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Dominus Vobiscum Blanche - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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BA SCORE
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 28
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-12-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
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

Sammy, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.7%

zestar, Wednesday at 09:58 AM
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

biboergosum, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dominus Vobiscum Blanche is quite cheery and bright in contrast to its seemingly doomsday-inspired label. The ultra-hazy, daisy yellow beer is lively with effervescent bubbles that shoot up its side and actively gurgle and percolate atop its surface.

It's impossible to know what kind of yeast was used simply by looking at a beer, but it sure can be easy to tell by smelling it. This recipe surely employs yeast of the Belgian variety - the barnyard mustiness and spicy/savory fusion give it away. It's a wonderful fragrance containing garden variety floral qualities, dry hay-like graininess and a bit of tart fruit.

I have no idea how many batches the brewery must have run through before finding this one - it is perfect to the letter. The old saw has it that if you can tell what spices were used then you've used too many; I've no idea which ones the brewery went with but I could entertain the notion of a number of different ones (coriander, nutmeg, oregano). This beer is a Petri dish of flavours that includes everything from honeyed oats to green grapes to chamomile tea.

The bubbles really sparkle in the mouth, almost like an Italian-soda; fizziness work well in a beer that leaves dry hay-like graininess and herbaceous chamomile-like notes, scrubbing them off the palate so as to make room for an aftertaste that features sharp lemon acidity, tart citrus fruit and flower petals. There's menial resemblance to a Prosecco. It is immensely refreshing and agreeable surely to even those who don't have much of a palate for beer.

If ever in our bid to try to connect with extraterrestrial life we send another Voyager shuttle out into space, I think we should include some beer alongside any golden records - surely beer is part and parcel with the story of mankind. It has been called the "universal drink", after all. And if I witbier makes the cut, and there's no Pierre Celis offerings laying around, then I opt we send this - it's every bit the same as good.

biegaman, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Viggo, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of liamt07
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Bottled May 10, 2011.

A towering white head, both creamy yet dense appears in the glass, and took a few minutes to settle. A hazy yellow body arrives, carrying a slight orange tinge to it. Head leaves behind some fantastic retention and lace. Nose is great for a wit, lemon, mild phenolic character, slight herbal spiciness (not distinclty chamomile), slight peppery quality and some wheat. Taste is more distinct in terms of the chamomile, some lemon and orange zest, wheat and some mild banana character. Hints of vanillla. Fantastic mouthfeel, with a medium carbonation (maybe my aggressive pour brought it down to the perfect carbonation level - I thought the mouthfeel was sublime). Fairly light body, slightly creamy and a gentle spice in the finish. Absolutely crushable, one of the best wits I've ever had.

liamt07, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Derek, May 21, 2007
Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass

A pours head too start with followed by a very cloudy peach color with the most carbonation I've ever seen in a beer. it took several tries getting this in the glass, but it had a massive head the whole time and the foam went nowhere

S fairly complex, I get lots of honey and clove among other things

T cinnamon, and vanilla come out to play with a little yeast and all the things I can smell. well done a great mix of flavors here

M its just too carbonated for its own good, nice otherwise

D I must say I loved this beer, very unique and every sip left me thinking

this is the first beer I've had from this brewer and I'm looking forward too the rest of their stash

wordemupg, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

spinrsx, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  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.

RoyalT, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of tbeckett
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

tbeckett, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

francisweizen, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of hopdog
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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

hopdog, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of AlexFields
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light, very hazy grayish wheat color with an out of control pristine white head that leaves tons of lacing.

Smell is bright citrus zest, yeast, this is almost dank, odd flower notes, pepper.

Taste is sweeter, opens with pear flavor and then some of that funky flowery yeast again, saison like wet straw, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy, very soft, very drinkable, less fizzy and more milky than a typical wit.

Excellent witbier if kindof an atypical one, probably close to other Canadian witbiers than to any other examples I've had. Wish this came to the US!

8.9/10

AlexFields, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

tom10101, May 19, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

andrenaline, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of bobsy
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

bobsy, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of oldp0rt
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a mixed four pack and after drinking them all, this brewery has a very delicious selection of beers.

Beer poured golden yet somewhat cloudy.

I really enjoy this kind of beer and this one definitely goes in the top 5. If you're a fan of witbier, you will not be disappointed with this beer.

oldp0rt, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of kwjd
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

kwjd, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.23/5  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.

Rutager, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
4.53/5  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!

IronDjinn, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of jrenihan
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jrenihan, Jun 29, 2011
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Dominus Vobiscum Blanche from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.