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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

188 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 34
Gots: 23 | 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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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-05-2013 03:57:58 | More by WeissBoy
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-02-2013 05:53:12 | More by KrisDLSmith
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 03:41:10 | More by TerryW
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deonreds

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-25-2013 08:59:16 | More by deonreds
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Special thanks to hoppypocket for sending us this beer across the country. Bottled 01/23/2013

A: A pitch black pour with 4 fingers of tan head which slowly settles leaving plenty of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Initial scents of milk chocolate and espresso followed by cocoa beans and oak.

T: Pronounced milk chocolate followed by mild espresso. Slight wood notes and nuttiness. The milk sugars are quite forward and add a layer of complexity.

M: Oily, thick and creamy.

O: Extremely delicious beer and the best milk stout I've had to date. If I was to have a beer for breakfast this would be it. Well worth getting.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 01:57:04 | More by FondueVoodoo
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler.

A nice even tan light coffee head is formed, very creamy and soapy with latge staying power and great retention. Deep dark walnut brown body with nice red highlights.

Nose has light classic milk lactose but more of a nice wood and tannic roast character. Some cream but this is not sweet forward like most milk stouts. Some faint milky chocolate rounds things out a bit.

Palate is interesting. Woody tannic slight sharp hop bent almost, some faint berry fruit angles, even a bit of nutty character. Some cream comes in with much toned down nice sweetness. Minor fizz playful carbonation and quite dry.

Overall one of the more unique milk or imperial stouts I have had lately, very memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 18:37:23 | More by smakawhat
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timiskin

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

11-18-2013 00:46:40 | More by timiskin
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dobmaster

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-14-2013 18:00:44 | More by dobmaster
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:21:00 | More by BGDrock
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle picked up from LCBO for under $6 CDN. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Jet black, with a dark tan head measuring about a finger. It doesn't last terribly long but leaves nice wispy collar of cream on top. Too dark to see anything that may be going on inside the glass.

Smell - Coffee, dark chocolate and a bit of burnt caramel. Maybe trace licorice aromas and the coffee and dark chocolate come out as the beer warms a bit.

Taste - Full flavored, intensely tasting of coffee dark chocolate and caramel. Booze is invisible at first but melds more and more strongly with the remaining flavors as it warms. Not that much of a lingering aftertaste, the flavor is just kind of gone like pressing a reset button, but wonderful in the mouth. Started off loving it, but about halfway in, the intensity was almost sensory overload and with the booze coming through more strongly, I was getting a lot of alcohol flavor every bit of the advertised 9%. Still really good flavor overall.

Mouthfeel - Rich super slick and extremely creamy and filling. Low carbonation but quite a heavy beer. Clean finish that doesn't linger nor is it especially dry. Really well done here.

Overall - Delicious beer that I thoroughly enjoyed however the sweetness and apparent booziness after half a glass is just a bit excessive and prevents me from wanting much more. A beer which if served in a 330 ml bottle would be even better since the serving size would be just about right. Nonetheless the inclusion of lactose here makes this beer a little creamier and amplifies the flavors to an extent that it is an experience in itself.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 15:55:48 | More by DenisKolkin
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-07-2013 22:04:19 | More by MJ63
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 06:50:57 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

11-04-2013 05:28:56 | More by AugustusRex
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LoveBeerNo7

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

11-03-2013 06:52:02 | More by LoveBeerNo7
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StJamesGate

New York

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 12:45:59 | More by StJamesGate
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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-30-2013 02:17:58 | More by kevinlater
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  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

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 23:15:38 | More by mick303
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

10-29-2013 14:50:51 | More by cam477
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-28-2013 00:04:27 | More by RedAleMan
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dipso123

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-27-2013 23:11:36 | More by dipso123
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AussieAbroad

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-24-2013 01:19:04 | More by AussieAbroad
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-22-2013 15:08:47 | More by Groulxsome
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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-02-2013 01:31:32 | More by 604growler
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 01:58:02 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-23-2013 18:43:20 | More by Exeter
La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.