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Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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237 Ratings
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 99
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Beersignal on 01-06-2008

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Ratings: 237 | Reviews: 121
Photo of iRikal
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect with this brew. I've had some other brews from them and had been pleasantly surprised.

It is a boozy beer. The alcohol will not be subtle. Paired with the bitterness, it is a bold and loud beer. There is almost no maltiness (or it's overwhelmed with hops bitterness). Color is absolutely beautiful... I love looking at it in the sunlight...deep yellow-orange with a very convincing lacing. can anyone say Carapils?

The smell is very much of grapefruit and coriander.. interesting if not overused.

The mouthfeel can be described as a spikey velvet. There is something round about this beer that suddenly gets thrown aside by the burning spikiness of the booze... Drink carefully :-)

In any case, this is a good beer..not a GREAT beer but something I will buy again. Worth the adventure!

Photo of Organdrew
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Bought at local liquor store and drank after approximately a month. Was highly interested in this drink but being so strong had no opportunity to pop and drink a whole bottle at once. I assumed 10% 3/4 liter would get me drunk.

Look: Bottle is dark, and looks boozy. Kinda like a wine bottle. I don't know what to expect next. Plenty of foam forms in my mug and almost flows over. The foam stays for a long time and reminds of of mocha latte or cappuccino whipped topping. Much lacing on the mug that stays forever.

Smell: upon popping the cap, a famous smell of crafted beer floats to my nose. Smells of alcohol and unknown spices. Poured into a large opaque coffee mug, the beer smells like wheat and booze.

Taste: Upon the first sip the taste of booze -alcohol- is present. The 10% "strong beer" shines through. I'm a little surprised by this. Subtleties of cloves and coriander? are present. Smooth, balanced and drinkable with some layers, but not as complex and profound as I expected. The alcohol predominates. Bitterness of the hops come through at the end and linger a bit. Hops are apparent with no(or almost no) maltiness.

Mouthfeel: slightly thick, a mild burn of alcohol, some carbonation. Foam is thick and booze-tasting. Foamage is excessively annoying.

Overall: If I were to describe this in one sentence, I would say: a Perfect concoction for the man that enjoys a straightforward boozy-tasting and slightly bitter drink that brings on mild intoxication after the first glass. I did enjoy the familiarity to my favorite drink "la fin du monde", similar spices are used, I did notice the booziness was a little excessive though. And the foam. The foam is nice as it adds a certain vanity to the drink, but is overall annoying as it will get on your facial hair and overall tastes very bitter. I would probably not buy this drink again, it was okay, better than a lot of drinks, but nowhere near my favorites. If I wanted a drink to show off my "expertise and class" I may buy this one, it is expensive (I paid 12$), and gets you drunk fast. I imagine after 2 bottles most people would be drunk. I have a buzz halfway down. The "extra strong beer" printed on the bottle gives fair warning to those of you that don't enjoy beer, won't probably enjoy this. To me it is a little too strong. Would be easy to imagine getting horribly sick and having a hangover off this, it drink s fairly easy and gives an exponential heady effect. Despite the hype, I am mostly unimpressed.

Would I recommend it? Maybe. It is not horrible, the only downfall is the booze-taste. Perhaps buy a couple of these and share between a friend or two.

Photo of Goregrind
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

The taste is amazing, the color is good, everybody must drink this.

Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

The beer pours out in a clear golden yellow with a huge fluffy head.

The aroma has spicy Belgian yeast with lots of fruit of pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, citrus zest.

The flavor follows with that spiciness up front along with those sweet fruits. Not much sweetness to speak of with a touch of bready malt. The back end dries out very nicely, almost like a saison

The beer is dangerously drinkable as it drinks towards a 6-8% beer. A good balance of hoppiness, Belgian character, light malt, and a crisp finish.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Unreadable date on bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma initially a burst of hops which fades into a weak yeast phenolic
Head large (6 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing excellent – virtually covers the inside of the glass with dense foam
Body light golden yellow, hazy
Flavor of yeast phenolics, very light, attenuates the hop bitterness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4. Final weighted score: 4.125
This is a very good beer with a slightly weak aroma; otherwise it is a flavorful version on a Belgium IPA. The yeast phenolics do not overpower the hops, but instead blend to create a well-balanced taste bud stimulation. A 10.5% abv is hard to hide but the balance between the phenolics and hop terpenes ties the ethanol up nicely – it is only hinted at by flavor and not noticeable in the aroma. The heavy lacing and golden body make this an attractive pour as well. Overall, if you like the style, you’d be well-advised to buy as many bottles as you can find. If you don’t like the style, it is definitely worth your time and money to buy one bottle and try it – it may change your mind.

