Dominus Vobiscum Double - Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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3.53/5 rDev -10.2%
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
03-25-2007 00:48:03 | More by Popsinc
3.53/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
12-30-2011 17:57:45 | More by Rijtjeshuis
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
01-15-2011 22:07:53 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
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
04-06-2012 16:57:47 | More by BGDrock
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
08-11-2010 01:35:54 | More by glid02
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
08-04-2009 00:48:40 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
07-19-2007 00:48:44 | More by Sammy
3.93/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-27-2007 02:05:14 | More by kenito799
3.93/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-05-2010 03:17:36 | More by Yoonisaykul
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
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
08-29-2010 02:14:54 | More by joemcgrath27
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
02-22-2010 03:06:09 | More by eat
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
10-16-2009 03:50:52 | More by elricorico
4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
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
01-22-2012 03:57:56 | More by Stocean1
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-07-2007 19:19:19 | More by Phyl21ca
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
02-04-2012 00:22:32 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Dominus Vobiscum Double from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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