Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 13
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
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Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: rodenbach99 on 12-30-2007)
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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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!

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3.99/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from Marche Omni QC for $15

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, all spice, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/butterscotch, and all spice. There is also some dark fruits, anise, and some herbal notes.

Overall – Kind of a xmas pumpkin beer type of flavour going on here. Lots of flavour but not too sweet. The booze is extremely well hidden, it's almost hard to believe this is %10. As others have mentioned, a good beer to have with a meal.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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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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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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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