La Vache Folle - Milk Stout | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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La Vache Folle - Milk StoutLa Vache Folle - Milk Stout
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Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada
microbrasserie.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Phyl21ca on 02-14-2007

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Reviews:
114
Ratings:
250
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
14.73%
 
 
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Photo of Shadman
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 4 pack sampler.

Poured black as used deisil oil with a rich looking tan head & gobs of lacing.

Smokey roasted malts, slight cocoa notes.

Slick roasted milk coffee flavours abound. Some piney hops in the finish. High ABV is hidden well by the milky sweetness.

Found it to be quite slick and medium full in body.

Scary-easy drinking imperial stout. Nothing harsh about this at all.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Remember trying this about a year ago but don't quite remember how much I liked it.
Has the label changed? My bottle says this is an Imperial milk stout not just a milk stout.

A- Dark, thick milk chocolate head. Liquid looks jet black but is actually a pretty clear, super dark ruby.

S- Smells like a Dubbel and a stout. Some nice good quality light dark chocolate. Very slightly metallic. Needs some warming up. Warming up now: Hot alcohol and sweet fruit...mango maybe. Now smells more like a weak IIPA with some cocoa stout added.

T- This is pretty light. I was expecting something a lot heavier. But not light like some weak seltzer stouts, a good, still flavorful and well bodied light. You can taste some pine and sweet fruit from the hops. The last time I tasted this I remember it having a lot more of a lactosedairy taste to it. The whole hop and stout thing works very well. One of the best examples I've tried.

M- Quite prickly active carbonation. Medium to full mouthfeel. Dry finish but lots pf sugar in here to counter. Creamy and aggressive at the same time and can feel like a lager or a milkshake depending on the way you swallow.

D- Very good. Just tastes good. But one bottle is probably enough. Mainly because it's just so satisfying.

Really feels like they've changed the recipe or this is just a different beer. Good. Would buy it again. I also recommend it. Not going crazy for it but the Charlevoix quality is here and this is worth the money.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark black with a decent amount of caramal foam, using the duvel tulip glass. The taste is of very sweet roasted dark coffee/chocolate. It really drank like a light 6% stout, so I was suprised to see it was actually 9%. So its very easy to drink and goes down quite smooth. Good stout.

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Photo of kjyost
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated June 15, 2009. Thanks Viggo!

A: Pours an inky black with a nice tan head that laces well. A perfect looking pint.

S: First notes were yeasty and not in a positive way. The aromas of yeast disappeared slowly with the head leaving more muted aromas of licorice and coffee

T: A good RIS. Numerous subtle flavours that play across your palate at different times. A thick roasty bitterness from the dark malts is paired with notes of molasses, licorice and, at times, berries. The lactose addition is not perceivable in any form to me, as any sweetness within the beer (which is minimally noticeable) I would have chalked up to a higher FG.

M: Stick to the mouth nicely as any good RIS should, but I found the carbonation a little more biting than I would have liked.

D: The taste wins the day here. The issues with aromas and mouthfeel are minimal compared to the enjoyable flavours within.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My last Vache Folle series beer was an explosive ESB - in fact three of them in a row. So I was concerned how this one might turn out but luckily it was for naught. The milk stout was in good shape.

It poured a dark guinness black with a large light brown foamed head with retention. Smells are light, coffee like and a little smokey/boozee. The taste however has much more.. rich milk chocolate, smokiness, roasted malts and a well balanced sweetness and sour, hop finish. It's well done but not really a stand out for me. The levels are right but the taste is just a little off.

Mouthfeel is good if not a bit too prickly due to the carbonation. Drinkability is better than average for a beer of this strength.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark opaque brown with a mocha brown 3 finger head. Lots of carbonation rose up from the bottom in constant streams. Thin layer of head lingered with small amounts clinging to the sides. Aroma was sweet, milky, and slightly brown sugary. Small amounts of dark chocolate and coffee. Taste was sweet, with obvious hints of milky flavor. Almost like a very slightly flavored milk. Felt outstanding in the mouth. Coated extremely well, much like milk, with only a small touch of carbonation. It was very easy to drink, but definitely not session. Was almost too sweet.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml brown bottle, I missed it the first time it was available here in Alberta (didn't realize it would sell out so fast!), so this was part of the La Vache Folle 4-pack, my 2nd chance. This one was bottled on June 15th 2009.

