Dominus Vobiscum Double - Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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4.9/5 rDev +24.7%
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.
04-23-2013 03:15:53 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
4.85/5 rDev +23.4%
poured from a 500ml bottle at Brasserie V into a Corsendonk tulip glass. Probably should be in a goblet as the head went crazy.
A- dark, brown with bluish tints. Lots of head.
S- Candied fruits, sarsparilla (lolwut), hint of rum soaked something or other.
T- Wow. Lots of plum, peach in the first few sips then it went to anise, molasses, licorice, adn raisin. Really great. Hints of rhubarb and bubble gum. Rum soaked fruit at the end.
M- carbonated but decent. thick, coats the tongue.
D- At 9% this is a one bottle per night beer but really excellent. I would definitely get this again.
08-23-2010 21:15:10 | More by Yojimbo1941
4.55/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
10-13-2012 01:56:28 | More by Beelzebeer
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
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
08-23-2010 01:21:51 | More by StephenRich
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color with red tints. Slightly cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.
S: A vibrant aroma of yeast, spices, sweets and malt.
T: Tasted of malt, caramel, cinnamon, and yeast. Not classically a dubbel, but so flavorful it doesn't matter.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
D: An excellent, drinkable beer.
06-07-2010 12:57:48 | More by avalon07
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
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
4.4/5 rDev +12%
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.
01-20-2014 05:43:57 | More by kaufmaal
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
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
This was an excellent find- I'm headed back to the store for the other styles available from this brewer.
Nice and dark with a thick and tight tan head. Smells of licorice.
Tastes like heaven- sweet with spicy notes. The bottle says Star Anise and I totally get that.
Although the carbonation is active, it is not overly so and it has a pleasant sparkly feel in the mouth.
One bottle a night would be about as much as you could handle but it is definitely one to buy more of.
09-29-2009 20:44:33 | More by MAB
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
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
Explodes with a five+ finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Cloudy deep mahogany color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit nose. Flavor is dark fruit, cloves with a dry fruit finish. High ABV is hidden. $7.99 for a 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
09-01-2010 22:41:49 | More by jdhilt
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
500ml bottle poured into a 22oz snifter. My bottle says 9.0% ABV.
A - Some quick reaction time kept this Dominus Vobiscum from turning into a Dominus Volcano. Massive head of bubbly tan foam. Long, slow pour. The color is a deep ruby hue, really dark with lots of haze. Good head retention with some nice lacing for a while. Also, I won't lie, this might be my favorite label art I've ever seen. So that will influence my rating here a bit.
S - Dark fruits, blueberries, caramel malt, candi sugar and something sort of vegetal. Although I like it a lot, the vegetal quality sort of throws me off. Cola syrup, Belgian yeast, and some light spices. The aroma is really all dark fruits, with plums, figs, blueberries and... tomatoes...
T - Opens up with dark fruits and caramel malt, and finishes with lots of sweet dark fruits, yeast, licorice, and spices. Cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg linger in the aftertaste. I'm still getting some strong blueberry presence in the flavor, as well as a strong peppermint character in the finish. This dubbel definitely has a deep, dark and rich flavor profile. The vegetal character from the aroma translates slightly into the taste, but doesn't ruin the flavor for me. It's just so... tomato... No alcohol warmth or hop presence for the most part.
M - Medium body with some nice carbonation. Could be a bit smoother for sure, but it's still pretty good. A little disappointing, as I expected this to be another strong point of this ale, and while it's still done very well, it doesn't come together like I had hoped it would.
D - A great dubbel with a different tasting flavor. While this wasn't exactly what I expected, it's still a great beer. And as with any good tasting beer with a high ABV, the alcohol sneaks up quickly. I like it, but a 500ml bottle is enough for me.
01-13-2012 02:31:58 | More by Converge
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
04-14-2012 19:45:16 | More by SebD
4.29/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
06-02-2013 18:45:25 | More by One2Remeber
Dominus Vobiscum Double from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
88 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.