La Vache Folle Double IPA - Centennial | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - CentennialLa Vache Folle Double IPA - Centennial

Brewed by:
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 liamt07 on 12-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by Dawkfan:
Photo of Dawkfan
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A billowing white head that drops copious amounts of sticky lace above a gorgeous looking golden bodied ale which has an amazing clarity and overall look. Good start!

S- Smell is nice, all the usual citrus suspects present. There's definitely a sugary sweetness as well. Light floral araomas can be detected.

T- Fairly balanced for a DIPA, leaning more towards the sweeter side. It starts off with some grapefruit rind and pine, but quickly turns sugary and then fades to a balanced bitterness/sweetness finish and aftertaste.

M- Tamed carbonation & medium body. Sugary/dry mouthfeel.

O- Sugary was kind of the theme here it seems, but I enjoyed it with my meal. Not usually what I look for in this style but yet another solid offering in this series.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - nice to see another in this little single-hop experiment make it across the prairies to us...

This beer pours a clear pale golden amber hue, with two fat fingers of silky, foamy, billowy head, which leaves a crime scene of splattered lace around the glass as it slinks away. It smells of bready toffee malt, citrus cream, and mostly floral, mild pine hops. The taste is more hop-centric, the bitter citrus and pine quite prevalent, over a still sweet, but now second fiddle caramel malt, which also shows an edgy alcohol heat, after a few minutes out of the fridge. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body medium-heavy in weight, smooth, and a bit sugary. It finishes evenly enough, the malt and zingy hops playing nice.

A decent big IPA - the usual suspects are present and accounted for in spades. As for the particular hop - I like it - the blend of aromatic flavours makes it easy to just focus on the overall enjoyable nature of this offering.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great addition to their DIPA series, courtesy of Luc, given in person. Pleasant pine and mint and malt aromas, great lacing that graces a tremendously drinkable DIPA, even at its abv. Drying aftertaste, however a will crafted enjoyable. Was expecting more citrus in taste, and more of the same aromas. Creamy mouthfeel, though stings the tongue.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't realize I hadn't reviewed this one.

Bottled on nov 23 2011

A- Colour of maple taffy. Like some sort of golen orange. Chewy,heavy looking head. Plenty of lacing.

S- Marmelade, honey, clementine. Some hot alcohol. A little sour.

T- Lots of marmelade Caramel malt towards the end. Very nice grapefruit rind bitterness. Very sweet but the awesome biterness cuts it off just right.

M- Full body. Pretty high carbonation. Great foaming. Pretty dry especially considering the sweetness.

O- Terrific. Really my kind of DIPA. Sweet but tons of hoppy depth with a very present although not overpowering bitterness.
I've bought it many times and will buy it again.

Keep in mind this is pretty old by IPA/IIPA standards and I find it delicious and kind of fresh.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear copper, tall creamy head retained very well with lots of sticky lacing
S - somewhat subtle piney and earthy aromas, grainy and spicy as well
T - hop character of citrus, pine, and earthy flavours are well balanced, grainy and light caramel malt, a touch of alcohol sweetness
M - light an smooth, finishing crisp and bitter in an enjoyable subdued way
O - the highlight here is that they've managed a double IPA that features the hops but is a more balanced and subdued manner than most, and the alcohol is extremely well hidden within the flavour mix, a very drinkable brew

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Photo of eat
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little on the pale side for a double IPA. Dull, light-amber in colour with a thin, frothy white head.

Smells great, lots of pine, lychee, tangerine along with Charlevoix's trademark syrupy sweetness. Definitely quite sweet; it smells like Centennial candy.

So far, every single one of Charlevoix's double IPA series has been too sweet. The Centennial is unfortunately no exception. The borderline-cloying sweetness is almost balanced out with some pretty serious bitterness, though not quite. The hops here are earthy, piny and slightly soapy with some grapefruit rind and leave a leafy aftertaste. Alcohol is a little hot.

A bit light for how syrupy it is. I think I'd rather have a syrupy feel to go along with a syrupy beer. Moderate carbonation.

To be honest, the Amarillo was killing but most of the others haven't been all that spectacular. I'm definitely getting tired of the extreme sweetness; it's been a problem from the beginning of this series. The idea here is to feature a single variety of hops but they always end up overshadowed by this cloying syrup. I was really hoping to love this one but it's just too sweet.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and lightly citrus notes but not as close as floral as I was hoping. Taste is nice mix between some medium bitter notes with some light citrus notes. Caramel malt is not too sweet. Body is average for style with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall though not as floral as expected.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on November 23rd, 2010.

