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Dominus Vobiscum Double - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Beersignal on 06-03-2006

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Photo of Popsinc
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very nice dark chestnut pour...very lively & generous tan head....the nose is a nice blend of fruit & spice...hints of mostly fig and a little bit of plum & licorice, spiciness including slight cloves, and a fresh yeastiness as well....The taste starts out on a very "herbal" note, fennel for sure, followed up a slight plummy sweetness and ending with some dark earthy spice & alcohol warmth, somewhat medicinal....i would hazard to say this double is the beer version of Jaegermeister....a lively mouthfeel, somewhat crisp, the finish leans towards the dry side....the herbal & medicinal qualities of this beer bring the drinkability factor down for me

Merci Serge!

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L ~ pours a very dark mahogany in color, almost black (a little dark for style). The head is quite nice: cream colored, quite large off a hard pour, mousy with some larger bubbles, and falling fairly slowly with some nice lacing. Clarity is quite nice, though a bit syrupy and deeply red when held to the light.

S ~ not very strong. Malt comes out first and is spot-on for style. with some deep richness and the aroma of dark fruits (prunes and raisins). There's also a good helping of spice, but not really the usual cloves and pepper profile of a dubbel; there's a bit more vanilla and star anise (black licorice) in there as well. This plays fairly well with the dark malt notes.

T ~ fairly similar to the nose. A lot of complex malt, with the dark malts coming up first (much less syrupy sweet that with a Belgian Strong Dark, as I'd expect from a Dubbel). This has the a similar fruitiness. The spiciness seems to lean a bit more to the star anise, especially on the long finish. Not a huge fan of this flavor, and it gives a bit of an unpleasant finish and seems to make it feel a little less dry than it would otherwise be. No real alcoholic flavors.

F ~ full bodied and higher carbonation gives a fluffy feel which works really well with the dark, but not cloying, malts and the spices. A bit of alcoholic warmth, which plays up the anise a bit.

Fairly good for a dubble, I found the malt profile a touch darker than my favorites of the style. Also, I found that the star anise flavor was a bit unwelcome for me, but that's a personal preference. All-in-all, complex and interesting. Solid Dubbel.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third of my Charlevoix mixed four pack, along with the Blanche, Tripel and Blonde.

Poured into an Affligem goblet. An interesting colour: a sludgy russet brown hue, unless it is held to the light, at which point it becomes a lovely dark cherry. First pour of the bottle crackled with carbonation and the head quickly burned off; upon second pouring the head gained some strength from the sediment and has survived as a thin layer and leaves some lacing as well.

The nose is mild, with faint whiffs of yeast, dark fruit, a bit of green apple. Pleasant, but it's barely there.

The taste is certainly spicy and rich, but not nearly as malty as other dubbel offerings. Still, some great flavors are here: cinnamon, clove/nutmeg, licorice (anise?), raisins, apple tart grape, and a bit of sweetness from the caramel. The 9% is tucked away nicely. Flavorful, but lacks that bready malt character. The finish is suprisingly tart.

Pinprick carbonation, alcohol presence is warm and provides a nice burn. Creamy feel as the brew warms.

A fine dubbel with a nice spicy sweet taste, certainly worthy of recommendation. I could certainly drink a lot of this over the course of the evening, though the ABV is probably going to prevent that. Not the greatest dubbel I've had, but certainly an enjoyable one.

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 glid02
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark purplish-brown color with a two-finger cream-colored head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of sweet dark malts with good amounts of anise. Also present and intensifying as the beer warms are moderate amounts of dried plums and raisins.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Dark malts with good amounts of Belgian candi sugar and anise flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip the anise flavors fade a bit to allow for dried dark fruits - raisins and prunes as in the aroma - to work their way into things. Very mild amounts of brown sugar make a brief appearance before fading into a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer but I have to think that it could benefit a bit if the anise notes were toned down. Still, a solid effort and worth a shot to see for yourself.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, in a hotel room in downtown Montreal. Shitty things have to be done when you forget to bring a bottle opener on vacation, and the hotel staff are less than helpful in that regard.

