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Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rodenbach99 on 12-30-2007)
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Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle provided by Alex for our rare Canadian tasting...Pours a light but clear brown, looks a little watery with a decent light tan head...An incredibly spicy aroma that instantly has me thinking Christmas beer. All spice from start to finish, tons of nutmeg, pine tree needles, and alcohol...The taste is more of the same, all spice and needles, I feel as if I walked up to someone's front door and took a bite of their front door wreath. Not a pleasant taste or sensation.

This is a Christmas spice beer that should be avoided unless you LOVE this style of beer.

jrallen34, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Dawkfan
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Had to pour this one slow. The body looks to be a deep ruby brown. On top lies 2 fingers of a light creamy tan colored head. Impressive retention that never does totally settle out. Patchy lacing left behind.

S- Spicy for sure! Ginger, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. I also get a strong aroma of banana and bubblegum. It almost smells a little minty to me as well.

T- It's more on the malty & fruity side, which was suprising as I was expecting a blast of spice. The alcohol is covered up extremly well.

M- Creamy & smooth. Slides down with ease and coates the mouth fairly well.

D- The 10% abv really isn't an issue with this one.

Dawkfan, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bobsy for so generously sharing this bottle!

Pours a murky dark brown with a generous beige head. Retains nicely with only a slight amount of lace.

Bobsy beat me to the punch when he said it smells like Christmas. Lots of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and all the sorts of things you might expect from pumpkin pike along with figs and prunes and shortbread.

At first blush I would say this could have well been called Spice Wallop as an intense hit of the spices described in the nose make themselves known. Very full flavoured, a bit sweet, with lots of ginger, anise, and a lingering spice in the aftertaste. Nice bready malts and dark dried fruits are met by a piney nibble of bitterness. Mostly this beer is all about Christmas spices which are the star of the show rather than an support player.

It's maybe slightly under attenuated which makes it a bit sweet, but there's a nice amount of carbonation along to compensate.

Overall I found the spice dominating and, while I hate to pigeonhole a beer or stubbornly adhere to seasonal suitability, really, there's no getting around this is a beer best saved for December. Which is in no way a criticism and had no effect on my rating seeing as how Hibernus is Latin for winter, so it was never brewed with July in mind.

Thanks again to bobsy for helping me celebrate Christmas in July and for helping me tick this off my Top 25 Canadian Beers list.

MeisterBurger, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polishing off the Canadian Top 25 with this one - I believe Fred sent me the bottle - cheers!

Great appearance, pouring a turbid brown with a good two fingers of toasted meringue head, which takes a long time to drop and leaves some nice lace behind. The aroma instantly reminds me of Christmas, with its heavily spiced backbone, and strong notes of dark fruit. Certainly the grocery list of what I'm picking up sounds like a pudding recipe - dates, raisins, brown sugar, ginger, vanilla, clove, cinnamon. Neat nd powerful, though a little out of place at the end of July.

Intensely spicy flavour backed up by sugar and dark fruit. The spicing is dominated by clove, with cinnamon also peeking through. The sweetness permeates the fruit backing, which has very strong raisin and date notes. Maybe some banana and pumpkin pie too... there seems to be a lot going on when you delve a little deeper. Medium-light body is thickened slightly by a billowy carbonation that's short-lived in the mouth.

Drinking this beer in late July makes for an odd vibe, because its such a strongly spiced BSDA that it seems to belong more to the season of mulled wine than barbecues. Its very well-made, though, even if the spice intensity cuts down on drinkability and makes me glad I'm splitting this with a friend. I get the feeling that if I attempted a whole bottle of this my feeling would be different, and I'd hesitate to recommend it without reservations. Buy it and split it with someone - its worth the effort.

bobsy, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of elricorico
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

elricorico, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage
Thanks to sleepydave for bringing this one over the other night.

Pours a beautiful plum red with a thin off-white head that maintains well. Good lacing. Very nice looking.

A good amount of spice (nutmeg, pinch of cinnamon) on the nose. Mixed with red grapes, Belgian yeast, hay and some herbal notes. Sugar cookies and light cloves. Enjoyable to nose.

The flavor consists of cherries, grapes and plums mixed with Belgian spice. Nutmeg and cloves. Belgian yeast, creamy vanilla and gingerbread. Even a slight bit of pumpkin. Touch of caramel with some grape tannins. Fruity and a bit spicy with bready malts. Really enjoying this.

Mouthfeel is lively with prickly carbonation and a slight bit of foam, but more on the creamy side than foamy. Some spiciness and faint warming alcohol.

