Dominus Vobiscum Blanche - Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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4.74/5 rDev +15%
First had in Montreal at a store tasting surrounding the farmer's market. This review is from tonight.
A--Light straw-- very pale.
S- A floral component, but not like hops. Almost like dried flowers meets effervescence.
T- Shared a bottle with my neighbor. He thought licorice, I thought hibiscus, and we both agreed on a nutmeg component. Medium finish. This is really nice. Glad I shared it with someone who appreciated it.
M- Nicely carbonated for the style. At 5% its easy, bubbly, but not overcarbonated.
O- I was struck by it in a panel tasting in Montreal and I fell in love again. It may be a hard find in the states, but if you are north of the border, pick one up and expand your horizons. For the style its truly exceptional! A standout!
07-16-2013 01:10:09 | More by TriggerFingers
4.72/5 rDev +14.6%
A wonderful surprise found at le marche Jovi in Hull. This is a lovely beer with coriander and cinnamon notes. It makes a perfect beer for a winters eve. The spiciness is enough to make it interesting but not overwhelming so that it is a very good session beer. i will be looking for more of this.
11-29-2008 22:51:53 | More by shamus
4.7/5 rDev +14.1%
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!
07-18-2011 22:34:26 | More by Rijtjeshuis
4.53/5 rDev +10%
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!
02-01-2010 22:42:00 | More by IronDjinn
4.53/5 rDev +10%
Pours the colour of unfiltered apple cider, with one of the whitest, soapiest heads I've seen in a long time. Retention and lacing is great. You'd think you were smelling a freshly baked spice cookie rather than a beer on the basis of the large aromas of cinnamon, chamomile and cloves. It also has an underlying doughy sweetness, which adds to the impression. Other notes of interest include ripe peaches, banana and lemon. It does smell great, but if I had to fault it I would say that its far from traditional in its aroma, and seems more in line with a weizenbock. Likewise, the flavour is far fuller and richer than I'd ever expected of the style, but this is a good think. The spice cookie comparison holds - this is a sweet, spicy doughy treat of a beer. Its particularly well-balanced by a slight wheat tanginess and hint of bitter tea leaves in the finish. Over-ripe bananas round things off. The body is as you would expect for the style - medium-light with a high, but pillowy, carbonation. Its certainly well done and in line with expectations.
Chalk up another great beer from Charlevoix. Big thanks to zorprime for this tasty treat!
10-02-2009 15:21:20 | More by bobsy
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
11-24-2011 01:56:55 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
Excellent. Poure from the fat looking stubby brown glass bottle the liquid is a murky golden with yeast particulates floating about and a fluffy head of off-white bubbles. The aroma is wonderful. Coriander, lemon, orange peel/rind, wheat, yeast, candy sugar and other spices. The taste follows suit with lovely spicy hints and a refreshing citrus like finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, and oh-so smooth and the drinkability is perfect for a summer day!
03-01-2004 22:54:34 | More by francisweizen
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
500ml bottle poured into a 22oz goblet.
A - Explosion of foam immediately after I opened it (why does this keep happening lately?). Fluffy white head atop a murky body of pale-amber beer. The cap of foam sticks around for a while and leaves spots of lacing here and there.
S - Lots of fruit, spices, yeast, and wheat. Cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and coriander are the most prominent spices. Light banana, with more pronounced notes of orange, apricot, green apples, and lots of citrusy zest. Light yeasty wheat character is very nice.
T - Really heavy on the spice, but it doesn't get really messy in the finish like one might expect with this much spice. Finishes with a light citrusy character coupled with clean wheat malt, light fruity goodness, and yeasty sediment. Tons of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon, almost like a pumpkin ale, but with a yeasty wheat presence with a touch of citrus to pull it back towards the witbier style. It doesn't quite finish with as much citrus and zest as I like to see with this style, with more apricot and spice than citrus and coriander.
M - Nice and lively carbonation with a body on the lighter side. Spice character is kept in check and doesn't overwhelm the finish. Still feels quite clean and fresh.
D - Great wit, but it's just missing a little something. I'd give this wit a slight edge over Unibroue's Blanche de Chambly. The spices here are a huge part of the beer, but don't get too jumbled up in the finish, keeping this beer feeling clean and refreshing. Very good, but not superb.
12-29-2011 02:06:45 | More by Converge
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
This is easily the best wit I've had out of the bottle. It's surprisingly orange (too dark for a wit), but the haze is still there. Great aromas of orange, yeast, and spices. The flavors get even more complex, with notes of lemon, coriander, ginger, and black pepper. It comes back to earth a bit on the palate, as it seems too carbonated and lacks the smoothness that I tend to associate with this style. Still, this is one hell of a beer.
08-08-2005 15:04:38 | More by fisherman34
4.45/5 rDev +8%
Bottled on May 10, 2011.
Pours a lovely, cloudy, golden colour, with a mountain of frothy white head on top. Very nice.
Smell is also great. Lemon and some other fruit notes, spice, and the characteristic wheat smell, but a particularly nice version of it.
Taste has lots of the lemon, as well as some banana, clove, nutmeg and other spices. Finish is somewhat creamy. The taste of the wheat malt is clearly present as well, very smooth.
Mouthfeel is pretty good. I realize that witbiers are a fairly carbonated style, but this one was a little much for me. Somewhat irritating on the palate. Body of the beer is otherwise a very good example of a light bodied beer. Quite velvety.
Overall, a great witbier. Really enjoyable, one of my favourites.
06-29-2011 02:34:49 | More by jrenihan
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
01-13-2011 04:13:16 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
ABV 5%. 500ml bottle poured into a Weizen Glass.
A - Poured a cloudy yellow with a big frothy head. Head reduced to a 1cm bubbly cap with specks of sediments (looks like it might be spices). Also the carbonation is visibly effervescent and decent lacing.
S - Plenty of spice (such as coriander and nutmeg) on the nose. There's also some bread, lemon and banana. Well balanced and quite pleasant.
T - Starts off with spicy sweetness (nutmeg?), light lemon sourness, more spiciness (coriander?), and a mild tea like bitterness in the finish.
M - Good carbonation, creamy, some tang, smooth finish.
O - Amazingly drinkable. One of the best Witbiers I've had so far.
09-25-2011 01:36:37 | More by decimator
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
Hazy, stAW blond color with a 2 fingers white head, medium carbonation
Smell: fruity. sweet banana
Taste: sweet banana, with cinnamon, herbal tea
the taste is everything a witbier should be and its well balanced.
Drinkability: excellent witbier, very nice when you are thirsty, refresh yourself with this one
03-17-2010 23:25:51 | More by Otterburn
Dominus Vobiscum Blanche from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.