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Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%

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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO (Keep 6) import round in early spring 2012.

Apparence: Really, I cannot ask for anything more from a beer. It's got mounds of soft, pillowy head and it recedes with grace leaving behind rings of lacing. It's golden, very slightly hazy, with bubbles that keep rising from the bottom of the glass. It's just an amazing looking beer.

Smell: A lot of sweetness, Belgian yeast. Some grassy hops and sharp lemon citrus.

Taste: Ok, it's delicious; but it's more on the Belgian side than the IPA side for sure. It's got a lot of sweetness in the opening with a smooth grassiness and then a ringing bitter at the end. Some lemon citrus notes and a slightly sour aftertaste. There is really no one stand out flavour here, nothing about it is really astounding on its own, but together it makes for a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: I cannot ask for much more. Sharp carbonation and creamy. The sour and the bitter work together nicely in the aftertaste. A nice little burn, but nothing like you'd expect from the ABV. I really nice beer to be drinking!

Overall: This is a great beer for sure. I could see some of the flavours and smells popping a little more in the aroma and taste, but the apparence and mouthfeel are totally nailed. If it wasn't so hard to come by, well, I'd be drinking it more often. If you're looking for a fresh take on a Belgian style, this is it!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 00:25:06 | More by Groulxsome
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale blonde colour 3 fingers of dense white head, lots of lace stuck to the glass. Smell is of citrus fruit and candy apple, floral and vibrant with a huge hop profile, spicy belgian yeast works well with all the hop aromas, malt with some more citrus, grapefruit, orange and tangerine. Taste has a nice semi-dry spiciness too, more of the giant hop bill on the palate, yeasty, light sweet points, with citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Medium drying carbonation, medium to full body, nice consistency from the yeast and oils. Great stuff here, truly a treat to drink, ABV of 10% nowhere close to present.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 15:20:28 | More by peensteen
Photo of Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a riedel red wine magnum glass

A:Nice golden color, troubled, with a nice foam head

S: Pretty interesting, hoppy

T: This is where it gets worse. There is so much residual sugar, this is quite unbalanced.

O: Pretty disjointed imo, and very sweet, with high IBU, strange and unbalanced...

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 16:32:10 | More by Caudalie
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange colour with a large amount of head. Tastes of lemon and grassy notes, with a slight floral hop bite finish in there. Considering the high percentage, it drinks down pretty smooth and you don't pick up the booze in the taste at all. This brewery makes some real quality beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 22:22:38 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful big green bottle, bottled on January 31, 2012, 4 finger white head, foamy, big retention, thick sticky lace, golden yellow body very clear

S - sweet malt, saaz hops, some citrus (grapefruit /apricot), candied sugar, pine, very complex

T - wow - a tripel meets a DIPA - sweet sugar and pale malt and apricot but then oily pine resin and citrus comes thru as well as it coats the inside of your mouth bursting with complex flavours.

M - oily quality - Medium body, delicate complexity with a little bitterness and the alcohol very well masked.

O - a world class brew with a unique style - really blown away by this brew and definitely worth it even at $11. If you see it, buy three.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 20:02:34 | More by Stocean1
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2010, bottled January 11, 2011

Slightly hazy orange color that produces a large, whipped-cream head even with a very gentle pour. Long head retention, leaving plenty of lace and a cap of foam that lasts and lasts.

Intriguing aroma that is difficult to put a handle on. Lemon and honey notes are apparent.

Citrusy hops with lemon and grapefruit blend nicely with a spicy yeast character. Sweet finish.

Mouthcoating, full round feel lightened by a fine lively carbonation.

Drinks amazingly easily for a 10% abv brew. I might find this awesome if it were finished a bit drier. And I would like to try it with a little less bottle age on it as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 01:50:55 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 04:42:57 | More by mintjellie
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 02:41:47 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into tulip
Bottled Jan 2012

A- Crystal clear dark yellow pour with a four finger foamy white head and great lacing.

S-.Bright grapefruit and lemon with a nice pine and yeast backing. Slightly sweet.

T- Lemon and yeast with pine and mandarin oranges. Juicy up front with a quick dry finish.

M- Medium bodied with excellent carbonation.

