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Dominus Vobiscum Double - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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88
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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beersignal on 06-03-2006

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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 82
Photo of thebeers
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown with tons of bubbles up the sides of the glass and a bubbly off-white head that's quick to disappear with zero lacing. Smells strongly of currants, raisins and other dark fruits, some cherry cola and even a little maple syrup. Definitely malt forward in taste, with some of the same flavors as in the aroma, but surprisingly dry. Nice amount of hop bitterness in the background for balance, as well as a tiny herbal aroma and flavor in there too. Sort of a scraping bubbles, cleansing mouthfeel. Decent, but still not as great as the classics.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: about two fingers of a slightly beige head. Slightly higher than moderate rates of carbonation are visible. It's a dark auburn sort of color, raisin would be an accurate descriptor of color.

S: Dark fruits, some darkly caramelized sugars, a bit of some spicy phenols.

T: This is great, absolutely great. Initially I was hit with some dark fruit , think in the vein of raisin or grape, followed up with some slight spiciness. I also get just a bit of star anise, which is great because usually i find spiced beers overly spiced. The star anise really just adds another complex layer to the beer. Maybe a bit of a bready/munich malt type flavor. When it was warming up I even got a bit of a sweet milk chocolate.Overall, very complex.

F: Carbonation is good. Not overly fizzy, as I find many brewers hear belgian and go overboard, but well done. Mouth feel is not overly thick making the beer extremely drinkable.

O: This is an amazing beer! Highly recommend it. It easily competes with the greats and IMO beats out Chimay and Maudite. Even though it's a bit strong to be a Dubbel, it makes for a fantastic dark strong. This is good stuff!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Microbrasserie Charlevoix "Dominus Vobiscum Double"
500 ml. brown glass bottle, "Bottled on 14/07/08 9:10"

Hazy ruby-accented dark russet brown body beneath a frothy head of light tan. A bit of zesty carbonation is common for the style so that makes sense, and the quick rising bubbles help to bolster the head, giving it great head retention. The aroma displays dark skinned fruits and spiciness with a little bit of brown sugar and caramel thrown in to round it out, and the flavor follows suit, simply adding a touch of grassy (and perhaps spicy...?) hops to the background. The fermentation seems clean, other than producing the brilliant dark fruitiness and (some) spice; and it's well-balanced by a moderate to median bitterness (it's kind of hard to tell with the carbonic bite of the CO2). Not a lot of brewers are producing this style of beer right now, and certainly not to this quality. This is also a very fresh bottle, and I think that a few months of aging might soften it and open it up a bit to reveal a greater depth of maltiness. Impressive. I'm going to have to seek out more offerings from this brewery.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/13/2013 at 45 degrees into goblet
Aroma of malt, figs, and a hint of alcohol
Head large (6 cm), light brown, creamy with rocks, very slowly diminishing to
Lacing from initial pour poor – a few small islands with both large and small bubbles. However subsequent pours give thick rings with stalactites.
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with the heavy sweetness of dates and figs, followed by a quickly receding stomach burn – the alcohol doesn’t show in the flavor. The flavor ends quickly leaving only a slight sweetness. No diacetyl, no hops.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

This is a very good beer, very similar to Unibroue’s Le Terrible, just slightly rougher. It looks good, smells great, and is very flavorful.

Photo of Lordhelmit
2.42/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance is your typical dark amber. Nothing significant. Had a good head upon pouring.

Smell was great - had high hopes. Smelled like...pomegranate vineyard type stuff. Fruity. Pleasant.

taste - like vomit. i could not finish but half of the pint i bought. the taste was miserable. literally tasted like i was drinking someone's vomit.

mouthfeel - thin body. watery. not good.

overall - not impressed, for $4 a pint. will not buy again.

Photo of mountdew1
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Best Buy April 13, 2014
Poured into tulip glass. A medium brown in color with plenty of reddish tint. Slight head, left a ring around the collar, light brown in color. Aroma was very fruity, a bit like a fig or plum, maybe a hint of grapes, small note of pepper. Taste was slighty malty, then shifted to a bit of sugary sweet with some fruit notes as well. Strange mouthfeel, no real coat, almost left the mouth dry. Not bad, but seemed drier than I would expect.

