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Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

Dominus Vobiscum HibernusDominus Vobiscum Hibernus

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BA SCORE
90
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97 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.07%


Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rodenbach99 on 12-30-2007)
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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 58 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by SebD:
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark reddish/brown color to it. It has a nice thick beige head that dies down slowly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (raisins, cherries), Belgian yeast, spices, some breadiness, caramelly malts and a touch of booziness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice dark fruit character, Belgian yeast, sweet caramel, brown sugar and the spices really come out here with some cloves and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance, feel and complexity.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Considering keeping the other bottle for Christmas day. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 20:28:20 | More by SebD
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

02-07-2014 00:49:13 | More by yancot
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Special thanks to richochet173 for providing us with the opportunity to taste this great brew.

Bottled 2013/07/10 @ 16:43

A: Clear rich cognac in colour toped with a tan head of 2 fingers, the ale pours out with a richness that suggests a strong solid flavour.

S: Sweet malts and honey mixed with Belgium yeasts with spices of all spice & cloves. Plump juicy raisins, with some notes mid way that smell like fresh red raspberry.
The sweet malts and fruits mingle and could pass for Banana Foster on the nose. It's notable that while the alcohol is 10%, there is no suggestion of alcohol ester

T: Sweet and malty up front with some honey notes with noticeable dark fruit notes of plump juicy raisons followed by overripe bananas. Hints of yeast and cloves in the background.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

O: Another stellar beer from one of my favourite Quebec breweries, this Belgian strong will not disappoint. It offers traditional yet sophisticated flavours while completely masking the alcohol content. Definitely seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:20:03 | More by FondueVoodoo
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle to a snifter.

A: pours a deep dark brown with a foamy 2 finger off white head that breaks down quickly leaving a thin film.

S: wow. So much going on here. Sweet, dark fruits, prunes, bananas, cloves and other spices along with yeast.

T: again the sweet is there, the dark fruits and prunes are up front, with the spices and yeast taking up the finish. The finish has a very mild anise taste, which is quite pleasant.

M: medium carbonation and a medium body that makes this enjoyable.

O: okay, this has to be one of the best offerings from Charlevoix. It may be one of the better Quebec beers I've had. It is a great sipper that makes for an enjoyable evening. I would recommend it be enjoyed with a nice meal.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 21:43:42 | More by polloenfuego
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hibernus' fig coloured liquid is snowed-in beneath an avalanche of off-white powder - how appropriate for a winter seasonal. In all seriousness, the tint of its head does actually like dirty snow, the lacing of which turns the glass into a snow-globe, and the dark beer's tone is emblematic of those long December nights.

The aroma is sweet as jam and smacks of raspberry preserves and chocolate fondue. Belgian Strong Dark Ales tend to be yeast-powered and, while complex, very predictable; this bouquet, however, is unexpectedly rich malt-wise while still brimming with those spicy, savoury, fruity elements of the yeast. I wish I had seven nostrils with which to appreciate all of it.

To say that this drinks like plum pudding on steroids would be in a way accurate, but it would also downplay the beer's complexity and richness. It's distinctive enough that I don't feel it fair to liken it to anything else - beer, dessert, or otherwise. This flavour offers notes of raisin, dried cherries, chocolate-covered raspberries, dark caramel, and sticky toffee pudding and they're all doused in citrus zest, mace, clove and nutmeg.

Hibernus has a sweet port-like complex, citrus zest, and savoury spiciness that make it perfectly suited to the holiday season. It also has the substantial, hearty maltiness and warming effect (9.5%, though you'll never taste it) that drinking it all winter long is certainly appropriate too. Surprising for its strength, it is soft as a teddy-bear and approachable to everyone.

As far as winter seasonals go, Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus is the full package - and has the price tag to show for it. Despite its stellar reputation - and Microbrasserie Charlevoix's tremendous track record - I put off buying a second bottle until I could try things for myself - now I'm going back to buy up the whole store. The Quebecois know how to do winter right.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:57:05 | More by biegaman
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-10-2013 19:08:47 | More by byronic
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

12-09-2013 07:07:56 | More by valianes
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

11-25-2013 17:05:41 | More by cbnz
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-29-2013 14:48:57 | More by cam477
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-22-2013 15:10:13 | More by Groulxsome
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

10-21-2013 00:48:17 | More by hotsudge
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

10-20-2013 15:08:59 | More by liamt07
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

10-20-2013 05:29:51 | More by WeissBoy
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: very dark brown with hint of ruby red; sizzling carbonation, but head burns out to a film in no time

Aroma: sweet figs, dates; touch of blackberry, cassis

Taste & Mouthfeel: very sweet, bordering on cloying; prunes, dates, vanilla, rum; a touch thin, needs better carbonation (have seen this happen a lot with Charlevoix beers, don't know if it's just an effect of how transported to LCBO); the flavour in general is great, but not terribly complex

Overall: more depth of flavour might show if there was even a little hit of hops in the finish, and certainly if there was steady carbonation; as it stands feels like the elements are there, but fall flat

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 23:53:40 | More by BGDrock
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-06-2013 05:22:06 | More by RedAleMan
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-06-2013 02:18:59 | More by bigox420
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-01-2013 16:57:49 | More by francisweizen
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-30-2013 01:23:35 | More by IanSpindler
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strang

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

09-13-2013 15:29:39 | More by strang
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown colour, 2 fingers off white head, good lace on the glass. Smell is yeasty and spicy, anise and touches of cinnamon, dark breads, comes across like christmas cake, dark fruit, cherry. Taste is spicy up front with lots of dark bready malts, sugary dark fruits with a spicy-anise like finish. Medium carbonation, medium body. Nice stuff here quite complex with out going to hard on the spice, comes together really well and is quite the nice drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 13:47:13 | More by peensteen
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

05-19-2013 17:22:02 | More by tom10101
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

05-07-2013 20:30:05 | More by Krakpoff
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque, dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Two finger, light tan, creamy head. Lacing is good.

Cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, some candied sugar. Dark stone fruits, a touch of ginger, digestive cookies and a sweet malt backing. Alcohol is quite well hidden.

Dark stone fruits, cinnamon, cloves, strawberries, a metallic taste synonymous with these styles of beers for me. Raisins, cherries and a touch of alcohol in the finish.

Light body, very bubbly and effervescent.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 22:41:54 | More by korguy123
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Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.