Dominus Vobiscum Double
Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #22
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,702
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 9.6%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
165
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Microbrasserie Charlevoix
 
Quebec, Canada
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  21
SCORE
88
Very Good
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown with tons of bubbles up the sides of the glass and a bubbly off-white head that's quick to disappear with zero lacing. Smells strongly of currants, raisins and other dark fruits, some cherry cola and even a little maple syrup. Definitely malt forward in taste, with some of the same flavors as in the aroma, but surprisingly dry. Nice amount of hop bitterness in the background for balance, as well as a tiny herbal aroma and flavor in there too. Sort of a scraping bubbles, cleansing mouthfeel. Decent, but still not as great as the classics.

Mar 11, 2015
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Haydn-Juby from Vermont

4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: about two fingers of a slightly beige head. Slightly higher than moderate rates of carbonation are visible. It's a dark auburn sort of color, raisin would be an accurate descriptor of color.

S: Dark fruits, some darkly caramelized sugars, a bit of some spicy phenols.

T: This is great, absolutely great. Initially I was hit with some dark fruit , think in the vein of raisin or grape, followed up with some slight spiciness. I also get just a bit of star anise, which is great because usually i find spiced beers overly spiced. The star anise really just adds another complex layer to the beer. Maybe a bit of a bready/munich malt type flavor. When it was warming up I even got a bit of a sweet milk chocolate.Overall, very complex.

F: Carbonation is good. Not overly fizzy, as I find many brewers hear belgian and go overboard, but well done. Mouth feel is not overly thick making the beer extremely drinkable.

O: This is an amazing beer! Highly recommend it. It easily competes with the greats and IMO beats out Chimay and Maudite. Even though it's a bit strong to be a Dubbel, it makes for a fantastic dark strong. This is good stuff!

Jan 25, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

Microbrasserie Charlevoix "Dominus Vobiscum Double"
500 ml. brown glass bottle, "Bottled on 14/07/08 9:10"

Hazy ruby-accented dark russet brown body beneath a frothy head of light tan. A bit of zesty carbonation is common for the style so that makes sense, and the quick rising bubbles help to bolster the head, giving it great head retention. The aroma displays dark skinned fruits and spiciness with a little bit of brown sugar and caramel thrown in to round it out, and the flavor follows suit, simply adding a touch of grassy (and perhaps spicy...?) hops to the background. The fermentation seems clean, other than producing the brilliant dark fruitiness and (some) spice; and it's well-balanced by a moderate to median bitterness (it's kind of hard to tell with the carbonic bite of the CO2). Not a lot of brewers are producing this style of beer right now, and certainly not to this quality. This is also a very fresh bottle, and I think that a few months of aging might soften it and open it up a bit to reveal a greater depth of maltiness. Impressive. I'm going to have to seek out more offerings from this brewery.

Oct 03, 2014
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Proteus93 from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: bottle states 'Embouteillee le / bottled on : 2010 Fev 04 14:06', consumed on June 30, 2010

A: Hazy mahogany, with a bit of golden hue around the edges. Big head calls for a slow pour or patience with topping it off.

S + T: Raisin, fig, and a hint of rum & butter. A bit of a fruitbread flavour is a nice touch. Modest licorice / anise offers a balance and a touch of bitterness. As it warms, that becomes a little more pronounced - maybe just a little much.

*M + D: Not quite as 'sparkling' as some, but a very assertive carbonation. It helps the retention of the head, as well. Decent sipper...some alcohol warmth peeks through.

Aug 14, 2010
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Soozy from Tennessee

3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on April 13, 2011. This bottle is 8% abv, and not 9%. Not sure if/when they made the change.

Poured into a large DFH snifter. Very dark brown but with a nice red hue when it's held up to the light. Smell is largely acetaldehyde. I'm picking up on a lot of green apple, some alcohol and a hint of raisins. Overwhelming green apple though.

It tastes good. Better than I expected from the smell of it. Dark fruits at first, a hint of leather, and finishes with a touch of vanilla. Alcohol burn is present at the very end, especially as it warms up. A bit too much for my liking, but goes with the style I guess. Bitterness is pretty good. At first I was kind of skeptical that the bottle says it's only 10 IBUs, but it works well.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and a little bit too rich.

Overall, a solid beer and fair representation of the style. Wish I had one to age for 18 months or so. I'd be interested to see how this ages.

Dec 04, 2011
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Dawkfan from Canada (AB)

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been hanging on to this one for awhile, it was bottled in July 2009, they recommend drinking it between 6 months and 3 years of age.

A- A fast building off white head in to my goblet as soon as I started to pour. Dark in color, deep brown with ruby highlites. The head is amazing, creamy, lush and rich looking! This thing won't settle out, the remaining 1/2" cap moves with every swirl. Lacing is fantastic as I drink, reminds me of the Westmalle Dubbel.

