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Dominus Vobiscum Triple - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 169
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 15
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-12-2004

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Photo of biegaman
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dominus Vobiscum sounds scary but the Tripel looks rather approachable; a perfectly clear, albeit worn-out golden, there's little to be intimidated by. Light flickers off it like it does a warm lake on a sunny summer day. Its head is persistent, but irregular and warty, with bubbles that spring up like mushrooms after a heavy rain.

It's not unusual for beers of this style to have floral, fruity bouquets, but Dominus Vobiscum Triple smells like some kind of ethereal garden. The voices of angels can be heard signing. It's an aroma perhaps best described by a botanist as notes of magnolia, gooseberry, sweet briar, violets, blueberry and ambrosia are instilled.

The flavour, likewise, could warrant a whole gastronomy thesis. Apple orchard, rose petal, muscat grape, cedar wood, cereal grain, fresh cut grass, honey, artichoke, and passionfruit - I understand a list like that may sound made up, but I assure you those flavours were carefully selected from dozens more that could have been added.

And the descriptors continue into the mouthfeel: It has the herbalness of dill, the zest of fresh grated ginger, the spice of caraway seed, the earthy bitterness of truffles, the dryness of straw, and the citrusy aftertaste of tangerine. Add to it a pumpkin spice-like complexity and just an ounce of inevitable alcohol warmth. Wowza.

Like Tony Bennett, Dominus Vobiscum Triple is a timeless, universal classic that has perfected its craft. Other than the obvious Belgian staples I can think of few other tripels so complex and so charming. It is far and away one of the most layered, intricate beers I've tried, so much so that it's probably made me sound a liar. Emphatically recommended. (1,707 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, really hard to fault this beer. Poured at a good temperature with colossal, off-white, fluffy, foamy, frothy, billowy head that lasts a while and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber with a ridiculous number of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, bread dough, malt, spice. Flavor's like nose with sweet on top and cut by carbonic tang and finally by bitter of hop and yeast. Huge mouth fill and perfect carbonation. Finish is like flavor, lasts a while, and has some alcohol warmth. Fab beer! Wish I could get it locally. (521 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy blonde/slight orange color. One finger of head. Excellent retention and nice lacing too.

S: The smell on this one was immediate. A soon as I opened the bottle I got aromas of bread, fruit, malt, and cloves.

T: Fruity esters. Banana esters, maybe some apple or pear. I also get a nice bit of clove. Malt body is a bit more noticeable than some other tripels I've had. It has that nice sort of honey-like sweetness a lot of tripels do, but it also has this nice ever so slightly toasted note(e.g something like Munich.) I also got some red licorice when pairing it with some nice belgian bread... Strange.

F: A bit too prickly IMO; the carbonation could be dialed back a bit. The body is maybe a touch thick, but overall its okay.

O: This was really, really nice. One of the best tripels I've had by far. I could easily see myself picking some up every now and again. Modest price for an amazing product (918 characters)

Photo of VbolieuV
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice blonde color with a good carbonation. Big head with lots of lacing. Smells fruity, there's a big apple smell. Really strong, you get a good alcohol taste but it's not overpowering. Taste of apples and pears too, some sweet malts in there also. Not really bitter, and even though you taste the alcohol it's kinda easy to drink. A really good Tripel! (355 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours five+ finger white head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Hazy straw color. Very good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose and flavor is sweet fruit and Belgian yeast. Nice triple. $7.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma. Bottled Mar 2010. (293 characters)

Photo of deg
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the beer into a large chalice. A good gold color with white head that stuck around. I could smell a little orange-like citrus. The initial taste was citrus, and some malty roastiness came out. A light feel on my tongue with a little bit of alcohol warmth. (264 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head and below average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of fruit, malt yeast. Smelled like a tripel should.

T: Tasted of apples, pears, yeast, malt, and some spices (pepper, e.g.). A very tasty, very complex beer.

M: Lots and lots of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied, but never overly heavy.

D: An excellent, drinkable tripel. (465 characters)

Photo of Otterburn
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is blond,golden, a bit cloudy
the head is medium and white

Smells like alcool and bread

Full body,strong, balanced, taste alcool and bread, a bit bitter at the end of the sip

nice feeling mouthfeel

drinkability is good, used as a digestif or apero..

Excellent brew (275 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright hazy straw color, almost golden. Thick extra foamy 5 finger head lasting for more than 15 minutes and creating a high foam island eatable with a spoon. Strong legs and extra powerful but delicate activity.

Aromas and flavors of fruits, citrus, honey or caramel, herbal and floral spices. Well intensified flavors of rich and pleasant sweet apple and lemony taste with some faint bitter spices making it quite accessible.

Slick medium body with champagne like carbonation. Perfectly balanced finish ending with a slightly spicy and smoky bitter orange/clove like feel.

