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La Vache Folle - Milk Stout - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 217
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 52
Gots: 39 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 02-14-2007

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Photo of jvillefan
2.72/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I am going to take a point off of each category due to the vast inexperience that this brewery clearly has. The beer was vastly overcarbonated and nearly exploded after opening despite no reason to do so. After the fountain of beer on my ceiling and carpet there was only enough to fill 4 oz of my glass.

A: A dark brown body with a huge brown head.

S: Not great. It has a homebrew aroma when homebrewing is done with extract. There is sweet chocolate aromas present as well.

T: Light flavors. There is a chocolate flavor with some creamy flavors in the background. There are many better milk stouts out there.

M: The carbonation is way to high and this leaves the body deceptively light.

O: Could have been good if the brewery had more skill when it comes to their process. Very poor execution. This will be my last beer from Microbrasserie Charlevoix.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.12/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second time having this beer. The first time I scored it a 2.58, which isn't all that impressive. Let's hope eithe the beer or my palate has changed since then. Got this at Intermarche St-Roche in Quebec City.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Bottled 24 Feb 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear brown and produces a one finger, medium looking, cream colored head with great retention. Clear black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. Good head, but body needs to be thicker.

SMELL: Roasted notes, coffee, sweet cream and lactose sugars for sure. Espresso roasted coffee and vanilla cream. Interesting, and bold enough for sure.

TASTE: Roasted notes with some slightly stale coffee flavors up front. A little less satisfying than the nose, unfortunately. Sweet cream and vanilla comes out at the swallow, then lots of coffee, lactose sugar and sweet vanilla cream in the bolder and lingering aftertaste. Some bitter coffee tries to peek through the sweet lactose flavors. Better than I remeber, though the coffee is still a little stale tasting.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little light for the style, thoug creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating.

OVERALL: Better than I remember, but still a little underwhelming. Coffee is a little stale tasting, and it's not really big enough for the ABV. Still a decent beer that's worth trying, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of khamush
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Severed from a bottle.

Pours dark brown with big tan head.

Has aroma or milky lactic acid with roasty hints.
Roasty light charred with slight lactic character.
Dry charred finish.

Medium body, not to chewy not to thin, but nice and even.

I'm finding the charred character to strong and would enjoy this more with a more coffee or chocolate roast character and with a bigger milky character as well.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle- Deep dark black pour with a foamy and frothy mocha cap. Leaves nise spotty lace. Nose is quite lactic, milk chocolate, some roasty components, coffee beans, and fresh hops. Tastes of coffee, milk chocolate, lactic, roasty malts with some young hops. Has quite an odd metallic feel and flavour towards the end, but it doesn't come off as unpleasant. Creamy with good drinkability.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with pretty good retention and lacing. Aroma of medium roasted malt with a nice touch of lactose. Taste of roasted chocolate malt is pretty dry with no noticeable hops. I’m not sure if my mouth was playing trick with me but I could really distinguish lactose in there. Interesting take on a style that I don’t have access to very often.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first beer of 2011, and my first beer from the Microbrasserie (microbrewery) Charlevoix.

The head is large and fast-forming. It's lumpy, creamy, and dimpled. The impressive head forces a pour done in stages. It's very dark in the glass... pitch black/dark brown. No light gets through. As the beer goes down, the lacing is sparse.

In the smell is chocolate, milk, oranges, and alcohol. Perhaps even some wet/musty wood.

The taste is very fruity and alcoholic - not quite what I expected. It's bright and light in some ways, but strong. You can taste cherries, chocolate cream wafers / mousse. There's also a chocolate liqueur flavour... almost like chocolate Grand Marnier. Just a hint of coffee, as any roasted flavour comes out later (and in he aftertaste).

The carbonation is OK. The mouthfeel isn't too thick or thin. There is a sharpness of the alcohol (& fruit flavour). I don't like what I taste/feel as an imbalance in alcohol / tartness / bitterness / sweetness.

