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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Photo of PurpleCloud
2.54/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tyranena makes some amazing brews, but I'm not a big fan of this one. The nose seems off, almost caustic to some degree. It really turned me off to even tasting it! The taste was too heavy on the hops. It seems like there's some good flavor there, but the hops drowns most of it out. The beer also leaves your mouth quite dry, but given the taste and smell, that's the least of this beer's problems. Don't judge Tyranena on this beer; it's a substandard brew in an otherwise fantastic brewery.

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Photo of Cresant
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Bottled on 28MAY10. The body was a golden orange color with a modest head that faded to a tiny film. Clear of sediment.

The smell was rather plain. Mildly yeasty, not much else.

The taste was a little chalky. Belgian yeast. Spicy. Bubblegum. Rather disappointing. Not much hops presence in this one.

The body was smooth and medium in density. Not well constructed.

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Photo of Duff27
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy dark gold/light copper with a one fingered white head. Solid head retention and lacing.

S- Smells like pennies?

T- Tastes slightly like pennies as well, to say the least. Belgian yeast. Bready.

M- Medium to thin bodied...kind of watered down but not bad carbonation.

D/O- What the hell happened here? I was really looking forward to this beer after my buddy said he preferred it over Flying Dog's Raging Bitch. No thanks. I like Tyranena, I really do...especially the Brewers Gone Wild series, but this one just didn't do it for me.

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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 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 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 TurdFurgison
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Binny's in Lake Zurich, love seeing more WI beers make it to the Chicago area. I haven't had anything subpar from Tyranena so far, let's see how this one goes.

The beer is clear, dark orangy bronze, tons of bubbles within the liquid and a heaping spoonful of froth on top. Thick sheets of lace too. The visual score = perfect.

The aroma is off for me unfortunately, strong biscuity malts and a little bit of roast provide way too much counterpoint to the spicy hops, at least to my tastes. Maybe a little hot-smelling too, in other words this isn't exactly inviting me to sip. But sip I do and the disappointment continues, albeit with a little less strength than my feelings towards the smell. This tastes OK for a Belgian IPA, definitely on the lower end of the spectrum for the style, but still OK. The hops are spicy/peppery and a little floral, and there's a decent amount of caramel and breadiness to compete with it. Pretty sweet in the aftertaste, maybe candi sugar? And too bitter, hate to say it.

My first unhappy experience with Tyranena. I'll still happily go after future experiments though.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 7/11/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with no head.

s - Smells of pine hops, spearmint, and honey. An off combination.

t - Tastes a bit sweet, and of honey, sugar, spearmint, and pine.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Not a big fan of this one. I thought the smell and taste was an odd combination that didn't work well. Wouldn't want to try again.

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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 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 crossovert
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz twist off bottle (when you switchin to pry off Tyranena?) Apparently it is a spin off of Bitter Woman. It is the Summer Seasonal for 2010.

Pours a nice deep amber/orange with a passionfruit skin tint. The head is small even with a vigorous pour. It recedes with some decent lacing.

The smell is big and Belgian. No sign of hops in here. I wish there was more hops here. Instead it is pure Belgian yeast. It is sweet, carmally, fruity, and clovey, but not hoppy, disappointment there.

The hops appear more in the flavor with a slight bitterness but the yeast is all over this. Tons of clove, tons of fruit (banana), tons of sweetness, and tons of caramel malt. Mostly just like drinking bittersweet yeast.

Overall it is rather meek for the style that usually brings a decent amount of hops in addition to a nice yeast presence, this one is a bit one dimensional.

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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 Beerfayce
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served tap into a shaker

A: Nice clear copper, fairly substantial bubbly head that lingers.

S: Fruity and slightly bready, estery Belgian character.

T: Rather dry with a strong fruit and banana ester flavors. Bitter but not enough to balance the yeast. Has qualities of a wheat beer to me.

M: Thin like a pale, well carbonated.

D: Not a bad beer but not my preference, very strong estery presence that is not really counterbalanced by the hoppy character, which only contributes a bitter, dry taste. One is enough for me.

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Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Bells snifter

Pours 1/4 of slight off white creamy head. Fades to a thinner layer. Leaves some sticky lace. Color is a dark golden copper. A little darker than most DIPA.

Aroma: Lots of spices and yeast. Floral herbal hops. Not to bitter. Apples, bananas, and cloves show through. Smells like a BIPA.