S- Alot of spice, clove and pepper really stand out, a touch of cinammon and anise. Not getting a lot of malt which isn't to style, but I'm enjoying it.

T- Much maltier in flavor than in smell. The malt stays on the palate until the finish, it's joined right in the middle by a lot of licorice. The licorice carries through with the spices mentioned in the nose. There's something that lingers that I can't put my finger on that I'm not a huge fan of, might be some of the yeast esters??

M- Carbonation is a little too high, body could be a little fuller. Somewhat creamy and coates the mouth not bad either.

O- It's a very good beer, but not a great beer. Really easy beer for 8.5%, Charlevoix still remains one of Canada's best!

Oct 26, 2011
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Converge from Canada (AB)

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a 22oz snifter. My bottle says 9.0% ABV.

A - Some quick reaction time kept this Dominus Vobiscum from turning into a Dominus Volcano. Massive head of bubbly tan foam. Long, slow pour. The color is a deep ruby hue, really dark with lots of haze. Good head retention with some nice lacing for a while. Also, I won't lie, this might be my favorite label art I've ever seen. So that will influence my rating here a bit.

S - Dark fruits, blueberries, caramel malt, candi sugar and something sort of vegetal. Although I like it a lot, the vegetal quality sort of throws me off. Cola syrup, Belgian yeast, and some light spices. The aroma is really all dark fruits, with plums, figs, blueberries and... tomatoes...

T - Opens up with dark fruits and caramel malt, and finishes with lots of sweet dark fruits, yeast, licorice, and spices. Cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg linger in the aftertaste. I'm still getting some strong blueberry presence in the flavor, as well as a strong peppermint character in the finish. This dubbel definitely has a deep, dark and rich flavor profile. The vegetal character from the aroma translates slightly into the taste, but doesn't ruin the flavor for me. It's just so... tomato... No alcohol warmth or hop presence for the most part.

M - Medium body with some nice carbonation. Could be a bit smoother for sure, but it's still pretty good. A little disappointing, as I expected this to be another strong point of this ale, and while it's still done very well, it doesn't come together like I had hoped it would.

D - A great dubbel with a different tasting flavor. While this wasn't exactly what I expected, it's still a great beer. And as with any good tasting beer with a high ABV, the alcohol sneaks up quickly. I like it, but a 500ml bottle is enough for me.

Jan 13, 2012
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kaufmaal from Alabama

4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/13/11.

Dark brown pour, toasted oat colored head that disappeared to a thin line. Ripe fig smell with some caramel, browned butter, raisin, black cherry soda. Wonderful carbonation - very clean tasting. The flavors have mellowed a bit, and everything is slightly muted, flavor wise: rum raisins, dark brown sugar, vanilla bean. There a bit of boozyness to the aftertaste, and just the right amount of sour, like overripe bananas. I'd gladly search this one out again.

Jan 20, 2014
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LoveStout from New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Dec 29, 2013
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oldp0rt from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Mar 15, 2012
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Boozecamel from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Feb 20, 2014
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Stocean1 from Canada (ON)

4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

frothy two finger head quickly down to a nice collar, dark brown caramel - looks like coke - yeasty bits on top, fine patchy lacing

candied sugar, yeast, sweet rye bread, plums and grape

taste follows the nose with floral hops and anise

medium bodied with plenty of carbonationm dry, relatively smooth, nice bite

An excellent dubbel that is a must buy when it comes around

Jan 22, 2012
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beerhunter13 from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Mar 14, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i just had a bottle of this from 2010 off the vintage beer list at bull and bush, really fair pricing too on this, considering its age and now rarity. i really enjoyed it, its like a big chewy liquid molasses cookie, gingersnap or something, not sure if this is actually spiced or not, but it sure tastes like it is. deep copper colored, past rust to a dark caramel color, just redder than brown. lots of body and a frothy tan heady with outstanding retention. brown sugar, molasses, dried ginger, honey, loosely belgian yeast, fruitcake, booze, maple, even clove present themselves in the nose and taste of this, it really does have a fresh baked wintery cookie vibe to it, mild banana in there, tons of molasses, rich and sweet and full bodied, but with considerable more depth than most belgian dubbel types or even barleywines that i have known. its downright impressive really, warm and comforting, filling in just the right way, still active in feel, nothing like it out there that i am at all aware of. surprised to see others have not liked this more, but i suppose six years in the bottle has allowed it to evolve quite a lot. do yourself a favor and pick up an extra one for the cellar, this is one of the best aged beers i have ever had. world class, this should be hyped up. never even heard of this brewery before...

edit: has another bottle from 2010 this weekend, two additional years older than the original review, and its still drinking incredibly well. i get a ton of molasses and maple, a really cool ale yeast still cooking away, and a now effervescent texture, this has definitely taken on even more carbonation over this time. i like the booziness as it warms, and reckon this is one of the best beers in its style anywhere. i wish i could get more beer from these guys, this one has now blown my mind twice!!!

