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 Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Yoonisaykul on 03-12-2010

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by Ralphus:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm liking the single hop varietal focus of this line - way to steal some of the oenophiles' thunder...

This beer pours a clear medium bronze hue, with a few fingers of creamy off-white head, which leaves curtains of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of candied tropical fruit - pineapple, grapefruit, orange, lime, caramel/toffee malt, and some of the bitter side of citrus. The taste is tart grapefruit rind, melded with butterscotch, toffee pudding, floral orange and passionfruit, and well, boozy Turkish delight. The carbonation is sedate, the body pretty normal in all respects - not light, not heavy, just right, and smoothly delivering my hop-lovin' palate to the finish, which is clean, with a floral, mildly bitter fruity hoppiness, and slight residual toffee sweetness.

I had no clue, upon parking my butt in a pub in Montreal last summer, that the proffered Charlevoix domestic that mildly impressed me would be followed up by such a welcome invasion of my home province, every 'import' showing very well, and this offering is no exception. Calling it 'one sided' would be unfair, as it would just be pointing out the obvious, and is entirely beside the point. The single hop nature of this beer is well managed - the floral fruitiness not overpowered by any scorched earth malt bill. Plenty drinkable, given the decent balance and the full 9%, yet perceptibly AWOL, alcohol edge.

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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 Yoonisaykul
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Big, thick chewy-looking head It recedes and leaves a big ol' floater in the middle. Impressive checkered lacing stays all over the glass as a testimony of the impressive head. All of this and I haven't even taken a sip. Orange amber liquid in which only a few bubbles rise.

S- Lemon zest, grapefruit flesh and soft pine. Real fresh hop smell. Almost like smelling a bud. Once the head cleared out and the liquid was exposed the malt came through along with some strong honey. Smells a lot like the warm honey/lemon/chamomile concoction my mom would make me when I had a cold except it's now mouth-watering. I got a little of what I think is passion-fruit which is interesting. Sniffing around for confirmation I got hit with a waft of alcohol. I was wondering where it was.

T- Right before you can actually taste anything and it hits the tip of your tongue, you knows it's sweet. This is delicious and I don't think I've tasted anything just like it. Tastes like a sweet white tea, like fresh maple water, like a delicious light nectar of some kind of delicious flower! I'm thinking rose water. I'm having a hard time reviewing because I'm enjoying this so much. Chamomile is also in the taste and comes with sugar cane water. More bitterness would not be a problem and probably be appreciated but maybe they didn't want too overdo it so as to allow the terrific flavor to shine. This is so soft and beautiful yet lively. The alcohol warms and is noticed but fits in deliciously. Really.

M- Crisp but creamy. Full mouthfeel. Medium to low carbonation. Light yet satisfying. Terribly pleasant in-mouth.

D-High! I neeed more. This beer could be fatal. It is simply to good and the high ABV will kill me if I find this on tap.

My favorite DIPA/IPA. Trying this a bit colder during the summer would guarantee a good day.

EDIT April 6th 2010: Since my incredible first experience with this I've been regularly buying and drinking this and loving it. But! It is different. This limited release brew has aged (bottled around 02/18/10) and just isn't the same. That whole crazy talk I had about "This is delicious and I don't think I've tasted anything just like it. Tastes like a sweet white tea, like fresh maple water, like a delicious light nectar of some kind of delicious flower!" Well that's almost gone now. It is now just an excellent DIPA. Not some crazy out of this world experience like my first, fresh, bottle. Still very good though. Can't wait for the next release to cop a fresh one again.

Just had to say this as I had an incredible time the first time around and think people should try and get it as fresh as possible.

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Photo of eat
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February 18, 2010 and consumed April 5, 2010. Nice to see a precise bottling date on the label, which is obviously especially important for an IPA. The beer is fairly clean and honey coloured, with large visible carbonation bubbles. The head is creamy white, leaving a solid cover for the duration of the beer and tons of sticky lacing. Charlevoix definitely knows how to produce a great head.

The nose is nice but could stand to be more powerful. Pine tree, guava, papaya, pineapple. Lightly floral but mostly tropical fruit. Lots of sweet malt. Smells very West Coast. I guess West Coast IPAs use lots of Amarillo?

This is quite a bit more hoppy than I was expecting. I think I read somewhere that they did some extra dry hopping on this one; I wouldn't doubt that. It's not extreme in terms of American IPAs, but Canadian brews don't come much hoppier than this. Up front there's lots of grapefruit rind and lime juice; quite a different hop profile from the smell, actually. Some light pinyness. The hops are well-balanced against sweet malt, though they are definitely featured. There's just enough malt to back it up, though its character is mostly buried under all the Amarillo. The finish is quite bitter and dry, which is to be expected at 80 IBUs. For all the alcohol you can feel, this could be 5 or 6%. There's a little warming present on the finish. Feels like a regular IPA with the taste of a double.

The feel is pretty solid: viscous medium body and moderate carbonation. Not outstanding but quite good.

This is a great DIPA, but I don't think I could really session it. Aside from the 9% ABV, the bitterness is a little much to be drinking many of these. I now know that I really enjoy Amarillo hops though...good to know.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a quiet large foamy head with good retention and some perfect lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops is dominant and quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix between some strong flavour of grapefruit and citrus hops with light bitter notes and a medium sweet caramel malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done though I have tasted West Coast beer where the Amarillo hops comes out even more which I was kind of hoping here.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer is copper color, very clear with some small bubbles coming up. The head is looks like cream and could be associated with some clouds. Perfect looking beer.

The aroma is more intense than the others beers from the series. This is all lemon/lime with some grapefruit. So good.