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby brown hue, with slight orange edges, and a copious amount of puffy, densely foamy beige head, which leaves substantial speckled lace around the glass as it rather slowly melts away.

It smells somewhat mildly of caramelized toffee, bready malt, apple puree, dates, brown sugar, with the usual Belgian suspects of clove, coriander, and yeast pushing to the front. The taste is molasses, caramel malt, a hint of cocoa, cloves, sweet ginger - just like my mom's ginger spice cookies - that is if they had an addition of earthy, leafy hops. Hardly a whisper of the 16-proof booze comes through, by the by.

The carbonation is fairly mild (probably due to the difficulty we had opening the bottle without any metal implement whatsoever, and the attendant time it took), with just a wee hum here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and maybe a little lacking in overall smoothness. It finishes surprisingly less than sweet, the sticky molasses and caramel backbone standing firm, sure, but against a stern grainy, spicy, and hoppy dryness.

A well-rendered double, deftly balanced, the alcohol certainly obfuscated. I would cite this as a purely easy-drinking version of the style - eventual booze and ingress challenges aside, of course.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Derek's bottle. I have enjoyed every member of the Vobiscum lineup, the Priest Made Me Do It! representation of the brewery's offerings. Dark brown and an off-brown slightly bubbly head, with coco aroma. Rich malting, creamy mouthfeel. On the sweet side, making very drinkable the Chai spices.

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 kenito799
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Brought back from our Quebec trip.

This dark chestnut brown brew has reddish highlights. A massive tan foamy head fills the glass and slowly recedes...beautiful lacing pattern.

Aroma is spicy with both sweet root beer and cola notes predominating; i detect nutmeg and a hint of licorice.

True to the style, this beer is best as it warms a bit. There is a fair amount of candi sugar sweetness up front, with a cooling spiciness (licorice, nutmeg, cola)...then a surprisingly forceful bitterness comes in and carries through a long finish. Alcohol very well hidden. This is an intense beer to drink--very sweet and spicy then nice strong bitterness trying to balance it out.

A very impressive and beautiful dubbel. A bit exhausting, knocks its drinkability down a notch, certainly not a session beer, but a very nice effort. Charlevoix is certainly producing some great Belgians. Worth a trip to Quebec and the brewpub in Baie-Saint-Paul has some really good food, too.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

03-05_2010- bottle
A- Darkest ruby. Light beige head is thick and looks chewy and marshmallowy, but still recedes to a thin layer. Spotted lacing.

S- Ethanol. Black candy licorice. Carbonation. Brown sugar. Dried prunes.

T- Similar to smell. Very sweet. Bitterness is reminiscent of black licorice's. A little chocolate. Alcohol doesn't feel as strong as it is.

M- High carbonation. Full bodied. Very smooth.

D- Good. Would be better to me if I liked black licorice more. I still want another one after the first bottle.

Like a fine black licorice soda. Quality drink, just not really my thing.

December 31st 2010- bottle
Only a few months later and I like it better now.
Don't notice the black licorice as much. Much better head retention and general look.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a hazy deep amber, tall creamy tan head retained very well, eventually leaving intermittent lacing
S - very complex with hints of clove and nutmeg, orange zest, sweet raisin, and caramel malt, a cross between a strong belgian and a winter warmer
T - again complex, a spice mix like cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon, bready and caramel malt, orange zest hop notes, and a sweet raisin and cinnamon like flavour brings up the rear
M - strong carbonation kick, tingly spice sensations with somewhat chewy feel with the tingling sensation lasting
D - very complex flavours with a very strong feel, i don't really think the strong carbonation goes with these flavours but it works well enough, the strong alcohol is well hidden, you'll be glad you tried this

Photo of eat
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour lightly with this one, there's certainly no shortage of head. Poured into a Fin du Monde chalice, this brew is opaque and dark, woody brown in colour. Huge rocky cream coloured head recedes to an airy one-finger cover. Bits of lacing. Beautiful beer, the only improvement would be some more lacing.

Huge smell. Powerful yeast, astringent citrus, caramel malt, figs, clove, cinnamon, coriander, allspice, licorice. Complex and delicious. Only improves as it warms.

