Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
276
Reviews:
127
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
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112
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52
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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 thehyperduck
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; with the bottling date stamped on the neck label (January 31 2012). I have been sitting on this one for a few weeks, intending to use it for my 300th review - and so here we are! This is a new style for me, but I am a big IPA fan in general so I'm pretty pumped to try this.

Pours a foggy, bright golden-yellow colour, with a billowy, dense white erupting at the surface. It's pearl white in colour, over two fingers thick, and with great retention like I expect from Belgian-style beer. It does eventually die down to a puffy, bumpy cap - but this process is thankfully quite slow, and the copious quantities of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass remain quite impressive. The aroma is similarly enticing, with an intriguing combination of Belgian-style yeast, bready pale malts, candied sugar with some apricot sweetness, and floral, citrusy hop notes. These parts coerce to form a complex, heavenly whole, with each individual trait on prominent display for my nose to sift through at its own leisure.

Truly delicious stuff. The yeast provides plenty of fruity esters for this brew, bringing to mind orchard fruits like pear and apricot, as well as tropical fruits such as banana and pineapple. The backbone is provided by bready pale malts and sugary sweetness, but the grapefruit/lemon astringency and the slightly spicy, grassy-hay dryness from the hops flawlessly cut through the sweetness. The bitterness and sweetness are equally mighty, locked in a perpetual struggle with neither able to gain the upper hand - needless to say, the balance is spot-on. Slight lingering astringency in the aftertaste. I am flabbergasted at how well the 10% abv is hidden - a blind taste test would have me guessing around 7% at most. The heat is mild, and the hoppy astringency masks it perfectly. Medium body, with moderate carbonation that gives it a good, crisp bite without being a distraction. Dangerously drinkable considering the ABV, and the flavour only improves as the brew warms to room temperature.

I actually feel selfish for not sharing this. It's that good. A full quart will be tough for me to polish off (I am a self-admitted lightweight), but it will still be an absolute pleasure to do so and I am looking forward to the challenge. It's a good thing I got this review out of the way with the first half of the bottle, because I imagine it would be far less coherent if I wrote it later tonight.

Final Grade: 4.63, my first A+. I've reviewed 300 beers now, and Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus is the best one yet. How's that for a capper? It is mouthwateringly good, with perfect balance and absurdly high drinkability for something of its heft. At over 10 bucks a bottle (and with limited availability - I had to drive to London to get this), it's not something I can get regularly, but I may just head back to procure a few more bottles before it's gone for another year. This is a must-try, combining the best of both the IPA and Belgian beer in general.

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4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to northyorksammy for this bottle...

A: Pours a wonderful pale fizzy yellow with a massive bone-white head that refuses to settle. There is a ton of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pungent yeast, citrus, coriander, banana, and floral components. The yeast bring out a slight tartness, but it's subtle. This beer smells great.

T: It's really bright and sweet up front with bananas, citrus, and maybe even a touch of melon. The yeast is strong in the middle and a bit overpowering. The finish is bitter with citrus hops, spice. The Belgian yeast never fades, and gives this beer a slight funk that I'm really enjoying.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's crisp up front and drying in the finish. The yeast spices and hop bitter carry from start to finish. This beer ends pretty dry.

O: This is really refreshing, well balanced, clean, and drying. It's pretty darn impressive. There is a lot of subtlety in this beer that I keep finding as it warms as I drink it. I'd love to try this beer again. Thanks Sammy.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Bottle dated 2012/01/31 has been kept in the fridge for some time. Nice to see both aroma and flavour profiles change so dramatically as it warms up to the correct temperature.

Pours a hazy, light golden colour with an impressive amount of white head and residual lacing. Aroma predominantly of citrusy hops while the beer is chilled, with the Belgian yeast gaining ground as it warms. The taste is very well balanced, with little hint of its 10% ABV. Bready malts, citrus hops and Belgian yeast all meld together on many levels, transitioning nicely from sweet to sweeter to dry. The finish is pleasantly bitter and lingers for an impressive time.

Believe this to be an excellent example of the Belgian IPA style.

