Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

La Vache Folle - Milk Stout - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

Not Rated.
La Vache Folle - Milk StoutLa Vache Folle - Milk Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

109 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 109
Hads: 225
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 54
Gots: 44 | 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:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 02-14-2007

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (37) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of La Vache Folle - Milk Stout Alström Bros
Reviews: 109 | Hads: 225
Photo of slimspady
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- jet black, long lasting, thick tan head
S- chocolate, lactose
T- chocolate, vanilla, a nice sweetness. 
M- lots of carbonation, very smooth, really light, no way this is 9%. 
O- enjoyable. A really nice stout. Very easy to drink. Perfect if you don't want a heavy oatmeal or Russian Imperial stout. Still enough flavors to be great.

 337 characters

Photo of Seanstoppable
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A recent gift from Quebec. I've enjoyed some of Microbrasserie Charlevoix's other goods, and hope to continue the trend.

Pours a jet black color with two fingers of thick chocolate head. Head is slow to evaporate and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is somewhat muted. Some light coffee flavor and some sweet toffee/molasses scent does make its way through.

Milk chocolatey sweetness up front. Medium roast coffee flavor. Some molasses/toffee sweetness in the back. Coffee and toffee flavor lasts a while after the swallow. Not too strong, not too weak. The alcohol content is also well hidden.

Surprisingly easy to drink. Probably one of my favorite stouts now.

 685 characters

Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark black with a decent amount of caramal foam, using the duvel tulip glass. The taste is of very sweet roasted dark coffee/chocolate. It really drank like a light 6% stout, so I was suprised to see it was actually 9%. So its very easy to drink and goes down quite smooth. Good stout.

 300 characters

Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown, almost black colour with thick tan head. Head retention and lacing all the way down the glass. It smells of roasted malt and light amount of chocolate. The taste has more of the chocolate with almost no bitterness that I sometimes get with big stouts. It is a little bit lighter in body than what I'd expect from how tick the head is, yet it is still quite smooth. It's a little bit boozy, so I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these at a time, but it is quite enjoyable.

 492 characters

Photo of SebD
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

 541 characters

Photo of Muhly
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a mug.

A-opaque black colour. Couple of fingers of creamy tan/brown head.

S-coffee and sweet, slightly sour chocolate milk.

T-a hint of sweet dark malts with a powerful hit of bitter coffee and dark chocolate.

M-initially thinner and more carbonated than I anticipated, but as the carbonation dissipates, it seems to become creamier and fuller. The creamy mouthfeel adds to the enjoyment. No astringency detected and finishes with a bit of sweetness.

O-I think this is a pretty bang on sweet stout with the exception of the initial mouthfeel which I wish was creamier and a bit more full. Oh well. After sitting for a couple of beats, the mouthfeel comes into focus and everything is beautiful. I'm grabbing one the next time I feel like a sweet stout!

 782 characters

Photo of sholland119
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Premier Wine & Spirits, Halifax.

A-Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a massive foamy mocha head.

S-Graham crackery notes in the malt. Roast with a hint of marshmallow.

T-Roasty front with dark fruits aplenty, some brown sugar and chocolate. Though this is brewed with lactose, this characteristic is hidden from my palate anyway. This is, to me, a heftier export stout. And a good one.

M-Medium bodied, a bit overcarbonated, a bit of lingering booziness.

O-Very tasty indeed. Not really a milk stout but I liked it.


 552 characters

Photo of ksimons
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black in color with no visible color highlights and a light tan creamy head

S-dark and milk chocolate, light roasted malts, and lactose

T-taste is similar to the smell, lots of milk chocolate and some lactose but with a slightly roasted, dark chocolate finish

M-medium body, light to moderate carbonation

Overall I usually don't like milk stouts but this one is way better than I was expecting, still a milk stout but with a bigger body and more roast than usual.

 477 characters

Photo of peensteen
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown colour, more than a finger of tan/off white head, little bit of lace as well. Smell is of milky chocolate, coffee and roasted malts and only intensified as it warmed, tons of chocolate present here. Taste is sweet and chocolatey, coffee grinds and roast, lactic flavours toward the finish, cocoa powder and milk chocolate finish and aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium body and a really nice feel, smooth and creamy. Solid imperial stout, at first I thought it was a bit on the sweet side but as it warms and comes together it all works very well.

 561 characters

Photo of demcorhip
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Goldorak, finally getting around to enjoying this CanBif treat from years back. Looks great, black body topped by tight two finger tan head with great retention. Also great lacing, thin sticky sheets battle gravity and appear to hold their own.

Lactose, chocolate and espresso, a hint of char, some raisin and a touch of leafy earthiness. So ya, smells great and im looking forward to the taste.

Tastes pretty damn good. Much like the nose. A nice little smack of roasted malts near the finish break through the rich and creamy lactose rich chocolate and espresso flavour. Some hazelnut also present.

Incredible mouth feel and presence. Full creamy body, and a great balance of rich flavours, nuts, chocolate/espresso, and charred malts. I would put this up there with Dark Lord in terms of great mouthfeel, but instead of molasses the lactose provides the substance.

As drinkable as any 9% brew. The alcohol reveals itself mostly through the warmth it imparts. A great beer to ring in the new on the first of January in Canada. A must try for fans of stouts and milk stouts. This brew is easily the equal of higher rated and more sought after brews. Could La Vache Folle come out on top of the Darklord? It does in my books... Thanks Martin for the chance to try this incredibly rich and tasty treat.