Tons of flavour. Incredibly balanced and complex. Dark caramel, yeast, minerals, lots of spice (cloves, allspice and cinnamon being most obvious), candied fruit and more obvious licorice than I've ever found in a beer. The 9% ABV is nowhere to be found. Reminiscent of both Trois Pistoles and Aventinus; maybe it's like a combination of the two plus licorice. If you like either of those, you'll like this. I'd say I prefer this to Trois Pistoles, actually (but not quite to Aventinus). I can't really think of an improvement I would suggest for this. I really wasn't expecting it to be so good.

Creamy medium body and a Unibroue like carbonation, though maybe a touch less.

This is a serious beer. Back when I was first getting into beers, I bought Charlevoix's Triple thinking that since it was one more than Double it must be better. Was that ever stupid. I realized recently that I didn't ever go back to try the Double. This is by far the best of the 500ml Dominus Vobiscum releases. I'm kicking myself for not having tried this a long time ago. This is one of the top regularly-bottled beers in the country and one of my new favorites.

Photo of elricorico
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep maple brown in colour, with some light managing to pass through. Huge head forms, foamy and beige, and it tests my patience waiting for it to settle.

Aroma is big, I smell it from distance. Ripe red cherries, licorice, a peppery spice and a root beer type sweetness all reach the nose. Complex and inviting, what else could you ask for in an aroma?

Taste doesn't quite live up to the nose. Dominated by sweetness, the impression of a cream soda hits me. There is some spiciness and alcohol warmth to mix it up.

Body comes across a touch thinner than I'd hope for. Carbonation is high, a bit sharp on the tip of the tongue. Not bad, but I like a fuller body.

All things considered this is a pretty drinkable 8.5% ABV beer.

Photo of Stocean1
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

frothy two finger head quickly down to a nice collar, dark brown caramel - looks like coke - yeasty bits on top, fine patchy lacing

candied sugar, yeast, sweet rye bread, plums and grape

taste follows the nose with floral hops and anise

medium bodied with plenty of carbonationm dry, relatively smooth, nice bite

An excellent dubbel that is a must buy when it comes around

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy brown color ale with a big foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of anis is totally dominating but still well back by some strong malt. Taste is dominating by anis with some candi sugar. I thought the anis was a bit overwhelming and could have been more balance. Body was above average and alcohol was well hidden. Nicely done overall but a better calibration of spices would bring this to world class level.

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 ZorPrime
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted on July 6, 2008.

A: Dark brown. Looks like mud! No head.

S: Banana, licorice and sugar. I would say this is typical for dubbel... based on my little experience.

T: Licorice and fruity (dark fruits). Not my taste...

M: Medium body.

D: I can only have one per session so I would say it is average...

Would need to revisit this one later... I would guess my beer experience is too young to really appreciate this type of beer.

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 mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep ruby red, mahogany toned liquid appearing before me. A good amount of haze in this one led it to have a good, thick look about it. A nice three finger high head

Lots of dark fruit like esters were bouncing around with it as well, but there was just this tremendously big earth, malt aroma coming off. Some raisins and figs were playing around in there as well. Lots of spiced rum like flavors coming at me at first, then the malted bread like tones sitting in behind it. A very thick flavor, I was not expecting it to be this big. Lots of raisins, figs, plums, and a touch of apricot playing around in there letting you know the yeast was doing its thing. As I let it sit, and started to take bigger sips it got a little bit lighter for me, but still retained its very nice profile. Nice dry finish

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 Proteus93
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: bottle states 'Embouteillee le / bottled on : 2010 Fev 04 14:06', consumed on June 30, 2010

A: Hazy mahogany, with a bit of golden hue around the edges. Big head calls for a slow pour or patience with topping it off.

S + T: Raisin, fig, and a hint of rum & butter. A bit of a fruitbread flavour is a nice touch. Modest licorice / anise offers a balance and a touch of bitterness. As it warms, that becomes a little more pronounced - maybe just a little much.

*M + D: Not quite as 'sparkling' as some, but a very assertive carbonation. It helps the retention of the head, as well. Decent sipper...some alcohol warmth peeks through.

