La Vache Folle Double IPA - Bravo | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - BravoLa Vache Folle Double IPA - Bravo

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ZorPrime on 10-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with a nice grassy touch. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes though not as dominant as if Cascade had been used and a light earthy and grassy finish with a decent caramel malty presence. Body is a bit too light with some average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done though a bit watery and not the most interesting hops available out there.

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Photo of Long813
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated: 2009 OCT 08, bottom number illegible
From: Zorprime, 500 ml

A: Dark orange body with two fingers of white head. Head dissipated into a thin ring not long after the pour, but leaves exceptional lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts mixed with some citrus fruits and slight hint of hops.

T: Huge front of caramel malts and pine hops follow. No fruity notes.

M: Medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. Thick creamy texture and leaves a pleasant malty finish. No sense of alcohol making this a dangerous beer since it's so easy to drink.

D: Thanks again Zorprime, this goes down like water. Very pleasant to drink, malty with hops, no alcohol notes. I'm surprised how well this held up and can only imagine what it tastes like when fresh. I hope to taste the rest of these single hop brews.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Almost translucent orange color. Head is small and it doesn't last. Only a ring is there left, and no lacing.

S: Lots of malty sweetness upfront: honey, brown sugar. Lots of citrus there too: grapefruit, orange, tangerine. Otherwise, pineapple and sour cherry are there. A bit of piny hops somewhere. Quite strong smell.

T: Malty sweetness are still there and strong: honey more than anything, a bit of brown sugar too. Cotton candy is there too. Pineapple is present as well as cherry. Then it's all about the hops: grapefruit, orange and tangerine, just like in the nose. Cuts with nice grassy hops at the end. Very well balanced if compared to most IIPA's.

M: Nothing spectacular here. A bit too heavy for an IPA, I would have liked it a bit more lively.

D: Quite high, the beer is balanced and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to fellow BA santa109 A.K.A. my buddy Phil from Québec for giving me one of these. Bottled on date "2009, Oct 08." Which was shortly before I bought it, but its been sitting in my fridge since I got home from Canada in October.

Appearance is nice. A golden copper color. Crystal clear. Foamy white head with a reasonable amount of lacing throughout the session. I've seen better lacing, but I've also seen much worse. I'd rate the lacing about a 7 out of 10.

Getting a LOT of malts on the nose, almost smells like a barley wine. But then again, I live in Southern California so my idea of an IPA is a west coast hop bomb.

Taste--interesting. Perhaps I waited too long, and the hops have mellowed out. They're still there, however it's more of a sweet maltiness up front, followed by some alcohol, then a nice hint of bittering hops later.

Medium carbonation (hard to describe carbonation), but again feels like an american barley wine. A little syrupy, but that's not bad. Just not what I'd expect from a double IPA.

Very drinkable. This is a great beer from a great brewery. I've been fortunate enough to try a few of their beers. Unless you're reading this review from Québec, you may not have the opportunity but I highly recommend seeking them out if possible.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L- Very nice orange-copper colour. One finger of delicious looking head. Lacing perfection?
S- Cherry and marmelade a little hops. A little grapefruit.
T- Sweet Pineapple, A little cotton candy in the middle, Ends with bitter hops and orange zest. And a sweet sugary taste, but not sick-sweet more like mmmm-good-natural sweet. Alcohol as it warms up.
M- Medium carbonation. A tiny bit syrupy
D-Great drinkability.

Real good beer but didn't really satisfy as Double IPA. It's like the more it warms up the less it taste like an IPA

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Photo of MasterSki
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to papat444 for getting a chance to try this one. Served in an oversized wine glass. Bottle dated October 8th, 2009.

A- Finger of white foam (which is pretty good for a giant wine glass) that has good retention, lots of patchy lacing, and a hazy cap. Transparent fiery copper colored body.

S - The choice of Bravo hops in this single-hop DIPA is an unusual one. Spicy, apples, fruity esters, some fusel alcohol, and some dank floral and earthy notes. Bready malt backbone that's quite strong - definitely East Coast.

