La Vache Folle Double IPA - Amarillo - Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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Reviews by Ralphus:
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Another Vache Folle Beer and it's a good one. Love to see a local, well made IIPA.
Pours an attractive clear orange copper colour with a nice thick head. Leaves sheets of lace down the sides of the glass as it recedes.
The smell is good. Sweetness, limes and hops give it a bit of sweet pineapple aroma. The taste has more.. lots of sweetness up front, followed by fuit and then a solid dollop of bittering hops towards the end. It's a bit sweet and perfumey for my tastes but I imagine for many it's great stuff.
Mouthfeel is good.. silky smooth with a small bite of carbonation. Drinkability also ranks highly for a beer of this strength. The alcohol is well hidden.
04-18-2010 18:13:46 | More by Ralphus
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4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
I'm liking the single hop varietal focus of this line - way to steal some of the oenophiles' thunder...
This beer pours a clear medium bronze hue, with a few fingers of creamy off-white head, which leaves curtains of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of candied tropical fruit - pineapple, grapefruit, orange, lime, caramel/toffee malt, and some of the bitter side of citrus. The taste is tart grapefruit rind, melded with butterscotch, toffee pudding, floral orange and passionfruit, and well, boozy Turkish delight. The carbonation is sedate, the body pretty normal in all respects - not light, not heavy, just right, and smoothly delivering my hop-lovin' palate to the finish, which is clean, with a floral, mildly bitter fruity hoppiness, and slight residual toffee sweetness.
I had no clue, upon parking my butt in a pub in Montreal last summer, that the proffered Charlevoix domestic that mildly impressed me would be followed up by such a welcome invasion of my home province, every 'import' showing very well, and this offering is no exception. Calling it 'one sided' would be unfair, as it would just be pointing out the obvious, and is entirely beside the point. The single hop nature of this beer is well managed - the floral fruitiness not overpowered by any scorched earth malt bill. Plenty drinkable, given the decent balance and the full 9%, yet perceptibly AWOL, alcohol edge.
03-26-2010 22:57:14 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
Orange colour, solid looking, with some off white head. Orange resiny hop aromas. A tad astringent though the flavour overshadows this and allows for decent drinkability. More like a 1.5X IPA, not your normal mix of hops and malt, bulking up mouthfeel. Perhaps the recipe calls for this based on the hop.
06-13-2010 03:48:47 | More by Sammy
4.78/5 rDev +12.2%
A- Big, thick chewy-looking head It recedes and leaves a big ol' floater in the middle. Impressive checkered lacing stays all over the glass as a testimony of the impressive head. All of this and I haven't even taken a sip. Orange amber liquid in which only a few bubbles rise.
S- Lemon zest, grapefruit flesh and soft pine. Real fresh hop smell. Almost like smelling a bud. Once the head cleared out and the liquid was exposed the malt came through along with some strong honey. Smells a lot like the warm honey/lemon/chamomile concoction my mom would make me when I had a cold except it's now mouth-watering. I got a little of what I think is passion-fruit which is interesting. Sniffing around for confirmation I got hit with a waft of alcohol. I was wondering where it was.
T- Right before you can actually taste anything and it hits the tip of your tongue, you knows it's sweet. This is delicious and I don't think I've tasted anything just like it. Tastes like a sweet white tea, like fresh maple water, like a delicious light nectar of some kind of delicious flower! I'm thinking rose water. I'm having a hard time reviewing because I'm enjoying this so much. Chamomile is also in the taste and comes with sugar cane water. More bitterness would not be a problem and probably be appreciated but maybe they didn't want too overdo it so as to allow the terrific flavor to shine. This is so soft and beautiful yet lively. The alcohol warms and is noticed but fits in deliciously. Really.
M- Crisp but creamy. Full mouthfeel. Medium to low carbonation. Light yet satisfying. Terribly pleasant in-mouth.
D-High! I neeed more. This beer could be fatal. It is simply to good and the high ABV will kill me if I find this on tap.
My favorite DIPA/IPA. Trying this a bit colder during the summer would guarantee a good day.
