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Dominus Vobiscum Blanche - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 143
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 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 spinrsx
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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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 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 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 francisweizen
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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!

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Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.54/5  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

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Photo of jrenihan
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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.

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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 peensteen
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.54/5  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!

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Photo of oldp0rt
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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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 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 hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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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 JohnnyBarman
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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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 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 Rastacouere
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Shadman
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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