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Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada | website

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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4.25
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Photo of TheDoctor
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a lovely straw that is almost gold with an enormous, prefect pristine white head that pours at three or four fingers and very slowly and clumpily settles to two.
Excellent retention; lots of sticky lacing.

S:
Doughy with quite a bit of citrus. Lots of sweet, spicy yeast aromas, orange, herbs, nutmeg. Very nice.

T:
Sweet, spicy, and hoppy. Lime rind, soap, pine, dirt, candi sugar, fresh grass, herbs.

M:
Lovely. Creamy, velvety, coating feel with a medium body and a lingering herbal hoppy tingle.

O:
Fabulous Belgian IPA.
This is a fine beer in general and would rank up with Houblon Chouffe in my book as far as this style goes. Pours gorgeous and is about as close to perfect as you can get in every way visually, it is very Belgian smelling and only hints at being hoppy. The taste is far more bitter than the nose but it still isn't super dry. It has a very herbal, medicinal European hop profile to it, though since the bottle lists American varieties maybe this is partially due to its being past its prime. Either way, I have never gotten to try a really fresh one but hope to someday.
Will have again; worth making an effort to try.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Bottle dated 2012-10-14 consumed 2013-09-28.

A: pours a slightly hazy golden with a high three finger head that slowly breaks down leaving fantastic lacing.

S:: has that Charlevoix nose, sweet breast yeast, fruits and there is hops present as well.

T: follows the nose, but the hops come forward more. The combination of hops and spice and sweetness is nice.

M: medium carbonation good mouth feel...creamy.

O: a nice beer, different than any Belgian IPA I've had. It is sweeter and fruitier. This is a second chance review for this beer, the first time I had it it was right after enjoying a Hibernus and it didn't stack up. Now, I have enjoyed it quite a bit and it was a pleasure to enjoy this with friends.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Vices & Versa.

Pours a shiny glossy golden colour. Head is beige, nice lacing but head doesn't quite retain. Pretty good.

Banana, cinnamon, sugar-poached fruit, and star anise all vying for attention on the nose. Interesting.

Taste is all Belgian. Plenty of spice esters on there. Pepper, star anise and clove with some brown sugar, espresso and maybe some raisins towards the back, plus vanilla on the finish. Not a bad heavy Belgian character. Pretty sweet.

A bit foamy in the mouth. Very dry on the back.

Decent beer. Lots of spice, fair sweetness, but a bit too dry which doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the palate.

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Photo of heymikew
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious!

Found this in Montreal at Au Coin Duluth, a little hole in the wall convenience store off St Denis with an impressive craft beer selection packed into a few coolers in the back.

Brought it to a house party and impressed quite a number of people including many locals who were totally unaware that there were some real beer choices in Canada

This is a heady, sweet, fruity elixer with floral hoppiness. The alcohol is not obvious so it can be easily overindulged.

This is a standing "want" as I don't know when I'll get back to that area.

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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 Damian
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Vices & Versa, Montréal, Quebec
Served in a cervoise

Nearly crystal clear, orangey-amber appearance. A thin white cap of foam topped the liquid. Decent retention. Small blocks of lacing stuck along the top portion of the glass.

The aroma was quite interesting. Hoppy with strong fruity and phenolic Belgian yeast notes. Crisp and bright. Touch of citrus. Lemon was noticeable. Somewhat white wine-like. Slightly floral.

Lots going on in the flavor profile as well. The hops were noticeable right off the bat and seemed punchier here than in the nose. Candied orange peel was apparent. A stiff, sweet, malty backbone balanced out the hops. Lots of fruity Belgian yeast notes. Slightly lemony and tart. Grapefruit and pine notes came through on the finish. Just a touch bitter. At 10% ABV, the alcohol was incredibly well masked.

Although I loved both the aroma and the taste, the mouthfeel really stole the show. The beer was amazingly creamy, plush and smooth. Full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a super fine, tongue blanketing effervescence.

This is a killer version of a Belgian IPA. Quite intense for the style, yet still incredibly balanced. Keep your eye out for this if you are in the Quebec province.

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Photo of mmapes
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Mathieu for the trade. The bottle opens and I see a large spout of foam forming. This reminds me of Beezel, another golden Belgian ale I like.

Pours rich blond into a tulip glass. Immediate subtle scent of grass behind the alcohol and malt. If there are hops on the nose, they are very subtle. Mostly it's that farmy green note that reminds me of saisons.

