Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 24, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle courtesy of glouglouburp. So there’s this brewer who takes one of my favorite types of hops, takes an already amazing recipe, adds said hops, then ferments it with a Belgian yeast strain that yields a funkiness that rivals Orval. That beer is Charleioux Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus. Pours a perfect gold with a huge white head and a generous amount of sustained bubbles. Smells of perfume, some signature simcoe, citrus, oranges, lots of dry malt, some funky rustic saison like hints, caramel sugar, some pepper. This seriously has one of the best noses of any beer I’ve ever quaffed. Taste lives up to the aroma nicely. Lots of dryness, oranges, pepper, spice, light bitterness, sage, this truly runs the gambit. Mouthfeel is tingly and combines the American hops with the saaz to perfection. Finish is dry with a touch of crushed pepper. It’s hard to believe this is 10% ABV as it is hidden extremely well. Excellent!
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2015 My Bottom Line:
A graceful perfume of yellow grapefruit, lemongrass, and pine needles teems with hoppy life, as flickering bubblegum phenols impregnate the doughy maltiness and takes it to comforting levels. This New World Belgian-style Strong Ale is as brimming with life as can be.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A stickly sheet of foam garnishes the misty golden.
-Alcohol is present in the flavor profile, but the spicy fluttering of hoppiness tends to cover it.
-Carbonation is expansive, and soon enough the mouthfeel becomes very comfortable and classy; there are sofa cushions that are less comfy than this...
-The pine character of the Simcoe hoppiness works wonders throughout, but especially in the finish.
-A floral/perfumy character rises from the yeast and hop alliance, recalling some champagne yeast experimentation.
-Like the Hibernus, this Charlevoix is extremely expensive, but they are both rare examples for which a high price can be justified; beer this classy and flavorful is priceless in the eyes of beerophiles.
-This is not Houblon Chouffe at all (even though 2 of the 3 hops used are the same, and the same fusion of hop varieties is called upon), but it is a nearby world. Malheur Brut Reserve isn’t too far away either.
Many bottles, thankfully.
diorama96 (7) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is near perfection. Happiness in a bottle. Reminds me of a trippel, has a dark blond color to it, and is fairly sparkling. The high alcohol rate is very well hidden in the spicy and tangy taste. The Lupulus is in my personal Top 10 ever.
bedainedebiere (506) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 14,29$ for an amazingly smooth beer reaching 70 IBU. Garden-of-Eden-like aroma, with the flowers God probably prefers. Citrusy Amarillo hops come out just splendidly through the complexity of hop spicyness and the fruity esters developped by the belgian yeast. A lot of similarities with Chouffe Houblon, but quite smoother and and a bit less tongue-tingling. Both are excellent but Lupulus is even better to me.
tomghiley (21) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy crap. This might be the best beer I’ve ever had. I’m leaving my review at that. Go drink it.
Boutip (5346) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Simply put, a beer with some originality. Poured a big, rocky head that lasted for about 45 seconds. Tasted like a classic belgian triple, light and crisp, soft and sweet, but mellowed with well blended flavours. Had a slight anesthetic taste, but the hoppiness and smell were like a symphony in the glass. Yummy!
cfrancis (2788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is probably the best beer I’ve ever had. Everything about it is right up my alley. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a big frothy white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, hop and sweet grain. Taste is sweet malt, slightly citrus with a smooth hop finish. Full body and slight biscuit. Just an amazing beer. It needs to be produced more often than every two years!!
crossovert (9979) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml green bottle. A++ for the packaging, it looks cool when you hold it to the light with the beer inside. Bottle says 2010 but the bottling date is 2011 Jan 07. Merci Philippe!
It pours a clear amber gold with a huge foamy white head that takes a while to dissipate and leaves some nice lacing.
It smells super spicy. The yeast really is noticeable. It has a coriander and clove presence. The hops are there, they are grassy with an underlying of peach. The more you sniff it, the fruitier it becomes it seems.
The flavor dominates. It has a classic Belgian Strong Pale ale base. It is spicy and floral with a bit of bready malt. It also has a decent amount of hops. The combo of hops is exactly what I would put in an Belgian IPA, in fact it is almost the same as my hop bill in my homebrew. It has a ton of citrus, just pounding tropical citrus really, the malt sweetness really brings out the hop flavors. It has a medium to high bitterness that lingers nicely in the aftertaste.
This is exactly what I look for in a Belgian IPA, it is spicy and moderately bitter with a big fruity hop kick, though they could have dry hopped it a bit more.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-23-2011 06:18:03
lesifflebiere (1521) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Superbe blonde de style tripel, une de mes préférées à vie, toutes catégories confondues. Le fort taux d’alcool est admirablement caché par les savoureuses notes de houblons et de sucres qu’elle présente. Superbement balancée, étonnamment accessible, chaque gorgée est un délice.