Dominus Vobiscum Saison - Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 6.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 05-29-2012

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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 31
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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, picked up by a friend at Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau.

Poured into a wine glass. Bright shimmering golden, with a big billowing fluffy head, lots of lacing on this and excellent retention. Lovely looking brew indeed.

Nose is dry and fresh, with lovely floral, resin, citrus, and yeasty notes, and a distinct scent of pepper and other spices lingering in the mix.

If you like your saisons dry and spicy, this one will certainly do the trick. In addition to the aforementioned flavor notes, this brew has a nice grain and musk flavor to go along with an assertive peppery, spicy bite. Light, fresh, vigorous but not overpowering carbonation.

Another winner from Charlevoix. Great dry saison, good depth here.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, typically (in a good way) Euro-esque sturdy-ass bottle.

This beer pours a very clear, pale golden amber hue, with three fingers of loose, bubbly, foamy white head, which leaves a sparse windward island array of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of dry banana and orange citrus fruit salad, quite well peppered (for some reason, in the food metaphor), pale grainy malt, and soft floral hops - a description which, upon re-reading, does not do justice to how pleasant the emanating aroma from the glass really is. The taste is dry fruity malt - again, the citrus only a bit player in a general olio of supermarket outer ring goodness, mildly edgy clove, black pepper and cardamon discernible, amongst a fairly more complex array of spice, with some nicely laid-back earthy yeast wallowing in a very mild warming alcohol pool.

The bubbles are quite restrained and properly behaved, the body a surprising medium weight, even for the style, and tacitly smooth, amongst the yeast and subtle booze intrusions. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, but not overly so, as the lulling graininess gives equal time to a nice medley of spice and fruit.

I expect nothing less from this brewery, and they do not disappoint - an enticing blend of wheaty, fruity malt, spice, yeast, and prodding alcohol soothes my workaday blues, even if they are not French farm-borne, they still provide the same aches, and this provides an equal to the task salve.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another masterful contribution to their Belgian premium series. Fresh smelling aroma draws me in. Lemon, balsam, wheat, tart fruit, complex. Dry finish. Very good drinkability. Vast head on medium cloudy yellow body. Liam's bottle and worth seeking out.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden beer, billowy white head, slightly cloudy.

Pears on the nose, touch of pepper.

Interestingly bitter throughout, hops are quite forward for a saison. Overall character is restrained spice with nice dusty yeast.

This is a very straightforward and drinkable saison. Happily throw back a bunch of this.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear golden with a mountain of head and lots of random lacing
S - mild notes of sour fruit, grainy, light leafiness, and pepper
T - similar to the nose but more robust flavours, peppery and leafy hops hold their own with fruit yeasty flavours creating a good balance
M - light with big carbonation that is slightly prickly, very dry and crisp finish
O - a very solid example of the style, the crisp hoppiness creates a good balance against the fruity yeasty flavours

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I thought someone sent this to me, but I can't find anything in my notes. If it was you, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due. Maybe I did buy it. Anyways...

Appearance. Pours a rich yellow gold with just a little haze and a big 3 fingers of white head that settles to a thick island in the middle of a thin head and leaves some nice lacing along the way.

Smell. Nice peppery saison yeast, apples, pears, banana and a little clove, and even a little bit of high quality ganj in there! Nice.

Taste. That fruity, peppery saison yeast again, some dry banana chips, a bit of clove and little bit of bitter earthy hops in the finish. Good, but we're going downhill here since the pour.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-strong, fine carbonation.

Overall. A nice saison. I liked it, but probably wouldn't buy it again having better choices out there.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with nice solid rustic Belgian malt backbone. Taste is also a great mix between some rustic malt notes with floral undertones and semi-sweet rustic Belgian malt. Light peppery and yeasty finish. Body is about average with great carbonation. Well done with good level of drinkability and great work on the fruity ester originating from the yeast strain.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2013/03/26.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Pale straw yellow with a huge amount of bright white head and massive lacing.