Taste is very much like a saison. I see the style is supposed to be Belgian IPA, but I really don't get a lot of hops. I get a lot of acidity and brightness, but I wouldn't have guessed it's any sort of IPA. That said, it's very tasty (think saison), spicy, refreshing. The 10% is also a surprise, as it doesn't taste too hot or alcoholic.

Might buy again, especially in the summer.

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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.

8.1/10

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Photo of kevanb
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a stemlesss wine glass.

The beer pours a nice, light copper color, hues of orange and gold with a huge white soapy head, nearly 4 fingers high that has great retention and leaves behind a large network of soapy lacing. The aroma is of bitter, earthy hops with a bit of bright citrus, a touch of funky yeast, sweet alcohol, floral notes, with peppercorn in the finish. Bitterness hits the tongue straight away, hops are pinier on the tongue, tangerine and grapefruit come out as well, floral and yeasty notes are right behind it, lots of pale grain and sweet, boozy alcohol. The balance on the tongue is a bit questionable with the alcohol being quite dominant and creates a bit of a harshness that mutes some of the brighter and vibrant notes. The body is thick, yet very lively, almost creamy but zesty with a prickly texture that isn't quite hidden in the finish.

Verdict: A nice Belgian IPA and one that I'm glad to have tried. I was able to pick this bottle up when I was in Montreal on recommendation and was not disappointed, the alcohol could be dialed back a bit and I think it would really help this beer out, otherwise the hop character is a really pleasant aspect.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is gold and clear with generous white head and tons of spotty lacing. Nose is full of spicy Belgian yeast with mellow hop character. Faint caramel in the back and plenty of Belgian yeast and a little bit of sweetness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium body with mild carbonation. Overall, nice balance, worth a try.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry yeast and notes of green apples. In the taste, earthy, hoppy, a touch funky, and a dry green apple sweetness. A spice like bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice and earthy hop in the aftertaste. Hides the 10%, a mellow hop presence, but a bit saison like.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Like a champagne, the pour produced a giant sudsy head at least 4 fingers, white and foamy. The colour speaks to the excellence waiting - a pure hazy golden with multiple streams of champagne bubbles.

S: Sweet bready and yeast mixed with tropical fruit, lycee and mango with notes of pine wood. The scent leaves you thinking of fresh oysters - mineral and fresh ocean waters.

T: Smooth and creamy without a hint of alcohol considering the 10%. Hops are present but are smooth and mild, not sharp and acrid. Notes of tropical fruit - banana, lycée and mango with a clean mineral chaser and leaves the palate with a mild hoppy bitters.

M: Starts out a little thin, less bold in the mouth that I was hoping for. Carbonation is medium, but because of the champagne style, I expected a strong carbonation. That said if I consider it an IPA, the mouth feel is as expected.

O: The taste and scent is unparalled. The Lupulus manages to combine the best of a Saison, triple and IPA and takes the best of those styles and mingles them. The cost of this brew out on the west coast was rather high, but that doesn't compromise the overall enjoyability.

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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 rarbring
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark straw, brass colored brew, a high warm off-white head, compact, good lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of fruits, apples, honey, pine apples and sweet licorice.

Sweet wheat bread, fruits, spices and strong dessert vinous notes.

Medium carbonation, smooth, oily and slightly sticky, a big body and light dry finish.

Quality, very good after dinner!

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

Pours clear and golden with far too much head over and over. Lacing ensued.

The aroma is of floral and citrus hops. A bit of yeast and spices come into play as well.

The taste was bitter and refreshing. A bit of an accomplishment for a 10% BIPA. The spices were well under control which was also quite pleasing. Ultimately is was a very smooth drink, and it could have easily passed for a beer around 6-7%.

The body was full and medium to light in weight. The finish was very dry with slight stickiness. Carbonation was slightly prickly, but considerably concealed.

Overall, this was a very tasty beer. The biggest flaw I found was that there was a ridiculous amount of carbonation. I could only half-pour my glasses without them overflowing. Aside from that this beer was quite easy to enjoy and it's quite easy for me to recommend this to anybody.

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Photo of SebD
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: It has a nice golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down very slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of belgian yeast, spices, banana, citrus and some pine.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some nice citrus from the hops (almost tropical) along with some banana, spices, bready yeast and piney resin.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a great overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Blown away by this one!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head. The nose is slightly bitter with a slight fruity sweetness and bite from the alcohol. There really is nothing special about the nose, although it seems quite refined and balanced. The beer's taste has a bold yeast presence and modestly hoppy aftertaste. Overall this is a taste beer, but I'm not sure it's quite worth the price. I found far more enjoyment in drinking bitter monk.

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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 thehyperduck
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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 -0.5%
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 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 TerryW
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
94 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.
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