Dominus Vobiscum Triple - Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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Reviews by wordemupg:
4.43/5 rDev +8%
500ml bottle poured into tulip nov28 2009
A slightly cloudy golden yellow with a fast falling thumbs width of head that left a ring of lace near the top of the glass
S plenty of yeast with a little honey and lemon
T as it smells but with a nice bit of apple, a little bread and some funky goodness
M despite the lack of visible bubbles it turns to foam in my mouth
D the concealed booze is a little scary but I'm not afraid anymore I'm just enjoying the ride
adding more evidence to my theory that the best beers in Canada are from Quebec. really though I had their Imperial Milk Stout before this and it too kicked ass. I've said it before and I'll say it again this brewery will own the Canadian top 25 once people start reviewing their wares.
11-29-2009 07:59:39 | More by wordemupg
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3.93/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours a nice semi-cloudy golden colour with an enormous white head and plenty of lacing....light fruity nose with champagne yeastiness and a hint of cotton-candy....tastewise i found some breadiness off the top that switched over to a more sweet, biscuity type flavour again lots of yeastiness & spice, some toffee, and ended on a dry/bitter note with lingering mellowed hops....lively mouthfeel, very fresh and crisp, ended slightly dry....a very good example of the style, nice drinkability and overall balance.
03-26-2007 20:05:31 | More by Popsinc
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
First of a mixed four pack purchased for me in Drummondville, along with the Dubbel, Blonde and Blanche. Thanks Phil!
Poured into a taller tulip glass. Appearance is lovely, its hazy golden sheen catches the light brilliantly, and its head is thick, fluffy and displays remarkable retention. Loads of lacing patches grace the sides of the glass. light sediment flakes on the bottem, light carbonation bubbles sustain the head nicely. Spot on.
Nose is soft and pleasant - wheat malt, yeast, banana, pears, lemon and spice. As it warms, the banana becomes more prominent over the rest, a sweet, lightly fried banana scent.
While not nearly as dry as their provincial counterpart and perennial favorite La Fin du Monde, Charlevoix is nevertheless a lovely, flavorful tripel, sweet and yeasty, with nice pear, banana and citrus notes. A nice mild bitterness to clean things up at the finish. Remarkably smooth; alcohol is present, but only provides a warming sensation rather than a burn. Hard to believe that nearly a tenth of the glass is alcohol...
The only, and I mean ONLY fault I had with Charlevoix is the mouthfeel, which I thought was lacking in the carbonation department. For tripels, I want to feel the citrus and yeast notes explode on the tongue; Charlevoix felt a bit flatter than it should be and thus this didn't happen as well as it could. Still, a nice body and slightly creamy feel.
Since I love tripels so much, it's hard for me to knock them down. Fortunately, this won't be a problem with Charlevoix' version. Flavorful, attractive, insanely easy to drink, this is the kind of tripel I could drink all day long. I'd happily cite this brew as being among Canada's best. Their reputation is fully-deserved, and I'm eagerly looking forward to the rest of their offerings.
A professor of mine and fellow lover of beer has long maintained that finding quality Belgian beers doesn't require one to actually visit Belgium, because Quebec does them so well. With each passing day I agree with him all the more.
01-07-2011 20:19:58 | More by JohnnyBarman
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Served in a chilled glass
Appearance - beer pours a very clear ale colour. There is some real good carbonation happening, looks lively. The head is foamy white, about 3 fingers. There is some nice lacing happening.
Smell - i can smell some green apple, maybe a slight hint of banana. there is also some earthy tones and of course a fruit. Maybe some wheat when you go looking for it.
Taste - right off the bat i can pick up some sweetness, coming from an apple/banana combination. there is a little bitterness near the end from the earthy tones. Very good tasting beer.
Mouthfeel - slight amount of carbonation brings the alcohol fwd a little more. the beer is well defined, some more bitterness near the end as well sweetness up front.
Drinkability - I enjoyed this beer and its a good intro to this brewery. i look fwd to trying more from their collection.
