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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: 90 | Ratings: 110
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 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 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, wtf...off-putting 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 Pellinore1
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle pours light amber and just slightly hazy into a pint glass. It produces about a finger of white head, and this eventually dissipates to just a bit of lacing.

Belgian yeast shines through in the aroma, with some spicy and floral hops hiding in the back.

The hops are more present in the flavor, which opens citrusy and floral. The back end is a bit more bitter, with some bread and biscuit notes.

Light to medium-bodied, with some pleasant carbonation, this feels like a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

12oz bottle served in a goblet.

L - lightly hazed orange color with a white head that thinned to a layer leaving a thin coat of lacing.

S - aroma is more Belgian than it is IPA.

T - taste upfront is some floral hops with yeast and cadied sugar taking me through the middle before finishing dry and lightly bitter.

F - medium bodied with light carbonation.

D - it goes down fairly easy.

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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 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 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 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 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 TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

"The Women's Bitter", eh? Okay... Anyway, it pours a clear sunny amber topped by a somewhat short-lived half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises sharp banana, clove, a dash of black pepper, rye bread, honeydew, and a few drops of rubbing alcohol. The taste is very similar, though some orange peel (and subsequent bitterness) and very light caramel are now in the mix as well. The body is a heavy-feeling medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda sticky feel. Overall, a nice BIPA, but things are a bit on the astringent side when they get to the tongue.

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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 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 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 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 billshmeinke
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a delirium tremens tulip.

Quick pour yields a half a finger fluffy white head that sits atop and amber body with a golden hue in the mix. Nice lacing and decent retention.

Light bread notes with banana esters and cloves. Some alcohol and faint hops.

Tastes of fruity esters mostly bananas, and spicy cloves up front. A touch of bread. Then bitter resinous hops and a punch of alcohol. Resin and alcohol linger.

The mouthfeel has a medium body and lively carbonation. A tad spicy with a pretty dry finish.

Solid drinkability but the alcohol is noticeable for a usually more delicate style.

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

A - pours a pale amber without much head

S - smells of tones of citusy hops and a lot of caramel malt

T - loads of citrusy and piney hops. There is a nice caramel backbone that allows the hops to take center stage. There is a nice little spiciness, almost white pepper esqe. There is also, oddly enough, a bit of some alcohol heat. All in all pretty solid, but this seems to lean more towards an IPA from this side of the pond rather than the other.

M - medium body that slides down smoothly

D - This is a pretty solid Belgian IPA. This seems more American than Belgian, but still nice overall.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a hazy, golden orange with a solid inch of soapy, off-white head that slowly becomes a nice layer on the surface like a fresh coat of snow on the ground.

The nose is is like a lightly spiced orange. Light citrus hops with just a touch of sweetness.

A bit of grapefruit and pine on the tongue with noticeably less sugar than most Belgian IPAs tend to have. Mildly sweet bread.

Medium body, very nicely balanced. Smooth, slightly sticky texture. Maybe just a little lacking on the carbonation but nothing that ruins the beer.

Enjoyable to say the least. I love Belgian IPAs and this one is somewhat different than many in it's style. That's not a bad thing by any means.

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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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Photo of scruffwhor
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a nice copper color. Atop that is a little woosh of foam that recedes to nothing before taking the first sip. The carbonation is sparse, but there.

Spicey hop aroma is noticed a little more than the sweet toasted malts that give you caramel and fresh from the toaster white bread. The hops have a peppery pine and orange zest to them.

You get a nice bitter, spicey zest fom the hops in lots of orange peels and some crushed white peppercorns.The malts make the orangey bitterness taste somewhat caramelized. The hops bitterness does dominate, but not overwhelm. You can smell more of the malt than you can taste thats fr sure.

A nice bitter Belgian sipper to have once and awhile, if you can ever get it again.

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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 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 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 beerwolf77
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is mostly clear golden orange. About two fingers of thick off white head slowly fade leaving a thick lace ring. Full half inch cap rest on top of the beer.

The aroma is sweet malt and spices. The hops are present but not the main star. Belgian yeast and citrus round things out.

The flavor is has a bigger hop profile than the nose for sure. Lots of citrus and bitterness. The finish reminds you it a belgian with sweet malt and a solid dose of spices.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall a solid attempt at the style. The lasting bitterness seems to be a bit much for me though. Making it a bit hard to finish.

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La Femme Amère from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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