EDIT April 6th 2010: Since my incredible first experience with this I've been regularly buying and drinking this and loving it. But! It is different. This limited release brew has aged (bottled around 02/18/10) and just isn't the same. That whole crazy talk I had about "This is delicious and I don't think I've tasted anything just like it. Tastes like a sweet white tea, like fresh maple water, like a delicious light nectar of some kind of delicious flower!" Well that's almost gone now. It is now just an excellent DIPA. Not some crazy out of this world experience like my first, fresh, bottle. Still very good though. Can't wait for the next release to cop a fresh one again.
Just had to say this as I had an incredible time the first time around and think people should try and get it as fresh as possible.
03-12-2010 05:28:16 | More by Yoonisaykul
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
Bottled February 18, 2010 and consumed April 5, 2010. Nice to see a precise bottling date on the label, which is obviously especially important for an IPA. The beer is fairly clean and honey coloured, with large visible carbonation bubbles. The head is creamy white, leaving a solid cover for the duration of the beer and tons of sticky lacing. Charlevoix definitely knows how to produce a great head.
The nose is nice but could stand to be more powerful. Pine tree, guava, papaya, pineapple. Lightly floral but mostly tropical fruit. Lots of sweet malt. Smells very West Coast. I guess West Coast IPAs use lots of Amarillo?
This is quite a bit more hoppy than I was expecting. I think I read somewhere that they did some extra dry hopping on this one; I wouldn't doubt that. It's not extreme in terms of American IPAs, but Canadian brews don't come much hoppier than this. Up front there's lots of grapefruit rind and lime juice; quite a different hop profile from the smell, actually. Some light pinyness. The hops are well-balanced against sweet malt, though they are definitely featured. There's just enough malt to back it up, though its character is mostly buried under all the Amarillo. The finish is quite bitter and dry, which is to be expected at 80 IBUs. For all the alcohol you can feel, this could be 5 or 6%. There's a little warming present on the finish. Feels like a regular IPA with the taste of a double.
The feel is pretty solid: viscous medium body and moderate carbonation. Not outstanding but quite good.
This is a great DIPA, but I don't think I could really session it. Aside from the 9% ABV, the bitterness is a little much to be drinking many of these. I now know that I really enjoy Amarillo hops though...good to know.
04-05-2010 19:26:40 | More by eat
3.9/5 rDev -8.5%
Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a quiet large foamy head with good retention and some perfect lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops is dominant and quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some strong flavour of grapefruit and citrus hops with light bitter notes and a medium sweet caramel malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done though I have tasted West Coast beer where the Amarillo hops comes out even more which I was kind of hoping here.
03-29-2010 20:15:58 | More by Phyl21ca
4.63/5 rDev +8.7%
The beer is copper color, very clear with some small bubbles coming up. The head is looks like cream and could be associated with some clouds. Perfect looking beer.
The aroma is more intense than the others beers from the series. This is all lemon/lime with some grapefruit. So good.
The taste is dominated by grapefruit notes. I would say this is almost like grapefruit juice, it is so good. The bitterness at the end is also very good.
Medium body beer, the beer is smooth and warm. An excellent double IPA if you ask me. From this beer, I would say the Amarillo hops is simply awesome!
I couldn't resist drinking one more... the drinkability is out of this world. The best one in this nice series of beer. At 9%, this one is very dangerous!
03-16-2010 00:18:27 | More by ZorPrime
4.7/5 rDev +10.3%
Huge thanks to Freud for this em, I had not had anything close from the area before, and was thrilled to death to see this one show up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/02/2010.
Nice dark amber on the pour.Good two inches of white head comes up and over the top of the glass straight away. Settles down nicely and leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is wonderfully balanced. Rich citrus hops, sweet, nectar like malts are balanced nearly perfectly. Nice notes of biscuit like aromas coming through as it warms. Each sip though was a whole different story. Some of the strongest, most well balanced hops I have ever come across. Rich orange and tangerine notes, pine and biscuits, rich buttery malts, really just insanely good. Medium feel that really set it off and a smooth, almost undetectable abv.