Drinkability is good. This is a tasty Belgian strong dark. Creamy, fruity and the ABV is not overly noticeable. Spices are good, but may cut down on the drinkability a bit. A perfect beer to enjoy on a cool Fall day. One of the best Belgian strong dark ales I've had.

sisuspeed, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to Freud bringing this down for me. Price tag: $14.99 Canadian. Tasted with sleepnbballrlife.

750mL green glass pry-top champagne bottle. 2009 date.

Appearance: Super dark mahogany, cherry-wood color. Tan/khaki head stands up tall, 1.5 inches.

Nose: Tarragon and rosemary jump right out and are followed by nectarine and peaches (props). Mulling spices for cider (props). Cloves come out which is a negative in my book.

Palate: Fat and really carbonated. Lots and lots and lots of spices all over. Rosemary (bitter), tarragon, clove, dark caramel, bittersweet chocolate, wet wool blanket.

Notes: Not as good as I was hoping. SUPER spiced. A little too much in my opinion. I could see some people really digging on it and maybe it would mellow out with time, but not something I'd want to drink regularly.

SFLpunk, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Ralphus
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Charlevoix continues to impress with another solid beer.

Pours a dark amber colour with an offwhite head. The foamy head eventually recedes to a thing ring around my duvel glass.

The smell is big and spicy. Cinnamon, cloves and dark fruit are all present. The taste has the same spiciness.. cloves, ginger and cinnamon are all present but so is a softer and mellow banana and pear notes. Add is some soft malts and it's a really lovely taste.. just let it warm up enough to ensure you can appreciate them all. There are layers of complexity here.

Mouthfeel is solid and drinkability is dangerously high.

I'm generally not a big fan of belgian dark ales but this one has made me a believer.

Ralphus, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

biboergosum, May 23, 2010
Photo of eat
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

eat, May 02, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

ritzkiss, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

IronDjinn, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Derek
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark caramel, huge tan head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Very spicy, floral, sweet toffee.

T: Sweet & spicy, raspberry buds, bready, alcohol is remarkably well-hidden.

M: Light residual sweetness (a little much for a Belgian), modest carbonation.

D: A decent drinker, though I find it a little sweet.

Derek, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of flipper2gv
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear deep ruby color with a bit of orange in it. Good head volume and retention, color is pale beige. Lacing is phenomenal.

S: Typically Belgian: very spicy, fruity, nutty and sweet. Tons of brown sugar, toffee, licorice and molasses present. Spices present are: nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves. Tons of fruits too: bananas, cherries, green apples, pears and grapes. Very strong and complex nose.

T: More of the same. Brown sugar, toffee, molasses and licorice are very present. Big bread like taste. The fruits are still there, bananas, cherries, pears and grapes (couldn't get the green apples though). A bit of tartness too. Spices are still there and very strong: nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Really the nose depicted really well the taste of this brew. And there's this alocohol taste that compliments all of these others. The tastes are easily identified.

M: Mid to heavy body and mid carbonation. I think for this one I would have preferred a more dominant feel.

D: Big beer, but the taste isn't aggressive. The only thing that can stop you is maybe the alcohol taste (but I enjoyed it since it mixed well with the other tastes.

Well, compared to the other reviews, I feel like I'm over-hyping this one. I don't see why the scores aren't higher for this one since I think this brew is much better than Unibroue's "La Maudite" or "Trois Pistoles" and is definitely a world class Strong Dark Belgian.

flipper2gv, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of grub
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

yet another courtesy of Viggo. thanks eric!

750ml bottle. 2009 vintage. sampled march 25/2010.

pours crystal clear deep dark red, burgundy with ruby and garnet highlights. the small dense tan head drops slowly and leaves a bit of lace.

aroma is spicy! ginger mostly, with a bit of cardamom, cinnamon, and clove. white bread and cracker. caramel and toffee. bit of honey. touch of alcohol.

taste is spicy too. is this a pumpkin/holiday beer? ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove. caramel and toffee. bit of honey. white bread and cracker. touch of biscuit. some dark fruit too, but mostly obscured by the spices.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is ok... way too much spice for my taste. at least it's not the really perfumey or astringent spicing. it's dominant, but not completely offensive. still, far more than i'd ever like in any beer, let alone a belgian strong dark.

grub, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, picked up at Peluso.

Pours a clear burgundy, a very dark almost purplish red, crimson hues, very thick and chunky eggshell head forms, slowly settles down to a thick ring and layer around the glass, some lace chunks stick, looks great.