The taste is dominated by grapefruit notes. I would say this is almost like grapefruit juice, it is so good. The bitterness at the end is also very good.

Medium body beer, the beer is smooth and warm. An excellent double IPA if you ask me. From this beer, I would say the Amarillo hops is simply awesome!

I couldn't resist drinking one more... the drinkability is out of this world. The best one in this nice series of beer. At 9%, this one is very dangerous!

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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 IronDjinn
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle, comes with the current La Vache Folle 4-pack. Not to disclose too much personal info, but I love Amarillo hops, they're one of my personal favourites, so to come across a DIPA that focuses on them gives me a bit of wood...

Pours out a gorgeous vibrant bright clear copper hue, tall white foamy head that slowly recedes into a thick chunky cap, intense lacing.

Bright clean aroma, floral, spicy, slightly citrus character from the Amarillo. While subtle on their own Amarillo tends to accentuate more assertive American hop varieties like Cascade, Centennial or Chinook. Mild dry toasted malt in the background, even some toffee.

Sweet floral, almost perfumey candy-like sweetness (reminds me of Edelweiss Snowfresh) upfront in the flavour, orange blossoms, toasted malt and some thin toffee, some spicy hops plus grapefruit in all its glory in the finish and aftertaste, becomes more intense in the aftertaste. That's what I adore about Amarillo, it's complex and diverse. My only complaint in the flavour department is that it's a bit too sweet for me up front until the spicy and citrus character kicks in on the backside.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, silky and slick, moderate carbonation but not much texture from it.

Just like the Simcoe DIPA this Amarillo incarnation is just as complex for the style in its own way, plus I'm getting my personal fetish fix in along the way. Comes across as a Jr. version of Lagunitas' Little Sumpin' Extra, since the Amarillo is an impressive hop, but can only go so far on its own, and excels when playing nice with other hops, it's a real team player.

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

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

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 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 Dawkfan
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice 3 finger looking head that takes some time to receed, webed lacing stuck everywhere on the glass. The body is a clear copper. Slow, steady carbonation bubbles greet a thin film atop the body.

S- It's really hard to get anything but hops out of the nose, which is a good thing in my books. This is unique in that the grapefruit is definitely noticeable but it's not as dominant like it is in most West Coast hop bombs. I'm picking up a lot of tangerines, peaches, orange & lemon zest. This really opens as it warms.

T- I'm getting a lot of the fruits that I mentioned in the nose as well as a mild sweetened grapefruit juice flavor. There's a minimal bitterness presence that carries through to the aftertaste. There's absolutely no trace of the 9%abv.

M- Medium body, low carbonation. A little resiny. An extremly smooth DIPA.

D- I was on the fence on the flavor profile because I hadn't really had anything like this before, but it grew on me. I can see Amarillo hops being showcased more by other brewers. Probably one of the easiest thirst quenching DIPA's I've ever had.

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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 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 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 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 flipper2gv
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfectly translucent orange color with a massive creamy off white head. Takes a long time to settle and has strong lacing.

S: Very strong hops smell right off: grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel. But also strong notes of strawberries, raspberries. Very fruity, very appealing. A bit mineral, which is kind of a trademark at this brewery. No malts in sight though.

T: GRAPEFRUIT!!! with also lots of tangerines and raspberries. Orange peel is still there, but a bit more hidden, as well as strawberries. A very nice maple water like sweetness to compliment the strong fruity taste of this brew. Also, the mineral is much less present than in other brews of this place, but still there and fits very well. All in all, a GREAT tasting beer.

M: A bit syrupy, mid carbonation, medium to heavy body. Perfect feel for this brew.

D: Dangerously drinkable. This beer is so well done, it feels like drinking fruit juice with a very very mild alcohol taste. Could easily get drunk on this and enjoy every moment of it.

It's not a perfect brew, but it's damn near. Lose .5 in looks because it's very nice but doesn't surprise and lose 1 in smell because I would have liked to smell of that sweetness.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into Unibroue glass mar16 2010

A crystal clear golden copper in color with just a few bubbles popping up from random spots in the glass. the thick two finger head sticks around for a long time and leaves plenty of partial rings of lace

S this is a ridiculous amount of grapefruit and tangerine going on here. I don't get a whole lot of anything else but this is about as good as it gets if you love a grapefruit hop bomb

T a little touch of sweetness to go along with the crazy amount of grapefruit, a truly enjoyable beer this is a fresh bottle too bottled less then a month ago. not sure where the 9% is hiding I can't taste any booze just feel it

M a little syrupy and there's enough carbonation to fluff it up a bit in your mouth, not sure where the bubbles came from as there's next to none visible in the glass

D I could drink myself stupid with this beer with very little problems, It's just a wicked awesome brew plain and simple

this is one of the better beers I've had from Canada or anywhere else for that matter. I'm the kinda guy who loves a grapefruit juice style DIPA and this one delivers exactly that.
If you ever get the chance to try this beer please do it is truly world class

Edit: I've had a few of these now and I've found that the hops fade quickly and would not have gotten the same review even 6 weeks later, drink now

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Photo of ReFill31
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A : Dark copper, almost orange color, great head that stays on a long time. Leaves a good trace on the glass too.

S : We can smell some grapefruit, beautiful hops also!

T : Great hop taste, small acidity, some grapefruie, we can also taste some sweeteness but the alcohol is not really present. We can taste it in the end though.

M : Really complex, light carbonation

D : Really easy to drink, really good also! The price is a bit hifgh (almost 6$) but it is worth it. It is only sad that it is a limited time beer!

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Amarillo from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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