Dominus Vobiscum Blanche - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 142
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 31
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-12-2004

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of ssmack
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8 Sept 2010, at 10:26, according to the label. How is that for freshness info!

Nice tight head, but it doesn't last long or leave much lacing. It does rejuventate though to maintain a small head with the motion of the glass.

Lemon and chamomile on the nose. The taste features these, with coriander and bready yeast flavors. Tart and delicious, with plenty of complexity to hold interest.

The mouthfeel is a little harshly fizzy but overall this is a nice drinking beer. A great thirst quencher and good with food. It was a nice complement to chicken fajitas. I would definitely try this again and especially look for it next summer.

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Photo of Viggo
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, thanks for sharing bobsy!

Pours a very hazy and cloudy golden yellow, big bubbled white head forms, settles to a pretty thick layer, drops a lot of lacing on the glass, good retention. Smell is insane, very spicy, coriander and cinnamon, jasmine, minty, honey, oranges, bergamot, toast, some wheat, lightly yeast, touch of vanilla, very spicy but very well done. Taste is similar, big spiciness, cinnamon and honey, nutmeg, some fruit, chamomile, lightly tart and lemony through the middle, jasmine, mint, nice spicy finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Maybe the most complex spicing I've ever encountered, and maybe the most unique witbier. Nice stuff! Thanks Rob.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Now I have to admit I have always judged this beer by its label. And it's not a nice one (my own opinion here). It has always seemed cheap to me, like if someone printed it on a inkjet printer on some cheap Xerox paper in his basement. And I'm not the biggest witbier fan... so I wasn't exactly expecting much.

Poured in a Breughel oversized snifter. Now that beer has some major head. Not the kind that you have to wait 10 minutes before you can finaly pour the last of your 330ml in a giant 2l stein but a thick 2 and a half fingers that is there to stay with you for a while. And once it finaly goes down, one quick swirl brings it back immediatly to a nice inch or so. And talk about lacing! The wit presents itself in a light gold/straw color. Pale yellow when held up to a light. It really is fricking pale. Mostly clear with a bit of chill haziness. It has a solid stream of bubble coming from bottom of glass. Already forgetting about the crappy label.

Diving nose first, I get some straw/wheat, a fair amount of spiciness and slight sweet fruity yeast aromas. After reading the label I may be getting some chamomile and something that reminds me of apples.

To my suprise the taste is a lot more tame than the smell. Not simple by any mean but less in your face than the smell. I taste some nice subtle maltiness first mixed in with the spiciness. And the spiciness is not harsh like some whites. Orange bitter bark, bit of wheat and some citrusy notes. The hops are pretty much MIA and I may be getting ginger. Honestly, there is so much here that I am having a hard time making out the individual flavors. A real treat.

Now the only downside I can find is the amount of carbonation. Right on the sweet spot when the beer was just poured. But as the beer warmed up it seemed to fade off pretty quick. To the point where it was almost completely flat at the end of the 500ml. Could be the excessive effervescence coming out from the bottom of the glass. I should re-check the glass to see if it has some etching inside...

One of the greatest white beers I have had. As stated, I am not a huge fan of overly spicy wit biers but this one has a great balance of sweet and spicy. Buy it... Buy it now!

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle to pint glass.

A: pale straw yellow with a two finger frothy white head that broke leaving a small film.

S: Belgian yeast, spices and fruits.

T: bubblegum and Belgian yeast. There is a slight clove tastre in the back as well.

M: medium carbonation with a lighter mouth feel.

O: Charlevoix is consistent with their beers, they are all on the mark, and Dominus Vobiscum Blanche does not break the pattern. This beer is light and refreshing. The Belgian yeast and the spices make for an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy, golden yellow with lots of head in the Samuel Smith pint glass. Tastes of slight spice up front, with a nice fruit finish with notes of banana in there. A very refreshing beer. Normally with witbiers, I get bored very quickly and the aftertaste makes me stop after one. Not with this one though, I kept wanting to drink more. Too bad it was my only bottle. Up there for one of the best witbiers I have had to date.

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Photo of Rutager
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of jcsull
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy hazy yellow but not quite cloudy. A little more translucent than you'd expect a beer of this style. After five minutes of sitting carbonation looks almost champagne-like. Pillowy one inch head after a fairly easygoing pour, and the head sticks around for days with nice lacing.

S: Slight fruitiness with a hint of spice and a decent whiff of hops right at the end.

T: Nothing overpowering on the taste, but subtle and pleasant combinations of clove and banana. The smell leads you to think this will have a more aggressive taste profile. Super crisp, refreshing. A little lacking in the flavor department but an overall delicate and well executed taste. At 5% ABV there's only a little maltiness detected. Fruit/banana begins to stand out more as it warms.

M: Light and refreshing, goes down super easy, and has just the right amount of stickiness to leave a nice aftertaste, with mid to high levels of carbonation.

O: Even though this isn't my favorite style, had I had this beer on a spring/summer day when it was warm out instead of a 20 degree day in the middle of January in Canada I probably could have put down quite of few of these. Great balance in the taste, doesn't weigh you down but carries enough taste to satisfy. A very solid example of a drinkable spring/summer time session. Would recommend.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear hazy straw peachy, almost golden color, with tons of subtle carbonation activity. Extra foamy white 3 finger head lasting around 15 minutes with some strong legs.

