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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Columbus - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: flipper2gv on 08-30-2010

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Photo of northof60hops
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Although the bottle was only purchased (without seeing it) last week, it was bottled 11/24/11 and hasn't aged well. That surprised me, given its 9% ABV.

Pours a dusty but bright orange with impressive residual lacing. Mouthfeel is also unexpectedly light, without the heavy oiliness I'd anticipated at this high ABV. Disappointing aroma of sweet, faded hops with a tone of mustiness. Aged hops also in the initial malt sweetness, with little of the tropical fruit elements I expected from a Columbus brew. Pleasantly bitter finish that lingers for an impressive length of time and minimal alcohol burn.

Would certainly be happy to try any future batches, but would keep a close eye on the freshness of the bottle.

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Derek
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of mmurphy525
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of NForr
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a nice copper orange into my Vache Folle pint sized stange glass. Nice big three finger head.

Mmmm hops... Extreme floral, citrusy - tons of grapefruit. Little bit of a caramel smelling malt as well.

Strong floral & citrusy flavor that ends extremely bitter - orange & grapefruit. Nicely balanced with sweet fruity tastes - apple., pear. You definitely get alcohol, but not overpowering given the 9%.

Mouthfeel is chewy, frothy, and very smooth. Goes down easy. The head lasted to the end - impressive carbonation.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled on 22 Nov 2011 at 10:35. Cudos for clearly labeling the bottle date (including the time!). Unfortunately I did not notice this when I was shopping. Purchased on 26 Feb 2012 and consumed on 1 March.

Crystal bright medium amber color with a good rocky head. Great head retention and tons of sticky lacing on the glass. Really a remarkable head for the style/abv.

A bit of citrus over a caramel and toast aroma. Aroma is somewhat subdued. The flavor follows suit. Big toasted bread flavor with a cap of citrus and floral hops. I can't help but think the hops may have faded on this one. Alcohol shows toward the mildly bitter finish.

Round juicy mouthcoating feel reminds me that this is a big 9% abv.

I will try this beer again, if I come across a fresher bottle. With a little more hop presence, I think this could stand among the better DIPA's at this strength.

Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Intrinsic
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of clesius
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of duracell
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of fostachild
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tbeckett
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Broue HAHA. Bottled November 24, consumed December 28. From notes.

A - Cpoured copper with great carbonation. Three fingers of eggshell head appeared quite thick and left good rings of lace with one finger of retention.

S - Grapefruit, gentle malt, lot's of tropical fruit.

T - Tropical fruit, a little dull compared to the aroma, caramel, booze. Maybe mango and grapefruit too.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and good bitterness.

O/D - An alright DIPA. One of the better of the series but still not all that impressive. Drinkable and worth a try if you like the style, but not worth a second.

Photo of Caudalie
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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

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.

Photo of DoktorZee
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a schooner. Bottling date listed as August 18, 2010. Perhaps slightly long for a DIPA, but this one is still really intense.

A - intense amber color, clear, with a very fluffy light tan head that leaves behind moderate lacing. Occasional bubbles rising in the glass.

S - nice citrus hops on the nose, with a hint of sweet malt and caramel.

T - really interesting combination of solid citrus hops with sweetness over top. The hops are definitely still a significant part of the flavor, but they're masterfully balanced by the malt. Moderate caramel notes, with the bitterness enduring in the back of the throat.

M - slightly oily body with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden with only slight warming.

D - this one is quite drinkable and one has no need of just sipping as full slugs work just great!

Really interesting beer: intense and a bit surprising with such sweetness competing with the hops.

Photo of Dawkfan
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of grub
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of elricorico
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of kwjd
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sammy's bottle. Pours a copper-orange colour with thin white head. Some lacing on the glass. Mild herbal and pine hops with some type of funky aroma going on. This funk doesn't totally distract from the beer, though I wish it wasn't there. Still has a nice bitterness to it. Nice carbonation level.

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Columbus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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