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:
No notes at this time.

Added by levifunk on 06-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 109
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 buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It is amber hued with golden highlights. Suspended yeast is visible. It is topped with a couple inches of beige head leaving nice lacing.

I get some spicy Belgian yeast notes along with light fruit. There is really not much in the way of hops unless the citrus melded with the fruit aromas.

The taste starts out with caramel, but quickly gives way to spices and fruit. Once again not much as far as hops. I get a slightly bitter finish.

This is a decent beer. I wonder how old it is considering its status is "retired." Even if it is old it is not bad and interesting to try.

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Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz into a tulip, thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this. The brew pours a clouded amber with lighter yellow around the edges. A tan yellowish stained finger rests atop and fades to a thin film supported by constantly rising bubbles.

The aroma is like caramel and toffee malt with a hint of candy sweetness. A bit of floral hop aspect gets fruity almost like orange marmalde and a zesty component. Almost a hint of mild oxidation is also present across the back.

The flavor has quite a bit of malt sweetness like caramel/toffee and some fruity to floral inclusion reminiscent of orange marmalade. A bit bready to biscuit grain and a bit of raisony dark fruitiness. There is a pretty firm yeastiness to this midpalate that lasts into the finish that is mildly spicy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is hidden quite well and the hops faded into quite an interesting floral to fruity aspect that integrates well with the alcohol. For being ~3 years in the bottle, I gotta say I really liked this. Perhaps afterall I really do like belgian ipas but with some age. Thanks again Heath!

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

Thanks for the great extra, Jascha.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with an off-white head. Still surprisingly hoppy for the age of this beer. Lots of fruity and floral notes along with quite a bit of yeast and some nice esters. Sweet bread and malt flavor are more pronounced on the palate. The citrus and fruit character translates to the flavor as well. A hint of grass and only a mild bitterness with some yeastiness toward the back end.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAYBLACK for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a balloon glass

This beer is a hazy golden/orange-ish color with a tall white rocky head that slowly recedes leaving a fair amount of lacing

The aroma is yeasty and spicy up front, followed by some fruity notes and piney hops. Initially the bready malts went by unnoticed, but as the beer warms the bready notes start to edge their way to the surface. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelmingly so.

Interestingly enough, the flavor starts off being largely citrusy and somewhat sharp. I wouldn’t have expected that from the aroma of the beer. The flavor and the aroma seem to contradict each other; lots of Belgian yeast character in the nose, very little in the flavor. Piney hops in the nose, more citrusy hops on the tongue. Bready notes in the aroma, more caramel maltiness in the flavor. Noticeable alcohol in the nose and the alcohol is very well hidden in the flavor. All of the flavors seem to meld together in a very favorable way. Medium/full bodied, and well carbonated.

Overall, this is a very drinkable, approachable beer. My only criticism would be that I would like to see more Belgian yeast character in the flavor; as the aroma teased me with a characteristic that the flavor couldn’t deliver.

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Photo of thain709
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Deuane!

A - Poured with a semi-clear, copper orange body that had some golden finger of white head formed and fell to a thin cap...that cap left behind great lacing

S - Bitter and piney hops are present, but there is also some spiciness going on in the background

T - There isn't much going on in the beginning...maybe I had the beer too cold?...the Belgian spices really open up in the middle and they continue into the finish...the piney hops finish the beer and provide a lasting bitterness

M - Medium bodied...spicy, bitter, dry

O - At first I didn't think much of this beer, but mid-palate it really opened up and finished as a good Belgian IPA...the hops have held up over time and the spices were still kicking

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber hue with decent foam. The aroma is balanced mixture of hops and malt. Dark fruit and bread mingle with the yeast and spice of a Belgian and the bitterness of an IPA. More of this on the palate with fruity, malty sweetness which leads into a center of Belgian sourness and hoppy bitterness. Spice and pepper whisk it away. This is certainly a balanced brew with plenty of drinkability.

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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 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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Photo of chugalug06
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Noce white head pours quite strong. Brew is pleasant copper color. Nice bubbles release from the center

S - Slight funk going in this brew... Lots of sweet fruits. Grapes, oranges, banana, apples, mango?

T - Very unique for an IPA. Not too sure how I feel about it... Very bready flavor. Nothing to memorable.

M - Way too carbonated. Zero heat, but lots of interesting bitterness. Very wet and medium bodied.

O - This brew was not quite my speed, but still a quality brew, just not a brew for me. Thanks for the extra beerhan.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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

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Photo of Trilogy31
2.77/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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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 SummitVA
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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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 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 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!

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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 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.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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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