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La Femme Amère - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 110
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: levifunk on 06-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 90 | Hads: 110
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Reilly's in Madison. Looks closer to a Belgian, tastes closer to an IPA. A delight, a clear hop delivery, cushioned by yeast rather than malt secondary. Golden diffused by the off-white yast. Hoppy aroma. Very good drinkability. Tad above average mouthfeel, though carbonation was right there.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper orange, smoldering sunset hue.

Earthy, vegetal flavor, almost sulfurous. Unmistakably Belgian due to the yeast, but it's a little to funky for my tastes in IPAs. Nice looking though, rings of intricate lacing. Smells yeasty, not far off from Saison Dupont, a bit spicy and herbal. Rich flavor, good to sip slowly but not in quantity. Very dry finish, as to style. Getting malty traces in the aftertaste now too. Complex and herbal, not really something I care to revisit, but unique in it's own right. Thanks to Andy for tossing me the extra single!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

golden amber in color with a big head of white on top. Took forever to settle down though and the first few pours were on the foamy side I have to say. Aside from that though, nice side glass lacing and a rich look to it overall had me going in for another look. Light aroma, mild hops with a hint of bready notes to it right under the surface. This peeled back into light peach and banana hints the more it warms and a touch of light grain. Flavor was again interesting, bready and grainy at first with hints of lemon and orange sprinkled in. Warming seems to really mellow the hops completely and allow almost a spicy tone to take hold. Interesting

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the great extra, Jascha.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with an off-white head. Still surprisingly hoppy for the age of this beer. Lots of fruity and floral notes along with quite a bit of yeast and some nice esters. Sweet bread and malt flavor are more pronounced on the palate. The citrus and fruit character translates to the flavor as well. A hint of grass and only a mild bitterness with some yeastiness toward the back end.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

"The Women's Bitter", eh? Okay... Anyway, it pours a clear sunny amber topped by a somewhat short-lived half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises sharp banana, clove, a dash of black pepper, rye bread, honeydew, and a few drops of rubbing alcohol. The taste is very similar, though some orange peel (and subsequent bitterness) and very light caramel are now in the mix as well. The body is a heavy-feeling medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda sticky feel. Overall, a nice BIPA, but things are a bit on the astringent side when they get to the tongue.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This one is from notes. Probably drank it last fall.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger sized head of off-white foamy. This retains with a tight ½ finger cap that leaves back a rich cascade of lacing. The aroma smells grassy and DEEPLY spicy, with clove and pepper being in abundance. Earth, fruit, and caramel around out the edges of this. Just a touch of alcohol warmth is present as well. There is a decent amount of depth to the nose here.

The taste is biting up front with bitter citric fruit, earth, and rind. This gives way to softer fleshy fruit flavors and some sticky sweet caramel malt. The finish is dry and earthy with lingering peppery notes. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a lively and sharp carbonation that fills the mouth up before being undercut by an oilier and smooth feel underneath. Alcohol is very well hid.

This was a solid take on a Belgian IPA with some well balanced fuller hop flavors that seemed to meld well with the earth, fruit, and (a tad overdone) spicy character from the yeast. Another worthy BGW entry from Tyranena.

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second Tyranena thanks to levifunk.

A: Pours a decent 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over the reddish copper orange colored beer.

N: Not quite what I was expecting, with a lot of Belgian ale aromas, some spices even like a toasty winter ale spice aroma, a little maltiness, little bit of a spicy grassy hop addition, toasty malts even. I'm assuming the 02 09 stamped into the glass on the bottom is the bottle date, in which case it might be a little old for an IPA, even Belgian style, but not sure as it really is part of the bottle and could just be a code.

T: Starts strong with a sweet malty flavor but not too heavy. SLightly syrupy malty flavor, with a touch of molasses. More of the spices, winter ale spices, as well as some bitter hops but not heavy on the hops either, some spicy, floral, and mild grassy hops. The bitterness builds a bit but never really hits hard. Some Belgian ale like flavors with definite Belgian yeast, somewhat like a saison and tripel, with some malty flavors, a little candi sugar, and hints of warming booze even. This is like a winter saison ale crossed with Belgian tripel and hopped a bit more than usual. Although as time goes on, and the beer gets smaller and smaller, it starts to become pretty astringent with the hops.

M: Medium body, a little syrupy, with lower carbonation.

F: Finishes still somewhat bitter, but builds a little on the finish, and ends with more grassy hops and slightly spicy hosp as well. Some more sweetness hits, quite a bit, with more candi sugar and slight syrupy flavors, and touch of stickiness. A little warming booze comes through as well. More of the spices as well, big time on the spices still, too much for this type of beer! The bitterness and spices linger the longest, and both are still prevalent a few minutes after the last sip.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Beertracker (an in person trade last summer, review is from notes), cheers Jeff!

