Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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 BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With the powdery soft sweetness of confectioner's sugar and intensly floral, earthy, spicy hops; there's a nice interplay of honey suckle and lemons comming wave after wave. Elegant and succulent through and through!

The Lupulus version of Dominus Vobiscum series brings a glowing straw colored appearance with only the most modest haze. Duvel-like carbonation fuels and equally similar billowing, rocky white head that, after settling a bit, gives the impression of marshmallow fluff. Intricate patterns of lace adorns the glass with every swirl of the glass.

Spicy lemony hops strike the nose with tea-like aromas of herbs and grasses. Mild notes of pineapple, white pepper, and citrus-scented furniture polish. With hardly a malt aroma to be found, the aromas are dominated by hops, esters, and phenolic spice and in a most appealing and well-melded scent.

Flavors are much more varying and complex than even the nose suggests. Powered sugar sweetness and the light malty taste of cookie dough lays delicately on the tongue and whisps away soon enough, seeming evaporating just before the finish. The supple malt sweetness is met with fruitiness of lemons, pineapples, citrus zest, and hibiscus. At mid palate, the spicy yeast contribute notes of white pepper, corriander, and light cumin- all just before the bitterness of hops rise and chase the beer though the fleeting sweetness and into a refreshingly dry and bitter finish. The soft sweetness never cowers even with the onslaught of 70 ibu's from Amarillo, Simcoe, and Saaz hops. Only the alcoholic/phenolic blend offer the only distractions in the form of acetone.

Creamy sweetness early has a consistent and even fade through a balanced sweet/bitter balance in mid palate and towards a fleeting dry finish that seeming evaporates from the palate just before it hits the gullet- absolutely effortless to drink. Belgians call this 'digestability'. I call it 'kick-ass'. Long after the beer dissapears, a delicate memory of the confectioner's sugar returns to accompany the long bitter linger in aftertaste.

Lupulus displays a succulent blend of floral/spice/earthy/citrusy/pepper/bitter/and soft sweetness that is both as balance and as harmonic as any I have experienced. Though seriously complex; it seems effortless both on the palate and in brewer's intent. This is what the Trappist monks do, and Microbrasserie Charlevoix has also done that here.

A special, special thanks to flipper2gv both for the patience and the understanding. A true gentleman!

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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 largadeer
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Capped 750 shared by nickd717. Thanks, brau.

Clear amber-gold with a huge white cap that leaves webbed lacing. Beautiful beer. Smells green, herbal, spicy. White pepper and fresh cut herbs, pale crackery malt. Tastes really, really nice. Ripe pear, white pepper, cut grass and fresh herbs. Very hoppy but evenly balanced between yeast, malt and hops. Finishes intensely dry and spicy. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to viggo for getting a bottle of this to me at DLD 2010.

A: Pale golden straw color with a completely massive white head and loads of thick, soap sud lacing as it makes its way down.

S: Some Belgian yeast and accompanying spiciness alongside some grassy hops and light fruits.

T: Nice grassy sweetness from the wheat alongside a nice bitterness from the hops. Light stone fruits as well.

M: Good carbonation and feel for a beer of this strength. Nice complexity.

D: Very drinkable all around. Big thanks again to viggo; super glad that I was able to get a bottle of this.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to death to be able to get ahold of a bottle of this one. Needless to say it had been a rather long hunt to track this one down. Served right from the cellar and poured into a ten ounce glass, this one was consumed on 04/24/2010.

The pour could not have been better, impossible. Huge towering head of white quickly foams up three inches tall and easily goes over the edges of the glass. Cloudy golden yellow in color with loads of sparkling carbonation just rippling up to the surface throughout the session. Aroma is near perfect, light grain with hints of hops mingled in throughout. Nice touches of grape skins, now coming through as it warms and a veyr grainy profile. Crisp, clean, refrshing taste with all hints of the ABV a very far and distant memory. This thing was nuts. Each sip was light, clean, very clean with no noticeable flaws. Light fruits, pears, apples, hints of fig mixed with light grains and touches of light herbs. Really very, very well done. Smooth, semi dry finish was the capper for me as the first and last sip were just as good.

Overall a near perfect example of a strong pale, I would be hard pressed to find one better then this. Go seek this out, worth every penny.

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Photo of billab914
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, golden in color with a large white head. Great bready malt aroma with some floral hops, citrus hops, and plenty of yeast and spice. A really great nose. The flavor is crisp and refreshing. Nice yeast to go with citrus peel, pine, and a mild herbal note. Bready malt with a touch of cracker to go with it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 07/24/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, citrus, apple, and a little bit of spice.

t - Tastes of citru fruit, wheat, and bananas.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink for 10% ABV.

d - A really nice Belgian IPA. Some nice Belgian spice and fruit. Would try again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this for a long time. Thanks so much for sending this my way Sean!

The beer is hazy and appears radiant orange in color. The head stands nearly two inches tall with a whipped meringue cap. Everlasting retention and ample lacing caked on the goblet.

The aroma brings citrus, yeast, grass, floral hops, orange zest.