Overall, for me, this beer is decent. It's too sweet / strong for my liking. It's not quite medicinal... more like the syrup of a really sugary drink. A bit much to want to finish.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My last Vache Folle series beer was an explosive ESB - in fact three of them in a row. So I was concerned how this one might turn out but luckily it was for naught. The milk stout was in good shape.

It poured a dark guinness black with a large light brown foamed head with retention. Smells are light, coffee like and a little smokey/boozee. The taste however has much more.. rich milk chocolate, smokiness, roasted malts and a well balanced sweetness and sour, hop finish. It's well done but not really a stand out for me. The levels are right but the taste is just a little off.

Mouthfeel is good if not a bit too prickly due to the carbonation. Drinkability is better than average for a beer of this strength.

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Photo of hopdog
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle acquired in trade with Sammy (thanks!).

Poured a dark, dark brown color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, chocolate, lactose, some coffee, and slightly earthy. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, licorice, and lighter roastiness. I also noted root beer candy. Thinner body with the alcohol content well hidden.

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Photo of Provocajade
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- very dark and not transparent. Head is fairly big and has small bubbles making for a thick, creamy foam.

Smell- like cocoa nibs which isn't really a sweet chocolate smell, but more rich like dark chocolate. It has a bit of a green acerbic quality that came out specially after it was warming down like fresh olive oil (weird I know).

Taste- dark/bitter chocolate. There was a acidity in the front and has a more roasty finish. It wasn't as sweet as I thought something labeled as "milk stout" on the bottle would be....The BA label is right in it's profile being a Double/Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel- The lightly acidic entry with fair carbonation (though short) I wasn't sold on the feel. The finish is creamy though and much more pleasant and let the roasty chocolate taste linger.

I'm glad someone from Canada was nice enough to bring treats to Vegas. This was good, but wasn't something I would request a second of.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a root beer float. Black with black lowlights topped by a foamy, frothy light biege head and monstrous lacing.

The aroma is quite fresh and spritzy, like fresh cut pears drizzled in chocolate and caramel. The roastiness is timid, but it's definitely there. This is all very subtle mind you.

The taste is sweet milk chocolate with just a tinge of roast and a creamy sweet chocolaty coffee. A lack of attenuation leads to a sweet finish, not dry at all, almost like a hint of chocolate syrup. Nice, clean aftertaste though. I want to say pungent, but I mean that in the best possible way. Low bitterness and roast though, but just enough to keep this from being cloying.

A very enjoyable beer and one I just realized, nearing the end, is 9%. It sure doesn't taste like it. It's oddly filling.

Courtesy of papat444 through CanBIF. Thanks Patrick!

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Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Broue HAHA. From notes.

A - Poured with a two finger creamy beige head. Nice and creamy head. Good film of retention and a little lacing. Black with medium carbonation visible.

S - Chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted malt and a little smoke.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate is quite strong, and a fairly sweet note.

M - Proper carbonation with a full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Good but not great. I was expecting more. Fairly standard.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a tall billowy foam head that eventually recedes while clinging to the glass. Foam reminds me of chocolate milk with its creaminess and colour.

S: Lots of caramel/molasses-like malts, vanilla, dark chocolate, and some faint dark & candied fruits like figs, dates, cherries. Very good smell with a lot to take in.

T: Caramel-like roasted malts upfront along with those dark fruits, and a faint and mellow dark chocolate and vanilla finish. Alcohol is noticeable throughout. Overall quite sweet, but still pleasant. Was expecting a bit more from the initial smell.

M: Surprisingly lighter than normal for the style, with a higher amount of carbonation.

