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Dominus Vobiscum Double - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
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 bobsy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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
4.12/5  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!

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 MAB
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -13.7%
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 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 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 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 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 flipper2gv
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: One of the most gorgeous beer I've ever seen. Pours a dark ruby ale, fully translucent. Head is tan and very very strong.

S: Malt sweetness comes upfront like always. A nice blend of toffee, caramel, cinnamon. Pepper and cloves are there like on most belgians. Nice floral hop aroma present too. Smell is a bit light though.

T: Strong malt sweetness upfront. Toffee is very strong, but caramel is still there. Cinnamon is very strong. Some honey too. Pepper, cloves and coriander are there. Nice floral hops taste (most belgians aren't strong on hops but this one definitely has some and they are great!). Ends with a delicious dried dark fruits alcoholic taste.

M: Mid to heavy mouthfeel. Really creamy all around with a nice mid carbonation that fits perfectly. Couldn't ask for more

D: High. Very balanced brew, easy to drink with only the ABV to slow you down.

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

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. sampled jan 29/09.

pours deep brown and nearly opaque with a big fluffy tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is neat. definitely a bit on the wild side. malt vinegar. lemon and other light citrus. touch of oak and earthy character. some dark fruit. alcohol.

taste is good. not as funky as the aroma. dark fruit. multi-grain bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. wine and oak. bit of earthy character. touch of lemon and malt vinegar, but fairly faint. touch of sweet caramel and dark fruit.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. the sweetness is a bit higher than i expected, but it's pretty tasty. alcohol is hidden pretty well.

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.

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

500 ml bottle courtesy of glouglouburp. Appearance- dark ruby red, good clarity. Huge head, four fingers at least. Minimal lacing, just a soapy head patty in the middle of the glass. Nose- really spicy, licorice. Taste- big spice presence, various spices (clove,cinamon anise), dark and citrus fruits, light roast and sweet finish. Very complex. Mouthfeel- medium, low carbonation. Drinkability is good.

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

A: Chestnut brown, light tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Dark fruit, spicy phenols, candied fruit, floral hops.

T: Candied fruit, orange, pleasant phenolic spicyness, bready, dark raisins, brown sugar, floral hops. Alcohol is warming.

M: Well attenuated moderate body; moderate carbonation for the style.

D: Good.

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

Microbrasserie Charlevoix consistently brews interesting and classic examples of belgian beers and, in my opinion, is slowly making its mark as Québec's next great brewer of belgians. This new offering will help to strengthen his position.

The beer pours a warming ruby hue with a gentle chocolate tint at the stem of my tulip. Surprisingly clear, with a medium tan head that dissipates with some effort and leaves some thick lacing.

The aromas are huge and mouthwatering, with big notes of coriander mixing with dark malts and chocolate covered oranges. Hints of yeastiness break through mid way, followed by a faint peppercorn smell, ripe pears, and some treacle in the distance. It must be noted that the aromas are so well melded that the profile is much more caroussel-like in nature than linear.

The flavour profile is quite harmonized like the aromas and sits atop a plush, velvety texture. Dominant malt flavours open up into some dried fruit sweetness with notes of cocoa to add some balancing character. A mild earthiness develops late into a gentle but warming alcohol presence. The finish is medium to long, with notes of chocolate and dates resurfacing together with the alcohol to provide a satiating experience.

Superb brew that illustrates perfectly the skill with which Microbrasserie Charlevoix plies its craft for the greater pleasure of beergeeks in Québec, and a faithful interpretation of the Dubbel style.



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Dominus Vobiscum Double from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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