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Dominus Vobiscum Blanche - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 141
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.49%
Wants: 31
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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 Shadman
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe a bit darker than some wits. Certainly has enough of that classic color. Tons and tons of foaming white head. Aggressive pour people need to excercise caution.

Coriander spice, sweet floral notes, not much else.

Has the spiciness down pat. Coriander, citrus, slight pear fruitiness. What's missing is the wheat malt backbone. Finish is dry with a definite citrus/soapy character.

Thiiner than some of the better Wits I've sampled. Very fizzy initally which didn't do much for me.

Light years ahead of Keith's so-called Premium white, but fall just short of the frontrunners. I'd try it again though because it is still a good summer thirst quencher. (659 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
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 (257 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky golden colour, with decent head and retention.

Aroma is coriander and wheat with a yeasty spice and a rose petal like floral aspect. Slight creamy banana as it warms. And a spice I can't pinpoint. And that really bugs me. Something more conducive to a pumpkin beer than a witbier, whatever it is.

The taste is lemony with a hint of marzipan. Dry finish. Sharp, tart and fruity. There's breadiness and cloves, with a creamy banana going on. And the mystery spice that I couldn't quite peg in the aroma is here as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy but the carbonation is a little overwhelming.

This is a very tasty beer and I like it, but I'm not sure it's the best ever example of the style. (709 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle acquired in trade with MartinT (thanks!).

Poured a medium, and slightly hazy, golden color with a huge sized, frothy white head. Aromas of yeast, spices, citrus, and some apple & banana fruitiness. Tastes of wheat, citrus, very light spices, and lightly fruity. Sweet finish. Thin body.

Notes from: 5/17/06 (322 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale orange-yellow colour similar to pineapple juice. The frothy white head was quite large at first, got retained as a thick film and left some minor lacing

Very fresh aroma: freshwater, bitter spice, grains, a mild banana astringency and sweet malts. Quite smooth and well-balanced. Small gum or lychee aroma comes through upon warming.

Crisp and mild taste. Multi-layered spicy bitterness with a tart lemon or orange peel citrus note.

Light-bodied with a medium carbonation that lasts. The bitter taste returns on the back of the tongue and throat. Takes on a fruity acidity like white wine.

Maybe I'm just burned out on witbiers since a glut of new release wheat beers appeared in my region earlier this year, but I find this one decidedly average. Very drinkable, quality brew but nothing really stands out. Complex and deep, sure, but a bit too much so for me. (885 characters)

Photo of sstackho
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased for $4 - I think it was at Marche Joanette in Montreal back in February, so perhaps not as fresh as should be for a wheat beer. Pours a cloudy white with a fizzy fluffy head. Decent aroma of the light Belgian wit variety - coriander and the like. The first gulp is very quenching - light and sparkly on the tongue and very much to the Belgian wit style. Spices in the aftertaste. A little too light-bodied - but yet again, that's the style, innit? (470 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of Long813
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Premier Wine & Spirits
Bottled On: 2010 OCT 19

A: Pale cloudy green body with 4 fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is decent.

S: Lemons and some spice. Interesting yeast notes. Very pleasing.

T: Bland mixture of lemon, spice and wheat. It's a great combination, but it is bland.

M: Light bodied with medium-low carbonation. Not really bitter.

D: Decent witbier, the choice of spices makes it unique, but it's not my favourite. (446 characters)

Photo of JG_brew
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500ml bottle. Good blanche - weizen. Appearance is cloudy. Aroma is strong citrus (orange peel) and coriander. Aste pretty much follows, very citrusy, ome banana. Surprisingly not as dry as i had envisioned. Quite full. Enjoyed this nice summer beer. (262 characters)

Photo of blaje
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of paxkey
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of ikats
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Pours nice yellow, straw color. A bit hazy. With fluffy white head. Just like I would expect for the style. Spicy aroma. May be a touch too aggressive, but pleasant nonetheless. Taste feels unbalanced - very heavy on the spices upfront, harsh after-taste, a bit sweet, but not enough for balance. Drinkable, but not enough to leave an impression.

