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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus Review


This Belgian Strong Ale had been sitting in my basement for weeks now waiting for the right moment. Well, this Saturday afternoon happened to be just the perfect moment. I refrigerated it for a few hours and let it sit in the room to warm up just a bit.

The beer has a dark straw, light golden color and the pour starts off perfectly clear until some of the agitated yeast starts to come out of the bottle. The pour ends with a thick and very creamy head which recedes sloooowly leaving a ton of lacing behind. I recommend a larger glass for one, smooth pour rather than 2 or 3 since there will be some yeast at the bottom.

The aroma is somewhat very typical for this style of beer - wheat, spices and herbs, some citrus, a bit of a banana peel, light bubble gum, alcoholic and slightly floral. The taste is where this beer shines. It starts off with a sweet, slightly fruity flavour carrying banana peel, citrus and bubblegum notes, but quickly transitions into a bittersweet, hoppy flavour.

The finish is dry and spicy with hop bitterness and Simcoe notes combined with traces of banana peel and citrus.

The 10% ABV is very well hidden in the flavour, but it can be noticed through the aroma. I enjoyed this more than I expected to since I was prepared for a sweet, headache inducing Belgian ale, but I got a very well balanced hoppy ale that can kick your ass.

Scores:
Cost - $11.65
Taste - 9/10
ABV - 10%

Overall - 9/10...excellent Belgian Strong Ale without the headache

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