January 22nd

Remember the quasi-resolution made a couple of days back? Well, Soph and I tried to make good on it. Our first attempt was to stop at Mike Duggan’s for a post-dinner pint (or two) and a snack. Fail #1: Closed for a private party. Okay, regroup and walk down to beerbistro. Fail #2: Packed at 5:05 with the TGIF work crowd. The other reliable downtown options weren’t really near our errands (and Les Trois Brasseurs would have been a weak substitute), so we did our shopping, then went home. As a way of making up for the missed opportunities, it was only fair to crack open something special.

The Charlevoix La Vache Folle Bravo Double IPA was another Gatineau purchase, one that attempts to rediscover hops by releasing a series of double IPAs that feature one hop in particular. The beer is continuously hopped, which (I believe) will bring out different elements of the hop throughout the boil. A decent aroma of pine and resin, but there was a strange, murky quality in the background. The taste surprised with a good amount of sweetness – something like toffee, but not quite. It was very reminiscent of some barley wine qualities, which reminded me of the similarities both styles possess. Definitely some grapefruit flavours, with a short, mild bitterness. It was nice and I like the idea of highlighting the properties of one hop, but it definitely could’ve used another hop or two to bring out some real bitterness. Doing that could make this a really stellar beer.

Charlevoix La Vache Folle Bravo Double IPA on Ratebeer

Today: 300mL. Year-to-date: 51.13L.

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