Dominus Vobiscum Double - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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 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 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 Soozy
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on April 13, 2011. This bottle is 8% abv, and not 9%. Not sure if/when they made the change.

Poured into a large DFH snifter. Very dark brown but with a nice red hue when it's held up to the light. Smell is largely acetaldehyde. I'm picking up on a lot of green apple, some alcohol and a hint of raisins. Overwhelming green apple though.

It tastes good. Better than I expected from the smell of it. Dark fruits at first, a hint of leather, and finishes with a touch of vanilla. Alcohol burn is present at the very end, especially as it warms up. A bit too much for my liking, but goes with the style I guess. Bitterness is pretty good. At first I was kind of skeptical that the bottle says it's only 10 IBUs, but it works well.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and a little bit too rich.

Overall, a solid beer and fair representation of the style. Wish I had one to age for 18 months or so. I'd be interested to see how this ages.

Photo of srandycarter
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Brown sugar, near white head, slow to leave. Nice cling.

S - Spices abound! Spices and maybe some yeast.

T - Holiday spices are about all I can taste. Not my favorite.

M - Good carb, good coating, too much spice.

D - As you might have guessed, not my cup of tea.

Photo of tbeckett
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Tan one finger head fizzing away at a moderate pace. Half finger sticks around for the long haul. Dark red, medium carbonation.

S - Really malty. Soapy sort of smell shows up too. Really fruity for some reason. For the style this is a surprise. Really rich smell.

T - Rich malt flavour. Huge dark fruit notes and a little booze.

M - Carbonation in the mouth. Medium to full body. Goes down smooth with lingering flavours which are nice.

D - Can't say I'd like more than one of these. Decent, but not the best example of the style I've had by a long shot. Somewhat heavy as well.

Photo of canucklehead
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had to let this one settle in the glass and warm up to see where they were going with the style. It is really a spiced belgian dubbel that almost tastes like Xmas ale ( think Unibroue 17). Not the most complex beer it also suffers from a little too much sweetness ( cellaring may be a good idea). The beer benefits from the spices as without it would be an average Belgian style ale. I found it a beer that one glass would suffice due to the spice and the sweetness

Photo of AlexF
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review in french, thanks.

La Dominus Vobiscum Double est une bière honnête et agréable.

Une bonne mousse très durable se forme en versant cette bière brune aux accents acajou foncé.

Au nez, épices et malt sont présents, et on sent quelque peu l'odeur caractéristique de fruits très mûrs.

En bouche, le goût est typique d'une bière brune d'héritage monastique, avec un fort goût metallique en sus, surtout présent lorsque le liquide est froid. Épicée et relativement équilibrée, elle ne pêche pas, mais ne se distingue pas non plus.

Elle cache son bon % d'alcool moins bien que ses comparses.

Agréable, à essayer si vous êtes un amateur de bières fortes belges.

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 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 Shadman
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured in a chalice ( look how far I've come...;) )

Dark Mahogany red when held up to a light. Tons of carbonation, as evidenced by the overflow of foam from a vigourous pour. Rich tan pudding like head. Lacing a let down, but hey...it's really all how it tastes.

Smell is not as complex as some of the Belgian offerings. Dried candied fruit, some definte phynolic action,

Lot's of sweet candy, bubblegum, dried fruit and a touch of herbs, just can't put my finger on them just yet.. Slight hop bite. Quite boozy.

Could be a bit easier on the palate in terms of carbonation and alcohol bite, but still falls in the medium body area.

Interesting how Quebec leads the way in Canada in terms of making some gutsy brews. This one falls short of the Belgians, but compared to what Big Rock has dared and tried lately...

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 Long813
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: 2010 Sep 12

A: Dark red body with a few cm of off white bubbly head.

S: Sweet notes of fruit, malts. Can't pick anything else out, it's not to strong.

T: Sweet malts and dark fruits with some spice at the end. I can't pick out any distinct yeast.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Texture is water like with a fig aftertaste.

D: Quite a different take on the style - if that. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't get it again. Nothing to special.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in a goblet, but holding it up to the light reveals a deep ruby foundation. Lots of carbonation and an off-white frothy head that dies slowly. Not a lot of lacing but the head retention is stellar.

The aroma is mostly oxidized apples, dried dark fruits, spice and readily apparent alcohol.

A little tart and crisp at first, with an underlying sweet, rich cherry and raisin center that follows, and a lingering dry finish with phenolic spice and medicine in the aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Has a slightly vinous character to it.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry, nice and full. Good carbonation.

Overall an okay dubbel but if I had to nitpick I'd say it's a little too high on the ABV and a little overly phenolic for my tastes.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Russet red with brilliant orange accents and a crazy number of uprushing bubbles that created four full fingers of ginger colored foam on the pour. The head looks okay as it melts and is sticky enough to grace the glass with a small amount of lace.

