sulawang (1000) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours translucent orange-brown with a small 1mm lasting creamy head, hazy creamy islands for retention, half-sticky lacing, clusters of steady and fast streams.
Nose: perfumed apricot, fleshy peach (lvl-6)-pungency
Attack: thicker-crisp, incoming bitter hops
Mid-palate: alcohol forward bitterness, tangy-zingy acidity, (lvl-7-sweetness), almost dark fruit, apricot, faint lemon, medium heavy sweet barley malt
Finish: tongue numbness, nutmeg, alcoholic heat, dry short bitter hops.
Summary: Very tangy-zingy for a IIPA, also quite alcohol forward. It doesn’t quite have that uplifting counterbalance for the 9% ABV to make it truly exceptional.
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Spab (3334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
dfearnley (1759) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
DuffMan (9495) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JohnnyJ (5367) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.