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Dominus Vobiscum Double - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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88
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Beersignal on 06-03-2006)
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut brown with a full head, excellent retention and nice lacing.

The aroma is of dark fruit, bubblegum, yeast, and candy.

The taste is somewhat like the aroma with bubblegum and caramel sweetness as well. It's more or less what most dubbels aspire to. The balance in this is quite well done. Very rich without overwhelming sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin and medium-heavy. The finish is dry with slight stickiness.

Overall, once this warmed up a bit I was quite impressed with it. I think a smaller bottle size would be best, however as the dryness did add up a little, but aside from that, I think this is the dubbel I'd choose from this point on.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:54:49 | More by BBP
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:57:56 | More by Stocean1
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-19-2012 04:42:27 | More by jsnoek
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:31:58 | More by Converge
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-11-2012 06:54:50 | More by WeissBoy
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-11-2012 05:17:40 | More by MattyV
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Foddz

Ontario (Canada)

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

A: Deep caramel brown that seems to glow darkly in the light. Creamy tan head that rises to about 1.5 fingers before receding slowly and leaving a thick, sticky film of foam down the sides. A thin cap (slightly more than a film) persists long after the pour.

S: Rich caramel malts and ripe fruit - pear, prunes, and raisins predominate with some lighter apple tones overlaid. Spice presents nicely, a little peppery and clove with perhaps a hint of nutmeg or cinnamon.

T: Apple and pear makes an even stronger impression on the palate. Caramel more subdued but remains potent enough to make an impression. Prunes and raisins in the background. The bitterness is appropriately mild and doesn't linger. Cloves are the predominant spice but some subtle anise and cinnamon add to the experience.

M: Smooth and rich, yet pleasantly light towards the end thanks to generous carbonation. Effervescent on the tongue. The sweet flavours leave the mouth a little sticky but there's a little dry character to it as well that encourages one to have more.

O: Very nice. Not the most complex or outstanding dubbel I've tried but overall a very solid entry. I'd happily drink another if I had one.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:20:16 | More by Foddz
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 14:14:14 | More by peensteen
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Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 17:57:45 | More by Rijtjeshuis
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LoveBeerNo7

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-23-2011 05:55:13 | More by LoveBeerNo7
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Soozy

Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 02:39:46 | More by Soozy
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served from a 500mL bottle in a tulip glass at about 14 degree Celsius. Dark brown, with a nice head which disappears rather quickly.

S – Excellent smell, very complex and full of nutty and caramelized aromas. It reveals the spices used in the brewing process.

T - I was quite surprised by the relative sweetness. The taste confirms the smell, nutty and buttery notes, caramelized at the end. Announced as a spicy beer, the spices notes present in the smell are unfortunately very light in the taste, if perceptible.

M - Good carbonation, the feel is rather syrupy, a bit too much to my taste.

O - There is no doubt this dubble is a good choice! I would drink it again! However, the caramelized notes in addition to the very syrupy taste affect the drinkability of this beer. To me, these are the major downfalls. I might try having it colder next time.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:31:46 | More by duracell
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep ruby red, mahogany toned liquid appearing before me. A good amount of haze in this one led it to have a good, thick look about it. A nice three finger high head

Lots of dark fruit like esters were bouncing around with it as well, but there was just this tremendously big earth, malt aroma coming off. Some raisins and figs were playing around in there as well. Lots of spiced rum like flavors coming at me at first, then the malted bread like tones sitting in behind it. A very thick flavor, I was not expecting it to be this big. Lots of raisins, figs, plums, and a touch of apricot playing around in there letting you know the yeast was doing its thing. As I let it sit, and started to take bigger sips it got a little bit lighter for me, but still retained its very nice profile. Nice dry finish

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:55:34 | More by mikesgroove
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

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

Been hanging on to this one for awhile, it was bottled in July 2009, they recommend drinking it between 6 months and 3 years of age.

A- A fast building off white head in to my goblet as soon as I started to pour. Dark in color, deep brown with ruby highlites. The head is amazing, creamy, lush and rich looking! This thing won't settle out, the remaining 1/2" cap moves with every swirl. Lacing is fantastic as I drink, reminds me of the Westmalle Dubbel.

S- Alot of spice, clove and pepper really stand out, a touch of cinammon and anise. Not getting a lot of malt which isn't to style, but I'm enjoying it.

T- Much maltier in flavor than in smell. The malt stays on the palate until the finish, it's joined right in the middle by a lot of licorice. The licorice carries through with the spices mentioned in the nose. There's something that lingers that I can't put my finger on that I'm not a huge fan of, might be some of the yeast esters??

M- Carbonation is a little too high, body could be a little fuller. Somewhat creamy and coates the mouth not bad either.

O- It's a very good beer, but not a great beer. Really easy beer for 8.5%, Charlevoix still remains one of Canada's best!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 04:44:18 | More by Dawkfan
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 03:22:34 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 23:44:00 | More by jrenihan
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a medium-sized, off-white head that fades quickly. Dark, ruby-red body, and very clear.

S: Caramel sweetness, lots of dark fruit (raisiny), with a touch of alcohol.

T: Lots of dark fruit complexity, quite sweet with caramel overtones. Hop flavor is low to none. Finishes fairly sweet.

M: Medium-light bodied, with moderate-high carbonation. Bit of alcohol warmth.

D: Overall, a very solid Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 22:36:30 | More by berley31
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 22:07:53 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 23:03:46 | More by Long813
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on September 11, 2010

Pours an extremely dark red, almost to the point of being black. Head is a finger of very fine, off white bubbles.

Nose is very faint. Slightly sweet, with a syrupy, fruity characteristic like raisins.

Slight spiciness up front, which I am guessing is the star anise. Further along is the clear taste of dark raisins. Some other sweet, fruity flavoring I can't put my finger on. Not a whole lot of bitterness in this brew.

Overall feel is pretty smooth and moist. Slight dark fruit aftertaste. This is quite easy to drink. Not quite as good as some dubbels I have had, but still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 01:16:11 | More by Seanstoppable
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 18:21:49 | More by liamt07
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 05:23:30 | More by biegaman
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 12:03:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 01:59:30 | More by tbeckett
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 22:41:49 | More by jdhilt
Dominus Vobiscum Double from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.