Dominus Vobiscum Blanche - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 30
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-12-2004

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Reviews by Seanstoppable:
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally had this at the Seaport Beer Festival this year and really enjoyed it. Was told that some of Charlevoix's offerings would hopefully be available in the area in the near future, and they have finally arrived. Bottled on October 19, 2010.

Pours a translucent gold color with a bunch of fizzy white head. Head quickly settles down to a crown, though there is active carbonation in the glass.

Scent is mostly lemony, with a hint of yeast and spice. Lemon is actually a bit too much in my opinion.

Taste is much better than the scent. Lemon is definitely present throughout, but now it takes a background to the chamomile and spice flavoring. Hint of yeast is also present. Carbonation is probably above average, but not excessive.

Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Overall, just as good as I remember it, at remind me of why I have been waiting for their brews to be available out east. Also easy to see why it one gold in the CBAs in 2010.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a beautiful, hazy orange in color with a nice head.

Smell – The big, beautiful, fruity yeast aroma jumps from the goblet, even when the beer is cold. The orange and lemon especially mate well with the beautiful Belgian-style yeast.

Taste – Ah, this is very refreshing. There’s a bit of hop in here to compliment the fruity malt show. Of course, it is more in the background but still noticeable. Otherwise, the tongue (thankfully) follows the nose.

Mouthfeel – This is almost medium in the body with some big, fluffy carbonation. I really enjoyed this mouthfeel. It seems so difficult to replicate outside of Europe, but here it is properly done.

Drinkability – Simply wonderful! If you like the style you have to give this a try.

Comments – Rastacouere has excellent taste, I will say. He sent me this as part of a monster cross-border trade. A big BA thanks to my bro from Quebec.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass.

Look (5/5) - pours a very pale gold or darker straw - so a little darker than the average witbier. Very cloudy, which sets of the color very well. The head is really outstanding, it is brilliant white, comes up huge, falls to a cap of a full finger, and does this slowly and with a lot of lacing.

Smell (4.5/5) - definitely the tart/sour flavor profile you expect from a wit. A good snoot of light wheat graininess comes first. Some citrus (lemon/lime) comes through and blends with orange peel well. Some roasted coriander. Milder hints of vanilla and non-citrus fruit.

Flavor (5/5) - great taste. The flavor of roasted coriander is really strong here this really is the dominant flavor. The light, grainy, tartness of the wheat kicks in of the top and this is well-met wit the citrus (lemons/limes as well as orange). Yeast flavor is usual, but a bit sharper, and this plays well with the roasted coriander.

Feel (4/5) - ideal for the style. Lighter body and very high carbonation. Good for a clean, crisp finish.

Drink (5/5) - Supremely drinkable and refreshing. A great example of the style, a bit on the spicier side (which I really like). I'd give this to the uninitiated to show them a near-perfect witbier!

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from a mixed 4 pack picked up in Drummondville, along with the Dubbel, Tripel and Blonde.

Poured into a weizen glass. Pale opaque light golden, lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass, a sturdy two inches of head that left behind some nice lace, and survived as a thin layer throughout the pint.

Nose is banana, bubblegum, citrus and fresh grain. A bit of yeast and spice as well.

A great witbier, full of flavor and ridiculously easy to drink. Lemon, spice, mild bubblegum and yeast towards the finish. Slightly sweet and spicy - a great blend of flavors. I also picked up a clear presence of cinnamon and lime as well.

Mild pinprick carbonation, almost creamy feel, medium bodied.

Another great brew from Charlevoix. Fun to drink, flavorful from start to finish, a few nice tweaks (cinnamon, lime, bubblegum) to distinguing this from other witbier. I'd certainly place this among my top Canadian wheat beers for sure.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, packaged June 2, 2010, and coming in at a very, very svelte 7 IBUs - wow.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, very pale whitish-yellow colour, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and yet bulbous off-white head, which renders some splotchy, sudsy lace around the glass as things slowly settle.