Photo of DaveBar
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $12.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a high white head that lasts and lasts. Unfiltered. Good gold color

S- This is the only place that I find lacking an excellent beer. Very light. Yeast is really good. No hops at all.

T- Very yeasty. Tart. Hidden alcohol. A bit sour. Don't know why you call this an IPA when there are next to no hops.

M- Creamy. Low alcohol in the mouth

O- Very good. Will not buy again due to price point but it is a good beer. Well rounded and good balance. Overall a nice beer

Food Pairing

This wonderful little beer went well with... Pepper encrusted pork loin with asparagus and carrots.

Enjoy

Photo of TheDoctor
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a lovely straw that is almost gold with an enormous, prefect pristine white head that pours at three or four fingers and very slowly and clumpily settles to two.
Excellent retention; lots of sticky lacing.

S:
Doughy with quite a bit of citrus. Lots of sweet, spicy yeast aromas, orange, herbs, nutmeg. Very nice.

T:
Sweet, spicy, and hoppy. Lime rind, soap, pine, dirt, candi sugar, fresh grass, herbs.

M:
Lovely. Creamy, velvety, coating feel with a medium body and a lingering herbal hoppy tingle.

O:
Fabulous Belgian IPA.
This is a fine beer in general and would rank up with Houblon Chouffe in my book as far as this style goes. Pours gorgeous and is about as close to perfect as you can get in every way visually, it is very Belgian smelling and only hints at being hoppy. The taste is far more bitter than the nose but it still isn't super dry. It has a very herbal, medicinal European hop profile to it, though since the bottle lists American varieties maybe this is partially due to its being past its prime. Either way, I have never gotten to try a really fresh one but hope to someday.
Will have again; worth making an effort to try.

Photo of polloenfuego
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Bottle dated 2012-10-14 consumed 2013-09-28.

A: pours a slightly hazy golden with a high three finger head that slowly breaks down leaving fantastic lacing.

S:: has that Charlevoix nose, sweet breast yeast, fruits and there is hops present as well.

T: follows the nose, but the hops come forward more. The combination of hops and spice and sweetness is nice.

M: medium carbonation good mouth feel...creamy.

O: a nice beer, different than any Belgian IPA I've had. It is sweeter and fruitier. This is a second chance review for this beer, the first time I had it it was right after enjoying a Hibernus and it didn't stack up. Now, I have enjoyed it quite a bit and it was a pleasure to enjoy this with friends.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Vices & Versa.

Pours a shiny glossy golden colour. Head is beige, nice lacing but head doesn't quite retain. Pretty good.

Banana, cinnamon, sugar-poached fruit, and star anise all vying for attention on the nose. Interesting.

Taste is all Belgian. Plenty of spice esters on there. Pepper, star anise and clove with some brown sugar, espresso and maybe some raisins towards the back, plus vanilla on the finish. Not a bad heavy Belgian character. Pretty sweet.

A bit foamy in the mouth. Very dry on the back.

Decent beer. Lots of spice, fair sweetness, but a bit too dry which doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the palate.

Photo of heymikew
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious!

Found this in Montreal at Au Coin Duluth, a little hole in the wall convenience store off St Denis with an impressive craft beer selection packed into a few coolers in the back.

Brought it to a house party and impressed quite a number of people including many locals who were totally unaware that there were some real beer choices in Canada

This is a heady, sweet, fruity elixer with floral hoppiness. The alcohol is not obvious so it can be easily overindulged.

This is a standing "want" as I don't know when I'll get back to that area.

Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split. Scooped up in B.C.

