La Vache Folle - ESB | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

BA SCORE
86
very good
106 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
La Vache Folle - ESBLa Vache Folle - ESB
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada
microbrasserie.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 04-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of twillingthenoz
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a high sided snifter glass.

Look is a lovely dark slightly hazy amber with a thin but full white head.

Aroma is of dry biscuit malt maybe a little molasses in there too.

Taste is rich and malty. I haven't had a true to style ESB in awhile but this certainly nails the British pub nostalgia of drinking.

 340 characters

Photo of Max8787
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Haven't found a better ESB yet. This beer is a must.

52 characters

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly veiled dark amber color with moderate activity. Soft creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with dense lacing but faint legs. Flavors of caramel, nutmeg, ginger, roasted grains, lemon, yeast, herbal spices. Bread and toffee sugary feel, with sharp zesty fruity that balance things out. Slick milky medium body with crispy and prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish, quite long, deeply malty and roasted, pleasant burnt caramel, with lingering leafy and citrusy hops. Interesting creamy density (a trademark for La vache folle?), still nicely fresh, with some sharp yeast. Quite tasty and filling, but uplifting like a Belgian. Overall very good quality craft. A robust ESB, heavily spiced and probably too much, not as delicate and pleasant compared to the Fuller's.

 798 characters

Photo of josanguapo
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From lacasadelacerveza. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. More refreshing than usual in the style, maybe thanks to a slight and pleasant sourness. Left me wanting more.

 170 characters

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mademers
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mlkluther
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first time trying the style so my rating is not in comparison to other esb's Its just what I think about this beer.

Appearance - this beer pours a deep gold with brown hues, 3 fingers off white head that last awhile and lacing remains for even longer.

Aroma - Floral hops, buscuity malts, slight citrus and caramel.

Taste - totally follows the smell from hops to malts to citrus and caramel.

Mouth feel - Light-medium body etremely balanced slightly more bitter throughout, prickly carbonation sweet finish.

Overall - I very much enjoyed this beer, I hope to try more ESB's down the road.

 606 characters

Photo of VbolieuV
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was expecting an amber beer but it's golden in color with a nice head that stays there for a while. Not much hops in the smell, mainly grain maltiness, with some caramel malt but not much. In the mouth it tastes a little more of caramel malts. Dry finish with a nice carbonation. Not the best ever but not bad either.

 317 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub.
Rich sweet maltiness, light earthy hops, nice rich ESB

78 characters

Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndrewC
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of talbotjf99
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antilochus
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottled April 2014.

A: Cloudy orange with off-white head. Good retention.

S: Caramel, honey, breadiness, a little bit of orange peel.

T/M: Balanced on the palate leaning towards bitterness. Tea, fruitiness. Sharp bubbles. I find the finish a bit sweet.

Very nice. I'm really looking forward to the milk stout.

 319 characters

Photo of Coronaeus
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcubz
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Lallsballs77
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Phil_Lauzon
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TRiGS
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of prisdefer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Beervana
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev +3.9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
La Vache Folle - ESB from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
3.85 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.