Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rodenbach99 on 12-30-2007

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

Pours an amber brown colour with a nice head and lacing. Lots of spice on the smell, more than expected. I think I was smelling nutmeg, but wasn't able to quite place it. It had a taste of nutmeg and peppercorns, to go along with the Belgian yeast. Some bitterness and caramel sweetness. Very smooth mouthfeel and wouldn't believe it was 10% abv by the way it drank.

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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ken's botle. very good, and worthy of Charlevoix as world beaters, but not the lupulus. Big bubbly head on dark body. Yeasty aromas of Belgian yeast. Taste of licorish. It is sweet, it is lacey. There is some white pepper, cardomon. It is very drinkable.
lateral tasting at Volo v. Lupulus, and this is the clear winner. Smooth, good taste.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a gift from a co-worker. Thanks Dennis!

Nice color, brown, very dark with some reddish notes in there. The head is very good looking, just like an espresso coffee. I like this one already. Very good looking and makes you want to drink it now...

The aroma presents itself with some banana and spices. I find some nutmeg in there and also some hops behind. On the taste side, I get some nutmeg here. It is stronger than the smell. I get some cloves too. A very well balanced beer. Almost no bitterness. Another excellent beer from this brewery. One of the best in this province... and I would say from Canada. The ABV hides very well. The beer is full bodied, but not appear to be heavy... So easy to drink.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hesitated between a tulip and my Charlevoix glass. Went for the Charlevoix wishing it was a tulip.

A- Thick beige head recedes into a big glop webbed all around the glass to the abundant lacing and then lays as a 75mm layer. All of this over an opaque brown, edging with red currant juice.

S- Cinammon and nutmeg. CO2. Dried dark fruits but I'm not sure which ones. A bit of bready, slightly sour, brewer's yeast. Slightest bit of chocolate milk. Got it up to room temp and got some anise.

T- Fermented raisin and dried prune. Dark chocolate. Quite sweet. Once warm enough you get anise in the taste too. Alcohol fits really well in here: It is warming but not aggressive. Malt is king here and I think it's contributing more of the bitterness than the hops a bit like a rancid molasses. I would love to taste the wort they used. Let it warm up a bit and you will taste the hops... concealed and only showing up for a second. This was during aeration (not sure if this is the right term but it's when you blow air into your cheeks while swishing the liquid around) at the start of the swallow and in a burp . I'm really getting some tannin features similar to a red wine. All in all, a bit like a cocktail mixing a basic ale, spiced rum, dried fruit liqueur and a good red wine... yeah might sound kind of gross but this is good.

M- After a glass, my mouth and tongue feel a little numb much like after a strong glass of rum. Highly carbonated. Sugar makes this viscous but the tartness balances it out. Mouthfeel is full. In mouth foaming superb.

D- I'm pretty sure one 750ml bottle is enough. You can definitely share this. In a bar, one glass of this would be enough and I'd probably need to move on to a lighter beer. It tastes good but is highly satisfying so you don't really want more. Drinkability would benefit from pairing this with some food.

Get this with some food; I'm drinking it and craving dried sausage (saucisson) and cheese. Not my favorite but I can't deny the experience. I'm just sitting here at home but got quite the ride. I will recommend this.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 8/28/09 and poured into a snifter. The beer pours dark brown, appearing lighter near the edges. The big beige head exhibits good retention and leaves some lacing.

The nose is full of spices: nutmeg, all spice, cinnamon, and ginger. Dark fruits are evident, as well as caramel and some breadiness.

The flavor is rich caramel with cinnamon, nutmeg, and some toffee. Notes of plum are apparent as well as other dark fruits I can't put my finger on. The finish is sweet with a little alcohol.

The beer is full bodied with medium carbonation and a creamy, full mouthfeel.

This was an interesting and spicy Belgian Strong Dark beer that was consumed at the very end of a long night and was a nice nightcap.