Pours out an opaque black, only the faintest of garnet highlights are apparent even against a direct light source. Dense spongy mocha head that eventually settles and leaves some intense lacing.

Coffee, roasted malt and slight char on the nose, along with treacle and some smoke.

Sweetness immediately up front in the flavour, some alcohol warmth, treacle and cocoa, a little bit of bourbon. Sweet milky chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, slick, and deceptively quaffable for such a strong stout.

Deceptive is the key word for this Imperial Milk Stout, between the sweetness and the slick mouthfeel this stout goes down far too easy for such a big beer, very well done. Glad I had the 2nd chance to sample this.

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Photo of pootz
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Half liter "subbie" bottle: Poured a black viscous ale in the glass...modest carbonation...small mocha head....smells delicious..sweet, chocolaty, roasty, some coffee...light grass tones.

Mouth feel is viscous. oily....good malt backbone and all the cocoa/coffee toasty stout tastes but toned back with a soft rounded taste profile from the lactose. Not a cloyingly sweet drink but sweetish, toasty chocolatey and mild....nice effort. "

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Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown, almost black colour with thick tan head. Head retention and lacing all the way down the glass. It smells of roasted malt and light amount of chocolate. The taste has more of the chocolate with almost no bitterness that I sometimes get with big stouts. It is a little bit lighter in body than what I'd expect from how tick the head is, yet it is still quite smooth. It's a little bit boozy, so I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these at a time, but it is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ReFill31
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle poured in a Pint Glass

A : Very dark beer with a nice moka foam that stays on the beer a long time, leaving a nice ring on the glass.

S : Torrefaction smell, I could also distinct black olives. Sweet smell.

T : The taste is very good! Chocolate, coffee and we can feel the lactose in it also.

M : Very creamy, sweet.

D : We do not taste the alcohol at all which is kind of behind the smooth feel of the beer. Because of that I could easily drink another one.

Overall, an excellent beer that I would absolutely recommend.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to papat444 for this one. Poured in a Selin's Grove pint glass. Bottled June 15th, 2009.

A - Pours with three fingers of dark mocha foam that dissipates slowly to a thin cap and thick ring. Some nice patchy lacing as well. Pitch black body with only the slightest hint of dark brown at the fringes.

S - Dark fruits and berries, some light smokiness, dry roast, some lactose, and sugar cookie. Not the biggest smell, and not as sweet or milky as you'd expect from this style.

T - The taste is a little nicer, with more chocolate and cream flavors coming out. Some nice fruitness, but also an odd lactic sour and earthy aftertaste that I'm not entirely sure fits. I suppose I'm forever skewed by the diabetic Three Hour Tour, but this is trending more into English Stout territory.

M - Light carbonation tingle, medium body, very soft and smooth. Right on for the style, but sufficiently big for the 9%.

D - This is an easy drinker. Killing the half-liter by myself would be no problem. I just wish the taste/aroma had a little more oomph and a touch more sweetness. I'd drink this one again if I were up in Quebec.

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Photo of Otterburn
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

june 15th 2009 bottle

Impérial milk stout

What a nice brew!! a treat..

looks good: big moka head, beer is darkblack

Smells very good as well: sweet and torrified

Taste: is very smooth, sweet, round, torrification,like coffee, excellent,
well balanced

mouthfeel is sexy

drinkability is perfect to sip on a winter day
you dont taste the alcool, but it warm you up

This beer makes me happy

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Photo of demcorhip
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Goldorak, finally getting around to enjoying this CanBif treat from years back. Looks great, black body topped by tight two finger tan head with great retention. Also great lacing, thin sticky sheets battle gravity and appear to hold their own.

Lactose, chocolate and espresso, a hint of char, some raisin and a touch of leafy earthiness. So ya, smells great and im looking forward to the taste.

Tastes pretty damn good. Much like the nose. A nice little smack of roasted malts near the finish break through the rich and creamy lactose rich chocolate and espresso flavour. Some hazelnut also present.

