La Vache Folle Double IPA - Amarillo | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - AmarilloLa Vache Folle Double IPA - Amarillo
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La Vache Folle Double IPA - AmarilloLa Vache Folle Double IPA - Amarillo

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Shanex
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great Canadian ipa..purchased online as it's not on the shelves here. Easily drinkable despite a high ABV, though it was shipped here so it wasn't exactly fresh, expensive too obviously. But worth it even for Europeans.

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Photo of SmithyAlan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of -chii-
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GoHabsGo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Depanneur AS in Montreal for $5.00 for a 473ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that is gone in seconds. Medium gold colour and filtered clear

S- A ton of hops and malt

T- Hops galore. You can tell this is a IIPA and the single branded hop variety is nice. Amarillo is a good bitter hop and I like it. An American IPA base hop all the way. Mix it with a C hop and here you go. Sweet at the end.

M- Super tart and sickly sweet mouth

O- Nice brew. Will buy again if I see it. These guys brew good brews.

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went well with...... Pretzels- hot and large fresh baked ones. Not the ones in a bag at the grocery store. I mean fresh baked ones. A touch of salt and some mustard. WOW that was good


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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stringy lace from the one-finger head. The color of the broth is light amber. Mild haze.

Creamy, caramel aroma. Sweet to the nose. Good flowered hop presence. Very pleasant blend.

Starts with a solid pale and toasted malt flavor. The swallow becomes all hop quickly. The hop bitterness is less complex than the smell suggests. It's a direct white pepper wallop. I also note some definitive alcohol warmth in the lingering aftertaste. The carbonation is a bit muted and the full body enhances this.

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Photo of BrunoPettipas
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Max8787
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whatup14
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of theDuck
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of groleau
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 2015/11/25

Pours a thick ecru head with hanging lace; copper color but a bit too clear. Resiny hops in aroma are nice as well as hints of orange but OH MY is the flavor underwhelming! Creamy but very mild, no boldness and hops seem muted. A DIPA at 9% should have more character but this is like a strong amber ale, not impressed.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks really tasty! Nice clear amber color with a small foamy head with some slow moving carbonation bubbles. Really hoppy smell, really earthy, you get an intense citrus and grapefruits aromas. You can almost feel the bitterness in the nose! Tastes a lot like the smell really bitter but it has a nice caramel malt taste that rounds it really well. I preferred the Simcoe Double IPA but this one is really good also.

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Photo of TimWakimika
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Nov-25-2015 (Consumed Dec-7-15)

Pours a clear orange-copper with with a finger plus of virgin white soap-like head that quickly drops to a messy film. Meh retention; little to no lacing. (3.75)

Citrus, earthy hops and caramel malt, red fruit, light pine sap, old dish rag. (3.75)

Resinous fruit, grapefruit peel, some slight sweetness, metal. (3.75)

Mediumish body, medium carbonation, some detectable alcohol, sticky finish, not super drinkable. (3.75)

Pretty tasty single hop IIPA.
This is not my favorite one of these from Charlevoix, but it was good. It showcases the hop as well as they ever do. But it also simultaneously showcases why multiple hop varieties are used and why too much malt can get in the way on a beer like this (as pointed out by someone reviewing another of these). The beers are always decent, but they are quite able to shine, as they all have a similar thick, sweet, malty character. Some citrus and a little resinous hop flavor throughout the experience, but not much above and beyond that.
Pretty good; worth a shot just to get a better idea of hop characteristics, I suppose. (3.75)

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a very lightly hazed dark amber/orange, nice colour, very thick white head forms and settles down to a thick ring around the glass, leaves a lot of thick and chunky lace.

Smell is nice, quite sweet and malty, caramel, honey, some citrus, light pine and floral hoppiness, a big of grapefruit, quite fruity, some apricot and mango, alcohol, biscuity, nice hoppiness.

Taste is nice too, a bit light at first, but nicely malty, sweet and caramelized up front, light banana bread, pine, biscuity, some grapefruit, alcohol, citrus, big bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, well balanced but nice assertive bitterness, a bit of warmth. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of grub
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this one in a recent trade with papat444. thanks pat!

500ml bottle. sampled july 17/2010.

pours nearly clear orangey amber with a nice off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is good. orange, tangerine, bit of apricot. light grapefruit. multi-grain bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. light caramel. bit of toffee.

taste is great. tangerine and apricot. bit of orange and grapefruit. caramel and honey. whole wheat bread and cracker. hint of biscuit. light alcohol. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. good balance. nice hop character. amarillo is a fairly mellow hop, making this feel somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA, but still very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to papat444. Dated February 18th, 2010 - unfortunately this was the earliest I could get to it, as I left Canada a few days before it was released and didn't get back until June. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of soapy white foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves plenty of lacing behind. Transparent golden color with some slow-moving bubbles rising lazily to the top of the glass.

S - While the hops have definitely fallen off there is still a decent amount of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit flavor - particularly pineapple. A brown sugar and caramel malt backbone is apparent, as well as a touch of spice. As it warms there's a slight hint of alcohol. Probably a 3.75 here, but I'm being a pseudo-homer.

T - Taste is quite nice, but at this point is clearly malt-forward. That being said, it's a nice caramel and biscuit flavor that morphs into strong bitterness from the Amarillo hops and suggests ripe grapefruit. The bitterness lingers into the aftertaste but never becomes oppressive. Probably better when fresh, but still quite pleasant.

M - There's a bit of zesty but soft carbonation, a medium smooth body, and a nice bit of dryness and enamel-coating hop oil in the finish. No obvious heat.

