La Vache Folle - Milk Stout | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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259 Ratings
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:
259
Reviews:
116
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
54
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet umber with sticky hills of tan foam.
Malteser nose with bark, bubble gum and smoke - phenolic.
Milk chocolate, a lactic tang, some woody balsamic notes, brown sugar sweetness, a bit of berry and earthy hops to end.
Humus finish and tight, sour linger.
Creamy, the light side of medium, chewy, no burn.

Sort of Belgian? Because there's an edge here that's a bit wild and not totally wrong. It could be sherry notes from Special B or, at 10 months after bottling, it could just be a bit oxidized. Either way, it opens nicely, with the lactic notes settling down, lots of chocolate, no heat, and a smooth body that never cloys.

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Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed the old 5% Vache Folle, too bad they don't make it anymore. Thanks to grub for sharing this 500ml bottle!

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, huge and thick light brown head forms, leaves a ton of lacing on the glass, very sticky, settles to a thick ring, looks real nice. Smell is great, very milky, lactose, sugary, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, lightly smokey, some dark fruit, very rich and smells great. Taste is similar, very sweet at first, lactose and caramel, sugary, bit of banana bread, brown sugar, chocolate, some bitter roast, smoke, biscuit, sweet but balanced in the finish, real nice. Mouthfeel is great, medium to full bodied, very thick and milky, low to medium carbonation, silky smooth and the alcohol is very well hidden. Charlevoix is pretty underrated, this is a great beer. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of Rutager
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours black with a 1 finger head that seems to last forever.

Smell. Sour caramel apple and roasty coffee.

Taste. Slightly sour chocolate. Old coffee, dark cherries and wood. Alcohol present.

Mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation. Warming.

Drinkability. An okay drinker. A little sweet.

A good stout with interesting sour features.

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

A - Pours a dark dark mahogany colour, solid thumb of very fine bubbled mocha head with solid retention and leaves some fine bubbled tacky lacing on the glass.

S - Bitter chocolate with a stronger espresso finish. Faint scent of cherries and leafy greens also detectable, with a bit of alcohol also noticeable.

T - A very tasty offering, though I found it slightly metallic. The high ABV is extremely well hidden under coffee grounds, bitter chocolate with earthy undertones. There's a bit of a bitter-sweet finish on this one with the coffee aromas lingering one the tongue. YUM!

M - This one goes down quite smoothly, perfectly carbonated and the finish is not dry or overly bitter. Very enjoyable!

D - This one is surprisingly drinkable, especially given the higher ABV content. A very enjoyable offering and highly recommended. The flavours are quite tasty holding bold characteristics that are delicious but non-offensive.

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

500ml bottle

label-less, provided by bert from his recent canadian vacation

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice - very dark body, full creamy beige head with lighter retention

smell: dark roasty aroma - chocolatey, lactose, belgian yeast, touch of booze, dark fruit

taste: interesting beer - like some sort of cross between a belgian strong dark, dubbel, and stout. There is lots of dark belgian yeast, dark fruit and fig, licorice, strong alcohol sting

mouthfeel: similarities to a belgian dark, alcohol heat, well carbonated

drinkability: ok

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Photo of papat444
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As of now, i've made it halfway through the Top 100 of Canada.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, bottled 2011/12/08.

Appearance: Massive light brown head that bubbles and exposes lacing all over. Dark brown the color of the body. Each pour gives more head.

Smell: Chocolate, not too sweet.

Taste: Hit at first with milk chocolate mixed with oatmeal. Milky coffee as it warms. Almost like a stout milk shake. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation starts strong for the style but quickly calms down. Body is silky smooth, robust throughout yet is never heavy.

Overall: A different type of stout. Literally like a milk shake a bit. Very good stuff.

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Photo of deonreds
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black with a large and very smooth-looking tan head. Remarkably flat top- a few bubbles but otherwise a smooth ceiling. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

Smell contains cocoa, marshmallow, coffee and a creamy scent that, for whatever reason, makes me think of mint. Probably mint chocolate, to be specific. Roasted malt is in there as well, becomes more pronounced the more I smell.

Taste is wonderful. Actually a bit of a surprise from the nose. Very creamy, with a nice roasted malt flavour that is quite sweet. Chocolate and caramel, and bit of vanilla. The finish is fantastic- almost tastes like a milkshake with the creamy texture and sweetness. Very mild bitterness- noticeable but outpowered by the sweetness. I don't want to overemphasize the sweetness- it is not a Southern Tier specialty or a Belgian- but is quite sweet for an imperial stout. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and smooth. Moderate to low carbonation, full bodied. Very nice.

Overall, just a lovely stout from the excellent Charlevoix.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chucker17
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Jeffo
3.12/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second time having this beer. The first time I scored it a 2.58, which isn't all that impressive. Let's hope eithe the beer or my palate has changed since then. Got this at Intermarche St-Roche in Quebec City.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Bottled 24 Feb 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear brown and produces a one finger, medium looking, cream colored head with great retention. Clear black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. Good head, but body needs to be thicker.

