La Vache Folle Double IPA - Simcoe | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - SimcoeLa Vache Folle Double IPA - Simcoe

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Tim2000 on 11-18-2009

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Photo of Tim2000
4.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here's a new one from Charlevoix - a single-hop Double IPA bittered with Simcoe hops.

500 mL brown bottle, bottled two weeks ago.

Pours a copper orange with a thick white head.

Aroma is of burnt sugar and citrus fruit.

Lots of sweet caramel and candied orange peel. A powerful hop bitterness hits soon after, slightly resinous. Alcohol is well hidden. Syrupy mouthfeel with moderate to low carbonation.

Simple but delicious. Hop candy!

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pale-amber in color with lots of carbonation and a 1-inche bubbly head. Smell of lemon-orange-banana, not bad. Also fruity in the mouth. You couldn't tell it's 9%, it's so easy to drink! It's not too bitter also, really well-rounded, an excellent beer!

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Photo of elricorico
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fairly clear amber with a mountain of beige coloured head. Waiting for the head to fall takes long enough that I start getting impatient. No lack of lacing.

Flowery and citric to the nose, but there is a bounty of malt sweetness as well, mixing in a touch of caramel. Very inviting.

Slightly sweet toffee and bready malt up front, but the bulk of the flavour is a ride of grapefruit rind hop flavour. Not terribly bitter, there is certainly a reasonable balance here from the malt. Uncomplicated, but it really is hitting the spot.

There is a bit of oily slickness to the body and the carbonation is a bit lower than average. Works well for the beer.

This is a really good Double IPA. A little more subtle and balanced than most I've had, but easy to drink and very pleasing. Would definitely suggest.

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Photo of MAB
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer, if you like the flavor of hops. It is extremely hoppy. That made me extremely happy.
It was a deep amber color with a nice white head. It fit perfectly in my Guinness pint glass.
The aroma is all hops, and a sweeter aroma you cannot find.
The first taste is WOW! HOPS! but there's a sweetness and a flowery flavor that makes this not purely a bitter assault on the tongue. The bitterness does come through on the aftertaste, though, and this makes your next sip sweet and flowery again.
A lovely beer and a super find for me!

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Photo of prosper
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a dense yellow head. Lots of lace.

According to the bottle, it was 21 plato and 79% AA - so 1.087 -> 1.018. 12L colour and 80 IBU's. Probably has a decent percentage of plain sugar in there to hit 79% attenuation.

Smell - smells like candy. Sweet caramel malt - something very light, there aren't any toasty or nutty flavours here - and lots of fruity hops.

Taste - this is the prototype for a good DIPA in my opinion. Absolutely perfect - sweet malt up front that's quickly balanced with a firm bitterness, and then all fading into a wonderfully fruity hop bomb. Some pine, some candied orange, but none of the passionfruit/mango/pineapple/tropical character that you get from other american hops. Slight (but not unpleasant) grassyness.

Mouthfeel is good - it's still a 9% beer, so body is fairly full, but not so much as to make this syrupy and cloying. Still, feels pretty sticky for a 1.018 beer.

Drinkability - well, if it wasn't so strong, I'd have several at a sitting.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into Unibroue glass nov30 2009

A clear copper with lots of slow rising bubbles, light tan head has decent retention and leaves large patches of lace

S bread with a fair amount of toffee/burnt sugar and where this booze is beyond me

T has a nice mellow grapefruit taste with enough sweet malt to give it a balance. the booze is there but it's very well concealed, this is another winner from this brewer

M nice and chewy, much thicker then I expected and a highlight with this beer

D this beer is scary for 9% the booze is so well hidden and it leaves you wanting another sip before your mouths empty

I've taken a crash course in Charlevoix 101 in last few days and it's been a great few days. beers like this are making Alberta a great place to be a beer lover

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Photo of Vold
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronDjinn
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle, label says it was bottled November 11, 2009.

Pours out a gorgeous bright translucent copper hue, tall loose frothy off-white head with good retention, and dense swathes of lacing.

Clean metallic grains and hops at first in the nose, chewy bready caramel malt comes through, with some spice, bright citrus hops, pine and earth, and some alcohol warmth. Complex yet refined.

Bready, biscuity, light caramel malt up front in the flavour, pine and spice in the middle, with tangerine and mild grapefruit closing in on the finish, some grassy hops rounding out into the aftertaste already. Complex and refined yet again, but something in there just doesn't gel for me for some reason.

Or perhaps it's because the mouthfeel is a bit too full and sticky to help make the flavour profile a bit more manageable. Fair game though, the mouthfeel is full, chewy, and gets sticky towards the finish and onwards, it's quite the hefty package.

Aside from the mouthfeel being a bit overwhelming this is a great and worthy DIPA, a lot going on here that's worth revisiting.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to papat444 for getting a chance to try this one. Served in an oversized wine glass. Bottle dated November 6th, 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. (I just copied this from my VF - Bravo review, as they look nearly identical)

S - This reminds me of Weyberbacher Unfiltered Double Simcoe - unconventional fruits like spiced apple and peach, a faint tropical note, slight dankness, a touch of cat pee. The malt base is sugar cookie and multi-grain bread. Booze is better hidden than the Bravo version.

T - Delicious fresh peach sweetness that is characteristic of Simcoe hops. The taste is less grainy with the smell, with more of a sugary dough malt character coming through. Moderate bitterness that builds slowly - you can tell this one has a few more IBUs than the Bravo (80 vs. 60).

