- My Rating: [B-], I gave it a (3.6 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
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!
- 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.