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Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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BA SCORE
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223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 93
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Beersignal on 01-06-2008)
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

evil_liver, Sep 09, 2013
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Photo of Popsinc
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say? Possibly Canada's single best Belgian style ale right here. This beer conjours up thoughts of Duvel and Saison Dupont. That's some pretty impressive company.

Golden pour with an enormous pancake head that lasts for days. Bready, yeasty & spicey in the nose with a few floral hints. Taste is outsanding. Hop bitterness, spice, earthy notes, pleasant candy sweetness that lingers nicely with the hops. Some malt backbone. A nice alcohol warmth without overpowering the palate. The perfect mouthfeel, both smooth and lively. Creamy finish with a nice lingering bitterness.

Top marks. Simply outstanding.

Thanks to Beersignal for the hard to find bottle!

Popsinc, Jan 01, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

beerhunter13, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

look - a very pale gold to rich straw in color. head was really, really amazing: rose very white and gigantically off even a soft pour, stood for a good while, and left some amazing lacing. clarity was somewhat hazy: along the lines of a kellerbier, not so opaque as a wit.

smell - the smell is a great mix of belgian yeast and hops. the yeast has a decent helping of bubblegum and some really nice fruity notes (I get a lot of pear) and some high alcohol floral notes. the hops seem to be mostly spicy and a little herbal. A very light bread-like malt background.

taste - pretty much the same character as the aroma, but with some more citrus. I very nice sweet malt background that seems like continental pilsner with a very little bit of melanoidin in there. The yeast has bubblegum and a good helping of fruit (pear, and a lot more citrus). It's a little difficult to tell where yeast phenols and spicy hops begin and end, but there is a spicy character there. There isn't so much herbal character to the hops on the palate, but it almost seems a bit more citrus and even grapefruit! Some nice high-alcohol notes (floral) round out the flavor.

feel - very light body and very high carbonation. This really compliments the flavor that are at play and helps to dry out the end a bit. I could have gone for a bit more acidity, though.

I really love this style and this is a great example. The hops and yeast play well together: I can clearly identify both, but they also mix in a delicious fugue.

Rijtjeshuis, May 08, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from the LCBO. Clearly, the first run of Charlevoix brews was a big enough success to warrant the arrival of the big guns.

Poured into a tulip glass. Pale straw-honey colour, and with a billowing head that seemed to possess a life of its own. It finally receded into something drinkable, but left a sturdy layer of foam with great patches of lacing. Terrific looking beer.

Nose is floral hops, candied fruit, a bit of booze - very nice.

Fantastic brew - love the interplay of bitter and floral hops with the fruit flavors. Marmalade is definitely a predominant flavor, but the soft malt and grapefruit are also present and delectable. Finishes dry and clean. Medium body, coats the tongue well, mild carbonation. Feels like a saison or tripel.

A sensational brew. Even though it runs at about 11 bucks, I will happily go back for more of this. Great example of the style and another winner from Charlevoix!

JohnnyBarman, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

chickenm, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of BGDrock
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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

BGDrock, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev -5.9%

JonnyBeers, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vol: 750ml sturdy-ass bottle. ABV: 10%. Vintage: 2009. Vessel: DDC! tulip glass. Beer o'clock on Saturday afternoon: priceless.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden amber hue, with an uber-foamy, puffy, shiny, and rocky off-white head, which needs a fair bit of pour management (heh) to avoid having it get all over the kitchen counter. There remains some decent sudsy chain-link fence lace around the glass after it oh-so-slowly dissipates.

It smells of sharp, indistinct citrus rind, candy sugar, pale and wheat malt, edgy, lightly funky Belgian yeast, metallic cinnamon and black pepper spice, aged lemon flesh, and the suggestion of warming alcohol. The taste is sweet wheat and caramel malt, a further bready graininess, earthy barnyard yeast, dry field honey, muddled tropical and domestic citrus orchard fruit, mild green and black ground pepper, and leafy, spicy, and grassy hops. Damned near no evidence of the 20-proof booze, mon dieu!

The carbonation is rather moderate after that whole opening production, manifesting in a somewhat tight frothiness, the body medium-heavy in weight, for the style, actually quite smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the fruit-infested malt doing well to parry the lingering funky yeast and pleasantly acerbic, tangy grassy, herbal hops.

My kind of strong Belgian ale - low on the overtly astringent yeastiness, big on the spicy fruit and organic esters, just hoppy enough to further the aim of balance, and a nice round 10 points of alcohol to boot, for which you'd need an experienced bloodhound to track down their whereabouts. Bravo, once again, Charlevoix!

biboergosum, Apr 25, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden yellow in colour, topped by a massive meringue-textured head that practically refuses to recede, it lasts so long. Once it does, you're left with thick sheets of lace clinging for dear life to the walls of your glass. It's nothing short of beautiful to look at.