D - I like the half-liter serving size. It's a good beer to have while watching a few innings of a ballgame. Bitterness might get a bit fatiguing beyond the first bottle, but otherwise pretty enjoyable. Wish I'd had this one fresh.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A recent gift from folks in the Quebec area. Told to have it quickly, while the hops are still fresh, so here we are.

Pours an orange/gold color with tons of sticky white head. Head leaves tons of lacing on the glass. Retention is pretty good as well.

Picking up some citrus and pinapple from the nose, as well as other hoppy characteristics.

First taste is a bit of an alcoholic/bitter rush. After allowing some time for my tongue to adjust to the flavoring, I'm able to distinguish more. Tropical fruits are still there. Pineapple for sure, maybe some tangerine, and something that reminds me a bit of melon? Alcohol is present, but beyond the initial rush, it is fairly well masked. Some nice hop bitterness at the end, but again not as pronounced as the initial rush.

Bottle I have was bottled Feb 18, so it is probably a bit past its prime. Still there is a lot of really good stuff going on here. Would love to try it fresher/on tap. Good beer, but a big beer - I don't think I could drink too many of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange colour, solid looking, with some off white head. Orange resiny hop aromas. A tad astringent though the flavour overshadows this and allows for decent drinkability. More like a 1.5X IPA, not your normal mix of hops and malt, bulking up mouthfeel. Perhaps the recipe calls for this based on the hop.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle sent as an extra from wordemupg, thanks man!

Pours a nice clear light golden hue with a couple fingers of head which has some decent staying power. Looks inviting and fresh.

Nose reveals very tropical and fresh pineapple, tangerine and oranges, just a hint of grapefruit. Sweet, almost candy, malt base, not much heft.

The hop profile is quite tropical and clean, just a light bittering for a DIPA. Sweet but not sticky malt base, glides through like a mango/pineapple candy. Needs some more heft to the malt base and some extra bittering wouldn't be bad either to counter the sugar rush. Still, it goes down easily (who wouldn't want a hop candy?), good but not great IMO.

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Photo of bobsy
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amarillo cracked Canada's top 25, so I was intrigued to try it, especially considering my experience with Charlevoix's first single-hop DIPA was underwhelming, and I wanted to see if this had improved.

Pours a clear orange with red highlights. The creamy off-white head exhibited good retention and put down some nice lace to round out a very attractive appearance. Nice tropical nose edges towards pineapple, mango and tangerine, with a dose of brown sugar completing a sweet fruit salad. Perhaps a little on the sweet side for the style.

The hops in the flavour are great, with vibrant topical notes showcasing pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine, and also providing a nice bite. Sadly, I still can't get past the malt base that Charlevoix uses in their double IPAs - its way to sweet, sticky and biscuity, and not up to the high standard of their hopping. I know some people will love that, but it really detracts for me, and I'd love it if they could reduce the sweetness a touch. Body is medium-full, a bit sticky and with a good carbonation.

Sweetness aside, its a really nice double IPA, but not really up to the high standard of this brewery's other beers.

Thanks to Eric for sharing!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Freud for this em, I had not had anything close from the area before, and was thrilled to death to see this one show up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/02/2010.

Nice dark amber on the pour.Good two inches of white head comes up and over the top of the glass straight away. Settles down nicely and leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is wonderfully balanced. Rich citrus hops, sweet, nectar like malts are balanced nearly perfectly. Nice notes of biscuit like aromas coming through as it warms. Each sip though was a whole different story. Some of the strongest, most well balanced hops I have ever come across. Rich orange and tangerine notes, pine and biscuits, rich buttery malts, really just insanely good. Medium feel that really set it off and a smooth, almost undetectable abv.

Overall one of the best double IPA;s I have ever had. I have no idea where this one snuck up on me from. I know not many are going to be able to try it and that is a shame, this thing is intense as hell and just wonderful.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Freud for this gem!

.5L brown glass pry-top. Bottled on date 2010 Fev 18, 12:51.

Appearance: Ever so slightly hazy amber yellowish with 1/4 inch of quickly fading white head.

Nose: Fairly faint and full of dried grain notes or something like a whisper of biscuit. Hops show in a more pine needle way than citrus way. Lots of sugary-sweet candy aromas. Smells like what I call "hop candy" (think of Southern Tier Unearthly).

Palate: Bitterness is right up front, but not aggressive. Persistent but not aggressive. Lots of sandy beach grass, fresh pine sap, lime zest, and blood orange. This beer packs a freakin punch! Bold, bright high notes and then mellows a bit but hangs on with some residual sugar and bitterness and HOPS!

Notes: Based on the aroma, not impressed. But the flavor is HUGE! Up until I tasted it I was ready to write it off, but this is unique and should be sought out. Thanks Freud for sharing!!

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Photo of Ralphus
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Vache Folle Beer and it's a good one. Love to see a local, well made IIPA.

Pours an attractive clear orange copper colour with a nice thick head. Leaves sheets of lace down the sides of the glass as it recedes.

The smell is good. Sweetness, limes and hops give it a bit of sweet pineapple aroma. The taste has more.. lots of sweetness up front, followed by fuit and then a solid dollop of bittering hops towards the end. It's a bit sweet and perfumey for my tastes but I imagine for many it's great stuff.

Mouthfeel is good.. silky smooth with a small bite of carbonation. Drinkability also ranks highly for a beer of this strength. The alcohol is well hidden.

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Amarillo from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 35 ratings