It smells of sharp spices (coriander and cardamom), pale grainy and wheaty malt, fruity citrus hops, banana chips, soft black aerosol pepper, and earthy, musty yeast. The taste is somewhat sour wheat grain, weak pale malt - one that gets readily rolled into the form of banana bread from the wafting yeast notes - mild cinnamon, more coriander, a subtle candy/bubblegum note, muddled grocery aisle citrus, and a tame herbal character, one that couldn't possibly be from the hops, could it?

The carbonation is moderate, just a pleasantly consistent frothiness, the body a fairly dense medium weight, and equally smooth for the style, if only a wee bit clammy towards the end game. It finishes mostly dry, that mixed bag o' spices really holding sway - but it's the strangely out of place cinnamon that seems to get to me.

A nicely sharp, well-spiced witbier, with the slowly doled-out gravity to support it all. Strangely thirst-quenching, so much so that I am now craving some moules-frites to go with this gratifying ode to Belgium's finest versions of the style.

Photo of mintjellie
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow, cloudy and turbid with protein haze and carbonation. It's towering head of retentive white foam wouldn't look out of place on a pint of weissbier, and leaves a spotty lace on the glass. It's aroma is alive with the scent of orange zest and wildflowers. Lemon and orange lend a citric tang to its flavour, which also shows wheat cracker and chamomile tisane notes. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth, with ample amounts of soft carbonation. Fantastic, delicious, drinkable wit.

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light, basically water and fizz and a bit of wheat beer. Initial aroma corriander and floral and wheat. Appearance: Beer colour with vanilla added and lots of soapy bubbles in big cream that dissipitates. Bit of banana and astringent aftertaste. Not complex

Photo of blaje
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow lightly hazy (surprisingly not that hazy for a wit bier!) and giving a nice white fluffy head that melt down a bit to fast.

Nose: Complex! Lots of different spices. Coriander, cloves, cinnamon (?), citrus zest, ginger. Yeast & bread.

Mouth: Cloves right a the beginning, maybe a bit to much. Sweet taste of malt that reminds me of toffee. Definitely sweet in mouth. Carbonation is nice with a good retention. Fealing is a bit creamy.

quite refreshing but way to complex to become an easy hot-summer-days drinker! Seriously inspired from Belgian wit/triple beer.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - starts a clear bubby light straw golden, very tall head retained forever, leaving some random lacing as it finally dissipated ... note that the last half of the bottle was very hazy as expected
S - strong aromas of yeast, spice, bread, and alight perfume hint
T - big flavours of fruity yeast, all spice, bready malt, tropical fruit, and perfumey hops, very complex mix of flavours
M - light with a pleasant carbonation, refreshing, finishing with a dry grainy feel
O - simply outstanding, one of the most tasty and complex witbiers i've had the pleasure of trying, if i had this on tap somewhere close i would never leave

Photo of eat
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold in colour with a massive, airy head which settles down with light lacing. Cloudy with a significant amount of suspended sediment.

Yeast, coriander, nutmeg, sour berries and banana make up a pretty complex smell though it's a little too sour for my liking.

Nutmeg is more prominent in this beer than any other white I've had, though in a good way. Along with coriander, nutmeg dominates the taste of this beer along with some banana and wheat in the background. Not much citrus to be found here, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

This beer has a great feel to it; tangy with a nice medium body and effervescent carbonation.

One of the better white's I've sampled, I would definitely buy this again. It's well within the witbier style while presenting a very unique taste. I could drink a few of these if they weren't so expensive. I've never been to the brewery but I bet this would be stellar on tap.

Photo of Stocean1
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a two finger fluffy white head into a wine glass - lots of carbonation - large bubbles with a little lacing - cloudy yellow

S - from the crack of the bottle -strong spicy belgian yeast - banana bread and cloves

T - wow this is one complex brew - where to start - chamomille tea, apple cider, cinamon, nutmeg,little bitterness, bananas, cloves, floral - so much to describe but so perfectly balanced that it pulls it off - bravo!