Overall : A strong craft; Delicious flavors, well balanced in all aspects, highly refreshing, perfectly spiced, but slightly too vinous. (715 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a one finger head into an over sized wine glass - cloudy - could hear the bubbles coming to the top - dark cider with some orange in the colour - some lacing with great retention - the smell is spectacular - lemon zest, melon, citrus, floral hops, banana, herbal tea - taste follows the nose with some pepper and mango - mounthfeel is medium body with some carbonation, slightly dry with some sweetness, not overly bitter, the abv is completely masked - overall on of my top 10 of all time - really quite spectacular - complex yet supremely drinkable (557 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice semi-cloudy golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of banana, citrusy/tropical fruit, piney hops, some spices and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice tropical and citrusy fruit feel, piney hops in the back, banana, nice cloves and spices and some yeast

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. (576 characters)

Photo of duracell
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a bright golden yellow color, quite clear, with a 3-finger snow white creamy head. Very beautiful! Pretty decent retention.

S - Typical smell from Belgian Tripel, very complex, spicy, but dominated by the yeast and the malt. I pick out some herbal notes, biscuit, nuts and honey besides. Delightful!

T - The taste is a tad less complex than the smell. Spices and malt upfront. Then raw sugar with some caramelized apple.

M - In my opinion, this beer is overcabonated, leaving a foamy feeling in the mouth which masks the typical powderish feeling coming from the yeast.

O - An excellent beer which fits perfectly the style, very complex and perfectly balanced!! My only concern is the overcarbonation which leaves a relative unpleasant feeling in the mouth. But don't get me wrong, I would drink this brew all day long!!! (884 characters)

Photo of cmadd
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours into the glass a straw coloured body with three fingers of head.

S: Ripe fruits, apples, pears, spicy Belgian yeast, but very clean. Really big smell.

T: Follows nose, with a slight yeast bite opening. The middle is HUGE sweet pear/apple flesh and honey. The yeast dominates the finish. I can't believe this is 9%.

M: Nicely carbonated, smooth. Clean.

O: A great clean example of the style, so heavy on the ripe orchard fruits, that it is definitely one of my favourites in the style. It's not super dry like Westmalle, but I honestly prefer this. (560 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright and clear golden/yellow. A huge white head forms with excellent retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Lots of basement like yeast up front. I love that funky aroma. Floral and grassy right off the bat. Lots of dry fruity esters in the nose as well. Banana, apple, and pear is what I get. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose with the funky and spicy yeast up front. Though a more pronounced sweetness. Vanilla and cinnamon is interesting. After that the same dry fruity esters that I detected in the nose. Banana, apple, and pear. Excellent.
M/D: A full body and creamy I wish it was a bit more crisp in the mouth though. So easy to drink. A great Tripel to sip on.

An excellent example of a Tripel. I really enjoy this, and one of my favorites of the style. Highly recommended. (805 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Charlevoix glass.

A: pours a hazy gold with a high fluffy head that stays around for quite a while. When it breaks down, it leaves a small film and good lacing.

S: the smell is sweet and yeasty. There are floral and fruit tones present.

T: sweetish...fruits come through as does the yeast. It is a light and pleasant taste.

M: soft and creamy. Carbonation is there but not overpowering. It is a smooth beer.

O: a nice triple. Charlevoix does a nice job this beer. I appreciate the smooth and refreshing taste that comes through. This might be my go to summer beer. (607 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (752 characters)

Photo of flipper2gv
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: exceptionally nice. Very very nice true golden translucent body. Head is pure white and is strong and thick. I really can't say much against the looks of this one.

S: A bit faint. Strong sweetness comes first. Then, there's the typical herbal smell coming from the yeast. Some spices here too (pepper and cloves).

T: Very good brew. Sweetness comes first and is strong. There's also the casual "bread" taste of belgian brews than wasn't in the smell. It ends with a powerful herbal and spicy taste. Everything in the taste is strong. Alcohol is very very well hidden, proving the quality of this brew.

M: Nice mid strong carbonation with a medium body. A bit sticky A bit dry at the end, really good.

D: Very high for a 9 ABV beer. Really easy to drink. Even if it had a full mouthfeel, a very powerful taste, it was still so easy to drink.

Highly recommended! (871 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled March 17th 2010.

A fast forming white head that doesn't stick, but always manages to leave a good collar while drinking. Body color and appearance hints at large cola carbonation, but the beer eventually settles into a nice muted orange yellow and slight orb glowing body. Not bad.

Great nose for a triple. Sweet candied malts, hints of apple, a little oaky butter, sweet tropical mushy mango. Dense yeast as well it seems. Very nice.

Taste brings a nice controlled sweetness. Fruit cobbler action with hits of vanilla in the palate. Sweet candy and malts on the finish with a nice bittering hop. Warming yet not boozy with a solid simple mouthfeel that isn't too impressive but not a syrupy mess either.

Really enjoyed this one for taste and pleasure, great feeling and it has a wonderful warmth which doesn't seem to be derived from alcohol for a very masked abv at 9 percent. i would love more! (953 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was surprised to see this at The Strath liquor store wile in Victoria over the weekend! I don't think I've ever seen it locally.