02-08-2011 02:03:01 | More by Swedes21
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
500ml bottle. I like that the label has no English on it whatsoever - very evocative of being in la Belle Province last summer.
This beer pours a mildly hazy pale golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and lightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a smattering of frilly, dried soap scum lace around the glass in its rather lengthy and drawn-out wake. If this was Irish, we'd damned well be drinking by now.
It smells of grainy, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, banana chips, a bit of underripe green apple, old-world yeast, and peppery cloves. The taste is gritty, semi-sweet, and still heavily bready caramel malt, a prominent clove/coriander herbal spiciness, muddled citrus pith, unsweetened applesauce, earthy yeast, and a soft sidling booze warming.
The carbonation is moderate in intensity on the tongue, but persistently frothy throughout, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, generally smooth, and maybe a tad creamy, in an airy, pumped-up sense. It finishes well off-dry, the pale malt, fruit, and yeast lingering for miles and miles (and miles).
A decently beguiling Tripel, nicely rounded in its fruitiness, and with a good handle on its amped-up, and commensurately well-integrated alcohol. Not my favourite style, sure, but this just seems to work for me - perhaps my overall fondness for this brewery has something to do with that?
01-22-2010 02:01:34 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
Very decent smooth orange creme triple. Fruity yeast aroma and taste.Great lace and orange tinge. Mid sip pepper corriander anise. Lemon on aftertaste. Unique in its style, I can see why this is a high-ranked Quebec and maybe this brewery's best. WIll be sampling these guys.
08-15-2004 05:06:36 | More by Sammy
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
500ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Brought from Quebec City in June 2007, stored in fridge 3+ months.
Hazy golden-amber brew pours with a huge, ricky, gorgeous off-white head that leaves copious fine lacing up and down the glass. Gorgeous.
Very nice Belgian yeasty-fruity-bubble gum aromas, with coriander and tart citrusy notes.
Taste is complex, balance of spices and sweetness, with long bitter finish that is both hoppy and a bit alcoholic...the finish of alcohol heat is probably this brew's main flaw. Mouthfeel is excellently rich and creamy, lively and smooth.
An excellent triple, probably one of the best brewed in Canada.
10-04-2007 23:11:18 | More by kenito799
3.8/5 rDev -7.3%
A- Head forms a creamy mound in the glass like a marshmallowy iceberg. Lots of lacing. Liquid is golden with strings of bubbles rising. Head stays until the last sip. Very clear beer until you add the yeast sediment.
S- Powerful yeast. Cider. Alcohol. Simply smells fermented.
T- Alcohol is strong reminds me a bit of rubbing alcohol. A little green apple. Simple grain. Clove
M- High carbonation no doubt about that. Quite aggressive on the tongue. Mouthfeel is full.
D- Medium to high especially considering alcohol content.
This seems to be a fine simple brew. Fine and Simple.
02-02-2010 04:38:38 | More by Yoonisaykul
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
A - poured VERY slowly and still the tower of head is almost uncontrollable and keeps replicating itself from the bottom up, extremely bubbly cloudy golden, the massive head is cool but a little annoying where you're itching to drink
S - smells of fruit syrup and clove-like spices, some grainy wheat malt, along with some leafy hops and light banana notes
T - strong classic belgian yeast notes of clove and banana, there is a syrupy sweetness mixed with a peppery spiciness for a good balance
M - very carbonated sting like champagne, refreshing and somewhat dry, finishing with a tingly mix of bubbles and spices
D - I decided to go big on my first of the Dominus series and was not disappointed, it has classic strong belgian flavours, the alcohol is there but not prominent, the only thing that was a bit much for me was the carbonation, but a very nice triple
08-22-2010 04:26:54 | More by joemcgrath27
3.69/5 rDev -10%
500ml bottle in Duvel tulip
Bottled on 3/5/14
purchased at La Duchesse in Quebec City
A: Golden color, crystal clear, thick white head that drops quickly
S: Spicy Belgian yeast
T: A very disticint Belgian yeast flavor, lots of spicy phenols, very little fruity/estery aromatics, almost no malt character, just a little malt sweetness.