Delicious, smooth, full flavored and easy to drink. Plenty of hop character. A nice lingering bitterness in the finish with some lasting citrus flavors.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Hard to believe this is 10% abv. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Overall, an outstanding example of a Belgian IPA. Definitely one of the best in style.

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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 AlexFields
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
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.


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Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to papat444 for this one. Shared with Bryna and Joe while watching the Cubs get their brains beaten in on Opening Day. Served in a Hopleaf tulip. This was the 2009 batch that was actually released in February 2010.

A - Looks a lot like Duvel. Huge soapy billowing foam that settles to a thick meringue-like cap and leaves tons of chunky lacing. The body is a slightly hazed golden straw color with a few bubbles rising upwards. If it had a little more glow to it then it would be perfect.

S - Bubblegum, malted wheat, spicy Belgian yeast, and a ton of Saaz hops. The Amarillo and Simcoe hops listed on the bottle are far more complementary flavors. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden!

T - Taste is nearly identical to the aroma. The balance is excellent, with both sweetness and bitterness being well-attenuated. Alcohol is imperceptible.

M - Dry finish, active but soft carbonation. Medium body that is again deceptive in regards to the 10% ABV. Nice residual tooth-coating oily hop resins.

D - This is dangerously drinkable. It blew both the Inferno and Avery Salvation I had at the Hopleaf beer dinner immediately afterward out of the water. The bitterness is there, but it's not brash, and the heat only makes the slightest presence about halfway through the 750ml bottle. A must-try.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe in the Thorpiest way possible.

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, thin small head of tiny bubbles, some lacing and some low carbonation. Looks like beer.

Aroma is mildly yeast and bready with some nice piny / earthy hops in there.

Beer is thin to medium in body, minimal carbonation in the mouth but a pretty good Belgian IPA overall. The beer is nice and sweet with good esters and nice hop flavors on the midpalate of the beer. The overall experience is nice with moderate bitterness on the finish. I really enjoyed this beer a lot.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was by the convincing story from the owner at Viti Wine & Lager in Vancouver that motioned me to pay the $18-odd for this 750 ml bottle. Shared with a few folks at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

It's blonde, its head is fluffy, and the lacing it gives sticks to the glass. Great! Rustic, peppery, peppermint, and only a little sweet, akin to pears. The hops are spicy...I was expecting hops and I got them, but in a different way. The very airy mouthfeel with very easy carbonation makes me think I'm drinking a true Belgian beer, which was probably the best part of the beer. The overall flavor gets a little sweeter as it warms, and less rustic.

I wasn't sure what kind of Belgian Pale I was getting with this 70 IBU beer. I thought it would be more like The Bruery's Mischief, but instead it's more in the lines of an authentic Belgian IPA, or ever De Dolle's Ara Bier. I say go for it, but expect something a little different.

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Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml into a plastic cup, shared at my cousin's first communion. Bottled January 31, 2012.

Clear gold body with a voluminous white head. Great retention and loads of lacing, exemplary for the style. Nose has herbal Noble hops, tropical fruits, and some orange. A bit of sulphur as well I think. Still quite vibrant for what I've been used to recently within the style. Taste has a sweet fruity malt component almost reminiscent of a Belgian golden strong at points, before being cut but a tropical hop profile and some bitter citrus rind. Long and significantly drying herbal finish. Full feel with a medium high effervescence and some alcohol. A very nice Belgian IPA, but a bit too bitter for regular and mass consumption in my eyes.

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Photo of biegaman
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 mL bottle, thanks DoubleJ, 2009 Vintage,

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden with a big firm long-lasting white head, nice lace.

S: Grassy Saaz hop feel, some Belgian yeasty esters, green apple peel.

T: Rather strong hop character for this style, I thought it was a Belgian IPA on first sip. Edit (looks like the style was changed to BIPA after I wrote this). The Belgian character is clear with a lot of yellow apples and peppery spice. The hops bring a lot of grass, hay and mint components. Good balance of flavours.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied. Dry and well attenuated. Very easy going, champagne-like bubbles added a lot to the mouthfeel.

D: My first from Charlevoix, and I'm quite impressed. Belgian at its core, but with a lot of North American flair, a great hybrid.

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Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a white head, light retention, good lacing.

S: Citrus rind, candied pineapple and mango. Great aroma.

T: Good bitterness, citrus rind, candied pineapple & mango. Alcohol is subtle. Well-crafted.

M: Well-attenuated, light to moderate body is well-carbonated with a dry finish. Very Belgian.

D: Incredible for its strength.

An all-around GREAT brew.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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

750ml Bottle - Birthday gift

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy gold colour with a mammoth (maybe one of the largest I've ever seen) size frothy off-white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there some seriously fantastic lacing. The head was basically fully lasting.

Smell - breads/grains, lemons, bananas, hops, cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a lot of flavours going on. There is quite a bit of hop taste mixed lemons and notes of bananas. There are also some yeasty flavours (breads/grains) and some cloves/coriander. The alcohol is very well hidden and the beer finished with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - The look of the bottle and the beer once poured was truly fantastic. I would suggest sharing this bottle among friends and there is quite a bit of sweetness to it and 750ml might be a bit much for one person.

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