Dominus vobiscum Brut Sainte-Reserve 2010 – Microbrasserie Charlevoix, 11% ABV, (Quebec, Canada)
On the back label:
“Our Sainte-Reserve refers to the sacred receptacle where sacramental bread is stored, or reserved. It is also the name of our special series of Dominus Vobiscum vintages, all brewed in limited quantities. Disciples of divine beers should be delighted by this communion of otherworldly flavors.
This Saint-Reserve Brut is an exceptional beer inspired by the grandest of sparkling wines. Brewed according to the “Method-Charlevoise”, which includes the careful riddling and disgorging of each bottle, this sumptuous strong ale pushes the flavor envelope, challenging the world of traditional brewing. Purity, liveliness and refinement abound in this exquisite elixir.”
- My Rating: A-
- Why I like it: strong, smooth, and balanced honey-fruit
- Where I got it: Sherbrooke
- How much: $28 (after 10%), 75cl, May/2012
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes with friends
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
Tasting notes: pours dark golden yellow, with a massive thick pillowy head, long lasting retention, micro CO2. Light malts on the nose. Drinks with sharp 8/10-level sweetness, silky mouthfeel with burp, tastes of apple cider, cinnamon, chamomile, honey, light malts with alcohol detection creeping up in the background. Finishes aggresively alcoholic and 4/10-level soft bitterness. Medium-high complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, great drinkability for the ABV.