Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale
Evil Twin Brewing

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Brett Beer
Ranked #10
Ranked #3,708
4.11 | pDev: 7.79%
Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States
Femme Fatale Yuzu PaleFemme Fatale Yuzu Pale
Notes: To take up the challenge and make a 100% true Brett IPA with Yuzu fruit can very easily become a fatal attraction for the Brewmaster. Once you get acquainted with the Yuzu fruits irresistible and seductive personality, along with Bretts 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.
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Extol from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - yellow in color, very light. Smell - very funky smell. Taste - slight sour flavor and butter backend and slight fruit. Overall - good, nothing crazy but good.

Oct 04, 2015
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MartzMimic from Oklahoma

3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold from the bottle with a slight white head of tight bubbles. Just the slightest aroma that's vaguely citrus. The brett is fairly muted. The taste is fairly muted too. You get some of the yuzu and some of the brett, but the interplay between the two really balances. The favors grow as it warms, but the beauty is in its complexity. Medium light mouth as the carbonation gives it a touch of dryness. It's easy going down, and perfect for a hot afternoon.

Sep 07, 2015
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Local 44 in Philly

A beautiful combination of brett and tropical yuzu flavor. Super citrusy. A touch of floral. Crisp and extremely crushable. Nice tartness/sourness from the brett but not overwhelming by any means. I enjoyed every sip!!!

Sep 03, 2015
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, grassy, a little gunky, psle, toasted, biscuity, and bready malts.

Taste: Awesome yuzu and hop flavor, balancing malt bill, and light tart and light sour notes in the rear too

Mouthfeel: A little tart, sour, medium bodied, chewy, crisp, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty happy with this one. The yuzu fruit balanced with the Brett and malt bill. Definitely grabbing another glass.

Aug 22, 2015
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap:
Could've sworn I've had this before, but no rating...

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with buildup of small-bubbled white head. The head draws down to have foamy/fluffy complete surface coverage. Lacing is decent.

Nose is a nice lightly tart citrus, maybe a little more orange-y than grapefruit u - likely aided by the yuzu. However, it has a green aspect behind it-grass, herbal. Pretty much spot on for what I like.

In the taste, I do get more grapefruit bitterness than other sweet or tart citrus. I get less "green", and think the individual notes I perceived I the nose combined a bit in the taste. That is not a bad thing, as this is a nice, quite dry, nicely carbonated, nicely bitter IPA. The citrus is primary, but it's far from juicy.

Nothing fancy, just very solidly good - maybe the yuzu helps, but I'm not sure I would be able to know if it did. Funny, I burped and got a slightly bitter citrus fruit taste that wasnt quite one of the standard options (yuzu? ;).

Jul 11, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I usually stay from the Brett but I have wanted to try tis for awhile.Pours into an impy nonic a hazed murky orange with a frothy-like thinner white head atop.Citrus and sour/funky Brettin the nose,it all seems to come together well.Refreshing as all get out,tropical fruits and sourness makes for easy going down,yeah the Brett plays a role but I like it here.I could drink this all day....

Jul 04, 2015
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dd43 from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Say hello to a giant craggy head that is unmistakably brettanomyces in origin. Beer has a slight haze to it, golden in color and well carbonated. Aromas are a blend of lemon, wheat, a slight floral quality, and a farmy, slightly sweaty kind of funkiness. Citrus peel bitterness expresses more in the flavor than the aroma. Malts are present but get somewhat lost in the yeast phenols. More of a dry, bready malt profile than a caramel sweet flavor. Hop flavors such as apricot and orange are noticeable but toned down. This is an easy drinking beer and the Brett yeast marries well with the IPA signature that evil twin has created. Finishing a bomber by yourself will be no chore at all, in fact because of how highly drinkable this beer is you might be dismayed to see how quickly it goes down.

Jun 12, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden body with a gargantuan, sea foam, soapy, white head. Huge, lovely aroma consisting of brettanomyces, tropical fruits. Brett character dominates the flavor. Fruit and citrus rind with grapefruit tartness. Light to medium in body with bitter floral hops in the finish. Hop character is overshadowed to some degree by the dominance of brett. Still, tasty beer.

Apr 04, 2015
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange body with two fingers of soapy cream foam and lacing. Similar aromas to the original, yuzu brings out the lemon and orange more. Taste is more muddled, yuzu bonds well with the brett no doubt, but somewhat mutes the rest of the fruits and hop elements. Feels less like a brett ipa and more like a fruity pale ale that happens to have some brett

Mar 21, 2015
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Rutager from Canada

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold with two fingers of thick white head, good retention.

