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Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews by uno99:
Photo of uno99
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks fantastic in my Tripel Karmeliet glass. Head rises quickly atop the chestnut brown beer and leaves nice lacing after it settles down into a halo of off-white foam around the edges.

Smell: suggestions of spices (ginger, pepper...) oak, all shades of fruity esters (apricot, pear, plum), honey, maple. Even at close to fridge temp this tells a story.

Taste: a bit sweeter than the smell suggests. Honey and caramel up front. malt backbone is rich and soothing. Spices and hops gradually pick up during the finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfect medium bodied and medium carbonation for the style.

Overall: A decent beer in this competitive segment (in Quebec terms). Would drink again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mick303
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made it my number 900 rating and still alive. Held onto this treat (bott 2013/7/10) and broke it open a bit over a year later. Colour is quite a dark ruby brown caramel, thick caramel colour but not black. With a nice head and film of dark tan head. Retention and lacing are impressive.

A - slightly tart cherries, figs, plenty of yeasty esters, with some complex florals, lively aroma, some pleasant spiciness comes through, get some ginger maybe cinnamon, rich treacle character, toffee, a delicious spiced christmas cake character altogether.

T - similar with a really pleasant fruity character upfront. cherries, dark raisins and dates, then a little candied orange, rolling caramel notes with prunes and some tart apple, some light alcohol spice that is quite undetectable but adds a nice warmth and compliment. Yeasty complexity adds a pleasant compliment with some warm peppery and anise character from the spice. Finish has some toffee sweetness as the caramel dries out and leaves some drying dark fruits on the aftertaste. A really interesting arrangement of fruity, malty, yeast and spice characters, that work and balance out quite nicely.

M - certainly a sipper and after dinner warming beer for winter nights. A big body, but with enough carbonation to lift some of the heavy caramel malt and alcohol into a really lively and complex mouthfeel, also so soft and smooth especially as it develops on the palate. Dry (and crisp) finish but then an increasingly spicy aftertaste.

Very well executed. This is a very complete and satisfying beer, pleasant level of caramel malts, the light hop bitterness allows some of the spice and yeast to really add nice levels of depth. Taste has a really full fruity spice to it and a rich caramel baked character with a hint of baking spices that bring you to fruitcake around a fireplace. I enjoyed this, didn't have many faults by my view. Alcohol was really masked. Would recommend this, certainly will look for it in the future. Beautiful beer.
And on to the next 900!

Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BGDrock
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

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

2009 Sainte-Reserve, a patently awesome find on Alberta beer store shelves.

This beer pours a mostly clear dark reddish amber hue, with a handful's worth of puffy, thickly foamy wan beige head, which leaves some relatively sparse patchy, sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly, slowly, (did I mention slowly?) recedes.

It smells of sweet, soda-shop banana sundaes, field honey, bready caramel malt, salty toffee, earthy spices - mostly clove, ginger, and nutmeg - gritty Belgian-style yeast, dark fleshy fruit - wet raisins, prunes, and soused cherries - and a very soft herbal tincture alcohol warming. The taste is a veritable reprise of the same, and yet not quite amped up - spicy gingerbread, aerated toffee, dry sandwich honey, wet brown sugar, dark fruit - very ripe banana, plum, and red grape must - some mild earthy yeast, indistinct, yet peppy savory spices, and a pleasantly embedded alcohol warmth.

The carbonation is very mild, barely more than a playful frothiness, the body hardly anything other than full, creamy, and smooth like whipped butter. It finishes still pretty sweet, the crackery breadiness, strong dark fruit, lingering yeast, and burgeoning alcohol all starting to write a new history for this offering.

OMFG - what a BSDA (for all you acronym wonks out there)! This is one balanced, smooth, full-flavoured, sweet and savoury strong dark Belgian-style ale. It has it all over even the finest Unibroue equivalent (no, he didddn't!), through the subtly influential yeast component alone. The 10 points of booze are pretty much totally integrated, and barely noticeable, until of course, you get to the 'bottle half empty' stage. Bravissimo, with slow, non-sarcastic slow claps, once again, Charlevoix.