Taste: The taste comes off a little off. There seems to be a bit of alcohol showing here. Lots of spices and fruits. Bananas, crisp dry applies, and cloves again. A big amount of yeast and bready malts are here. The hops are a bit more bittering with that floral, herbal flavor to them.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, bitter, and a bit boozy. More alcohol shows here than I was expecting. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and grassy.
Overall, this wasn't the best BIPA I have had. It was way too strong and not very enjoyable. It had some nice flavors but just really was hard to drink.

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Photo of aasher
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, it poured very quickly and with little to no head or foam. The foam that remained sat atop the brew and laced the rim of the glass. It is a cloudy amber/brownish color. It appears like a cloudy IPA. The smell doesn't really go in one direction or the other. It isn't very yeasty or hoppy in aroma. The taste is pretty good though. It is more on the IPA side to begin with, with a belgian style finish. Both are pretty mellow. The mouthfeel is slightly crisp and kind of watery. It has the consistency more like a belgian. It's nothing too special. It's got average flavor and doesn't really standout in any area. I'd recommend the Belgica by Great Divide.

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Photo of gford217
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Frankenbrew.

Pours a deep, slightly hazy amber with lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom and feeding a small thick white head that recedes slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is dominated by the Belgian yeast with subtle fruity esters and light spiciness mixed in. There is an earthy hop aroma, grassy even. The interesting thing is the alcohol burn that I noticed - really boozy smell.

The taste is spicy with belgian yeast and lots of crisp bready malts. The floral hops are present and leave a bitter, dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied - sticky with hops and spicy and dry at the same time.

This is a solid Belgian IPA but not all that drinkable for the style and drinks pretty heavy. The hops take a back seat to the toasted character, spicy yeast and alcohol.

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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 Wisconsinality
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- The brew pours a transparent copper with very minimal head but leaves some really nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A big dose of Belgian yeast and candy sugar. Some faint hops to go along with bubble gum and a hint of spice as well.

T- Big amounts of yeast and bubble gum. A small amount of malt pokes its head through there. Tastes almost like a hefe to me.

M- Medium to lighter bodied that is a little dry on the finish. Pretty smooth overall.

D- I really don't pick up much of the IPA elements of this beer. Yes the hops are present, like in a lot of beers, but the Belgian elements far outweigh the IPA.

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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 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 bound4er
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium amber appearance with a minimal white head. Good lacing left behind.

Candied Belgian yeast like aromas with some cracker, faint citrus and baking spice.

Nose carries over to the palate with an initial attack of yeast-like flavors - graphite being the most prominent followed by some bubble gum. Hops take over on the finish with strong bitterness.

Medium body with good carbonation.

This is a decent effort but nothing to write home about. Drinkability is good but I am not itching for a second helping. I agree with a previous reviewer that Ale Asylum's Bedlam is a better beer.

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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 gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a copper color with smallish head and next to no lacing and a minimal ring..smell is some clove and spice and yeast ..taste is the same i get the belgian yeast with some clove some citrus /hops..its all faint..mouth feel is medium with a bit of bitterness on the back of the tongue..i can drink this ok but i dont want to.. nothing special here..not recommended

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second Tyranena thanks to levifunk.

A: Pours a decent 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over the reddish copper orange colored beer.

N: Not quite what I was expecting, with a lot of Belgian ale aromas, some spices even like a toasty winter ale spice aroma, a little maltiness, little bit of a spicy grassy hop addition, toasty malts even. I'm assuming the 02 09 stamped into the glass on the bottom is the bottle date, in which case it might be a little old for an IPA, even Belgian style, but not sure as it really is part of the bottle and could just be a code.

T: Starts strong with a sweet malty flavor but not too heavy. SLightly syrupy malty flavor, with a touch of molasses. More of the spices, winter ale spices, as well as some bitter hops but not heavy on the hops either, some spicy, floral, and mild grassy hops. The bitterness builds a bit but never really hits hard. Some Belgian ale like flavors with definite Belgian yeast, somewhat like a saison and tripel, with some malty flavors, a little candi sugar, and hints of warming booze even. This is like a winter saison ale crossed with Belgian tripel and hopped a bit more than usual. Although as time goes on, and the beer gets smaller and smaller, it starts to become pretty astringent with the hops.

M: Medium body, a little syrupy, with lower carbonation.

F: Finishes still somewhat bitter, but builds a little on the finish, and ends with more grassy hops and slightly spicy hosp as well. Some more sweetness hits, quite a bit, with more candi sugar and slight syrupy flavors, and touch of stickiness. A little warming booze comes through as well. More of the spices as well, big time on the spices still, too much for this type of beer! The bitterness and spices linger the longest, and both are still prevalent a few minutes after the last sip.

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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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