Amazing nose on his. Sweet tropical fruits, dry brett, dried pineapple, apricots and so many other fruits.

Dry brett with juicy tropical fruity hops play nicely together. Great stuff.

Medium body, strong carbonation.

Really hitting the spot.

Mar 15, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is so amazingly good. Probably should’ve rated a 5.0, but my snooter doesn’t work so good. Appearance is a huge, thick, off-white, foamy head, lace, and a clear gold color with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, lemon, white pepper, grain. Flavor is like aroma, has pronounced carbonic tang, that with the other qualities, just right hops and the touch of Brett, make this sooo good. Palate is spot on. One helluva beer!

Feb 14, 2015
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derftron from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap 2015

Had no idea what to expect as I do not know what Yuzu tastes like

Very impressive in a style that I haven't had much from Evil Twin (Brett,saison,IPA -ish)

Juicy, nice Brett character, very sessionable which is a problem given that it's not cheap.

Golden color, nicely carbonated, and very well balanced.

Jan 21, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Foundry, Northampton, MA on NYE. Really cool to see a beer like this on draft locally; thanks Sonny and Sally.

A- Fairly hazy golden yellow pour tap to tulip. White cap to about four fingers with a thick frothy texture and good retention. Lacing forms in webs and blankets everywhere.

S- Citrus and juicy stone fruits like tangerine, passion fruit pulp, orange and apricot. A hint of dry Brett straw and bready pale malts.

T- Brett comes into its own here. It is not a funk bomb but has a refined hint of spicy tropical funky Brett notes. Joining that are apricot, tangerine, passion fruit minus the tarts, yogurt, orange zest and floral notes. Pale cracked cereal grains and something wheaty.

MF- Medium bodied with a texture of creaminess and foaminess. Carbonation is fairly high as the appearance hinted with a crisp edgy finish. Slightly bitter finish as the juicy tropical notes linger.

Juicy with just enough Brett feel to not take over but rather a subtle dry spicy tropical feel from the non-traditional beer yeast.

Jan 02, 2015
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nickfl from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big, fluffy head of white foam on a hazy gold body. Lots of yuzu, fruity orange and pineapple with matching hops. More citrus in the flavor than there was in the aroma, some pithy bitterness. Not bad, the aroma is quite good, but the flavor falls flat by comparison.

Dec 27, 2014
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Cresant from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was golden with a light haze. The head was white and clingy.

The smell was candy and pine needles. Damp bricks and clementines. Bold delicious aromas.

The taste was citrus and kiwi fruit. Ground pepper and lemons. There was a gentle funky bite I attribute to Belgian yeast. Hints of soap. Grapefruit pith and a drying finish.

The body was light to medium and a bit dreamy. I would seek this out again.

Oct 28, 2014
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babaracas from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber with huge, dense, structurally sound head. Smell: tons of lime, grapefruit peel, slightly acetic, peppery, sugar cookie dough. Taste: lemon-lime, tons of sweet orange, crackery and sugary back, lsightly acetic with an herbal/woodsy note in the finish. Fantastic.

Oct 26, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with a massive three finger white head that had good retention and left pillowy lacing. Aroma is very citrusy lemon and orange with hints of tropical fruit, faint biscuit malt, quite pleasant and estery. Flavor is also citrus forward, dominated by a mildly tart grapefruit citrus, presumably the yuzu, with peripheral exotic fruit flavors; light to moderate brett and a light bready, biscuit malt body. Medium bodied with a bit of nice creaminess. My second Femme Fatale with a new Japanese citrus fruit, and like the Sudachi version, the fruit really has some interesting, pleasant unidentifiable flavors. This one seems to lean towards grapefruit and lime with some woody, earthy herbal notes. Once again, not my go to style, but this completely won me over for the exotic citrus flavors and light touch of brett and mild tartness. These ales are the best chance to win me over to sour styles, but I'm not there yet. Nicely done. Looking forward to the Kabosu and whatever they think of next.

Oct 07, 2014
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Bought in juni 2014. Best before 2015-03-13.

Hazy yellow beer with a three finger high, white fluffy head.
Brewed at Westbrook with brettanomyces yeast and added Yuzu fruit.

Nose: Citrus, flower, herbs, grass, parfume, sweet orange marmelade and hops.
Taste: Citrus peel, grass, pinapple, sweet orange and grapefruit. A sour feeling with a bitterness that stays on your tounge for a long time.
Mouth: Medium body. Crisp carbonation.

Easy dringking, great Brett-Yuzu ale!

