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 Luk13
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Nice appearance gold-copper pour with frothy white head. Aroma is pretty complex; belgian yeast, pineapple, orange peel, flowers and pepper. Nice intense flavors with lots of hops, grapefruits, herbs and a tropical fruits fnish. Mouthfeel is quite full with well balanced carbonation. Great beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a solid 750 ml capped green magnum.

A cloudy yet still translucent honey/apricot hued body, capped by a massive billowing white head with impressive retention. Not sure how they could improve on this....

Clean light spicy aroma, light citrus and leafy hops, some clean wheat.

Shout bama-lama, it's all going on in the flavour, like being invited to the Love Shack (so hurry up and bring your jukebox money!). Clean tart grains up front, then waves of mandarin, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, white pepper, grassy hops near finish, with some bolder spicy hops rising up in the aftertaste already. Subtle, refined, and greater than the sum of its parts.

Medium-full body, smooth, creamy and velvety mouthfeel, slight astringency in aftertaste but otherwise pretty flawless.

Um, nailed it? Charlevoix pretty much did that with this hoppy strong Belgian Pale, if this is what it's like young then it's going to age in a phenomenal fashion. I could very easily drink this all day (yet not get anything done as a result while it ends in tears...). Worth the price of admission, and even though I was surprised to find that it comes only in "family" size, I'm more than happy for that and all the extra goodness I got as a result.

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

I've been looking forward to this more than just about any beer I've tried so far. I remember reading the reviews on BA as I was getting into beer, but the last bottles of the first release had probably just been finished off a couple months prior.

I was lucky enough to score three of these bad boys; two at Peluso and one in Quebec City. Poured into my Maudite tulip glass. Yeah...this beer looks ridiculous. Translucent with cloudiness, the beer is a glowing orange-yellow. The head is among the very best I've ever seen. Huge, pillowy bright white froth, leaving chunks of lace all over the glass (looking like chunks of sticky styrofoam) and receding to a lumpy island in the middle of the glass. This head is measured by the fistful instead of by the poured a full fist of head. Looks very similar to Houblon Chouffe (which is now tied for best-looking Belgian pale ale I've ever seen). The head is explosive, be very careful pouring this one or you could easily end up with head all over your table and a few mouthfuls of wasted Lupulus. Just a slight re-topping of your glass will form a whole new finger of head on the beer. Probably the most generous head I've ever seen.

Belgian yeast, astringent, biting spices and hops, sweet candy malt, lemon rind, lightly alcoholic, slightly musty. This smells something like what I always want Duvel to smell like, though it never does. I'm almost wanting to give this a 5.0, but it's not quite there. Most likely the best smelling beer of its style I've had.

If the smell is like what I'm always wanting with Duvel, the taste is what I will now always wish Fin du Monde is. Definite similarities to Fin du Monde, only better in every way. Wheat, Belgian yeast, earthy (planty, even), floral and citrusy hops, Fin du Monde-like spices (though doubled, at least). The candy malt is in perfect balance along with the hop bitterness and the fairly present alcohol. Smooth for 10%, but this feels at least like 7.5% or so; though it doesn't come off as unpleasant at all. This is one of those rare beers where alcohol serves as a well-planned and essential addition to the flavour as a whole instead of as an unfortunate result of high ABV. At 70IBU, this beer is quite bitter, leaving a pretty dry finish. Incredibly well-balanced. No, beer does not get much better than this (as far as I've experienced).

Sticky medium body with a fairly present carbonation, though I wouldn't say it's as carbonated as Unibroue attempts at the style. I do like this style of beer to be fairly carbonated.

I need to take 0.5 off the drinkability for the high ABV and also since it's quite intense and fairly bitter. Although I'm enjoying this immensely, I wouldn't want anymore than a 750ml to myself. Not that I'm going to have many more opportunities to have a whole bottle of Lupulus to myself!

I was looking forward to this for a long time and it definitely didn't let me down. The numbers I gave Lupulus just made it my highest-rated beer and I don't disagree with that at all. This beer is easily world-class. Thanks Charlevoix!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice mar19 2010

A slightly hazy pale golden with a half glass of head after a gentle pour, the loose bone white head has great retention and slowly falls to an island that's still there at the bottom of the glass leaving chunks of lace along the way

S lots of yeast and some earthy spice with lots of citrus and all sorts of hop

T even more then on the nose, the citrus becomes a little more focused on orange peel and grapefruit even more spice and hops, just crazy complex and the 10%alc is very well concealed

M enters silky and promptly fluffs up in a big way, if anything it's too carbonated but I wouldn't go that far it's just very alive

D super easy to drink and for the strength it's a dangerous beer. so well rounded I couldn't find any flaw other then the price