M - Slightly harsh carbonation that borders on prickly. Resinous residual feel after a medium viscosity body. Definitely less hot than the Bravo.

D - The bitterness and carbonation are more intense than the Bravo, but that's balanced out by the reduced heat and better taste. Finishing 500ml of this one is no problem. Can't wait for the next one (hope it's Columbus).

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Photo of papat444
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled Aug. 6, 2015.

Dark, rust colored body, average retention. Flavor is very resiny and strong on grapefruit. Has a creamy feel to it yet doesn't lack robustness.

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Photo of mademers
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shadman
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the second dIPa this week...what a lucky liver I possess...

nothing to fault in the appearance category...nice rich head, tons of lacing, the classic burnt orange colour...this one is clear however...

aroma is muted, I had 1 @ below reccomended temp and one @ and both disappointed in the nasal sense...more sweet malt bomb than the expected pine/citrus blast.

Stsrts off as a wanna be tease with the sweet maltiness. Where's the hop? Tucked right in behind my friend in seamlesss balance. Balance is the key here...this isn't anything like a Yank version of a DIPA, but very contentintal...

Very easy for a hophead to get in trouble here...very smooth and easy easy ro drink....

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Photo of Otterburn
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Birthday beer..

Appearance: this beer is alive,lots of light throught amber color, laces,decent head

smell: like sour candy i used to eat when i was younger

Taste: powerfull bitterness,strong and clear grapefruit taste, intense and smooth

mouthfeel: snake bite on the tongue
long lasting taste. fine carbonation,

Drinkability: vulgar display of bitterness..

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Photo of 4ster
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 05/07/2013. Poured into a large wine glass.

Fairly clear with a bit of haze, dark rich amber, nice bubbles and really impressive, bright white head with decent lacing. Not a really strong aroma, but what does come through is some sweet malts, earthy with some piney/grassy bitterness. Taste wise you get a lot of the same, really heavy upfront sweetness, caramel malts, followed by a really earthy, pine resin woodsy bitterness.... also a bit of light citrus.... medium body, light-med. carbonation, and not a whole lot of stickiness.

Overall another good beer by Charlevoix... I'm not always crazy about the single hop varieties as they of course aren't as complex, but when done right it is refreshing to really pinpoint what a certain hop variety tastes/smells like.... and I would say this is one of those beers done right.... the hop profile really comes through but is also supported by a really heavy, sweet backbone that makes this an enjoyable beer to drink and as far as Quebec IPA's go, one to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I liked the crazy cow imagery in Montreal this past summer - and I still like it now in Calgary at Christmas...

This beer pours a clear dark burnt orange hue, with two fingers of creamy ecru head, which leaves a ring of lace around the glass as it slowly melts away. It smells of grapefruit and pine hop essences, and caramel/toffee malt. The taste is caramel malt up front, and then resinous floral and citrus hops, with a hint of boozy edginess. The carbonation is moderate, the body slick, unctuous, and pretty smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the sweet caramel lording over the soft hoppiness.

A silky smooth, well-balanced DIPA, the booze hardly apparent on the palate. I'd love to see more of these around.

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Photo of Tmappin
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsolutely
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent DIPA, although the 9%ABV is scarily well hidden. Brewed in May 2013 and picked up the bottle in Montreal last week-end, so still fresh.

Pours a beautifully clear light amber colour, with an impressive white head that lingers before lacing. Surprisingly little oiliness, with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. The aroma is somewhat muted, but has a nice variety of caramelized malts and a real tropical fruit hoppiness. The Simcoe is more prevalent in the taste, which has a real sweetness before the bitter finish takes hold. Pineapple and mango plus some pink grapefruit etc. etc.; much fruitier than I expected - and right up my alley.

Would highly recommend!

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Photo of Simon212
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Dawkfan
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber with 3 fingers of off white head, good retention and lots of lace.

S- There's a good amount of citrus hops in this one, the alcohol is slightly noticeable as well.

T- Bready malt up front, some sweetness & floral hops in the middle and it takes awhile after you've drank it for the hop bitterness to set in. Finishes a little warm.

M- This doesn't coat the mouth as much as most DIPA's, but this is extremely smooth. Thick body, low-medium carbonation.

D- Really balanced for this style. I was hoping for a little more bitterness, but I'd definitely buy again.

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Photo of Krakpoff
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Aug-6-2015

Pours a caramel color with a little haze and a thick two fingers of off-white head that settles to a solid film. Pretty good retention; some swoops of lacing. (4)

Sweet, herbal, piney. Citrus rind, woody, sap, potpourri, dirty diapers. (4)

Rich, layered, resinous bitterness. Herbs, pine, bitter orange, dusty and dry, caramel. (4)

Medium-plus body with medium carbonation and a lingering bitterness in the back of your mouth very drinkable, well-hidden booze. (4)

This is a good single hop IIPA.
I am not necessarily the biggest Simcoe fan, but they are well-displayed here being both pine-like and slightly fruity with some woody alcohol in the finish. The beer itself has some good support in the form of a thick caramel malt backbone. Pretty drinkable, fetching in the glass, nice velvety feel.
Would have it again; worth a shot if you see it fresh—same goes for all of Charlevoix's other single hop IIPAs. (4)

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Simcoe from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 41 ratings
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