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