La Vache Folle Double IPA - Palisade | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

La Vache Folle Double IPA - PalisadeLa Vache Folle Double IPA - Palisade
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La Vache Folle Double IPA - PalisadeLa Vache Folle Double IPA - Palisade

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by papat444 on 07-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased for me by @laituegonflable from Montréal where he'd tried it (and loved it) on tap. 500ml brown bottle bottled on the 18th of June, only about six weeks ago.

Pours a rather deep golden hue, on its way slightly towards amber. Head is excellent: forming a solid, but not outrageous head on the pour, but staying persistently as a full crest right down to the bottom. Plenty of specked lacing as it goes down. Body looks hefty, and the carbonation seems pretty hard pressed to move when the glass is tilted. Looks good.

Nose is surprisingly subdued for an IPA, but still rather pleasant. Perfumed, slightly floral characters come through nicely, along with a restrained, pleasant green herbal note. Some vague estery tones come through a little as well, although they pleasingly meld with some of those floral characters. Very pleasant.

Taste is really nice, and strangely I think coming from an unexpected source: the malt. Light entry quickly gets structured with aromatic, mild caramel flavours that press against and ultimately intertwine with the hop character, which is much more prominent here on the palate than it was on the nose. Back is quite spicy, and you can indeed taste the booze, but it's a subtle transition from hop bitterness to booziness, which provides a pleasant quirk in the tail. The hops are actually quite neutral, which is no bad thing, but they provide a fairly clean bitterness without giving off much in the way of idiosyncrasies. In the end, it means the beer is quite clean and clear for the most part.

Feel is slick but solid, with heat from the booze towards the back.

Overall, this is a very drinkable brew. I found the hop character a little bit muted for a hop-centric IPA, but it ended up being pretty pleasant all the same.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fruity hops with nice floral undertones and some grassy notes. Taste is also dominated by the fruity hoppy notes with grassy and light grapefruit notes also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice way to showcase of this new type of hops.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Copper color and very clear; pours to a big (3+ fingers), thick off-white head which settles slowly and leaves behind lots of lacing.

S: Malt forward with sweet caramel and bread coming out first. Hops follow through with some citrus and a bit spice; not a very hoppy nose, but they are present.

T: As the nose suggested, the flavor is very malt forward with lots of sweet caramel. The sweetness is balanced nicely with spicy bittering hops with some pine and citrus highlights. The finish dries out nicely due to the bittering hops.

M: Medium high body and medium carbonation; full and creamy.

O: A nice example of a very balanced (maybe even a touch malt heavy) DIPA. It is not terribly complex, but for 9%, it’s very drinkable.

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Photo of papat444
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, bottled 2013/06/18.

Appearance: An orange-gold body with an easy 3 finger head. An intricate mosaic of lacing left on the sides.

Smell: Honey, biscuity, strong green hops.

Taste: Bit of candy sweetness, lip smacking hops, oranges, tea-like a bit, caramel and a bit vegetal.

Mouthfeel: Cream, bitter but balanced, full-bodied with a clean finish.

Overall: A good DIPA but maybe a bit too balanced?

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Photo of SebD
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves really great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grass, pine, citrus/lemon, floral hops, sweet caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some lemon, floral hops, grassy/piney bitterness, subtle caramel and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of theDuck
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 19, 2013.

Beer pours a clear copper, with a large off-white head. Good retention, decent lacing.

Nose contains pine and herbal notes, grass, toasted malts and caramel. More malt focused than I expected. Fairly nice, but not what one would expect in a DIPA.

Taste is in line with the nose. Nice, but not very DIPA like. That is not to say that the hops are not there, because they are. Pine, grass, and a bit of light fruit. But the malts dominate, with a lot of caramel and toasted flavours. It seems very British to me, almost like a Double ESB!

Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Chewy.

Overall, an enjoyable beer, but not exciting and not what most would expect from a DIPA. My score does not account for the stylistic oddity, just my enjoyment.