Appearance . Pours a beautiful gold with a little haze. Topped with almost two fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell. Big light fruits and Belgian yeast, sweet light malts, more fruit coming in the form of red and green apples, and just a hint of classic Belgian spicing.

Taste. Apple juice and nice fruity belgian yeast, pears and peaches, very light clove and bruised banana.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, carbonation is pretty strong but fine and fairly soft.

Overall. Really nice stuff. One of the better tripels I've had for sure. (662 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking squat bottle with a Maudite-like design. And the beer's pretty too. Not the standard triple in appearance -- the color ranges from dark orange to a kind of muddy brown once the yeast is poured, with a thinnish head but good lace. Lots of carbonation in this thing. It almost fizzed all over my table even after being stored in the fridge for weeks.
Standard spicy nose with hints of apricot. But as my buddy Eyechartbrew points out, it's in the flavor that this beer really distinguishes itself. There's a nice earthy farmhouse flavor that undergirds the standard fruity/spicy flavors and gives this beer some real character. It also serves to prevent it from becoming cloying as it finishes -- a problem I have with many an inferior triple.
All in all, quite a nice beer from a region of the world that doesn't have nearly the reputation for beer craftsmanship that it should. (893 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a slightly cloudy, pale whitish dirty yellow, with a really active pristine white head that is a bit creamy and quite effervescent. Champagne-like carbonation, beautiful. Absolutely perfect head (literally feel likes cream when it gets on your lips). Great retention pretty thick lacing. Takes two pours.

S:
Pretty sweet, floral crispness with some thicker banana/vanilla-scented yeast tones. Some citrus rind, pretty soft smelling.

T:
Not brash. Really refreshing and floral. A little lingering sourness. Some broad mineral tastes.

M:
Soft and creamy with a rising tinge of carbonation. Warm and round. Not overly boozy but there is definitely a little tingle from it. Long, smooth, gentle finish.

O:
An all-around enjoyable experience from start to finish. Gorgeous, smells nice, delicious. I honestly expected nothing so good. On my way to get more. (865 characters)

Photo of Seanstoppable
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold color with a finger of dense white head. Lots of visible carbonation in the glass results in high head retention and plenty of lacing.

Scent is light and sweet, with a definite hint of alcohol.

Taste is sweet, with some fruity pear like qualities and maybe a hint of lemon. Some nice spice and yeast flavoring underlines the entire experience. Alcohol is present, but in a nice warm presence. Plenty of active carbonation on the tongue. Slight sweetness in the finish.

This beer is an example of why I like Charlevoix so much. Plenty of flavor and easy drinking. (584 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (2,028 characters)

Photo of scott451
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. 1 finger bubbly off white head that diminishes to a thin layer. A clear pale gold. Well carbonated. The head diminishes to a thin layer. Good lacing.

Estery malt smells. Spicy yeasts with a very slight hop finish. Some fruit in the middle as it warms.

Very smooth and well balanced mouthfeel. The ABV somewhat hidden but is there. Otherwise I could drink this all night. (414 characters)

Photo of Converge
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a 22oz snifter.

A - Huge billowy white head, even with the most gentle pour I could manufacture. As usual, this pour is a long, drawn out process, as always with Dominus. The color is a deep, hazy golden-straw color. Thick frothy clumps of lacing cling to the glass all over. Great head retention.

S - Not quite as spicy upfront as I expected. Much more fruity notes here, almost citrusy even. Tons of apricot and tangerine, with some peaches thrown in there as well. Lots of Belgian yeast, but not a lot of spice or candi sugar like one might expect. This one has more of a fruity/yeasty aroma, which I prefer over a more spice forward bouquet anyways. There is one off part of this aroma though, and it's not the first time I've detected this in a Dominus Vobiscum brew, and that's this peculiar tomato-like note, like Heinz ketchup or something... The spicy character is still here however, just not that pronounced. At this point I'm just rambling until this head dies down...

T - Right off the bat, this almost tastes like a dubbel. Lots of figs and licorice notes upfront. The finish is more typical of the style, with a dry, slightly phenolic burn of spices, yeast, and light alcohol. The fruity sweetness from the aroma shows up as well, helping balance the spices very well. It isn't quite as fruity as I had hoped based on the aroma, but the flavor is still better and more balanced than some other tripels I've had. The spicy phenolic character bounces nicely off of the sweet fruit notes. Nice bready malt backbone too, that works well with the strong yeasty notes and light grassy hops. One of the better tripels I've come across for sure.

M - Nice and smooth, with some fine carbonation nicely sprinkled in. The spice adds a kick to the finish that doesn't overwhelm, but balances the sweetness well. Slight alcohol warmth, but that's to be expected with the style. It could be a touch smoother, but as is, it's really good.

D - A fantastic and well balanced tripel. Great flavor profile, with a wide range of ingredients on display. Although tripels aren't exactly my favorite style, I could definitely see myself picking this one up again. Dominus Vobiscum continues to impress me. (2,227 characters)

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Dominus Vobiscum Triple from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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