Dominus Vobiscum Triple | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Rastacouere on 02-12-2004

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very decent smooth orange creme triple. Fruity yeast aroma and taste.Great lace and orange tinge. Mid sip pepper corriander anise. Lemon on aftertaste. Unique in its style, I can see why this is a high-ranked Quebec and maybe this brewery's best. WIll be sampling these guys.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. I like that the label has no English on it whatsoever - very evocative of being in la Belle Province last summer.

This beer pours a mildly hazy pale golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and lightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a smattering of frilly, dried soap scum lace around the glass in its rather lengthy and drawn-out wake. If this was Irish, we'd damned well be drinking by now.

It smells of grainy, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, banana chips, a bit of underripe green apple, old-world yeast, and peppery cloves. The taste is gritty, semi-sweet, and still heavily bready caramel malt, a prominent clove/coriander herbal spiciness, muddled citrus pith, unsweetened applesauce, earthy yeast, and a soft sidling booze warming.

The carbonation is moderate in intensity on the tongue, but persistently frothy throughout, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, generally smooth, and maybe a tad creamy, in an airy, pumped-up sense. It finishes well off-dry, the pale malt, fruit, and yeast lingering for miles and miles (and miles).

A decently beguiling Tripel, nicely rounded in its fruitiness, and with a good handle on its amped-up, and commensurately well-integrated alcohol. Not my favourite style, sure, but this just seems to work for me - perhaps my overall fondness for this brewery has something to do with that?

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey brown color ale with an above average head with medium retention. Aroma of strong spices (pepper) and lots of sweetness. Taste is quite spicy again from something resembling pepper but does a good job of mixing with the sweet malt and the dominant Belgian yeast. Body is really full which surprise me a bit and alcohol is not detectable. Above average tripel.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A strongly yeasty aroma of clove and pear with a bit of honey malt and pepper.

T - Sweet malt with pear and clove up front. More thick malt in the middle with peppery character and clove. The beer finishes pepper, honey, clove and a lingering anise character.

M - A thick body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This is a big, and very thick beer and while it fits in the style, it has an overly thick malt character and way too much clove for my taste. There are some promising pepper and pear notes up front, but they are overwhelmed by excessively sweet malt and make for a beer that is lacking in balance and subtlety.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden hue of it had a nice cloudiness to it that seemed to come through nicely with a bit of lacing around the sides.

aroma is light bready notes and hints of banana, cloves, pears, light tart apples and a touch of spice on the edges. clean, very clean flavor that it is very hard to find really any fault here in that. super clean with light body and a nice medium palate with hints of grain and light fruits that seem to dance all over the place. light bears and nice touches of fruit and light spice. smooth, clean finish

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Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of imbibehour
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled March 17th 2010.

A fast forming white head that doesn't stick, but always manages to leave a good collar while drinking. Body color and appearance hints at large cola carbonation, but the beer eventually settles into a nice muted orange yellow and slight orb glowing body. Not bad.

Great nose for a triple. Sweet candied malts, hints of apple, a little oaky butter, sweet tropical mushy mango. Dense yeast as well it seems. Very nice.

Taste brings a nice controlled sweetness. Fruit cobbler action with hits of vanilla in the palate. Sweet candy and malts on the finish with a nice bittering hop. Warming yet not boozy with a solid simple mouthfeel that isn't too impressive but not a syrupy mess either.

Really enjoyed this one for taste and pleasure, great feeling and it has a wonderful warmth which doesn't seem to be derived from alcohol for a very masked abv at 9 percent. i would love more!

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Photo of AlexFields
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear, light golden color, large effervescent head, bubbles all around the sides and bottom of the glass. Head leaves some thick lacing as it recedes (recedes pretty quickly though).

As the description on the bottle says, this does smell fairly hoppy for a tripel; smells of fairly bitter citrus, orange zest and grapefruit, pepper with pretty aggressive spice, some yeasty banana, some flowers. Has a very sharp character overall.

