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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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark as night, with great head retention and a multiple strands of lace

Smell: Just sniffing it, the aroma overwhelms with floral citrus and black bread elements; hard to pick up the Brett

Taste: The citrusy hops and the Brett intermingle, with the black bready malt laying down a base underneath; in the middle, the Brett really starts to dominate, adding a chalky/lemony tone though, in the finish, the malt re-emerges to balance the bitter and tart flavors with some underlying sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A Brett ABA, well that's another first for me - glad to have tried it

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:44:30 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

She's dark, mysterious, alluring. She's bitter, tough, raw, and with the strength to kick your ass. She'll make you like the beatings and ask for more; she's Femme Fatale.

She opens with a dark "bark" brown color and a mid-sized blanket of foam. Holding firm, her head lasts the session and laces brokenly as her froth trails behind. Hazy and ominous, she's rich with yeasty sediment- just the way I like 'em!

Sharp aromas of burnt toast, pine needles, and resinous citrus oils pierce through the nose in nearly intimidating intensity. Wood, slight char, walnuts and burnt sugars wrap around the hops and offer a delicate balance.

Flavors fare similarly as the short-lived sweetness evades the taste early and leaves the middle palate to recon with the blend of toast, then grapefruit, and then burnt barley husks. She culminates with an embattled taste of resinous pine, pithy citrus oils, and a bitter walnut-type bitterness to close.

Dry throughout, body is tight and lean as any would-be sugars fall to her wayside as she favors an arid, almost chalky finish with sharply astringent "stemmy" hops, grass, and husk.

She's a raw and rustic American Black Ale that's dry like IPA but balances with charred malt character to enhance her palatability without distracting from her hop onslaught.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 18:41:59 | More by BEERchitect
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Westbrook snifter (it was brewed there at least). Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, funk, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cream, earth, earth hop, and subtle dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was fairly good brew. In all honesty, I'm not a huge fan of this style but I'm always open to revisiting things. This one did have some nice touches going on, but the flavor was definitely way more on the roasty side than I usually enjoy. However this was still a fairly nicely put together brew. Definitely worth your time if you are a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 22:18:48 | More by thagr81us
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass, with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Light aroma of citrus hops, bready malt, faintly earthy. Flavor starts with day old coffee, toasted, slightly smoky malt, dry and slightly astringent. Light fruit fruit flavor (apple and pear) develop in the background, then finishes dry, roasty, with hop bitterness and the brett yeast becomes more noticeable. Finish is a bit astringent and dry, which may be a plus for brett fans. Medium bodied. An interesting, rather idiosyncratic ABA; I like the light touch of brett (or at least it is well covered by the nice toasty malt), but I'm not sure it works well with this very dry toasty body. I'm a fan of very light, deft touches of brett, and it is not assertive in this beer. Intriguing, but not a beer I will want to return to.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 02:41:51 | More by LiquidAmber
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wedge

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Bottle Revolution

I was warned it was a little odd looking and she was right...murky brown, like iced coffee with cream. It's not necessarily unattractive though, the head is thick and creamy, covering the surface for the duration. Resinous, oily pine hop aromas with some char and earth thrown into the mix. Flavors of bitter pine, subtle roast, hefty citrus rind, light coffee, and some herbal hops. No funkiness so speak of, but there is an interesting peppery heat in the finish. Aggressively bitter hops linger on the tongue well after the last sip. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Intriguing and pretty well done all around.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 17:51:47 | More by wedge
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popery

