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Dominus Vobiscum Triple - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Dominus Vobiscum TripleDominus Vobiscum Triple

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 172
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
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 SFLpunk
2.81/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From Beverage Warehouse. 500mL brown glass squatty pry-top.
Bottled 2010 Mar 17.

Pours a hazy slightly orange yellow golden with lots of fluffy bone-white head with good retention. Aroma is immediately full of undermodified malts (creamed corn) and smokey Belgian yeast and a little orange/lemon zest.

Palate is sharp with some alcohol burn. Faint wheat-y and yeastiness. Fairly dry for the style, fluffy carbonation.

Notes: Lacking in flavor and class. A little clunky and brash.

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
3/5  rDev -26.8%

True to style... However very boozy, I've had many beers at 9%abv if not more, but this has too much burn on the phone exhale, it feels like someone added vodka. The alcohol is really not well masked at all. If this was either 5%abv or not so boozy I'd give it a 7.5/10

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 8.99/16.9 oz (500 mL) bottle at vintage estates in Boardman. OH
Bottled Mar 17 2010 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of yeast phenolics.
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular layer between 2 – 8 mm thick. The second pour after the brew has warmed, is thickerand more lasting.
Lacing OK – islands and archipelagos of mostly small bubbles.
Body medium yellow, yeast haze.
Flavor begins with a spicy, slightly clovey, taste with a light bite. Yeast phenolics are evident, becoming more so as the beer warms up. The alcohol cannot be tasted but immediately begins a stomach burn. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation.

Another tripel which meets the style criteria. Not fantastic and not bad – average taste.

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Photo of eat
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sstackho
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased from Jovi in Gatineau. Pours a hazy, pale gold with lots of fluffy white head. It gets slightly cloudy when the whole bottle is poured. Solid yeasty aroma that seems to give away some of the alcohol content. Flavour is strong and yeasty, with a good peppery bite as it goes down the throat. Although the flavour is strong, it feels like it's missing something (spices?) to make it particularly tasty.

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Photo of DaPan
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes on March 26, 2011. Thanks Michael for sharing. Bottle dated November 16, 2010.

Beer on lees, so we made sure to pour carefully to avoid disturbing the sediment. Poured crystal clear, yellow, with no head (likely due to careful pour). What foam did form disappeared quickly. Some lacing.

Aromas of apple, fruit and alcohol in the bouquet.

The taste was a bit harsh. Fruity and a bit bracing. Could do with some aging to take the edge off.

Mouthfeel was high carbonation, a little much for me and acidic.

This is a decent Canadian Triple, but still not quite in the same league as Fin du Monde. If I see some on my next Montreal visit, will grab some and age for 2 years or so and give it another go.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep golden color with a fine good-laced white head that stays long, fed by much above average carbonation for a triple. The aroma is malty sweet of caramel and oranges. Very sweet triple with caramelic malt, big orange, apple, alcohol tones. Probably Charlevoix's yeastiest beer (in what I've had anyway). The finish is less interesting, tired hops provides a little wet paperboard bitter taste.
Since the 3 excellent Dominus Vobiscum have become more available recently, I'll make it a duty to go back and re-visit that one knowing that Charlevoix can do wonder with this style (8e jour)

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Photo of wspscott
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some fruits and malts. Taste is fruits, alcohol, yeast esters, some hops, pretty good. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A strongly yeasty aroma of clove and pear with a bit of honey malt and pepper.

T - Sweet malt with pear and clove up front. More thick malt in the middle with peppery character and clove. The beer finishes pepper, honey, clove and a lingering anise character.

M - A thick body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This is a big, and very thick beer and while it fits in the style, it has an overly thick malt character and way too much clove for my taste. There are some promising pepper and pear notes up front, but they are overwhelmed by excessively sweet malt and make for a beer that is lacking in balance and subtlety.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 500ml brown bottle bought at Marché Lavigne.

This Triple has a nice golden colour with a nice foamy head that last til the end of the glass. It has a nice hops and spice nose. The taste is very clean, some spices. The alcohol is not perceptible. The finish is dry.

This is a nice Triple.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

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Photo of vanrassel
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one too. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. sampled jan 29/09.

pours deep yellow with just a touch of haze. a big fluffy white head forms, dropping fairly fast but leaving a solid sheet of lace.

aroma is nice. like the dubbel, there seems to be a touch of funk there along with the usual tripel character. bit of lemon. belgian yeasty spice. light caramel and unrefined sugar. white bread and cracker. bit of alcohol. touch of lemon and leather and barnyard funk.

taste is good. slightly soapy floral hop character. just a hint of sweetness, more unrefined sugar than caramel. white bread and cracker. light alcohol. bit of light belgian spice. touch of lemon. low bitterness level. touch of leather and green tobacco leaf. bit of citrus too.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body, not quite as dry as i'd expect. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. nice balance. good stuff.