Jul 08, 2016
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Ajlvt from Washington

4/5  rDev +1%

Oct 17, 2013
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Rijtjeshuis from Canada (ON)

3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L ~ pours a very dark mahogany in color, almost black (a little dark for style). The head is quite nice: cream colored, quite large off a hard pour, mousy with some larger bubbles, and falling fairly slowly with some nice lacing. Clarity is quite nice, though a bit syrupy and deeply red when held to the light.

S ~ not very strong. Malt comes out first and is spot-on for style. with some deep richness and the aroma of dark fruits (prunes and raisins). There's also a good helping of spice, but not really the usual cloves and pepper profile of a dubbel; there's a bit more vanilla and star anise (black licorice) in there as well. This plays fairly well with the dark malt notes.

T ~ fairly similar to the nose. A lot of complex malt, with the dark malts coming up first (much less syrupy sweet that with a Belgian Strong Dark, as I'd expect from a Dubbel). This has the a similar fruitiness. The spiciness seems to lean a bit more to the star anise, especially on the long finish. Not a huge fan of this flavor, and it gives a bit of an unpleasant finish and seems to make it feel a little less dry than it would otherwise be. No real alcoholic flavors.

F ~ full bodied and higher carbonation gives a fluffy feel which works really well with the dark, but not cloying, malts and the spices. A bit of alcoholic warmth, which plays up the anise a bit.

Fairly good for a dubble, I found the malt profile a touch darker than my favorites of the style. Also, I found that the star anise flavor was a bit unwelcome for me, but that's a personal preference. All-in-all, complex and interesting. Solid Dubbel.

Dec 30, 2011
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Beelzebeer from Canada ()

4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, bottled on Nov 11/11, making it a little less than a year

A - Dark brown, approaching black. Dense thick head, with nice lacing. Looks delicious.

S - Dark bread, malt, raisin, some apricot, plum

T - Malt, brown sugar, a little leather. Carmalized sugars at the end.

M - Dense yet easy to roll. Goes down extemely well.

O - One of the niced dubbels I've ever had.

Oct 13, 2012
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Foddz from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep caramel brown that seems to glow darkly in the light. Creamy tan head that rises to about 1.5 fingers before receding slowly and leaving a thick, sticky film of foam down the sides. A thin cap (slightly more than a film) persists long after the pour.

S: Rich caramel malts and ripe fruit - pear, prunes, and raisins predominate with some lighter apple tones overlaid. Spice presents nicely, a little peppery and clove with perhaps a hint of nutmeg or cinnamon.

T: Apple and pear makes an even stronger impression on the palate. Caramel more subdued but remains potent enough to make an impression. Prunes and raisins in the background. The bitterness is appropriately mild and doesn't linger. Cloves are the predominant spice but some subtle anise and cinnamon add to the experience.

M: Smooth and rich, yet pleasantly light towards the end thanks to generous carbonation. Effervescent on the tongue. The sweet flavours leave the mouth a little sticky but there's a little dry character to it as well that encourages one to have more.

O: Very nice. Not the most complex or outstanding dubbel I've tried but overall a very solid entry. I'd happily drink another if I had one.

Jan 11, 2012
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LoveBeerNo7 from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Dec 23, 2011
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Scamboogery from Texas

4/5  rDev +1%

Nov 15, 2013
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cbnz from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Jan 13, 2013
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jsnoek from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +1%

Jan 19, 2012
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duracell from Canada (QC)

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served from a 500mL bottle in a tulip glass at about 14 degree Celsius. Dark brown, with a nice head which disappears rather quickly.

S – Excellent smell, very complex and full of nutty and caramelized aromas. It reveals the spices used in the brewing process.

T - I was quite surprised by the relative sweetness. The taste confirms the smell, nutty and buttery notes, caramelized at the end. Announced as a spicy beer, the spices notes present in the smell are unfortunately very light in the taste, if perceptible.

M - Good carbonation, the feel is rather syrupy, a bit too much to my taste.

O - There is no doubt this dubble is a good choice! I would drink it again! However, the caramelized notes in addition to the very syrupy taste affect the drinkability of this beer. To me, these are the major downfalls. I might try having it colder next time.

Nov 28, 2011
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schnarr84 from Canada (AB)

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Mar 08, 2013
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WeissBoy from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +1%

Jan 11, 2012
Dominus Vobiscum Double from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 165 ratings