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2 fingers of khaki colored head. Super lacing & above average head retention

S: Pears & cherries

T: Follows the nose, apple peels, slightly earthy funk, slight caramel sweetness up front as well. Green apples, slight grapefruit & grassy hops profile as this warms along with a touch of phenols & barnyard. Finishes with candi sugar sweetness, cherry, green apples & grapefruit

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, nicely balanced with a nice warming sensation at the end

Drinks fairly easy for the style, nicely done. Always happy to try anything from this brewery!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wisconsin Belgique-style India Pale Ale. Rob has a cheesehead hat, wears a monk's robes, and says "Voulez vous couchez avec moi?" (Ce soir?)

Clear, reddish amber appearance, slim white head.

Aroma: a little too muted this time, I was expecting more. Some typical Belgian funky flavor, on top of the citrus fruit & herbaceousness of the Bitter Woman, spicy and phenolic.

Taste: Fresh and zesty Deep, mysterious, wild twist on a very drinkable IPA. The flavor of a Belgian amber or golden ale, hopped up and having fun on the palate. This one gets tastier the more it stays in the mouth. Mmmm, mmm. Tasty, tasty stuff.

vive le difference.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 7/11/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with no head.

s - Smells of pine hops, spearmint, and honey. An off combination.

t - Tastes a bit sweet, and of honey, sugar, spearmint, and pine.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Not a big fan of this one. I thought the smell and taste was an odd combination that didn't work well. Wouldn't want to try again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is orange to amber and completely clear. Head is decent sized and made up of small and medium bubbles. Leaves some lacing on the glass carbonation is minimal.

Aroma is yeasty and bready with a piny hop backbone. Smells decent.

Beer is medium to light in body with moderate bitterness and a subtle dry finish. Its nice, mildly sweet with good malt character at the front and good esters in the middle with a clean finish. I like this beer as far as a Belgo IPA goes, its a very good one.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes (12/5)

A: Pours an amber/copper color with minimal head and lacing.

S: Very yeasty along with some grassy hops. A little bit of caramel malt at the end.

T: Has a sweet hoppy flavor, but the yeast flavor dominated for me on this one. I got a little bit of malt to round it out.

M/D: Light to medium bodied. Overall it was ok, based off the nose I was surprised that the hops/malt weren't more prominent in the flavor profile. I haven't had many in this style, but this one was a slight miss for me.

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Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Bells snifter

Pours 1/4 of slight off white creamy head. Fades to a thinner layer. Leaves some sticky lace. Color is a dark golden copper. A little darker than most DIPA.

Aroma: Lots of spices and yeast. Floral herbal hops. Not to bitter. Apples, bananas, and cloves show through. Smells like a BIPA.

Taste: The taste comes off a little off. There seems to be a bit of alcohol showing here. Lots of spices and fruits. Bananas, crisp dry applies, and cloves again. A big amount of yeast and bready malts are here. The hops are a bit more bittering with that floral, herbal flavor to them.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, bitter, and a bit boozy. More alcohol shows here than I was expecting. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and grassy.
Overall, this wasn't the best BIPA I have had. It was way too strong and not very enjoyable. It had some nice flavors but just really was hard to drink.

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Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz into a tulip, thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this. The brew pours a clouded amber with lighter yellow around the edges. A tan yellowish stained finger rests atop and fades to a thin film supported by constantly rising bubbles.

The aroma is like caramel and toffee malt with a hint of candy sweetness. A bit of floral hop aspect gets fruity almost like orange marmalde and a zesty component. Almost a hint of mild oxidation is also present across the back.

The flavor has quite a bit of malt sweetness like caramel/toffee and some fruity to floral inclusion reminiscent of orange marmalade. A bit bready to biscuit grain and a bit of raisony dark fruitiness. There is a pretty firm yeastiness to this midpalate that lasts into the finish that is mildly spicy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is hidden quite well and the hops faded into quite an interesting floral to fruity aspect that integrates well with the alcohol. For being ~3 years in the bottle, I gotta say I really liked this. Perhaps afterall I really do like belgian ipas but with some age. Thanks again Heath!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, yeast and some citrus hop notes. The flavor is toffee, brown sugar, caramel, Belgian yeast, orange citrus and medium hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice hoppy Belgian ale.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Acadia Cafe. I thought this was a great take on the Belgian IPA style, certainly as good as anything from Belgium. This same week I tried an American-hopped pale ale with Trappist yeast and it didn't work out, but this nailed it. There were big, citrusy hops matched by fruity esters and earthy Belgian spice. The body and feel were pretty spot on and I could easily confuse this with some straight out of Belgium.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a deep copper crystal clear body with a creamy beige head that last for a good bit.
S- There is a spicy yeast note with some nice green fresh hops to follow. As the bee opens up there is some dry caramel malt notes underneath and more saison yeast spice notes.
T- The saison yeast spice and flowery hop are followed by more earthy hop flavors. The finish has some bright orange hop flavors that linger with a soft bitterness.
M- This beer has a meidum mouthfeel with a fizz finish that compliments the hops.
D- This beer has a great yeast character that holds up to the full hop flavor. The malt support also has some nice flavor that pops through. This is a nice beer to drink and showcases the different yeast character.

