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La Femme Amère - Tyranena Brewing Company

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: levifunk on 06-03-2010)
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Photo of WastingFreetime


2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an adventure from the clearance section. And I could not find a date code anywhere on the bottle. As such, I strongly suspect (due to hops degradation) that this bottle is a bit too old. I'll leave this review untouched if I can never find another fresher one again....If I can find a fresh bottle, I'll come back to this and edit this review to reflect upon the impression given at that time.
Pours a typical orange brown color with small 1 finger head, no real lacing. Carbonation seems partially deadened and although the mouthfeel is satisfying, it could have been so much better if only there was more spritz and bubbles. Smell is like a murky dubbel, light on the belgian yeast (what little there is smells mostly of earthen tones) and light on the bitter hops. (what happened?) I can get a taste of sloppy malts and dark fruits, but the IPA part of the equation is missing completely. I miss my hoppy brightness! However, one might expect such a thing if buying on the clearance cooler. For all I know, it could have been stored directly at room temp for a while. I'll be keeping an eye out for this one and trying it again in the future if I can, for fairness's sake.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 21:59:05 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 05:47:05 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours amber with a very puffy two finger slightly offwhite head. Heavily carbed, tons of bubbles all over the glass. The lacing is spotty, not really coating the glass, but still sticking

S- the Belgian yeast is strong in this one. Getting a lot of sweetness coming from that, almost like a hefeweizen with the banana and clove type aromas. Not too overpowering

T- the bitterness comes through, as it does it Tyranena's Bitter Woman IPA. It lingers for awhile. Getting some sweetness as well from the yeast strain used. I don't think this is balanced too well, as I'm getting the sweetness to start, and overwhelming bitterness in the finish.

M- it's actually pretty thick and near syrupy, almost like a double IPA. With the overwhelming flavors in this one, it's a huge turn off

O- not a huge fan of this one. Sometimes, the style is a hit with me. Sometimes, it's a bust. Today, it's a bust. Just a little too much with this one

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 18:17:35 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of Trilogy31


2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudly burnt orange without much of a cap though it leaves nice lacing. Belgian spice pops on the nose along with fresh baked gingersnaps. A touch of molasses and the slightest hit of pineapple is there as well. For as good as the nose is the flavors are really kind of muddled and the beer is not that refreshing. Almost finishes with a hoppy dry, sweet and sour taste (i know that makes no sense). I really am at a loss to explain the taste after such a nice nose, also finishes a bit astrigent with the alcohol showing as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 03:37:29 | More by Trilogy31
Photo of Kegatron


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 19:20:07 | More by Kegatron
Photo of SummitVA


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very soft pop, as I open the bottle. Light copper pour with ample carbonation.

S - Pine and citrus hops. Sweet malt and spicy Belgian yeast. Huge cloves, in particular, along with black pepper.

T - Spiciness from the yeast opens to big hop citrus. (Unfortunately a little of that sweet-vegetal character that I get from old hops, but I was told this bottle wasn't the freshest.) Big caramel sweetness mid-palate, finishes with a wonderful crisp complexity of phenolic yeast and resiny hop character.

M - Medium bodied, but drinks easy given the crisp finish.

Overall - Wasn't expecting much from this, but I must say that I'm impressed. Sweetness from the malt melds very well with the spiciness from the yeast, along with the citrus and pine from the hops. Really interested in trying a fresh bottle of this, but this was pleasant as is.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:47:39 | More by SummitVA
Photo of Deuane


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overdue with this review but thanks to UncleJedi for hooking me up with a bottle of this--a favored style from one of my favorite breweries.

A-Bright, clear, deep copper with a thin, light tan head that fades to a thin cap of retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-Spicy yeast notes with light citrus hops and a touch of sweet caramel malt. Not overly aromatic but a nice melding of aromas.

T-Biting yeast spiciness up front melds effortlessly with a mild earthy citrus hop bite. A touch of chalkiness in the finish.

