Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus - Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
4.63/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
750 mL bottle from the LCBO; with the bottling date stamped on the neck label (January 31 2012). I have been sitting on this one for a few weeks, intending to use it for my 300th review - and so here we are! This is a new style for me, but I am a big IPA fan in general so I'm pretty pumped to try this.
Pours a foggy, bright golden-yellow colour, with a billowy, dense white erupting at the surface. It's pearl white in colour, over two fingers thick, and with great retention like I expect from Belgian-style beer. It does eventually die down to a puffy, bumpy cap - but this process is thankfully quite slow, and the copious quantities of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass remain quite impressive. The aroma is similarly enticing, with an intriguing combination of Belgian-style yeast, bready pale malts, candied sugar with some apricot sweetness, and floral, citrusy hop notes. These parts coerce to form a complex, heavenly whole, with each individual trait on prominent display for my nose to sift through at its own leisure.
Truly delicious stuff. The yeast provides plenty of fruity esters for this brew, bringing to mind orchard fruits like pear and apricot, as well as tropical fruits such as banana and pineapple. The backbone is provided by bready pale malts and sugary sweetness, but the grapefruit/lemon astringency and the slightly spicy, grassy-hay dryness from the hops flawlessly cut through the sweetness. The bitterness and sweetness are equally mighty, locked in a perpetual struggle with neither able to gain the upper hand - needless to say, the balance is spot-on. Slight lingering astringency in the aftertaste. I am flabbergasted at how well the 10% abv is hidden - a blind taste test would have me guessing around 7% at most. The heat is mild, and the hoppy astringency masks it perfectly. Medium body, with moderate carbonation that gives it a good, crisp bite without being a distraction. Dangerously drinkable considering the ABV, and the flavour only improves as the brew warms to room temperature.
I actually feel selfish for not sharing this. It's that good. A full quart will be tough for me to polish off (I am a self-admitted lightweight), but it will still be an absolute pleasure to do so and I am looking forward to the challenge. It's a good thing I got this review out of the way with the first half of the bottle, because I imagine it would be far less coherent if I wrote it later tonight.
Final Grade: 4.63, my first A+. I've reviewed 300 beers now, and Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus is the best one yet. How's that for a capper? It is mouthwateringly good, with perfect balance and absurdly high drinkability for something of its heft. At over 10 bucks a bottle (and with limited availability - I had to drive to London to get this), it's not something I can get regularly, but I may just head back to procure a few more bottles before it's gone for another year. This is a must-try, combining the best of both the IPA and Belgian beer in general.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2012 05:17:18 | More by thehyperduck
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Doughy with quite a bit of citrus. Lots of sweet, spicy yeast aromas, orange, herbs, nutmeg. Very nice.
Sweet, spicy, and hoppy. Lime rind, soap, pine, dirt, candi sugar, fresh grass, herbs.
Lovely. Creamy, velvety, coating feel with a medium body and a lingering herbal hoppy tingle.
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2014 21:49:28 | More by TheDoctor
4.29/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
09-29-2013 03:40:23 | More by polloenfuego
Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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