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Dominus Vobiscum Double - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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BA SCORE
88
very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of ZorPrime, thanks Eric! Into a chalice, bottled on June 10, 2010.

Pours a deep red/mahogany with a few fingers of creamy tan head. Sweet nose, hints of green apple, but some syrupy dark fruits too. Fresh, with a sense of acidity, but at the same time I'm smelling something that reminds me of banana walnut cake. Intriguing. Taste is walnuts, more allspice, light and tart green apple and some dark fruits to a lesser extent. Overall, beer is sweet with a good tart balance. Smooth, creamy and warming (and somewhat spicy) mouthfeel, alcohol is masked. Medium carbonation and a sipper for the most part. Alot to digest with this one, but another nice effort from Charlevoix.

Photo of biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first one-third of this beer looked like the bottom couple ounces of most other bottle-conditioned beers; it was a sludgy shade of brown that resembled mud. That was until I held it to the light and saw the beer for what it really is: a clear, well polished ruby. Its head doesn't look like it could support much weight, but at least it makes an appearance.

The aroma, likewise, has a potency of spice normally contained in the concentrated sludge of yeast relegated to the bottom of the bottle. I'm not sure if spices are added, but I can definitely make out notes of anise and nutmeg and the beer has a fervently spicy disposition. The thing is that Belgian strains of yeast are already entwined with so many spicy phenols that untangling the two is impossible.

Which is why I fail to understand the reasoning for adding any in the first place. I've said it before: Belgian ales can be easy - you just let the yeast do all the work. Of course, if things were that simple other countries would be as good at making them as the Belgians, which just isn't the case. This Quebecois example, while closer than most, is no exception.

While it has the alcohols, esters, and phenolics, it is missing one key piece to the puzzle: the malts. This is lacking in the complex, rich malts, although a pleasant sweetness is detected somewhere beyond all that intense clove-like spiciness. That being said, as my score should indicate, I have no qualms with this pleasant rum-raisin-y flavour. The fact that no alcohol is present even at this young an age is also an impressive feat.

Dominus Vobiscum Double strongly reminds me of one of my favourite Belgian ales: Rochefort 8. To even mention its name in the same class is a complement most flattering to its brewer. While I can imagine the strong notes of clove and anise might overpower some, I'm sure most people would agree that this is a rather voluptuous, sensual offering.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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 tbeckett
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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 jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see this some of the offerings from this brewery in the Atlanta area. It's imported by Shelton Brothers, so it should see widespread (if spotty) representation. Pours a slightly cloudy chestnut with a nice head that sticks around as a cap. Lots of spice and vanilla in the nose- quite sweet, and quite creamy. The star anise is very noticeable. The taste is still fairly sweet, but not nearly so much as the nose suggests it will be. Nice creamy malt notes, some Belgian yeast tang, a fairly big hit of star anise, and dried dark fruit. Quite tasty, and probably better as a digestif. Nice.

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of StephenRich
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Proteus93
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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 kwjd
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-brown colour with huge head. Great lacing and head retention. Smell is of dark malt and licorice. Quite spicy too, I suppose this is the anise. This tastes almost like a winter warmer mixed with a dubbel. It is quite interesting. Great carbonation level.

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 srandycarter
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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 avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head into my tulip. Sufficient presentation for the style.

Aroma is full of spice, raisin, plum, grape in the nose and seems pretty decent for the style. Opens up after a few minutes.

Taste has spice, raisin and grape as the flavors that show up. Kind of thin-bodied at first but gives way to a decent amount of malt that coats the mouth.

Mouthfeel is once again, thin but the flavors are seemingly well-done to where they linger slightly. This beer is all about the malt.

Very nice example from a brewery I've never heard of until now. Glad to see more Quebec microbreweries getting distribution in Vermont, seeing how close both places are.

Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color. A large, tightly packed tan head rises to over two fingers. The rocky foam slowly recedes and leaves some sticky lace behind.
S: Lightly toasted and sweet caramel malt. Cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate. Some spice and funky yeast. Dried dark fruits of cherries and raisins. Really good and complex.
T: Not as complex as the nose, but still good. Sweet candy and caramel malt. A spicy cinnamon flavor with some yeast.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth. A very easy to drink beer. A good beer to sip.

This is really good. There are lots of complexities that makes for a very enjoyable and unique Dubbel. Something I would highly recommend.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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 eat
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Otterburn
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type; bottle

Appearance: brown color with amber light, massive moka headfoam, lace

Smell: smell like raisin bread, fruit

Taste: complex mix between spices,cinamon,raisin bread, fruit, alcool,

Mouthfeel: a bit like liquor,dense, low carbonation

DrinkAbility: this is a sipper, taste last long a lot of diffentent taste, high alcool level make this brew very interesting for a nice winter drink

Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500l bottle poured into Unibroue chalice oct21 2009

A cloudy brownish copper with half a glass of beige head that has good retention but leaves only patches of lace. the bottle was bigger then my glass so every re-pour no matter how light gave it another big head

S I get some cherries and some yeast

T not what I expected from the smell lots of licorice and some spice with very little booze. quite unique in a good way

M a fair bit of carbonation gives it a creamy feel and it was not as heavy as I thought it would be

D very well rounded beer, several small things add up for a beer that's well worth trying

This is the second beer from Charlevoix I've tried and I'm thinking I need too try more of what they offer. These just came too Alberta and I'm better off because of it, can't wait for more of these beers to hit the shelves out west

Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle came courtesy of zorprime - thanks Eric.

Pours a rich mahogany with a good finger of tan head, that had good retention and lace. The aroma is unique for a dubbel and leans heavily on anise (it mentions this on the bottle too). Beyond that are the standard dubbel notes of sweet malts, spice and perhaps even a hint of bread.

As with the aroma, the flavour goes yard on the aniseed, which is interesting, but isn't a big plus for me because I've never been fond of that foul herb. Still its a good beer, and well made, although the anise is perhaps a little overplayed. Bready malts combine with raisin to give a nice sweet base, and the yeast contributes a pleasant spiciness.

Mouthfeel is good - medium bodied with a decent soft carbonation.

I'm slowly ploughing my way through the Charlevoix lineup and its been a great experience so far. They seem to be a consistently strong brewery, and some of the beers have a wonderfully fragrant flavour.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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 MAB
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
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

Dominus Vobiscum Double from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
88 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.