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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
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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 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 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 Mit
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of paxkey
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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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 TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy, golden yellow with lots of head in the Samuel Smith pint glass. Tastes of slight spice up front, with a nice fruit finish with notes of banana in there. A very refreshing beer. Normally with witbiers, I get bored very quickly and the aftertaste makes me stop after one. Not with this one though, I kept wanting to drink more. Too bad it was my only bottle. Up there for one of the best witbiers I have had to date.

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Photo of
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy and plae orange-yellow with a large, billowing white head that recedes, but never disappears. Tons of fine but vigorous carbonation rising in almost violent torrents.

Smell - Soft wheat and complex fruity yeast; subdued banana and bubblegum, soft corainder and clove spiciness, lemon, the suggestion of vanilla, and a noticeable herbaceousness with hints of mint and chamomile.

Mouthfeel - light bodied and highly carbonated. Smooth and somewhat powdery.

Taste - Spicy upfront with more coriander, yeasty banana, pear and chamomile. Finishes yeasty and spicy.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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 mrnobody
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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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 bryehn
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on June 29, 2011 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a cloudy golden yellow with a generous white cap that quicky faded into a surface film. The aroma was wheat malt, light fruit, and floral hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was wheat malt, coriander, citrus and had a slight bitter finish. An extremely well done witbier!

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Photo of Stocean1
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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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 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 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 Genuine
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 Long813
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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