Overall one of the best double IPA;s I have ever had. I have no idea where this one snuck up on me from. I know not many are going to be able to try it and that is a shame, this thing is intense as hell and just wonderful.
05-03-2010 01:53:43 | More by mikesgroove
4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
From a 500 ml brown bottle, comes with the current La Vache Folle 4-pack. Not to disclose too much personal info, but I love Amarillo hops, they're one of my personal favourites, so to come across a DIPA that focuses on them gives me a bit of wood...
Pours out a gorgeous vibrant bright clear copper hue, tall white foamy head that slowly recedes into a thick chunky cap, intense lacing.
Bright clean aroma, floral, spicy, slightly citrus character from the Amarillo. While subtle on their own Amarillo tends to accentuate more assertive American hop varieties like Cascade, Centennial or Chinook. Mild dry toasted malt in the background, even some toffee.
Sweet floral, almost perfumey candy-like sweetness (reminds me of Edelweiss Snowfresh) upfront in the flavour, orange blossoms, toasted malt and some thin toffee, some spicy hops plus grapefruit in all its glory in the finish and aftertaste, becomes more intense in the aftertaste. That's what I adore about Amarillo, it's complex and diverse. My only complaint in the flavour department is that it's a bit too sweet for me up front until the spicy and citrus character kicks in on the backside.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel, silky and slick, moderate carbonation but not much texture from it.
Just like the Simcoe DIPA this Amarillo incarnation is just as complex for the style in its own way, plus I'm getting my personal fetish fix in along the way. Comes across as a Jr. version of Lagunitas' Little Sumpin' Extra, since the Amarillo is an impressive hop, but can only go so far on its own, and excels when playing nice with other hops, it's a real team player.
03-22-2010 07:46:04 | More by IronDjinn
3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
500ml bottle sent as an extra from wordemupg, thanks man!
Pours a nice clear light golden hue with a couple fingers of head which has some decent staying power. Looks inviting and fresh.
Nose reveals very tropical and fresh pineapple, tangerine and oranges, just a hint of grapefruit. Sweet, almost candy, malt base, not much heft.
The hop profile is quite tropical and clean, just a light bittering for a DIPA. Sweet but not sticky malt base, glides through like a mango/pineapple candy. Needs some more heft to the malt base and some extra bittering wouldn't be bad either to counter the sugar rush. Still, it goes down easily (who wouldn't want a hop candy?), good but not great IMO.
05-10-2010 17:58:18 | More by ritzkiss
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
got this one in a recent trade with papat444. thanks pat!
500ml bottle. sampled july 17/2010.
pours nearly clear orangey amber with a nice off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.
aroma is good. orange, tangerine, bit of apricot. light grapefruit. multi-grain bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. light caramel. bit of toffee.
taste is great. tangerine and apricot. bit of orange and grapefruit. caramel and honey. whole wheat bread and cracker. hint of biscuit. light alcohol. just under medium bitterness level.
mouthfeel is great. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.
drinkability is great. good balance. nice hop character. amarillo is a fairly mellow hop, making this feel somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA, but still very tasty and enjoyable.
07-24-2010 23:11:47 | More by grub
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
A- Nice 3 finger looking head that takes some time to receed, webed lacing stuck everywhere on the glass. The body is a clear copper. Slow, steady carbonation bubbles greet a thin film atop the body.
S- It's really hard to get anything but hops out of the nose, which is a good thing in my books. This is unique in that the grapefruit is definitely noticeable but it's not as dominant like it is in most West Coast hop bombs. I'm picking up a lot of tangerines, peaches, orange & lemon zest. This really opens as it warms.
T- I'm getting a lot of the fruits that I mentioned in the nose as well as a mild sweetened grapefruit juice flavor. There's a minimal bitterness presence that carries through to the aftertaste. There's absolutely no trace of the 9%abv.
M- Medium body, low carbonation. A little resiny. An extremly smooth DIPA.
D- I was on the fence on the flavor profile because I hadn't really had anything like this before, but it grew on me. I can see Amarillo hops being showcased more by other brewers. Probably one of the easiest thirst quenching DIPA's I've ever had.
