Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus
Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #5
ABV:
10%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,715
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 10.14%
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
279
From:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  114
Gots
  52
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Dominus Vobiscum LupulusDominus Vobiscum Lupulus
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
Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 279 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by LanceH:
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 15, 2016
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 03, 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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BrunoPettipas from Canada (QC)

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

Aug 23, 2014
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EpicHobo1 from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Jul 10, 2014
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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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Popsinc from Canada (ON)

4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dickinsonbeer...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a 3 finger white head that slowly drops into a mild cap. Tons of streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of hoppy, sugary, cream, with peppers, pears, and pumelo.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with poached pear, apricots, and bananas.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, estery, and fruity.

Sep 10, 2008
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Coombaron from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Sep 14, 2014
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

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

Pours pale gold with a slight chill haze. A carefull pour released a torrent of spongy, white foam.
Half the glass was lively, airy head, before a quick retreat.
Within less than a minute there was only footprints of lace, and a coned center on the surface.
Aromatics are spicy and bristling with Belgian essense. Peppercorns, cloves, peaches, pears, melons, mint, coriander, pineapple, and wet grass leap forth. Phenolic, zesty, and earthy. Borderline medicinal.
Certainly not over-the-top hoppy, but a great balance of spice, hops, and yeasty funk.
The mouthfeel falls a bit short. The promise of a high level of carbonation doesn't follow through after the beer settles down.
Light in body, but certainly could use some additional liveliness.
The Pallet is spicy and dry. The hops are more subdued than in the nose, leaving room for plenty of zesty, peppery crispness.
Bitterness is firm and lingering, and the beer is well-attenuated with a Brett strain, no-doubt.
The beer finishes with pepper-dusted orange oil, crushed mint, clove-studded pine boughs, and warming alcohol.

Wowza, this beer really opens up as it breaths and you get to know her. I had to kick up the numbers twice as I sipped, and I'm only finishing my first glass.

Feb 25, 2008
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Phil_Lauzon from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Sep 16, 2014
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a solid 750 ml capped green magnum.

A cloudy yet still translucent honey/apricot hued body, capped by a massive billowing white head with impressive retention. Not sure how they could improve on this....

Clean light spicy aroma, light citrus and leafy hops, some clean wheat.

Shout bama-lama, it's all going on in the flavour, like being invited to the Love Shack (so hurry up and bring your jukebox money!). Clean tart grains up front, then waves of mandarin, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, white pepper, grassy hops near finish, with some bolder spicy hops rising up in the aftertaste already. Subtle, refined, and greater than the sum of its parts.

Medium-full body, smooth, creamy and velvety mouthfeel, slight astringency in aftertaste but otherwise pretty flawless.

Um, nailed it? Charlevoix pretty much did that with this hoppy strong Belgian Pale, if this is what it's like young then it's going to age in a phenomenal fashion. I could very easily drink this all day (yet not get anything done as a result while it ends in tears...). Worth the price of admission, and even though I was surprised to find that it comes only in "family" size, I'm more than happy for that and all the extra goodness I got as a result.

Mar 24, 2010
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Goregrind from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a deep lightly cloudy golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with perfect retention and some great lacing. Aroma of West Coast hops with some notes of citrus and grapefruit and some nice floral notes can also be detected. Taste is perfect balance between some light sweet Belgian malt with huge notes of floral hops with notes of grapefruit. Full body with a somewhat creamy texture with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed how the hops presence brought aromatic notes but left a light controlled bitterness. As much as I had enjoyed the Chouffe Houblon I believe this one is even more enjoyable.

Feb 22, 2008
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Ultrarunner100 from Canada (ON)

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 27, 2016
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa! Pours a monster big head that'll be over the rim of the glass in no time if you're not careful. Looks good, hazy golden yellow with a big head that is moderately long-lived, but nothing by way of lacing.

Interesting nose. Flowery hops and some citrus. Sweet malt, just a hint of alcohol. Overall, quite appetizing.

Quite sweet to taste up front and just enough bitterness at the finish. Belgian type character up the middle. Tastes better at just below room temp than cold as the beer is better able to show itself off. Just a bit too much sweetness at the front end of this one, but quite good overall and worth a try.

May 06, 2012
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Crazycanuck17 from Canada (AB)

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jan 11, 2015
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Oct 02, 2008
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Wajohnst from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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