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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Columbus - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - ColumbusLa Vache Folle Double IPA - Columbus

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: flipper2gv on 08-30-2010)
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Reviews by Dawkfan:
Photo of Dawkfan
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly off white creamy head that leaves behind a good amount of lace as it slowly falls out, thick cap remains. Golden orange in color, slight haze. I've been really impressed with the appearance of the beers from this series.

S- Fantastic aroma of pineapple, really dominates the nose. This has a nice caramel malt backing to it. It kind of smells like a tropical fruit smoothie.

T- The pineapple is right up front, it then sweetens out in the middle and gives way to a slight grapefruit and pine bitterness. Clean finish, no hop resin left behind on the palate. The aftertaste has more sweet tropical notes.

M- I'm not sure I've had a creamier DIPA, this is fantastic. It's thick perhaps a bit syrupy, but it feels good. The carbonation gives it a little kick in the ass as it goes down.

O- It's hard to believe I'm lovin this series as much as I have considering my tendancies lean towards the bitter side of things, but they're really tasty. The sweetness did become a little much near the end, but I'd have another.

Dawkfan, Mar 27, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

JonnyBeers, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another hop-specific offering from an increasingly favorite brewer of mine from la Belle Province...

This beer pours a clear medium golden copper hue, with two beefy fingers of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves a nice consistent curtain of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of ethereal floral hops, tropical fruit, and a reserved butterscotch/caramel sweetness. The taste is a twin assault to the senses of sweet candied pineapple, sugar cane, and caramel malt, closely followed by the bitter, but still fruity, pine and citrus hops. A latent dose of booziness just adds to the intensity of this doozy of a DIPA. The carbonation is pretty muffled, the body medium weight, unctuous, moderately smooth, a bit astringent, and warm. It finishes sweet and sugary, the fruity hops and mild alcohol incapable of stemming the saccharine tide.

Well, this DIPA sure leans toward the malt side of things, the Columbus hops even playing a small role in that. Still well made, but the overall skew, and consequent unleashing of alcohol renders this iteration as more of a curio than the solid balanced drinkers of its recent brethren.

biboergosum, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from gift four-pack, the only unique one. Lacey big soapy head on some yellow body. No aroma to speak of. Sourish initially, and then the hops build up. High IBU, its orangey and bitter, I disregard the funkiness to experience the bitterness, which is there with the other elements.

Sammy, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hurrah. Another Vache Folle Double IPA
I really, really loved the Amarillo and the other ones were great. Not too many crazy exotic, delicious DIPA from Quebec and these are just terrific.

A- Yelowish, subtly beige head. Head is in two parts. An outer very creamy half inch ring and a beady center. The three fingers of head covered my glass in spongy lacing. Clear beautiful copper/amber.

S- The cap smells delicious: Tropical pine if there was such a thing. Open bottle is a lot maltier.
Now in the tulip: Super sweet passion fruit hot yet refreshing. Soft but very present pine sap all around. Like Amarillo Vache Folle, this is the kind of beer you just want to keep on smelling. After tasting it, and smelling it again, I almost feel like I can smell the bitter hop compounds. Honey. Seems more bitter than a lot of higher I.B.U. beers.

T- Bitter and sweet right from the start. Sweet cane water.
Cantaloupe. Ends with a citrus medley. Only thing that bothers me a bit in the taste is a bit of sourness in the malt's side.

M- Medium carbonation which fades fast. Dry. Especially considering how sweet it is. Pretty sweet. Medium to thin for the style. I'd like a bit more body and some more foam action.

D- Super. This is just too tasty for me to consider how drinkable this is. I want lots more. Bitterness does linger so that might be an issue. Still I want to drink it all.

Keep it up Microbrasserie Charlevoix. Hopefully all these limited edition DIPAs will lead to a super year round offfering.

Yoonisaykul, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear copper, tall head, great retention with sticky lacing up the glass
S - strong perfume and pine, sweet fruity note, light woody hint with some alcohol present
T - perfumy and pine hops, greater focus on malts than expected with sweet caramel and roasty/woody flavours, along with some definite fruity syrup and alcohol sweetness
M - full mouth tang with a definite alcohol bite
D - not the hop bomb I was expecting and wanting in a DIPA, the heavier malt and fruity flavours were interesting, the alcohol was a little intrusive, an interesting beer that is worth testing for yourself

joemcgrath27, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of eat
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled August 4 and consumed September 23; could be fresher but not too bad. A thick initial head fades fairly quickly to a bubbly, cream-white cover which presents some lacing. The body is fairly clear and a beautiful, glowing copper in colour. I expect better head from Charlevoix. The pour itself also looks a little thin and apple juice-like.

Buttery caramel hits the nose first, followed by flowers, sweet pineapple, tangerine and light pine. The nose isn't jumping out as I like to find with a good double IPA but the smell is very nice.

I had seen complaints about some of the others from this series for being too sweet but this one is genuinely so. Borderline-cloying candy malt dominates with an odd hop variety peeking out beneath. Columbus seems a touch soapy, with bitter lime and grapefruit rind. The 80 IBUs attempt to tone down the sweetness but end up bashed over the head by the aggressive sugary malt.