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ken's botle. very good, and worthy of Charlevoix as world beaters, but not the lupulus. Big bubbly head on dark body. Yeasty aromas of Belgian yeast. Taste of licorish. It is sweet, it is lacey. There is some white pepper, cardomon. It is very drinkable.
lateral tasting at Volo v. Lupulus, and this is the clear winner. Smooth, good taste.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hesitated between a tulip and my Charlevoix glass. Went for the Charlevoix wishing it was a tulip.

A- Thick beige head recedes into a big glop webbed all around the glass to the abundant lacing and then lays as a 75mm layer. All of this over an opaque brown, edging with red currant juice.

S- Cinammon and nutmeg. CO2. Dried dark fruits but I'm not sure which ones. A bit of bready, slightly sour, brewer's yeast. Slightest bit of chocolate milk. Got it up to room temp and got some anise.

T- Fermented raisin and dried prune. Dark chocolate. Quite sweet. Once warm enough you get anise in the taste too. Alcohol fits really well in here: It is warming but not aggressive. Malt is king here and I think it's contributing more of the bitterness than the hops a bit like a rancid molasses. I would love to taste the wort they used. Let it warm up a bit and you will taste the hops... concealed and only showing up for a second. This was during aeration (not sure if this is the right term but it's when you blow air into your cheeks while swishing the liquid around) at the start of the swallow and in a burp . I'm really getting some tannin features similar to a red wine. All in all, a bit like a cocktail mixing a basic ale, spiced rum, dried fruit liqueur and a good red wine... yeah might sound kind of gross but this is good.

M- After a glass, my mouth and tongue feel a little numb much like after a strong glass of rum. Highly carbonated. Sugar makes this viscous but the tartness balances it out. Mouthfeel is full. In mouth foaming superb.

D- I'm pretty sure one 750ml bottle is enough. You can definitely share this. In a bar, one glass of this would be enough and I'd probably need to move on to a lighter beer. It tastes good but is highly satisfying so you don't really want more. Drinkability would benefit from pairing this with some food.

Get this with some food; I'm drinking it and craving dried sausage (saucisson) and cheese. Not my favorite but I can't deny the experience. I'm just sitting here at home but got quite the ride. I will recommend this.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy dark ruby red, very tall tan head that retained forever
S - yeasty smells of peach and raisin, spicy nutmeg and alcohol
T - peach, raisin, plumb, spice mix of clove, ginger, and nutmeg with alcohol sweetness
M - big body, chewy creamy smooth with a spice tingle
D - alcohol very well masked, big flavour and texture, a tasty treat to spoil yourself with once in a while

Photo of duchessedubourg
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rarely rate beers here, but this one could use some more input. Thanks to Sponge for the bottle. Heady aroma of malt, spice and alcohol. Low to no hops. (Refused to read any reviews beforehand so had no clue what to expect.) Extremely malty and chewy with upfront spicing. Would have preferred it to be less spiced. Very warming - an intriguing winter-warmer from north of the border.

Photo of eat
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hibernus is a woody dark brown colour with red highlights. It retains a good cover of beige head throughout, with some great lacing.

This is probably the most heavily-spiced beer my nose has experienced. Tons of gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and a cologne-like pepperiness. Under the extreme spicing is dark malt, Belgian yeast, apples, caramel, figs, some astringency and even a little funkiness.

The flavour follows in step: a truckload of spices. All the complexity of the nose comes out perfectly in the mouth, with a little added licorice I hadn't noticed. An almost perfect translation from smell to taste, so I won't bother rewriting all that. Zero alcohol; quite impressive at 10% ABV.

Smooth medium-light body with light carbonation and a soft finish. I could use a little more body here to support such a hefty beer.

This is very drinkable considering the extreme spicing. I don't think anyone would find this to be sessionable, obviously, but it's definitely a smooth sipper. I'll have to hang on to my last bottle until next winter; Hibernus is fittingly one of the most wintery brews I've had the pleasure to sample.

Photo of elricorico
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruddy brown with a huge tan head that is slow to recede. Looks just like a dark Belgian beer should.

Full of fruity richness, a strong grape juice impression, with a solid amount of yeastiness in the mix. Spicy, cardamon for sure, but that certainly isn't the only spice.