I'm stoked on this beer it's something special, after watching it soar up the Canadian top 25 I assumed there was a little hype involved but I was wrong thinking that. well deserving of its place in the Canadian top 10 and I would guess it will settle in the top 5. let it be known this isn't even my favorite beer from this brewer, think about that

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

Pours a pale yellow with a huge cloudy white head. The head doesn't seem to want to go away, with lacing all down the glass. It smells of floral hops, citrus and Belgian yeast. The taste lives up to the smell. Nice bitterness in with the classic Belgian pale ale taste. Some caramel and hoppiness. Very smooth mouthfeel, with the bubbles being very tight. I don't notice the alcohol in this, which I suppose could be dangerous because I could drink this all day if I was able to get enough bottles.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle:
The color is pale yellow. The head is white and formed of big bubbles. The aroma is complex, what else! Fruity notes with the presence of some yeast. On the taste, it is awesome. Fruity notes with some spices and a very nice bitterness in the finish. The body if full and the beer is warm due to the high ABV. A very nice beer.

2007 bottle:
Bought a 2007 bottle from La Duchesse d'Aiguillon in Quebec City. Thanks Jeff! The aroma is fruity with some sugary notes. On the taste side, I get some grapefruit too. The color is golden yellow and the beer is veiled. The head is cloudy looking and sticks well the glass.

Overall, the 2007 bottle lost all its bitterness that I liked so much in the 2009 bottle. Maybe it is due to 2 different versions, I don't know. I didn't drank a fresh 2007 bottle and I'm not sure I will cellar a 2009...

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

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, 2009 vintage. sampled feb 28/2010 to celebrate canada's gold medal hockey win.

pours hazy deep yellow with a huge fluffy white head. the head drops very slowly and leaves a ton of thick chunky lace as it falls.

aroma is great. hint of alcohol. great floral hops. nice light belgian spice and yeast. white bread and cracker. hint of caramel and honey.

taste is great. lightly sweet caramel and honey. big floral hop presence. just under medium bitterness level. light belgian spice. white bread and cracker.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance. not terribly deep or complex, but better than most in its style. good stuff.

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

2010 vintage, 750 ml bottle picked up at Peluso in Montreal.

Pours a very lightly hazed golden yellow, brilliant colour, huge thick and fluffy white head forms, sits like whipped cream, crazy and sticky, huge chunks of lace stick everywhere, crazy retention, looks great.

Smell is neat, big citrus hoppiness, floral, some spice, alcohol, nice maltiness, very clean, light caramel/honey, some biscuit and toast, a lot of sugary sweetness, but cut with some real nice hopping, some orange peel, pretty zesty aroma.

Taste is great, wicked malty, caramel and honey up front, some biscuit, lightly spicy, big floral and citrus kick, a bit of vanilla, grapefruit, sweet orange peel, sweet and sugary in the finish, really hoppy, great stuff.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied, pretty chewy, with high but fine carbonation. Really feels good and goes down way too smooth for the ABV, no alcohol comes through at all. This is great stuff, I see the reputation is deserved. This is like a hoppier La Fin du Monde.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours cloudy amber with a duvel-level of pure white head. Seriously powerful, creamy, long lasting and with a ton of lacing. Impressive!

S: First to come are the citrus: lime and lemon mostly with some grapefruit too. Some underlying honey sweetness. Coriander is there as well as a little cloves (typical from Belgian yeast). Some piny and floral hops present too. Very complex and powerful nose.

T: A much more solid malt backbone here, that I didn't expect after the smell. Honey is more present too and toffee as well. Citrus are still the main players though. Leaning more to the orange than the lemon of the nose with more grapefruit too. "Warmer" fruits are there too, thanks to the alcohol: raisins, dark cherries. As it warms up, flavors of marmelade, red apple and mango appears. Cuts at the end with some nice piny/herbal hops. Extremely complex and flavorful!

M: Medium body with mid to high carbonation, just what you'd expect from the style.

D: High, very high. Superbly balanced, the alcohol is well hidden, this one is dangerously drinkable for a 10 ABV.

Well, a GREAT americanized version of a strong Belgian pale, this brew is extremely balanced and has a great great taste. Definitely one of my favorite all time brew and I'm an Imperial Stout guy. Very very impressive!!

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this because the guy at the store suggested it. It looked like a nice bottle but I had a feeling I'd be disappointed. Boy, was I wrong!

A- Aggressive pour yields a glass of head. A full glass of head! Superior lacing. Head lasts 'till the very end. Liquid is that of a classic belgian blonde

S- Great smell. Alcohol. What I think are American hops. Smells a lot like ice cider. CO². A little belgian yeast.