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Photo of yossarian
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rogerdandy
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of laituegonflable
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pale golden colour, clear. Head is white, doesn't retain but lace is spectacular. Looks good.

Smells Belgian and weizeny in equal measure. Banana with spice phenols. Clove, coriander, white pepper. Not bad but not getting a lot of hop character [note added later: I've learned that palisade is not all that great as an aroma hop, so this all made a lot more sense].

Taste is very decent mix. Belgian style but with lots of citric hop notes as well: slight lemony note with cake batter, candied orange, lemongrass on the back and slight vinous oak. Big; nicely reined in though for lots of flavour without too much hang at all. Excellent drop.

Bit of booze, but not too hot and not too dry. Pleasant.

The more I drink the more I like it. Superb Belgian IPA. Absolutely seamless transition between distinct styles. Blending of the hops in with the yeast esters and phenols is very tasty indeed. Wonderful drop.

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Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of groleau
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

****I would call this a "Pub IPA." It is a hearty, head-covered, practically British-looking single-hop Double IPA. But, it is not super, intenesly hoppy and is creamy and really drinkable. Not what I expected.****

Pours a clear copper color with an impressive dollop of creamy beige head. Great retention; intense, clingy lacing. Beautiful!

Maltier than I expected. Nutty, earth tones and hops predominate along with melon rinds and grass. Definitely on the 'piney' end of the scale.

Rich hop-centric taste. But there is definitely a really good malt presence underneath. Crisp start that gets darker and danker. Some mellow fruits and brown sugar at first; from there it gets much hoppier with a medicinal finish.

Creamy enough to off-set how dry it feels. Really nice overall, "rich" compared to other IPAs I have had.

Really, really good. Another reviewer said that it might be "too balanced" which could definitely be true. It definitely doesn't taste like I would expect a double IPA to taste like, but for what it is, it is a tasty, interesting brew. I really want to try their other single-hop versions after this one, which I suppose is a good sign.
In some ways it kind of reminds me of an ESB (even looks kind of like one). Flat-out gorgeous in the glass. Smells nice and subdued. You can tell what it is, but it doesn't smell as intense as it tastes. Spicy hops and a creamy, well-carbonated body. There is a really nice metallic malt feeling to it that plays nice with the hop flavor. Who knows, though, maybe that is the taste of the palisade hops.
Great beer. Would have again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of 4ster
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed on 06/18/2013. Poured into a large wine glass.

A: Light amber to orange, clear, bright white frothy 1 finger head, nice lacing ontop and around the edges as you drink, it's in no hurry to go away...

S: Lots of big florals, followed by some underlying herbal grassy notes, bit of sweetness, otherwise pretty light and balanced.

T: Right off you get a nice malt forward beer, not overly sweet, but a lot of nice sweet fruit floral undertones, like a nice stone fruit orchard honey or something, follows up with a light, refreshing, mineral-medicinal herb bitterness and slight alcohol aftertaste with a bit of spice perhaps. Overall the bitterness is quite light following the Palisade characteristics and everything is nicely balanced.

M: Starts off fairly crisp and minerally, light carbonation, somewhat drying with just the slightest alcohol warmth as the beer warms but very smooth.

O: Well made as always, not overly complex, but the Palisade really shines through here and aroma wise stands out much more than the Simcoe... the florals really come through and the herbal sweetness is a nice touch... It tastes less hoppy than the Simcoe but with more alcohol... they're both very good, it just depends what mood you're in. I guess the question others seem to be asking is whether Palisade on it's own can be a worthy of a double ipa.... and if you really want super strong, bitter hop explosion in your face, then this falls a bit short. That said, it's very smooth and easy drinking like a British style, and if this exact beer was made by HF, I think you'd see people rate it higher...Worth trying I'd say either way...

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Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DaPan
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

La Vache Folle Double IPA - Palisade from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 94.4% out of 100 with 18 ratings
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