Charlevoix Vache Folle RyePA - Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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4.38/5 rDev +15.6%
This "rye PA" pours with a thin white head and a translucent shade of golden amber. The aroma is very hoppy, and hints at the bitterness to come. The first sip is less bitter than I expected, and as my wife suggested, is followed by what almost seems like celery seed in the finish. The aftertaste is pleasantly hoppy, although I'm not detecting as much of the spicy character I've come to enjoy from other rye ales.
Very drinkable. The malt and hops are very well-balanced, and I wouldn't have guessed that it's 6% ABV. I'm just beginning my journey into the world of Québec microbrews, but all in all this is definitely one of the best I've tried so far. I may be biased given my steady consumption of IPAs in the past, but this is a fine choice for anyone looking to try a nice hoppy beer with a little more character. I'll definitely pick this up again.
07-24-2012 00:35:20 | More by kylesobrien
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
The beer color is copper/amber with a nice head to looks like a cloud. Sticky too. The aroma is not intense. Fruity. Some malts and some alcohol in the aroma. Same base as their single hop series. Taste is fruity, very fruity without a big bitterness. I was expecting more bitterness. Dry as it is always the case with rye beer, anyhow for those I tried. It's voluptuous in the mouth. Sweet. This beer is almost full bodied... Quite heavy in the mouth. This is a very good pale ale. Cheap but some tasty. Easy to drink. A nice beer.
Bottled on Mai 2012.
07-01-2012 12:18:31 | More by ZorPrime
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
4.03/5 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
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
Without a doubt the most underrated brewery in Quebec. Whenever i see a new one of their beers, i have to try it. I've never been a huge fan of ryes, i find they a bit too "over-bodied" so to speak. This, pours a wonderful mahogany red with a crazy thick head. Taste is woody, hoppy, piney. Flavor is superb I'm actually kind of shocked by it. So many flavors, so complex. Hops, candy, surgar-cane, honey, pine, oak...velvety smoothness. Its pretty amazing for a Rye.
In my opinion, the best rye I've had. beats Dieu di Ciel's as far as Quebec goes. Superb and highly recommended.
06-29-2012 03:03:27 | More by jbonapar
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
3.98/5 rDev +5%
Thanks to papat444 for this offering. Bottled May 17th, 2012. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.
A - Voluminous off-white foam settles to a thick, creamy cap, leaving intricate lacework. Lightly hazed amber-bronze body.
S - Lots of rye, bready malts, and some mild earthy hop notes. Somewhat understated and lacking in sizzle.
T - Taste has more malt sweetness, with caramel, fruity notes, and spicy rye in the finish instead. Fairly low hop presence and residual bitterness.
M - Quite dry, with a bit of grain to an otherwise creamy medium body. Pleasant carbonation level, and no obvious alcohol.
D - Definitely more Rye Pale Ale than Rye IPA, at least at this stage (even though the bottle says this is supposed to be more of the latter). Hops have faded quite a bit in the last two months, or weren't overly present to begin with. Still, the malt bill has sufficient complexity for this to be pretty enjoyable stuff. The 500ml bottle is a reasonable serving size here.
07-24-2012 04:07:31 | More by MasterSki
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
Appearance. Pours a hazy, bright amber-orange with 3 fingers of thick, creamy off-white head that has the endurance of a champ but eventualy leaves some big lazy patches of lace.
Smell. Nice caramel and roasted grains, lemons, grapefruits and oranges with some slightly herby hops and a little alcohol.
Taste. Roasted grains, citrus fruit juices but not alot of bitterness.
Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall. Nice easy drinking beer. Very ballanced and not the big hop bitterness that I was expecting, but very nice.
Thanks Deadbolt82! Another killer selection from my box of quebec goodnesss.
07-10-2012 01:34:38 | More by Rutager
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick beige head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of spicy rye malts, caramel, some citrusy hops and a perfume like scent.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has some nice spicy rye, some roasted caramelly malts and some citrusy and piney hops. All and all not that bitter.
Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.
07-20-2012 22:24:24 | More by SebD
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
500ml Bottle from Marche Omni for 5$
Appearance - Clear copper colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an above amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.
Smell - Malts, caramel, hops
Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation which doesn't seem to fit the beer, and I can taste hops/resin, malts, and caramel/brown sugar. There is also some light grapefruit, rye, and some roasted/toasted/smokey notes. It ends with a malty and hoppy bitter aftertaste that lingers for a while on the tongue.
Overall - While I expected more, this is still a very good and well crafted beer. Just don't expect and west coast type hoppy flavours. Well worth trying for sure.
07-02-2012 00:25:49 | More by spinrsx
Charlevoix Vache Folle RyePA from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.