D: Overall quite nice, but not something I would likely seek out again. A bit too caramel & molasses focused for my taste.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive dark brown foam over an opaque brown liquid. Head is solid and sticky - exceptional. Nose is somewhat muted though with some grapyness and fruit. Some caramel as well. Sweet and fruity flavour with apple, grape, red berries and hints of citrus and tropical fruit. Good toastiness but nothing over-the-top. Alcohol is well hidden. Fairly light body and low carbonation. Good balance and overall very drinkable. Maybe a bit on the light side though, and definitely weak in aroma.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, sticky head, colour of a brown paper bag; fades in a minute or two leaving a film

Aroma: almost no aroma whatsoever; very faintly of coffee tobacco

Taste & Mouthfeel: light taste and light body, barely a hint of the hefty ABV; has a milky flavour, pairing well with a hint of coffee and caramel - like having a brandy cream, even including the mild burn of alcohol in the finish; great carbonation, satin mouthfeel; very lightly of chocolate, and it's more like what than dark

Overall: a nice change from the typical stout, easy-drinking, sure to be a crowd pleaser

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Photo of Rutager
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours black with a 1 finger head that seems to last forever.

Smell. Sour caramel apple and roasty coffee.

Taste. Slightly sour chocolate. Old coffee, dark cherries and wood. Alcohol present.

Mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation. Warming.

Drinkability. An okay drinker. A little sweet.

A good stout with interesting sour features.

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Photo of sstackho
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased about 4 months ago at Jovi in Gatineau for $4. Pours black with a nice velvety creamy brown head. Nice roasted malt aroma. Flavour is initially roasty and toasty, perhaps a bit spicy (or perhaps I shouldn't have eaten that pepperoni stick before reviewing a beer). There's a nice tang to the flavour, but when cold, it drops out after that and the aftertaste is a bit thin. Initially, it certainly doesn't feel like a 9% beer. As it warms, the flavour starts out richer, almost a bit syrupy, and the alcohol seems more noticeable. Definitely let this one warm up. But still, not one of my favourite big stouts.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black with 2 fingers of bubbly light brown head that slowly receded.

S - Roasted malts, light chocolate notes and a slightly off tart/sour smell. A weak overall nose.

T - Roasted, slightly burnt malts, bitter coffee, dark chocolate and sweet dark caramel. Sweet in the middle and bitter and dry in the finish.

M - Medium boy with a nice chew. At times, the body seems full. Light carbonation.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle from La Duchesse D'Aiguillon (Quebec City). 4.99. Bottled 11/1/12. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours dark cola brown with one and a half fingers fluffy sand head. Nice sheets of lacing on the way down.

Smells of dark cocoa, sweet cream and roasty malts. Simple but nice.

Taste is bittersweet cocoa, lightly creamed coffee, burnt caramel, chocolate milk, roast malts, lactose sweetness and slightly nutty. Very little alcohol bite.

Medium full, creamy feel with initially too-sharp carbonation that calms down a bit as it warms. Mildly bitter creamy cocoa aftertaste.

A nice find on my recent trip to Quebec City (thanks for the reccomendation ricochet173!). One of the better strait up milk stouts I've had with plenty of robust notes that make it significantly more interesting than typical brews in the style. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of grub
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this one as part of a recent trade with papat444. thanks pat!

500ml bottle. sampled may 24/09.

pours nearly black and opaque with a huge dense dark brown head. the head drops very slow and leaves tons of thick lace behind.

aroma is nice. light smoke. slightly sour, but a lactic or baltic sourness. wheat bread. cracker. biscuit. light alcohol. dark and milk chocolate. bit of fruit. earthy and slightly woody. a bit of anise. very low bitterness level.

taste is good. dark and milk chocolate. light lactic sourness. bit of coffee. light alcohol. bit of smoke. caramel and toffee. biscuit. toasted whole wheat bread. fairly sweet, but not over the top. anise. a bit earthy. touch of fruity character.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. silky smooth medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. it hides its alcohol pretty well, at the expense of being just a little too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet umber with sticky hills of tan foam.
Malteser nose with bark, bubble gum and smoke - phenolic.
Milk chocolate, a lactic tang, some woody balsamic notes, brown sugar sweetness, a bit of berry and earthy hops to end.
Humus finish and tight, sour linger.
Creamy, the light side of medium, chewy, no burn.

