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La Vache Folle - Milk Stout - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

La Vache Folle - Milk StoutLa Vache Folle - Milk Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

172 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%


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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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark dark mahogany colour, solid thumb of very fine bubbled mocha head with solid retention and leaves some fine bubbled tacky lacing on the glass.

S - Bitter chocolate with a stronger espresso finish. Faint scent of cherries and leafy greens also detectable, with a bit of alcohol also noticeable.

T - A very tasty offering, though I found it slightly metallic. The high ABV is extremely well hidden under coffee grounds, bitter chocolate with earthy undertones. There's a bit of a bitter-sweet finish on this one with the coffee aromas lingering one the tongue. YUM!

M - This one goes down quite smoothly, perfectly carbonated and the finish is not dry or overly bitter. Very enjoyable!

D - This one is surprisingly drinkable, especially given the higher ABV content. A very enjoyable offering and highly recommended. The flavours are quite tasty holding bold characteristics that are delicious but non-offensive.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 01:10:28 | More by andrenaline
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 19:56:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a black/brown colours with a huge beige fluffy head. I can't make out a whole lot of carbonation due to the darkness. It has a excellent amount of lacing and the head sticks around for a while.

Smell - The first thing I can smell is hops. Also some sweet malts and caramel. It also has a floral citrus note blend that makes it smell very fresh.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a fantastic mouthfeel. It has just the right amount of carbonation to leave it feeling light, but also creamy and velvety. First thing I can taste is some chocolate and vanilla mixed in with some hops. The hops stay with it - making it slightly bitter until the end, but then it leaves a nice chocolate sweet aftertaste.

Drink - I can't believe this beer packs a 9% punch, you would hardly notice it other than the warming feeling. An absolutely fantastic beer that is a must try in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 23:56:18 | More by spinrsx
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dirtylou

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 22:05:39 | More by dirtylou
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer from Charlevoix and it most definitely will not be my last. This is one good looking beer. Pours a dark brown (basically black), a thick light brown head with loads of lacing.

Smells sweet, lots of chocolate, some coffee and a faint fruitiness.

Tastes pretty much like it smells. Chocolate, coffee, a faint lactic sourness. This beer tastes great but it drinks even better. Its almost like 2% milk...but a 9% stout instead Ha.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 03:29:58 | More by irishkyle21
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A recent gift from Quebec. I've enjoyed some of Microbrasserie Charlevoix's other goods, and hope to continue the trend.

Pours a jet black color with two fingers of thick chocolate head. Head is slow to evaporate and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is somewhat muted. Some light coffee flavor and some sweet toffee/molasses scent does make its way through.

Milk chocolatey sweetness up front. Medium roast coffee flavor. Some molasses/toffee sweetness in the back. Coffee and toffee flavor lasts a while after the swallow. Not too strong, not too weak. The alcohol content is also well hidden.

Surprisingly easy to drink. Probably one of my favorite stouts now.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 22:04:08 | More by Seanstoppable
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - an impenetrable black, somewhat bubbly, with a tower of brown head that slowly dissipates, nice lacing
S - nice smells of sweet caramel and roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, and some vanilla
T - all the smells transfer nicely to taste, caramel sweetness, roasty and smoky malts hints, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and just a little tartness
M - fairly strong carbonation sensation fills the mouth at first, changing to a fuller smooth chewy feel, with the high ABV thinning it out just a little
D - for a thick stout with a 9% ABV, this is very well balanced in feel and flavour, hiding the 9% well, although a couple of these 500ml bottles might give away the secret

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 03:08:45 | More by joemcgrath27
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: 2009 JUN 15
From: ZorPrime

A: Pitch black body with three fingers of fluffy dark mocha head. Rentention is good and laces amazing lacing.

S: Loads of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark coffee and some sweet caramel. Very good.

T: Much like the aroma, tons of roasted malts. Notably dark coffee, some chocolate and touch of caramel. Not as sweet as I was expecting.

M: Medium-heavy bodied and medium carbonation. Texture is smooth and creamy and leaves a bitter roasted aftertaste. Quite surprised at how light bodied this is. Alcohol is not very evident.

D: Thanks again ZorPrime, quite a good stout here! Very enjoyable. Some flaws, but over all, great.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 04:38:47 | More by Long813
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 4 pack sampler.

Poured black as used deisil oil with a rich looking tan head & gobs of lacing.

Smokey roasted malts, slight cocoa notes.