Sweet and fruity to taste, grapes and even a bit of fig impression. There is a certain licorice to the finish mixed in with the yeasty notes that completely masks the alcohol. I get a unique peach impression, I can't seem to remember ever coming across the same flavour in any other brew. It is really good.

A little fuller than medium bodied, with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lighter side, which really seems to work for this beer.

This is a great beer, right up my alley. Sweet and smooth and interesting.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in a bottle shop down the street of Dieu du Ciel. I dropped this one and cracked the cap slightly so unfortunately couldn't cellar it as long as I'd hoped to.

The beer pours with a huge tan head, very bubbly and foamy. A beautiful, clear dark cherry burgundy body lurks below this fuelling an excellent level of head retention, this leave a fine trail of lace on its slow decent.

What a nose on this one! Strong toffee and caramel notes flow out first followed by hints of coffee and very ripe banana. Smells of raisin pear and apple add some fruity finesse to the aroma. More robust aromas of burnt sugar and bitter chocolate make the bouquet even more appealing. Finally a boozy note of fermented dates rounds out this great nose.

Boozy notes of ice wine, rum chocolates, port and whiskey mix with spicy hints of nutmeg. Roasted chocolaty notes round out the massive middle, dark chocolate mousse and cocoa butter compliment the boozy qualities well adding to the warming effect of this high proof elixir.
The body is velvety smooth and mouth coating adding to the warming nature. A medium low level of carbonation helps this along.

A wonderful beer very complex and intriguing pity it's I wasn't able to save this for the harsher days to come. Highly recommended.

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Deadbolt82!!

Appearance. Pours a deep orange-brown with a massive, almost 5 fingers of billowy, pale orange/off-white head.

Smell. Fruity belgian yeast, light floral spices, and some sweet caramel malts.

Taste. Some really nice sweet caramel and brown sugar (not in a thick, sugary way though), some light fruits and a little complimenting spices - licorice root, ginger, maybe some allspice and rosemary. Interesting stuff and very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with quite low carbonation. Just a little sticky, and I would prefer a little more carbonation.

Overall. The amount of all of the flavours going on really speaks to the brewer's skill and knowledge when using these (I'm asuming) interesting spices. Spices are so easily overdone. Everything is ballanced so nicely and it goes down easy considering the sweetness.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of spices (anis) with great Belgian malt touch with some light sweet notes also noticeable. Taste is dominated by anis with some creamy sweet caramel Belgian malt some light spicy notes. Full body with great creamy texture and some perfect carbonation with no apparent alcohol. The only negative point that I could notice is that spices tends to be too heavy at some point but apart from that everything is perfect.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to David for this bottle. Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Dark brown with a very slight bright amber glow around the edges of the glass, but otherwise opaque. One finger of light brown head.

S - Big Belgian yeast and clove aroma up front. Some roast, chocolate and spice are also present along with a lighter banana aroma.

T - Spice and roast up front. Raisins, chocolate, cloves, dark fruit enter in the middle. The finish has dark cherry and some tea-like flavours. Very complex with the various flavors well integrated and no one flavour dominating.

M - Medium body with a huge chew. Smooth and silky. Light carbonation.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my hotel glass, eh what can you do.

Great red ruby body with dark chestnut colors. A fair amount of cola like carbonation, with a minimal tan head. Manages to keep a nice puck and collar. Some nice ring like lacing here in my glass, I wish I had a tulip for this.

Nose brings faint quinine tonic, pie crust, cinnamon, and some sweet mild brown sugar.

Palate comes with a light body and full taste. Mild raisin and mellow brown sugar sense of malt. Prickly slight carbonation but not detracting. No heat or boozyness either.

Overall just a real solid brew from these guys.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a gift from a co-worker. Thanks Dennis!

Nice color, brown, very dark with some reddish notes in there. The head is very good looking, just like an espresso coffee. I like this one already. Very good looking and makes you want to drink it now...