Photo of Fader
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, slight amber, average head, fades away with some lace left.

S - Deep rooted strong caramel, toffee like, not overly exciting.

T - Stays true to the nose, but enriches the flavors further, very nice toffee almost smoky.

M - Some carbonation, pretty smooth for such a rich beer.

O - Not my favourite style, but very good beer, the brewer does not disappoint.

Photo of kaufmaal
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/13/11.

Dark brown pour, toasted oat colored head that disappeared to a thin line. Ripe fig smell with some caramel, browned butter, raisin, black cherry soda. Wonderful carbonation - very clean tasting. The flavors have mellowed a bit, and everything is slightly muted, flavor wise: rum raisins, dark brown sugar, vanilla bean. There a bit of boozyness to the aftertaste, and just the right amount of sour, like overripe bananas. I'd gladly search this one out again.

Photo of byronic
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown, nice thick two fingers of head which fades slowly leaving lacing in white puffy clouds.

Strong aroma of fig, raisins and hints of brown sugar. Overall a great smelling beer.

Tastes of malt and fruits with a sweet finish. When the sweetness starts to fade the alcohol is quite present in the aftertaste.

A nice creamy drink with a dry (alcohol) finish. Fairly lively (medium?) carbonation for a dubbel.

A nice enjoyable take on a dubbel. Only downside seems to be aging. I've tried two with just over a year of age, this particular brew seem better fresh.

Photo of One2Remeber
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dirty brown, deep dark amber hue. Real lively, bubbles shooting up. Moderate head, fizzy/fades quickly, dark off-white, light beige color.

S: Apple, figs, cider. Hint of booze. Brown sugar undertone. Extremely clean.

T: Light coco, toffee. Sugary sweet. Slightly meaty (umami) yeast flavors. Hint of black pepper spice on the back end, lingering with crisp flavors.

M: Smooth, balance of creamy (upfront) and dry (finish). Mild carbonation, not faint or overpowering.

O: Very clean interpretation. For dubbel drinkers this a must try. Well-put together, pronounced flavors, complex yet easy to drink. Water/yeast characteristics similar to a Unibroue product.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a slightly cloudy brownish amber, with a thick, brownish red head and really active carbonation. Takes a couple pours. Head is airy and scummy and maintains really well. Great retention big, gloppy lacing.

S:
Really sweet and yeast-heavy. Some malt with lots of fruity banana tones from the yeast. Also has a persistent "beery" smell due to the high ABV (I assume).

T:
Thick with a pervasive hop feel. Really strong caramel notes and the tiniest tinge of dry hoppy bitterness.

M:
Chewy and soft just like caramel (which is exactly what it tastes like). Pretty warm and boozy but not enough to elicit a shudder. Muddy hop flavors give way to rising malt tones and a long caramel-drench, yeast-tinged finish.

O:
Good beer. It is unified and neither overly nor underly complex. A lot going on but nothing to distract. A little sweet for my taste but the welcome balancing presence of the hops does wonders. Probably won't become a staple or anything but I could have a couple without getting burnt out on it. Would drink again.

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this a few years ago and remember really enjoying it. Saw a few on clearance and bought the last three. So, I have been cellaring these for maybe a year and a half now. Cracked one open tonight.

Pours a really nice crimson brown, ruby edges and maybe a bit tan in the thinnest spots. Very thin bubbly head that dissipates quick with bubbles that hang around edges and a few in the center for most of the drinking experience. Really nice. Just what I would expect out of a dubbel (double, whatever). Pretty for a dubbel I should say.

The smell is really gentle. Very gentle... kind of floral sweet with red plum tones, maybe a bit of light honey... kind of a cola scent. Not mass production cola, but the herbal cola you can still get in health food stores... or Whole Food sometimes. Almost this sort of damp vegetation scent... pleasant though, like a field after a rain kind of sweet damp, veg.

I think a little time has done this some good. Went from really good to really great for me.