O- This is good, it's refreshing, bitter and juicy all in one great bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 23:11:14 | More by korguy123
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus is radiant as an angel, clear as day, and has a head so lush and cottony that I'd like to sleep on it. The lacing it sticks on the glass is thick enough to knit a sweater out of. The banana yellow beer is speckled with bubbles and, as well as seeming well crafted, is lively looking and bright.

A better, more even blend of potent, phenolic yeast and pungent hops is hard to imagine, especially at this magnitude. The beer is as loud as it is bright. Dry grassy notes come on very strong, as do the acidic lemon-y undertones. Equally mighty are esters reminiscent of marmalade and a very perfumy white pepper spice.

The soft, bready malt flavor absorbs the aforementioned marmalade-y fruit spread, mellowed spices and citric hops to make for a beer as tasteful as it is loud and bright. Whether courtesy of hops or yeast, the fruitiness is all encompassing: ripe pear, little flakes of peach and apple, key lime, a splash of grapefruit and chunks of green banana.

Each and every ingredient in this beer pairs wonderfully together - it's like a perfectly-tailored suit. It all makes for a beer that is as refreshing as it is tasteful, loud, and bright. The floral and pineapple-y character of Amarillo and Simcoe, the zesty and grassy Saaz, the fruity and spicy yeast, the dry and bready malts - it all fits together hand in glove.

I think my favourite part about this beer how little of the candi sugar and alcohol come through. To be sure, there is a sweetness that won't stop, and the odd inescapable vapor, but for the most part it's the citrus zest and grassy hop oils that sparkle on the palate. Plus the carbonation makes the mouthfeel creamy and light as mousse.

No knowledge of Latin is needed to understand the word of this saintly brewer; Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus translates to the "The Lord be With You, Hops" both figuratively as well as literally. It is a divine creation that brims with angelic fruits, blissful pungency, anointed yeast, and heavenly drinkability. It is true holy water if ever there was. Amen.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:11:59 | More by biegaman
Photo of NForr

Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Microbrasserie Charlevoix - Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus - Belgian IPA - 10% - Charlevoix, Quebec.

Aromas of cloves with lots lots of floral scents - especially roses. Some citrus, sugars, and cardamon. Smells like a spicy bouquet. Like walking into a flower shop that happens to be baking banana bread.

Sweet up front, followed by some nice belgian yeast flavors - cloves & cardamon. It then finishes with some very floral hops, and a surprising medium bitterness that does not overpower in the least. I'm tasting sweet grapefruit, and oranges. It has this tangy, sweet and bitter taste all at the same time. Brilliant.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated, giving way to a nice frothy sip every time.

I've had others of this style and they are usually pretty intense. This is so well balanced, complex and goes down so easy that you quickly forget the beer is a 10% Belgian IPA.

This for me, could be the best beer I've ever had. Thank God I bought another bottle.

Fortunately and unfortunately I need to share this as I can't get too drunk - any day could be baby day :)

Again I'll say it - Microbrasserie Charlevoix is the best microbrewery in Quebec. I would recommend. this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 19:27:10 | More by NForr
Photo of BuckyFresh


3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for bringing this treat back from Canada with him. Enjoyed at a tasting party with TCGoalie, zoso1967, and TCHopCraver.

Appearance: Pours a straw/golden yellow color with a very fluffy, white head with excellent retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation is visible.

Smell: Lemon and a dank, musty smell are prominent in the aroma. There is a lot of Belgian yeast character, exuding fruity banana character and some spiciness.

Taste: Tastes a bit like bitter basement bananas. Fairly dry overall. There is some candy character with a punch of decent hop bitterness. There are some softer notes as well, like grass and fruit. Very unique taste that approximately half of our tasting group enjoyed.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, fairly dry, and decently bitter. Has a softer touch as well and overall is pretty balanced and drinkable.

Overall: A pretty unique beer with some atypical characteristics. There are some things about it that I really liked, and some that were so-so. The flavor wasn't really in my wheelhouse, but I can see how some would like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:17:01 | More by BuckyFresh
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep, clear yellow gold with a little amber. Massive 5+ fingers of thick and foamy head that just lasts forever. Glass is painted with beautiful lace. Can't say enough about how great this looks.

Smell. Much fruity belgian yeast, candied fruit, cloves.

Taste. Very fruity, fairly sweet. Lots of light malts, pears, good floral hops in the end.

