La Vache Folle Double IPA - Herkules | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - HerkulesLa Vache Folle Double IPA - Herkules

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Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Tim2000 on 05-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straight copper color, fully translucent. Head is pure white, quite good, but lacks a bit of retention a bit. Insane amount of lacing. Gorgeous beer.

S: They used German hops for this brew and it shows. There are lots of piny hops in this, with a good mix of herbal hops. There also are a good level of citrus from hte hops, makes me think mostly of lime. A nice sweetness is present, making me think of brown sugar. A bit of tartness also present. Not as strong as the other offerings yet still interesting.

T: Starts out real smooth and sweet: there is tart and brown sugar. Then, it's a good level of the lime like hops, but still in smoothness, nothing really aggressive. Then, there is lots of piny hops, without any sweetness, it's raw and in your face. It is accompanied by a light grassy-ness. It develops in the mouth, interesting. Too much bittering hops, not enough flavor from them.

M: Medium to heavy body, really smooth feel and a nice level of carbonation to keep a brew like this alive. I would have preferred a bit more carbonation.

D: It's an IPA, it's not an intimidating brew. Easy to drink but because of its "bigger" nature in the feel and in the taste, it isn't as sessionnable as the Amarillo version.

They did a great job with the Amarillo to bring the West coast hops, a great job with the Simcoe and Bravo for a more East coast version, but this really has a German feel to it. In that sense, that beer is a success.

EDIT: It's written on the bottle this is a 100 IBU beer, around what I thought.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't wait to try this. I miss the Amarillo edition.
A- Real pretty copper. Unimpressive head which recedes leaving an okay floater in the middle. Lots of tightly knit lace.

S- Right out of the bottle it smells like guava juice. In the glass, the smell is pretty tame. It is still pretty cold though. Warming up lets out lots of vodka-like alcohol. Strong honey and a tiny bit of marmelade and bubblegum.

T- I was scared I got a bit of onion but it's really not that bad.
My lips are sticky and sweet. Sweet malt and cirtus bitterness. Felt pretty bitter at first but you easily get used to it. Alcohol fits in nicely.

M- Full mouthfeel. High and very smooth carbonation but it went completely flat, that's not a problem though.

D- Good. I'd have a couple bottles... three... four...

Well I'm not exactly going crazy for this (like I did for the Amarillo) but it's a very good beer. Very possible that I buy it again.

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Photo of Tim2000
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle. Limited edition double IPA made with Herkules hops.

Pours a crystal clear copper orange with a thick white head that leaves nice lacing.

Big citrus aroma, spicy and a bit sour.

Sweet caramel malt is quickly overtaken by potent hops. Bitter orange and some grassiness. Candied fruit notes are in there as well. Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

I really love this series of huge IPAs showcasing different hop varietals. Keep them coming.

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Herkules from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
3.98 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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