La Vache Folle Double IPA - Columbus - Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
11-27-2010 05:29:02 | More by DoreenAndDave
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
11-21-2010 02:04:07 | More by IronDjinn
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
500 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.
Pours a clear amber/orange, very bright and fiery, thick white head forms and slowly settles down to a pretty thick ring and layer around the glass, huge lace ring sticks, big sheets on the glass, looks good.
Smell is neat, big pineapple notes, a bit of grapefruit, very tropical, some alcohol, lightly spicy, a touch of caramel sweetness, a bit sugary, lightly solventy, but some nice tropical fruit notes.
Taste is similar, very fruity, a bit of grapefruit and some pineapple juice, a touch of pininess, quite sweet, almost a sherry like sweetness, but still pretty boozy and not a whole lot going on in the flavour, solid bitterness, pretty balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Not bad, but was expecting more out of this one I think. Thanks Russ!
11-14-2010 01:43:22 | More by Viggo
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
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
10-29-2010 04:21:54 | More by joemcgrath27
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
10-26-2010 23:18:30 | More by biboergosum
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
500ml bottle poured into tulip oct25 2010
A crystal clear copper that I can use as a magnifying glass through my Duvel tulip, decent carbonation feeding a two finger head that has good retention slowly falling to a thin film that leaves a few patches of lace
S passion fruit and pineapple with lots of sweet malt and some floral notes
T even more tropical fruit with a pleasant toffee flavor that I rather enjoy, quite sweet but not enough to be a negative factor and some points for how well they hide the 9% I taste very little alcohol
M a little syrupy and it sticks too your lips just a little, enough carbonation to keep things interesting but a little more would work well for it
D went down pretty fast for how strong this one is, no major problems with this one
I wish this was a little younger because I can tell that the hops may have faded a bit all ready, I do however like the sweet malt base they use for this lineup so all is not lost, I could just see this being a real hop bomb being fresh as can be. not my favorite of the single hop DIPA's but still a great beer
10-26-2010 05:25:45 | More by wordemupg
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
One of the brewers from Charlevoix visited Halifax for our summer beer festival. I was thanking him for La Vache Folle Amarillo, and he told me that if I had enjoyed that one, I should realy try to get a bottle or two of the new Columbus. Finally, after a few months I have a bottle in my hands and get to find out if it lives up to my now inflated expectations.
Bottle on date of August 4th, 2010.
Pours a nice clear copper-amber color with several fingers of thick white head. Lots of sticky lacing left on the glass.
Sweet caramel flavor is dominant in the nose. Some floral scents and a light citrus are also present.
Malt flavor is definitely present in the taste, but there is a nice hop bitterness. Not quite grapefruit in character, and just shy of an intense hop profile. A slight earthiness to the overall flavor.
Overall a good beer. Not great, like the Amarillo was, and certainly not living up to my expectations, but still a good beer nonetheless.
10-09-2010 01:02:53 | More by Seanstoppable
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
09-24-2010 02:01:42 | More by eat
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
09-21-2010 17:38:18 | More by Phyl21ca
4.53/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
09-20-2010 05:03:13 | More by Yoonisaykul
4.3/5 rDev +13.2%
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
09-18-2010 20:48:14 | More by Otterburn
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
09-13-2010 23:50:21 | More by spinrsx
3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
09-07-2010 03:11:44 | More by SFLpunk
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
09-07-2010 00:33:49 | More by ZorPrime
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
09-05-2010 04:18:33 | More by liamt07
4.45/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
08-30-2010 02:48:38 | More by flipper2gv
La Vache Folle Double IPA - Columbus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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