Slick roasted milk coffee flavours abound. Some piney hops in the finish. High ABV is hidden well by the milky sweetness.

Found it to be quite slick and medium full in body.

Scary-easy drinking imperial stout. Nothing harsh about this at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 17:14:08 | More by Shadman
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Remember trying this about a year ago but don't quite remember how much I liked it.
Has the label changed? My bottle says this is an Imperial milk stout not just a milk stout.

A- Dark, thick milk chocolate head. Liquid looks jet black but is actually a pretty clear, super dark ruby.

S- Smells like a Dubbel and a stout. Some nice good quality light dark chocolate. Very slightly metallic. Needs some warming up. Warming up now: Hot alcohol and sweet fruit...mango maybe. Now smells more like a weak IIPA with some cocoa stout added.

T- This is pretty light. I was expecting something a lot heavier. But not light like some weak seltzer stouts, a good, still flavorful and well bodied light. You can taste some pine and sweet fruit from the hops. The last time I tasted this I remember it having a lot more of a lactosedairy taste to it. The whole hop and stout thing works very well. One of the best examples I've tried.

M- Quite prickly active carbonation. Medium to full mouthfeel. Dry finish but lots pf sugar in here to counter. Creamy and aggressive at the same time and can feel like a lager or a milkshake depending on the way you swallow.

D- Very good. Just tastes good. But one bottle is probably enough. Mainly because it's just so satisfying.

Really feels like they've changed the recipe or this is just a different beer. Good. Would buy it again. I also recommend it. Not going crazy for it but the Charlevoix quality is here and this is worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:24:35 | More by Yoonisaykul
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark black with a decent amount of caramal foam, using the duvel tulip glass. The taste is of very sweet roasted dark coffee/chocolate. It really drank like a light 6% stout, so I was suprised to see it was actually 9%. So its very easy to drink and goes down quite smooth. Good stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 21:26:53 | More by WeedKing4
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 17:35:59 | More by kjyost
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 20:28:12 | More by Ralphus
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark opaque brown with a mocha brown 3 finger head. Lots of carbonation rose up from the bottom in constant streams. Thin layer of head lingered with small amounts clinging to the sides. Aroma was sweet, milky, and slightly brown sugary. Small amounts of dark chocolate and coffee. Taste was sweet, with obvious hints of milky flavor. Almost like a very slightly flavored milk. Felt outstanding in the mouth. Coated extremely well, much like milk, with only a small touch of carbonation. It was very easy to drink, but definitely not session. Was almost too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:40:59 | More by mountdew1
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml brown bottle, I missed it the first time it was available here in Alberta (didn't realize it would sell out so fast!), so this was part of the La Vache Folle 4-pack, my 2nd chance. This one was bottled on June 15th 2009.

Pours out an opaque black, only the faintest of garnet highlights are apparent even against a direct light source. Dense spongy mocha head that eventually settles and leaves some intense lacing.

Coffee, roasted malt and slight char on the nose, along with treacle and some smoke.

Sweetness immediately up front in the flavour, some alcohol warmth, treacle and cocoa, a little bit of bourbon. Sweet milky chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, slick, and deceptively quaffable for such a strong stout.

Deceptive is the key word for this Imperial Milk Stout, between the sweetness and the slick mouthfeel this stout goes down far too easy for such a big beer, very well done. Glad I had the 2nd chance to sample this.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 05:55:32 | More by IronDjinn
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Half liter "subbie" bottle: Poured a black viscous ale in the glass...modest carbonation...small mocha head....smells delicious..sweet, chocolaty, roasty, some coffee...light grass tones.

Mouth feel is viscous. oily....good malt backbone and all the cocoa/coffee toasty stout tastes but toned back with a soft rounded taste profile from the lactose. Not a cloyingly sweet drink but sweetish, toasty chocolatey and mild....nice effort. "

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 23:18:14 | More by pootz
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown, almost black colour with thick tan head. Head retention and lacing all the way down the glass. It smells of roasted malt and light amount of chocolate. The taste has more of the chocolate with almost no bitterness that I sometimes get with big stouts. It is a little bit lighter in body than what I'd expect from how tick the head is, yet it is still quite smooth. It's a little bit boozy, so I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these at a time, but it is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 02:31:55 | More by kwjd
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ReFill31

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle poured in a Pint Glass

A : Very dark beer with a nice moka foam that stays on the beer a long time, leaving a nice ring on the glass.