From what I remember of the others, Columbus presents the worst mouthfeel so far of Charlevoix's single-hop double IPA series. Simultaneously too thin and over-carbonated (with lots of fizzy feeling on the tongue), it really feels like a product of a lesser brewery. Fizzy bubbles rest on the back of the tongue for a while after swallowing along with a slight drying.

Maybe I would have rated this beer higher if I didn't know what Charlevoix is capable of. I'm almost thinking something went a little wrong with this one; I can't say it lives up to their reputation. I would like to say, if nothing else, this beer is a good vehicle to highlight Columbus hops but they end up mostly-buried under all the sweet maltiness. Hopefully they rethink the malt bill for the next round. If you're looking to feature a hop variety, the best way to accomplish this is not to present it through a wall of sugary malt. Buy one if you're trying to keep up with this series. Otherwise, don't worry about it.

eat, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of elricorico
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very orange in colour, with a thin beige head that falls to a thin cap fairly quickly. Lots of lacing left behind.

Very citric aroma, a mix of mandarin orange sweetness and grapefruit rind bitterness. Lemon zest and hints of pine seem to open up as it starts to warm. Nice.

Nicely balanced, a good amount of orange sweetness up front with a long citric ride that evens the flavour out. There is a lingering sweetness that really holds on.

Mouthfeel is sticky and coating, carbonation is moderate, not really cutting hard through the fuller body.

I like it, it is pretty good, though perhaps I have been spoiled by first having the Simcoe version, which is one of my favourite DIPA's overall.

elricorico, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with a bitter edge. Taste is also a mix of weird fruity hops with a bitter finish. Some floral notes are apparent though not as dominant as expected. Body is about average with OK carbonation. Interesting experiment though this hops is better as a complement then standing by itself.

Phyl21ca, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of ZorPrime
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the new installment from the mono-hops series from Charlevoix Brewery. Lots of good vibes out there for this one. Lets pour it in a pint glass.

Copper color beer with a nice soapy head. Slightly effervescent, and nice looking beer. The head sticks well to the glass. The aroma is of average intensity. Notes of citrus and grapefruit. The latter presence is light. This beer performs with the taste. Simply wow. Very citrusy and then it is honey like with a good bitter finish. Even though it is bitterness, I get some smoothness with this beer. The taste lingers in the mouth for a long time.

Warm. Full bodied. Delicious.

One of the best beer in this mono-hops series. At the top with the Amarillo.

ZorPrime, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy orange with a huge, billowing, pillow like head two inches tall. The head just would not give up any ground, very slow fade. Left behind enormous amounts of gooey sticky lace. Fantastic lookng, perfect double IPA look. Smell could have been a bit stronger and that was really the oly downside to the thing. Major contributer here was the citrus hops. Very strong grapefruit and pineapple came through from the start, as well as some of the alcohol, which at 9.4%abv, should come as no suprise. As it warmed, more of a piney, resin type smell started to xome through. Taste was very smooth, not alot of carbonation here, but not really needed. Very strong and very bitter citrus hops in this one. The grapefruit alone will make you take a step back. Hints of pineapple as well, big alcohol taste that seemed to mellow a bit as it warmed. Big dry finish

mikesgroove, Nov 23, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

mmurphy525, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed rustic copper/deep amber hue, frothy merrengue-like off-white head with great retention. Thick rings of lacing.

Sweet sugary melanoidin malt prominant in the aroma, lemon and grapefruit citrus from the hops. Comes across as overtly sweet and sugary.

That sugary melanoidin sweetness carries over into the flavour providing an odd balance farther towards the malt side of things. Once again, lemon and grapefruit from the hops rise on the finish and try their best to cut through the malty sweetness.

Nice medium-full mouthfeel, slick and smooth mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation but good body.

Not up to the same par as the former offerings, this one is a runaway train full of sugary caramalt sweetness, this almost seems a bit underfermented and worty, or more akin to an Old Ale, but all in all seems underhopped for the style. If a follow-up bottle proves me wrong I'll adjust my review accordingly.

IronDjinn, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Caudalie
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500ml bottle

Red amber color with a huge foam head. Nice appearance, quite appealing.

Nose with floral, and fruity aromas, evoking citrus, and exotic fruits. Pretty nice.

Good mouthfeel, but a bit sweet. Nice hoppiness and a good, lenghty bitter finish. Pretty good.

Caudalie, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a crystal clear amber colour with a nice size frothy and fizzy beige head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing. There is also some decent lacing and the head lasted for a short while.

Smell - I can smell hops, a grassiness, floral notes, and a honey sweetness.

Taste & Mouth - the beer has a decent mouth feel, not a whole lot of carbonation - but it feels creamy and velvety. First thing I can taste is hops, but then the beer gets very sweet. It's almost too sweet. It has a big time honey and sugar flavour. The hops bitterness is still there, it's just mixed in with all the sweetness. I can't taste the alcohol which is good considering it's 9% - but I can't get past the sweetness. I imagine the beer must clock in with an insane amount of calories to taste like it does. Also present is a caramel taste and some malts.

