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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Noir - Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin Femme Fatale NoirEvil Twin Femme Fatale Noir

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BA SCORE
88
very good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%


Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
100% Brett Black IPA

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-27-2013)
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an Urthel glass on 5/15/13

Dark, stained brown with a nod toward black. The head rises slowly to one finger before dropping to a slanted shelf of foam. A few drippings of sandy brown lace. The lace gets thicker after a few sips.

Pine needle and hop greenery are a prominent realization in the aroma followed up with thick dark roast and some chocolate. The brett seems pretty marginal here, adding something of a dampness to the pine needles. The fragrance thus seems akin to a forest. It smells pretty good.

Oh, but the brett tastes oh so strong. I can't tell if the hops are incredibly one dimensional and brittle or if the brett is merely telescoping in on the mildly sticky and heavily bitter hops. After several sips I am inclined toward the latter, but I cannot be sure with Evil Twin. The roast is moderately dry and there are touches of dark chocolate sweetness. The roast reveals burnt and charred notes as the beer warms. The finish is tart; somewhat puckering when factoring in the piney bitterness. Seems like there are some hints of lemon in here too.

The feel is pretty well where I like it. An underlying medium-full, silky body distressed with hop resin and gradually soothed carbonation. It is a feel like this that makes manageable the musty aspects of the brett.

I really like brett in lighter, crisper golden ale sorts of things but I'm not sure what is the point of putting brett into an alright black IPA. I took a chance on this since it seemed kind of interesting and gave it the benefit of the doubt because it was brewed and bottled at Westbrook. Femme Fatale Noir has her charms but not nearly as much as Dead Letter Office covers and black & white cinema.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:37:27 | More by Ryan011235
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is black with a smallish tan head. Head fades fairly quickly. No lace.

Nose contains a mix of chocolate and citrus. The Brett is there as well, imparting a bit of a funky/yeasty scent, but it is not prominent. To be honest, if I had not been looking for it, I might not have noticed it. However, it is not hard to notice when looking.

The Brett is more prominent in the taste, resulting in a flavour that is quite dry and a bit a bit medicinal. The chocolate and citrus are also present, bringing in the more expected black IPA flavours. The two are quite balanced - neither is more prominent than the other. That being said, it is not a balance that works that well. I find the flavours to clash somewhat.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Quite dry.

Overall, pretty good, but not great. The Brett imparts a very noticeable dryness, but not a lot of the flavours that I tend to associate with Brett. I don't know enough about Brett or the brewing process to say why this is, but the all-Brett beers that I have had seem to often turn out this way - dry but not the sour cherry-like flavour that I often get in beers where Brett only plays part of the role.

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United Kingdom (England)

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BMMillsy

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Pours pitch black with a small off white head. Aroma of lots of strong pine and some dry wood smell that comes off like cedar. Flavor is lots of pine with some interesting underlying black ale sweetness. Dry finish with lingering pine, and I think a lot of the dryness might come from the brett here. Pretty strong carbonation increases the dryness. Gains an extra creaminess as it warms. Pretty interesting and unique black IPA. Not my favorite of the style, but very nice.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not sure why I didn't give this a 5 across the board. I've been making a point to try both Black IPAs and anything with Brett for a few years now, but I haven't seen a pairing of the two. An issue I have with some Brett offerings is a lack of balance as many tend to be overpowered by the Brett funk. Although this beer is unmistakably Brett it is also unmistakably a very hoppy, roasty black beer. This beer is firing on all cylinders and is everything one should expect from a Brett black IPA.

A: as advertised, black. Careful pour yields a finger foam, nice lacing. A surprisingly thick sediment coated the bottom of the bomber after the last pour. The last few drops were a dark, thick motor oil, but I always enjoy the taste and mouthfeel addition of sediment to the final pour when present.

S: hops, roast, brett. I honestly didn't appreciate the smell enough and just wanted to dive in.

T/M have to be considered together here IMO. Very silky, bitter, funk, bbq roast. I'm feeling redundant but everything is as advertised for a black Brett IPA with nothing more, but everything meeting hopes and expectations perfectly. The aftertaste is teasing me. Time to go to bed, and I regret having to brush my teeth and drink water.

O: see above. I'm very impressed and wish I had bought more. Purchased at a wonderful diamond in the rough Community Tap in Greenville, SC. I bought one bomber amongst other purchases and am kicking myself for using restraint in a beer store for once. I may call a friend to shelve away a few more to ensure I have something to look forward to for next visit.

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