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Charlevoix Vache Folle Amarillo Double IPA

Formerly brewed at Microbrasserie Charlevoix / Le Saint Pub
Style: Imperial IPA
Baie-St-Paul, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The first tap-only batches were 8% abv, but the new (February 2010) bottled version is 9%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Courtesy of after4ever. Thanks Tom. Pours clear copper with loose white head. The aroma is mild with sweet citrus candy and some modest spiciness. The taste is similar with pretty thick mildly aged malts blending into a pleasing citrus hop flavor of orange juice mixed with grapefruit juice and a touch of pine and spicy hop bitterness. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3372) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2010
Brown bottle, 500 ml, 2009, purchased at Broue Ha Ha on May 7 2010, savoured on May 17 2010; eye: polished copper, minimal effervescence, nice creamy white head made up of rather large bubbles, lots of lacing; nose: grapefruit, orange, resinous hops; mouth: grapefruit, orange, resinous hops, light caramel, orange, light malt, dry finale in resinous hops, medium-full body, good carbonation, rather bitter, lots of astringency; overall: quite likable FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 500 ml, achetée chez Broue Ha Ha le 7 mai 2010, savourée le 17 mai 2010; œil : cuivre poli, claire, effervescence minime, belle mousse blanche crémeuse formée de bulles plutôt grosses, beaucoup de dentelle; nez : pamplemousse, orange, houblon résineux; bouche : pamplemousse, orange, houblon résineux, léger caramel, orange, léger malt, finale sèche en houblon résineux, corps moyen-corsé, bonne carbonatation, plutôt astringente et amère; en résumé : bien aimé

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2813) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 13, 2010
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: orange with a medium white head. Aroma: milky yet hoppy, muted mango, a little bran too. Flavour: much different than the aroma, quite hoppy, mango again, spicy. A little stickiness in the finish. Long bitterness in the finish too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (3351) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2010
500 ml bottle from Marceh Omni, served at cellar temperature in a Scotch Irish taster glass.

App.: Clear deep golden with a generous light tan head. Aroma: Slightly dusty with lots of nice citrus notes, orange juice and peel, some floral and spicy notes, sorta peppery and green, some marmalade, sweet malty notes as back up. Palate: Medium body, sparse and round effervescence. Flav.: Lots of sweet, sticky malts with plenty of orange peel, marmalade, floral/spicy hops, fruity, still slightly dusty; sweet with good bitterness and a very sweet (almost cloying) malt/orange finish.

Needs more attentuation, I think. Otherwise, a nice Amarillo showcase.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2756) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2010
Pours a dark amber with white head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is hop, caramel and honey. Taste is very well balanced, slight hop bitterness, caramel, toffee and honey. Such a nice beer. Too bad this is a limited edition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2010
Aroma:Caramel,good hopy nose,pine hops... Appearance:Clear redish,huge head... Flavor:Light caramel,strong alcohol,pine hops...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lefossoyeur (509) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2010
Deep golden with a thin white lace. Bready nose with hints of oney. Full bodied, very sweet, almost liike an aged barley wine, lots of malts, no hops to speak of, finishes on the sweet side with a maple syrup note. I don’t know why Charlevoix keeps calling their double Vache Folle 2IPA in the 2IPA’s category. it has noting to do there. no hoppiness to speak of at all! Barely a triple without any hoppiness. Totally out of style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
Bouteille de 500 ml. Arômes de houblon américain (agrumes et résine) et de sucre d’orge. Robe orangée et limpide, belle mousse et effervescence moyenne. Bien maltée et sucrée pour le style (bien qu’un peu moins que les deux versions précédentes, ce qui est bien), le sucre d’orge accompagne le houblon très citronnée et légèrement résineux. Finale moyennement amère et légèrement alcoolisée. Plus aromatique et globalement plus dans mes goûts que les versions Bravo et Simcoe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3418) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2010
Bottle - 500ml. Hazy amber body with low carbonation and a thick off-white foamy head. Rich, complex hoppy aroma with flowery, malty, spicy, and citrusy hints. Its sharp hoppy taste hides the alcohol pretty well and carries fruity and oaky notes. Ends with a long bitter finish. Love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
Caramel malts on the nose, somewhat woody with hints of juicy citrus. The aroma is rather light. Orange amber, translucent, very mildly hazy, nice creamy head. Creamy caramel sweetness, good residual sugars and nice assertive citrus hops creating a citrus candy effect. Nice and juicy. Well crafted. Not too bitter but with nice fruity hop flavors.

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