M - medium carbonation and body - slightly dry
with little bitterness

O - a tremendously complex brew that is well balanced and unbelievably drinkable - this is the best witbier I have had and I will not hesitate to pay another $4.60 for another bottle or two

Photo of paxkey
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

really cool bottle and label.
careful pouring this one as the head can easily get out of control.

pale yellow and cloudy with a white head that sinks fast. looks like a witbier.

nose is mild subtle yet complex and inviting. citrus zest. spicy notes. smells like a well crafted beer of its denoted style.

despite the heavy carbonation this beer manages to have a silky feel. the taste is clean and refreshing. slightly zesty slightly spice, the spice lingers on in the aftertaste. easy to drink this beer slowly as the spiciness lingers.

a little hard on the stomach with all the carbonation. this beer has some nice flavors.

Photo of Rutager
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to wordemupg for another Canadian top 50 want!

Appearance. Pours a hazy, bright yellow gold with three lovely fingers of frothy white head with amazing retention ...partly due to the etching in this Duvel tulip I'm sure. Very nice in any case.

Smell. Spicy and fruity Belgian yeast, ginger and clove, banana and light grains.

Taste. Bubblegum and light spicy Belgian yeast, a little ginger and light wheaty malt. Quite delicate flavours which I didn't expect after the fairly strong aromas.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. Nice stuff. Would be fantastic on a hot day out on the deck.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark yellow lightly cloudy ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of coriander is nicely mixed with strong wheat – what a difference from most light witbier that are brewed to try and please the non-beer crowd. Taste is dominated by wheat and reveals a nice coriander/citrus finish. Body is quite full but still provide a refreshing edge. Nice to see somebody trying to put some more character in a style that is bland most of the time.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 7/21/11/. Bottled on 5/10/11. Poured in to Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A - Hazy/cloudy medium yellow with two fingers of thick, bubbly white head that left some good lacing on the glass.

S - Cloves, citrus, spice, Belgian yeast.

T - Cloves, banana, citrus, yeast esters, some spice, chamomile tea.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on July 23rd, 2009.

In relation to the looks, this is typically a witbier. Pours as pale yellow. Hazy. The smell is fruity and spicy (cloves and coriander). The taste is spicy and cloves are dominants. Very refreshing and still complex beer if you ask me. Thin-bodied, however the mouthfeel is very good. A very drinkable witbier. Excellent beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very hazy, whitish yellow, very pale and cloudy. Huge white head never fully faded and tons of clingy lace down the sides of the glass. Some visible carbonation.

light, lots of yeast and some light fruit, little grain, and a touch of hops.Lots of yeast and light fruits, some peach and pear. Very light taste, awesome hot summer day flavor,rich and creamy, very nice consistency and feel. Great carbonation.

Could put down a ton, really easy drinker and a great belgian.

Photo of Proteus93
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle states 'embouteilee le: 2010 Jan 14'

A: Big head, which appears to be the trend with this brewery. Hazy pale straw colour, head is rocky and rolling white. Pretty nice.

S: Quite a notable wheaty aroma, along with a modest whiff of lemon zest. If I had not seen chamomile on the bottle, I don't think I would have necessarily picked up on it myself, but I can see it upon being aware. Ginger? That comes out on the palate a bit, I think. Not as much of a 'breakfast cerea
* 'breakfast cereal' flavour as I usually detect in most wits. Very nice.

M + D: A nice, fizzly kind of carbonation rather similar to being kinda soda-like in many ways. Just the right assertiveness, and otherwise a smooth drinking experience. As far as wits go, this is pretty nicely done. I'd recommend this one.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle, bottled on June 27, 2009.

Massive spongy white head on the pour, takes a few attempts to fill the glass finally. Cloudy, deep honey golden hue, nearing light amber already.

Intense tart citrus notes, lemon and rosehips greets the nose, along with some wheat in the background. Light spice then reveals itself after some time. Notes of orange surface last.

It all comes together in the flavour as well, a light citrusy tart wheat canvas embellished with light spice, with citrus notes of tangerine, lemon, and most predominantly that of key lime. Very, very refreshing!

