La Femme Amère | Tyranena Brewing Company

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La Femme AmèreLa Femme Amère

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by levifunk on 06-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 89
Reviews by nsmartell:
Photo of nsmartell
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a light copper/orange color with a one finger white foamy head with little bubbles floating around.

Smell: Spicy, Belgian yeast with citrusy hops and a hint of malt.

Taste: As the nose suggests, the spiciness and yeast dominates, but then the citrus hops come through with a little bitterness. This is rather fruity to boot. The yeast lasts throughout.

Mouthfeel: Thin, dry, smooth, lively and carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and clean. Not too shabby, but not my favorite IPA from Tyranena.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange color with a couple fingers of eggshell foam on top of the brew and plenty of little bubbles rising up. Aromas of spicy, earthy Belgian yeast alongside crisp malts and a fruity undertone as well. Nice dose of citric hops melds in as well. Touch of bubblegum.

First sip brings crisp caramelized malts upfront with a big yeast kick. Spicy, earthy and a touch fruity. Citrus hops work in with some good bitterness. Flows down with a slight bubblegum / medicinal accent. Lingering yeasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and crisp with punchy carbonation. Pretty easy to drink but I think the yeast overtakes the hops a bit here. An interesting twist on Bitter Woman but I'll be sticking to the original version personally.

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, cloudy, orange-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: lemon, some pepper, and citrus hops

Taste: citrus hops, lemon, pepper, toasted malt, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle spike and a less bitter finish

Drinkability: A good and bitter Belgian IPA. This one has several elements that remind me of a good saison. One at a time, but glad I picked up a four pack.

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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 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 bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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 richkrull
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kels for the bottle.

12oz. Stubby with a twist off poured i to an imperial pint.

A: Pours copper with decent clarity. 2 fingers of off white head forms and holds pretty well. Lots of lacing.

S: Some nice Belgian pilsner aromas and a touch of that signature yeasty bite. Some hops in the nose bit not as much as I would have liked. Floral, grassy, and spicy.

T/M: Decent bitterness level. Hop flavor is bigger than the nose. Spicy hops with some floral/grass and a bit of citrus. Nice Belgian malts and a touch more yeast. Body is medium with slighty elevated carbonation.

D: drinks nicely and is an interesting brew.

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

Clear golden bronze with a moderate cap of beige foam. Good retention and decent lacing.
Caramelly, biscuity malt base, kicked up with apples, allspice and clove. A midsized amount of peppery, floral bitterness.
Toasty on the get-go through the mouth, it the broadens towards crusty apple pie, complete with a dusting of allspice and clove. Doughy, even a bit pasty in the middle, as the yeast hits a chalky, acrid note. Hops bring an agressive bitterness, full of pulpy herbs and florals.
A plumpish medium body is supported by a trickling but lasting carbonation. It's carries itself here much like a traditional IPA.
Curiously, this doesn't remind me much of Bitter Woman. It's considerably bitter (maybe moreso than its sister), but the hops don't ring clear enough in the flavor.
It's not a shabby take on the sub-style, but there are a few others that I prefer to this.

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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 SpeedwayJim
2.77/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Huge thanks to mtunnell for this one. Just sent to me out of generosity! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger slightly off-white semi-fine head with good retention. Beer is a clear reddish-copper. Lacing is thin but with great patterns and stick.

S: Nose is, as expected, a huge fruit bouquet. Lemon, citrus, Belgian yeast and spices, and brown sugar. Some clove, grass, and bark also. Aroma here is overall very dull and unlively.

T: Red tea leaves, Belgian yeast, muted citrus and lemon, various spices, with the hop bitterness relegated to the background. Cloves and coriander in the middle to end. Finish is a barky bitterness the blends into the aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, coarse, and very carbonated. Slightly abrasive and grainy in the mouth. Sticky in an, unclean kind of way. Finish is messy. Aftertaste lingers.

D: While I'm not sure how I feel about the Belgian IPA hybrid style, I know that this isn't one of the better representations. Where is the citrus hoppiness? If not that, where is the Belgian fruitiness? All of the flavors that make these two styles great are missing here. Not one of Tyranena's better offerings. Skip this one.

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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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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.

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

Reddish range rust color with two fingers of white head.

Smell has a spicy yeast aroma with some grassy hops.

Taste is majority spicy clove like yeast, a little funky, and a hop bitterness finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

An easy drinker, but nothing special. I would have liked this to have been more hoppy but it was definitely more on the Belgian-esque side.

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Photo of morimech
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber with a thick white head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. The Belgian qualities are identifiable in the aroma but hard to pick out the hops. The yeast are giving off a bit of spice. Notes of cloves, pepper, and ginger. The yeast plays a huge role in the flavor. I was a bit surprised as a matter of fact. A lot of spice and vinous qualities. The bitterness is there but I have a hard time picking out the hop flavors. Maybe some citrus flavor. Medium body with nice carbonation. Not harsh or slick in feel. A lot of Belgium in this beer. So much that the hops suffered. If you are expecting Bitter Woman with a slight Belgian twist, this is not it. Still has some interesting flavor and other good qualities.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
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*

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy amber color. Two finger white head shows medium retention. Lacing on the glass is streaking and light.

S- Oddly enough the Belgian yeast is the first thing I noticed in the beer. Some light spicey aroma that I can't quite put my finger on. Light grassy hops in the background to ending of the beer. There is a light alcohol burn on the nose as well.

T- Nice belgian yeast taste in the front end of this. Some bready malts toward the middle with a little spicing. Floral hops in the ending of it along with a light alcohol flavor. The alcohol is less noticable in the taste than in the aroma.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light yeasty flavor left on the palate. Slight alcohol and grassy hops in the aftertaste. Flavors are more Belgian forward than anything else. Slight drying on the palate from alcohol.

D- This was a very drinkable beer that I was glad I had. Tyranena does a good job pushing themselves with the beers they make at times.

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 21MAY10.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for the hook up on the new Tyranena!

A - Getting any sort of head out of this beer seemed like a chore as despite the tall pour I only got one-and-one-half fingers. Decent retention accompanied awesome Belgian lace in a thick collar around the glass. The beer is a clear deep golden orange color with decent carbonation.

S - Wow. The nose blends fantastically between the strong Belgian addition and the American base. Citrusy American hops with a little pine and a bready caramel toast nose back up a potent citrusy Belgian yeast aroma. Yeast, clay, light candi sugar and a tiny farmhouse funk give La Femme an awesome aroma!

T - The balance in the nose doesn't quite make it to the flavor. Lots of American hops impart a bitter grapefruit citrus that overshadows the Belgian characteristics just a touch too much. The Belgian yeast and lemon citrus twang still comes through on the finish with a earthy but sweet taste that morphs into a bready caramel malt and citrus bitter finish.

M - I think the body is where this beer really falls short. It's robust and round with a medium body that isn't challenged at all by a sharp level of carbonation which, I think, should be there. It's not a bad starting point but it could stand to be a little bit lighter in the mouth.

D - The bold mouthfeel and rich flavor profile lower this beer's drinkability but believe me, it's still a fantastic brew. I really enjoy how well the Belgian style in the nose sticks out but with a good balance. I wish it were developed a bit further in the flavor but I'd bet with some age it will progress nicely.

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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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La Femme Amère from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 109 ratings