comes out a bit more with a swirling.

The brett is much more prominent in the taste, though I don't find it as nice as the nose. Funky, a bit sour. Still a large dose of tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, among others. Moderate bitterness. Pretty darn complex. Interesting beer for sure.

Medium bodied, fairly strong carbonation level, but not irritatingly so. Dries the mouth a bit.

Overall, quite good indeed. A very interesting beer.

Photo of durlta
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jlogan7
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral and slightly funky.

T - Good funky bite from the Brett. Spicy and citrusy with some sweet caramel as a backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A little lighter than I expected from an IPA, but it had a clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty Brett IPA. Another good one from Evil Twin.

Photo of popery
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious. The beer pours hazy and yellow gold. The color is quite pale for an IPA. The head is foamy and white. The aroma is pretty wonderful. Loads of bright citric hops and a good deal of funky yeast character. It's all tangerine rinds and farmhouse. Some honeysuckle in there, as well. Taste starts sweet with more bright, fresh citrus but quickly dries out and gives a little bitter bite. If the beer were sweeter, I'm not sure that there would be enough bitterness for me, but as is, it's just incredibly refreshing. Sort of a funky twang in the finish. Feel is light and airy with some hop oiliness. This is very much a brett IPA. It's big on fresh, bright citrus, brett funk and dry very light malt. Great for a hot day. It's just wonderfully put together and makes me want to buy more of those pricey Evil Twin bottles.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer is a hazy light orange-yellow with practically no head whatsoever. The nose is really nice. I get notes of ripe tropical fruits like sweet oranges, peaches, and pineapples. I could occasionally detect the brett, but could never convince myself that I was getting it every time. Usually, it was after the beer had sat undisturbed for several moments. Swirling just brought forward hoppy notes and buried the brett. Brett or no brett, this is a nice-smelling IPA.

The beer has a medium body and a firm, slick mouthfeel. The flavor is one of the most unique I have come across. It has the typical flavors one associates with IPAs, and it also has a mild, tart acidity. On the front of the palate, there is a bready, biscuity sweetness that is quickly joined by a smack of hops in the form of lemon, grapefruit, and orange flavors. The hop flavors intensify across the palate, and become mildly vinegary on the back of the tongue. The resulting finish is dry, yet acidic, refreshing, and lasting. The beer is quite drinkable with all that citrusy hop flavor and relatively low ABV.

After I had tasted this beer a few times I found myself wishing there was someone else drinking it with me that I could talk to about it. I highly recommend this beer (as a palate-educating experience if not as a pleasant beverage). It's not the most enjoyable IPA out there, I wouldn't want to drink it regularly (the only reason I'm not giving it higher marks), and I'm sure many people will not like it, but it does suggest that a lot more can be done with the style. There are interesting combinations of flavor and character here that I have not encountered before.

Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.