Drink - If only it was toned down a little in the sugar department - this might be a pretty good beer. Maybe it will appeal to some, but it isn't for me.

spinrsx, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of ZorPrime, 500ml poured into a pint glass. Bottled on August 4, 2010. Cheers Eric!

Pours a filtered, golden amber with 3 fingers of egg-white head. Head is bubbly, soapy and thick, fat and arched lacing. Just solid. Aroma is pure hop juiciness, pine primarily with some underlying citrus. Very soild, seems like this is gonna be a hop bomb as I'm not getting much from the malt here in the smell. Surprise, surprise. Taste is so malt-forward it's ridiculous. Initially, some pine and some of the other hop scents glide over my tongue but the malt backbone is the main event here. A glorious sweet honey/toffee malt (with potentially a touch of vanilla) comes through. This is just plain awesome stuff here. Carbonation isn't too high, on the upper end of medium carbonation and the mouthfeel is slick, somewhat sticky with resin and leaves a slight pine bitterness behind. Not overpowering in the hops in any regard. Drinkability is great too. No alcohol in the aroma, nor in the taste. Would've guessed no more than 5.5% if I hadn't seen the bottle. Careful, sneaks up on you. Solid overall.

liamt07, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

bostonryan, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of grub
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a recent trade with freud. thanks fred!

500ml bottle. sampled nov 13/2010.

pours crystal clear reddish orange with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. light alcohol. caramel and a bit of toffee. strong herbal and slightly spicy character. bit of minty character. white bread and cracker.

taste is good. big caramel and toffee character. whole wheat bread and cracker. hint of biscuit. right around medium bitterness level, but far less harsh than i usually expect from columbus. minty and herbal/spicy character. lightly warming alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. alcohol is a touch warm. i expected more harshness from the columbus, at least in the bittering character and that was missed. it leans a little toward malty character, but that could be because it's been a couple of months since release. otherwise it was a tasty dipa.

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of duracell
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

duracell, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Intrinsic
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Columbus has a very nice light amber colour and lots of creamy head that sticks around for a while. Very nice lacing.

The smell is amazing. I don't know if they only used Columbus, but I have a pretty good idea of what it's supposed to smell like now. Lots of citrus and floral, but no pine. Excellent stuff.

The taste drops significantly for me because the alcohol is overwhelming. It actually takes away from the hop experience, which in my own experience, is not normal for an Imperial IPA. Nevertheless, its still drinkable.

Good carbonation. Medium dryness. Overall - good stuff. But I won't be buying it again - only because it's too damn expensive.

Intrinsic, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Derek
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov 24, 2011 so there's over 6 months age on this one.

a: Copper-bronze with a white head, good retention & lace.

S: Spearmint, dried pine needles and grass with hints of sponge toffee and tropical fruit.

T: Surprising sweetness pushing this towards the blonde barleywine category. Herbal and minty, lots of toffee, candied pineapple and mango, restrained bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Moderate to full body has some residual sweetness and hop acidity.

O: Not as hop-forward or bitter as I had anticipated, but a pleasant sipper.

Derek, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is caramelly-amber in colour, with two finger-widths of white head. Pretty good lacing, moderate retention.

Smell is lots of hops- this despite the fact that this beer is a year old now (you take what you can get). Lots of citrus fruit and some pine. Pineapple and bit of grapefruit. Caramel malt is also clearly present- probably a sign of the age, but smells great.

You don't need the best before to know that this beer was bottled a long while ago- the taste makes clear that this beer was not bottled recently. That being said, it tastes great. There is a lot more sweet malt than a DIPA should have, a lovely caramel flavour that tastes a bit boozy. It is mixed with hoppy flavours that still persist- a bitter citrusy flavour is clearly present (more pineapple than grapefruit), some pine flavours are there, and the finish is quite bitter. I would love to know how this one tasted fresh. While I like strongly bitter IPAs, I am also a big fan of sweeter, malty brews. The age on this bottle has made it a really nice combination of the two.

Beer is too carbonated, but otherwise has a nice medium body to it.

A very enjoyable DIPA, even if the age has clearly changed its character a fair bit. Unless you are wedded to having your beer entirely hop focused, I would not shy away from grabbing this one even with some age on it.

jrenihan, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear dark amber. Poured with a nice one inch cream colored head. The aroma is complex and surprisingly non-hoppy: malt, caramel, banana bread, with just a little bit of hoppiness. The taste is very nice. It's got a sweet and sturdy backbone of malt and yeast, with a nice and assertive hop finish with notes of orange and spice. The mouthfeel is a little heavy, but not in a bad way. It's drinkable, but this is a substantial beer. Not one to drink fast.

Overall, I like this beer a lot. It strikes me as a hybrid of two of my favorite styles: The thick, sweet, yeasty quebec-style belgians, like Fin du Monde or almost anything from Unibroue; and big American-style hoppy double IPAs. I suspect that this beer won't be a hit for everyone, but I think it's extremely tasty.

DoreenAndDave, Nov 27, 2010
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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Columbus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.