The aroma presents itself with some banana and spices. I find some nutmeg in there and also some hops behind. On the taste side, I get some nutmeg here. It is stronger than the smell. I get some cloves too. A very well balanced beer. Almost no bitterness. Another excellent beer from this brewery. One of the best in this province... and I would say from Canada. The ABV hides very well. The beer is full bodied, but not appear to be heavy... So easy to drink.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tan colored head reached skyward to a eight that easily surpassed the top of the glass. Good thing this pour was into a 24oz glass. Nice, opaque brown color was evident from the start with a rich looking hazelnut tone to it. The head finally calmed down after about twenty minutes but still dropped tons of foam and lace along the glass.

The aroma was very nice, a little bit ruddy at first. Hints of chcoalte and caramel, rich belgian spice and a wonderful bit of dark fruit all dancing around wonderfully inside of it. But it was once I took a sip that everything really came together for me. A wave of cascading brown sugar and tart apples just rolled across the tongue. Enormously rich and vigorous, this was just a wonderful thing to behold. Nice touches of chocolate and rich toffee like notes were all balanced well in advance of a lovely dark fruit tone that led the charge once the yeast kicked in. Nice notes of prunes and rasins, hints of plums and dark cherries were all very much evident in the profile. The carbonation was spot on, as the rich, velvet like bubbles converged on the tongue and added to the prickly pepper like spices that lasted long into the finish.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml capped brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy nearly opaque dark brown, intense garnet highlights when held to light. Capped by a loose creamy light tan head with good retention.

Tart, acidic notes up front on the nose, green apple, dry earthy notes, light berry sweetness. Dark dried fruit and some carob as it reaches room temp.

This stuff is utterly smooth, rounded and sweet, thoroughly enjoyable! Sweet figs, green apple skins, carob, slight tart acidity near the finish with some sweet berries, light coffee in the aftertaste. Faint alcohol warmth down the throat.

Medium-bodied, smooth and velvety texture, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky on the finish.

A flavourful Strong Belgian Dark, more on the mild side and as a result deceptively drinkable. Another fine offering from Charlevoix, although I prefer their Lupulus to this one.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brought around by eat (Colin), thanks a bunch for cracking this one!

Pours a clear, dark auburn/amber with loads of rocky tan head on top which leaves prodigious amounts of sticky lacing down the glass.... tends to be a trend on Charlevoix beers.

Nose is... holy spice batman! Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice initially drown out all hints of anything else. Then, as it warms, some of the esters from the Charlevoix yeast come through, a touch of the bready malt... just so much spicing!

All that spicing translates into the taste as well, tack on some light anise/black licorice as well. It's not an astringent or harsh spicing, somehow it stays smooth and inviting, reminds me of backing gingerbread men while drinking eggnog - I want to drink this at Christmas! Bready malts underneath, a hint of overripe plums, toffee, honey, light grassy/ pine hops in the finish, faint earthiness, ABV is no where to be seen, creamy mouthfeel which if anything is just a little thin.

This is a really unique beer. So spicy, sweet and creamy, it would work great as a winter/Christmas treat but with all the spicing it hinders drinkability a bit, you only want so much of the overload. Still, somehow they make it work and I enjoyed it's spicy allure. Thanks again Colin!

Photo of weeare138
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...Thanks to dickinsonbeer for sharing...
Appears a dark, chestnut with amber highlights and a light tan head that slowly fades. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, brown sugar, coriander...perhaps a bit too much spice IMO.
Taste is that of the aromas, which is heavy on the spicing. It's slightly less wild once it's on the palate and you get to absorb the sensory overload, which seemed to be poised to turn me away from the aromas.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with caramel, sugar, and spices seem to be balanced by the time the swallow occurs.

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***2009 Vintage***

Poured from a 750ml. bottle (best before end of 2012) & shared with my wife.

Appearance: Thick tan foam fills the glass up to 4 fingers worth, easily coats the sides and there's a nice plum-red body.

Smell: Spicy, dark fruits and chai tea. Smells like winter.

Taste: Winter spices, plums and elderberries. Felt faded at first but definitely opened up as it warmed. Some spicy chai tea and some sweetness come out.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, warming and fills the palate nicely.

Overall: I found it good and much better as it warmed. Though not my favorite, it grew on me.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
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.

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Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.