Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 24, 2008
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! huineman (726) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 19, 2016
75 cl bottle, served in snifter. Pours dim hazy golden with green tones. Head is white and doesn’t last too long. Nice lacing though. The nose is fantastic: intense aromas of ripe fruit (peach, apricot, mango, melon, grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit, lemon) accompanied by sweet scents of biscuit, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel... There’s also a sub-layer of other luscious odors: honey, brioche, herbs... Incredibly complex. What about the mouthfeel? Let’s see: creamy, very soft, silky and with a carbonation so soft I’d describe it as velvety. Round flavors, all of them present and well balanced, with a great bitter long finish that lasts for more than two minutes. An amazing ale, congratulations to the brewers. MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2015 My Bottom Line:diorama96 (7) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012 does not count
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.
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 (541) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
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
Holy crap. This might be the best beer I’ve ever had. I’m leaving my review at that. Go drink it. Lore (2822) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 30, 2015
opalescent golden colour, minimal off-white head; aroma of intensive fruitiness, citruses, malty-caramel sweetness, floral and earthy notes and some minimal alcohol; taste of fruits, citruses, hints of honey, malty sweetness, some spices and signs of alcohol; dry mouthfeel; amazing beer! It was the best masterpiece of a great beer tasting - at least from my side :-) thank you very much, kapusil! :-) Boutip (6432) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2008
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
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!