03-20-2010 02:37:38 | More by Dawkfan
4/5 rDev -6.1%
500 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.
Pours a very lightly hazed dark amber/orange, nice colour, very thick white head forms and settles down to a thick ring around the glass, leaves a lot of thick and chunky lace.
Smell is nice, quite sweet and malty, caramel, honey, some citrus, light pine and floral hoppiness, a big of grapefruit, quite fruity, some apricot and mango, alcohol, biscuity, nice hoppiness.
Taste is nice too, a bit light at first, but nicely malty, sweet and caramelized up front, light banana bread, pine, biscuity, some grapefruit, alcohol, citrus, big bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, well balanced but nice assertive bitterness, a bit of warmth. Thanks Russ!
08-27-2010 17:31:21 | More by Viggo
4.8/5 rDev +12.7%
A: Perfectly translucent orange color with a massive creamy off white head. Takes a long time to settle and has strong lacing.
S: Very strong hops smell right off: grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel. But also strong notes of strawberries, raspberries. Very fruity, very appealing. A bit mineral, which is kind of a trademark at this brewery. No malts in sight though.
T: GRAPEFRUIT!!! with also lots of tangerines and raspberries. Orange peel is still there, but a bit more hidden, as well as strawberries. A very nice maple water like sweetness to compliment the strong fruity taste of this brew. Also, the mineral is much less present than in other brews of this place, but still there and fits very well. All in all, a GREAT tasting beer.
M: A bit syrupy, mid carbonation, medium to heavy body. Perfect feel for this brew.
D: Dangerously drinkable. This beer is so well done, it feels like drinking fruit juice with a very very mild alcohol taste. Could easily get drunk on this and enjoy every moment of it.
It's not a perfect brew, but it's damn near. Lose .5 in looks because it's very nice but doesn't surprise and lose 1 in smell because I would have liked to smell of that sweetness.
03-21-2010 19:40:03 | More by flipper2gv
4.93/5 rDev +15.7%
500ml bottle poured into Unibroue glass mar16 2010
A crystal clear golden copper in color with just a few bubbles popping up from random spots in the glass. the thick two finger head sticks around for a long time and leaves plenty of partial rings of lace
S this is a ridiculous amount of grapefruit and tangerine going on here. I don't get a whole lot of anything else but this is about as good as it gets if you love a grapefruit hop bomb
T a little touch of sweetness to go along with the crazy amount of grapefruit, a truly enjoyable beer this is a fresh bottle too bottled less then a month ago. not sure where the 9% is hiding I can't taste any booze just feel it
M a little syrupy and there's enough carbonation to fluff it up a bit in your mouth, not sure where the bubbles came from as there's next to none visible in the glass
D I could drink myself stupid with this beer with very little problems, It's just a wicked awesome brew plain and simple
this is one of the better beers I've had from Canada or anywhere else for that matter. I'm the kinda guy who loves a grapefruit juice style DIPA and this one delivers exactly that.
If you ever get the chance to try this beer please do it is truly world class
Edit: I've had a few of these now and I've found that the hops fade quickly and would not have gotten the same review even 6 weeks later, drink now
03-16-2010 05:08:48 | More by wordemupg
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
A : Dark copper, almost orange color, great head that stays on a long time. Leaves a good trace on the glass too.
S : We can smell some grapefruit, beautiful hops also!
T : Great hop taste, small acidity, some grapefruie, we can also taste some sweeteness but the alcohol is not really present. We can taste it in the end though.
M : Really complex, light carbonation
D : Really easy to drink, really good also! The price is a bit hifgh (almost 6$) but it is worth it. It is only sad that it is a limited time beer!
03-25-2010 00:31:43 | More by ReFill31
Nova Scotia (Canada)
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
A recent gift from folks in the Quebec area. Told to have it quickly, while the hops are still fresh, so here we are.
Pours an orange/gold color with tons of sticky white head. Head leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Retention is pretty good as well.
Picking up some citrus and pinapple from the nose, as well as other hoppy characteristics.
