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 kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a very lively white head. Big sticky left on the glass as the head settles. Soft aroma of fruit and spice. Some must. Very soft on the palate. Peach, apricot, and pear flavor are really nice. Really nice and flavorful. Easy drinking.

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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 jrenihan
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Re-review with a more recent bottle.

Bottled Jan 31, 2012

Beer is a cloudy golden/orange colour with a very large and frothy white head. Great retention- head stays FOREVER. Lots of lacing.

Smell is lovely- typical Belgian scents with lots of hops. Grassy, yeasty and some citrus. Other fruit is present as well- orange, a bit of green apple, other light fruit scents. Honey. Wonderful!

Taste is also wonderful. The fruit flavours from the nose are prominent and very nice, but their sweetness is cut somewhat by the bitterness from the hops, as well as some spice flavours. Hops add some nice grassy tastes, citrus, a bit of soap. Finish is moderately bitter. Lots going on and it is all good.

Beer is very carbonated, even for the style. Somewhat irritating. As the beer sits and calms down a bit, the feel certainly improves. Full bodied, a bit oily.

This is a really fantastic beer. Really enjoyable. Maybe my favourite Canadian beer. A gem!

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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 DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this long time want, Nathan. This is the 2010 vintage.

Brilliantly clear light golden yellow with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is spicy, yeasty, honey-like, floral, grassy, mildly rustic and has a prominent Saaz hop character. Very fruity, this is brilliant. The palate opens a little sweeter than I'd like, with honey, grainy sweetness, sugar, a little bit of Splenda. A real hop tea flavor is present on the mid-palate, with a ton of Saaz flavor. Sweet but with a lingering hop resin character, Saaz tea, there is also a touch of butter, earth and yeast flavors. Medium light in body, moderately carbonated, this beer has an excellent finish with a lingering resiny hop character. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sholland119
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage picked up at Premier Wine & Spirits, Halifax.

A-Pours a hazy apricot gold with a hugely frothy white head and nice lacing.

S-Very nice indeed. Nice Belgian yeast character, well balanced with malt and peppery notes.

T-As good as this style gets. Excellent balance of sweet malt, pineapple hoppiness and great Belgian yeast. Extraordinary balance and depth of flavors, alcohol is very well hidden.

M-Medium bodied, a bit heavy but reasonable for the style.

O-Wow. a truly outstanding Belgian IPA/ DIPA. Wish I had picked up more...


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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 Jeffo
3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Freud in a trade almost a year ago. Thanks for the Quebec love my man!

From a 75cl bottle into a wine glass.
Vintage: 2009
Tasted after Hibernus

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium looking white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and clings to the sides. Cloudy gamboge orange in color with no carbonation evident. A good wisp remains until the end and leaves sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass. A great looking brew for sure.

SMELL: Toasted malts, green fruits, apples, and a touch of white wine and champagne notes. A decent floral hop aroma plays a good supporting act as well.

TASTE: Toasted malts and green fruits up front. Green apples and pears are definitely there, with some white wine notes riding through the middle too. Mild and lingering aftertaste of green fruits and some bitter, flowery hops.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Not overly creamy, but smooth enough on the palate. Goes down smooth with a dry finish.

OVERALL: This is a solid brew, but didn’t think it was as complex or as interesting a Belgian IPA as Hibernus was a Strong Dark Ale. I enjoyed this one more than the others in the group did, but don’t think I’d seek it out again like I would Hibernus. Thanks again Freud for hooking us up with these ones!

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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 papat444
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***2009 Vintage***

My 300th review!

Poured from a 750ml. bottle (best before end of 2012) & shared with my wife.

Appearance: Massive, massive foam fills the glass. So much and it won't go away. I almost gave it a 4 but the meringue pie look and the thick gobs of lacing are gorgeous. Oh yeah, there's a nice golden honey-colored body as well.

Smell: Flowery with some hops, spices, mango, orange and assorted fruits.

Taste: Strong spices upfront mixed with burnt sugar. Raw and powerful. Earthy hops, lush and plump fruit overtakes as it warms as does a small peppery finish. Really massive flavor-wise and i'm surprised that the hops flavor sans bitterness is still there.

Mouthfeel: Strong body with a bit of alcohol heat but otherwise really nice. Average carbonation.