Heads with a gentle sweet earthiness and then plunges fast into almost a ginger bread, ginger christmas cookies sort of spiciness. Definitely a lot of warm spice. Really helps balance the booze, which my bottle says is 9%. I taste hints of fresh figs, and then comes a surprise. Dark cherry, the kind you get that if that sat for another day they would be rotten. Sweet, but not too sweet. Mellow, but flavorful. This comes with the next interesting thing. The herbal cola taste that the smell puts off. I've had several herbal colas (if you never have, try one, hunt one down). This is not a Coca-Cola or Pepsi... non of that. Very herbal, slightly floral, and the spiciness lingers a bit with it. Maybe hints of port? Vanilla? Settles out just the slightest bit bitter... and I mean SLIGHT. This beer would appeal to people who want very little hop bitters. The booze finds its way and warms up the end just a tad. A bit of the bitter is probably from the booze as well.

Through all this, it is very clean... surprisingly clean. It is just a bit sticky at the back of the mouth. The carbonation helps to lighten it up. It has a medium body. But the carbonation helps out a lot.

Overall, the smell was surprisingly quiet. But this was exceptionally balanced and, I felt, pushed to the limits. If this beer had more spice, if it had more malt, more sweetness, more carbonation, more of anything! It would have felt overdone. But this was great. This was really great. Kind of a dream dubbel for me. I've had dubbels from Belgium and Trappists that have nothing on this. A great interpretation to the style. I will be getting this again in the future without even a second thought.

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, bottled on Nov 11/11, making it a little less than a year

A - Dark brown, approaching black. Dense thick head, with nice lacing. Looks delicious.

S - Dark bread, malt, raisin, some apricot, plum

T - Malt, brown sugar, a little leather. Carmalized sugars at the end.

M - Dense yet easy to roll. Goes down extemely well.

O - One of the niced dubbels I've ever had.

Photo of papat444
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Seany for this.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, bottled 2012/01/12.

Appearance: A good half of the glass is filled with a light toffee colored heady that has a patchwork of tiny air bubbles and leaves lots of lacing. Dard brown with red wine tinges in the body.

Smell: Citrus mixed with brown sugar and also a candied sugar. Strong yeast presence gives it a nice aroma as does some spices.

Taste: Toffee at first with candy plums and fresh herbs. Good flavors but hard to pick out because the....

Mouthfeel: is very carbonated. I've had worse but it unnecessarily distracts. Better after about half an hour but damage is done.

Overall: This would rate much higher if it wasn't for the carbonation issues. Glad it's local so i can keep trying.

Photo of endovelico
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Creme, spongy head that soufflés out, leaving no lace. The brew is mahogany with reddish highlights and low perceived effervescence.

Aroma: Medium low in intensity. Chocolate-y, ashy with strong caramel notes.

Taste: Candy sugar, alcohol warmness, some higher alcohols, some raisins, some fig, spices.

Palate: Medium to medium full. Low to medium carbonation. Low bitterness. Kinda soapy and flat texture.

Overall: A decent Dubbel, but too conservative in my eyes. Severly low in depth, it's more protuberant quality is the alcohol play. The carbonation, ABV and residual sugar ratio proves effective and very enjoyable in allowing for a smooth buzz, that pervades without much notice.

Photo of mick303
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice creamy tan head of one finger that lingers around forever, good to see such a solid retention and lacing on a non-Euro Trappist-style. Colour is really dark, a dark/blackish chestnut brown.

Aroma is very fragrant and picks up some of the spices used in the brew. Light and fresh esters overtop of a big body of boozy malt fruitiness. Intoxicating.

Taste is very rich, some dark fruitiness, caramel malts. Great complexity, spices are just present enough to give an interesting flavour kick without getting in the way of the beer. Finish is nice and full, with maltiness that lingers, beer warms all the way down.

Mouthfeel is really full. I find it quite well balanced, theres a slight bitterness, and the alcohol is quite well hidden, very warming.