The aroma is much more spicy than most Belgian-style dubbels... largely because this is an 'ale brewed with spices'. Clove, nutmeg and black pepper (all guesses) dominate the nasal profile, yet the background brown maltiness of the base beer is still appreciated.

Dominus Vobiscum Double would probably have earned the next highest taste score with a better mouthfeel. As is, the combination of a thinnish mouthfeel and harshly fizzilicious carbonation conspires to rob the beer of whatever depth and complexity it might have had. Still, it's easy to taste the potential.

Specifics include toasted brown bread, sweet dark fruits, anise, clove and black pepper. The spices are so prominent that 'herbed/spiced beer' might be the more appropriate style. Purists might scoff at doing this to a dubbel, but the Belgians have never been known as style sticklers and often add all sorts of stuff to their beer.

The mouthfeel just does reach average by mid-bottle. The overzealous carbonation has settled down some and the beer has more presence in the mouth as a result. Time might improve things even more, though significant underinflation is right around the corner.

Dominus Vobiscum (Latin for "The Lord be with you") Double could be a very good spiced Belgian-style dubbel. Too bad I'll probably never find out for sure. Especially since this sort of beer, if done right, is usually right up my Belgian ale lovin' alley.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Almost overcarbonated on the uncapping, but despite the very effervescent hiss, it's the slowest gusher I've ever seen, looping slowly over the lip of the bottle.

Pours a clear robust red-brown colour, with an initially rocky and very frothy head of beige. This settles down to a firm, fine head of yellowish off-white. Minimal lacing. Pretty fluid body, pleasantly holding some fine carbonation. Looks decent.

Nose is sweet and spicy, with a big savoury component giving it a slight aroma of tomato ketchup. The spice is perhaps enough to drag it into piquant, herbal Belgian territory, but the savouriness is compelling. It's an interesting and unique nose, not something that really grips me, perhaps, but unique nonetheless.

Taste is very similar to the nose, with the blessing that the spice comes through a little more, giving some cinnamon and aniseed above the savoury grains and stewed tomato character. The body is also pleasantly light, which probably helps as well, but the comparison to ketchup always lingers for me.

Pleasant spiced Belgian ale—I find it hard to really consider it a dubbel, a style with which it shares few characteristics, but it has the body of a Belgian and the light drinkability. It is odd, though.

Photo of rodenbach99
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 500ml brown bottle bought at Lavigne.

A nice big beige foamy head tops this nice brown copper colour. This belgian double has a nice spice aroma. The mouth is full bodied, very candy sugar ! some spices and kind od a methol-toffee candy. very pleasant. No alcohol feeling.

At 9,0% alcool maybe it's a bit too much for a Double.

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 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 jrenihan
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 14, 2011.

Beer is dark brown, with hints of ruby red/maroon. A small off-white head fades pretty quickly.

Smell is fairly sweet, mostly consisting of bready malt, with some caramel. A bit of yeast. Brown sugar. Nice but faint smell.

Taste is similar to the smell. Malty flavours predominate- bready, a bit of caramel, some dark fruit. Anise and medicinal flavours at the end. Spices are present as well- nutmeg, maybe a bit of clove. Pretty good, but a bit thin.

Mouthfeel could be improved. Quite carbonated, and also rather thin. Syrupy. Would like the carbonation to be toned down and the body to be more robust.

Overall, a decent but not great dubbel. Enjoyable but a long way of, say, a Westmalle or an Ommegang.

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

Browninsh ruby colour, one finger of off white/tan head, good lacing left on the glass. Smell is of dark sugars and dark fruits, raisin, figs, black liquorice, mild yeasty presence, slight alc. Taste is of dark fruit with sopme candy notes, brown sugar, raisin, jammy dark fruit in the finish with some herbal notes, black liquorice is pretty present throughout. Medium carbonation, soft feel, delicate and creamy, med-full body. Not bad but this failed to "wow" me like some of the other stuff from these guys, quite drinkable but a little put off by the herbal flavours after a while.

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 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 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 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 Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased in Montreal.

Pours a hazy reddish orange, some light brown hues, medium sized but thick light tan head, settles to a medium layer and thick ring, few lace spots but great retention. Smell is sweet and malty, yeast, brown sugar, cherries and dark fruit, raisins, spice, gingerbread, a lot of raw sweetness but not too over the top. Taste is very sweet and malty, lots of fruit, strawberries and melon, cherries, gingerbread, spices, brown sugar, honey, yeasty, orange peel, wheat, pretty interesting, nice finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, some warmth, little bit of peppery heat going down, some alcohol. A little warm and a bit thick for a dubbel, but not too bad.

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Dominus Vobiscum Double from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
88 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.