La Vache Folle - Milk Stout | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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La Vache Folle - Milk StoutLa Vache Folle - Milk Stout
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
257
Reviews:
116
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
53
For Trade:
4
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd love to say that La Vache Folle ("the mad cow") was black and white but it's not. I could probably get away with calling its body black (though I see it as more of a very dark brown) but its head definitely has a latte tint; it's not even close to pure white.

The aroma is relatively rich but far from opulent; it smells of milk chocolate, dark dried fruits and charred oak (though this is not barrel aged). It doesn't have the air of an imperial stout and comes across as being two or so alcohol rungs lower than it actually is.

The taste is defined by flavours of vanilla and burnt sugar. It drinks like a hot chocolate that's been spiked with a shot of espresso then put on the barbecue. It is sweet and bitter, strong but scrumptious. Bitterness takes the form of an unsweetened cocoa or coffee taste.

This stout drinks like it's been smoking cigars - there's a cinnamon-y, cigar box spice and light tar notes. It leaves a similarly smoky and astringent taste in the mouth. It's like coffee breath's raunchier cousin. But it's still a treat to drink; this is a dessert in a bottle and induces cravings for berries or caramel cake. Alcohol is not necessarily noted but does creep up eventually.

Microbrasserie Charlevoix brews some of the best Belgian-style ales outside of Belgium. They can also apparently emulate a mean Russian Imperial Stout; Vache Folle has the quantity and quality of character of some barrel-aged offerings but drinks about as easily as any generic, standard-strength stout. It remains a fixture of Quebec's rich, forever improving craft beer scene.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of liamt07
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from ZorPrime, thanks again brother. 500ml glass into a pint glass, bottled on September 1, 2010.

First pour on this yields a massive 4 finger light brown head, that billows and sits above the glass and just wont settle, not an aggressive pour by any means. Retention is out of this world, and leaves alot of lace. Body is a very dark brown, bordering on black with the slightest dark orange highlights at the edges. Smells of rich milk chocolate, cocoa and a bit of coffee. Maybe a hint metallic. Head is still sitting here, hard to get my nose in! Tastes of bitter chocolate, rich and full, maybe some dark fruits (and chocolate covered berries?) here too and some molasses or licorice adding some sweetness. Again, a bit of metal. Medium-low carbonation, fairly smooth and pleasant overall; would've liked it thicker. Can't taste the alchy by any means, and fairly drinkable, but 1 is probably enough at a time.

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

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours an extremely dark brown with a 1 finger brown head. Head is fairly foamy, has some volume. some decent lacing, hard to tell carbonation levels.

Smell - i can smell coffee, dark/deep chocolate, some sweetness possible caramel along with a deep fruit. very dynamic smelling beer.

Taste - very rich tasting beer! the taste that dominates is a coffee/metallic taste along with the deep fruits. Finishes with a bitter coffee taste that lingers. very warming beer.

Mouthfeel - the added carbonation makes this beer come to life even more. very well thought out and tasty, the coffee and caramel come to the front.

Drinkability - this is a good tasting beer, couldnt drink a lot of them, but nice to know its out there.

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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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4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler.

A nice even tan light coffee head is formed, very creamy and soapy with latge staying power and great retention. Deep dark walnut brown body with nice red highlights.

Nose has light classic milk lactose but more of a nice wood and tannic roast character. Some cream but this is not sweet forward like most milk stouts. Some faint milky chocolate rounds things out a bit.

Palate is interesting. Woody tannic slight sharp hop bent almost, some faint berry fruit angles, even a bit of nutty character. Some cream comes in with much toned down nice sweetness. Minor fizz playful carbonation and quite dry.

Overall one of the more unique milk or imperial stouts I have had lately, very memorable.

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4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black, no light penetration. The huge, rocky espresso head lasts almost the whole glass, draping it with foam patches on the way down. The aroma is sweet with a roasty edge and brandy notes. The taste is of creme brulee with toffee sweetness mixed with a subtle dark malt roastyness. Some plum and apple fruit notes lie in the back. Hops are very restrained throughout, providing nothing more than a minimum of bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a soft, light carbonation.

This is a good imperial stout. On the sweet side as you would expect, but with lots of complexity. Alcohol is also very well hidden for 9%. Worth a try.

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4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown-red with almost no head, just a thin scrim of tan bubbles that leave sparse blotches of lace as it recedes.

Smells of fresh coffee grounds, dark chocolate coated berries, molasses, roasted walnut and faint herbal hops.

Tastes of rich dark chocolate, creamed coffee, mixed berry fruitiness, more roasted walnut, burnt brown sugar, sweet black licorice and more gentle herbal hops.

Feels surprisingly light. Medium bodied with zippy carbonation. Finishes dry with mildly warming alcohol.

Verdict: Highly recommended. A great beer after coming in from the cold.

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La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
4.14 out of 5 based on 257 ratings.
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