La Vache Folle Double IPA - Amarillo | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada
microbrasserie.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Yoonisaykul on 03-12-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
35
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.49%
 
 
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12
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3
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Photo of -chii-
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Whatup14
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of papat444
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
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 bobsy
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
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 SmithyAlan
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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)


A:
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)

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

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

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

O:
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 BrunoPettipas
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of groleau
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFLpunk
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Max8787
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 Viggo
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Ralphus
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of TimWakimika
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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 JakeScully
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 biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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 smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Seanstoppable
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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 grub
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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 VbolieuV
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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 eat
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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 GoHabsGo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Amarillo from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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