La Vache Folle - Milk Stout - Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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4.78/5 rDev +16.6%
Really nice stout. Quebec microbrasseries are becoming pros at brewing British and Irish style stouts and porters.
VFIMS has a great look in the glass. It's almost opaque in the bottle with a nice almost solid head.
It smells of burnt coffee and earthy molases. The flavor is smooth, slightly bitter and hearty. While it does not have the complexity of Sang d'Encre, it is comforting and satisfying.
For food pairings, it goes great with beef and pork dishes (stews, grilled meats, meat pies, etc) but also goes great with rich sweet foods. I had a glass with a slice of cheesecake and it seemed to pair perfectly much to my surprise after having resisting the suggestion for so long.
05-05-2014 01:51:19 | More by Humphreyproject
4.76/5 rDev +16.1%
When Bucky discovered that La Vache Folle by Microbrasserie Charlevoix would be making a rare appearance in the LCBO, he jumped on it like a fat kid on a box of Smarties. La Vache Folle came in a brown 500 ml bottle with a bottling date of February 4, 2013, and was 9.0% alcohol by volume. With its label showing a picture of a "mad cow", this beer is difficult to miss.
La Vache Folle poured an opaque black colour with about 1" of crema coloured head. The head lasted for several minutes before fading to a blob of foam in the centre of my glass, a thin collar of foam and a patchy thin film across the rest of the beer's surface. The remnants of the foam left considerable, attractive lacing down the far side of the glass. Its aroma was mainly of dark chocolate, with notes of coffee, caramel and a bit of alcohol as the beer warmed. I get the impression that I'm in for something special here! The flavour began with sweet chocolate milk which gave way to coffee with a hint of caramel, and finished with a mildly bitter dark chocolate flavour which lingered as an aftertaste. Its 9.0% alcohol content is very well hidden, being just detectable as the beer warms up. A perfect beer for this cold and rainy Canadian night. La Vache Folle had a soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and was rich and full bodied. I really hope that this is more than a one-time appearance by this wonderful beer. Though a bit pricey at $5.25 per 500 ml bottle, you are at least getting a superior product in return for your hard earned cash.
04-13-2014 21:13:32 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
4.7/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured into my Vache Folle pint sized stange glass. Giant four fingers of head. This is the first time I've seen a head continue growing after a pour - it looks like an ice-cream float! Aromas of yeast, chocolate, and some sugars. Rather musty. Chocolate and coffee tastes, nice bitter finish from the hops and the alcohol. Al...most tastes a little like a Belgium beer. Good amount of sweetness, but not overboard. Not too much of a roasted taste which is different for a stout. Nice creamy body with tons of carbonation. The head lasted until the last drop.
Microbrasserie Charlevoix is one of, if not my favorite craft brewery in Quebec and this one is even better then the last time I had it. It's unlike most stouts I've had, but still retains the typical qualities one likes in the style. Incredibly drinkable, considering the fact that it's 9%. I highly recommend this one, and anything from this brewery.
03-04-2012 05:25:01 | More by NForr
4.61/5 rDev +12.4%
Pours a deep black with a tinge of dark red, topped off with a copious quantity of cafe latte foam. Aroma is very sweet with a whiff of smoke, recalls perfumy tobacco and fermented dark fruit. Palate is loads of milk chocolate, figs and dates, coffee, vanilla, and dark caramel. Overall effect recalls chocolate-covered raisins and bourbon. Body is silky smooth, creamy, and full, and finish is quite bitter with some woody and smoky notes. Complex with a perfect milk stout body. World class and probably my favorite Canadian stout. Carbonation level is moderate and accentuates the complexity. Struggling to find a fault here. Perhaps the palate fatigues a bit late in the game, where the bitterness starts to trump the sweet layers. Wait, nope ... There's the sweet again.
09-24-2013 01:58:02 | More by CalgaryFMC
4.6/5 rDev +12.2%
500ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice nov28 2009
A black with a large long lasting mocha head that leaves decent lace. this would get a 5 if it left some more lace but it's sassy nonetheless
S lots of milk chocolate, mild coffee and some booze
T as it smells but with but with a sweetness to it that makes it near perfect. I pick up on a little licorice as it warms, and I like how no one thing overpowers, well balanced flavors
M silky and smooth, nice and thick need I say more?
