Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus
Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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From:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
 
Quebec, Canada
Style:
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
ABV:
10%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 10.21%
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
152
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 20, 2019
Added:
Jan 06, 2008
Wants:
  115
Gots:
  51
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Lupulus is a canticle to Humulus Lupulus, our hoppy beer diety. Amarillo, Simcoe, and Saaz are the cultivars used to send this ale to heavenly realms.

70 IBU
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 1/31/2012. Pours slightly hazy medium golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, clove, pine, honey, candi sugar, white bread dough, and biscuit; with lighter notes of toast, banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, and pale malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, clove, pine, honey, candi sugar, white bread dough, and biscuit; with lighter notes of toast, banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate pepper/clove yeast spiciness; and pine, herbal, floral, woody, grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, clove, pine, honey, candi sugar, white bread dough, biscuit, toast, banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance; and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 10%. Overall this is a fantastic hoppy Belgian strong pale ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, and pale malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Great Amarillo, Simcoe, and Saaz profile. Fantastic balance of juicy/earthy hops, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and pale malts. Light residual sweetness with crisp drying. Very well attenuated, and not overly sweet/heavy for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. This aged wonderfully. Very well attenuated, and not overly sweet/heavy for the ABV.
Jul 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.12 by Tomesco from Canada (ON)

Aug 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Nov 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.41 by kier from Canada (ON)

Sep 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by AcidJosh from Canada (NL)

Jul 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Jtee from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a 750ml bottle served at 17 degrees Celsius into a chalice. The beer has spent a handful of months in the bottle – the date reads 19.01.2017

Look: Excellent appearance. The beer pours a clear gold with two and a half fingers of persistent, dense, white head that settles to a cap within six minutes. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Well-balanced and medium intensity with citrusy hops and Belgian yeast character. Medium esters (apples and banana) as well as clove-like, peppery phenols. Faint pale malts and wheat.

Taste: Very much like the aroma but bolder. Strong, well-balanced, and hop-forward with Belgian yeast. Citrusy (lemon), floral, and spicy hops. Estery apple and banana as well as clove-like, peppery phenols. Faint pale malts with additional subtle wheat and caramel notes. The finish is medium-dry, though quite lengthy, and towards the bitter side.

Feel: Very pleasant - medium body with lively carbonation. Drying, warming, creamy, and somewhat prickly.

Overall: A great example of a Belgian IPA with dominating hops, esters, and spicy phenols. The alcohol is well-hidden which makes this very drinkable. All aspects of the beer demonstrate excellent craftsmanship. Definitely a sensory experience worth having. I'm sure I'll buy this again when it becomes available.
May 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Jotora from Canada (ON)

May 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
In no way is this as good as indicated by the ratings. Yes, it is a decent Canadian version of the style, but it is still just "a" version. Way too carbonated and is it ever silly expensive for a domestic!
Nonsense. Try it once and then move on.
Mar 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by Glorithm from Canada (ON)

Mar 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Oct 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by SmithyAlan from Canada (QC)

Sep 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.28 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB)

Sep 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.83 by Brewxer from Canada (ON)

Aug 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.28 by Geosuds from Spain

Aug 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.24 by Mousel from Canada (ON)

Aug 08, 2016
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Rated by weswideman from Canada (ON)

3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
lcbo
Jul 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by JuiceBombWino from Canada (ON)

Jun 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by LanceH from Canada (ON)

May 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by ADTaber from South Carolina

May 01, 2016
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Finally getting around to enjoying this very highly regarded IPA after a long week (so far) of work. 750 ml bottle served above fridge temperature and served into a pint glass. Bottling date is December 16, 2015. Purchased 3 bottles (now only 2 left) each for $11.80 CDN from various LCBO's. This bottle is advertised as 9% per LCBO coding.

Appearance - Brilliantly clear, massive amount of bubbles form in the glass and rise up to the top. Even a gentle pour yields two plus fingers of brilliant white head leaving cascading lacing rings everywhere.

Smell - Truly Belgian in charcter with a massive yet not overwhelming powdery yeast nose. Some banana, and a subtle but not insignificant amount of spicy and citrusy hop aroma. Top notch stuff. Other fine grains and traces of caramel linger too.

Taste - Big and boozy at first, there's a bit of a harsh alcohol booziness lingering in behind. The hops are certainly present turning a fine Strong Belgian Pale into another monster with added bitterness and a more earthy than expected bite. It's some nit pick as this ale is very tasty and quite easy to drink, but compared to my initial impressions, just short of the hype. Nonetheless taste improves as it warms,

Mouthfeel - Super carbonated as is par for the style, but this is stretching even that. Body is light as can be for a big 9% ABV.

Overall - Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus is a top notch Belgian IPA, that is damned tasty and looks and smells even better. Bitterness is nicely balanced and while it's hard to create a big Belgian IPA that goes down really easy, this approaches it. While not quite as refined as Houbolon le Chouffe (the standard bearer of Belgian IPA's in my opinion), I can certainly see why this is rated in the same class, as all of the subtleties of the best Belgians are also present here. Certainly worth a try, but bring a friend as this could be tough to drink on your own unless you've got nowhere to go and a long evening (or weekend afternoon) in front of you.
Apr 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.14 by Ultrarunner100 from Canada (ON)

Mar 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by Wajohnst from Canada (ON)

Mar 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON)

Mar 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.24 by 4ster from Canada (ON)

Mar 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by mademers from Canada (QC)

Mar 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.12 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Feb 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by kevinlater from Canada (ON)

Feb 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.18 by bobv from Vermont

Dec 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.35 by GSS from China

Dec 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Nrod from Argentina

Dec 09, 2015
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 750ml bottle dated 15/06/15.
L: Bright honey-colored beer with an enormous pillowy head.
S: Bright, candied lemon and yeast.
T: Sweet and crackery, citrus notes dominate with white grape and green apple and a wisp of balsam. I perceive no bitterness at all and I'm pretty sure there should be some bitterness - it's sweet malt to start, earthy malt in the middle, and sweet sticky maltiness at the finish.
F: Champagne-like bubbles provide an interesting contrast to the otherwise slick, syrupy mouthfeel.
O: I noted the 10% abv when I opened the bottle and then never gave it another thought. Now I'm wondering whether I'm going to be able to fix dinner. Or even get off the couch. A little sweet to my taste, I don't believe for a minute that I just drank an IPA, Belgian or otherwise, but all in all a highly serviceable beverage that left me cheerfully buzzed.
Nov 24, 2015
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Reviewed by ksimons from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A-a bright golden yellow with two to three fingers worth of rocky white head that disappears slowly

S-light yeast, light fruit sweetness, grainy, and spices

T-taste is similar to the smell, bready malts, spices, light citrus and other fruits, and Belgian yeast

M-medium body, crisp carbonation, dry finish

Overall not as hoppy as I was expecting but overall a really excellent Belgian style beer. Could be due to the older bottle (5-6 months old) but this beer tastes more like a Triple to me.
Nov 09, 2015
 
Rated: 4.02 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Sep 22, 2015
 
Rated: 4.27 by dcmchew from Romania

Aug 24, 2015
 
Rated: 3.86 by rickfos from Canada (ON)

Aug 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4.03 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Aug 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.4 by parintele from Romania

Jul 21, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by Ciocanelu from Romania

Jul 20, 2015
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Rated by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at the brewpub.
Makes more sense no that I know its a triple, thought it was a double ipa, damn language barrier.
Jul 10, 2015
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