La Vache Folle Double IPA - Barbe Rouge
Microbrasserie Charlevoix

La Vache Folle Double IPA - Barbe RougeLa Vache Folle Double IPA - Barbe Rouge
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Beer Geek Stats:
Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
9%
Score:
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Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 15.07%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
9
From:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
 
Quebec, Canada
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Barbe RougeLa Vache Folle Double IPA - Barbe Rouge
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 9
Reviews by TheDoctor:
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4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Apr-1-2015
Consumed: Apr-24-2015


A:
Pours a clear, effervescent copper with two fingers beige head that settles slow to fat film. Decent retention; little lacing swoops. (4)

S:
Bright peachy juniper. Bubblegum, apricot, herbal hops, basil, strawberry, really bright, fruity layers. (4.25)

T:
Strawberries: leaves, dirt, and all. Really bright, juicy red berries, peach, herbs, green hop backbone, aromatic almost anise or mint at the end. (4)

M:
Tiny champagne like carbonation, soft and smooth, lingering prickle, light-medium body, well-hidden alcohol with a slow, even finish. (4)

O:
Very good single hop IIPA.
This is a tasty and interesting beer that highlights the Barbe Rouge hop variety. I had never heard of this hop till this beer, but I have to say I am intrigued. Overall, the beer is very nice-looking with a great smell and flavor along with tons of strawberry and spicy herbal characteristics. All-in-all it is not super bitter, but rather really aromatic and delicate. It has a very Euro hop character in the finish, but there is lots of fruit as well (one forgets that big IPAs don't always strive for pineapple and grapefruit).
It is big but manageble; drinkable but still pretty damn hoppy. It gets a little sticky after a while, but it doesn't taste like it would. All in all in everything but the ABV I would peg it as a regular IPA. It doesn't have the heftiest body and the hops are pretty delicate compared to what they could be, so don't go into it expecting a bitter, sappy hop-bomb and you'll be fine.
This is one of my favorite of the Vache Folle one-off IIPAs (at least the ones I've got to try), I will go get another bottle before they run out, hopefully; well worth trying. (4)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with nice floral hops and some caramel malt also noticeable. Taste is dominated by fruity notes of hops with some pears notes with some light residual sugar and some light caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not fond of the brewer dry-hop technique but still an enjoyable drink with a pretty singular hops varietal.

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Photo of ludachris
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a polished brawny amber hue. Crystal clear with almost three fingers of thick, creamy off-white head. An active level of carbonation is visible, helping to boost its excellent level of head retention. Chunky legs of lace stick firmly to the sides of the glass.

Creamy peach skins and fresh strawberries give the nose an airy summer feel. It's not all fruit however. It's just as leafy and earthy. Pine sap gives it a syrupy scent. A pinch of mint is in there as well. There's plenty of malt character backing this 9% lassie. It comes in the form of toasty caramel and rivals its hop character in terms of how pronounced it is.

The hops come in quick and with plenty of complexity. I get a really unique blend of mint, creamy peaches and strawberries. Leafy on the edges with a bit of pine. Its fruity sweetness transitions seamlessly into a malt derived sweetness composed of toasted bread and caramel.

Its body lies between medium and full. Its lower than average level of carbonation helps to accentuate its full, rounded, dextrin forward sweetness in the finish. It's semi-dry and a touch syrupy. Its ABV is very well hidden.

A solid DIPA through and through with a few unique qualities. I really enjoyed the Barbe Rouge's berry/minty character. There was plenty of malt around it but it steered away from being too syrupy and viscous which I liked. Its bitterness and alcohol content never take away from its drinkability. At 9%, that's not easy to do. A good pick in the forever saturated category if double IPAs.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*Bottle was more than 4 months old, a little older than how I like my IPAs but lets see if it change something*

Pale-amber color with a small and fast disappearing head and some lacing. Smells of berries, strawberries, peach red licorice, cherry, some sweetness from the malt accentuates those fruity smells, quite enjoyable odor. In the mouth you taste the fruits I wrote before but with a crisp bitterness. Really really good! I wish they will bottle it again so I can taste it fresh!

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Photo of groleau
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Whatup14
2.48/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mademers
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TimWakimika
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of talbotjf99
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

La Vache Folle Double IPA - Barbe Rouge from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 9 ratings