Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

Dominus Vobiscum HibernusDominus Vobiscum Hibernus
BA SCORE
4.09/5
125 Ratings
Dominus Vobiscum HibernusDominus Vobiscum Hibernus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada
microbrasserie.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rodenbach99 on 12-30-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,540
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
125
pDev:
8.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
23
Trade:
2
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Photo of SmithyAlan
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bylerteck
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Marc_Andre
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mademers
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 4ster
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunman3
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh me, oh my. This is a special beer - complex, rich, and difficult for me to describe. Like a good wine, it has a variety of characteristics that appear, depending on the termperature and time out of the bottle. Do yourself a favour and try this for a special occasion. If you like this style of beer, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Tmappin
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy brown purple colors with a copper hue and no visible activity. Frothy beige 1 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of fruity vinous grapes and dark berries. Flavors of dark fruits, oak, grapes, apple, burnt sugar, molasses, herbal spices. Highly vinous but still pleasant having a soft sweetness coating and a nice sharp feel. Woody and slightly earthy.

Slick medium body with prickly carbonation almost champagne like. Well intensified medium strength finish, ending with a slightly spicy, fruity wine like dry but clean feel, and a lingering oaky woody feel.

Overall an excellent craft to savor like a good wine. Complex and rich tasty flavors. Vinous but still fresh. Warming but not too boozy. Well rounded thick body. More suited for cold winter times as an appetizer.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around the $10.00 mark for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high light brown head that lasts forever. Very dark almost brown color.

S- Fig and molasses

T- Sweet. Very sweet. Fig and molasses abound!

M- Lots of sugar

O- Good but sweet. Too sweet for my liking. Almost a quad style brew. Nice but not great

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew went well with..... Liver, bacon and onions

Enjoy

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Photo of CurtisD
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 86sportster883
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received a bottle of Hibernus from a colleague, and friend, that traveled to Quebec often. I laid it down for over a year waiting for a chance to share it with him. After he got hooked on a low carb diet I decided to pop this open on a cold February night in MD. I knew nothing about the beer prior to opening, but found it to be the perfect beer to, "comfort me from the wintery season."

Smell: When at the lower end of the recommended temp this beer has distinctively flowery, belgian yeast notes (but subtle) with a rich malt base that brings to mind a bowl of ripened mixed fruits (some dried appricot). As it warms, the richness become more and more pronounced, but not overdone.

Glass: I used a big ole brandy snifter and was glad I did. This beer deserved to be served in one of the better glasses I own.

Look: After a rigorous pour my glass wore a moderate-sized tan head and an enticing caramel brown bottom with red highlights. The head faded relatively quickly, leaving just thin cover resembling a pock-marked lunar landscape.

Mouthfeel: Evervescence adds a silky lightness to slickness underneath.

Taste: The big ripened fruit boldness that your other senses derive from this beer is somehow delicately balanced in the taste by carbonation and abv - but you'll have to use your sixth sense to peg this as a 10 percenter. I can't quite place the source of the beer's bittering counter balance prior to a quick drying out, leaving a hint of caramel that is eventually overcome by a lingering memory, of a granny smith apple.

Overall Impression: Outstanding. I have to deliberately pace myself as I find that I'm continuously drawn back to another sip. I lift the snifter, admire its seasonably fashionable contents, then give the glass a brief swearl to reset the landscape and release a fresh blast of an ever-growing likeness to fresh fruitcake. A moderate swig dispells any fear of cloying sweetness, and gets me thinking of traveling back to Canada. I've got to at least make it to Toronto for a festival this summer. Hmmm.

Food: I paired this with my some homemade chicken soup with a moderate dash of Cayene pepper to heat it up a little. The soup provided the additional liquid I needed to consume while I slowly sipped this beauty down. The added pepper seemed to stand up well, but not overpower, the beer. Also thought this might pair well with some venison jerky.

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Photo of lgmol
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrunoPettipas
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beervana
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of mtomlins
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mick303
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made it my number 900 rating and still alive. Held onto this treat (bott 2013/7/10) and broke it open a bit over a year later. Colour is quite a dark ruby brown caramel, thick caramel colour but not black. With a nice head and film of dark tan head. Retention and lacing are impressive.

A - slightly tart cherries, figs, plenty of yeasty esters, with some complex florals, lively aroma, some pleasant spiciness comes through, get some ginger maybe cinnamon, rich treacle character, toffee, a delicious spiced christmas cake character altogether.

T - similar with a really pleasant fruity character upfront. cherries, dark raisins and dates, then a little candied orange, rolling caramel notes with prunes and some tart apple, some light alcohol spice that is quite undetectable but adds a nice warmth and compliment. Yeasty complexity adds a pleasant compliment with some warm peppery and anise character from the spice. Finish has some toffee sweetness as the caramel dries out and leaves some drying dark fruits on the aftertaste. A really interesting arrangement of fruity, malty, yeast and spice characters, that work and balance out quite nicely.

M - certainly a sipper and after dinner warming beer for winter nights. A big body, but with enough carbonation to lift some of the heavy caramel malt and alcohol into a really lively and complex mouthfeel, also so soft and smooth especially as it develops on the palate. Dry (and crisp) finish but then an increasingly spicy aftertaste.

Very well executed. This is a very complete and satisfying beer, pleasant level of caramel malts, the light hop bitterness allows some of the spice and yeast to really add nice levels of depth. Taste has a really full fruity spice to it and a rich caramel baked character with a hint of baking spices that bring you to fruitcake around a fireplace. I enjoyed this, didn't have many faults by my view. Alcohol was really masked. Would recommend this, certainly will look for it in the future. Beautiful beer.
And on to the next 900!

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Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Coronaeus
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 125 ratings
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