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 Florida9
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear dark gold in color. Pours with a fizzy head that reduces to a very light surface coating. Minimal lacing.

S: Yeasty floral quality. Grassy hops. Toast.

T: Mild sweetness with floral hops. Finishes with a strong toast flavor and a mild, but persistent, bitterness. A little of that characteristic Belgian yeast.

M: Light bodied with the appropriate carbonation. A bit "sweet"

D: Decent beer with an odd combination of flavors that just doesn't work all that well. Almost like some sort of bastard Belgian version of a pilsner (light with grassy hops and Belgian yeast funk) more than a Belgian IPA.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours an amber color with cherry edges. A fluffy white head forms upon pouring, with decent retention and some soft lacing down the side of the glass. A bit darker and little bit less cloudy than other Belgian IPA's.

Smell: Very strong bubble gum aroma, with some soft caramel sweetness as well. Earthy and soft citrus hops.

Taste: Bubble gum flavor carries through quite strongly. Sweet, caramel bready malt up front, with some spiciness and herbal hop flavors. Finishes smooth.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light, with medium carbonation. Medium body.

Drinkability: Tasty, but a little bit simple.

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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 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 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 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 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 thetomG
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear yellow color with a small amount of head. Aroma is primarily made up of that typical Belgian yeast smell. Taste is similar but with some slight hoppy bitterness. Feels nicely carbonated and bubbly as you sip. Glad I tried it but probably would not seek out again.

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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 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 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 salvo
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is light copper, crystal clear with half an inch of head that dissipates slowly to a lovely sticky lace. Smell is a lovely Belgian yeast: there's something sweet floating above in the scent that I cannot quite place. It's the malt and hops together, I think, well balanced and pleasing.

The taste is a nice balance between American and Belgian flavors, similar though more bitter than Hopus, a bit thinner in the mouth, but wonderfully flavorful. The alcohol burns a bit, and I wonder its gravity. The taste blooms into a bitter malted lingering hint. Ahhh. I like this beer more than any of the reviews I read. Complex, balanced, flavorful, and does not overdo any particular flavor.

Mouthfeel, however, is a bit off from what I was hoping for. It's thinner really than it should be and needs a little more thickness.

Thanks, Tyranena for an excellent domestic brew that bridges the Belgians brewing American styles and Americans brewing Belgian.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra in a trade. Here we go...

A: Beautiful ruby copper with a small white head that quickly fades. Decent.

S: Bready hops unfront with sweet malts blended into the back. Hints of piney and grapefruit scents hidden in the mix. Decent.

T: Super dry hops upfront. This is a dry hop explosion. Bitter grapefruit and citrus in the middle with a slight rubbing alcohol taste on the backend. Decent.

M: Very good blend of carbonation.

D: Goes down a little rough from the super dry hops. Decent.

Not a super special brew. Just ok. Don't bother hunting down. Ok for both the IPA lover and less for the malt lover.

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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 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 portia99
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received from levifunk. Thanks Levi! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a clear amber orange color with a sparse attempt at forming a head. In reality, only a thin collar of fine white bubbles appears and hangs around the edge of the glass.

S - Fruity, bubblegummy, cloves, spicey Belgian yeast character all the way. A bit sugary and sweet, spicey - very Belgian. Not getting much of anything for hoppy or malty aromas...seems to be Belgian yeast character all the way.

T - Hmm, not at all what I expected from the aroma. Spicey and clovey but, oddly, not much else. A bit of hoppy, spicey bitterness that lingers behind too.

M - Very spicey and Belgian yeasty. There is a distinct coolness to the feel - cloves and somewhat of a wintergreen nature to it. Body is on the thin side and carbonation is distinctly medium. About as I'd expect for the style...

D - Not a bad beer at all, but seems to be missing something....hmm, maybe hops. Compared to the other fine examples of a Belgian style IPA - Midnight Sun 3767, Stone Cali-Belgique, Flying Fish Exit 4 (in no way is this a tripel), Flying Dog Raging Bitch...this just seems bland. Had I not experienced these others, I might think differently, but this one was a bit disappointing overall.

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