First taste is a bit of an alcoholic/bitter rush. After allowing some time for my tongue to adjust to the flavoring, I'm able to distinguish more. Tropical fruits are still there. Pineapple for sure, maybe some tangerine, and something that reminds me a bit of melon? Alcohol is present, but beyond the initial rush, it is fairly well masked. Some nice hop bitterness at the end, but again not as pronounced as the initial rush.
Bottle I have was bottled Feb 18, so it is probably a bit past its prime. Still there is a lot of really good stuff going on here. Would love to try it fresher/on tap. Good beer, but a big beer - I don't think I could drink too many of these in one sitting.
06-17-2010 00:24:37 | More by Seanstoppable
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
Bottle thanks to papat444. Dated February 18th, 2010 - unfortunately this was the earliest I could get to it, as I left Canada a few days before it was released and didn't get back until June. Served in a tulip glass.
A - Pours with two fingers of soapy white foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves plenty of lacing behind. Transparent golden color with some slow-moving bubbles rising lazily to the top of the glass.
S - While the hops have definitely fallen off there is still a decent amount of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit flavor - particularly pineapple. A brown sugar and caramel malt backbone is apparent, as well as a touch of spice. As it warms there's a slight hint of alcohol. Probably a 3.75 here, but I'm being a pseudo-homer.
T - Taste is quite nice, but at this point is clearly malt-forward. That being said, it's a nice caramel and biscuit flavor that morphs into strong bitterness from the Amarillo hops and suggests ripe grapefruit. The bitterness lingers into the aftertaste but never becomes oppressive. Probably better when fresh, but still quite pleasant.
M - There's a bit of zesty but soft carbonation, a medium smooth body, and a nice bit of dryness and enamel-coating hop oil in the finish. No obvious heat.
D - I like the half-liter serving size. It's a good beer to have while watching a few innings of a ballgame. Bitterness might get a bit fatiguing beyond the first bottle, but otherwise pretty enjoyable. Wish I'd had this one fresh.
06-27-2010 20:39:24 | More by MasterSki
3.7/5 rDev -13.1%
Amarillo cracked Canada's top 25, so I was intrigued to try it, especially considering my experience with Charlevoix's first single-hop DIPA was underwhelming, and I wanted to see if this had improved.
Pours a clear orange with red highlights. The creamy off-white head exhibited good retention and put down some nice lace to round out a very attractive appearance. Nice tropical nose edges towards pineapple, mango and tangerine, with a dose of brown sugar completing a sweet fruit salad. Perhaps a little on the sweet side for the style.
The hops in the flavour are great, with vibrant topical notes showcasing pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine, and also providing a nice bite. Sadly, I still can't get past the malt base that Charlevoix uses in their double IPAs - its way to sweet, sticky and biscuity, and not up to the high standard of their hopping. I know some people will love that, but it really detracts for me, and I'd love it if they could reduce the sweetness a touch. Body is medium-full, a bit sticky and with a good carbonation.
Sweetness aside, its a really nice double IPA, but not really up to the high standard of this brewery's other beers.
Thanks to Eric for sharing!
05-10-2010 16:24:02 | More by bobsy
3.9/5 rDev -8.5%
Thanks to Freud for this gem!
.5L brown glass pry-top. Bottled on date 2010 Fev 18, 12:51.
Appearance: Ever so slightly hazy amber yellowish with 1/4 inch of quickly fading white head.
Nose: Fairly faint and full of dried grain notes or something like a whisper of biscuit. Hops show in a more pine needle way than citrus way. Lots of sugary-sweet candy aromas. Smells like what I call "hop candy" (think of Southern Tier Unearthly).
Palate: Bitterness is right up front, but not aggressive. Persistent but not aggressive. Lots of sandy beach grass, fresh pine sap, lime zest, and blood orange. This beer packs a freakin punch! Bold, bright high notes and then mellows a bit but hangs on with some residual sugar and bitterness and HOPS!
Notes: Based on the aroma, not impressed. But the flavor is HUGE! Up until I tasted it I was ready to write it off, but this is unique and should be sought out. Thanks Freud for sharing!!
04-30-2010 02:17:32 | More by SFLpunk
La Vache Folle Double IPA - Amarillo from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.