M-Medium-light bodied and quite sharp with long lingering spicy zip. This one is bright and crisp like I like it. Subtle drying finish.

D-A solid, but not outstanding, Belgian IPA. A bit too much yeast up front and not enough hops...maybe if this had been drank super fresh but now, well it has lost some zip. I won't knock it too much due to my procrastination! Tyranena rarely fails putting forth an offering not worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 19:59:20 | More by Deuane
Photo of oregonskibum


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small wine tasting glass.

A: Color is copper-orange color. Pours with a thing white head the dissipates very quickly.

S: Citrus hops and belgian yeast, spicey notes.

T: Citrus hops continue from smell. Belgian yeast makes its presence known about a third of the way into the taste with some floral, estery flavors. Definitely bready with a bit of sweetness late. A light banana note on the lingering finish.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Moderately dry finish.

D: Okay with no off flavors. But at the same time, not one I would trade for.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 02:14:19 | More by oregonskibum
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another BGW Beer! Sweetness!

Aggressive pour into a snifter.

Appearance: Goldish orange translucent color body. White fluffy head with easily 2 fingers of foam. Slicky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Yeasty and hay with some citrus smells and spiciness.

Taste: This beer almost reminds me of a hoppy farmhouse ale. Yeast has a strong flavor in this beer. Hoppy are of lemon and orange citris, grassy, and herbal notes also. There is some maltiness here at the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel: At the far end of a light body almost moderate bodied beer. It is an easy drinking beer.

I have never had a belgian IPA before it is an interesting beer. It is something that is a good change up from my normal beer style that I drink. I enjoyed this beer and yet again tyranena BGW series does not dissapoint!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 03:08:44 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of richkrull


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a relatively transparent reddish orange color. Not too much head on it.

Definitely a lot of hops and yeast in the aroma. And a little spiciness.

This is a strong bitter beer with a bit of citrus and yeast taste.

Light to medium bodied beer. Good mouthfeel.

This is a good beer. Not sure I could have a ton of them in one session, but I definitely enjoyed it and will have another when I see it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:15:47 | More by richkrull
Photo of brew3crew


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

A-hazy orange color with light white lacy
S-strong yeast smell that totally dominates
T-alot like it smells. Dominant yeast. Slight hops. Would not expect this to be an ipa
M-medium bodied and crisp
D-moderately drinkabke. Would be better if I liked belgians more!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 01:21:36 | More by brew3crew
Photo of Beertracker


4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tyranena's La Femme Amère pours up with a lively carbonation that creates a wispy khaki colored head that nicely crowns the slightly hazy, burnt golden-orangish colored body. The fruity, floral nose is filled with an intermingling of yeasty spiciness (green peppercorns, coriander/grains of paradise), esters (apricot, bubblegum, pear) combined with a citrus (lemon peel, navel orange, pommelo) dominance & earthy (cilantro, green leaf, tall grass) character. The maltiness comes through late as it warms in hand with a nice compliment of sweet, bready graininess with just a hint of tangy yeastiness hidden under all of the wonderful citrusy Northwest hops. The flavor starts off rather zippy with a big hit of spiciness before the grainy (caramel) sweetness catches up, but eventually the resiny bitterness completely takes over to deliver a surprisingly clean, bitter, spicy finish with surreptitious alcoholic warmth. This medium bodied Belgian IPA shows good diversity & a surprisingly balanced nature that makes it more than a little dangerous! I traveled way out of my way to find this little oasis in the middle of nowhere, so I was more than happy to enjoy a pint of this at the end of a long day's journey. Look out for this French Bitter Woman, as she'll rip the pants right off of you!

À votre Santé! Beertracker
*Retro review from 6/10*

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 02:27:25 | More by Beertracker
Photo of JLeege


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a bright copper color with a one finger white head. Decent retention, a little lacing is left.

Smell- Citrus hops, belgian yeast, floral, a slight spiceyness.

