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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Blanc - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: merc7186 on 04-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 29
Photo of Derek
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

More of a belgian IPA... Definitely the best brew I've had in a while!

Photo of CHickman
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold brown color with bubbles racing up the brew to a thick, dense foamy/cloudy white head that was full of bubbles and faded extremely slowly with foam craters forming as it went down, leaving really nice foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down. After the second pour there was so much yeast at the bottle of the bottle that it looked like silt.

Smells of tropical fruit like mango, starfruit, apricot and tangerine, yeast, brett, bubblegum, spices and earthy notes; there seems to be a potent citrus hop aroma, but the fruity smell is so mixed up with the spices and yeast that it’s hard to really differentiate everything. Funk and fruit linger around in general and this does not have the typical IPA nose, really off the path here but still pretty interesting and complex - the brett IPA nose is in a class all its own.

Taste is sour and funky, like a barnyard beer up front with some fruity sweetness and very earthy/dirty flavors. There are citrus flavors like red grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and then some pineapple, sour apple and browning pear. The malty backbone is sturdy with some graham cracker and light caramel, but then this IPA just heads off-roading with so much yeast, funk and wet farm animal hair taste that it doesn’t resemble an IPA after the first few sips. Seems like white grapes or white wine barrel aging which I guess if from the wild brett just causing mayhem as it sat in the bottle, as this is more like a saison/wild ale than an IPA.

Mouthfeel light, zesty and thin, with light, fizzy carbonation, a body that seems medium and a funky/malty aftertaste that is slightly bitter and trails off dry and clean. This was a beer that seemed different with every sip and that was part of the intrigue, really the driving factor for making the complexities exciting and inviting even if some if the flavors did not suit your palate. Wow, overall another over the top unique offering from Evil Twin that may not have been close to an IPA, but it was really tasty for a brett IPA. Glad I got to try it as it was very enjoyable and got better as it warmed.

Per the Evil Twin website: “To take up the challenge and make a 100% true Brett IPA can very easily become a fatal attraction for the Brewmaster. Once you get acquainted with Nelson Sauvin’s fruity and seductive personality, along with Bretts irresistible, overpowering, alluring and very charming nature, it will ensnare you and drive you mad obsessing over how exactly you can create the perfect desirable tangy, funky, crisp, tart flavor in ya mouth.”

Photo of nmann08
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the most recent bottle release, pours a dull hazy gold color with a big and thick frothy white head. It looks a little rough.

The nose is dominated by brett, citrus, white pepper, a little coriander, tropical fruit and just a bit of raspberries. The flavor is very "bretty", lots of berry, orange peels, tea leaves. It is just a touch tanic, but has a very wet and juicy finish.

Overall, this is pretty tasty. I have really enjoyed the majority of the IPA's Evil Twin has done.

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish brown in color. It poured with a short white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—mangoes and pineapple seem to stand out in particular. Notes of sourness from the brett are also perceptible.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of mangoes and pineapples along with notes of brett and hints of underlying caramel malts. There is only a slight amount of bitterness; it is like the brett canceled it out.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Without the bitterness, this beer doesn't taste like an IPA and seems more like a funky tropical fruit drink. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a semi-hazed bronze with 3+ fingers of billowy pearl white head. Great lacing & good head retention (4.5)

S: Grassyness, sourness, & grapefruit (4.0)

T: Follows the nose, not quite that sour up front. Some pear notes as this warms, more grapefruit, a little pineapple, & some brett sourness. Finishes with pineapple, grapefruit & grassy sourness (4.25)

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, nice balance (4.0)

Drinks easy enough. Makes for a nice change of pace, but Brett IPAs are not life-changing (4.25)

Photo of BierJager89
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear straw color with a white head.

S: Nectary pineapple and some funky Belgian yeast in the nose.

T: Funky Belgian yeast, pineapple, papaya, orange, very tasty.

M: Light bodied and smooth.

O: Recommended. I definitely liked this beer a lot.