Served in Pfriem chalic - lovely golden body with a huge sticky white froth. Really nice looking. An overall excellent beer, minus some of that green bottle tang (god damnit) - bright, orange zest, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, peach, bubblegum, belgian yeast. Great!

Photo of Damian
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Vices & Versa, Montréal, Quebec
Served in a cervoise

Nearly crystal clear, orangey-amber appearance. A thin white cap of foam topped the liquid. Decent retention. Small blocks of lacing stuck along the top portion of the glass.

The aroma was quite interesting. Hoppy with strong fruity and phenolic Belgian yeast notes. Crisp and bright. Touch of citrus. Lemon was noticeable. Somewhat white wine-like. Slightly floral.

Lots going on in the flavor profile as well. The hops were noticeable right off the bat and seemed punchier here than in the nose. Candied orange peel was apparent. A stiff, sweet, malty backbone balanced out the hops. Lots of fruity Belgian yeast notes. Slightly lemony and tart. Grapefruit and pine notes came through on the finish. Just a touch bitter. At 10% ABV, the alcohol was incredibly well masked.

Although I loved both the aroma and the taste, the mouthfeel really stole the show. The beer was amazingly creamy, plush and smooth. Full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a super fine, tongue blanketing effervescence.

This is a killer version of a Belgian IPA. Quite intense for the style, yet still incredibly balanced. Keep your eye out for this if you are in the Quebec province.

Photo of mmapes
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Mathieu for the trade. The bottle opens and I see a large spout of foam forming. This reminds me of Beezel, another golden Belgian ale I like.

Pours rich blond into a tulip glass. Immediate subtle scent of grass behind the alcohol and malt. If there are hops on the nose, they are very subtle. Mostly it's that farmy green note that reminds me of saisons.

Taste is very much like a saison. I see the style is supposed to be Belgian IPA, but I really don't get a lot of hops. I get a lot of acidity and brightness, but I wouldn't have guessed it's any sort of IPA. That said, it's very tasty (think saison), spicy, refreshing. The 10% is also a surprise, as it doesn't taste too hot or alcoholic.

Might buy again, especially in the summer.

Photo of AlexFields
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color with a big thick head, lots of lacing.

Smells pretty dank, even a little bit funky, some lemon zest, some odd flower notes, lots of spice, yeast. Pretty funky smell but pretty nice.

Taste is sweeter, some honey, kindof funky and a little dank again, spices and flowers, not very citrusy but slightly bitter and maybe a touch of zest, Belgian yeast is noticeable.

Very nice mouthfeel, great carb, very creamy.

Pretty unique beer, very good.

8.1/10

Photo of kevanb
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a stemlesss wine glass.

The beer pours a nice, light copper color, hues of orange and gold with a huge white soapy head, nearly 4 fingers high that has great retention and leaves behind a large network of soapy lacing. The aroma is of bitter, earthy hops with a bit of bright citrus, a touch of funky yeast, sweet alcohol, floral notes, with peppercorn in the finish. Bitterness hits the tongue straight away, hops are pinier on the tongue, tangerine and grapefruit come out as well, floral and yeasty notes are right behind it, lots of pale grain and sweet, boozy alcohol. The balance on the tongue is a bit questionable with the alcohol being quite dominant and creates a bit of a harshness that mutes some of the brighter and vibrant notes. The body is thick, yet very lively, almost creamy but zesty with a prickly texture that isn't quite hidden in the finish.

Verdict: A nice Belgian IPA and one that I'm glad to have tried. I was able to pick this bottle up when I was in Montreal on recommendation and was not disappointed, the alcohol could be dialed back a bit and I think it would really help this beer out, otherwise the hop character is a really pleasant aspect.

Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is gold and clear with generous white head and tons of spotty lacing. Nose is full of spicy Belgian yeast with mellow hop character. Faint caramel in the back and plenty of Belgian yeast and a little bit of sweetness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium body with mild carbonation. Overall, nice balance, worth a try.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry yeast and notes of green apples. In the taste, earthy, hoppy, a touch funky, and a dry green apple sweetness. A spice like bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice and earthy hop in the aftertaste. Hides the 10%, a mellow hop presence, but a bit saison like.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Like a champagne, the pour produced a giant sudsy head at least 4 fingers, white and foamy. The colour speaks to the excellence waiting - a pure hazy golden with multiple streams of champagne bubbles.