Taste- Citrus hops hit you first, pineapple and grapefruit. Floral and some peppery spice in the middle. Belgian yeast makes its self known towards the back end. A bit bready, with notes of banana.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, pretty smooth.

Overall- I prefer the regular bitter woman to this, the belgian yeast seems to muddle things up a bit. Decent overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 22:11:03 | More by JLeege
Photo of SykDoc


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a clear copper color. A 1/16 inch off-white head forms and reduces leaving no lacing. Carbonation is mildly visible and no sediment.

The aroma is a unique blend of orange peels combined with a bread and grass yeast component. Mild additional citrus notes are present.

The taste is again an orange peel bitterness combined with some yeast and caramel malts, as well as an odd sweetness.

The mouthfeel has a crisp carbonation and is medium bodied with a healthy dose of dryness that lingers. The texture leaves a clean feeling behind.

The drinkability is overall, there. The taste could be a little more but the nose and feel make up for it. A reasonable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 03:37:36 | More by SykDoc
Photo of AwYeh


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

12oz poured into a snifter; received via trade with arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

A: Pours a cloudy light reddish amber, with one finger frothy white head. Decent lacing.

S: Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and yeast; a little bit musty.

T: Bubblegum, citrus fruits, and a little bit of caramel maltiness.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, with a dry finish.

D: Good; alcohol is well hidden and no flavors stand out that would make me want to stop drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 09:25:31 | More by AwYeh
Photo of Bighuge


4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 04:22:48 | More by Bighuge
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:49:01 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Duff27


2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:46:27 | More by Duff27
Photo of Pellinore1


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle pours light amber and just slightly hazy into a pint glass. It produces about a finger of white head, and this eventually dissipates to just a bit of lacing.

Belgian yeast shines through in the aroma, with some spicy and floral hops hiding in the back.

The hops are more present in the flavor, which opens citrusy and floral. The back end is a bit more bitter, with some bread and biscuit notes.

Light to medium-bodied, with some pleasant carbonation, this feels like a very sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:33:16 | More by Pellinore1
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

I got this beer from arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

12oz bottle served in a goblet.

L - lightly hazed orange color with a white head that thinned to a layer leaving a thin coat of lacing.

S - aroma is more Belgian than it is IPA.

T - taste upfront is some floral hops with yeast and cadied sugar taking me through the middle before finishing dry and lightly bitter.

F - medium bodied with light carbonation.

D - it goes down fairly easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 04:05:25 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of KarlHungus


4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a solid cap of lacing. The aroma is of mandarin oranges, strawberries, grapefruit, with a hint of Belgian yeast. The taste has all the fruit of the aroma with a stronger yeast character. Bitterness is firm without being overpowering. I think this is the true strength of this beer. I often dislike Belgian IPAs, due to the bitterness overtaking the yeast character. In this beer they are very well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a fine beer that I would surely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 00:02:17 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of mdaschaf


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 00:36:31 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Bobby12many


4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Gorgeous hazy amber color with a quickly fleeting head that leaves a a sticky bright white lacing. A small crop of foamy carbonation remains on the surface.

S - Grapefruit and orange zest with a biscuity Belgian yeast backdrop. Nice dollop of hops in the back end.

T - Much like the nose, the zesty citrus hops dominate the front end. Moderate hoppiness give it just enough bitter bite to satiate, but dont throw off the balance. Sweet caramel malts and a bready yeast notes finish it out. Im really digging this one. Delicious!

M - Not quite as full bodied as the biscuity Belgian nose suggests, but very enjoyable and spot on for the style.

D - One of the best Belgian Pales I have ever had the privilege of trying. Perfect balance. No idea what the ABV is of this stuff, and quite frankly, I could care less. Easily sessionable for me, even if that means Im the first one in bed.

Fantastic brew from a wonderful WI brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 00:16:49 | More by Bobby12many
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 03:59:48 | More by drabmuh
Photo of russpowell


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 03:38:26 | More by russpowell
La Femme Amère from Tyranena Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.