Thursday, February 2, 2012

Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus

I know almost nothing about today's beer. It comes in a 750mL green bottle (shaped like a wine bottle, including the "bubble" on the bottom), and has 10% alcohol/vol.  The back label states that the beer has 70 IBUs.  Given that the latin name for hops is humulus lupulus, that makes sense.

When opened, I could barely smell any hops.  The detectable hops were grassy in smell.  There was a slight fruitiness, and an even fainter aroma of spices.  I was surprised to see the beer was filled almost to the cap, and glad it didn't make the bottle explode.  It poured a light hazy golden colour with a thick frothy white head.  The subtle aroma had all but dissipated, and now smelled like a domestic.

The first sip was very interesting.  There was a strong banana flavour.  The beer was very malty.  The beer had a medium feel in the mouth with very little carbonation.  There was almost no bitter aftertaste.  The beer left a sticky sweetness on my lips (similar to Demeter's Harvest).  I'm really not sure what to make of this beer.  The beer didn't seem to be anywhere close to 70 IBUs.  I could see it being a favourite of a lot of people, but it's just not quite what I go for in beers, albeit I found it much better than all of the Belgian tripels I've had.  I think I would buy it again if only to keep a bottle or two in my collection.

1 comment:

  1. I drank another one of these recently. Got violently sick the next day. Unsure if it was food poisoning or just gastroenteritis.