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Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Rijtjeshuis
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
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 TerryW
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw with a gigantic, unstoppable head. This foamy mass lasts longer than the liquid underneath, just coating the glass with foam. Grassy and herbal hops fill the aroma. The taste follows suite with a barage of noble-like earthy, arboreal hops. A balancing bready maltiness lays in the background. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a prickly, very active carbonation... this is the champagne of beer.

A great continental IPA. Seek this out if you get the chance, very balanced and rich tasting.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO (Keep 6) import round in early spring 2012.

Apparence: Really, I cannot ask for anything more from a beer. It's got mounds of soft, pillowy head and it recedes with grace leaving behind rings of lacing. It's golden, very slightly hazy, with bubbles that keep rising from the bottom of the glass. It's just an amazing looking beer.

Smell: A lot of sweetness, Belgian yeast. Some grassy hops and sharp lemon citrus.

Taste: Ok, it's delicious; but it's more on the Belgian side than the IPA side for sure. It's got a lot of sweetness in the opening with a smooth grassiness and then a ringing bitter at the end. Some lemon citrus notes and a slightly sour aftertaste. There is really no one stand out flavour here, nothing about it is really astounding on its own, but together it makes for a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: I cannot ask for much more. Sharp carbonation and creamy. The sour and the bitter work together nicely in the aftertaste. A nice little burn, but nothing like you'd expect from the ABV. I really nice beer to be drinking!

Overall: This is a great beer for sure. I could see some of the flavours and smells popping a little more in the aroma and taste, but the apparence and mouthfeel are totally nailed. If it wasn't so hard to come by, well, I'd be drinking it more often. If you're looking for a fresh take on a Belgian style, this is it!

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Photo of peensteen
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale blonde colour 3 fingers of dense white head, lots of lace stuck to the glass. Smell is of citrus fruit and candy apple, floral and vibrant with a huge hop profile, spicy belgian yeast works well with all the hop aromas, malt with some more citrus, grapefruit, orange and tangerine. Taste has a nice semi-dry spiciness too, more of the giant hop bill on the palate, yeasty, light sweet points, with citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Medium drying carbonation, medium to full body, nice consistency from the yeast and oils. Great stuff here, truly a treat to drink, ABV of 10% nowhere close to present.

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Photo of Caudalie
2.9/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a riedel red wine magnum glass

A:Nice golden color, troubled, with a nice foam head

S: Pretty interesting, hoppy

T: This is where it gets worse. There is so much residual sugar, this is quite unbalanced.

O: Pretty disjointed imo, and very sweet, with high IBU, strange and unbalanced...

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange colour with a large amount of head. Tastes of lemon and grassy notes, with a slight floral hop bite finish in there. Considering the high percentage, it drinks down pretty smooth and you don't pick up the booze in the taste at all. This brewery makes some real quality beers.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Stocean1
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful big green bottle, bottled on January 31, 2012, 4 finger white head, foamy, big retention, thick sticky lace, golden yellow body very clear

S - sweet malt, saaz hops, some citrus (grapefruit /apricot), candied sugar, pine, very complex

T - wow - a tripel meets a DIPA - sweet sugar and pale malt and apricot but then oily pine resin and citrus comes thru as well as it coats the inside of your mouth bursting with complex flavours.

M - oily quality - Medium body, delicate complexity with a little bitterness and the alcohol very well masked.

O - a world class brew with a unique style - really blown away by this brew and definitely worth it even at $11. If you see it, buy three.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2010, bottled January 11, 2011

Slightly hazy orange color that produces a large, whipped-cream head even with a very gentle pour. Long head retention, leaving plenty of lace and a cap of foam that lasts and lasts.

Intriguing aroma that is difficult to put a handle on. Lemon and honey notes are apparent.

Citrusy hops with lemon and grapefruit blend nicely with a spicy yeast character. Sweet finish.

Mouthcoating, full round feel lightened by a fine lively carbonation.

Drinks amazingly easily for a 10% abv brew. I might find this awesome if it were finished a bit drier. And I would like to try it with a little less bottle age on it as well.

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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
4.24 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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