Dominus Vobiscum Triple - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 WeedKing4
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle pours a clear, dark orange with lots of head into a duvel tulip glass. Tastes of dark fruits with green apples and plum like fruit flavours taking the lead. For the 9% it drinks down pretty smooth and its not hot at all. Its not a bad beer overall, but Tripel's are not my favourite style. So this B+ rating is saying a lot as I have a soft spot for this brewery who make some really nice beers.

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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a light orange colour wiht a tinge of amber and two fingers of thich, bubbly head that receded to a small ring around the edges of the glass. A lot of visible carbonation.

S - Banana, cloves, apple, pear and a slight Belgian yeast nose.

T - Cloves, banana, apple, pear, apricot. The ABV is noticeable and warming. Beligan yeast flavour are present but subtle. Very robust and flavourful.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

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.

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.

Photo of peensteen
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange/blonde colour, one finger of dense white head, settles to a layer of white head on top that retains forever, some lace left behind. Smell is yeasty up front, lots of lemon and citrus, hoppy, green apple, sweet candy like notes, some banana, tropical fruit, very fruity. Taste is fruity and yeasty, green apple, citrus, lemon rind, bubble gum in finish, moderate hop profile, spices in aftertaste. High carbonation, med weight, med-full body. Nice and complex but very approachable, I really enjoyed this, had this at volo a couple years back and it blew me away, wasn't as impressed this time but it is still top notch and still love it.

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

Photo of perrymarcus
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a cloudy, bright golden-yellow tone while yielding a foamy 2" head. very nice retention and some patchy lacing.

nose offers a good dose of fruity sweetness with notes of yeast, spice, and a little malt. all the trappings of a good tripel.

taste is even better. fruit comes through (apple, maybe a little lemon zest), spice, yeast, and a touch of booze. very enjoyable. medium bodied mouthfeel with some zest carbonation.

overall, nothing otherworldly here but no question it's a very solid triple, flavorful and tasty.

Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

at first it has a similar distinction of a particular yeast odor. lemon and hay. pollen and mild wheat. a complex yeast and grain structure that seems to be all to familiar but actually quite broad. some belgian sugars some straw in the nose. palate on the other hand was a triple with a significantly more savory finish of earth that induced hunger. herbal notes. coriander and anise. it is a perfect food combination. a wood bark note that was dry and crisp bittering. mild hints of apple pie and honey. and the crisp sugar crust.

must say as in formally this is fantastic and very textbook. and saying that with a triple is a lot in the context of quebec... or north america for that matter. i think i've had more intriguing beers by them but this by volume is the most impressive and on the money.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden colour with a great frothy head that dissipates to a ring of bubbles that clings to the edge of the glass.

S: Spicey cloves on the nose, strong honey and cane sugar notes, fruits such as apples and pears. Picking up a faint and pleasing bubblegum aroma.

T: Sweet honey and crisp orchard fruits upfront, with spices that follow. Balanced very well with a tart yet clean finish. Warming alcohol is faintly present but well hidden.

M: Very good carbonation that's not overpowering and doesn't take away from the taste. Nice oily mouthfeel and texture.

D: Will be seeking this one out again, among other offerings from Charlevoix. Easily drinkable but the ABV will creep up on you with this one.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought this back from Calgary and decided to pop it open tonight and consume. I'm very impressed by the white billowy head. I had to be careful with the pour to avoid having the beer crest the glass. Now 5 minutes after the pour, there is still a half finger of head lingering with streaky lacing.

Aromas of banana, mint, rock candy, nutmeg, and a hint of pine.

The smell gave a false preview as more flavors exist in the nose compared to the taste. The taste has melon, banana, and mint combining in mild harmony.

With an effervescent feel in the mouth, this 9% brew has a light feel on the tongue. Upon swallowing, my mouth feels wet with some spit clumping qualities.

I am very impressed by the appearance of this beer. Lacing and head doesn't get a whole lot better than this, especially considering it is from a bottle. This is a solid brew and is worth a try.

Photo of Swedes21
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ludachris
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive hazy apricot golden hue with two fingers of fluffy, tightly knit paper white head sitting on top. Great retention with a steady flow of tiny bubbles that fuel it. This is only made that much more attractive being decanted in my Duvel tulip.

The Belgian yeast comes in dry and chalky and is perched on a bed of juicy pears, semi-tart green grapes, spice, lemon peel, and even some mango. Very fresh and complex. The tropical scent is a welcome touch.