Photo of beerjunky413
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22. Nice thin sustained lacing, very clear, light copper. Aroma is nelson sauvin goodness with such a slight trace of brett that it's almost undetectable. The hops meld so well with the yeast. No tartness at all with just a little hint of the yeast funk . It's really hard to believe this is a 100% brett fermented IPA. Not the biggest or best of anything in the typical IPA caragories but if you enjoy something unique and well crafted this is for you.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep gold and hazed; pillar of white head a few fingers high (watch yer pour - this is a heady beer); laces and motes down the sides

S: bright fruits, citric and tropical; oak white wine barrels; mild brett aromas throughout

T: the hops and brett work with the malt to bring some suggestions of pale fruits and dry, dank funkiness; slightly woody

M: light and crisp; fuzzy and fizzy; modest bitterness; drying finish with brett written all over it

O: there's something distinct about IPAs with brett done right, and I suppose there will be detractors, but I enjoy the balance struck between hops (in this case, Nelson Sauvin) and brett and pale malts. In this beer, balance is good term, and all the elements of the ale mesh together very smoothly. Sister ales, Femme Fatale Brett and Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale, are notable as well.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden body with decent head and lace and has an aroma that is airy, floral, hoppy but not overpowering with minimal sweet malts. Beer retains an easy drinking smoothness even with the dry finish and a large citric hop presence, perhaps the yeast smoothens it out and there are touches of sugary/grapey sweetness. Mostly, the beer has dry, grassy hops with some spice and tartness (possibly could be described as sourness) thanks to the Brett. A wonderful change of pace from other IPAs or "hoppy Saisons" and I really enjoyed this as all the little different aspects worked well together.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to significant amounts of active visible carbonation quickly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/pineapple and citrus/tangerine hops over moderate aromas of brett funkiness and just a touch of slightly sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet grainy malts which are quickly overtaken by the moderate to strong flavors from the hops - tropical/pineapple, citrus/tangerine, and tropical/passionfruit. There is a light flavor of light fruit/white grape and a moderate amount of brett hay-like and spicy funkiness. Light amounts of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly with a light to moderate amount of dryness.

O: Really nice combination of flavors/aromas between the Nelson Sauvin hops and the Brett - they really complement each other and there is enough complexity to keep it interesting. Easy to drink and very enjoyable - well hidden alcohol.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy bright gold color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, tangerine, melon, white grape, passion fruit, orange peel, clove, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright hops and moderate fruity/spicy brett notes; with good strength. Taste of pineapple, tangerine, white grape, passion fruit, melon, orange peel, clove, pepper, floral, grass, pine, and grass/yeast earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness and peppery yeast on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, tangerine, melon, white grape, passion fruit, orange peel, clove, pepper, floral, grass, pine, and grass/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright hops and fruity/spicy brett flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Brett IPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright hops and fruity/spicy brett flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of lochef81
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This funky little ipa pours a hazy golden straw color with a fizzy white head that lasts throughout the pour and leaves beautiful legs and lacing. The aroma is an abundance of fresh hops with notes of lemon, orange peel, coriander, and funky yeast. It is quite refreshing and pleasant smelling. The mouthfeel is lighter yet still sticky. Quite effervescent and thirst quenching. The flavor is an overwhelming bitter hop parade. There is a note of saison funkiness present but it is muted by all the bitter citrusy hops. It is very good but I'd rather get a bit more of the Brett notes than just all hops.

Photo of Evahflow
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip

A- Cloudy Apricot orange with a nice 2 fingers of head that stays around. Looks very Farmhouse to me.

S- Was not expecting the hop presence this thing has! Whoa! I'm getting lots of Berries, dry white wine, Oranges, Pineapple juice. Very Tropical and lush with a slight wine finish. Love it. Smelled this beer over and over and over, almost didn't want to drink it

T-Same as the smell. Tastes like an orange juice pineapple juice mix with a dry white wine finish. Also getting some slight funk towards the end which I'm assuming is the Brett showing up to the party.

M- Farmhouse like carb. Seems bottle conditioned. Very creamy mouth feel and is almost like drinking juice

O- Wish I knew how old this bottle is. This is my first all Brett IPA and I have no clue why there aren't swarms of them around. Reminds me of a IPA/Saison cross. Total Nelson Sauvin showcase. Wondering if the Brett preserves some of the hop smell/flavor? This is the type of beer I wish I had a case of to review from inception and see how it changes as it ages. If you see this thing laying around pick it up! if not let me know and I will.

Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden with a small frothy ivory head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

Citrus in the form of lime and grapefruit dominate the aroma. There's a bit of subtle earthiness. Almost has a Belgian yeast character.

Flavor reveals dominant grapefruit underpinnings, with onion and resin countering toward the lightly bitter finish. Bitterness increases late, but does not overwhelm. Malt is subtle and slightly bready.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with a slightly astringent finish and modest alcohol warmth.

Grapefruit and onion dominate, overall, and the balance is decidedly flavoring hops. Bitterness is at a good level for my palate. I'm not a huge onion hop fan, though.

Photo of jpro
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Light straw gold; clear with a steady bubble stream; nice retention and webby lace; three-finger, sudsy head.

S: Clove; peppery phenols; hints of juicy citrus; faint malt aroma.

T: Bready malt with some Belgian yeast spice; tangerine and tropical fruit hoppiness follow; maybe some pineapple, too; chalky bitter finish.

M: Light - medium body; high carbonation; dry.

O: Brettanomyces?!? The heavy dose of Nelson Sauvin hops must mask the funk... A tasty style-bender... I often don’t think I’ll really like these Evil Twin twists, but this is good stuff; I’d have it again, for sure.

*from notes 01.11.14

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very clear light golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing. Active carbonation throughout. Near perfect.

S: Nice citrusy hops combine with stone fruits and some funk. Smells quite dry. White wine comes in afterwards. The hop/funk/wine go together extremely well in a fruity/funky/earthy kind of way. Impressive.

T: Citrus and pine hops are now upfront. Quite dry with a touch of funk, but not much. Wine is way in the background. Very subdued. When the yeast is poured, it provides a bit more flavor that helps the dryness.

M: Medium thickness with great carbonation. Exactly where it needs to be.

O: The aroma on this is amazing. The taste is just slightly above average. Not bad.

Photo of ludachris
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its hazy apricot orange body sports mango yellow edges. I've got fruit on my mind already with this all Brett IPA. Creamy matte white head sits a finger tall on top. A steady amount of minuscule bubbles keeps the ring of head afloat along all sides of the glass.

Ripe and juicy tropical fruit comes in waves. Freshly squeezed pineapple juice comes in heavy on the nose. Mango and papaya carry an almost equal weight. A sweet vinous character made up of apple skins and grapes sits underneath. More tangy than tart with a clementine character being responsible for this. This smells more like a tropical fruit smoothie than an IPA and I am absolutely in love.

The pineapple is still prominent in the taste as it is the first to assert itself but its impression isn't as long lived. The vinous, tangy, and tart character moves in middle of the mouth and the sweet and luscious pineapple becomes more of a casing. Grape skins and a hint of Riesling are part of the goodness the Nelson Sauvin hops imbue in this beer. Papaya and mango come back into the equation near the finish where they're met with a raw leafy hop character. The finish is dry with a kiss of biscuit.

Is this bottle conditioned? Its medium body, incredibly creamy feel, and tingly under pronounced carbonation makes me think it is. The joy in drinking this beer is just as much in the feel as it is in the smell and taste.

Wow. This is my first beer from Evil Twin and this Brett IPA far exceeded my expectations. My favorite interpretation of an American IPA is ultra fruity and balanced without crushing you with its bitterness and this encapsulates exactly that. It has got weight, depth, balance, and is loaded with flavour. This sits comfortably in the top 3 IPA's I've had to date. What a treat!

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates into small patches and a ring around the glass, with light lacing. Aroma of orange and grapefruit, lighter stone and tropical fruit. Faint hints of grassy hops and brett. Flavor of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, light sweet malt, wild yeast slightly earthy Finishes drier with spicy hops and brett. Light bodied with nice active carbonation. A nice IPA and wild ale hybrid. Fairly complex with an interesting flavor progression and a couple of flavor elements that are unidentifiable, but interesting.