Sort of Belgian? Because there's an edge here that's a bit wild and not totally wrong. It could be sherry notes from Special B or, at 10 months after bottling, it could just be a bit oxidized. Either way, it opens nicely, with the lactic notes settling down, lots of chocolate, no heat, and a smooth body that never cloys.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on June 11, 2009

A: Pours very dark color with a brown head. Mainly formed of big bubbles. Top of the head is very cloud looking. Nice.

S: Roasted malts. Maybe some hints of chocolate but very slim. No hops in the smell.

T: Damn, first sip I get metallic taste... damn damn damn. After 4 sips, I'm used to it since it completely disappeared. It is mainly roasted malts for me with slight chocolate in the aftertaste. I don't get the smoke taste like others do.

M: Creamy... very creamy.

D: Very drinkable and the ABV is timid since I don't feel it while drinking.

Overall not a bad beer however I should get another to see if the metallic taste is always there.

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Photo of berkey
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Looked a little odd so I had to try it. 500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass as that was the closest glass I had to the one shown on the label which is entirely in French. From notes 11/17/09.

Pours very dark, essentially black. Forms a sturdy brown head with faint red highlights. Lacing is very nice.

Chocolate cream and caramel notes lead followed by not insignificant coffee aromas. Sweeter than I expected.

Caramel is much stronger than anticipated on this beer. Continues with some dark chocolate and more coffee. Not sure if it's because it had warmed or because my palate adjusted to the chocolate but the creamy, almost milky character is coming through really strong late in the tasting. Coffee and more chocolate cut through again in the aftertaste but the coffee doesn't lend much bitterness which actually works for this beer. It seemed like every sip was slightly different than the previous. Interesting experience.

Creamy, silky, texture with low carbonation. Not cloying or hot by any means but drinks at about the 9 % abv listed.

Never been a huge fan of the style but this was probably the best Milk Stout I've tried yet. Not exactly my ideal beer but it was very interesting so I'm giving it high marks.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

label-less, provided by bert from his recent canadian vacation

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice - very dark body, full creamy beige head with lighter retention

smell: dark roasty aroma - chocolatey, lactose, belgian yeast, touch of booze, dark fruit

taste: interesting beer - like some sort of cross between a belgian strong dark, dubbel, and stout. There is lots of dark belgian yeast, dark fruit and fig, licorice, strong alcohol sting

mouthfeel: similarities to a belgian dark, alcohol heat, well carbonated

drinkability: ok

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Photo of elricorico
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in the glass, opaque all around. A slow steady pour generated a mountain of malt coloured head, that grows before it recedes.

Smells of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Some milky coffee and smoke. Not as big as I'd have hoped but nice.

Milky sweetened coffee right up front, that becomes more and more chocolatey as it heads towards the back of the mouth. Some cola impressions on the sides of the tongue. A bit acidic in the finish.

Body leaning towards full and creamy, with medium to low carbonation. Has a way of filling the whole mouth.

A different take from the average big stout. Quite sweet, but I don't mind that. Worth checking out.

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Photo of kjyost
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated June 15, 2009. Thanks Viggo!

A: Pours an inky black with a nice tan head that laces well. A perfect looking pint.

S: First notes were yeasty and not in a positive way. The aromas of yeast disappeared slowly with the head leaving more muted aromas of licorice and coffee

T: A good RIS. Numerous subtle flavours that play across your palate at different times. A thick roasty bitterness from the dark malts is paired with notes of molasses, licorice and, at times, berries. The lactose addition is not perceivable in any form to me, as any sweetness within the beer (which is minimally noticeable) I would have chalked up to a higher FG.

M: Stick to the mouth nicely as any good RIS should, but I found the carbonation a little more biting than I would have liked.

D: The taste wins the day here. The issues with aromas and mouthfeel are minimal compared to the enjoyable flavours within.

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La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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