I picked up the bottle at IGA at Ile Bizard on 11/9/2014. Should've paid more attention to the bottling date - 9/13/2013. More than a year ago. It was sitting too long somewhere. If I hold on to a beer for too long, I tend to skip reviewing, but since it was just taking too long through the distribution chain, I think it's fair game. (684 characters)

Photo of rodenbach99
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bouteille brune de 500ml.

belle couleur jaunâtre, un peu trouble. la mousse trône sur cette bière, elle est épaisse et durable. le nez s’offre avec des touches classiques de blé, avec un un peu d’épices. en bouche elle est fraiche, elle a une belle longueur. finale agréable et citronnée. (300 characters)

Photo of Fader
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden colour, cloudy, with a nice bubbly head that sticks around for a while, nice lacing.

S - Very nice smell, fruitful with an awesome almost spicy aroma that is apparently chamomile.

T - The taste is good, somewhat let down from the smell, nice citrusy finish.

M - Smooth beer with a fair bit of carbonation.

O - Good beer, will definitely try the others by this brewer. (387 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy pale colour, finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Sweet cloves and lemon citrus, wheat and yeast notes complemented by a touch of vanilla.

T - The cloves dominate with some citrus notes that follow. The flavour is more sweet than bitter, which is nice, and the flavours are rather bold for a witbier.

M - Heavy carbonation and goes down a bit prickly, but finishes nice and wet.

O - A very flavourful wit, and well worth a try. Glad I was able to grab a bottle in Ontario. Perfect summer time ale that is easily drinkable. (558 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good example of a Belgian-style white beer.

Hazy, thin golden with little head and few visible bubbles, but a definite effervescence in the mouthfeel. Aroma is typical of the style, wheaty with coriander notes. Flavours are also typical of the witbier style, but this is a sweet and well balanced example. There are fruit tones in the palate that I don't pick up in the aroma.

Not personally my favourite type of beer, but I believe this is very true to style and would compare well against anything in Belgium. (515 characters)

Photo of mrnobody
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a decent head and excellent retention. Lacing is nice as well.

The aroma is filled with spice and wheat as well as a hint of citrus.

The taste is a bit fuller than I'm used to for the style. It had a fullness which is almost more of a tripel characteristic. Spices are a tad strong at first, but as the drink sets up a bit, there's more of a foundation to round it out.

The mouthfeel is medium full and heavy. Carbonation seemed to be overly aggressive, but for the style it's not so heavy. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall, it's a pretty nice Witbier. It's not actually my favorite style, but this was one of the interpretations that I enjoyed most. The belgian character of it sort of saved it for me. (753 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation is showing and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a couple of minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - wheat, cloves, breads/grains, lemon, cinnamon

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and it feels very light and lively on the tongue. Most of the flavour consists of breads/grains, lemons, and cloves. There are also notes of cinnamon and perhaps some dry white wine. It finishes with a bitter/spicy lemony aftertaste.

Drink - I was on the fence with this one once I had my first few sips. It really has a unique flavour. In the end I was enjoying it quite a bit and I'm happy that I made the purchase. I'm not sure I'd seek it out again though. (881 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with a slightly white haze; pours with a rediculous amount of fluffy white head; continous degassing makes a great bubble show; plenty of retention & leaves a foamy lace.

S: Spicy (cloves?), slight floral & citrus, toffee & light caramel sweetness.

T: Corriander, hint of cloves, orange rind, tropical fruit, slight breadyness, lemon citrus in the finish.

M: Plenty of carbonation, light body is slightly creamy.

D: Good summer drinker. (463 characters)

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of seand
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a fair amount of fizzy white head. Most of the head dissipates quickly, but a ring around the edge of the glass and some surface film retains in places.

S: Clove and other sweet spices; a nice mix, almost smells like a tea.

T: Lightly sweet, with the spices showing up mid palate and dominating the finish.

M: Fair amount of prickly carbonation, light body.

Overall, a pretty good offering of the style. I'm not a big fan of the style, so I probably wouldn't get it again, but I'm interested in trying the brewery's take on some other styles. (574 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,396 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale blonde colour, 2 finger of white head, sticky with some lace. Smell is yeasty-citrus upfront, orange peel, spices, coriander and white pepper. Taste is initially spicy and yeasty, very fresh floral notes, light sweetness at times, orange and citrus with a fairly dry aftertaste. High carbonation, medium body, thin at points, med-full feel and pretty good for style. Very good stuff overall, nice refreshing witbier drinks very well. (443 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,068 characters)

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