Dominus Vobiscum Triple - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 167
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 5.62%
Wants: 15
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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 MeisterBurger
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,372 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of eat
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (686 characters)

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. (735 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (866 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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! (1,317 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Yoonisaykul
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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. (707 characters)

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. (642 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange-peach colour with a very thick white head, lots of tiny carbonation.

Smells of apricots, peach, tropical fruit, citrusy hops, coriander, banana, I could goes on and on here...

Tastes of sweet tropical fruits upfront, a nice citrus rind, coriander and spices, finishes with a nice piney astringent hoppy undertone. The alcohol is very well hidden, but becomes noticeable as it warms up.

Very intense carbonated mouthfeel, this beer is alive!

Overall one of the best Tripel's I've ever had, Quebec sure knows what's up! (541 characters)

Photo of wspscott
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of Converge
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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)

Photo of Popsinc
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
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! (530 characters)

Photo of rodenbach99
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of Seanstoppable
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Stocean1
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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 flipper2gv
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Haydn-Juby
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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 duracell
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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 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. (423 characters)

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. (851 characters)

Photo of Swedes21
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (864 characters)

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! (1,216 characters)

Dominus Vobiscum Triple from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.