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La Vache Folle - Milk Stout - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

204 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 44
Gots: 27 | FT: 4
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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 deonreds
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JMBSH
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SebD
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down moderately slow and leaves great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of coffee, espresso, roasted malts, dark chocolate and cocoa.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has definite coffee/espresso, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, cocoa and some faint fruits.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of allergictomacros
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black, no light penetration. The huge, rocky espresso head lasts almost the whole glass, draping it with foam patches on the way down. The aroma is sweet with a roasty edge and brandy notes. The taste is of creme brulee with toffee sweetness mixed with a subtle dark malt roastyness. Some plum and apple fruit notes lie in the back. Hops are very restrained throughout, providing nothing more than a minimum of bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a soft, light carbonation.

This is a good imperial stout. On the sweet side as you would expect, but with lots of complexity. Alcohol is also very well hidden for 9%. Worth a try.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Noelito76
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of TerryW
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tulip, nice solid three fingers of light tan head ontop of a dark brown thick beer. Nice sticky lacing, and the film lasts till the end. 4
S – immediate licorice and roasty notes. Tarry licorice, sticky fruits, dates, figs, and a subtle thick creaminess, some coffee maybe, with a strong cocoa/ semi-dark chocolate. Really interesting, and able to coax some more coffee notes out. 4.25
T – milk chocolate, coffee, then a mélange of creamy licorice, slight candy fruits of dates, light bitterness. The creaminess is really tasty and interesting, blended with the chocolate and toasty caramel, with a licorice note as well, mocha is a big note. Then a dry, creamy caramel finish. It’s a bit on the sweet side I think but the flavor is quite intriguing, the lactose is def on the strong side, but differentiates it from a typical stout. 4
M – Far too sessionable to possibly be 9% right? This drinks super smoothly, a moderate carbonation and a full lactose creaminess which has some bitter choc., Roasty coffee and smoke throw in. Almost light on the palate as a lot of the heavier stout character are smoothed out by the lactose, its maybe a bit too much like chocolate milk, I want a bit more presence. 4
Initially this was rocking my world, then the sweetness started to get to me and I was yearning for bitterness. Really drinkable and for the style I would say this is a steller example, and it has a good mix of some more typical stout notes and licorice but smoothed out really nicely by the deep tasty creamy body. It’s definitely worth a try for the uniqueness, but I think in terms of a regular stout I would look elsewhere. This is super smooth though, and it would be very easy to get through a few pints of this tasty brew. 4

Photo of kjyost
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle picked up by a Quebecois friend of mine and lovingly brought back to Ontario to me. From a depanneur in Drummondville if I'm not mistaken.

Bottled on 1 Sept 2010, so only about 3 months of aging. I simply couldn't wait to try this - I'll snag another bottle or two soon for aging purposes. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

Among the finest looking stouts I've had the pleasure to encounter. A rich inky black hue from which light cannot escape. Pours an incredibly thick mocha head that bubbles and churns but refuses to budge an inch. 10 minutes after pouring and it's still there with no signs of moving. Rich sheets of lacing on the glass. First rate.

Nose is roasted grain, licorice, bitter black chocolate, mineral, coffee grounds.

A well-crafted and superb tasting stout to be sure, but the lactose is eluding me a bit here. I certainly get all the usual suspects in the mix - rich dark coffee and chocolate, mild caramel sweetness, toasted bread. There is that lingering mineral flavor in there that I imagine some aging would solve. Finish is dry, bitter and long. Working through the bottle, the creamy sweetness arrives about halfway and is well blended with the bitter coffee notes. A sweet reprieve from the robust roasty flavors.

Crackles away on the tongue if allowed to sit for more than a few moments. Initially harsh, things soften after about half the bottle is consumed. Creamy and thick, a great sipper on a cold evening.

Certainly a pleasure to drink, rich and hearty and a brew that benefits from a few minutes outside of the glass to allow its character to erupt. I will certainly be back for a few aging bottles, because I imagine a well-cured bottle will prove to be among the elite North American stouts.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL brown glass pry-top. No date. Bought at Super Marché Rahman in Montreal.

Appearance: Poured into an Imperial pint. 1 inch frothy tan head atop a solidly opaque black body.

Nose: Café au lait, fresh cream, whisper of white smoke, coffee syrup, dark leaf tobacco. Smells like medium roast coffee with cream.

Palate: Bright and crisp with some light hops and some acid, which quickly switches to being creamy. Coffee and mocha flavors dominate, and there's some oxidized notes here too. Not sure if that's on purpose. The finish is long and rich and creamy, all mocha.

Notes: A seriously tasty brew for the coffee and/or mocha enthusiast. Would love to see this on nitro. Wish they dated the bottles, dammit! What's with brewers these days??

Photo of ThickNStout
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from Montreal, pours a rich, dark black, no light getting through, pillowy cappucino/mocha foam builds up, milky like the cappuccino too! Superb, anticipation high.

Nose is... light. Not getting a lot off of this one, anticipation deflated. Light milk chocolate, a hint of anise.

Taste is... delicious. Anticipation met. Sweet choco nibs all throughout, offset by a nice lacto bitterness, milky like creamer, light bitter chocolate and hops in finish, not a lot of roast but some. Alcohol nowhere to be found, SMOOTH. Imperial stout = no. Imperial milk stout = yes. Pretty sweet, dessert beer.

Not perfect but a smooth drinker, well made, would gladly spend another night with this beauty.

Photo of NightINgale
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle...

A - Dark brown body with a rich light brown head. Really nice head retention and lacing.

S - Smells chocolatey and roasty, with hints of strange yeastiness, red grapes and cherries.

T - Starts out like a true milk stout, with a very strong sweet malt base, hints of espresso, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Then you get a surprising fruity taste, with cherry, grape, and prune notes. The finish is slightly smoky and roasty, with hints of bread and vanilla. Over time the beer opens up even more, with very interesting flavours and hints. Oak, smoke, tobacco, raisins, dates... very interesting!

M - The beer has a nice medium body to it. For its ABV, it is super drinkable and not boozy at all. The texture is quite creamy and very roasty.

O - A surprisingly original specimen of its style, this beer aims to please and delight. Probably the best beer I've had from this brewery. Highly recommended!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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

Appearance - Pours jet black with a finger width of frothy beige head.

Smell - Coffee bean, milk chocolate, roasted notes, ripe cherries, caramel.

Taste - Unique balance of coffee, chocolate, and cherries. There's a bit of tartness from the cherries that can be picked up. Very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy texture.

Overall - A very well-executed imperial stout by Microbrasserie Charlevoix. The individual flavours are very bold, but no flavour overpowers the overall brew, making this a well-balanced, unique stout. ABV is well hidden. A must try for stout fans.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of elricorico
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.