Photo of wes123
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle, there is a very slight head which disappears quickly. The beer is a clear golden color. The smell of hops is very distinct. The hoppy beer has wonderful complex fruity and citrus flavors. There is a sweetness on the back end but it is dominated by the strong delicious hops. Hop flavor goes up ones nose as the beer moves from the front to the back of the mouth. There is a very nice sharp carbonation, but not too strong. A perfect crisp mouthfeel. This is a very good IPA.

Photo of jploving
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother was kind enough to bring a gift by this week...a variety care package of beer...
Left Hand, Sol, Grand Teton, Flying Dog and Evil Twin....very nice.
Let's speak of the Evil Twin today...very unique, indeed.
American IPA meets Bavarian Wheat...awesome!
No doubt that this is a marrage made in heaven..
Up Front taste:
Extreme hoppy, exotic citrus flavor mango-pineapple-apricot...even kind of lemony
Backend taste and finish:
Lemony lingers...mild tangerine and then the Belgainy banana and bubble gum flavors fade out the palate.
Bitterness lets you know this wants to be an IPA....but that bubble gum finish leaves no reseny feel...I do love this beer.
Very unfiltered and yellow/orange hue is gorgous.
I give this ole' jewel a rating of 4 out of 5.

Photo of Smokee
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle poured into a speigleglau snifter. Not that much head and a hazy pale orange color. Good orange and malt smells. Great, light, effervescent mouth feel with a peppery, slightly citrus start and a decent amount of bitter ending. A really great IPA. Extremely drinkable and with some very interesting differences. Impressed.

Photo of popery
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowy orange. Lighter at the sides. Very cloudy. Medium off-white head. Good retention, some lacing. The aroma is a tangerines, white grape juice, pineapple, apricots, blackberries, clean funk, pine, earth, dusty barnyards, fresh grain and some sort of yeasty spice note. The hops smell fresh and bright. It's a somewhat citrus-heavy expression of Nelson, but the white wine flavors are still there, and it's still adds a wonderful element. I really, really like brett combined with Nelson. The taste is full of fresh grain and hop flavor. There's a grassier twist to the taste, but there's still plenty of Nelson fruitiness. More clean brett funk and some solid yeast fruitiness. Starts mildly sweet with pale malt but finishes dry and light. Carbonation is pretty normal. There's some definite body to the beer but it sits lightly on the palate and goes down easily. I'm a big fan of the Femme Fatale line, and this is another winner. All brett IPAs are tasty things, and Nelson is pretty much always a winner.

Photo of DanforthPewter
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange. Nice thick white head. Good lacing.

Smells of grapefruit citric acid funk

Well balanced taste. Not overly hoppy with a slightly creamy feel. Creaminess waters off and leaves you wanting the next sip.

Overall very good. Would certainly drink again

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Hazy light orange body. Nice white head. Sticky lacing and a few chunky islands of foam on the surface.

Smell - From a distance, I smell brett. Once I really take a whiff, I don't get anywhere near as much brett. Sweet tropical fruits all over up close. Some herbal notes, but once I hone in on those tropical fruits, that's all I smell. Some sweet doughy malts behind it along with some clove spiciness.

Taste - Big tropical fruit sweetness and hop flavor. Cloves are more prominent, reminiscent of a Belgian IPA. Earthy flavors kick in immediately though. Some sweet malts and toasty grain flavors come through, but brett and herbal hops dominate the back end. Mild bitterness from the hops, seems to be some from the yeast, though.

Mouthfeel - Lots of flavors going on for a single IPA. Medium bodied. Well carbonated. A little abrasive on the back end.

Overall - I'm enjoying this more and more as I drink it. Dynamic flavors.

Photo of Tone
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops (citrus and piney), sweet malt, slight earthy malt, alcohol, slight citrus, hint of wet hops, slight spice (clove), and hint of grass. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, clove, yeast, slight grass, hint of earthy malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, body, and complexity. This IPA had much more tartness, astringency, and grassy aromas and flavors than I was expecting, but it was nevertheless, great. This beer strongly resembles a Saison, but of the hoppy extremes.

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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Blanc from Evil Twin Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.