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Photo of AlexF
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review in french. Thanks.

La Dominus Vobiscum Triple est une blonde dorée avec une excellente carbonatation. Apparence typique des triples de qualité.

Au nez, les effluves semblent moins généreuses. Agrumes et caramels se mélangent, mais sans libérer quelque chose d'incroyable.

En bouche, la Dominus Vobiscum Triple surprend. Moelleux et sucré, les caramels se mélangent aux indices floraux et aux agrumes. Un goût classique des triples, mais néanmoins réussi à merveille.

Bref, une bonne note puisque c'est une bonne bière, mais le manque d'originalité déçoit un peu. Le format de 500 ml et la jolie bouteille sont aussi agréables.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Like the double, it needs to be poured patiently... Massive white head tops a rather clean, though 'decidedly' unfiltered brew.

S + T: A notable toasted scent, though I don't know if I connect it with barley, specifically. Rather, a toasted grain in general or just plain toast. Some fresh fruit peel, primarily like pear or modest apple. Flavour is similar with an alcohol note giving it a little heat. Some hints of honey squeeze in. Not bad.

M + D: Well carbonated, with a little sting on the way down. Medium body, a little slick, despite the fizz.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing Mike, much appreciated. HAzy orange liquid is hiding beneath an off white, frothy cap. Yeasty plums in the nose are very inspiring, and enjoyable. White grapes and apricots, along with some floral spicy notes are also in the air. Plums, grapes, spices and grapefruit all fill the mouth, and satisfy. Finish is warming, and semi-dry. A good tripel, reminding me that Canadian brewers are doing well in their attempt to copy a legendary belgian style. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of Popsinc
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Thanks Serge!

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Photo of AlexFields
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear, light golden color, large effervescent head, bubbles all around the sides and bottom of the glass. Head leaves some thick lacing as it recedes (recedes pretty quickly though).

As the description on the bottle says, this does smell fairly hoppy for a tripel; smells of fairly bitter citrus, orange zest and grapefruit, pepper with pretty aggressive spice, some yeasty banana, some flowers. Has a very sharp character overall.

Taste has the same citrus up front but here it's more sweet than bitter, there's also a nice yeasty sweetness that tastes the same as the Blanche I had before this so in guessing it's the same house yeast, spices and pepper again but much milder. Nice balance between the hops and the yeasty character (this is also not fresh so hopes are likely not what they were).

Excellent mouthfeel much like the Blanche, very soft and milky/creamy.

Very solid tripel, has a lot in common with the other Charlevoix beers I've had.


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Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled July 27, 2011

Beer is a very clear, light golden colour. A huge, frothy white head builds up during the port but begins to dissipate very quickly. Very little lacing.

Not to confuse senses, but the smell is very smooth and velvety. Honey, lemon, chamomile, banana, yeast and miscellanous light fruits. Reminiscent of Triple Karmeliet but not in the same league.

Taste has a lot of the same flavours. Light fruit, apple, banana, honey and a bit of peppery spice. A bit of an alcohol burn at the end. A slight malty flavour.

Pretty high carbonation level- a bit for much for me, some irritation. Medium to heavy body. Alcohol dries out the mouth a bit. Improves as the beer settles a bit.

Overall, a good tripel but not fantastic. I like this brewery a lot and was actually a little disappointed by this one, as it is one of my favourite styles. Still, cannot get down on it- definitely a good beer and one I would be happy to have often.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see these offerings at the LCBO, certainly a nice treat.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet yeast ester notes, cloves and bananas, honey and a touch of leafy green hops.

T - Much like the nose with the sweet yeast esters and cloves, sweet alcohol adds a bit of heat, and the leafy green hops adding a touch of bitterness. Full flavoured tripel, but surprisingly drinkable.

M - Heavy on the carbonation, filling the mouth with big bubbled swigs, goes down a tad prickly but finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A complex ale that will give your tastebuds a run for their money. Worth grabbing a bottle and I'll be grabbing a few more before they disappear from the shelves.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large foamy white head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing, and there is some pretty nice lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes it dissipated.

Smell - wheat, pepper, pear/apples/bananas (juicy fruit gum)

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low to average amount of carbonation - I think it could benefit from a little bit more. The strongest flavours are wheat and bananas. There is also a pale malt and hop flavour and some breads/grains. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter and sweet banana aftertaste.

Drink - Not bad at all. I wouldn't put it in the same ranks as Chimay/Orval etc. but it's up there for sure. For a 9% beer; the alcohol is extremely well hidden.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey brown color ale with an above average head with medium retention. Aroma of strong spices (pepper) and lots of sweetness. Taste is quite spicy again from something resembling pepper but does a good job of mixing with the sweet malt and the dominant Belgian yeast. Body is really full which surprise me a bit and alcohol is not detectable. Above average tripel.

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Dominus Vobiscum Triple from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.