It has a complex and perfume-like aroma, with easily distinguished notes of bubblegum, bakers yeast, wildflowers, lemon zest, and grapefruit. The hops are more assertive than the aroma would suggest, giving the beer a juicy citrus flavour right upfront. Underlying them, it has a gentle maltiness that gives the beer a delicate sweetness and shortbread cookie character. Bubblegum esters come through midpalate before it finishes with a grapefruit pith bitterness. There is almost no alcohol-warmth to this whatsoever.

Light to medium bodied with an abundance of soft, pillowy carbonation. It feels smooth, creamy, velvety, and light in the mouth. This is one hell of beer - full of bold flavours held in a delicate balance, and being so strong yet drinking as easy as a beer half it's strength. It's like the angels themselves fermented the essence of heaven and bottled it. Dangerous and very delicious.

mintjellie, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up in Spring in Trois Riviers, glad I didn't miss it. Smooth drinking yeasty ale, not complex but certainly smooth wth a good mouthfeel. Some candi. Foamy head. Pleasant aroma, bubblegummy.Citrus in finish from amarillo and simcoe. Saaz did not provide high carbonation, everything smooth.
Lateral tasting July 2010 against the Hibernus, and the latter is a clear winner. Yes the latter is a Belgian, but I think so is this and the yeast is the story. Funky yeast is more popular by e-raters.
Had again summer 2012 and shows itself as popular, sweet fruity drinkable.

Sammy, Oct 02, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to northyorksammy for the chance to try this one. 2009 vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle (which leaked a bit during shipping - hey Charlevoix, why not use corks?) into my Troubadour tulip.

Hazy jonquil body topped by a thick sudsy merengue of towering bright white foam. Thick ropy lacing, glassy slick legs. Very pretty.

A mix of yeast and hops with a slight suggestion of "wild" notes that bring to mind a mild hoppy version of Fantôme in some ways. Citrus from the Simcoe or Amarillo, plus a spicy/earthy kick from the use of Saaz? An interesting blend - I was skeptical at first, but this combination works quite well.

The palate suggests honey, white pepper, and light herbal notes on briskly toasted sourdough. A spicy mild bitterness emerges soon enough adding complexity while balancing the fruit-laden sweetness. Medium-dry finish with a hint of grain and dust.

Medium-bodied, effervescent, and a touch oily mouthfeel. The impression of spice intermingling with the alcohol gives a greater impression of warmth than the ABV really warrants.

A unique hoppy Belgian Strong Pale Ale, which even flirts with some elements of a Saison at times - worth trying if you can obtain it, though there may be better options for less money in the "Belgian IPA" category.

augustgarage, Aug 07, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice presentation. Pourred in a ball-like glass (Fin du monde) and revealled an hazy light amber colour with a THICK creamy/foamy white head. Head so thick that temper down the smell, but still revealing lots of spices, earth and yeast smell comes afterward. Still young and should be cellered for a while. Should handle long cellearing (5-10 years)if you can wait that long!

blaje, Mar 26, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

dirtylou, Jul 26, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet. Thanks to Phyl21ca for this bottle.

Appearance - Crystal clear gold body with a huge white head (took three goblets to pour this). The head never fully dissipates and the lace sticks to the glass. Gorgeous.

Smell - Smells like a hoppy tripel. All the great hop flavors of an IPA with the complex citric fruits of a tripel. Some honey and spice flavors behind that. Belgian yeast aromas abound, as well.

Taste - A little bit of a letdown from the smell, but still good. Hoppy up front with some nice Belgian spice. Sweetness in the middle, which is a bit much. Finishes like bitter honey.

Mouthfeel - Very heavy for such an effervescent smell. By the end of the bottle, it's almost syrupy and a bit hard to drink. I expected more of a dry finish at such a high ABV, but it's still sweet at the end.

Overall - Wonderful combination of flavors. A little drier and less sweetness and this would be spot on.

Alieniloquium, Aug 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Kegatron, May 07, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this because the guy at the store suggested it. It looked like a nice bottle but I had a feeling I'd be disappointed. Boy, was I wrong!

A- Aggressive pour yields a glass of head. A full glass of head! Superior lacing. Head lasts 'till the very end. Liquid is that of a classic belgian blonde

S- Great smell. Alcohol. What I think are American hops. Smells a lot like ice cider. CO². A little belgian yeast.

T- Pretty similar to smell. Like a cross between a Belgian Blond and an IPA. Hops giving a basic but delicious bubblegum and very soft grapefruit taste. Very sweet. I don't usually like sweet, but the hops make this terribly enjoyable.

M- Surprisingly dry considering how sweet it is. Medium carbonation.

D- Very high. Just a bit too sweet but I could drink this forever (I don't feel the alcohol yet).