S - Bready sweetness and a floral hop aroma are dominant with spice, yeast esters and pepper.

T - A good hop profile is noticeable up front with floral, fruity and lemony flavours. A substantial bready malt bill adds sweetness and created a good balance. Spice, peppercorn, yeast esters and clove round out the palate. There is a slight funk/tartness evident as well.

M - Light body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark golden, one could say its amber in color. I prefer dark golden. Nice foamy head thrones. Sticky and dense. The aroma is intense. It is spicy, some sugar and Belgium yeast. In the mouth, the beer is spicy, with a dry finish slightly bitter. Vry effervescent in the mouth. Refreshing. A typical Belgian saison. Some fruits also in the taste. I like this one. For the price also, it's quite good.

Photo of ssmack
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A light apricot gold only slightly cloudy. A quick 2 inch head of large foamy bubbles. Tons of streams of carbonation. Lumps of lacing that lasted to the end.

A deep, full aroma. Nippy, musty funk. Ripe fruits - mango and pears. A slight smokiness.

A complex mixtures of tastes. Sweet cake from the malt. Again ripe fruit - mango and melon. The hops have just enough bitterness to stick in the mouth. A leathery aftertaste. Very little funk in the taste.

A medium feel with excellent carbonation that bites the whole mouth.

A awesome, refreshing saison full of flavours and well balanced.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to ricochet173 for providing this beer on a great night in Montreal.

A: An exceptionally clear pour of pale gold with 5 fingers of big fluffy white head. Head lingers for long time and completely covers the sides of the glass with clumps of billowy lacing.

S: Yeasty bread together with light spices of white pepper and dry mineralness.

T: Yeasty bread together with light spices of white pepper. Middle notes of dry crisp mineralness and finishes with a slight bitterness that lingers.

M: Clean, dry and refreshing. Surprisingly thick mouthfeel for a saison which I quite enjoy.

O: Another exceptional beer from Charleboix. This drinks similar to a Riesling and is well worth seeking out.

Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle from Marche Omni QC for 6.99+

Appearance – Clear yellow/amber colour with a massive size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 6-7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, corn, grass, yeast, citrus zest

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with corn and a grassiness. There is also quite a bit of peppery yeast notes with some lemon zest. It ends with a spicy bitter aftertaste.

Overall – Just tad too herbal/bitter for my tastes. But still another solid beer from this brewer. Well worth the price of the bottle.

Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from ZorPrime, thanks Eric! 750ml into a tulip, bottled April 25, 2012.

Poured without the yeast initially, golden orange with a great white head. Fantastic retention. Lots of yeast on the nose, lemon, citrus zest, apricot, light herbal hopping and just a suggestion of spice. Taste has a bit of wheat, great Charlevoix yeast character, more lemon/citrus zest. Light floral - quite subtle all around, but complex at the same time. Medium-full body but a great density and texture to it. A fantastic saison, extremely drinkable and subtly complex. Another winner from the Dominus Vobiscum series.

Photo of ludachris
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The body is deep gold with a soft haze. Three fingers of billowing whipped white head floats on top and cakes itself to the sides of the glass. Thick, dense rings of lace are left behind. A fine looking Saison!

Ahh, what a smell. Pear drops give the nose a deep sweetness while peaches and a bit of lemon peel add a fruity zest. Fresh cut grass and doughy biscuits remind me of a heavier Pilsner. This is both complex and very aromatic.

Similar to the nose, the pear drops are the most prominent feature in the taste, spreading itself across the tongue with a little bit of peach skin in between. The grassy hop character immediately moves to the back where it helps to dry out the finish. Sweet bready goodness is what I`m left with.

This Saison is incredibly sessionable with its light body, clean feel, and dry finish. It seems to be a tad undercarbonated but I think that can be attributed to the 2012 production date on the bottle which I unfortunately didn`t notice until now. Even then, it doesn`t take away from the overall impression of the beer.