Full, lush, creamy smooth mouthfeel contrasted with the lightest of pinprick carbonation on the finish. Dry and quenching. I can't fault it.

An excellent wit, better even than the St. Bernardus, it has it in all the right places, and the lime notes add an extra quenching element to this version of the style. A deceptively fulfilling session beer, and a classy one at that!

Photo of ssmack
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A light lemon amber colour and quite cloudy. One inch of greyish white head made of large bubbles. Well carbonated with some lacing with low retention.

The aroma comes in layers. Lovely smell of Belgian yeast. A sweet citrus aroma. A hint of flour with a lingering smell of cinnamon.

Strong lemon taste laced with coriander. Light hops flavour integrated into the taste.

A refreshing carbonated feel.

A great witbier to be enjoyed on a warm summer day.

Photo of mrnobody
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy straw colour with a massive 4 finger frothy white head; good retention and leaves some lacing.

S: Smells a bit yeasty, vinous, faint citrus.

T: Dry and tart with a bit of banana flavour. Very thirst quenching!

M: Fairly light mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.

D: Drinkability is very high.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle brought over by Bobsy, thanks mate!

Pours a hazy wheat, apple juice color, finger of white head which recedes but leaves a nice sweater until the end. Light lacing.

Nose is really spicy! Lots of cinnamon and cloves, lavender, hints of apple, banana, all spice - really unique, smells like something I would want to drink on a cool evening, not a summer beer!

Lots of spice in the body too, cinnamon playing the role of dominatrix. Her subjects include banana and apple, cloves, a light graininess, light citrus. But then she is met by the sweet, pure - and oddly alluring - chamomile. A real tea quality in here, that dryness, slightly herbal. A faint hint of tartness in there as well, beautiful dry finish.

This is all aided by a sparkly carbonation and somehow this peculiar brew works together really well. It's quenching, tasty, and light. Can't say I would want to drink it all the time but a couple bottles of this in the fridge come summer time wouldn't hurt anyone.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

typical white beer appearance. I've split the bottle with my mother and she loved it. It looked much hazier in her glass (Blanche de Bruxelles flute) than mine (some kind of 0.2L tumbler mug). Anyway, the head is initially very generous with well laced bubbles, but it swiftly quits the glass to leave just a thin white ring through the tasting. Also, it's the most carbonated witbier I've ever seen. When putting my nose close to it to smell, I actually heard the bubbles bursting like it does with a fresh coca-cola. Needless to say it was surprisingly biting the tongue a bit for a white (not saying that as an unpleasant default, just a remark). The aroma is appealing with heaps of coriander. Very tasty lemon and orange are also part of the meeting like 2 lifetime friends. The mouthfeel is not so full though, one step under Hoegaarden in that department. Typical light acidity complements the sweet and spiced fruitiness to make this a perfect refreshing successful beer.
They've got a new batch up that apparently is slightly darker that I've not tasted yet.

Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this at Bières & Saveurs in Chambly.

A real hazy light-yellow-white(?) body. Aroma of spices and light ginger. Taste is a real nice blend of mild coriander, ginger and light orange peel. Refreshing, light yet solid. More on the nuanced spices than any actual fruit but good nonetheless.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Special thanks to papat444 for sending out this big want in another great trade.

Bottled on 10/24/2013

A: A hazy pale straw on the pour with a solid billowly head that clings to the sides of the glass leaving plenty of bone white lacing.

S: Strong wheat scent with notes of lemon juice, yeasts and under ripe stone fruit with some pale spices of white pepper and coriander. Light sweetness on the finish.

T: Upfront acidic lemon juice followed by Belgian spicy yeast (coriander and white pepper) and wheaty bread. Middle notes of sweetness, possibly banana, and finishes with a crisp dryness.

M: Light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Finish is bone dry.

O: Crip and effervescent goes well with hot days an patios or even light seafood dishes. Notable for the light crisp mouth feel and refined sparkle, it's an easy drinker for when a light beer is the best option.

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