Smell is neat, very spicy, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, cloves, caramel and honey, candi sugar, lots of ginger, a bit of vanilla, biscuity, some alcohol, light orange peel, some pine needlesl, nice malts, spicy but not overdone. Christmas cake type aroma.

Taste is similar, big spice character up front, nutmeg, cloves, lots of ginger, a bit of alcohol, really nice yeasty spice character, a bit of sweet maltiness through the middle, really neat cocoa notes, some anise, light pine needle, lnice spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, pretty slick, with high carbonation. Maybe a bit more spiced than I would like, but still very well done.

Viggo, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into corsendonk chalice mar24 2010

A when held to a light it has a ruby red glow, other then the crazy amount of bubbles its clear enough to read these words through it. a large beige head had pretty good retention slowly falling to a thin film but only left a few patches of lace

S lots going on here a fair bit of brown sugar some molasses, raisin, cherry, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a little honey with some booze but not the 10% I see printed on the bottle

T not far from the smell I may pick on just a little bit of yeast but for the most part it's a winter warmer on steroids. its sweet but well within my range for enjoyment, not what I was expecting but not at all disappointed
edit: as it warms I ended up with a fair bit of licorice, enough that I felt a edit was needed

M not as thick as I thought it would be but not thin by any means almost syrupy and decent carbonation works well for it, a smooth beer is never a bad thing

D no issues drinking this beer for a strong ale it goes down pretty fast.

man I love this brewery just great beer after great beer, I'm not sure I've had a bad one or even a B+ for that matter. I must admit I don't like paying 17$ a bottle for this one but I'm still going to buy another to see how it ages

wordemupg, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown colour with a nice head and lacing. Lots of spice on the smell, more than expected. I think I was smelling nutmeg, but wasn't able to quite place it. It had a taste of nutmeg and peppercorns, to go along with the Belgian yeast. Some bitterness and caramel sweetness. Very smooth mouthfeel and wouldn't believe it was 10% abv by the way it drank.

kwjd, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Sammy, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of ZorPrime
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

ZorPrime, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Yoonisaykul, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 8/28/09 and poured into a snifter. The beer pours dark brown, appearing lighter near the edges. The big beige head exhibits good retention and leaves some lacing.

The nose is full of spices: nutmeg, all spice, cinnamon, and ginger. Dark fruits are evident, as well as caramel and some breadiness.

The flavor is rich caramel with cinnamon, nutmeg, and some toffee. Notes of plum are apparent as well as other dark fruits I can't put my finger on. The finish is sweet with a little alcohol.

The beer is full bodied with medium carbonation and a creamy, full mouthfeel.

This was an interesting and spicy Belgian Strong Dark beer that was consumed at the very end of a long night and was a nice nightcap.

HopHead84, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber brownish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of spices, ginger, dark fruits, and bready. Tastes of dark fruits, ginger, spices, and other fruitiness. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

Notes from: 6/27/08

hopdog, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a near opaque, dark brown, near black body with a thin, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Spicy, sweetish scent of caramel-coated bread crumbs and nuts with background notes of dried herbs and fruit.

Taste: Toasted caramel maltiness with a mild sweetness. Heavy-handed dose of fresh spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Slight herbal character. A bit of plum and golden raisin fruitiness. Slight nuttiness. Not too terribly much in the way of either hop flavor or bitterness. Small dollop of milk chocolate. Malty, though drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Rather well carbonated, I must say.

Drinkability: This is the most enjoyable French Canadian brew I've had in quite some time. Displays a nice level of complexity while keeping that ABV% safety at bay.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 09, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired from Phyl21ca many moons ago poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark mahogany that shows through as a clear deep copper when held up to light. The head was a massive off-white crown that lingered as a one0inch cap for the duration leaving tons of lacing.

The aroma was very surprising and dominated by spices and a yeasty sweetness - definitely some coriander, ginger and a candi apple sweetness. There is bits of dark fruit with figs and some caramel, but the spiciness was the most striking feature.

The taste follows the aroma and has the interesting spicy yeast flavor that dominates with figs and red apples playing a part as well. There was lots of caramel malts underpinning everything else but the melding of the spices with the Belgian yeast and fruit sweetness was very good.

The mouthfeel is unbelievably creamy with lots of carbonation and completely coats the palate.

This is one of the more interesting BSDAs I've ever tasted and the spiciness made it very complex and very original. The alcohol was nearly non-existent so drinkability is pretty high given the size of the beer. Worth a try if you can find it.

gford217, Jan 06, 2009
Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
91 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.