Was quite impressed with this example, seems to stack up with some of the better examples of the style. The balance and complexity of this are solid and it makes a very drinkable and interesting beer. Worth seeking out.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a semi opaque, somewhat muddy red-orange amber. Thick, aggressive head (foamed out of the bottle), leaving light lacing; lasts a long time. Sweet caramel malt and very spicy aroma. Taste is sweet malts, raisins, dark fruit, brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon, complex. Middle and finish are lighter versions of the start, almost seems a slight let down that there is not a burst of flavor at the end. Still a complex, but subtle flavoring. Quite different. I would like to try other ales from this brewery.

Photo of drpimento
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, foamy, tan head that soon settles to a self-replenishing island and ring and no lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy amber copper with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is malt, fruit, spice. Flavor is like nose plus sweet up front, followed by carbonic tang, little bitterness. Body is full and round and has the right carbonation to cut the sweetness. Finish is like flavor, average length, and boozy.

Photo of csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - deep garnet color with a finger of head that retains well and laces well as well... So many wells

S - spices... Coriander, orange peel, banana eaters and dark fruit

T - starts with the spices... coriander and maybe some sweet orange peel. Then has a hint of dark fruits and candi sugars. Any malt characteristics are hidden to me.

M - slightly slightly cloyingly sweet... Not bad though... Carb could be a little higher.

O - a good beer to pick up and give a try, you might like it a lot

Photo of SebD
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some ruby hues shinning through . It has a nice beige head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit (mostly raisins) with some spices, rich roasted malts, bubblegum, and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice dark fruit character to it with a light spiciness, sweet caramelly malts really come out with a nuttiness and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice and sweet overall balance and feel.

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

Photo of BGDrock
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very dark brown; a great, tan head builds quickly on the poor and fades to a thin covering after a few minutes

Aroma: mild; sharpness and acidity like wine; some roasted malt; dark fruit like cassis

Taste & Mouthfeel: that's different! effervescent and sharp at first, fades to an almost creamy, mouth-filling bitterness that feels fruity; dates? raisins? cassis? medium body, carbonation; great length, flavour is glued to the tongue (a good thing); the sweetness is rich and deep

Overall: a very smooth, easy drinking double with a rich, complex, not-too-sweetness that would go great with dessert

Photo of hopsolutely
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, hazy amber with red highlights and a decent cappuccino-coloured head. Relatively low level of carbonation, but still a fizzy mouthfeel - not the best element of this beer.

Aroma is of Belgian yeast with a sweet, milky undertone. The additional spices are more prevalent in the taste, and complement it nicely. This Belgian yeast is well balanced with the caramelized malts, a sweet taste that leaves a surprisingly dry finish.

Not a beer style I personally choose very often, but I am glad to have tried this particular one.

Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from Marche Omni (3.99$)

Appearance - Reddish brown colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige colored head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some decent lacing.

Smell - Malts, raisins, hay/straw

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste anise mixed with malts and some raisins. There are also notes of smoke and a bit of chocolate. It ends with a dark fruit slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – Another quality beer from this brewer. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is very drinkable. It's got the perfect amount of sweetness that leaves it flavourful but not cloying. Not sure I'd pick it up again, but I'm glad I gave it a shot.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2011/11/09. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured medium brown and settled a very dark amber/ruby colour. One finger of light brown head formed with very good retention.

S - Brown sugar, raisins, burnt caramel, spice and some dark fruit notes in the background.

T - A huge rum soaked raisin flavour up front with brunt caramel, dark fruit and spices. A sweet sticky-candy finish. Although this is sweet, the ABV cuts through the sweetness perfectly.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

Photo of BBP
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut brown with a full head, excellent retention and nice lacing.

The aroma is of dark fruit, bubblegum, yeast, and candy.

The taste is somewhat like the aroma with bubblegum and caramel sweetness as well. It's more or less what most dubbels aspire to. The balance in this is quite well done. Very rich without overwhelming sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin and medium-heavy. The finish is dry with slight stickiness.

Overall, once this warmed up a bit I was quite impressed with it. I think a smaller bottle size would be best, however as the dryness did add up a little, but aside from that, I think this is the dubbel I'd choose from this point on.

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Dominus Vobiscum Double from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
88 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.