Color of the beer is copper, as all the other beers in that series. Nice white head on top, and it is very sticky. Aroma presents notes of citrus and grapefruits. Nice aroma, and very inviting. No traces of alcohol in the nose. Taste wise it is awesome. The beer is sweet with citrus notes. The bitterness is very timid. For this kind of beer, I would have expected more bitterness. I guess they have put lots of malts that lower the bitterness from the hops. Excellent 2IPA. Very full body. Drinkability is high even though the high level of alcohol. Nicely done again by Charlevoix.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy and murky golden amber color with a very nice two inch plus head of foamy lace and a decent amount of suspended particles. The head faded slowly leaving behind copious amounts of side glass lace. The smell was overloaded with floral citrus hops that just exploded with aromas of tangerine and orange with the slightest touch of pine thrown in. The flavor was so remarkably smooth and fresh; it was in a word wonderful. A full on floral hop assault that just did not let up. Great stickiness and dryness to the fell and a taste that was very bright and full of orange and pineapple flavors with the right amount of sugar thrown in for good measure. This was just great, a really nice hopheads IPA

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Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Bright clear copper hue in appearance, tall chunky frothy white head full of large loose bubbles.

Citrus and leafy green hops on the nose, sugary sweet malt in the background.

The flavour is a bit of a runaway, the malt is sugary sweet but lacks any characteristics beyond that, while the hops appear already into the aftertaste, building some momentum as everything else has long faded, with some herbal and spicy kick.

Mouthfeel is light for the style, high attenuation, slick and slippery texture with no carbonation.

I enjoyed the first couple of this series that I sampled, they were solid beers in their own right, however with this one and the one previous that I've tried things seem to be slipping. The malt is weak and almost worty, yet the mouthfeel points to high attenuation in contrast, while the usual heavy hitting Centennial hops fail to deliver their goods as well. I'm a fan of this brewery, I like what they do, but this is a poor representation of what they are capable of.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Mostly clear orange colour with an above average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly creamy and syrupy on the tongue. The beer has a very sweet flavour consisting of malts, caramel, and some hops. It also has a bit of a woody taste to it. It finishes with a caramel sweet and lightly hopped aftertaste.

Overall - A fairly decent DIPA but I don't think it would make the hopheads happy. It is more on the sweet side than the bitter. The alcohol was well hidden and I went through the bottle fairly quickly. Another solid beer from this brewer and I'm happy I tried it. I don't think I'd buy it again though.

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Photo of liamt07
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to ZorPrime, cheers Eric! Pint glass, bottled on November 23, 2010.

Pours a transparent golden orange, with several fingers of just off-white and dense head. Mild retention but great lace. Lots of orange and citrus in the nose, pine as well. Hops are right at the forefront. Malt sweetness is known well through the nose as well. Taste is bitter upfront, less pine but the citrus is still strong and real juicy, mostly orange and tangerine. Lots of honey type sweetness too, malt dominates the palate for the most part after the initial hop bite. Dry and fairly resin-y finish begs for another sip, but the carbonation is slightly underwhelming. High drinkability here, alcohol is well hidden but certainly creeps up on you.

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Photo of hoser
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have enjoyed the single hop series. I have loved a bunch of beers with Centennial in the hop additions I don't think I have had Centennial itself. Woody, Grapefruity with some mount tingling dryness. A very nice example of single hopped double india pale ale if you belief in the mythical beast.

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a recent trade with freud. thanks fred!

500ml bottle, bottled nov 23/2010. sampled jan 9/2011.

pours crystal clear reddish orange witha big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops very slow and leaves a ton of chunky lace as it falls.

aroma is great. resiny pine and citrus. grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. light alcohol. whole wheat bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. slightly earthy and spicy too.

taste is nice. earthy and herbal, with some resiny pine. very little citrus. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. medium bitterness level. caramel and a bit of buttery toffee. warming alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. slightly below medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. fairly well balanced. i just wish that the taste had that bright citrus character that was in the aroma rather than the muddier earthy/hearbal side.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has got to be one of the clearest, lightest double IPAs I've ever seen. It has a nice creamy head and a beautiful copper colour. Very nice looking.

It smells very strongly of hops - just what you would expect from a double IPA. Sweet and citrus notes mingle and I can't decide which ones win over.

The most notable flavour in this beer is the hops, and rightfully so. At 80 IBUs, it's incredibly bitter and the fact that this is only brewed with centennial hops makes it a great beer to differentiate all the varieties out there. I can't put a finger on what the sweetness is derived from. Butterscotch perhaps.

This is a very creamy beer. It just glides down your throat and makes you look forward to the next sip. The 9% alcohol content is hidden very well, so I don't think could be at all considered a session beer - even if it is really fun to drink.

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

Bottled Nov 23, 2010. Oh well!

Beer is light amber in colour. Decent sized white head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Probably from the age, but quite a lot of sweet, biscuity, caramel malt in the nose. Hops are certainly still there, however. Pine is strongly present, with a juicy scent as well. Actually very nice, but not the hop loaded beer that it probably was at bottling.

