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Charlevoix Vache Folle Aramis Double IPA

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


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This 9th Vache Folle Double India Pale Ale is intended to introduce a new hop variety. Aramis !!! A floral and spicy hop variety from Alsace. Enjoy ! OG: 18,8P IBU: 80 AA: 84% Color: 12 Lov

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LadySusan (724) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
500ml. bottle from Peluso. The color is a hazy orange with a thick off-white head. The aroma is of sweet fruits like peaches and others.The taste is also sweet,malty.Very different from Chalevoix’s other double I.P.A.’s much more malty than hoppy but still very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2367) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
Copper colour with a large frothy white head. Male, syrup fruit aroma. Spicy malt flavour. Oily texture, pine resin fruit notes with a tangy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 15, 2012
500ml bottle. Creamy, off-white head, hazy orange/amber. Floral and spicy hops on the aroma, smells kind of like a strong pils or lager. Taste is a full caramel malt with a strong pilsner like hop bitterness over it. Hops are floral, herbal and spicy, almost like a Jäger. Very heavy, thick body. Overall, my favorite of the experiments Vache Folle DIPAs I’ve had. Almost a German IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spab (2847) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2012
500 ml bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits (Halifax). Pours a lightly cloudy gold with medium-sized white head. Aroma is fruit (apple, raisin), honey, biscuit and spice. Flavour is sweet apple, raisin/plum and lemon with honeyed biscuit and a light spiciness. Surprisingly gentle finish. Decent but by no means spectacular.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dfearnley (1303) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2012
500mL bottle to weisen glass Aromas of plum, caramel, and some floweryness. Colour is clear amber and it had a huge head. The taste is spicy, sweet, with long lasting bitterness and some alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2522) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
Orange yellow in colour with a large and long lasting white head, good lacing, lots of visible carbonation. The aroma is sweet, some light citrus, tropical fruits, some caramel. The flavour is quite bitter and chewy, lots of fruity sweetness upfront, earthy, caramel. Very bitter mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. FInishes long, bitter.

Starts off sweet and then the bitterness kicks in. Seems to last forever. Awesome.

500ml bottle from Marchi Jovi in Gatineau, Quebec.
Opened on May 3, 2012.
Bottled on December 1, 2011.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8068) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle, shared with Jeff. Bright medium orange with a medium gold-tinted head. Aroma is very sweet, bready candy malts and overripe fruits. Flavour is sweet too, with distinct strawberry syrup flavour, barley candy, tinned pineapple. Sticky palate with a moderately bitter finish. I feel the same about this as I do nearly all of the beers in this series: sweet, malty, and tame for the style, but enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4953) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle thanks to pushkinwow. Slightly hazy golden yellow pour, rocky white head. Bready sweet malts, caramel, light citrus, and musty hay-like hops. Decent, but no where near as hoppy as west coast beers, much more malt forward, not necessarily a bad thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2012
My Bottom Line :
Floral hop notes get smothered in honeyed malts in this slick and resolutely bitter Double IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A lofty foam bulb decorates the misty pale amber, lacing well throughout the pint.
-The nose is quite weak for a Double IPA.
-The resinous hop bitterness is compact.
-There isn’t much complexity to speak of, but it’s still a well-executed strong ale.
-If these Vache Folles dropped the ’Double IPA’ moniker, I’d probably enjoy them more.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bendrixian (1344) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2012
pours hazy and orange colour, big frothy head. aromas are floral, hoppy, and a hint of banana. It also has a stewed fruit or ketchup chip aroma. has a certain sweetness about its flavour, again this banana note, and a rich creamyness as well. bitter and slightly spicy this brew is interesting but it’s not one for the history books.

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