S: Sweet bready and yeast mixed with tropical fruit, lycee and mango with notes of pine wood. The scent leaves you thinking of fresh oysters - mineral and fresh ocean waters.

T: Smooth and creamy without a hint of alcohol considering the 10%. Hops are present but are smooth and mild, not sharp and acrid. Notes of tropical fruit - banana, lycée and mango with a clean mineral chaser and leaves the palate with a mild hoppy bitters.

M: Starts out a little thin, less bold in the mouth that I was hoping for. Carbonation is medium, but because of the champagne style, I expected a strong carbonation. That said if I consider it an IPA, the mouth feel is as expected.

O: The taste and scent is unparalled. The Lupulus manages to combine the best of a Saison, triple and IPA and takes the best of those styles and mingles them. The cost of this brew out on the west coast was rather high, but that doesn't compromise the overall enjoyability.

Photo of BGDrock
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: usual overflowing head from Charlevoix, sticky lace; pure gold hue with chill haze

Aroma: apple; citrus hops balanced by spice; light butter scent and some acidity; a little reminiscent of weisse aroma

Taste & Mouthfeel: surprisingly light and utterly smooth; starts with the complex yeasty profile of a tripel, and finishes with spicy hop bitterness leading the way; coriander; difficult to identify individual flavours - great blend of spice, bitterness, tart, sweetness and a perfect medium body and carbonation; apple

Overall: no problem finishing the bottle, dangerously easy drinking for a 10% beer, and never gets boring

Photo of rarbring
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark straw, brass colored brew, a high warm off-white head, compact, good lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of fruits, apples, honey, pine apples and sweet licorice.

Sweet wheat bread, fruits, spices and strong dessert vinous notes.

Medium carbonation, smooth, oily and slightly sticky, a big body and light dry finish.

Quality, very good after dinner!

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this for a long time. Thanks so much for sending this my way Sean!

The beer is hazy and appears radiant orange in color. The head stands nearly two inches tall with a whipped meringue cap. Everlasting retention and ample lacing caked on the goblet.

The aroma brings citrus, yeast, grass, floral hops, orange zest.

Delicious, smooth, full flavored and easy to drink. Plenty of hop character. A nice lingering bitterness in the finish with some lasting citrus flavors.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Hard to believe this is 10% abv. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Overall, an outstanding example of a Belgian IPA. Definitely one of the best in style.

Photo of BBP
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and golden with far too much head over and over. Lacing ensued.

The aroma is of floral and citrus hops. A bit of yeast and spices come into play as well.

The taste was bitter and refreshing. A bit of an accomplishment for a 10% BIPA. The spices were well under control which was also quite pleasing. Ultimately is was a very smooth drink, and it could have easily passed for a beer around 6-7%.

The body was full and medium to light in weight. The finish was very dry with slight stickiness. Carbonation was slightly prickly, but considerably concealed.

Overall, this was a very tasty beer. The biggest flaw I found was that there was a ridiculous amount of carbonation. I could only half-pour my glasses without them overflowing. Aside from that this beer was quite easy to enjoy and it's quite easy for me to recommend this to anybody.

Photo of SebD
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: It has a nice golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down very slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of belgian yeast, spices, banana, citrus and some pine.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some nice citrus from the hops (almost tropical) along with some banana, spices, bready yeast and piney resin.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a great overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Blown away by this one!

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head. The nose is slightly bitter with a slight fruity sweetness and bite from the alcohol. There really is nothing special about the nose, although it seems quite refined and balanced. The beer's taste has a bold yeast presence and modestly hoppy aftertaste. Overall this is a taste beer, but I'm not sure it's quite worth the price. I found far more enjoyment in drinking bitter monk.

Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, golden in color with a large white head. Great bready malt aroma with some floral hops, citrus hops, and plenty of yeast and spice. A really great nose. The flavor is crisp and refreshing. Nice yeast to go with citrus peel, pine, and a mild herbal note. Bready malt with a touch of cracker to go with it.

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