California

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Very little light getting through, opaque. It actually looks pretty murky when thinned out a bit. Based on the flavor, I'm wondering if a little Sinamar or something snuck into this beer. Very nice beige head. It's a thick blanked of fine bubbles. Aroma is a superb mix of big tropical and bright citrus hop flavors with some clean brett funk. I guess "clean" is sort of an odd adjective for funk, but all brett beers often seem clean to me. It's more bacteria and poor fermentation that seem messy. Anyway, there's a touch of roast in the background, but the hops are really the star. Pineapple, mango, kiwi, tangerine, raspberry, grapes. Wonderful. The taste is also quite nice. There's more roast/chocolate flavor, but it's still mostly bright, flavorful hops with a bretty background. Fairly dry. Lots of hop flavor. Some roast and hop bitterness in the finish. Finish is a touch astringent but otherwise quite good. Medium, prickly carbonation. Hoppiness lingers for quite awhile. I'm not a big fan of ABAs and strongly prefer ones with less roast character. This is right up my alley, but I'm not sure if that will be a universal opinion. On a sidenote, there is a ton of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 05:52:00 | More by popery
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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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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 21:46:09 | More by jrenihan
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:02:06 | More by BMMillsy
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into crooked stave tulip. Purchased at Total Wine Norwalk for $8.50.
Poura a nice deep black with tan rim and lacing. Looks inviting and nice. Great hop aromas just fill the air when opened; complemented by the slight roasty malt and slight funk/earthiness. Really nice.
Great mild hop flavor with nice bitter coffee malt backbone. There is a slight funk to it, but its very mild...almost dont really notice the brett - and probably wouldnt even comment on it if I didnt already know. Like the bottle says, its difficult to have such a hoppy beer fermented with brett as they dont really work well together. Im thinking this was a not so hoppy back ale that was insanely dry hopped right before bottling when the brett was done...but however it was done, its damn tasty. well worth it...and kudos on a job well done on this brew!!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 23:31:25 | More by DrinkSlurm
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a turbid deep dark brown with no head. the nose is earthy, slightly spicy cascade-like hops and a bit of carob. the taste presents potent chocolatey malty base with some kickin earthy hops in the back end. medium bodied mouhfeel that presents a standard black IPA although it's a bit more of a tart finish than I expected. definitely different, probably not worth a second glass.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 01:23:27 | More by ThePorterSorter
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babaracas

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with one finger thick brown foam. Big spray of lace sticks down the glass. Smell: light roast and smoke, chocolate, spicy, citrus peel. Taste: peppery, citric, slightly garlicky... earthy with cocoa, finishing with caramel and toast and a bit acidic... lemon, pine. Creamy, fluffy feel. Really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 04:05:38 | More by babaracas
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CloudStrife

New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle split and poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark opaque brown with a light tannish cream head. A touch of lacing on the glass. Easily can swirl the glass to create more head. A coffee like brownish hue with a mocha top.

S: Floral hops are the first thing with a chocolaty backbone. Roasted malts as well a bit of nuttiness. Bit of a saison presence. Light only gets through about 1/8 inch.

T: This is one complex beer, lots of flavor in it. Starts off a hoppy yet roasty profile. Fresh floral and citrus hops that linger perfectly with the Brett. Bit of nuttiness on the backend. Certainly a funkiness to it from the Brett. Taste more boozy than it is. The farmhousey flavor comes out more when it lingers in the backend with the hops.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Quite crisp finish. Leaves you with a dry mouthfeel. Not overly sticky for the hops.

Overall a very complex and interesting beer that took a lot of thought to review. A new approach on one of my favorite styles. Would love to get another to set down for a year to let the yeast develop.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:55:28 | More by CloudStrife
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magictacosinus

California

2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
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
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark dark brown, near black with a really nice near 2 finger brown head, decent retention, ok lacing. Head kind of reforms as you drink a bit.

S - Piney earthy hops and heavily roasted malts, fun and maybe some sweeter chocolates as well.

T - Some brett funkyness and pined hops hit at once. Brett is not overpowering but very much present, lots of roasty malts and earthy hops. Malty sweetness occasionally makes an appearance through the roastyness.

M - Lightish body for what it is, well carbonated, quite drinkable.

O - Honestly, I think this was one of the better (although unconventional) black ipas had. Definitely not for everyone but glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 16:10:31 | More by MacQ32
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Femme Fatale Noir has an outstanding appearance, with its near-opaque blackness, tan, frothy head, and ample lacing. Perfect for the style. The aroma is quite alluring, with fresh citrus and kiwi fruit esters, and the herbal brett being the most noticeable characteristics. The taste is quite smooth, beginning with a big punch of piny hop bitterness intermingled with earthy brett, then fading out while the roasted malt comes in. It's got a very light body, perhaps a bit too light, but there's a nice, creamy mouth feel to it that picks up the slack. . The finish is very dry, and the bitterness sneaks back in. Overall an interesting beer from the great Evil Twin of Denmark. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 00:58:44 | More by Neorebel
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iong516

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 02:26:48 | More by iong516
Evil Twin Femme Fatale Noir from Evil Twin Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.