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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
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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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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a root beer float. Black with black lowlights topped by a foamy, frothy light biege head and monstrous lacing.

The aroma is quite fresh and spritzy, like fresh cut pears drizzled in chocolate and caramel. The roastiness is timid, but it's definitely there. This is all very subtle mind you.

The taste is sweet milk chocolate with just a tinge of roast and a creamy sweet chocolaty coffee. A lack of attenuation leads to a sweet finish, not dry at all, almost like a hint of chocolate syrup. Nice, clean aftertaste though. I want to say pungent, but I mean that in the best possible way. Low bitterness and roast though, but just enough to keep this from being cloying.

A very enjoyable beer and one I just realized, nearing the end, is 9%. It sure doesn't taste like it. It's oddly filling.

Courtesy of papat444 through CanBIF. Thanks Patrick!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 03:09:55 | More by MeisterBurger
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 16:39:14 | More by allergictomacros
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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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-22-2014 17:55:50 | More by acurtis
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BrunoPettipas

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

07-22-2014 00:48:21 | More by BrunoPettipas
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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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LoveStout

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-26-2014 00:06:21 | More by LoveStout
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

07-21-2012 06:01:30 | More by schnarr84
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours black with a 1 finger head that seems to last forever.

Smell. Sour caramel apple and roasty coffee.

Taste. Slightly sour chocolate. Old coffee, dark cherries and wood. Alcohol present.

Mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation. Warming.

Drinkability. An okay drinker. A little sweet.

A good stout with interesting sour features.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 00:54:04 | More by Rutager
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sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 02:40:02 | More by sstackho
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 05:51:12 | More by ThickNStout
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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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black with 2 fingers of bubbly light brown head that slowly receded.

S - Roasted malts, light chocolate notes and a slightly off tart/sour smell. A weak overall nose.

T - Roasted, slightly burnt malts, bitter coffee, dark chocolate and sweet dark caramel. Sweet in the middle and bitter and dry in the finish.

M - Medium boy with a nice chew. At times, the body seems full. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 01:12:50 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 18:29:16 | More by ZorPrime
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 15:53:10 | More by grub
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berkey

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Looked a little odd so I had to try it. 500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass as that was the closest glass I had to the one shown on the label which is entirely in French. From notes 11/17/09.

Pours very dark, essentially black. Forms a sturdy brown head with faint red highlights. Lacing is very nice.

Chocolate cream and caramel notes lead followed by not insignificant coffee aromas. Sweeter than I expected.

Caramel is much stronger than anticipated on this beer. Continues with some dark chocolate and more coffee. Not sure if it's because it had warmed or because my palate adjusted to the chocolate but the creamy, almost milky character is coming through really strong late in the tasting. Coffee and more chocolate cut through again in the aftertaste but the coffee doesn't lend much bitterness which actually works for this beer. It seemed like every sip was slightly different than the previous. Interesting experience.

Creamy, silky, texture with low carbonation. Not cloying or hot by any means but drinks at about the 9 % abv listed.

Never been a huge fan of the style but this was probably the best Milk Stout I've tried yet. Not exactly my ideal beer but it was very interesting so I'm giving it high marks.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 04:31:15 | More by berkey
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dirtylou

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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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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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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours an extremely dark brown with a 1 finger brown head. Head is fairly foamy, has some volume. some decent lacing, hard to tell carbonation levels.

Smell - i can smell coffee, dark/deep chocolate, some sweetness possible caramel along with a deep fruit. very dynamic smelling beer.

Taste - very rich tasting beer! the taste that dominates is a coffee/metallic taste along with the deep fruits. Finishes with a bitter coffee taste that lingers. very warming beer.

Mouthfeel - the added carbonation makes this beer come to life even more. very well thought out and tasty, the coffee and caramel come to the front.

Drinkability - this is a good tasting beer, couldnt drink a lot of them, but nice to know its out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 01:55:02 | More by Swedes21
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-10-2012 23:43:36 | More by chickenm
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jpbebeau

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-21-2012 03:17:31 | More by jpbebeau
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 01:30:17 | More by Sammy
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Now this is what I want to see in a stout! It has an almost crude oil color, which would entail black with just a tinge of cola brown around the edges. The tan colored head is dense and is puffy...it retains as well as any Irish conterpart that I've seen! The lacing is incredible, leaving behind not only sticky, bubbly residue, but a foamy layer on the side of my pint glass.

S- Being an imperial, I expected, and do smell, alcohol right off the bat. Once I get the initial tinge of roughness, there is semi-sweet bakers chocolate and coffee aromas noticeable. There is some burnt brown molasses bitter of the profile somewhat. To balance this, the modest sweet lactose comes through right at the end.

T- This is a yummy beer! A burnt almond chocolate bar flavor hits the palate first, then gets counteracted by the creamy moderate sweetness of the lactose. In the background, there is a flavor of black coffee and a semi-sweet toffee/caramel that lingers on the palate after the swallow. No hop bitterness on the finish, as there shouldn't be.

M- A little less full than I was expecting, but still a solid medium body. Also, the carbonation is slightly more zippy than I would have expected, but I find it also helps hide the slightly boozy nature of this one. With that said, it is still a relatively creamy, soft beer on the palate.

D- I'm finding as this warms up a couple degrees, it gets better than it is fresh out of the fridge. Overall, it's well balanced....astringent, yet sweet enough. I think this one needs to be enjoyed slowly and would be a good compliment with either some sort of chocolate desert or as a solid beer to go with a beef stew.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 03:27:56 | More by ChrisCage
La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.