Taste has the same citrus up front but here it's more sweet than bitter, there's also a nice yeasty sweetness that tastes the same as the Blanche I had before this so in guessing it's the same house yeast, spices and pepper again but much milder. Nice balance between the hops and the yeasty character (this is also not fresh so hopes are likely not what they were).

Excellent mouthfeel much like the Blanche, very soft and milky/creamy.

Very solid tripel, has a lot in common with the other Charlevoix beers I've had.


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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some fruits and malts. Taste is fruits, alcohol, yeast esters, some hops, pretty good. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of freud, via CanBIF6. Poured into my Duvel tulip, bottled on March 17, 2010.

Pours a golden orange, with a bit of haze to it. Three fingers of fluffy, chunky head, leaving some sticky webbed lacing here. Gorgeous. Aroma is quite nice too; spicy and fruity, with some pear, banana and clove notes. Maybe a touch of alcohol but that's stretching it. Taste leads with some candied malts and spices with some yeastiness here too, and is quickly followed by a flash of heat. Dissipates into the fruit and spices again. Solid mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation and every sip brings a bit of warmth to me that I thoroughly enjoy, almost makes me wish I had saved this for a cool winter's eve as opposed to a warm summer's nite! Eerily similar to La Fin Du Monde in my eyes, but that could be just me. Solid brew, recommended.

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Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large foamy white head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing, and there is some pretty nice lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes it dissipated.

Smell - wheat, pepper, pear/apples/bananas (juicy fruit gum)

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low to average amount of carbonation - I think it could benefit from a little bit more. The strongest flavours are wheat and bananas. There is also a pale malt and hop flavour and some breads/grains. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter and sweet banana aftertaste.

Drink - Not bad at all. I wouldn't put it in the same ranks as Chimay/Orval etc. but it's up there for sure. For a 9% beer; the alcohol is extremely well hidden.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a light orange colour wiht a tinge of amber and two fingers of thich, bubbly head that receded to a small ring around the edges of the glass. A lot of visible carbonation.

S - Banana, cloves, apple, pear and a slight Belgian yeast nose.

T - Cloves, banana, apple, pear, apricot. The ABV is noticeable and warming. Beligan yeast flavour are present but subtle. Very robust and flavourful.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head and below average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of fruit, malt yeast. Smelled like a tripel should.

T: Tasted of apples, pears, yeast, malt, and some spices (pepper, e.g.). A very tasty, very complex beer.

M: Lots and lots of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied, but never overly heavy.

D: An excellent, drinkable tripel.

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Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden liquid topped with a fluffy, white head; good retention, excellent lace.

S: Spicy, metallic earthyness, slight tropical fruit.

T: Pleasant spicyness (grains of paradise?), lightly bready, hints of caramel, good bitterness, dry, alcohol is a little 'hot'.

M: Well-attenuated & digestable as a "Belgian" should be.

D: The alcohol is a little too hot to session.

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Photo of Latarnik
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip nov28 2009

A slightly cloudy golden yellow with a fast falling thumbs width of head that left a ring of lace near the top of the glass

S plenty of yeast with a little honey and lemon

T as it smells but with a nice bit of apple, a little bread and some funky goodness

M despite the lack of visible bubbles it turns to foam in my mouth

D the concealed booze is a little scary but I'm not afraid anymore I'm just enjoying the ride

adding more evidence to my theory that the best beers in Canada are from Quebec. really though I had their Imperial Milk Stout before this and it too kicked ass. I've said it before and I'll say it again this brewery will own the Canadian top 25 once people start reviewing their wares.

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Photo of biegaman
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dominus Vobiscum sounds scary but the Tripel looks rather approachable; a perfectly clear, albeit worn-out golden, there's little to be intimidated by. Light flickers off it like it does a warm lake on a sunny summer day. Its head is persistent, but irregular and warty, with bubbles that spring up like mushrooms after a heavy rain.

