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La Vache Folle - Milk Stout - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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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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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 18:22:19 | More by SebD
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strang

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

09-13-2013 15:26:38 | More by strang
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Balvenie

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

08-29-2013 01:28:57 | More by Balvenie
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yossarian

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

08-15-2013 23:10:55 | More by yossarian
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groleau

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

08-11-2013 23:21:31 | More by groleau
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd love to say that La Vache Folle ("the mad cow") was black and white but it's not. I could probably get away with calling its body black (though I see it as more of a very dark brown) but its head definitely has a latte tint; it's not even close to pure white.

The aroma is relatively rich but far from opulent; it smells of milk chocolate, dark dried fruits and charred oak (though this is not barrel aged). It doesn't have the air of an imperial stout and comes across as being two or so alcohol rungs lower than it actually is.

The taste is defined by flavours of vanilla and burnt sugar. It drinks like a hot chocolate that's been spiked with a shot of espresso then put on the barbecue. It is sweet and bitter, strong but scrumptious. Bitterness takes the form of an unsweetened cocoa or coffee taste.

This stout drinks like it's been smoking cigars - there's a cinnamon-y, cigar box spice and light tar notes. It leaves a similarly smoky and astringent taste in the mouth. It's like coffee breath's raunchier cousin. But it's still a treat to drink; this is a dessert in a bottle and induces cravings for berries or caramel cake. Alcohol is not necessarily noted but does creep up eventually.

Microbrasserie Charlevoix brews some of the best Belgian-style ales outside of Belgium. They can also apparently emulate a mean Russian Imperial Stout; Vache Folle has the quantity and quality of character of some barrel-aged offerings but drinks about as easily as any generic, standard-strength stout. It remains a fixture of Quebec's rich, forever improving craft beer scene.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 04:20:53 | More by biegaman
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a murky, impenetrable jet black with an adequate tan head that pours big before quickly settling down to about an inch of puffy goodness. Good retention; subdued lacing.

S:
Hops, charred malt, brown sugar, some mineral odors. Quite inviting.

T:
Toasty, but clean. Malt predominates but it is well-balanced with what hop there is. Definite sweetness, but not sticky sweet or too rich. Coffee, chocolate, nuts, pepper on the whole. Surprisingly earthy backbone. Really nice. Lingering, slightly spicy aftertaste.

M:
Creamy and effervescent at once. Round flavors and mouthfeel but not over-powering. Smooth, slow finish with spicy, prickly aftertaste.

O:
Really, really good. Everything that makes an imperial stout good, sanded and planed down to be super smooth, well-balanced and drinkable. Not much else to say. It hits all the most important marks and doesn't fail on any of them.
Would absolutely get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 21:44:01 | More by TheDoctor
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Zbeetleman

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

07-08-2013 05:56:08 | More by Zbeetleman
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-28-2013 22:31:53 | More by GoHabsGo
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

06-23-2013 04:45:11 | More by rale
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

06-17-2013 00:12:39 | More by KeKeKumba
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

06-13-2013 04:37:29 | More by tom10101
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Jordantb313

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-11-2013 02:10:29 | More by Jordantb313
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

06-08-2013 04:03:29 | More by Krakpoff
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-06-2013 14:51:03 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-06-2013 01:18:54 | More by kjkinsey
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: deep dark brown with a minimal head that disappears quickly.

S: coffee, cocoa, roasted malts and some milk

T: coffee and bitter cocoa again upfront, there is a sweet finish and the alcohol is hidden.

M: medium creamy. Perhaps the carbonation is a little aggressive, but overall it is smooth and pleasant.

O: this was my first milk stout and I was rather pleasantly surprised by the feel and flavor of this style. The beer finished nicely and i have to say I find it quite drinkable. I could easily see myself having a few on a cool evening. I have always been a fan of Charlevoix, so this beer did not disappoint me. I look forward to trying more of this type and seeing what others have to offer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 00:00:59 | More by polloenfuego
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-20-2013 04:56:48 | More by Kmat10
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

05-16-2013 05:41:20 | More by yancot
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metalgdog

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

05-10-2013 00:17:03 | More by metalgdog
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jvillefan

California

2.7/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 03:46:05 | More by jvillefan
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NorthernSoul

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

04-17-2013 22:42:59 | More by NorthernSoul
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown, thick and murky, very large bubbly coffee colored, leaves webs of lacing.

Nose is fairly dry lactose, milk chocolate and dusty cocoa, vanilla, some light blueberry or grape. Light bitterness.

Taste opens with the same blueberry/grape fruit character, sweet milk chocolate, some lightly bitter roast, sweet lactose. Not incredibly sweet for a milk stout but very tasting. There is a slightly cardboard like thing in there too but it's not too distracting.

Mouthfeel is nice and rich, lots of carb, feels fairly thick and dry.

Very nice milk stout! I really like the dark fruit character.

7.9/10

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 01:56:20 | More by AlexFields
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-14-2013 14:18:47 | More by IanSpindler
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sdm9465

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-08-2013 16:26:02 | More by sdm9465
La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.