Charlevoix Vache Folle RyePA - Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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3.34/5 rDev -11.9%
A: Amber color but very hazy. Bits of yeast are visibly suspended within the beer. A finger of off slightly beige head.
S: A bit of what I would assume to be some kind of English hop but the bulk of the smell is malt. There's a definitive breadyness. Moderately strong cereal notes and you can detect the rye character as well.
T: A firm bitter backbone but not too much. Caramel malts come through more than what I was expecting. I also get a fair degree of the pepper from the rye. Some hops come through as well. I'm getting earthy, slightly citrusy, and maybe a bit spicey although that flavor could be melded with the rye notes.
M: Very slick and I was suprised instantly by how thin but yet creamy it was. Oily might not exactly be the right term as its not to that level of intensity but it is at least somewhat oily.
O: It was okay although the cloudiness and heavy sedimentary residue was somewhat displeasing. I could probably manage to brew something like this and it's not really worth the money IMO. Although it was useful in gaining some footing in my rye beer experience.
05-22-2014 20:19:44 | More by Haydn-Juby
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
Appearance - Pours a clear amber/copper colour with two fingers of airy beige head.
Smell - Leafy hops, tropical fruits, light rye.
Taste - Leafy hops are very present, along with spicy rye and a hint of citrus.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.
Overall - A well-crafted and flavourful rye beer. Hops are at the right level, not over the top and balances well with the rye.
05-04-2013 03:28:38 | More by leaddog
4.04/5 rDev +6.6%
Bottle says it was bottled July 27, 2012.
Poured into rounded beer glass.
A-amber with read highlights. Pours with a lot of white foam. Head retention is decent but not spectacular. Lacing is quite strong, starting in walls and degrading into lanes and webs on the glass.
S-sweet malts are prominent and forward. Hops are definitely there with a bit of piney bitterness., but hanging out in the background. Also getting some subdued spice or pepper.
T-unlike the aroma the hops are a bit more forward in the taste. Pine and grapefruit pith seem to be at the forefront. The malt is there but more subdued and of course a bit of spice from the rye.
M-coats the tongue a bit. Carbonation is low to medium. A bit of astringency from the hops, but the malts balance that a bit too.
O-a nicely balanced beer with some complexity from both the malt and hop bills.
04-14-2013 02:32:04 | More by Muhly
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Props to joemcgrath27 for yet another tasty treat, part of an early Christmas cross Canada trade.
A- Pours a nice amber colour with a deep red hue, thumb of fine bubbled beige head with incredible retention and thick sheeting lacing. Fantastic presentation.
S - An earthy pine and cedar hop profile, burnt sugar, caramel and pepper notes linger.
T - The earthy hop profile continues to dominate with the sweet caramel coming through on the finish, butter notes and peppery toasted bread linger alongside a sour citrus hop profile.
M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly going down, but finishes nice and wet.
O - Another great brew by Charlevoix, offering up a solid hop profile that was nicely balanced with a sweet malt profile. Definitely a worthy selection and super stoked I had the opportunity to try it out.
11-17-2012 02:23:54 | More by andrenaline
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
500ml bottle poured into tulip 25/10/12
A hazy reddish amber with a large three finger foam that has great retention slowly falling to an island, leaves just a thick single ring of lace that sticks out off the glass
S spicy fruity malt with a little caramel, strange yeast profile almost has a Belgian flair but I just can't place it, not the strongest nose but decent
T not far from the smell, could use a hop injection as the rye malt takes over a little, I'm still tasting Belgian yeast and I'm almost certain they don't use it with this beer, strange.
M has some body and could use a few more bubbles but nowhere near flat, spicy finish
O I'm not sure if I'd call this an IPA as the malts taking over more then the style allows, there's balance and then there's not enough hops.
It's OK but compared to other LVF series its lacking, its a three month old bottle but I can't imagine the hops dropped off entirely. I could have another don't get me wrong its decent beer but I was craving a Mad Cow Hop Bomb
10-26-2012 07:00:02 | More by wordemupg
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
Bottled July 27, 2012. Thanks to Papat444 for this one.
Amber in colour with a very large white head. Head is very solid and just sits there, unmoving. Excellent retention.
Spicy rye in the nose. Not much else to me. Fairly faint smell.
Taste contains a spicy rye flavour, bready malt, some caramel and grassy hops. Malt flavours dominate the hops.
Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit sticky.
Overall, a disappointing beer from a brewery I really like. Certainly not bad but not up to their usual standards.
10-18-2012 01:32:40 | More by jrenihan
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
A - clear copper, tower of tan head wasn't going anywhere with plenty of carbonation rising from the depths
S - mandarin and pineapple, strong grains, hints of herbs and grass
T - big pineapple hops and rye grain up front, mild caramel malt, herbs and light pine to finish
M - medium body, starts juicy then moves to a medium hop bitter with a thinning finish
O - i found the fruity aspect of this very surprising and tasty, there is definitely a big rye grain impact, but still balanced enough to keep it very drinkable, well done
09-24-2012 02:23:45 | More by joemcgrath27
2.78/5 rDev -26.6%
Got this bottle at the Intermarche St-Roche in Quebec City. If you're in the city and are looking for a good stop, this place is pretty soild.
From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.
Bottled 17 May 2012
APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with very good retention. Clear burnt orange with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp that clings to the sides of the glass. A full wisp remains with some nice lacing down the glass. Beer looks good.
SMELL: Smells alright. Rype malts, pale malts, melon, fruit, some green apples and floral hops for sure. Some piney hops in there as well.
TASTE: Rye malts, pale malts, green fruits, and lots of spices up front. A good dose of cooriander, tyme, and some nice spicy yeast notes at the swallow. Mild yet lingering aftertaste with green fruits, spicy yeast and a touch of floral bitterness. This is much like a Belgian strong pale ale or triple. Not quite to style.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little airy on the palate, though smooth enough. Goes down fine with a bit of scratch and finishes quite dry. A little airy and light on the palate.
OVERALL: Don't really like this as an IPA. Not a bad Belgian strong pale ale perhaps, but this is not my style of IPA. This brewery has yet to impress me, but I will continue to try things and hope for the best. There is definite potential here. Cheers!
08-31-2012 23:17:39 | More by Jeffo
Charlevoix Vache Folle RyePA from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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