Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada
microbrasserie.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Beersignal on 01-06-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
271
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
15.29%
 
 
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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 271
Reviews by Long813:
Photo of Long813
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Little cloudy golden body with three fingers of white fluffy head. Heads is retained for the entire drink and the lacing is amazing.

S: Peaches, banana mixed with some yeast and spice notes.

T: Following the aromas, there is a lot of peach and banana mixed with some good breadiness. Tasty yeast, spice and hops here. Very pleasant brew.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. The texture is interesting as the carbonation is not overpowering. Very smooth velvet texture and it leaves a spicy peach aftertaste. Alcohol is not quite evident.

O: Love it! It lived up to the hype and I am glad I can get more of this asap!

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Photo of Popsinc
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Thanks to Beersignal for the hard to find bottle!

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Photo of cam477
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

look - a very pale gold to rich straw in color. head was really, really amazing: rose very white and gigantically off even a soft pour, stood for a good while, and left some amazing lacing. clarity was somewhat hazy: along the lines of a kellerbier, not so opaque as a wit.

smell - the smell is a great mix of belgian yeast and hops. the yeast has a decent helping of bubblegum and some really nice fruity notes (I get a lot of pear) and some high alcohol floral notes. the hops seem to be mostly spicy and a little herbal. A very light bread-like malt background.

taste - pretty much the same character as the aroma, but with some more citrus. I very nice sweet malt background that seems like continental pilsner with a very little bit of melanoidin in there. The yeast has bubblegum and a good helping of fruit (pear, and a lot more citrus). It's a little difficult to tell where yeast phenols and spicy hops begin and end, but there is a spicy character there. There isn't so much herbal character to the hops on the palate, but it almost seems a bit more citrus and even grapefruit! Some nice high-alcohol notes (floral) round out the flavor.

feel - very light body and very high carbonation. This really compliments the flavor that are at play and helps to dry out the end a bit. I could have gone for a bit more acidity, though.

I really love this style and this is a great example. The hops and yeast play well together: I can clearly identify both, but they also mix in a delicious fugue.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BGDrock
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vol: 750ml sturdy-ass bottle. ABV: 10%. Vintage: 2009. Vessel: DDC! tulip glass. Beer o'clock on Saturday afternoon: priceless.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden amber hue, with an uber-foamy, puffy, shiny, and rocky off-white head, which needs a fair bit of pour management (heh) to avoid having it get all over the kitchen counter. There remains some decent sudsy chain-link fence lace around the glass after it oh-so-slowly dissipates.

It smells of sharp, indistinct citrus rind, candy sugar, pale and wheat malt, edgy, lightly funky Belgian yeast, metallic cinnamon and black pepper spice, aged lemon flesh, and the suggestion of warming alcohol. The taste is sweet wheat and caramel malt, a further bready graininess, earthy barnyard yeast, dry field honey, muddled tropical and domestic citrus orchard fruit, mild green and black ground pepper, and leafy, spicy, and grassy hops. Damned near no evidence of the 20-proof booze, mon dieu!

The carbonation is rather moderate after that whole opening production, manifesting in a somewhat tight frothiness, the body medium-heavy in weight, for the style, actually quite smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the fruit-infested malt doing well to parry the lingering funky yeast and pleasantly acerbic, tangy grassy, herbal hops.

My kind of strong Belgian ale - low on the overtly astringent yeastiness, big on the spicy fruit and organic esters, just hoppy enough to further the aim of balance, and a nice round 10 points of alcohol to boot, for which you'd need an experienced bloodhound to track down their whereabouts. Bravo, once again, Charlevoix!

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Photo of mintjellie
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Tmappin
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to northyorksammy for the chance to try this one. 2009 vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle (which leaked a bit during shipping - hey Charlevoix, why not use corks?) into my Troubadour tulip.

Hazy jonquil body topped by a thick sudsy merengue of towering bright white foam. Thick ropy lacing, glassy slick legs. Very pretty.

A mix of yeast and hops with a slight suggestion of "wild" notes that bring to mind a mild hoppy version of Fantôme in some ways. Citrus from the Simcoe or Amarillo, plus a spicy/earthy kick from the use of Saaz? An interesting blend - I was skeptical at first, but this combination works quite well.

The palate suggests honey, white pepper, and light herbal notes on briskly toasted sourdough. A spicy mild bitterness emerges soon enough adding complexity while balancing the fruit-laden sweetness. Medium-dry finish with a hint of grain and dust.

Medium-bodied, effervescent, and a touch oily mouthfeel. The impression of spice intermingling with the alcohol gives a greater impression of warmth than the ABV really warrants.

A unique hoppy Belgian Strong Pale Ale, which even flirts with some elements of a Saison at times - worth trying if you can obtain it, though there may be better options for less money in the "Belgian IPA" category.

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Photo of blaje
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice presentation. Pourred in a ball-like glass (Fin du monde) and revealled an hazy light amber colour with a THICK creamy/foamy white head. Head so thick that temper down the smell, but still revealing lots of spices, earth and yeast smell comes afterward. Still young and should be cellered for a while. Should handle long cellearing (5-10 years)if you can wait that long!

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Photo of traumaqueen
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this because the guy at the store suggested it. It looked like a nice bottle but I had a feeling I'd be disappointed. Boy, was I wrong!

A- Aggressive pour yields a glass of head. A full glass of head! Superior lacing. Head lasts 'till the very end. Liquid is that of a classic belgian blonde

S- Great smell. Alcohol. What I think are American hops. Smells a lot like ice cider. CO². A little belgian yeast.

T- Pretty similar to smell. Like a cross between a Belgian Blond and an IPA. Hops giving a basic but delicious bubblegum and very soft grapefruit taste. Very sweet. I don't usually like sweet, but the hops make this terribly enjoyable.

M- Surprisingly dry considering how sweet it is. Medium carbonation.

D- Very high. Just a bit too sweet but I could drink this forever (I don't feel the alcohol yet).

Wow. This just made it into my favorite beers. I absolutely want to try and clone this one some day...

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy golden orange, huge white head that just doesn't end
S - herbs and grassy hops, sweet candied fruit, yeast and toasted grains
T - very similar to the smell with the flavours being bigger than I envisioned, hops come through well, very tasty
M - very highly carbonated, similar to a tart champagne feel, finishing bitter and a little spicy
D - i love the idea of the Belgian IPA, and the execution here is fantastic, high octane with the hops being big enough to shine in the face of strong belgian flavour characteristics

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Photo of LanceH
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsnoek
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of duchessedubourg
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle brought down from Jean of Quebec City. Had it previously just after it was released in '07 - very fresh and extremely aromatic then. This bottle had mellowed to the point of faded hop glory, but malt profile was still plenty sturdy and the alcohol nearly invisible - had become very sneaky for 10%. Retained a puffy, long-lasting head and the aroma, although muted, was still inviting. Highly-hopped, this beer gains no benefit from aging if you are a hop-head, but is still enjoyable if the balance more toward the malt end is preferred. Hardly any available now, so enjoyed it for its rarity at this point.

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