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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: 18 | FT: 0
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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 ZorPrime
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Special thanks to papat444 for sending out this big want in another great trade.

Bottled on 10/24/2013

A: A hazy pale straw on the pour with a solid billowly head that clings to the sides of the glass leaving plenty of bone white lacing.

S: Strong wheat scent with notes of lemon juice, yeasts and under ripe stone fruit with some pale spices of white pepper and coriander. Light sweetness on the finish.

T: Upfront acidic lemon juice followed by Belgian spicy yeast (coriander and white pepper) and wheaty bread. Middle notes of sweetness, possibly banana, and finishes with a crisp dryness.

M: Light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Finish is bone dry.

O: Crip and effervescent goes well with hot days an patios or even light seafood dishes. Notable for the light crisp mouth feel and refined sparkle, it's an easy drinker for when a light beer is the best option. (876 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of seand
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a fair amount of fizzy white head. Most of the head dissipates quickly, but a ring around the edge of the glass and some surface film retains in places.

S: Clove and other sweet spices; a nice mix, almost smells like a tea.

T: Lightly sweet, with the spices showing up mid palate and dominating the finish.

M: Fair amount of prickly carbonation, light body.

Overall, a pretty good offering of the style. I'm not a big fan of the style, so I probably wouldn't get it again, but I'm interested in trying the brewery's take on some other styles. (574 characters)

Photo of eat
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of Long813
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Feb-4-2015 (consumed July 31)


A:
Pours a bright yellow that is pretty cloudy with big white head that fizzles down to absolutely nothing. No retention; No lacing. (3.5)

S:
Bright and citrusey right off the bat. Smells like a wit should: spiced bread yeasty character, some coriander, lemon/orange zest, vanilla, soft wheat/malt backbone. (4.25)

T:
Bright yeast character with some vague tartness. Pretty much follows the nose, the slightest HINT of tartness in the finish, pizza dough, clover. (4.25)

M:
Fizzy and pretty subdued, little over-carbonated, quickly disappearing finish. (3.75)

O:
Very good wit.
I have had it before and it was remarkably different look- and feel-wise this time, but other than that it was still the great beer it has always been. Regardless, I feel cheated since any other day it would have been wonderfully creamy with a head you can eat with a spoon. Maybe I'll update those categories next time I grab one. This rating is for the bottle I had though, obviously. Slightly tart, floral breadiness and sugar cookies throughout.
Easy drinking, substantive, refreshing, teasaingly spiced, an excellent beer all around. Will have again; well worth getting your hands on. This is doubly true if you are a fan of wits or wheat beers in general. I would put this among the best you can find, current bottles notwithstanding. (4.25) (1,419 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
4.47/5  rDev +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. (440 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a decent head and excellent retention. Lacing is nice as well.

The aroma is filled with spice and wheat as well as a hint of citrus.

The taste is a bit fuller than I'm used to for the style. It had a fullness which is almost more of a tripel characteristic. Spices are a tad strong at first, but as the drink sets up a bit, there's more of a foundation to round it out.

The mouthfeel is medium full and heavy. Carbonation seemed to be overly aggressive, but for the style it's not so heavy. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall, it's a pretty nice Witbier. It's not actually my favorite style, but this was one of the interpretations that I enjoyed most. The belgian character of it sort of saved it for me. (753 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (435 characters)

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

Pale yellow, cloudy and turbid with protein haze and carbonation. It's towering head of retentive white foam wouldn't look out of place on a pint of weissbier, and leaves a spotty lace on the glass. It's aroma is alive with the scent of orange zest and wildflowers. Lemon and orange lend a citric tang to its flavour, which also shows wheat cracker and chamomile tisane notes. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth, with ample amounts of soft carbonation. Fantastic, delicious, drinkable wit. (481 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of Converge
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a 22oz goblet.

A - Explosion of foam immediately after I opened it (why does this keep happening lately?). Fluffy white head atop a murky body of pale-amber beer. The cap of foam sticks around for a while and leaves spots of lacing here and there.

S - Lots of fruit, spices, yeast, and wheat. Cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and coriander are the most prominent spices. Light banana, with more pronounced notes of orange, apricot, green apples, and lots of citrusy zest. Light yeasty wheat character is very nice.

T - Really heavy on the spice, but it doesn't get really messy in the finish like one might expect with this much spice. Finishes with a light citrusy character coupled with clean wheat malt, light fruity goodness, and yeasty sediment. Tons of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon, almost like a pumpkin ale, but with a yeasty wheat presence with a touch of citrus to pull it back towards the witbier style. It doesn't quite finish with as much citrus and zest as I like to see with this style, with more apricot and spice than citrus and coriander.

M - Nice and lively carbonation with a body on the lighter side. Spice character is kept in check and doesn't overwhelm the finish. Still feels quite clean and fresh.

D - Great wit, but it's just missing a little something. I'd give this wit a slight edge over Unibroue's Blanche de Chambly. The spices here are a huge part of the beer, but don't get too jumbled up in the finish, keeping this beer feeling clean and refreshing. Very good, but not superb. (1,536 characters)

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)

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