Incredible mouth feel and presence. Full creamy body, and a great balance of rich flavours, nuts, chocolate/espresso, and charred malts. I would put this up there with Dark Lord in terms of great mouthfeel, but instead of molasses the lactose provides the substance.

As drinkable as any 9% brew. The alcohol reveals itself mostly through the warmth it imparts. A great beer to ring in the new on the first of January in Canada. A must try for fans of stouts and milk stouts. This brew is easily the equal of higher rated and more sought after brews. Could La Vache Folle come out on top of the Darklord? It does in my books... Thanks Martin for the chance to try this incredibly rich and tasty treat.

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Photo of elricorico
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in the glass, opaque all around. A slow steady pour generated a mountain of malt coloured head, that grows before it recedes.

Smells of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Some milky coffee and smoke. Not as big as I'd have hoped but nice.

Milky sweetened coffee right up front, that becomes more and more chocolatey as it heads towards the back of the mouth. Some cola impressions on the sides of the tongue. A bit acidic in the finish.

Body leaning towards full and creamy, with medium to low carbonation. Has a way of filling the whole mouth.

A different take from the average big stout. Quite sweet, but I don't mind that. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours a dark black with 3 fingers of head that lasts for some time. Only the outer ring wants to receed leaving me a beige colored island on top of this beauty.

S- Sweet chocolate and light roasted malts. This smells like an easy drinker.

T- Sweet chocolate to start, toasted malts in the middle, and a good dose of bitter coffee in the end. A little warmth from the alcohol, but in a good way. Very well balanced!

M- That's mighty smooth, it's up there with some of my favorite stouts in terms of feel.

D- 9% you say??? I laugh at that and crack another. My first from this brewery, won't be my last. What a well rounded brew!!

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Photo of notdan
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a dense, creamy, dark tan head that leaves plenty of lace down my pint glass. Smell is pretty much what you'd expect; chocolate, coffee, bit of alcohol, though maybe a little bit of a metallic note. The first thing that hits you as you sip is the sweetness, which lasts for a while as milk chocolate and coffee flavours flow over it, ending in a slight roasty bitterness. Freakin awesome. Mouthfeel is perfectly thick and creamy with just enough carbonation. This beer is flavourful, but alcoholic (tasting) it is not, making it quite easy to drink.

Need to head over to Gatineau and pick up some more of these.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice nov28 2009

A black with a large long lasting mocha head that leaves decent lace. this would get a 5 if it left some more lace but it's sassy nonetheless

S lots of milk chocolate, mild coffee and some booze

T as it smells but with but with a sweetness to it that makes it near perfect. I pick up on a little licorice as it warms, and I like how no one thing overpowers, well balanced flavors

M silky and smooth, nice and thick need I say more?

D lots of wonderful small things add up for one great thing. no for real though this beer can hurt you if you let it

one of the better Canadian beers I've ever had. once people start taking notice of this brewer they will become a permanent member of the top 25 for Canada with little doubt

Edit: I guess my review put it over the top, #24 on the Canadian top 25 as of nov30 2009

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Photo of berkey
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Looked a little odd so I had to try it. 500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass as that was the closest glass I had to the one shown on the label which is entirely in French. From notes 11/17/09.

Pours very dark, essentially black. Forms a sturdy brown head with faint red highlights. Lacing is very nice.

Chocolate cream and caramel notes lead followed by not insignificant coffee aromas. Sweeter than I expected.

Caramel is much stronger than anticipated on this beer. Continues with some dark chocolate and more coffee. Not sure if it's because it had warmed or because my palate adjusted to the chocolate but the creamy, almost milky character is coming through really strong late in the tasting. Coffee and more chocolate cut through again in the aftertaste but the coffee doesn't lend much bitterness which actually works for this beer. It seemed like every sip was slightly different than the previous. Interesting experience.

Creamy, silky, texture with low carbonation. Not cloying or hot by any means but drinks at about the 9 % abv listed.

Never been a huge fan of the style but this was probably the best Milk Stout I've tried yet. Not exactly my ideal beer but it was very interesting so I'm giving it high marks.

