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La Vache Folle - Milk Stout - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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La Vache Folle - Milk StoutLa Vache Folle - Milk Stout

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192 Ratings

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 34
Gots: 24 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 02-14-2007)
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2.7/5  rDev -34.1%

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.

04-22-2013 03:46:05 | More by jvillefan
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

12-05-2013 16:29:40 | More by byronic
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

04-17-2013 22:42:59 | More by NorthernSoul
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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

07-20-2014 06:14:49 | More by Howlader
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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

03-17-2013 02:44:15 | More by BlackAura
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

11-04-2013 05:28:56 | More by AugustusRex
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

05-16-2014 00:23:50 | More by boszormeny
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3.1/5  rDev -24.4%

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.

08-31-2012 23:02:14 | More by Jeffo
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Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

01-23-2013 00:49:20 | More by Luk13
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Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

06-13-2011 00:59:44 | More by khamush
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

04-27-2014 02:06:54 | More by bunruh
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

08-03-2009 14:10:14 | More by mrmanning
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-30-2012 08:27:24 | More by ygtbsm94
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

06-23-2013 04:45:11 | More by rale
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

08-24-2014 21:39:12 | More by Corson
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

05-15-2014 14:22:54 | More by cbnz
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

03-19-2013 00:52:27 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

08-11-2013 23:21:31 | More by groleau
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

06-13-2013 04:37:29 | More by tom10101
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Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

02-14-2007 19:03:26 | More by Phyl21ca
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Prince Edward Island (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

01-14-2011 00:34:57 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

04-13-2010 20:28:12 | More by Ralphus
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3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

08-11-2009 23:53:59 | More by hopdog
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

06-18-2011 20:36:56 | More by tbeckett
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

06-26-2011 23:50:04 | More by Digimaika2
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La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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