It's not unusual for beers of this style to have floral, fruity bouquets, but Dominus Vobiscum Triple smells like some kind of ethereal garden. The voices of angels can be heard signing. It's an aroma perhaps best described by a botanist as notes of magnolia, gooseberry, sweet briar, violets, blueberry and ambrosia are instilled.

The flavour, likewise, could warrant a whole gastronomy thesis. Apple orchard, rose petal, muscat grape, cedar wood, cereal grain, fresh cut grass, honey, artichoke, and passionfruit - I understand a list like that may sound made up, but I assure you those flavours were carefully selected from dozens more that could have been added.

And the descriptors continue into the mouthfeel: It has the herbalness of dill, the zest of fresh grated ginger, the spice of caraway seed, the earthy bitterness of truffles, the dryness of straw, and the citrusy aftertaste of tangerine. Add to it a pumpkin spice-like complexity and just an ounce of inevitable alcohol warmth. Wowza.

Like Tony Bennett, Dominus Vobiscum Triple is a timeless, universal classic that has perfected its craft. Other than the obvious Belgian staples I can think of few other tripels so complex and so charming. It is far and away one of the most layered, intricate beers I've tried, so much so that it's probably made me sound a liar. Emphatically recommended.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jdhilt
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours five+ finger white head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Hazy straw color. Very good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose and flavor is sweet fruit and Belgian yeast. Nice triple. $7.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma. Bottled Mar 2010.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Frothy, two finger head. Huge white bubbles. Medium carbonation with a nice golden/straw colour. THe head on this is great. Looks thick and really bright white.

S - Huge yeast notes. Bubblegum and spice. Maybe some clove. Pick up some funkiness there as well. Lot's of spice though. Smells great.

T - Really bubblegummy. Fruitiness in there as well which is really strong. Mild spice. Lovely stuff.

M - Medium body with minimal carbonation makes this feel a little off. Some lingering flavours.

D - Pretty high. Body might restrict it but otherwise I could drink this all night. Spot on.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 17th March 2010, I picked this up this past weekend at State Line. Thank you for the recommendation, Robert.

Pouring a light orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing, this is a great looking beer. Clarity is top notch, and I'd be hard-pressed to fault this. The nose is wonderful too. In the vein of some of the other Canadian tripels, this is sweeter and fruitier than most of the best Belgians (but thankfully not cloying, alcoholic messes that a lot of American brewers conjure). Citrus and tropical fruit dominate, with sweet oranges, a little mango and a little ripe papaya as well. A little dried straw/ hay is present, along with some honey. Not very yeasty, though a light spice character is present, almost mace and coriander -like. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens crisp and fruity, with a blend of oranges, flowers (jasmine?), a little pepper and lemons. The honey does come through as well, and the hop character, while faint, is quite perfect. Just a little bitterness (this is 15 IBUs and 5 months old, after all), but there's still that light, lingering Saaz-like flavor of grass and lemons. A touch earthy as well, especially on the mid-palate, this beer dries out quite considerably on the finish, leaving a blend of spices, a touch of grainy huskiness and a little alcohol. On the lighter end of medium light (light medium light?). Crisply carbonated, this beer hides the alcohol very well. It does get to you though, and probably tackling this solo after a 13 hour day wasn't the best idea, but it sure did seem better than drinking the (equally strong) Cascade Apricot. Excellent stuff, highly recommended.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow/gold color with a fluffy head into my glass. They've got the presentation right here.

The aroma is full of spice from the yeast, followed by a slight hint of hops as well. I don't see anything out of the ordinary here.

Taste is crisp with a slight hint of citrus and spice, as well as hops. Somewhat "hot" as it coats the mouth. Otherwise, very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice and alcohol heat. Very warming. Certainly a sipping beer but it does wonders on a cold Vermont night.

A very good example of the style. If you know what to expect from this style, you won't be disappointed. I'll certainly take my time with it.

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Dominus Vobiscum Triple from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 185 ratings