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Charlevoix Vache Folle Herkules Double IPA

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44
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Formerly brewed at Microbrasserie Charlevoix / Le Saint Pub
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Baie-St-Paul, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
La Vache Folle Herkules Double India Pale Ale est la première de la série qui utilise un houblon allemand. Le tout nouveau Herkules exprime sa puissance amérisante à souhait ainsi que ses arômes résineux de pin dans notre plus puissante 2IPA à date ! OG: 19 Plato IBU:100 AA: 85% Lov: 12


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2010
Sample at the Hart House Craft Beer Festival. Bottle, served in a tasting glass. Pours clear amber with a very small head that fades quickly. On the nose, aromas of flowers, pine and citrus, along with grain, caramel and a hint of earth. Alcohol is also prominent. Flavour starts out fairly balanced between slight bitter and slight sweetness but the bitter becomes more prominent. The finish is long and hoppy. On the palate, it is medium in body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. The finish feels a bit alcoholic. This is really more of an IPA than a double IPA. The hops were rather simple and a bit disappointing. It is also a bit too dry for my taste. 2010-07-29

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2327) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2010
Purchased at Marché Omni (formerly Marché Jovi). Pours a clear golden-orange colour with a big foamy off-white head that stays a long, long time and leaves great lacing. Carbonation is pretty low, with a few big bubbles coming up to surface from time to time. Surprised to not have a big hoppy nose, but grainy with caramel sweetness from the malt. The hop is lightly hidden in the background. The taste is like burnt toffee with some bitterness in the finish, but still not overcoming the wetness on the tongue. No burns, but the alcohol is felt in the flavour. Nothing too crazy here, but easy-drinkability and nice to see a different take on this style. Still, prefer the hoppier double-IPAs.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sseb69 (1525) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2012 Bouteille 500 ml. 9%. Couleur ambrée pâle qui donne une mousse beige pâle. Arôme de houblon, de levure et de fruits. Notes de houblon et de malt, légèrement fruitée. Finale en amertume et alcool. Moin floral que d’autre IPA x2 de Charlevoix , mais plus amère. Très bonne.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8773) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
Bar Volo tasting. Pours a slight reddish colour, a faint head. Funky aroma, and that’s the story here. The aroma gets in the way of the taste, getting an interaction with the bitterness. Dry finish. More of an American strong? Unlike the rest of the series I laterally tasted. Appropriate carbonation. But the bitterness needs some onion and cheese soup, or something strong.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5866) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
Bouteille de 500 ml achetée chez La Barik (Trois-Rivières, QC). Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel et de pins. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée dorée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblons et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’amertume d’houblons en arrière goût. (Rating #3111)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1920) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
500 mL bottle frome Marche Omni. Translucent amber with a small white head. The aroma is not as hoppy as expected, although there is certainly a resiny note to go with the mild sweetness of the malt. The hops show up late in the flavour as well, although once they hit, the strong bitterness lingers for quite a while. It just doesn’t seem like an IIPA, though,; it’s not aggressive enough.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bedainedebiere (501) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle. Crazyest cow ever, rather unfruity and very leafy tongue-bruising hoppiness, that I came to love pretty much after a few bottles (not in the same day...). Salty mouthfeel and a powerful bitterness are well-balanced by a very honey-like sweetness. Impressive lenght and strenght of the aftertaste. It seems to have an autoritarian german military personnality, compared to the Amarillo that reminds of tropical smooth-rhythm paradisiac carrabean islands... Nevertheless, they are both very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yumyum (210) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2010
is a decent effort overall. Grass/ pine on the nose and in the taste (along with caramel backbone). Decently sweet, medium mouthfeel. relatively smooth drinking. Not my favourite by any means but not bad either.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6901) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours a bronzey orange with a thick golden meringue of a head that leaves heavy lace. Aroma is very sweet, like golden syrup on lightly toasted white bread, with undertones of cooked veggies. Palate is syrupy sticky. Flavours are sweet and slightly bready before being overtaken by the coniferous hoppy bitter finish. As with other brews in this series, the malty sweetness may put some people off, but once again I really love this unique IIPA. Terrific!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
probstblueribbon (2946) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
500 ml bottle from Marche Omni, served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear deep amber with a nice off-white froth. Aroma: Blech, cat food, meaty/brothy/mashy, oddly savoury, some very sweet malt aromas trying to claw their way through the soup, certainly a bit of pine, weird sweet-fruitiness, I wish the hops had more chance to shine; as it warms the malts become more familiar – deep, dark dried fruits, rich caramel/toffee, crunchy and sweet, toast crust, some kind of indescribable exotic spicing, originally awful. Palate: Medium-full body, slick, oily, soft and limited carbonation. Flav.: More of that bizarre savoury/meaty/brothy/mashy malt, some fruitiness, floral and slightly pine-like, a little resinous (power of suggestion??), berries, caramel and brown sugar as it sits in mouth; sweet with decent bitterness (100 IBUs??) and a fairly straight-forward malt finish.

Epic fail. Sorry guys, but I did not enjoy this one.


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