 1,315 characters

Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark dark mahogany colour, solid thumb of very fine bubbled mocha head with solid retention and leaves some fine bubbled tacky lacing on the glass.

S - Bitter chocolate with a stronger espresso finish. Faint scent of cherries and leafy greens also detectable, with a bit of alcohol also noticeable.

T - A very tasty offering, though I found it slightly metallic. The high ABV is extremely well hidden under coffee grounds, bitter chocolate with earthy undertones. There's a bit of a bitter-sweet finish on this one with the coffee aromas lingering one the tongue. YUM!

M - This one goes down quite smoothly, perfectly carbonated and the finish is not dry or overly bitter. Very enjoyable!

D - This one is surprisingly drinkable, especially given the higher ABV content. A very enjoyable offering and highly recommended. The flavours are quite tasty holding bold characteristics that are delicious but non-offensive.

 931 characters

Photo of flipper2gv
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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.

 1,005 characters

Photo of irishkyle21
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

 450 characters

Photo of fostachild
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled on: 2011/09/20

pours a pitch dark colour. 2 inches of foamy/bubbly tan head - lasts forever.

smell is sweet, chocolatey, and has burnt/roasted malt, mocha/coffee aromas.

nice malty taste. coffee and chocolate notes. bitter finish but good carbonation and drinkability. have had this many times and it has always been enjoyable - solid imperial stout.

 361 characters

Photo of SFLpunk
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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??

 750 characters

Photo of polloenfuego
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

 755 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown liquid, essentially black with no light penetration what so ever. Rich deep, and thick chocolate colored lace then formed on the top of it to a height of around two inches

The aroma was just as rich and sweet, the first notes to hit me were a nice sweet milk chocolate, lactose, and a nice burnt caramel aroma. Very sweet, with hints of coffee throughout. . It was a little bit lighter then some of the other big stouts I have had, but still could put a hurting on most any other. Rich milk chocolate, molasses and vanilla hints were the first right out of the gate. Very sweet with lots of lactose sugar like flavors coming in, probably from the oatmeal. A slight warming on the back of the throat, but other then that there was literally no hint of the alcohol what so ever. Really a fine quality stout here. Nice dry touches in the finish capped it off well and left a long lingering sweet coffee like taste in the mouth

 936 characters

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

 554 characters

Photo of ShakeRaul
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great stout! Full flavour! a little sweet but not too sweet. One of the best stouts I've had. Comparable in flavour with ten fiddy but not as thick or syrupy.

 163 characters

Photo of CanadianBacon
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - First of all I must say the Vache folle logo is great. This stout pours black, the only light that gets through is at the base where it turns a ruby brown. @fingers foamy head that lasts a long while.

Aroma - expresso, chocolate, nuts, dark fruit, roasted malts.

Taste - Coffee, chocolate, lactose, nuttyness, dark fruit. wow this is complex.

Mouth feel - The feel is medium bodied, with prickly carbonation, finish is bitter and lasts, with some dark fruit.

Overall - This stout was a little thin bodied compared to stouts ive tried in the past but is by no means bad because of it, we should always be open to new things and this is the case with this beer. The different feel along with the complex flavors is a really special mix and it comes out on top. this is one of my favorite stouts to date.

 820 characters

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black color with no visible activity. Creamy brown 1 finger sparkly head, lasting around 10 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of pleasant woody roasted nuts and toffee, though a little faint. Flavors of light coffee and cocoa, nuts, dark fruits, toffee, and herbal spices. Highly roasted bitter taste with low sweetness. Also a little vinous from the fruits.

Milky smooth medium body with prickly carbonation. Strong bitter finish of medium length, ending with a fruity dark berries, cherry feel, and spicy herbs. Roasted and oaky feel lingering on the tongue.

Overall one of my favorite sour stout having incredible body and complexity. Although not the most visually appealing nor strong on the smell, it have some of the most delicious flavors and a great refreshing feel.

 786 characters

Photo of mountdew1
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark opaque brown with a mocha brown 3 finger head. Lots of carbonation rose up from the bottom in constant streams. Thin layer of head lingered with small amounts clinging to the sides. Aroma was sweet, milky, and slightly brown sugary. Small amounts of dark chocolate and coffee. Taste was sweet, with obvious hints of milky flavor. Almost like a very slightly flavored milk. Felt outstanding in the mouth. Coated extremely well, much like milk, with only a small touch of carbonation. It was very easy to drink, but definitely not session. Was almost too sweet.

 617 characters

Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

 838 characters

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle to an English tulip glass.

A: Dark but not pitch black. Some ruby red highlights are visible on light contact. Minimal head about a little less then a finger with some lacing.

S: Coffee and espresso on the nose.

T: Deep rich roasted malts. Dark chocolate like flavor as well. Very nicely balanced but slightly sweet with the aid of the lactose sugars in the beer. The alchohol is very well masked and I probably would have no idea this was 9% if the bottle didn't say so.

M: Maybe slightly thinner then I would like but I tend to lean towards oatmeal stouts. Good creamy mouth feel and smooth going down.

O: This was a pretty good buy. One of my friends suggested it. Its pretty pricey but it would make a nice treat every once in a while. Good beer.

 777 characters

Photo of TheDoctor
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

 933 characters

La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.