Bitterness is still somewhat present in the taste, but there is certainly a lot of malt- caramel and biscuit. Hops still leave a strong pine taste which is very nice- I am a big fan of pine flavours in IPAs. A bit of a juicy flavour, but it really isn't a super citrusy beer (at least not at this point). Finish is still fairly bitter. Has better than I had expected, though is obviously a different animal than when bottled.

Beer is medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Very smooth and silky feeling. Quite nice.

Overall, a really enjoyable beer. Charlevoix has yet to let me down, even when I am grabbing their IPAs way after bottling... just wish I could have had some of these single-hop beers fresh!

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Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of andrenaline
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the recommendation of my fellow BA, I grabbed a bottle of this!

A - Pours a nice golden copper colour, finger of bright white soapy head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing. Superb appearance for a DIPA.

S - Earthy hops off the top, cedar and pine, but comes through nicely with the toffee and caramel, though the bitterness is definitely present.

T - Mmmmm... A hop head's delight. Definitely earthy in nature, though it does have a sweet honey finish. A touch of maple comes through alongside the caramel malts and cedar and pine. Full flavoured and easily drinkable.

M - No complaints here, medium bodied that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Overall, this is a very tasty DIPA and a top quality offering from Canada. Highly recommended and I'm definitely glad I took my buddy's advice to take this one for a spin. The ABV is incredibly well hidden and the bitterness is easily approachable.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: As always with this one, it is a very impressive looking beer. Perfectly translucent amber colo with a good creamy, cream white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Strong orange zest comes upfront with strong aromas of pine. Tons of unsweetened yellow grapefruit juice is in the smell as well as some pineapples. Good amounts of biscuit and caramel malts.

T: Strong pine hops presence upfront with good amounts of pineapples. The citrusy aromas are still there in the taste in the same way they were in the smell: unsweetened yellow grapefruit juice and orange zest.Then there is a strong malty presence in the form of biscuit and honey.

M: A bit bigger than expected with medium heavy body with medium to low carbonation. Would have preferred something a bit ligther.

D: IPA's are usually easy to drink and this one follows the rule.

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Photo of Matt1516
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into their proprietary pint glass. Brewed on November 23/10.

Big fluffy head that sticks around. Cloudy amber colour. An impressive pour.

Very sweet and citrusy initially but the finish is very dry and not that bitter. I was expecting a lot of alcohol in the taste with the 9% ABV but it was quite subdued.

The first sip really explodes in your mouth but as others have mentioned, you get used to it. Just the right hoppiness--not that much malt. It's very drinkable--I could get used to this.

Limited edition, however.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip jan31 2011

A clear light copper with lots of slowly raising bubbles that feeds a tight off white head that leaves partial rings of lace well down the glass

S citrus and sweet malt with some floral pine

T not far from the smell but with rind, lots of caramel and burnt brown sugar

M a little flat but still fairly thick and a little syrupy and the finish leaves some grit in your mouth

D solid beer with well hidden booze that packs a punch if your not careful, good brew for this cold ass night here in Calgary

seems a little sweeter than some others in the series and it turned my mouth to a fine grit sandpaper but I enjoyed it nonetheless

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Photo of bylerteck
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Broue HAHA. Bottled November 2010, so it's about 6 months old sadly. From notes.

A - Poured a dark copper. Bright. Two finger eggshell head with lot's of carbonation. Lot's of good soapy lacing and a good retention of a full finger.

S - Juicy, resinous hops. Pineapple, pine, grapefruit. Good malt profile is there too.

T - Alcohol, pine, hop oils, pineapple. Finish is pure pineapple while the malt kicks you up front. Hops only show up in the end. There's a soap/dust element here also.

M - Good carbonation and fairly bitter. Hops really stick around. Full body.

O/D - One of the weakest tasting IIPAs I've had I think. Just OK. Nothing really stands out as being great. It's good but lacking something for sure.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of MasterSki
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Andrew Hilton Wine in Lethbridge, AB. Served in a hotel tumbler. Bottled November 23rd, 2010.

A - Pours with an ample off-white foam that slowly settles to a chunky cap, leaving splotchy intricate lace patterns. Body is a transparent pale bronze with some streams of bubbles rising upwards. Not sure what else you'd want from this style.

S - Unfortunately hops are largely gone from the aroma at this stage.- there's some residual earthy and mossy notes mingling with a sugary malt backdrop. Not much citrus here, although that's what I get for drinking a six month old DIPA.

T - Taste has sugary icing-like malt mixed with a bready note, and some residual hop bitterness. There's also a buttery and slightly oxidized note mid-palate that is somewhat unpleasant.

M - Smooth, clean texture, medium-bodied, with surprisingly low carbonation. Some residual oiliness and very little alcohol warmth. Quite pleasant in a cask-like kind of way.

D - Wish I'd had this fresh, as I tend to really like Centennial hops. Somewhere in the middle of the single hop series in my opinion. The 500ml bottle seems a bit excessive for one person, but insufficient for two.

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La Vache Folle Double IPA - Centennial from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 29 ratings