Mouthfeel. Full body, slightly sticky with low+ carbonation.

Overall. Just a fabulous looking beer. I can't say belgian style IPAs are my thing, but this one is pretty nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 03:52:25 | More by Rutager
Photo of DoreenAndDave


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is an attractive hazy golden color with a creamy, ivory-colored head. Aroma is a melange of yeast, citrus, hops, and malt. Taste is assertive and malty up front -- with almost sweet yeastiness and a pleasant heaviness. Finish is hoppy and citrus, not too dry. Mouthfeel is substantial with some nice alcohol warming. Overall, this is a big, solid beer. A nice fusing of a quebec-style belgian ale with an IPA-esque hoppy edge.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:32:35 | More by DoreenAndDave
Photo of kbutler1


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a very lively white head. Big sticky left on the glass as the head settles. Soft aroma of fruit and spice. Some must. Very soft on the palate. Peach, apricot, and pear flavor are really nice. Really nice and flavorful. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:53:56 | More by kbutler1
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Reserve.
No freshness info on cap, as expected.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Pale straw yellow colour with a generous amount of thick, bubbly white head.

S - Bitter, crisp hop nose up front with floral and light citrus notes. Belgian yeast is also present along with some bready malt notes.

T - An excellent balance of crisp, bitter hops and sweet bready malts with Belgian yeast. Floral and citrus notes are present from the hops along with some fruity notes of apple and pear. Some sweetness from the honey is evident as well. A robust and superb flavour profile.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:54:33 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Re-review with a more recent bottle.

Bottled Jan 31, 2012

Beer is a cloudy golden/orange colour with a very large and frothy white head. Great retention- head stays FOREVER. Lots of lacing.

Smell is lovely- typical Belgian scents with lots of hops. Grassy, yeasty and some citrus. Other fruit is present as well- orange, a bit of green apple, other light fruit scents. Honey. Wonderful!

Taste is also wonderful. The fruit flavours from the nose are prominent and very nice, but their sweetness is cut somewhat by the bitterness from the hops, as well as some spice flavours. Hops add some nice grassy tastes, citrus, a bit of soap. Finish is moderately bitter. Lots going on and it is all good.

Beer is very carbonated, even for the style. Somewhat irritating. As the beer sits and calms down a bit, the feel certainly improves. Full bodied, a bit oily.

This is a really fantastic beer. Really enjoyable. Maybe my favourite Canadian beer. A gem!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 19:34:18 | More by jrenihan
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Good retention and lace. Color is a vibrant golden orange.

Aroma: A lot of fruits. Apricots, pears, green apple skins. Some spice. Yeasty and bready.

Taste: Bready and yeasty with cloves and coriander. A lot of spice. A little funk. Pears, apricots, and apples. Very fruity.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and clean. A bit dry. High carbonation with a medium body. Ends dry.

Overall, this was a good beer. I really liked the nose. A bit dry. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 22:58:27 | More by mothman
Photo of DefenCorps


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this long time want, Nathan. This is the 2010 vintage.

Brilliantly clear light golden yellow with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is spicy, yeasty, honey-like, floral, grassy, mildly rustic and has a prominent Saaz hop character. Very fruity, this is brilliant. The palate opens a little sweeter than I'd like, with honey, grainy sweetness, sugar, a little bit of Splenda. A real hop tea flavor is present on the mid-palate, with a ton of Saaz flavor. Sweet but with a lingering hop resin character, Saaz tea, there is also a touch of butter, earth and yeast flavors. Medium light in body, moderately carbonated, this beer has an excellent finish with a lingering resiny hop character. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 04:52:55 | More by DefenCorps
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage picked up at Premier Wine & Spirits, Halifax.

A-Pours a hazy apricot gold with a hugely frothy white head and nice lacing.

S-Very nice indeed. Nice Belgian yeast character, well balanced with malt and peppery notes.

T-As good as this style gets. Excellent balance of sweet malt, pineapple hoppiness and great Belgian yeast. Extraordinary balance and depth of flavors, alcohol is very well hidden.

M-Medium bodied, a bit heavy but reasonable for the style.

O-Wow. a truly outstanding Belgian IPA/ DIPA. Wish I had picked up more...


Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:13:03 | More by sholland119
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 00:22:19 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Jeffo


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Freud in a trade almost a year ago. Thanks for the Quebec love my man!

From a 75cl bottle into a wine glass.
Vintage: 2009
Tasted after Hibernus

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium looking white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and clings to the sides. Cloudy gamboge orange in color with no carbonation evident. A good wisp remains until the end and leaves sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass. A great looking brew for sure.

SMELL: Toasted malts, green fruits, apples, and a touch of white wine and champagne notes. A decent floral hop aroma plays a good supporting act as well.

TASTE: Toasted malts and green fruits up front. Green apples and pears are definitely there, with some white wine notes riding through the middle too. Mild and lingering aftertaste of green fruits and some bitter, flowery hops.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Not overly creamy, but smooth enough on the palate. Goes down smooth with a dry finish.

OVERALL: This is a solid brew, but didn’t think it was as complex or as interesting a Belgian IPA as Hibernus was a Strong Dark Ale. I enjoyed this one more than the others in the group did, but don’t think I’d seek it out again like I would Hibernus. Thanks again Freud for hooking us up with these ones!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 11:24:04 | More by Jeffo
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured light orange in color with a very active white head nearly overflowing from the glass. Great head retention with some thick sheets of lacing as I drank it.

I n the aroma I get some citrus rind qualities to it mixing with a Belgian yeast spice. I get a little nutmeg, clove and some banana out of the yeast, but what I really like is how the spice feels balanced and integrated instead of dominating. Very flavorful, but felt balanced at the same time.

The taste shows the spice from the yeast throughout the flavor. It's a little sharper and spicier up front while the flavors mellow a little bit and show more of the banana in the finish. A moderate, citrus rind like bitterness shows in the finish as well giving it some nice balance. Very nice flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style and carbonation is above average. Overall it was a very nice beer with some great flavors. It had some great balance for the style which really helped soften the sometimes overpowering yeast spice. The citrusy, bitter flavors really worked for me as well in this one and they really integrated well into the overall flavor. Very well made and taste beer overall, I'd definitely put it up there with any of the Belgian made versions of the style I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 22:36:02 | More by billab914
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Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***2009 Vintage***

My 300th review!

Poured from a 750ml. bottle (best before end of 2012) & shared with my wife.

Appearance: Massive, massive foam fills the glass. So much and it won't go away. I almost gave it a 4 but the meringue pie look and the thick gobs of lacing are gorgeous. Oh yeah, there's a nice golden honey-colored body as well.

Smell: Flowery with some hops, spices, mango, orange and assorted fruits.

Taste: Strong spices upfront mixed with burnt sugar. Raw and powerful. Earthy hops, lush and plump fruit overtakes as it warms as does a small peppery finish. Really massive flavor-wise and i'm surprised that the hops flavor sans bitterness is still there.

Mouthfeel: Strong body with a bit of alcohol heat but otherwise really nice. Average carbonation.

Overall: Really dug this one. Just as authentic & good as ales from Belgium, maybe better. Worth the hype for this world-class beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 00:43:18 | More by papat444
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3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to TCGoalie for procuring this treat on his travels in Canada and bringing to our tasting. This review is written from a group audio review that also included BuckyFresh and TCHopCraver.

The appearance of this beer was my favorite part. It is a nice golden straw color. Those glasses poured before the bottom of the bottle were nice and clear. The head was pretty amazing and quintessential Belgian. big, light and pillowy with very nice retention and lacing.

The yeast plays a big role in the aroma with a healthy dose of banana and some other spice notes. There was also a pretty good amount of lemony citrus as well as a bit of a "dank" hop aroma.

The flavor is not really my cup of tea, but half of us really enjoyed it. This beer had a pretty crazy taste to it with plenty of banana, some musty basement, pithy, piney and grassy. It also had a overall fruity and candied sort of flavor. I found it to be a bit astringent overall.

The body was appropriately medium with a nice softness to it that plays a good counterpoint to the extremely dry and bitter finish.

Overall I just could not get into the groove of this beer. I am usually a big fan of Belgian IPAs, but there was just something about this one that did not sit well with me. Perhaps a fresher bottle may have been a bit more to my liking. It was definitely worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 11:58:00 | More by zoso1967
Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
94 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.