La Vache Folle Aramis Double IPA – Microbrasserie Charlevoix (Quebec, Canada)

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La Vache Folle Aramis Double IPA – Microbrasserie Charlevoix, 9% ABV, 500 ml., (Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

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!

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  • Style: Double IPA / Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Alcohol zingy-tangy partial dark fruit apricot sweet barley malty tongue numb dry bitter hops.
  • Where I got it : Firefly / Vancouver
  • How much: $8 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

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.