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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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Reviews: 31
Hads: 43
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
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 Otterburn
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, kind of orange. Translucide, let a lot of light throught it. One finger of dense offwhite head-foam. Leave massive laces on the glass. I see fine and active effervescence.

Smell hop, grapefruit, sweet sugar/fruit smell

Taste is very like grapefruit with a sweet side, there is a little bit of alcool at the end along with sweet after-taste. very tasty.

Mouthfeel: this is a dense brew, full body with 9%alcool, it feels like liquor,thick,rich,muscled-beer with hop attitude
low carbonation feel, very fine bubbles.

D: its a full body ipa, rich in flavors but its not aggressive like a normal ipa. it is smooth with amedium after-taste of a mix of alcool and sweet taste. of course hop is there all the way.

this is a threat, du bonbon

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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to freud for this one!

.5L brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours a crystal-clear amber orange with thin sticky white head that leaves lots of spotting. Nose is rather muted with some faint earthy notes and a little lemon zest. Not very fragrant.

Palate is fat and sweet with some caramel and then the hops slide in all casual-like. Earthy and gritty. Not super bitter, but somewhat in a dried herbs fashion. Something like anise or fennel and a little cooling sensation. Moderate length finish. Last sip reminds me of real-brewed sweet tea.

A decent IIPA and really well balanced for having only one type of hop.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super fresh bottle (bottled August 4th), many thanks to my great friend Dominique for bringing this to me while she was in Charlevoix.

A: Perfectly translucent amber brew. Aggressive pour gave a great foamy off white head, with great retention and great lacing. Very very good looking brew.

S: INSANELY juicy smell. This is unreal. Super strong grapefruit smell with a lot of fresh green grapes in it. Good lemon and orangerine too! Good caramel and honey for the malty smells.

T: Very balanced, east coast style type of brew. Somewhat reminding me of nugget nectar in the approach. Still very fruity with all the citrus: grapefruit, orangerine and lemon and a good level of green grapes still. Also, much maltier than the smell: strong caramel and overall malty-ness. Orange zest at the end. Surely will be too sweet for some, but IMHO, I find it very balanced and interesting brew.

M: Medium to heavy feel with medium to high carbonation. Big taste, big feel, still very lively.

D: Since it is so well balanced, this one goes down easily.

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Columbus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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