Although Lupulus still remains my favorite offering from Charlevoix, they did an excellent job with this Saison. Fruity, flavourful, and complex while remaining sessionable and refreshing. Well done!

Photo of SebD
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: It has a nice semi-cloudy golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, spices, floral hops, some citrus and some grain.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice floral hop presence, citrus but also alot of spices and some Belgian yeast notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Very good Saison, Charlevoix never ceases to let me down.

Photo of Long813
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From LCBO

A: Pours a hazy golden body with a huge amount of white fully head, about 3 fingers. After the head dissipates it leaves a wonderful amount of lacing.

S: Huge front of pears and a mix of other sweet fruits. Some wheat aromas are subtle. Very nice aroma.

T: Taste follows the aromas with a huge front of pear flavour, mixed with other sweet fruits and banana. There is quite a bit of wheaty-hops to the taste that lingers.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. The texture is water like, and the carbonation makes each drink very crisp. Dry bitter wheat finish with no sense of alcohol.

O: Very nice Saison, easy to drink and very flavourful. Another offering well done from this brewery. Carbonation could be cut back a little, but that's all the negatives I could think of.

Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden in colour. Basically no head, just a bit of white film.

Light fruit in the nose, slight hint of spice. Yeast. Floral. Moderately sweet smelling.

Light fruits (pear, apple), yeast, spices. A bit sweet, with some honey flavour. Nice flavour.

Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Tingly.

Overall. good. Not remarkable but tasty. A bit on the sweet side as saisons go, but not overly so.

Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes...

A - Pours a clear golden colour, thumb of big bubbled head with solid retention, sheeting lacing and heavy visible body carbonation.

S - Fruity notes with bananas and cloves, hints of grassy hops, buttered bread, citrus rind and a musty caramel finish.

T - Much like the nose with the fruity bananas and cloves coming through alongside sour citrus rinds, leafy greens, hints of bubble gum and a touch of honey. Wide ranging flavours from a style that I've really begun to enjoy.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty saison that offers up a fruity bouquet that is nicely balanced with a bitter citrus rind hop profile that makes for an easy drinking ale. Would be a great brew for a hot summer day, light and refreshing, but enough flavour to keep you intrigued.

Photo of AlexFields
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow, translucent, huge very foamy off white head with lots of lacing.

Smell is fairly complex--some lightly funky yeast, hay, pepper and spice, floral notes, some sweet honey or maybe hints of tropical fruit. Fairly sweet overall.

Taste is lots of flowers, some peppery yeast but not really any funk, light honey sweetness again, hint of peach. Not quite as complex as the nose but a really nice, delicate saison. More sweet than dry.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, feels soft and delicate, not as bubbly as you'd expect from the appearance but very drinkable.

"Delicate" is the word that jumps out at me to describe this beer, it's pretty subtle and really enjoyable but no bold flavors or anything.

8.0/10

Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 9/7/12

A slight haze in a golden body, try not to get a massive head on this one I dare ya, gentle pour yields three fingers of soapy foam. a couple squiggly lines of lace followed by some random patches

S big nose on this one, citrus bubblegum comes out right away, floral hops, lavender perhaps? faint banana, and spiced well with some peppery grains, the yeast is working wonders for me

T not as in your face as the smell but has a little more spice too it, some more earthy notes then the nose but I preferred the smell

M a little over carbonated with just a little bitter bite and a lingering spicy aftertaste

O this ones doing great on this hot Summer night, 750ml is no issue whatsoever and went down fast, I could smell it all night and other then a few too many bubbles I have very little too complain about

Not sure If i priced this one right because at a little over 10$ I can see this one hitting my glass all Summer long

Photo of NForr
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very excited to see this one come out. It's the latest in the seasonal Dominus Vobiscum beers from Charlevoix - a Belgian Saison.

Pours out a beautiful pale amber color with a nice two finger head that never dissipates.

Aromas of spicy Belgian yeast, with some fruity sweet smells mixed in as well. Floral hops as well. Made me drool a little.

