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)

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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
Photo of twbeecher
5/5  rDev +36.2%

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 NessLeBert
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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 KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of sonata2008
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Femme Amere was on tap at a local pub and the menu said the ABV was 6.0%. The beer poured a nice orangey copper with a thin ivory head. It had a clear appearance. The aroma consisted of spicy hops, some citrus, and a little pine. The taste was very pleasant and was characterized by a potent banana flavor with a strong bitter hop flavor kick followed by a smooth creamy malt finish. It was a very interesting combination. We agreed that this was a very; tasty beer that we would enjoy drinking again.

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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 Vdubb86
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a orange-red color with a slight haze and a puffy white head that laces down to a nice film on the surface. The aroma is cool. It has the banana, clove and cardamon spice that I would assume from a Belgian, but with the slight citrus and hoppiness from an IPA. I must say I didn't think that I would like this and I was pleasantly surprised. The flavors punch you in the face with bitterness upfront, but then sooth you and rock you to sleep with smooth silky banana flavors and other various belgian spices. This is a very tasty mixture of flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit too viscous and strong on the bitterness for my liking, but it drinks just fine, and is an enjoyable brew, a definite recommendation from myself.

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Photo of kels
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright apricot with tinge of golden brown. It is only slightly clear, and the initial 1 finger soft white head fades immediately to a skim leaving behind little traces of white lace.

Smell is definitely more Belgian than IPA. Lots of grain, sweetness of the sugars and a yeasty fruitness all come through nicely. Traces of the hops creep out in light, juicy citrus notes.

The hops unfold more nicely in the taste than in the smell. Loads of juicy sweet and pithy bitter citrus pair nicely with the defined Belgian-ness of grains, yeast and sugars. Sweet, dry, bitter, well carbonated and tasty all at once. Very sticky finish keeps the flavors hanging around on the palate.

Pretty high drinkability. It is tasty, interesting, refreshing and smooth. Wish I'd bought the 4-pack instead of the single.

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Photo of ZAP
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep orange/brown color..

S-Oranges...spicy black pepper

T-Interesting to say the least....a nice bright citrus hop presence...and an even bgger spicier black pepper dimension...
a little bit of caramel bread on the backbone.

M-Feels right..medium bodied...perfect carbonation

D-This is quite enjoyable...nice contrast of flavors...has some saison like qualities and some WC IPA qualities...

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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 pmccallum86
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a delicious looking orange red color with a small bubbly head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of Belgian yeast first and foremost, with some citrus and lemon zest as well.

Taste is similar to the smell, lots of the funky metallic Belgian yeast with a lot of citrus flavors. Some pineapples and lemons with a nice bready malt finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and bubbly.

Very drinkable, quite an enjoyable Belgian IPA.

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

Dull, muted medium honey gold with a fairly clear body. Waffer thin white top slips to the top and keeps itself a decent collar and some patchy lacing with dotted accumulations centering nearrer the liquid.

Aroma is spiced with floral herbalness that lends itself to dull lemon, a touch of pear, and red apple along with a nice biscuity malting touched with caramel. More spice added in of the usual might of Belgain yeast found in Belgian IPA's which has a phenolic tone minced with clove and allspice. Quite a nice little complexing nose, just not boostered enough with a large and in charge take on the nose.

Taste is more of the same with a nice subtlety as its semi spiced with medicinal-like bitterness that's all twisted up with phenolic citric herbalness, floral attributes abound, spiced with clove and allspice; perhaps a tint of lime peel too. Slight, but noticeable malt keeps a tender tone of sweetness emerging from underneath with a light biscuity tone drizzled with caramel and baked apple. Again, not super booming and heavy on the palate. Quite subtle and complexing, yet, just a tad lightish overall.

Body is about medium with a nice balance of malt, spice, citrus, and Belgain yeast. Just a puff dry in a couple areas, nudged with spices, and muted with sweetness.

A well crafted brew by Tyranena. Quite drinkable in its simplicity of tone and flavor that has a nice attention span of complexity and subtlety.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep golden/orange, very clear, some thin white head, little retention and some lacing

S: the front features aromatic hops melded with spicy Belgian yeast, some bananas in there as well

T: sweet malts up front with a lot of Belgian character. This Belgian IPA definitely leans more heavily to the Belgian flavors with the cloves and banana, big bitter and hoppy finish.

MF: light body, medium carbonation

D: great balance between Belgian flavors mingled with a nice hop character, refreshing

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Photo of livewire78
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours the color of every other thing that has to do with IPA. The same burnt amber copper color. This was a relatively hard pour which should have yielded a bigger head and better lacing.

Smelled of citrusy hops and a faint amount of caramel malt but the real smells were the Belgian yeast. Almost clove or coriander but not either.

The yeast hits you first. It's sweet initially, and then you can taste the yeasty spicy belgiany goodness towards the middle. The end is an American IPA all the way. Bitterness from citrusy hops and a decently crisp finish.

I don't really know what to say about the mouthfeel except that I liked it. No burn from the alcohol and the carbonation was ample. Not sure what proportion things are supposed to be in as far as slickness and carbonation level but I liked it enough.

So I'm pretty new to the Belgian IPA scene but it's becoming my favorite style. I can get a good hop fix and get some depth and complexity from the belgian aspect at the same time. So would I get this again? Yep.

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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!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled on May 21, 2010. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear copper amber color that produced a good off-white foamy head.

(S)- A light grassiness with an even bigger creamy banana aroma. A twist of lemon in there.

(T)- A light dry grassiness in front of a yeasty banana and lemon. A touch of honey-like sweetness at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A good grassy bitterness and dryness with a good belgain styled feel to it; crisp.

(D)- Overall, a solid beer that fits the style well. Crisp and refreshing with just a little bit of sweet malt to it.

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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 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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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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La Femme Amère from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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