Faint aromas and well intensified flavors of citrus, fruits, grains, coriander, floral spices. Rich taste of sweet lemon and orange fruits coupled with a pleasant zesty sharpness and hints of clove spiciness, but slightly vinous.

Light slick body with prickly carbonation. Balanced finish ending with a sweet fruity feeling in the mouth and a slightly spicy floral feel.

Overall : Very good craft having rich pleasant flavors and an extra crispy pure freshness feel, but slightly too thin and a faint metallic smell.

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Photo of eat
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy yellow/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of wheat malts with some citrus, lemon, spices and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice wheat flavor with a blend of citrus and lemon, some spices and yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Mit
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect cloudy golden colour with nice thick white head. Nice lacing on the glass....

Smells are the traditional citrus...coriander...bready notes...bit of banana.

A delightful slightly tart refreshing beer. The citrus notes shine through, slightly spicey. A fantastic wheat.

Very good for the abv.

Overall this is a fantastic wheat...I will def get this again. One of the best classic wheats I have had in a while.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Huge fluffy 4 fingers of bright white head that isn't going anywhere. Lots of foamy lacing left clinging to the glass. A good amount of carbonation is visible in the straw colored body.

S- Belgian spice, most prevalent is clove. Soft aromas of wheat and yeast. Sharp notes of lemon and orange zest.

T- Like the nose. The spice is noticeable throughout, tartness from the citrus zest in the middle. Finish is somewhat dry.

M- Light bodied, perhaps a little to light. Carbonation may be a touch high as well.

D- Charlevoix is quickly becoming a top Canadian brewery for me. This is a very refreshing and thirst quenching wit.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Feb-4-2015 (consumed July 31)

Pours a bright yellow that is pretty cloudy with big white head that fizzles down to absolutely nothing. No retention; No lacing. (3.5)

Bright and citrusey right off the bat. Smells like a wit should: spiced bread yeasty character, some coriander, lemon/orange zest, vanilla, soft wheat/malt backbone. (4.25)

Bright yeast character with some vague tartness. Pretty much follows the nose, the slightest HINT of tartness in the finish, pizza dough, clover. (4.25)

Fizzy and pretty subdued, little over-carbonated, quickly disappearing finish. (3.75)

Very good wit.
I have had it before and it was remarkably different look- and feel-wise this time, but other than that it was still the great beer it has always been. Regardless, I feel cheated since any other day it would have been wonderfully creamy with a head you can eat with a spoon. Maybe I'll update those categories next time I grab one. This rating is for the bottle I had though, obviously. Slightly tart, floral breadiness and sugar cookies throughout.
Easy drinking, substantive, refreshing, teasaingly spiced, an excellent beer all around. Will have again; well worth getting your hands on. This is doubly true if you are a fan of wits or wheat beers in general. I would put this among the best you can find, current bottles notwithstanding. (4.25)

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Photo of colts9016
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I acquired this bottle from Phyl21ca, thank you.

Poured into a pilsner glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A massive white foamy creamy head. The beer is a light amber yellow color with a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is cloudy. The head sticks to the glass leaving the wonderful lacing.

Nose: A very nice spicy citrus sweetness. There is a light grain with honey, fruity esters, and floral.

Taste: There is a light grain, nice citrus, light peppery note, some honey, fruity esters, and floral.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and the body is medium light. The finish is mild and refreshing. The first sip of this beer the first thing that came to my mind was a rather fresh and refreshing beer to drink on a lazy Saturday afternoon. It is a very tasty overall and easy to drink.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of cfrancis
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big fan of Charlevoix. And this did not disappoint. Cloudy straw yellow colour. Aroma is wheat, yeast, lemon and cinnamon. Taste again is wheat, lemon and cinnamon. The flavours are somewhat diminutive compared to other whites. Palate is tickled very nicely. Overall, this a great white, recommended.

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Photo of kwjd
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale orange colour with thick head. Nice head retention with some solid lacing around the glass. Smells quite yeasty with citrus and spices. Flavour is quite dry, very mild bitterness. Really nice carbonation level for the style. Certainly one of the better wheat beers I've tried.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2011/05/10.

A - Pours cloudy golden/blonde. One finger of soapy white head. Good carbonation. A touch of lacing and a good three quarter finger of retention.

S - Lot's of sweet spice, yeast, light wheat, lemony citrus, and a bit of banana. Nice complex aroma.

T - Nice lemony wit on our hands. Wheat, sweet spice, a little yeast.

M - Really effervescent, light to medium creamy-ish body and a slightly sweet, crisp finish.

O/D - A pretty solid Belgian style wheat. Spice is balanced with a good yeast presence, the gentle wheat character, and a good citrusy aspect. I liked it.

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Photo of Genuine
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a clean pint glass.

Poured a very nice bright golden, non-hazy, with a white head, not much lacing or long lingering head to note about.

Smell - Very light, fruity, grassy, lemon, some yeast.

Taste - Very fine bubbles, this one is tasty drank cold, but the cold will mask the other delicate flavors that will be found in this once the beer warms up. Light body, crisp clean finish, but there is the flavors of lemon, some spices that don't come out till the beer warms up. Coriander is delightful, chamomile. Not much of a hop presence, if any. Very freshing beer. I can see this one being awesome for a hot summer day, goes very well with most foods.

Mouthfeel - bubbly and light.

Drinkability - very easy drinking. Would be awesome for the summer. I'll have to try to stock up on this if I can.

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Dominus Vobiscum Blanche from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.