SMELL: Roasted notes, coffee, sweet cream and lactose sugars for sure. Espresso roasted coffee and vanilla cream. Interesting, and bold enough for sure.

TASTE: Roasted notes with some slightly stale coffee flavors up front. A little less satisfying than the nose, unfortunately. Sweet cream and vanilla comes out at the swallow, then lots of coffee, lactose sugar and sweet vanilla cream in the bolder and lingering aftertaste. Some bitter coffee tries to peek through the sweet lactose flavors. Better than I remeber, though the coffee is still a little stale tasting.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little light for the style, thoug creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating.

OVERALL: Better than I remember, but still a little underwhelming. Coffee is a little stale tasting, and it's not really big enough for the ABV. Still a decent beer that's worth trying, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

A strong Stout sweetened with lactose sugar. "Vache folle" means "mad cow."

Jet black with a tightly laced, coffee-colored cream head that cascades and rises. Awesome head actually, with good retention. Slightly acidic in the nose, with dark berries and some faint coffee and chocolate beneath. Bitty and prickly on the palate, but creamy beneath, with a firm, full body that's a bit chewy, too. Sharp carbonation and roastiness up front. Mild astringency. Rich notes of dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, some toffee, earth, bark and smoke. Burnt raisins, too. Sweetness is well rounded and tame, with a distinct, semi-sugary, lactose character. No discernible hop presence, but we didn't expect one. Hints of dried cherries and pronounced alcohol as the beer warms. Lingering, dry chocolate in the finish.

Nothing to get mad about here. This is a delicious Milk Stout that crosses into Imperial Stout territory and is a must try if you find yourself in Québec.

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Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

a: piraat snifter, finger-width beige head, thick and creamy, good retention, the mahogany brown appearing nearly black in color

s: prune and raisin with roasty bakers chocolate, moderate lactose, slight wood char with a delicate smokiness, mild sweet alcohol but nowhere near boozy, subtly hopped

m: carbonation moderate with a medium body, seems slightly thin

t: dark bakers chocolate, dark fruit skins, raisin and prune, roasty, with an undercurrent of licorice, slightly smoky, balanced lactic sugars, cleans up well with a long finish of dry chocolate, cleanly earthy hop bitterness

d: a very nice milk stout that drinks easily given the abv

500 mL from Depanneur Peluso in Montreal

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Photo of peensteen
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown colour, more than a finger of tan/off white head, little bit of lace as well. Smell is of milky chocolate, coffee and roasted malts and only intensified as it warmed, tons of chocolate present here. Taste is sweet and chocolatey, coffee grinds and roast, lactic flavours toward the finish, cocoa powder and milk chocolate finish and aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium body and a really nice feel, smooth and creamy. Solid imperial stout, at first I thought it was a bit on the sweet side but as it warms and comes together it all works very well.

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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 joemcgrath27
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - an impenetrable black, somewhat bubbly, with a tower of brown head that slowly dissipates, nice lacing
S - nice smells of sweet caramel and roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, and some vanilla
T - all the smells transfer nicely to taste, caramel sweetness, roasty and smoky malts hints, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and just a little tartness
M - fairly strong carbonation sensation fills the mouth at first, changing to a fuller smooth chewy feel, with the high ABV thinning it out just a little
D - for a thick stout with a 9% ABV, this is very well balanced in feel and flavour, hiding the 9% well, although a couple of these 500ml bottles might give away the secret

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

We were at Model Milk for dinner, first time there. Wandered towards the front bar to check out the tap selection (saw others drinking some decent bottles), what jumps out but "that cow beer" as it became affectionatly know by my dining mates.

Served in a snifter glass, beautiful, inky black color with a huge, creamy, beige head. Foam lasted for the entire glass.
First smell gives you sweet milk chocolate, a little roasted malt, and a bit of coffee.
Taste is slightly sweet, but not too cloying or artificial. Chocolate, cocoa, coffee all meld with the big toasted malt base. The high ABV is hidden, all components are well balanced and flavorfull.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, full body with out being heavy, low carbonation.
Overall a great stout, super happy to have this Quebec gem available in Alberta.

Note to Self: Ranked #25 Top Beers - Canada when I reviewed it.

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Photo of Beervana
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jvillefan
2.72/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I am going to take a point off of each category due to the vast inexperience that this brewery clearly has. The beer was vastly overcarbonated and nearly exploded after opening despite no reason to do so. After the fountain of beer on my ceiling and carpet there was only enough to fill 4 oz of my glass.

A: A dark brown body with a huge brown head.

S: Not great. It has a homebrew aroma when homebrewing is done with extract. There is sweet chocolate aromas present as well.

T: Light flavors. There is a chocolate flavor with some creamy flavors in the background. There are many better milk stouts out there.

M: The carbonation is way to high and this leaves the body deceptively light.

O: Could have been good if the brewery had more skill when it comes to their process. Very poor execution. This will be my last beer from Microbrasserie Charlevoix.

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La Vache Folle - Milk Stout from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
4.14 out of 5 based on 259 ratings.
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