Overall: Really dug this one. Just as authentic & good as ales from Belgium, maybe better. Worth the hype for this world-class beer.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to TCGoalie for procuring this treat on his travels in Canada and bringing to our tasting. This review is written from a group audio review that also included BuckyFresh and TCHopCraver.

The appearance of this beer was my favorite part. It is a nice golden straw color. Those glasses poured before the bottom of the bottle were nice and clear. The head was pretty amazing and quintessential Belgian. big, light and pillowy with very nice retention and lacing.

The yeast plays a big role in the aroma with a healthy dose of banana and some other spice notes. There was also a pretty good amount of lemony citrus as well as a bit of a "dank" hop aroma.

The flavor is not really my cup of tea, but half of us really enjoyed it. This beer had a pretty crazy taste to it with plenty of banana, some musty basement, pithy, piney and grassy. It also had a overall fruity and candied sort of flavor. I found it to be a bit astringent overall.

The body was appropriately medium with a nice softness to it that plays a good counterpoint to the extremely dry and bitter finish.

Overall I just could not get into the groove of this beer. I am usually a big fan of Belgian IPAs, but there was just something about this one that did not sit well with me. Perhaps a fresher bottle may have been a bit more to my liking. It was definitely worth trying though.

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

Poured a hazy medium copper color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate sour citrus and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Very good brew.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hearty thank you to Masterski for providing this bottle in a recent trade. Always a treat opening a box from Alex.

2009 Vintage. Held up quite nicely.

Really enjoyed this and all the complexity that came with it. Shared this bottle with my Father-In-Law and he was intrigued with it.

A pillowy head explodes in the glass and rises quickly to the rim of my tulip glass. Excellent retention. The beer is a dull, light almost hazy gold color. Sticky, sudsy clumps of lacing remain.

Aroma was the start of the complexity. Very nice. Light fruits..pear, white grape.. Nice yeast notes... along with a twinge of citrus hops. A nice sweetness as well.

Apple, Lemon, White Pepper, a touch of candied sugar. Maybe a little Juicy Fruit gum. Lot’s going on here. Now and again I’d get some light peach as well.

Delicate, bright refreshing mouth feel. Lively and wonderful.

A fantastic beer. Way to go Alex!!!

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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 bylerteck
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with a friend. 2010 vintage.

A - Blonde and bright. Three finger white, fluffy head. Tons of carbonation. Great head retention with at least two fingers remaining the whole time. Superb lacing with thick rings. The head is great with a big mountain in the middle. Lovely.

S - Spice, banana, yeast. Hops come out nice after a bit of time.

T - Lot's of spice, banana, a little yeast. A good hop dose as well. Really powerful banana, and mild sweet spice compliment with hops to compliment. Great.

M - Tons of carbonation, fairly full body. Sweetish, hop finish.

O/D - No alcohol at all. Lovely flavour. More like a Tripel. Very nice. I liked this alot and I'm looking forward to aging it. Well done Charlevoix.

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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 ludachris
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its golden orange body glistens when held up to the light. Three fingers of creamy, frothy, meringue white head floats on top with no intentions of going anywhere. Fluffy patches of lace are left in swirls across the glass as the head slowly falls.

There's two main components to this beer, both of which are blended seemlessly in the nose. The first part is fresh doughy bread and dry yeast. A faint peppery spiciness makes it reminiscent of a Pilsner. The other component is fruity and lively. Pineapple, peaches, and mangos all come to mind with their sweetness being dumbed down by the fluffy Belgian yeast. Lemon peel helps to frame the yeast character.

Soft and sweet tropical fruits place themselves on the middle of the tongue and eventually creep to the sides of the mouth. I love how they have rendered the peach/mango character and am impressed at its staying power. It's not overly sweet but leaves nothing to be desired. The finish is soft and unobstrusive. The bitterness is delicately chalky, grassy, and slightly earthy. Bready malts and yeast accompany the hops in the finish. The fruity sweetness falls just shy of continuing all the way to the end.

The feel on this is like no other. Extremely delicate, soft, and creamy. Perfect level of carbonation and flawless balance. From start to finish, there's zero trace of the 10% ABV.

I would gladly put this in the top 5 beers I've ever had and I'm happy to say that it's from Canada. Worth every penny and then some. This is a must try.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 version. 750ml dark green bottle poured in a pint glass. Purchased from Willow Park in Regina.

