Evil Twin Femme Fatale Noir | Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin Femme Fatale NoirEvil Twin Femme Fatale Noir
BA SCORE
76.9%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 160 Ratings
Evil Twin Femme Fatale NoirEvil Twin Femme Fatale Noir
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
eviltwin.dk

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
100% Brett Black IPA

Added by Jason on 02-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,585
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
160
Liked:
123
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
12.63%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of acurtis
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, part of a trio of these 100% Brettanomyces afflicted offerings to recently arrive on Alberta's lack of shores.

This beer pours a fairly solid black, at first glance, but upon closer inspection (under that ridiculous amount of teeming puffy, frothy, and somewhat creamy beige head), prominent red cola basal highlights show up in the spectrum, while some rather thorough bonsai tree lace coats the glass as everything genially retreats.

It smells of roasted, kind of meaty caramel malt, a strong funky, horsey, and phenolic band-aid bacterial thing, sour cafe-au-lait, pine needles, further dank forest floor notes, and a soft earthy hop bitterness. The taste is bready, doughy, and well-toasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, a thankfully dialed-back funky and sour bacteria/yeast astringency, muddled pine and leafy green notes, a twinge of free-range wet ash, and more plain earthy weedy, and mildly singed hops.

The carbonation is actually fairly subdued in its quotidian frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and so-so smooth, as the funk and the char really can't think they could pull that one off, could they? It finishes off-dry, the roasted caramel and cocoa flavours starting to drown out the varied yeasty acridity.

Yeah, Noir is presented a little too disjointedly, between the pour and the initial aroma funk blast, however, it more or less evens out to a decently rendered hoppy black ale. Overall, there's certainly enough Brett here to satisfy its aficionados, and a genuinely robust base under it all, so, against my well-honed better judgement, I can still duly recommend this one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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

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Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, citrus rind, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, floral, grass, pepper, light funk, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops, fruity/spicy brett, and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, floral, grass, pepper, light funk, and floral/roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of roast/pine/citrus rind bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, light char, pepper, light funk, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/floral hops, fruity/spicy brett, and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/sticky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Black IPA style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/floral hops, fruity/spicy Brett, and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of chinchill
2.59/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle served in a goblet.

Opened with a pronounced pfffft but did not overflow. The pour did raise an over-sized head. Very good retention.

The aroma and flavor reveal a substantial influence of Brett, and the Brett dominates the aftertaste. I have little tolerance for Brett, so this pretty much ruined the beer for me. The base black IPA seems about average in malt/hop balance and strength, but perhaps more bitter than usual.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Pine & brett funkiness once warm

T: Pine & herbal hops, a little roastyness/smokeyness up front, slight astringency as well up front. A little brett sourness/funkiness as this warms, more pineyness & dryness. Finishes with funk, grapefruit, pine & dryness & a little green apple peel

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation

This is good as a one off, but not one I would drink on a regular basis. Lover's of funk may disagree, worth a try

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Evil Twin Femme Fatale Noir from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 76.9% out of 100 with 160 ratings
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