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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: 17 | 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 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 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 Stocean1
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a two finger fluffy white head into a wine glass - lots of carbonation - large bubbles with a little lacing - cloudy yellow

S - from the crack of the bottle -strong spicy belgian yeast - banana bread and cloves

T - wow this is one complex brew - where to start - chamomille tea, apple cider, cinamon, nutmeg,little bitterness, bananas, cloves, floral - so much to describe but so perfectly balanced that it pulls it off - bravo!

M - medium carbonation and body - slightly dry
with little bitterness

O - a tremendously complex brew that is well balanced and unbelievably drinkable - this is the best witbier I have had and I will not hesitate to pay another $4.60 for another bottle or two (705 characters)

Photo of Mit
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of decimator
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (667 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Beautiful looking color. A yellow color just beginning , ever so slightly, to turn orange. One finger of head. Retention was good as was lacing. Head was creamy and rich. Hazy, but not overly so.

S: On the nose I get a slight malt note and some belgian yeast. Almost hay-like.

T: Pretty damn good. I get some citrus , almost like pineapple. I might be crazy but I also get a significant ginger flavor. On the end of the sip I pick up a tiny bit of lemony coriander. There is just a touch of clove. Pear esters going on, too.

F: Creamy with higher carbonation but nothing to bubbly.

O: Great beer. Easy drinking and rather refreshing. This is an interesting example of a Wit, I'd highly recommend it. (707 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 scott451
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Swirl poured from a 500ml bottle into a glass mug. Big two finger head on a hazy pale gold. The head sticks around. Moderate foamy lacing. Lots of spice in the smell. Coriander and cinnamon. Well balanced. Big surprise in the taste. Cinnamon up front. Smooth and well balanced. Light refreshing mouthfeel. Drinkability is very high. A superb example of a wit. Could drink these all day. (386 characters)

Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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! (2,210 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of shamus
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (297 characters)

Photo of ssmack
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of VbolieuV
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really really pale straw in color with small carbonation, somehow cloudy and a fast disappearing head. Smells good, but I cannot pin down what it smells. There's some coriander and fresh yeast for sure but other than that I cannot tell. Tastes. So. Good. Though! Lots of spices in the mouth, coriander, cinnamon, even pumpkin. Very carbonated too, definitely a good witbier. I thought it was gonna be an overrated one when I smelled it, but I was happily surprised. (465 characters)

Photo of Dawkfan
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (630 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 Genuine
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of Otterburn
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mf: smooth.

Drinkability: excellent witbier, very nice when you are thirsty, refresh yourself with this one (324 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 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 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 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 Rijtjeshuis
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,241 characters)

Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a lush 2 finger head that seems to hang on to he glass and leaves a sticky lacing throughout the entire session.

S - Spices up front such as clove, mild peppercorns, ginger, and maybe some nutmeg. This is followed by sweet bready yeast and some mild fruits like banana and lemon zest.

T - Taste follows the smell almost to a T. It just flows nicly from the spices to the sweet yeast at the end. This really balances out well and is very complex.

M - Medium carbonation with a dry feel at the finish and a well balanced flavor profile.

O - My only regret is giving away a bottle to a friend from my trip to Canada. This beer is excellent and I will not hesitate to try to get my hands on more. (733 characters)

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. (300 characters)

Photo of TriggerFingers
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Grade: A (764 characters)

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