Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Dominus Vobiscum LupulusDominus Vobiscum Lupulus

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Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Beersignal on 01-06-2008

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Ratings: 278 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +4.2%
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 Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Thorpe429
4.45/5  rDev +5%
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 ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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 mikesgroove
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
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 mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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 womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Huhzubendah
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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 johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of AlexFields
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.


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