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Dominus Vobiscum Triple - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 02-12-2004)
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Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

avalon07, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Long813
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 2009 SEP 10:32
From: ZorPrime, 500 ml

A: Pale yellow bodied boasting two fingers of fluffy white head. Head retains for the entire sitting and leaves thick lacing.

S: Strong aromas of citrus fruits, clove spice and some funky yeast. Very pleasant aromas.

T: Much like the aromas, there is a huge front of citrus fruits - pears are prominent. Nice mix of spices and funky yeast. Some bitterness at the end.

M: Light bodied and high carbonation. Creates a foamy texture and leaves a dry bitter aftertaste. Typical Belgian feeling. No alcohol notes.

D: This is a great brew. Thanks again to ZorPrime for this. I have enjoyed it very much and is probably one of my favourite of the style. Wish it were accessible near by.

Long813, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Ralphus
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My second Charlevoix beer, first from the Dominus Vobiscum line up - and it's a stand out. I'm liking the decision to create a beer list before heading to Quebec already.

Poured into a Westmalle goblet and this one looked worthy from the start. Lovely orange gold colour with sparkling bubbles rising to the top. The head is a little flat though and left no lacing as it subsided to a small ring of foam.

The nose, as reviewer Bobsy pointed out, is all tropical. I smelled it before I even lifted the beer to my nose. A rush of sweet pears, melon, citrus fruits and bubble gum are just gushing here. How a beer can do this is truly a testament to the brewers skill. The taste has more of the same and transitions to a well balanced, hoppy finish. There are some alcohol notes in the back and on an empty stomach they kick in pretty quick. I also get some pleasant vanilla in the tail end. It's mild but definitely there.. mixed in with a bit of candy sweetness. Lovely stuff.

Mouthfeel is good for the style.. some prickling carbonation initially but it settles down half way through and the result is a pleasant creaminess.

Drinkability is right on. For the style it ranks above average.

Well done Charlevoix!

Ralphus, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of jbonapar
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

jbonapar, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Yoonisaykul, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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?

biboergosum, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of rodenbach99
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

rodenbach99, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Otterburn
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Otterburn, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

wordemupg, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I swear I reviewed this once before but my review seems to have vanished into the ether. No bad thing either, as I more than enjoyed it and having another is far from a hardship.

Pours a very transparent gold color with an indefatigable white head of giant bubbles that never leaves the party and leads to some nice sloppy lacing. It looks fantastic.

The aroma is sweet, almost powdery, creamy and fruity, with soft pears and apple and oranges, like pineapples and Belgian funk, with some mild pepper and delicate flower petals thrown in for good measure.

Aaah yes, the taste follows nicely with funky sugary fruity malt hugging your tongue, with just the mildest touch of floral bitterness at the end. There's creamy honey and apricots, with some pepper coming out in the dry and lingering finish. Forget trying to think of more descriptors: In a word, this beer is delicious. The alcohol is warming, but is masked really, really well.

Mouthfeel is medium. There's a good amount of carbonation, maybe a bit too much.

I let this sit for a half an hour before drinking it but I'd suggest leaving it out for at least two or three times that in order to fully appreciate this beer, because it's really at its best when it warms up and the last few sips were the best. In fact, I'd definitely get this again and drink it at room temperature. I'll bet it would be awesome.

MeisterBurger, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to zorprime for the bottle - I'm a huge fan of Belgian styles, so this is a good one for me to try - cheers Eric!

This tripel pours a slightly cloudy deep gold with a large foamy white head. The colour is bright, radiant and attractive, while the bone-white head leaves fingers of lace and never really goes away, thanks to steady streams of bubbles reaching up from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is simply sublime. Really, its a huge fruit salad, with strong notes of ripe mango, pear, apple and tropical fruit. A slight soapiness adds to the mix in what is otherwise a very soft, fragrant, juicy and floral bouquet. If my wife started wearing this scent I wouldn't mind! It even improves as the beer warms, with honeydew melon joining the party.

After the spectacular stage set by the aroma, its hard for the flavour to keep up, but it performs gamely and reveals Dominus Vobsicum to be a very well-constructed tripel. Its not surprise that a tropical fruitiness dominates proceedings, and it provides a light sweetness throughout, before being cut short by a moderately bitter finish. A nice floral aftertaste lingers on the palate. I'm enjoying this and want to give the taste more than a 4 in this category, but is not a 4.5 either.

The carbonation reveals this beer's only flaw. Tripels are supposed to be highly carbonated, but the best still manage to feel soft and luxurious in the mouth. Dominus Vobiscum falls short of this, and its aggressive bubbles feel a touch too prickly. Its a distracting factor in what is otherwise a style-appropriate body. A slight warming betrays the ABV, but in a way that enhances, rather than detracts from the experience.

This is a great tripel, and a very enjoyable drinking experience. However, it is hurt by the prickly carbonation, and I wish they'd reined it in to complete an impressive all-round package. This is a good beer, though. Give her a swirl and you'll be okay - I was.

bobsy, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

mrmanning, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of eat
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

eat, May 26, 2009
Photo of grub
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

grub, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased in Montreal.

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber, light orange, thick white head, forms, big bubbles, tons of lace, big thick layer and ring, looks real good, insane retention. Smell is great, sweet and sugary, floral, some spiciness, apricots, some orange peel, pepper, yeast, honey, toast, a bit of sharp acidity, smells real nice. Taste is sweet up front, syrup and candi sugar, oranges, caramel and honey, toast/biscuit, yeasty, some spiciness, pepper and cardamon, crackery dry finish, some alcohol comes through. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, bit of warmth from the alcohol. As with the double, a bit too full bodied for the style but it looks great, smells great and tastes great, really nice tripel.

Viggo, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of flipper2gv
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

flipper2gv, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Phyl21ca poured into a snifter.

Gorgeous looking beer. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a huge rocky white head that showed great retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet and bready with lots of yeast and spices. Hints of fruit in the nose as well. The taste mirrors the sweetness of the smell with more light fruits, mainly lemons and bananas. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth with high carbonation just tickling the tongue. This is a very unique take on the style and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I look forward to trying others from this brewery. Thanks again Phil!

gford217, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of sstackho
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

sstackho, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of ZorPrime
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First I have to admit, I had no clue about this beer when I bought it. Just took it because the label was darn cool!

It turns out this beer is based on belgian style strong beer... Interesting. One of my favorite style in the belgian spectrum. However scary note, it is spicy. Uh Oh...

It turns out that this beer is very good and easy to drink. I like that strong feeling in the mouth.

The finish is dry and bitter. It is so nice. The alcohol hides well and this could be a dangerous beer. Definitely a good beer!

ZorPrime, May 26, 2008
Photo of AlexF
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

AlexF, May 25, 2008
Photo of kenito799
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

kenito799, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden liquid topped with a fluffy, white head; good retention, excellent lace.

S: Spicy, metallic earthyness, slight tropical fruit.

T: Pleasant spicyness (grains of paradise?), lightly bready, hints of caramel, good bitterness, dry, alcohol is a little 'hot'.

M: Well-attenuated & digestable as a "Belgian" should be.

D: The alcohol is a little too hot to session.

Derek, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of Popsinc
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Popsinc, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

vanrassel, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of elricorico
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

elricorico, Jan 22, 2006
Dominus Vobiscum Triple from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.