Wow. This just made it into my favorite beers. I absolutely want to try and clone this one some day...

Yoonisaykul, Feb 15, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy golden orange, huge white head that just doesn't end
S - herbs and grassy hops, sweet candied fruit, yeast and toasted grains
T - very similar to the smell with the flavours being bigger than I envisioned, hops come through well, very tasty
M - very highly carbonated, similar to a tart champagne feel, finishing bitter and a little spicy
D - i love the idea of the Belgian IPA, and the execution here is fantastic, high octane with the hops being big enough to shine in the face of strong belgian flavour characteristics

joemcgrath27, Dec 03, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jsnoek, Mar 24, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle brought down from Jean of Quebec City. Had it previously just after it was released in '07 - very fresh and extremely aromatic then. This bottle had mellowed to the point of faded hop glory, but malt profile was still plenty sturdy and the alcohol nearly invisible - had become very sneaky for 10%. Retained a puffy, long-lasting head and the aroma, although muted, was still inviting. Highly-hopped, this beer gains no benefit from aging if you are a hop-head, but is still enjoyable if the balance more toward the malt end is preferred. Hardly any available now, so enjoyed it for its rarity at this point.

duchessedubourg, Nov 12, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this more than just about any beer I've tried so far. I remember reading the reviews on BA as I was getting into beer, but the last bottles of the first release had probably just been finished off a couple months prior.

I was lucky enough to score three of these bad boys; two at Peluso and one in Quebec City. Poured into my Maudite tulip glass. Yeah...this beer looks ridiculous. Translucent with cloudiness, the beer is a glowing orange-yellow. The head is among the very best I've ever seen. Huge, pillowy bright white froth, leaving chunks of lace all over the glass (looking like chunks of sticky styrofoam) and receding to a lumpy island in the middle of the glass. This head is measured by the fistful instead of by the finger...it poured a full fist of head. Looks very similar to Houblon Chouffe (which is now tied for best-looking Belgian pale ale I've ever seen). The head is explosive, be very careful pouring this one or you could easily end up with head all over your table and a few mouthfuls of wasted Lupulus. Just a slight re-topping of your glass will form a whole new finger of head on the beer. Probably the most generous head I've ever seen.

Belgian yeast, astringent, biting spices and hops, sweet candy malt, lemon rind, lightly alcoholic, slightly musty. This smells something like what I always want Duvel to smell like, though it never does. I'm almost wanting to give this a 5.0, but it's not quite there. Most likely the best smelling beer of its style I've had.

If the smell is like what I'm always wanting with Duvel, the taste is what I will now always wish Fin du Monde is. Definite similarities to Fin du Monde, only better in every way. Wheat, Belgian yeast, earthy (planty, even), floral and citrusy hops, Fin du Monde-like spices (though doubled, at least). The candy malt is in perfect balance along with the hop bitterness and the fairly present alcohol. Smooth for 10%, but this feels at least like 7.5% or so; though it doesn't come off as unpleasant at all. This is one of those rare beers where alcohol serves as a well-planned and essential addition to the flavour as a whole instead of as an unfortunate result of high ABV. At 70IBU, this beer is quite bitter, leaving a pretty dry finish. Incredibly well-balanced. No, beer does not get much better than this (as far as I've experienced).

Sticky medium body with a fairly present carbonation, though I wouldn't say it's as carbonated as Unibroue attempts at the style. I do like this style of beer to be fairly carbonated.

I need to take 0.5 off the drinkability for the high ABV and also since it's quite intense and fairly bitter. Although I'm enjoying this immensely, I wouldn't want anymore than a 750ml to myself. Not that I'm going to have many more opportunities to have a whole bottle of Lupulus to myself!

I was looking forward to this for a long time and it definitely didn't let me down. The numbers I gave Lupulus just made it my highest-rated beer and I don't disagree with that at all. This beer is easily world-class. Thanks Charlevoix!

eat, Mar 24, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden colour with a massive white head that is slow to recede and leaves a bounty of lacing. Body is slightly hazy with a bunch of visible carbonation rising.

Yeasty and peppery to the nose. Some cardamon like spicing. Grapefruit and orange peel. Quite a mix of smells all at once. A certain sharpness that almost hints towards some sourness.

Fruity tripel flavour, yeasty and citric, with a big helping of grapefruit hop finish. Some melon sweetness in the middle. As it approaches room temperature the malt takes over with a honey sweetness. 10% ABV? I wouldn't have guessed, as it is practically invisible to taste.

Creamy bodied, medium weight, with a steady but light carbonation. Works really well for this beer.

This is a great beer, no doubt. A little high on the sweetness but everything about it is tasty.

elricorico, Jun 19, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Coombaron, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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

DaveBar, Aug 09, 2014
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Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
94 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.