T - The booze is better hidden in the taste, but the overall flavor is not quite as complex. Bready malts, apple and strawberry fruitiness. This is obviously not a C-hop! Low residual bitterness.

M - Some warmth, soft texture, lower carbonation with the lightest tingle on the upper lip. Medium bodied, and a little bit of residual resiny character.

D - I drank half of the 500ml bottle easily, and I could have finished it on my own. Low bitterness helps keep it very drinkable even though the brew isn't overly successful at hiding the booze. I doubt this was a giant hop monster when it was fresh, but it's likely faded in the intervening two months.

Still, it's a solid start to an intriguing series of single-hop DIPAs. Looking forward to the Simcoe I have in the fridge.

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up recently in Calgary. Damn fine drinkable IPA plus, not quite over-the-top DIPA level of alpha, and that's a good thing. Orange citrus, some lemon, pieneapple. A good bitterness. Foamy appearance. Some, not overwhelming hop oils in the aroma. Good to the last drop.

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Photo of Viggo
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, big thanks to bobsy for bringing this one over.

Pours a crystal clear orange, some dark golden highlights, thick white head forms, settles down to a thick ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks good.

Smell is alright, very fruity, big honey sweetness, caramel, herbal and spicy, grassy, some floral and a bit of fruit, definitely on the sweet side.

Taste is similar, very sweet, honey and caramel, very fruity, some peach, floral, a bit of citrus and orange, alcohol, very sweet and unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, almost feels a bit syrupy. Some character is nice but its just way too sweet for a DIPA. No where near enough bitterness. Thanks Rob!

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Photo of bobsy
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this with viggo as a prelude to some Bell's Oracle. Sadly it got its ass handed to it on a plate by the American product, and falls short of Charlevoix's high standards. Its still a drinkable and pleasant enough drink, but is in no way comparable to their regular offerings.

All starts well, though, and this is certainly an attractive looking IPA. A clear amber liquid supports a sticky white head that leaves fingers of lace on the side of the glass. Bubbles lazily rise to the surface, but don't hit the table like the preceding beverage. This one hits the mouthfeel dead on, and comes as a relief after the soda pop of Picaroon's - medium bodied and slightly slick. The nose is sweet, and I mean that in a flavour way as opposed to a Bill and Ted totally awesome way. I'm getting honey, beet, caramel and juicy fruit (not the bubblegum, the fruit). Hmmm... juicy hops I wonder?

Eric tells me that Bravo has a similar profile to nugget, and I can kind of see that. This is certainly a big, juicy beer, with a herbal edge, but whether it qualifies as a double IPA is another question. Clocking in at the IBU level of a regular IPA, and with an ABV somewhere between a normal and double, there's really not that much imperial about it. Add to that an overbearing sweetness and you've got a beer out of whack. Predominantly the flavour is dominated by honey and brown sugar, and that's not really what we should be finding here. There's some pine underneath and a bit of orange and tangerine, but not enough to bring this back from the brink. I really don't understand - it's a relatively fresh bottle and has been in the fridge since zorprime sent it, so the hops shouldn't have dropped out that much. Ah well.

Thanks again to zorprime for the bottle - cheers Eric!

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Microbrew Charlevoix is putting out this year a series of beers titled: To visit, or revisit, the different hops aroma and taste. They will bottle this beer in the coming year but the different batch will incorporate one hop. This one is made with Bravo hops only.

Pours as copper color. The head is very thin but sticks well to the glass. The appearance is nice. The aroma is low in intensity. I would expect more from a IIPA. Not bad, but more in line with IPA than IIPA. The smell is hoppy, I would say resinous. On the taste, wow... this is where I fell in loved with this one. It does taste more like a IIPA. It is well balanced, so enough malts to cover a little bit the hops. The taste is citrus with some pine in it. Feels the slightly the alcohol with some warmth in the mouth on the finish.

The beer feels mellow in the mouth and the taste stays in the mouth. Wow so nice. As the beer get warmer, the alcohol shows its presence.

Dangerous beer since I could drink that one all night and at 9%, I would get woozy after only 2 500 ml bottles...

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Bravo from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
4.01 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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