M: Creamy, but crisp mouthfeel, nice level of carbonation
O: A good Tripel, very well made, but it doesn't stand out. I would purchase again, but it would be price dependent.
06-28-2014 00:16:11 | More by wspscott
3.7/5 rDev -9.8%
Purchased from a fine shop in Hull Quebec.
Pours a golden honey with soft and plentiful head.
Smell - Smells EXACTLY like a Chardonnay wine. If this was a blind tasting, i'd have thought it was a sweet white wine. Slight pear with sweet fermented grapes.
Taste - fascinating development of flavors. It hits the tongue as a sweet white wine with strong pear and apple flavors then quickly develops into a malty beer filled with cloves and cardamom. As the spice leaves the strong bitterness from lemony hops develops. My only critique is the bitterness builds a bit to strong and seems to overpower the finish.
Nevertheless, like many quebec beers, a fantastic brew.
03-06-2010 22:29:58 | More by jbonapar
3.88/5 rDev -5.4%
Received in CANBIF 2006. Thanks, Matt!
This is a very good tripel, and a little fine-tuning could elevate it to sublime.
This beer pours bright copper with a dense, creamy head sitting at the top. It looks quite regal and not at all out of place in my Chimay goblet. The smell is dominated by malt and a yeasty bread aroma, though some spice is noticeable just don't ask me what.
The taste is dominated by the malts, but they're well-balanced by the spiciness and an earthy quality. (I still find Belgian styles a little complex and sometimes it's hard for me to describe them.)
I have two quibbles with this beer, and they're easily remedied: the alcohol was a little sharp and the carbonation slightly abrasive. The classic tripels I've had (thinking especially of St. Bernardus) are smoother and easier-drinking despite the high ABV.
09-16-2006 01:02:58 | More by vanrassel
3.43/5 rDev -16.3%
Thin, watery looking, airy head disappears quickly with not really any lacing.
Mild spices, faint smell.
Not really than much going on taste wise, pretty light tasting for a triple. The ABV is really not noticeable, its 9% is pretty well hidden with almost no alcohol bite. Not that interesting honestly, though not offensive in any way.
The consistency is too thin for me, feels like it looked on the pour. Medium amount of carbonation.
Pretty drinkable though not really that interesting. I wouldn't buy this again or necessarily recommend it when there are so many other beers in this style that are worth checking out. Not offensive, pretty easy to drink; just not spectacular.
05-26-2009 05:55:26 | More by eat
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
From notes made on Jan 19, 2006. Pours an opaque orange brown colour. The appearance made me think of cider for whatever reason. Started with a bit of tan head, but the head didn't hold for too long.
The smell is spicy and tart, black pepper stood out to me. Appetizing, I frequently went back for another smell.
The taste is again quite tart. It is fairly dry throughout. The finish reminded me strongly of a lemon lime soda, like Sprite or SevenUp.
The mouthfeel was a touch lighter than I wanted, but still had some body to it. The carbonation was relatively low, and it was certainly drinkable.
I would love to have the opportunity to taste this beer again. I'd say it was one of the better triple's I've tasted. Thanks to orrshow for splitting this one with me.
01-22-2006 16:02:37 | More by elricorico
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
Appearance: Opaque, orangy with a light head with bubbles that reminded me of honeycombs. I'm surprised the head wasn't tougher than this, maybe my glass wasn't properly rinsed...Light sediment could be found at the bottom of my glass. I had this at a friend's house, so he kept the appropriate Dominus glass (really, really nice, easily the nicest glassware for any Québec micro I've ever seen) for himself.
Smell: Totally yeasty, it had that smell of bread that I enjoy a lot. Alcohol very present.
Taste: Rich, full, yeasty, maybe a little banana bread, with some spice you find in most tripels that I can't put my finger on. No, it's not coriander, but I wouldn't exclude cardamone, or maybe even nutmeg. I don't have those on my spice rack, so I can't be sure, but I will investigate further.
A solid offering from one of Québec's best small micros.
12-08-2004 00:17:47 | More by Goldorak
Dominus Vobiscum Triple from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.