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Dominus Vobiscum Double | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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3.94/5
Very Good
161 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada
microbrasserie.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Beersignal on 06-03-2006

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#6,841
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
161
pDev:
9.64%
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Derek's bottle. I have enjoyed every member of the Vobiscum lineup, the Priest Made Me Do It! representation of the brewery's offerings. Dark brown and an off-brown slightly bubbly head, with coco aroma. Rich malting, creamy mouthfeel. On the sweet side, making very drinkable the Chai spices.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +14%
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...

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, in a hotel room in downtown Montreal. Shitty things have to be done when you forget to bring a bottle opener on vacation, and the hotel staff are less than helpful in that regard.

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby brown hue, with slight orange edges, and a copious amount of puffy, densely foamy beige head, which leaves substantial speckled lace around the glass as it rather slowly melts away.

It smells somewhat mildly of caramelized toffee, bready malt, apple puree, dates, brown sugar, with the usual Belgian suspects of clove, coriander, and yeast pushing to the front. The taste is molasses, caramel malt, a hint of cocoa, cloves, sweet ginger - just like my mom's ginger spice cookies - that is if they had an addition of earthy, leafy hops. Hardly a whisper of the 16-proof booze comes through, by the by.

The carbonation is fairly mild (probably due to the difficulty we had opening the bottle without any metal implement whatsoever, and the attendant time it took), with just a wee hum here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and maybe a little lacking in overall smoothness. It finishes surprisingly less than sweet, the sticky molasses and caramel backbone standing firm, sure, but against a stern grainy, spicy, and hoppy dryness.

A well-rendered double, deftly balanced, the alcohol certainly obfuscated. I would cite this as a purely easy-drinking version of the style - eventual booze and ingress challenges aside, of course.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy brown color ale with a big foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of anis is totally dominating but still well back by some strong malt. Taste is dominating by anis with some candi sugar. I thought the anis was a bit overwhelming and could have been more balance. Body was above average and alcohol was well hidden. Nicely done overall but a better calibration of spices would bring this to world class level.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Russet red with brilliant orange accents and a crazy number of uprushing bubbles that created four full fingers of ginger colored foam on the pour. The head looks okay as it melts and is sticky enough to grace the glass with a small amount of lace.

The aroma is much more spicy than most Belgian-style dubbels... largely because this is an 'ale brewed with spices'. Clove, nutmeg and black pepper (all guesses) dominate the nasal profile, yet the background brown maltiness of the base beer is still appreciated.

Dominus Vobiscum Double would probably have earned the next highest taste score with a better mouthfeel. As is, the combination of a thinnish mouthfeel and harshly fizzilicious carbonation conspires to rob the beer of whatever depth and complexity it might have had. Still, it's easy to taste the potential.

Specifics include toasted brown bread, sweet dark fruits, anise, clove and black pepper. The spices are so prominent that 'herbed/spiced beer' might be the more appropriate style. Purists might scoff at doing this to a dubbel, but the Belgians have never been known as style sticklers and often add all sorts of stuff to their beer.

The mouthfeel just does reach average by mid-bottle. The overzealous carbonation has settled down some and the beer has more presence in the mouth as a result. Time might improve things even more, though significant underinflation is right around the corner.

Dominus Vobiscum (Latin for "The Lord be with you") Double could be a very good spiced Belgian-style dubbel. Too bad I'll probably never find out for sure. Especially since this sort of beer, if done right, is usually right up my Belgian ale lovin' alley.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep ruby red, mahogany toned liquid appearing before me. A good amount of haze in this one led it to have a good, thick look about it. A nice three finger high head

Lots of dark fruit like esters were bouncing around with it as well, but there was just this tremendously big earth, malt aroma coming off. Some raisins and figs were playing around in there as well. Lots of spiced rum like flavors coming at me at first, then the malted bread like tones sitting in behind it. A very thick flavor, I was not expecting it to be this big. Lots of raisins, figs, plums, and a touch of apricot playing around in there letting you know the yeast was doing its thing. As I let it sit, and started to take bigger sips it got a little bit lighter for me, but still retained its very nice profile. Nice dry finish

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewpub
Rich chocolate caramel and fruit notes. Paired great with the raspberry brownie ice cream I had for desert.

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Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of ZorPrime, thanks Eric! Into a chalice, bottled on June 10, 2010.

