La Vache Folle - Milk Stout - Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
07-30-2009 16:39:14 | More by allergictomacros
4/5 rDev -2.4%
A smooth drinking imperial stout..substantial milk chocolate, a nice change from bourbon booziness. The aroma is milk chocolate. Sweet without being cloying. Pours dark brown with lots of initial creamy bubbly off-white. ABove average mouthfeel. Worked with sushi.
07-29-2009 01:30:17 | More by Sammy
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
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
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??
06-16-2009 02:45:52 | More by SFLpunk
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
06-14-2009 18:29:16 | More by ZorPrime
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
05-27-2009 15:53:10 | More by grub
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
I really enjoyed the old 5% Vache Folle, too bad they don't make it anymore. Thanks to grub for sharing this 500ml bottle!
Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, huge and thick light brown head forms, leaves a ton of lacing on the glass, very sticky, settles to a thick ring, looks real nice. Smell is great, very milky, lactose, sugary, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, lightly smokey, some dark fruit, very rich and smells great. Taste is similar, very sweet at first, lactose and caramel, sugary, bit of banana bread, brown sugar, chocolate, some bitter roast, smoke, biscuit, sweet but balanced in the finish, real nice. Mouthfeel is great, medium to full bodied, very thick and milky, low to medium carbonation, silky smooth and the alcohol is very well hidden. Charlevoix is pretty underrated, this is a great beer. Thanks Russ!
05-25-2009 18:42:39 | More by Viggo
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
A: Pure black. Head is tan and has a nice volume. Nothing overly exciting, but a nice looking brew nonetheless.
S: Really good chocolate smell. Lactose help the beer to have a lesser roasted smell than most stouts, much more smooth. Good malty sweetness, great and powerful dark fruits are there (cherry, raspberry).
T: Unlike the smell, roasted malts come upfront with a dark chocolate taste. Kind of a powdery cocoa feel. Lactose is present and helps the brew to rise the taste of the dark fruits to a much higher level than most stouts. Surprisingly very balanced, nothing too powerful.
M: Well, that's where I'm a bit disappointed. Medium body, with mid carbonation. I would have expected something much more heavy from a 9% ABV brew.
D: Mouthfeel being low, the lack of alcohol warmth, taste being balanced and not too powerful are all some "weaknesses" that makes this Imperial Stout almost as drinkable as a Guinness.
A very good brew that would make it a great session stout even for the ABV.
05-03-2009 23:34:34 | More by flipper2gv
4.43/5 rDev +8%
Au dépanneur Tremblay (avenue Cartier) de Québec
A - Black with little dark brown reflects, nice creamy tan head
S - Sweet chocolate, roast coffee, little fruity but discret with the alcohol
T - Little sweet because of the addition of lactose, chocolate & roasted coffee just like the smell, high alcohol rate is really not aggresive, well-balanced
M - Smooth, Great body, very gooddd in mouth
D - One of my favorite beer from now in 2008, really appreciate the style, the sweetness is fabulous, can get one every night after dinner
12-01-2008 18:21:12 | More by Clubchat
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
After my explosive experience with Vache Folle ESB in Quebec City its with some trepidation that I open the Vache Folle Milk Stout. Superb appearance! Pitch black with a huge mocha head straining to escape the glass and billowing upwards. Good cocoa aroma alongside a dark roast coffee. The initial taste is a nice sweet chocolate, but this is prevented from becoming cloying by a dose of bitter coffee that quickly follows it. As the beer warms some dark fruit and Kahlua begin to appear. The mouthfeel is smooth, and the carbonation helps clean the palate of excess residual sugars.
This is a very well-crafted beer and dangerously drinkable at 9%. It hides the alcohol very well and I found myself drinking this as if it was a sessionable stout. Charlevoix have not disappointed me so far, and I look forward to trying more from this brewery, and returning to this beer.
10-21-2008 13:17:42 | More by bobsy
3.8/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
08-18-2008 02:40:02 | More by sstackho
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
Served at 50 degrees. 500ml bottle.
A: Poured a thick looking pure black with ruby hues around the edges of the glass. A thick 3 fingers of light-brown foam came close to escaping the realms of its glass prison. The head then fades into a nice thick film that leaves impressing lacing on the glass.
S: Roasted coffee is what comes first with a bit of alcohol. As I plunge my nose deeper into the darkness, I find some fainter notes of chocolate. Alcohol gets more apparent as it warms.
T: Initial chocolate sweetness followed on some sips by a bitter roasted coffee taste that balances the whole experience quite nicely. Finish is an extension of the roasted coffee bitterness, at times it can be surprising but never overwhelming.
M: Smooth like liquid silk. As an overall creamy feel but carbonation tingling is also perceptible and surprised me at first although I quickly got used to it.
D: Alcohol was well-hidden and I found myself reaching for another sip faster I knew was right for a 9% brew. Went down faster than I intended and I felt it. But it didn't prevent me from wanting more. Yum!
Overall, a very pleasant late night sipper. Another strong offering from Microbrasserie Charlevoix that I will revisit.
05-13-2008 01:01:45 | More by santa109
4.45/5 rDev +8.5%
500 ml bottle.
A- Pitch black, Very nice creamy moka head with good durability and that leaves a thick layer of suds on the glass as it goes down.
S- Chocolate with a touch of roast coffee. Faint hint of plum/prune and alcohol.
T- Slightly sweet, but not excessively. Chocolate. Touch of roasted coffee and a bitter aftertaste. Alcohol and drid fruit hints come through as it warms.
MF- Smooth. A bit highly carbonated. Good body. Some alcohol warmth.
D- A very nice sipping stout with high ABV well hidden. Not everyone will like the sweetness, but I did. A desert beer for the end of the evening.
04-15-2008 20:29:17 | More by JOaikido
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
Apparantly the winter 2006 version was 9% (same old label, abv corrected with a marker).
A: Black with a fluffy, tan head; good retention & lacing.
S: Chocolate; malty (bready with roasted nuts); light floral & alcohol.
T: Dark chocolate with a pleasant maltyness (reminiscent of Ovaltine), subtle roasted malt flavour, slightly smokey, molases. The residual sweetness is balanced with the roasted bitterness.
M: Moderate body is smooth & creamy with a slightly acidic finish.
D: Easily approachable, very drinkable, but somewhat filling.
06-14-2007 02:12:58 | More by Derek
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. Im 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 dont have access to very often.
02-14-2007 19:03:26 | More by Phyl21ca
La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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