Dominus Vobiscum Blanche - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 28
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-12-2004)
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Photo of Seanstoppable
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Proteus93
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of scott451
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Otterburn
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Photo of Dawkfan
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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!

Photo of cfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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

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.

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!

Photo of ritzkiss
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Shadman
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of blaje
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of eat
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of colts9016
4.15/5  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.

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

Photo of shamus
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of sstackho
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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?

Photo of rodenbach99
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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.

Photo of fisherman34
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is easily the best wit I've had out of the bottle. It's surprisingly orange (too dark for a wit), but the haze is still there. Great aromas of orange, yeast, and spices. The flavors get even more complex, with notes of lemon, coriander, ginger, and black pepper. It comes back to earth a bit on the palate, as it seems too carbonated and lacks the smoothness that I tend to associate with this style. Still, this is one hell of a beer.

Dominus Vobiscum Blanche from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.