Evil Twin Femme Fatale Noir - Evil Twin Brewing
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2.94/5 rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Poured as part of the "We Want the Funk" flight at Trappist Provisions from a 22oz bottle into a 6oz wine glass. No freshness or bottling date. Consumed "05/08/13." Review is from my notes.
If this is supposed to be a "femme fatale," I'm torn, as the color is intriguing yet undeniably strange. Ruby-plum, almost to the point of being lavender or purple colored, and absolutely as hazy and cloudy as a beer could be. Hardly any head to speak of. Indeed, I cannot find any clarity in the bottle, and it swirls as a sludgy, cloudy, mucky liquid. Every sip left behind some cloudy residue sticking to the glass. I might have gotten an extra yeasty pour, but I don't really know what to think of this here.
The aroma is actually a far better start to this, containing a variety of dark fruits combined with a slight tart sourness and ridged musty phenols. Plums, raisins, brandy, earthiness, skunky, sour, aging yeast, and beyond all, a sour flavor caused by the Brett that is subtle yet adds character to all of these flavors. This is really *all* about the yeast here, as well as the sour backdrop that accentuates the fruity notes. My only complaint is how murky and muddled the phenols smell overall here, and the muted hop profile, as well as slightly distracting Brett strain, make it rather a chore to seek them. It's unique enough to hold interest, but some clarity and balance is needed.
The flavor is quite similar, although less soured than I expected it would be. Here, it tastes like an average Belgian-style dark ale, only notable for its slight extra acidic astringency at the back of the tongue. There's an initial vinous, semi-strong aroma of plums and figs, only to quickly fade away and be replaced with an abnormally bitter and muddled mess of flavors. Burnt currants, black tea, black soured cherries, oak, maybe some tobacco, or maybe some leather, but the finish that is slightly acidic yet sludgy from the yeast makes this a chore to drink. The acidity AND smokiness that slowly reveals itself at the back gets far stranger, in fact. This wasn't as bizarre as the Fantôme Printemps that I had on the flight, but it was almost equally grating.
Wasn't a big fan of this one. The initial soured plum flavor is quite pleasant, but it quickly deteriorates with the smokiness and soured flavor. There needs to be more balance here, even for style at hand, as well as rustic bright notes from the Brett rather than extra acidity. I have enjoyed other beers before by Evil Twin, but this one didn't hold enough interest for me in the long run.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2013 16:33:24 | More by magictacosinus
3.13/5 rDev -20.6%
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
3.45/5 rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark brown-to-black coloring with chestnut highlights around the edges and a frothy, foamy, dense head that is light tan and starts around an inch, but quickly settles into a thin, filmy coating. Aromas of roasted grains, resiny and bitter hops, and a touch of smoke. There are some coffee notes, and the tangy hops have highlights of citrus on the nose, as well. Very aromatic, and it smells tasty. Flavors are a bit muddled. Initially, the forward tongue is wrestled over by a chocolate-coffee blend and some citrus and bitter hops. That imbalance flows all over the rest of the palate, with a bitter, dry roasted characteristic ultimately winning over by the end of each sip. Some of the chocolate-coffee flavors build as you drink, which in turn mutes just about every influence from the hops, including the hints of resiny bitterness and citrus tart/sweet that peek around the corner every once in a while. The aftertaste becomes a little more balanced, with a heavy roasted coffee bitterness that is undercut by grapefruit and floral hops. Smooth, clean finish, with the coffee flavors lingering around a bit. I liked where this beer was heading initially, but the flavor profiles just didn't mesh for me.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2013 21:51:41 | More by GarthDanielson
Evil Twin Femme Fatale Noir from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.