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Photo of cfrancis
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Imperial Milk Stout. I'm not a huge coffee guy but I enjoyed this beer. Aroma is malt, coffee and caramel and chocolate. Taste is deep with malt and coffee and chocolate overtones. Alcohol bite and an aftertaste of creme brule. This is a very nice beer, I don't know if I'd have it again but I can understand how people would love this. Very complex and lots of great flavours coming through.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a root beer float. Black with black lowlights topped by a foamy, frothy light biege head and monstrous lacing.

The aroma is quite fresh and spritzy, like fresh cut pears drizzled in chocolate and caramel. The roastiness is timid, but it's definitely there. This is all very subtle mind you.

The taste is sweet milk chocolate with just a tinge of roast and a creamy sweet chocolaty coffee. A lack of attenuation leads to a sweet finish, not dry at all, almost like a hint of chocolate syrup. Nice, clean aftertaste though. I want to say pungent, but I mean that in the best possible way. Low bitterness and roast though, but just enough to keep this from being cloying.

A very enjoyable beer and one I just realized, nearing the end, is 9%. It sure doesn't taste like it. It's oddly filling.

Courtesy of papat444 through CanBIF. Thanks Patrick!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from Montreal, pours a rich, dark black, no light getting through, pillowy cappucino/mocha foam builds up, milky like the cappuccino too! Superb, anticipation high.

Nose is... light. Not getting a lot off of this one, anticipation deflated. Light milk chocolate, a hint of anise.

Taste is... delicious. Anticipation met. Sweet choco nibs all throughout, offset by a nice lacto bitterness, milky like creamer, light bitter chocolate and hops in finish, not a lot of roast but some. Alcohol nowhere to be found, SMOOTH. Imperial stout = no. Imperial milk stout = yes. Pretty sweet, dessert beer.

Not perfect but a smooth drinker, well made, would gladly spend another night with this beauty.

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Photo of hopdog
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle acquired in trade with Sammy (thanks!).

Poured a dark, dark brown color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, chocolate, lactose, some coffee, and slightly earthy. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, licorice, and lighter roastiness. I also noted root beer candy. Thinner body with the alcohol content well hidden.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle- Deep dark black pour with a foamy and frothy mocha cap. Leaves nise spotty lace. Nose is quite lactic, milk chocolate, some roasty components, coffee beans, and fresh hops. Tastes of coffee, milk chocolate, lactic, roasty malts with some young hops. Has quite an odd metallic feel and flavour towards the end, but it doesn't come off as unpleasant. Creamy with good drinkability.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, in a hotel room in downtown Montreal, in advance of checking out some local beer bar flavour.

This beer pours a rather opaque black, with very slight basal cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, foamy, and playfully bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent spooky webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells readily of a heady roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, salty black licorice, well creamed espresso, a hint of tobacco ash, and a whiff of warming alcohol. The taste is more toasty caramel malt, a touch of stronger toffee, mildly bitter, and yet still sweet milk chocolate, fading anise, cafe au lait, and a further burnt ashy note. No real alcohol manifests until it warms substantially.

The carbonation is mild, but not absent, the body a large-ish medium-full weight, smooth and silky and robust as all get out. It finishes off-dry, with some strong cocoa, bready caramel, and mild coffee essences sticking around. The amped-up alcohol is still a no-show (for now, I'm sure I'll change my tune soon enough).

A stellar Imperial Milk Stout (lacking its own category here, I'll give it one in my little microcosm), this seems to me to be a first cousin, perhaps once or twice removed, of Peche Mortel, as the flavours, while still quite punchy, seem to keep it mostly on the down low. A strong effort, and oh so very (scarily) drinkable. I'd partake in the insanity of this Mad Cow on a regular basis if I could.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive dark brown foam over an opaque brown liquid. Head is solid and sticky - exceptional. Nose is somewhat muted though with some grapyness and fruit. Some caramel as well. Sweet and fruity flavour with apple, grape, red berries and hints of citrus and tropical fruit. Good toastiness but nothing over-the-top. Alcohol is well hidden. Fairly light body and low carbonation. Good balance and overall very drinkable. Maybe a bit on the light side though, and definitely weak in aroma.

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