D lots of wonderful small things add up for one great thing. no for real though this beer can hurt you if you let it
one of the better Canadian beers I've ever had. once people start taking notice of this brewer they will become a permanent member of the top 25 for Canada with little doubt
Edit: I guess my review put it over the top, #24 on the Canadian top 25 as of nov30 2009
11-29-2009 04:38:01 | More by wordemupg
4.6/5 rDev +12.2%
Wow. This is an impressive beer.
Pours black with a substantial and solid head that takes it's own sweet time settling to a cap while going down beautifully all the way. Looks great.
Chocolate, licorice and alcohol in the nose, but soft all the way around. Very appetizing.
Soft and full in the mouth. Chocolate, charcoal, coffee, wood all blended together in perfect harmony. There isn't anything jarring, out of place or overly stern happening here. Looks of interesting things happening in the glass, nothing out of place. Wow.
It is pretty rare for a beer to impress me the way this brew has. Wow. Wish I had more, especially since I lost half the bottle to my wife. Gotta go get some more.
12-01-2013 03:41:10 | More by TerryW
4.53/5 rDev +10.5%
I have fallen in love this with beer, creamy not overtly sweet and nice warming treat that always seems to be in the house and the fridge of late. Can't wait to try this on draft, I am crazy about La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout or should I say mad. Love this beer!
11-15-2011 19:46:46 | More by hoser
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:
A strong Stout sweetened with lactose sugar. "Vache folle" means "mad cow."
Jet black with a tightly laced, coffee-colored cream head that cascades and rises. Awesome head actually, with good retention. Slightly acidic in the nose, with dark berries and some faint coffee and chocolate beneath. Bitty and prickly on the palate, but creamy beneath, with a firm, full body that's a bit chewy, too. Sharp carbonation and roastiness up front. Mild astringency. Rich notes of dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, some toffee, earth, bark and smoke. Burnt raisins, too. Sweetness is well rounded and tame, with a distinct, semi-sugary, lactose character. No discernible hop presence, but we didn't expect one. Hints of dried cherries and pronounced alcohol as the beer warms. Lingering, dry chocolate in the finish.
Nothing to get mad about here. This is a delicious Milk Stout that crosses into Imperial Stout territory and is a must try if you find yourself in Québec.
09-20-2010 19:56:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
This is a great looking stout. Pitch-black with a creamy (you could almost say milky) caramel coloured head. Great lacing, nice retention.
Smells amazing! There's a definite presence of milk in the nose along with dulce de leche, roasted malt and some hops in the background.
This is a serious stout. Milk really comes out in the taste, moreso than I would have expected. Perfectly balanced notes of chocolate and coffee (as I tend to find in all of my favorite stouts) and a nice level of sweetness in the form of burnt caramel (just as described on the label). I totally forgot this is 9%. Unbelievably smooth for the ABV; just the slightest amount of bite while it's in your mouth. None on the way down. The aftertaste is of smooth, sweet milk chocolate along with bitter coffee. Very well balanced; very smooth; very delicious.
Just less than full bodied. Paired with a very light carbonation, the mouthfeel works perfectly with the flavour.
I was on a long streak of trying shitty beers and this one shattered it. This is a great new find I would recommend without reservation. It's much too drinkable to be 9%. Although I would say I prefer Dieu du Ciel's Peche Mortel as a whole, this is definitely more drinkable in that it isn't quite as intense. I have a whole 500ml to myself and could easily drink more. Among the best stouts I've sampled so far.
07-01-2009 07:31:53 | More by eat
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
We were at Model Milk for dinner, first time there. Wandered towards the front bar to check out the tap selection (saw others drinking some decent bottles), what jumps out but "that cow beer" as it became affectionatly know by my dining mates.
Served in a snifter glass, beautiful, inky black color with a huge, creamy, beige head. Foam lasted for the entire glass.
First smell gives you sweet milk chocolate, a little roasted malt, and a bit of coffee.
Taste is slightly sweet, but not too cloying or artificial. Chocolate, cocoa, coffee all meld with the big toasted malt base. The high ABV is hidden, all components are well balanced and flavorfull.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, full body with out being heavy, low carbonation.
Overall a great stout, super happy to have this Quebec gem available in Alberta.
Note to Self: Ranked #25 Top Beers - Canada when I reviewed it.
04-29-2012 00:16:30 | More by BigBry
La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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