The first thing I notice about this beer is the huge head it produces. I didn't think I was pouring aggressively and 1/3rd of the pint glass is dense white foam that doesn't want to quit. Great big gobs of lacing. Lots of carbonation streams. Clear and golden in colour.

Aroma really reminds me more of a pilsner than an IPA. Noble hops, bready, hints of cloves.

The flavour is really interesting. Kind of like a pilsner off the start and finishes like an IPA. Fresh baked bread, caramel, cloves and bananas at the start with hints of hops. Then a carbonation rush sweeps across the tongue and gives way to a bitter, flower and herbal hop finish.

Medium bodied and creamy off the start. When the hops hits, it gets a little acidic and mouth puckering.

Drinkability on this isn't very high. With the size of the bottle it's more of a sharing beer. Not to mention the high abv. All-in-all it's an intriguing ale, but not something I'd want to drink on a regular occasion or more than one at a time.

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

this was something that i was really looking forward to... thank you flipper2gv.

i was lucky enough to have this in the same stretch as the duvel triple hop and must say that this is a bit more broad. the interesting thing is that it has a healthy abv interaction. its not noticeable but it does have subtle hints that make it more pleasant. it just as brisk as a duvel would be. there is fruits in this one. golden clear with a wonderful cauliflower head... but the pop gave way to a pilsner hop/malt quality that was undeniable. this was almost momentary though. this quickly opened up into something more. acidic notes of triple like esters. fruit qualities of persimmon and sour earthy hints. palate was a hint of sweet with a sour white grape and a floral earthiness that first gave way to rosemary then a mineral hop quality that make me think of the grit of straw. palate as it warms has hints of lychee but with a significantly more bitter note than that i came across in the hill farmstead E. this has almost a chalky note to it. which dries any quality of elixir sugar the 10abv sweetness could provide. on the spectrum of palate range this is a lot of flavors that seem to come into the palate very pin point but expand violently as it is experience by whom which ever. brings on an appetite too.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Charlevoix has really come up with a good beer here. This Belgian IPA is on par with those made in, well, Belgium.

The head is about half an inch, very dense, and leaves beautiful lacing. The beer itself is just slightly cloudy and bright gold in colour. It looks like refreshing and hearty at the same time.

As expected from a Belgian IPA, yeast plays a large part in both the smell and taste of this beer. It smells of bread and fruit - possibly banana and mango.

Bitterness is a major player in Lupulus, but it doesn't overshadow other essential elements of the beer. The tastes are all reminiscent of the smell, with banana, mango, breads and yeast along with the obvious hops. Just a notch below perfect.

With an over-the-top creaminess this beer is an absolute joy to drink. Its crisp and refreshing, and has a lot of body as well. Overall, if this beer wasn't so damn expensive I'd buy this every time I drink beer. Which is obviously quite often. Everyone should try this - not just fans of the style.

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

Shared 750 ml '09 vintage courtesy of Dunt.

Pours golden yellow with outragous amounts of fluffy white foam. Excelent retention and lacing.

Smells great - a hint of citrus hops, and tons of flowery belgian yeast. Some spice underneath as well - cloves? and plentiful malt sweetness.

Taste - a nice blend of sweet malt, belgian floral yeast, and spices before finishing with bitter hop kick. Not my favorite style, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

Mouthfeel was good - very dry, highly carbonated, and medium bodied.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. 2009 vintage. Thanks to Dunt for sharing his bottle.

Appearance: Out of the bottle this pours a pleasantly cloudy golden yellow color. A huge white head with lots of fluffy lace displays great retention.

Smell: The aroma is candy sweet pale malt with a generous helping of spicy Belgian yeast. Clove is the dominant spice, followed by a burst of floral and citrus hoppiness.

Taste: The flavor is fairly simple but incredibly well proportioned. Sweet candi and pale malt open up the palate. A pleasant but not overwhelming Belgian yeast follows, imparting flavors of clove, coriander, and orange peel. Some grapefruit and tangerine citrus combine with the spice to provide a nice hop finish. The end of each sip is clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: The crisp, clean carbonation is very evident and helps display the flavor characteristics well. The bubbles are soothing and complement the medium to full body well, never letting on this has a 10% ABV.

Drinkability: Smooth and clean, this is as balanced as any Belgian IPA I have had.

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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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Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
4.25 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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