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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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EzraAtom

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-15-2012 21:46:15 | More by EzraAtom
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-18-2012 02:13:29 | More by CurtisD
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MrTinnedPEach

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-25-2012 04:45:07 | More by MrTinnedPEach
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle from ZorPrime, thanks again brother. 500ml glass into a pint glass, bottled on September 1, 2010.

First pour on this yields a massive 4 finger light brown head, that billows and sits above the glass and just wont settle, not an aggressive pour by any means. Retention is out of this world, and leaves alot of lace. Body is a very dark brown, bordering on black with the slightest dark orange highlights at the edges. Smells of rich milk chocolate, cocoa and a bit of coffee. Maybe a hint metallic. Head is still sitting here, hard to get my nose in! Tastes of bitter chocolate, rich and full, maybe some dark fruits (and chocolate covered berries?) here too and some molasses or licorice adding some sweetness. Again, a bit of metal. Medium-low carbonation, fairly smooth and pleasant overall; would've liked it thicker. Can't taste the alchy by any means, and fairly drinkable, but 1 is probably enough at a time.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 01:03:31 | More by liamt07
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-09-2012 20:26:15 | More by duracell
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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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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-14-2014 17:12:29 | More by berley31
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Marco_Gtz

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-30-2014 20:51:23 | More by Marco_Gtz
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MTLChris


4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-29-2012 04:43:16 | More by MTLChris
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LarryAppleton

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-15-2013 03:16:17 | More by LarryAppleton
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-15-2012 13:15:45 | More by oldp0rt
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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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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-18-2012 02:55:44 | More by wookievath
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Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-30-2014 19:33:37 | More by Socialiste
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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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nquigley16

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-09-2012 01:11:00 | More by nquigley16
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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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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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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-23-2013 18:43:20 | More by Exeter
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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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Beervana

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-01-2014 07:01:57 | More by Beervana
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SEG1975

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-24-2013 12:16:30 | More by SEG1975
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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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deonreds

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-25-2013 08:59:16 | More by deonreds
La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.