Oct 05, 2014
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed bronze with w thumb of pearl colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Tons of grapefruit, pineapple & orange

T: Grapefruit peel, slight hints of melon, lemon rind, a little bready sweetness & pineapple up front. Dryness, more pineapple & grapefruit as this warms, a little brett tartness/sourness sneaks in as well. Finishes with grapefruit, restrained brett presence & a little lemon zest, & other cirtrus notes ( the yuzu? )

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, nice balance

Drinks very easy, would drink this often if not for the price

Sep 24, 2014
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CHickman from New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours hazy bright yellow color with a 2 finger foamy white head that was full of very tiny bubbles, it faded very slowly leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down and a layer on top. The head was so thick that craters formed as it went down, and the second half of the bomber had a much bigger head and was a lot cloudier. Very impressive beer.

Smells of strong lemon zest up front, which I assume is the yuzu, followed by orange peel, tangerine, red grapefruit, piney hops, citrus hops, faint spices, and light yeast. Completely lopsided aroma that is all citrus fruit with lemon being particularly strong smelling.

Tastes of lemon, grapefruit pith, orange peel, tangerine, citrus hops, coriander, piney hops, apple, fruity candy (the dry crunch kind…), light grains, spices like pepper or very dry tea, dry grass and earthy notes. There is a chalky yeast flavor, like very dry toast that lingers with the lemon/yuzu in the aftertaste, and the finish is on the dry and clean side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost slick, with average carbonation, a medium body that was almost chewy and a very bitter grapefruit/lemon-like finish that is near dry and was like licking on a lemon.

Overall it was a good IPA that was slightly too bitter for my taste and liking, but the yuzu experiment works and makes for a very different IPA. There is no balance, but the flavor is full of citrus with just enough grainy flavor to keep the bitterness at a manageable level. I liked the Femme Fatale Brett better, but this was a nice refreshing IPA that had a nice zesty bitter bite.

Aug 16, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A nice apricot orange to peach color for the body, slightly cloudy, with some rising fast carbonation. Head is soapy with a touch of cream, and some real interesting puck formation and retention. Peaks and valleys and a giant mountain of white creamy in the middle four finger tall head, surrounded by soapy moats of lacing.

Real interesting notes on the nose. Hints of pepper and fruit, seems tropical. Real interesting smokey like embers coming off of this too, kind of wood and splintery strangely. Bit of earthy quality too, an interesting mix of stuff in there.

Weird palate. With all this diversity on the nose, you'd think it would be interesting. Mid palate fills with a chalky and solid hop bitterness, hinting at dried pine needles. Simple malted mouth coating, but not much fruit quality or flavor. Brett action seems quite subdued and hardly noticeable at all

Overall an interesting take, but it comes off as just another ordinary IPA.

Aug 04, 2014
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 02, 2014
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is a gold, almost amber, color. There is a slight haze to it. On top sits several inches of fluffy white head with good lacing.

S - Now I dig the smell. I get some orange, grapefruit, and funk with a little tartness.

T - This beer starts out sweet and fruity. Then immediately gives way to some bitterness. After that I taste orange and grapefruit with a pine finish. There is a musty taste through the middle into the finish as well. This beer has a lot going on, and it is all good.

M - Champagne like effervescence and body.

O - I like it. I had no idea what yuzu was or tasted like, but it works for me. I love funky IPA's.

Jul 26, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lime, orange zest, lemon peel, hay, straw, grass, light pine, musty funk, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, hops, and yuzu fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lime, orange zest, lemon peel, hay, straw, grass, light pine, light pepper, musty funk, bread and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/pine hop bitterness on the finish with some slight earthy tartness; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lime, orange zest, lemon peel, hay, straw, grass, light pine, light pepper, funk, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, hops, and yuzu fruit flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited brett IPA. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, hops, and yuzu fruit flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jun 29, 2014
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thick white head.

S: Aromas of yuzu, biscuit, crackers, lemon, kumquat, and oaky, lactic funk fill the nose.

T: Notes of yuzu, lemon, lime, tangerine, mandarin orange, kumquat, herbs, crackers, biscuit, and lactic funk fill the mouth. The finish is bright and fruity with yuzu, lemon, and biscuit notes underscored by subtle yeast funk.

M: Medium in body, slick and soft. Carbonation is delicate, yet crisp. This ale is seriously easy to drink.

O: A nice sour IPA. Really funky, yet also really fruity and with enough complexity to satisfy. Good mix of aromas and flavors too. Recommended.

May 22, 2014
Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale from Evil Twin Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 368 ratings