T- Pretty similar to smell. Like a cross between a Belgian Blond and an IPA. Hops giving a basic but delicious bubblegum and very soft grapefruit taste. Very sweet. I don't usually like sweet, but the hops make this terribly enjoyable.

M- Surprisingly dry considering how sweet it is. Medium carbonation.

D- Very high. Just a bit too sweet but I could drink this forever (I don't feel the alcohol yet).

Wow. This just made it into my favorite beers. I absolutely want to try and clone this one some day...

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

Bottle- Deep golden pour unleashes a beautiful frothy white cap, leaving plenty of lace. Spicy, fruity nose hints at rose petal and fresh hops, with lots of citrus and a blast of cotton candy. Smells good. I don't really like the sweetness here, but the flavour profile is still pretty good. Sweet mango and apple with yeasty flavours lead to spices and candied malts. The hops don't come through in the flavour the way they were calling at me in the aroma. Pretty good beer to be sure. A bit over-hyped though.

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Photo of duchessedubourg
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle brought down from Jean of Quebec City. Had it previously just after it was released in '07 - very fresh and extremely aromatic then. This bottle had mellowed to the point of faded hop glory, but malt profile was still plenty sturdy and the alcohol nearly invisible - had become very sneaky for 10%. Retained a puffy, long-lasting head and the aroma, although muted, was still inviting. Highly-hopped, this beer gains no benefit from aging if you are a hop-head, but is still enjoyable if the balance more toward the malt end is preferred. Hardly any available now, so enjoyed it for its rarity at this point.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to fellow BA Phil aka santa109 for sharing this with my on my trip to see him.

Bottle opened just past midnight on 17/10/09, poured into my newly acquired Dieu du Ciel tulip snifter. Light golden color, with some active carbonation bubbles. Massive fluffly white clouds that float atop the beer and cling to the glass as the glass is emptied.

Belgian yeasts and fruits on the nose. Can't wait for whats to come later.

Tremendous representation of a belgian strong pale, not to mention a beer in general. The beer was a little chilly to start, but really starts to shine when it warms up. Balance is the true star of this beer. No single flavor is over powering, and the balance of the cloves, belgian yeast, a little banana, and just a hint of hops. Truly astounding.

Mouthfeel is great. Lingers, but not too long. Which makes you want to go back for more. Carbonation is perfectly in-sync with the rest of the beer, and great even considering it's age.

Drinkability is off the charts. You would be hard pressed to find a better representation of the style. Period. I'd definitely never have had the chance to taste this had it not been for my main man Phil.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dany from Quebec for this one! 750mL capped brown glass bottle. 2007 vintage.

Bright gold w/ 2 fingers of foamy white head. Lots of orange aromas with light notes of dried spices like coriander, plus some leafy parsley. Palate is super bright and spicy right off. Drying yeast and hop bitterness on the finish. Flavors of orange and light mango, white pepper and spiciness. Not a lot of hop flavor left in this beer. Long finish with a touch of drying mint.

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Photo of Tim2000
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL green bottle from winter 2007.

Pours a hazy amber with a thick white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Spicy aroma with some tropical fruit notes.

Very sweet, almost syrupy, with lots of fruit. Sweet green grapes come to mind. Soon comes a peppery spiciness and a big hop bite that cuts through the sugar. Some warming alcohol but overall quite mellow. Long, sweet and bitter finish. Very full-bodied and highly carbonated.

This is a complex and delicious beer. One of the best I've had in a while. Highly recommended, if you can still find it.

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

750ml bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a very large sized white head. Aromas of floralness, spices, fruity, citrus, and grassy. Tastes of pears, apples, citrus, spices, floral and grassy. Lacing left on the glass.

Notes from: 6/27/08

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Photo of Popsinc
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say? Possibly Canada's single best Belgian style ale right here. This beer conjours up thoughts of Duvel and Saison Dupont. That's some pretty impressive company.

Golden pour with an enormous pancake head that lasts for days. Bready, yeasty & spicey in the nose with a few floral hints. Taste is outsanding. Hop bitterness, spice, earthy notes, pleasant candy sweetness that lingers nicely with the hops. Some malt backbone. A nice alcohol warmth without overpowering the palate. The perfect mouthfeel, both smooth and lively. Creamy finish with a nice lingering bitterness.

Top marks. Simply outstanding.

Thanks to Beersignal for the hard to find bottle!

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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 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 illidurit
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wetherel for sharing this rarity at the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Poured into my La Chouffe goblet. Clear gold with a white head that leaves incredible lacing. Aroma is spicy dough with raisins and citrus. Flavor is, again, spicy dough with notes of citrus, grass, apricot, and banana. Pretty weird but very tasty. A little alcohol on the palate, but otherwise smooth.

