Sainte Reserve Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus, brewed by MicroBrasserie Charlevoix in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, hits the ground running at 10 percent abv. From its golden sunset coloured shell and snow white head of foam unfold aromatics of invitingly fresh green hops.
Continuously hopped for 60 minutes with Amarillo, Simcoe and Saaz hop varieties to 70 IBUs, this beer delivers an essential spicy and citrusy bitterness that is forthright but not overwhelming. Lupulus is a very well balanced ale that serves up sufficient hop bitterness alongside a late kiss of malt sweetness that quietly keeps all that alcohol in check. A hop grassiness is evident as the beer warms in the glass.
This is a very well constructed and sublimely executed brew of great depth that deserves to be shared–bottle after bottle. Sainte Reserve Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus is available in 750 ml bottles.