Photo of StephenRich
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love to travel to find great beer. The LCBO is certainly improving their beer selection, however by getting out of Ontario you can open your fridge to a new world of exciting beers we just don't see. The two most prominent destinations for me from Toronto are Buffalo and Quebec; both have many strong qualities as a beer buying destination, but Quebec may trump Buffalo in terms of random excitement.

Last time I was in Quebec, as usual, I grabbed a slew of random beers I'd never seen before, as well as beers whose labels I could not read or understand. Among the more legible beers was the Dominus Vobiscum Double, brewed by Microbrasserie Charlevoix located in Charlevoix Quebec. This would certainly be a new one to me, and I do love a good double, so I was excited.

Also, the Quebec brewers seem to have a strong understanding of Belgian style brewing, so I was hopeful for a good example here.

I took the Vobiscum out of the fridge about 10 minutes before I wanted to enjoy it so that it could warm up a little. You never want to have a beer that is rich like a double at fridge temperature; you will numb your palate and loose much of the flavor and aroma in the beer. This is precisely why the commercial brewers promote serving their beers ice cold; so you can't taste how bad they are! But I digress.

The Vobiscum comes in a 500ml bottle and is 9.0% abv, another sign that these brewers are not simply messing around. Poured into a nice deep chalice, it flowed smoothly roaring a luscious head immediately. I slowed my pour as to not get more head than beer, and a beautiful and dense rocky beige tan head developed perfectly. The beer resting below was a hugely deep ruby brown shimmering with black and oak notes, dark mahogany and slight golds. It certainly looked the part so far.

The nose also stood the test ranging from caramel, figs, prunes, apricots, and dark chocolate to cloves, cinnamon, allspice, pepper, and licorice. It had a faint yeasty alcohol note on the end, and overall a mellow sweet warming malt sensation the whole way through. It was big and round like a double should be, so in I went for the real test.

Diving into the beer it brought rich dark fruity malts immediately across my tongue followed by rich prunes, plums, deep caramel malts and some dark malts as well. Soon enough, the sweet and rich malt was joined by clove, allspice, cinnamon, coriander, and pepper with dark chocolate finding its way in the back end. There are candied pears and peaches as well as licorice in the heart of the beer too. It's vastly complex with massive flavors everywhere - but they are bright, fresh and distinct, rather than overbearing or dense.

A moderate amount of delicate carbonation on an otherwise full bodied beer creates an elegant and smooth mouthfeel complimenting the beer's presence and overall character. Very little hops are to be found, as should be the case in a double, so balance comes from the smooth bitter chocolate helping round out the beer. Its alcohol is perfectly masked by the delicious flavors of the beer which are full and supremely balanced amongst each other.

The finish was smooth, clean and warming leaving me wanting more... much more! This was excellent. I was enjoying it with some friends and I could not stop talking about how perfect it was. I don't think that Microbrasserie Charlevoix's beers are available outside of Quebec, so if you are ever there make sure you find some! I have their Triple waiting for me in the fridge.

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light ruby in color with a hint of golden and very clear. White head that let her head on the glass.

Aromas are very present, malty at first with flavors of chocolate, spices and malt. Followed by the presence of fruits (banana and apple) which ends with a yeasty presence.

Her taste is quite smooth and well balanced. At first the fruity and spicy flavors come out with notes of shy chocolate and cocoa. The malt comes in in an earthy warm flavors that ends it all

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 ritzkiss
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another 500ml bottle split courtesy of Bobsy, I think we may have drank more of yours than mine... Thanks though!

Pours a dark brown/mahogany with hints of amber, nice thick tan head.

Nose is toffee and bready malts, hint of orange rinds and lemons, some floral notes, spices, dark fruits. Spicier than your average dubbel.

Nice bready and caramel malts, raisins and dark fruits, candied oranges, gingerbread, cinnamon and other spices, almost a herbal tea quality dryness in the finish yet fuller and sweeter in the body.

Along with the Blanche, I think this is one of their better beers. A spicier, citrus twist on a traditional dubbel that works wonderfully. Thanks Rob!

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Dominus Vobiscum Double from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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