The dry, bready, and yeasty characters rush the mouth first as fruity notes of lemon, pear and mango glide across the tongue. Bready in the finish with a bit of spice while the fruity hops sit on the middle of the tongue until the end.

Rich in body with a good amount of carbonation accompanying it. The high ABV is kept out of the equation, making for a great balance and wonderful drinkability. I did find it a tad watery in the finish, but being its only real flaw, and a minor one at that, it didn't really affect my experience.

It seems like every time I have a Belgian (or a North American Belgian brewed beer) I grow more and more in love with them, and this one only fuels this. It possesses all of the staple Tripel characteristics and adds its own fruity twist, making it all the more memorable. I'll be sure to pick this up again!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow/gold color with a fluffy head into my glass. They've got the presentation right here.

The aroma is full of spice from the yeast, followed by a slight hint of hops as well. I don't see anything out of the ordinary here.

Taste is crisp with a slight hint of citrus and spice, as well as hops. Somewhat "hot" as it coats the mouth. Otherwise, very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice and alcohol heat. Very warming. Certainly a sipping beer but it does wonders on a cold Vermont night.

A very good example of the style. If you know what to expect from this style, you won't be disappointed. I'll certainly take my time with it.

Photo of MattyV
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow into a snifter with a two-finger fluffy, pillowy white head that shows fabulous retention and lacing.

Aroma is very fresh. I first pick up slight citrus notes, along with some of the more-standard tripel smells: spice, yeast, fruitiness. As it warms I'm noticing more white grape and pear as well.

The taste is big and fruity up front along with some major yeasty notes. Sweet, but not overpowering, the spiciness tends to balance it out well. The pleasant flavour profile masks the ABV quite well, with the heat only slightly noticeable.

Lively carbonation, this one definitely dances across your tongue and lends a tanginess to the overall experience.

I'm glad I seeked this out while in Quebec. A great and well-balanced tripel; I may even prefer it to LFdM... a tripel tasting may be in order.

Photo of tbeckett
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Frothy, two finger head. Huge white bubbles. Medium carbonation with a nice golden/straw colour. THe head on this is great. Looks thick and really bright white.

S - Huge yeast notes. Bubblegum and spice. Maybe some clove. Pick up some funkiness there as well. Lot's of spice though. Smells great.

T - Really bubblegummy. Fruitiness in there as well which is really strong. Mild spice. Lovely stuff.

M - Medium body with minimal carbonation makes this feel a little off. Some lingering flavours.

D - Pretty high. Body might restrict it but otherwise I could drink this all night. Spot on.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 17th March 2010, I picked this up this past weekend at State Line. Thank you for the recommendation, Robert.

Pouring a light orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing, this is a great looking beer. Clarity is top notch, and I'd be hard-pressed to fault this. The nose is wonderful too. In the vein of some of the other Canadian tripels, this is sweeter and fruitier than most of the best Belgians (but thankfully not cloying, alcoholic messes that a lot of American brewers conjure). Citrus and tropical fruit dominate, with sweet oranges, a little mango and a little ripe papaya as well. A little dried straw/ hay is present, along with some honey. Not very yeasty, though a light spice character is present, almost mace and coriander -like. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens crisp and fruity, with a blend of oranges, flowers (jasmine?), a little pepper and lemons. The honey does come through as well, and the hop character, while faint, is quite perfect. Just a little bitterness (this is 15 IBUs and 5 months old, after all), but there's still that light, lingering Saaz-like flavor of grass and lemons. A touch earthy as well, especially on the mid-palate, this beer dries out quite considerably on the finish, leaving a blend of spices, a touch of grainy huskiness and a little alcohol. On the lighter end of medium light (light medium light?). Crisply carbonated, this beer hides the alcohol very well. It does get to you though, and probably tackling this solo after a 13 hour day wasn't the best idea, but it sure did seem better than drinking the (equally strong) Cascade Apricot. Excellent stuff, highly recommended.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kwjd
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-orange colour with thick white head. As it dissipates, it leaves a nice ring on top and a layer of lacing all over the glass. Smells of pears and the Belgian yeast. Little bit of noticable hop bitterness in the flavour, with some of fruity sweetness. Complex flavour. Very smooth mouthfeel. This may be my favourite Canadian tripel.

As I keep working my way through beers from this brewery, I'm constantly impressed.

Dominus Vobiscum Triple from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.