Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus
Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #6
Ranked #1,716
4.24 | pDev: 10.14%
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada
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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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superspak from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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
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Jtee from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
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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ksimons from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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
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Haydn-Juby from Vermont

3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Cloudy, verging on orange color. Some sediment chunks are visible in the beer. Carbonation is high and the beer pours about a 2 finger head. Lacing is moderate.

S: A bit of sweet malt. Some pale fruit and bread-like aromas. I get virtually no hops, minus maybe a bit of spiciness that I perceive a combination of a phenols and the strisselspalt advertised on the bottle.

T: Fairly malty with a slight cereal grain taste. Some pale fruit - think pear and maybe a bit of green apple. A bit of light caramel. I get no grapefruit or citrusy hops whatsoever which is honestly a let down. Although the hop flavor doesn't really pop, bitterness is fairly firm and alcohol is mildly present given the percentage.

F: The carbonation and high abv pricks the tongue a bit but nothing drastic; it is normal for belgian style beers to have high carbonation. The body is far too syrupy for my liking.

O: Overall it wasn't bad but had no where near the hopiness it boasted about on the bottle. My bottle wasn't old terribly old either (something like 6 months). I got literally no pine or citrus hop flavor and the body was extremely thick. That being said not the most awful beer I've ever had but I wouldn't pay the money for it again. ... Over hyped.

May 27, 2015
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iRikal from Canada (QC)

3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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!

Feb 05, 2015
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Organdrew from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

Oct 18, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Sep 19, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Sep 01, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

4.19/5  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.


Aug 09, 2014
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Jun 22, 2014
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Sep 29, 2013
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Aug 08, 2013
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heymikew from California

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Aug 04, 2013
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dirtylou from New York

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Jul 26, 2013
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5%
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.

Jul 14, 2013
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mmapes from Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Jul 05, 2013
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AlexFields from Tennessee

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
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.


Apr 14, 2013
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kevanb from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Mar 02, 2013
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homebrew311 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Nov 24, 2012
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Nov 23, 2012
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FondueVoodoo from Canada (BC)

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Nov 18, 2012
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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

Oct 25, 2012
Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 279 ratings