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Photo of Duff27
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy dark gold/light copper with a one fingered white head. Solid head retention and lacing.

S- Smells like pennies?

T- Tastes slightly like pennies as well, wtf...off-putting to say the least. Belgian yeast. Bready.

M- Medium to thin bodied...kind of watered down but not bad carbonation.

D/O- What the hell happened here? I was really looking forward to this beer after my buddy said he preferred it over Flying Dog's Raging Bitch. No thanks. I like Tyranena, I really do...especially the Brewers Gone Wild series, but this one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of aasher
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, it poured very quickly and with little to no head or foam. The foam that remained sat atop the brew and laced the rim of the glass. It is a cloudy amber/brownish color. It appears like a cloudy IPA. The smell doesn't really go in one direction or the other. It isn't very yeasty or hoppy in aroma. The taste is pretty good though. It is more on the IPA side to begin with, with a belgian style finish. Both are pretty mellow. The mouthfeel is slightly crisp and kind of watery. It has the consistency more like a belgian. It's nothing too special. It's got average flavor and doesn't really standout in any area. I'd recommend the Belgica by Great Divide.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed copper body. Thick and fluffy off white head. Lacing is very full. On the nose, some citric hops mingle with doughy malts. Bright hop center in the flavor surrounded by biscuity and bready malt flavors. Slight hop bitterness. Very nice flavor. Body is medium-full. Light to medium carbonation. Very solid take.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jimixr for this bottle.
12oz bottle poured into my Deschutes Snifter.

Appearance - Bright, but cloudy orange with a quick fading off-white head. Leaves light lacing on the glass.

Smell - Wood, sweet fruit, some carmel tones.

Taste - Figs, wood, and old fruit.

Drinkability - Low carbonation.

Overall - Not bad, not great.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a nice copper color. Atop that is a little woosh of foam that recedes to nothing before taking the first sip. The carbonation is sparse, but there.

Spicey hop aroma is noticed a little more than the sweet toasted malts that give you caramel and fresh from the toaster white bread. The hops have a peppery pine and orange zest to them.

You get a nice bitter, spicey zest fom the hops in lots of orange peels and some crushed white peppercorns.The malts make the orangey bitterness taste somewhat caramelized. The hops bitterness does dominate, but not overwhelm. You can smell more of the malt than you can taste thats fr sure.

A nice bitter Belgian sipper to have once and awhile, if you can ever get it again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Binny's in Lake Zurich, love seeing more WI beers make it to the Chicago area. I haven't had anything subpar from Tyranena so far, let's see how this one goes.

The beer is clear, dark orangy bronze, tons of bubbles within the liquid and a heaping spoonful of froth on top. Thick sheets of lace too. The visual score = perfect.

The aroma is off for me unfortunately, strong biscuity malts and a little bit of roast provide way too much counterpoint to the spicy hops, at least to my tastes. Maybe a little hot-smelling too, in other words this isn't exactly inviting me to sip. But sip I do and the disappointment continues, albeit with a little less strength than my feelings towards the smell. This tastes OK for a Belgian IPA, definitely on the lower end of the spectrum for the style, but still OK. The hops are spicy/peppery and a little floral, and there's a decent amount of caramel and breadiness to compete with it. Pretty sweet in the aftertaste, maybe candi sugar? And too bitter, hate to say it.

My first unhappy experience with Tyranena. I'll still happily go after future experiments though.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. L: Pours an amber gold with a white creamy head. S: The aromas are caramel malt and Belgian ale yeast with a little spiciness and perhaps clove. T: A yeast driven beer F: Medium full body and medium carbonation. O: A little sweet and a little fuller body but still a decent drink.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, grabbed a 4pack from star - this one came out while i was abroad

appearance: poured into a great dane imperial pint glass, copper-amber body, nice frothy white cap

smell: floral hops, tangerine, orange pulp, light yeast, corriander, white pepper

taste: hard not to compare this to Ale Asylum Bedlam, another recent madison-area belgian IPA. this one doesnt stack up to Bedlam i dont think - more IPA than belgian. high dosage of bitter hops, tangerine and citrus, clove, pepper, light yeast.

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness levels

drinkability: fine

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La Femme Amère from Tyranena Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.