Pours a deep red/mahogany with a few fingers of creamy tan head. Sweet nose, hints of green apple, but some syrupy dark fruits too. Fresh, with a sense of acidity, but at the same time I'm smelling something that reminds me of banana walnut cake. Intriguing. Taste is walnuts, more allspice, light and tart green apple and some dark fruits to a lesser extent. Overall, beer is sweet with a good tart balance. Smooth, creamy and warming (and somewhat spicy) mouthfeel, alcohol is masked. Medium carbonation and a sipper for the most part. Alot to digest with this one, but another nice effort from Charlevoix.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a semi opaque, somewhat muddy red-orange amber. Thick, aggressive head (foamed out of the bottle), leaving light lacing; lasts a long time. Sweet caramel malt and very spicy aroma. Taste is sweet malts, raisins, dark fruit, brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon, complex. Middle and finish are lighter versions of the start, almost seems a slight let down that there is not a burst of flavor at the end. Still a complex, but subtle flavoring. Quite different. I would like to try other ales from this brewery.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2011/11/09. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured medium brown and settled a very dark amber/ruby colour. One finger of light brown head formed with very good retention.

S - Brown sugar, raisins, burnt caramel, spice and some dark fruit notes in the background.

T - A huge rum soaked raisin flavour up front with brunt caramel, dark fruit and spices. A sweet sticky-candy finish. Although this is sweet, the ABV cuts through the sweetness perfectly.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see this some of the offerings from this brewery in the Atlanta area. It's imported by Shelton Brothers, so it should see widespread (if spotty) representation. Pours a slightly cloudy chestnut with a nice head that sticks around as a cap. Lots of spice and vanilla in the nose- quite sweet, and quite creamy. The star anise is very noticeable. The taste is still fairly sweet, but not nearly so much as the nose suggests it will be. Nice creamy malt notes, some Belgian yeast tang, a fairly big hit of star anise, and dried dark fruit. Quite tasty, and probably better as a digestif. Nice.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut brown, light tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Dark fruit, spicy phenols, candied fruit, floral hops.

T: Candied fruit, orange, pleasant phenolic spicyness, bready, dark raisins, brown sugar, floral hops. Alcohol is warming.

M: Well attenuated moderate body; moderate carbonation for the style.

D: Good.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from Marche Omni (3.99$)

Appearance - Reddish brown colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige colored head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some decent lacing.

Smell - Malts, raisins, hay/straw

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste anise mixed with malts and some raisins. There are also notes of smoke and a bit of chocolate. It ends with a dark fruit slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – Another quality beer from this brewer. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is very drinkable. It's got the perfect amount of sweetness that leaves it flavourful but not cloying. Not sure I'd pick it up again, but I'm glad I gave it a shot.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first one-third of this beer looked like the bottom couple ounces of most other bottle-conditioned beers; it was a sludgy shade of brown that resembled mud. That was until I held it to the light and saw the beer for what it really is: a clear, well polished ruby. Its head doesn't look like it could support much weight, but at least it makes an appearance.

The aroma, likewise, has a potency of spice normally contained in the concentrated sludge of yeast relegated to the bottom of the bottle. I'm not sure if spices are added, but I can definitely make out notes of anise and nutmeg and the beer has a fervently spicy disposition. The thing is that Belgian strains of yeast are already entwined with so many spicy phenols that untangling the two is impossible.

Which is why I fail to understand the reasoning for adding any in the first place. I've said it before: Belgian ales can be easy - you just let the yeast do all the work. Of course, if things were that simple other countries would be as good at making them as the Belgians, which just isn't the case. This Quebecois example, while closer than most, is no exception.

While it has the alcohols, esters, and phenolics, it is missing one key piece to the puzzle: the malts. This is lacking in the complex, rich malts, although a pleasant sweetness is detected somewhere beyond all that intense clove-like spiciness. That being said, as my score should indicate, I have no qualms with this pleasant rum-raisin-y flavour. The fact that no alcohol is present even at this young an age is also an impressive feat.

Dominus Vobiscum Double strongly reminds me of one of my favourite Belgian ales: Rochefort 8. To even mention its name in the same class is a complement most flattering to its brewer. While I can imagine the strong notes of clove and anise might overpower some, I'm sure most people would agree that this is a rather voluptuous, sensual offering.

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

500l bottle poured into Unibroue chalice oct21 2009

A cloudy brownish copper with half a glass of beige head that has good retention but leaves only patches of lace. the bottle was bigger then my glass so every re-pour no matter how light gave it another big head

S I get some cherries and some yeast

T not what I expected from the smell lots of licorice and some spice with very little booze. quite unique in a good way

M a fair bit of carbonation gives it a creamy feel and it was not as heavy as I thought it would be

D very well rounded beer, several small things add up for a beer that's well worth trying

This is the second beer from Charlevoix I've tried and I'm thinking I need too try more of what they offer. These just came too Alberta and I'm better off because of it, can't wait for more of these beers to hit the shelves out west

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Dominus Vobiscum Double from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 161 ratings
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