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

A - Poured into a nice chalice it is a light orange colour, with heaps of fluffy white head. Beautiful and violent carbonation spiral up towards the surface.
S - Really quite hoppy smelling, and a little boozy. There are some sweeter notes detectable, hints of caramel and brown sugar. A sour smell of Belgian yeasts accompanies the nice hop bouquet.
T - Lots of hop flavours up front with a strong bitter bite. It lingers long and dry. The yeast remains and builds a sour base on the palate to frame the rest of the flavours. The typically Belgian taste of the yeast lingers with a boozy finish. Very strong beer, in many ways.
M -Very drying beer, with light to medium body. Quite rough alcoholic. Very mouthwatering and refreshing.
D - Pretty good drinkability. Had no problem finishing a 750mL bottle myself. The hops keeps the high alcohol from killing the appetite for more.
All around a great beer.

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Photo of blaje
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice presentation. Pourred in a ball-like glass (Fin du monde) and revealled an hazy light amber colour with a THICK creamy/foamy white head. Head so thick that temper down the smell, but still revealing lots of spices, earth and yeast smell comes afterward. Still young and should be cellered for a while. Should handle long cellearing (5-10 years)if you can wait that long!

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

Pours pale gold with a slight chill haze. A carefull pour released a torrent of spongy, white foam.
Half the glass was lively, airy head, before a quick retreat.
Within less than a minute there was only footprints of lace, and a coned center on the surface.
Aromatics are spicy and bristling with Belgian essense. Peppercorns, cloves, peaches, pears, melons, mint, coriander, pineapple, and wet grass leap forth. Phenolic, zesty, and earthy. Borderline medicinal.
Certainly not over-the-top hoppy, but a great balance of spice, hops, and yeasty funk.
The mouthfeel falls a bit short. The promise of a high level of carbonation doesn't follow through after the beer settles down.
Light in body, but certainly could use some additional liveliness.
The Pallet is spicy and dry. The hops are more subdued than in the nose, leaving room for plenty of zesty, peppery crispness.
Bitterness is firm and lingering, and the beer is well-attenuated with a Brett strain, no-doubt.
The beer finishes with pepper-dusted orange oil, crushed mint, clove-studded pine boughs, and warming alcohol.

Wowza, this beer really opens up as it breaths and you get to know her. I had to kick up the numbers twice as I sipped, and I'm only finishing my first glass.

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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 Beersignal
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Haven't reviewed in nearly 6 months from lack of drive, or interest, or time, or suitable beers, or... pick one. I'm not the type to review everything that pops up on the shelves of my local outlet, but when I saw this bottle along with its darker counterpart I couldn't resist despite its $12.99 price tag. That is how much I respect this brewer of belgian styles and his offerings. A good start to 2008? I hope.

Handsome presentation, crown capped champagne bottle with wrap over the cap. Looks more like a Brut from the Champagne region than a beer. Real classy, eh. As I pour the liquid, a rush of carbonation and a thick creamy wall of stark white foam rises so quickly that I stop serving for fear of spilling some of the contents. As the cap settles I contemplate a polished gold coloured beer topped by the same frothy head and sit and admire a column of bubbles that feeds the head relentlessly. A thick veil of foam builds on the far side of my glass methodically, after every taste almost like if it were trying to hide something from onlookers.

I plunge my nose into the glass and immediately I am served with a wave of floral, spicy, earthy, piney and fruity hops through which only a touch of malt can escape. It is quickly followed by the trademark aromas of Simcoe and Amarillo as is stated on the bottle. Gentle hints of cloves ride along with the rest of the aromas and balance the smell nicely for me. (I think this is the triple IPA they released last summer on tap at Le Saint-Bock)

The first sip goes down, and then a second. So tasty and, unsurprisingly, dominated by the hops. The warmth of the alcohol permeates my tastebuds but is not aggressive. Rather, it is gentle and residually sweet allowing a touch of freshly cracked pepper to express itself before the bitter bite of co-humulone puts its foot down. Sip after sip reveals more and more complexity. Vanilla, banana, cloves, candied sugar, another round of cracked pepper... the list is endless. Before I know it I'm at the bottom of my glass and the bottom of the bottle is not far off. Hazardous in its extreme drinkability.

This beer seals it for me. MicroBrasserie Charlevoix has, without a doubt, become the reference in belgian styles in Québec and perhaps Canada. Steep price, worth every penny. I can honestly say I concentrated on every sip of this 750 ml bottle. If I find this again, I will have no problem putting down $12.99 for this beer. A great start to '08.

Santé and Happy New Year


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