S : Torrefaction smell, I could also distinct black olives. Sweet smell.

T : The taste is very good! Chocolate, coffee and we can feel the lactose in it also.

M : Very creamy, sweet.

D : We do not taste the alcohol at all which is kind of behind the smooth feel of the beer. Because of that I could easily drink another one.

Overall, an excellent beer that I would absolutely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 21:26:38 | More by ReFill31
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to papat444 for this one. Poured in a Selin's Grove pint glass. Bottled June 15th, 2009.

A - Pours with three fingers of dark mocha foam that dissipates slowly to a thin cap and thick ring. Some nice patchy lacing as well. Pitch black body with only the slightest hint of dark brown at the fringes.

S - Dark fruits and berries, some light smokiness, dry roast, some lactose, and sugar cookie. Not the biggest smell, and not as sweet or milky as you'd expect from this style.

T - The taste is a little nicer, with more chocolate and cream flavors coming out. Some nice fruitness, but also an odd lactic sour and earthy aftertaste that I'm not entirely sure fits. I suppose I'm forever skewed by the diabetic Three Hour Tour, but this is trending more into English Stout territory.

M - Light carbonation tingle, medium body, very soft and smooth. Right on for the style, but sufficiently big for the 9%.

D - This is an easy drinker. Killing the half-liter by myself would be no problem. I just wish the taste/aroma had a little more oomph and a touch more sweetness. I'd drink this one again if I were up in Quebec.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 21:34:07 | More by MasterSki
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Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

june 15th 2009 bottle

Impérial milk stout

What a nice brew!! a treat..

looks good: big moka head, beer is darkblack

Smells very good as well: sweet and torrified

Taste: is very smooth, sweet, round, torrification,like coffee, excellent,
well balanced

mouthfeel is sexy

drinkability is perfect to sip on a winter day
you dont taste the alcool, but it warm you up

This beer makes me happy

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 04:43:33 | More by Otterburn
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Goldorak, finally getting around to enjoying this CanBif treat from years back. Looks great, black body topped by tight two finger tan head with great retention. Also great lacing, thin sticky sheets battle gravity and appear to hold their own.

Lactose, chocolate and espresso, a hint of char, some raisin and a touch of leafy earthiness. So ya, smells great and im looking forward to the taste.

Tastes pretty damn good. Much like the nose. A nice little smack of roasted malts near the finish break through the rich and creamy lactose rich chocolate and espresso flavour. Some hazelnut also present.

Incredible mouth feel and presence. Full creamy body, and a great balance of rich flavours, nuts, chocolate/espresso, and charred malts. I would put this up there with Dark Lord in terms of great mouthfeel, but instead of molasses the lactose provides the substance.

As drinkable as any 9% brew. The alcohol reveals itself mostly through the warmth it imparts. A great beer to ring in the new on the first of January in Canada. A must try for fans of stouts and milk stouts. This brew is easily the equal of higher rated and more sought after brews. Could La Vache Folle come out on top of the Darklord? It does in my books... Thanks Martin for the chance to try this incredibly rich and tasty treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 23:21:33 | More by demcorhip
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 03:13:33 | More by elricorico
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours a dark black with 3 fingers of head that lasts for some time. Only the outer ring wants to receed leaving me a beige colored island on top of this beauty.

S- Sweet chocolate and light roasted malts. This smells like an easy drinker.

T- Sweet chocolate to start, toasted malts in the middle, and a good dose of bitter coffee in the end. A little warmth from the alcohol, but in a good way. Very well balanced!

M- That's mighty smooth, it's up there with some of my favorite stouts in terms of feel.

D- 9% you say??? I laugh at that and crack another. My first from this brewery, won't be my last. What a well rounded brew!!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 04:08:35 | More by Dawkfan
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notdan

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a dense, creamy, dark tan head that leaves plenty of lace down my pint glass. Smell is pretty much what you'd expect; chocolate, coffee, bit of alcohol, though maybe a little bit of a metallic note. The first thing that hits you as you sip is the sweetness, which lasts for a while as milk chocolate and coffee flavours flow over it, ending in a slight roasty bitterness. Freakin awesome. Mouthfeel is perfectly thick and creamy with just enough carbonation. This beer is flavourful, but alcoholic (tasting) it is not, making it quite easy to drink.

Need to head over to Gatineau and pick up some more of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 02:09:54 | More by notdan
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 04:38:01 | More by wordemupg
La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.