Lots of Spiciness up front - cloves, and cardamon and a little funkiness. Floral tastes mixed in there with a nice sour and fruity bitter finish. Some apples and pears. Not a huge hop presence, but just enough to balance nicely.

Incredibly refreshing on the palate. Pretty perfect summer beer. I'm glad I grabbed a few of these, again Charlevoix has not let me down.

Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Police in riot gear are practically needed to keep this head back; it nearly flows over the top of the glass with the kind of fervor characteristic of a Latin American revolution. Even once it settles it doesn't retreat; clumps of foam thick enough to warrant an ice-cream scoop remain floating atop the clear, lustrous golden ale.

Like a true farmhouse ale, this aroma is distinguished by a honey-oat cerealness, orchard fruit esters and a hint of spice. It is at once sweet, savory and, obviously, a hint spicy with an overlaying mustiness that might (somewhat unfairly) be associated with a barnyard.

The flavour has a dry hay or straw-like maltiness with a bit of honeyed cereal sweetness chasing the finish. Whether hops or yeast is tough to say, but an herbal, lightly grassy taste dominates and, eased in by hints of apple and pear, builds effortlessly to a definitively earthy finish. It's a wee brighter and more bubblegum-y than the most archetypal examples but still very classic.

The yeastiness can be a bit overpowering at times; its phenolic (spicy) by-products make the beer taste far stronger than the reasonable 6% it is. This could be also be attributed to a slightly thinner frame; the malts split soon as the aftertaste hits, leaving alcohol to roam free.

A good Saison is a proper way to celebrate life on a summer's day. Dominus Vobiscum Saison is an excellent candidate for doing just such a thing. It is a dazzling effort that, were it not already for so many dazzling Charlevoix offerings, might be considered one of the brewery’s best.

Photo of tbeckett
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Light golden pour with strong carbonation. Huge three finger fluffy white head. Big chunks of white soap-like lace and a finger of retention.

S - Lemon, yeast, pear.

T - A little bit of sweet baking spice, lemon, yeast. Interesting and tasty, but a bit heavy on the spice esters. A little banana is there too.

M - Strong carbonation, medium creamy body and a sweet baking spice dryness.

O/D - A fairly straightforward and well done saison. The style is sort of plain in it's purest form, but this executes, the light, refreshing elements of it.

Photo of MasterSki
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from papat444. Served in a Cigar City tulip.

A - Big white foam settles to a thin cap, big collar, and plenty of lacework. Lightly hazed apricot body. Really good-looking brew and spot-on for the style.

S - Phenolic and fruity yeast notes, with lots of banana, pears, and stone fruits. Quite sweet; not sure if there is candi sugar in this? Some wheat and toasted grain notes.

T - Again, quite sweet with tons of banana and other fruity notes. Bready malt backbone, with understated, lightly spicy Belgian yeast. Seems more like a cross between a Saison and a Hefeweizen than a true farmhouse beer.

M - Smooth, medium body, with toasty texture and lightly dry finish. Pleasant active carbonation, and no discernible alcohol.

D - A solid beer that's a tad too sweet for my tastes when it comes to this style. It was quite easy to drink the entire 750ml bottle and it's quite flavorful for only 6% ABV, but I was expecting something a little more peppery and dry.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy and slightly orange in color. Lots of foamy soapy head. Lacing and retention are great.

S: Belgian yeast and some hops. Noble in variety. Very strong aroma that manages to prep the nose before the palate.

T: Good saison character. The spicy phenols are there. Nice sweet malt body but not overpowering. It's balanced nicely with the hops which also impart their own flavor. Slightly spicy maybe a bit herbal with some citrus zest. Everything is well tied together making the beer very drinkable and nothing is too overpowering. Maybe a touch tart as well.

M: Crisp and very drinkable. Light bodied but not overly so, just perfect for the style.

O: Pretty good beer. Maybe a touch to expensive for my liking though. I'd gladly drink another but don't know if i'd pay for it.

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Dominus Vobiscum Saison from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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