Charlevoix Vache Folle RyePA | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada
microbrasserie.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Phyl21ca on 06-18-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
59
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark amber caramel color with extreme activity. Foam explosion, really thick chalky high mesa light brown head of 5 fingers, lasting around 20-30 minutes, with extremely beautiful legs. Flavors of toffee, burnt sugar, roasted grains, grapefruits, clove, ginger, nutmeg, Belgian yeast, herbal spices. Rich feel of sugar and malts, with sharp yeasty spicy bitterness, reminiscent of ginger bread. Silky smooth milky medium body with crispy carbonation. Quite long medium to strong strength finish, lingering sharp roasted rye and barley malts, leafy hops, fresh yeast, fruity esters, with hints of wood and nuts. Good balance because it feels bold but quite fresh, even for a 3 year old bottle. Feels like a cross between a Belgian and Amber Ale. Complex with excellent flavors and a quality caramel feel. Overall superb quality craft.

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This "rye PA" pours with a thin white head and a translucent shade of golden amber. The aroma is very hoppy, and hints at the bitterness to come. The first sip is less bitter than I expected, and as my wife suggested, is followed by what almost seems like celery seed in the finish. The aftertaste is pleasantly hoppy, although I'm not detecting as much of the spicy character I've come to enjoy from other rye ales.

Very drinkable. The malt and hops are very well-balanced, and I wouldn't have guessed that it's 6% ABV. I'm just beginning my journey into the world of Québec microbrews, but all in all this is definitely one of the best I've tried so far. I may be biased given my steady consumption of IPAs in the past, but this is a fine choice for anyone looking to try a nice hoppy beer with a little more character. I'll definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZorPrime
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer color is copper/amber with a nice head to looks like a cloud. Sticky too. The aroma is not intense. Fruity. Some malts and some alcohol in the aroma. Same base as their single hop series. Taste is fruity, very fruity without a big bitterness. I was expecting more bitterness. Dry as it is always the case with rye beer, anyhow for those I tried. It's voluptuous in the mouth. Sweet. This beer is almost full bodied... Quite heavy in the mouth. This is a very good pale ale. Cheap but some tasty. Easy to drink. A nice beer.

Bottled on Mai 2012.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Edgerrin32
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of leaddog
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear amber/copper colour with two fingers of airy beige head.

Smell - Leafy hops, tropical fruits, light rye.

Taste - Leafy hops are very present, along with spicy rye and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - A well-crafted and flavourful rye beer. Hops are at the right level, not over the top and balances well with the rye.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear copper, tower of tan head wasn't going anywhere with plenty of carbonation rising from the depths
S - mandarin and pineapple, strong grains, hints of herbs and grass
T - big pineapple hops and rye grain up front, mild caramel malt, herbs and light pine to finish
M - medium body, starts juicy then moves to a medium hop bitter with a thinning finish
O - i found the fruity aspect of this very surprising and tasty, there is definitely a big rye grain impact, but still balanced enough to keep it very drinkable, well done

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Photo of jbonapar
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without a doubt the most underrated brewery in Quebec. Whenever i see a new one of their beers, i have to try it. I've never been a huge fan of ryes, i find they a bit too "over-bodied" so to speak. This, pours a wonderful mahogany red with a crazy thick head. Taste is woody, hoppy, piney. Flavor is superb I'm actually kind of shocked by it. So many flavors, so complex. Hops, candy, surgar-cane, honey, pine, oak...velvety smoothness. Its pretty amazing for a Rye.

In my opinion, the best rye I've had. beats Dieu di Ciel's as far as Quebec goes. Superb and highly recommended.

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Photo of Muhly
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle says it was bottled July 27, 2012.

Poured into rounded beer glass.

A-amber with read highlights. Pours with a lot of white foam. Head retention is decent but not spectacular. Lacing is quite strong, starting in walls and degrading into lanes and webs on the glass.

S-sweet malts are prominent and forward. Hops are definitely there with a bit of piney bitterness., but hanging out in the background. Also getting some subdued spice or pepper.

T-unlike the aroma the hops are a bit more forward in the taste. Pine and grapefruit pith seem to be at the forefront. The malt is there but more subdued and of course a bit of spice from the rye.

M-coats the tongue a bit. Carbonation is low to medium. A bit of astringency from the hops, but the malts balance that a bit too.

O-a nicely balanced beer with some complexity from both the malt and hop bills.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Props to joemcgrath27 for yet another tasty treat, part of an early Christmas cross Canada trade.

A- Pours a nice amber colour with a deep red hue, thumb of fine bubbled beige head with incredible retention and thick sheeting lacing. Fantastic presentation.

S - An earthy pine and cedar hop profile, burnt sugar, caramel and pepper notes linger.

T - The earthy hop profile continues to dominate with the sweet caramel coming through on the finish, butter notes and peppery toasted bread linger alongside a sour citrus hop profile.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly going down, but finishes nice and wet.

O - Another great brew by Charlevoix, offering up a solid hop profile that was nicely balanced with a sweet malt profile. Definitely a worthy selection and super stoked I had the opportunity to try it out.

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Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kwa357
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2_Shaynez
4/5  rDev +4.7%

This is a delicious pale ale, very much like an IPA but with a darker character, hazy amber color, sweeter malty taste, excellent hop taste and aroma but not as predominant as with a classic IPA

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Photo of Krakpoff
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of -chii-
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rale
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Charlevoix Vache Folle RyePA from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
3.82 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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