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Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber brownish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of spices, ginger, dark fruits, and bready. Tastes of dark fruits, ginger, spices, and other fruitiness. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

Notes from: 6/27/08

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a near opaque, dark brown, near black body with a thin, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Spicy, sweetish scent of caramel-coated bread crumbs and nuts with background notes of dried herbs and fruit.

Taste: Toasted caramel maltiness with a mild sweetness. Heavy-handed dose of fresh spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Slight herbal character. A bit of plum and golden raisin fruitiness. Slight nuttiness. Not too terribly much in the way of either hop flavor or bitterness. Small dollop of milk chocolate. Malty, though drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Rather well carbonated, I must say.

Drinkability: This is the most enjoyable French Canadian brew I've had in quite some time. Displays a nice level of complexity while keeping that ABV% safety at bay.

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Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired from Phyl21ca many moons ago poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark mahogany that shows through as a clear deep copper when held up to light. The head was a massive off-white crown that lingered as a one0inch cap for the duration leaving tons of lacing.

The aroma was very surprising and dominated by spices and a yeasty sweetness - definitely some coriander, ginger and a candi apple sweetness. There is bits of dark fruit with figs and some caramel, but the spiciness was the most striking feature.

The taste follows the aroma and has the interesting spicy yeast flavor that dominates with figs and red apples playing a part as well. There was lots of caramel malts underpinning everything else but the melding of the spices with the Belgian yeast and fruit sweetness was very good.

The mouthfeel is unbelievably creamy with lots of carbonation and completely coats the palate.

This is one of the more interesting BSDAs I've ever tasted and the spiciness made it very complex and very original. The alcohol was nearly non-existent so drinkability is pretty high given the size of the beer. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of djoucy
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer without really knowing about it. And I don't pay 15$ on a daily basis for beer so it was mostly a wild pick.

I was very impressed by the taste of the beer, mixing various spices and being very sweet - without going over the limits. At that time (I was a very neophyte), it was the best beer I had in my short taster's experience.

For a hi ABV, you do not feel the taste of alcohol - which can be dangerous with a bottle of 750ml :)

I'll probably buy another one once I find one to elaborate my review.

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Photo of duchessedubourg
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rarely rate beers here, but this one could use some more input. Thanks to Sponge for the bottle. Heady aroma of malt, spice and alcohol. Low to no hops. (Refused to read any reviews beforehand so had no clue what to expect.) Extremely malty and chewy with upfront spicing. Would have preferred it to be less spiced. Very warming - an intriguing winter-warmer from north of the border.

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Photo of weeare138
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...Thanks to dickinsonbeer for sharing...
Appears a dark, chestnut with amber highlights and a light tan head that slowly fades. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, brown sugar, coriander...perhaps a bit too much spice IMO.
Taste is that of the aromas, which is heavy on the spicing. It's slightly less wild once it's on the palate and you get to absorb the sensory overload, which seemed to be poised to turn me away from the aromas.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with caramel, sugar, and spices seem to be balanced by the time the swallow occurs.

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Photo of santa109
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edition 2007. Served at 50 degrees.

A: Pours dark brown in a chalice, with a decent head that sticks around forever.

S: Slightly sweet notes of brown sugar, spices are also present. Nice without being in your face (think Unibroue).

T: Dominated by malts, bit of caramel taste accompanied by spices. This beer does nothing in excess but everything seems to fit well together. The more it warms up, the better its gets. A great beer. There is also an underlying molasses or brown sugar sweetness.

M: Fairly thick with a smooth texture and it leaves a lasting drying effect in the mouth. Mild carbonation fits the rest perfectly.

D: Alcohol wasn't apparent for a 10% beer. It was hard to pace myself through it.

Overall, I was really looking forward to this beer and it didn't disappoint. I saved a few to age and I can't wait to see how it develops. Definately raised the bar for the Belgian dark ales. If you're lucky enough to have one of those lying around, this is an exceptional beer, enjoy every sip.

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Photo of AlexF
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a dark red-brown that is very appealing and a creamy and thick foam head. Lacing made of small bubbles can be seen in the glass.

Odours of hops, caramels and dark fruits is perceptible. This beer tastes sugary, but in a classy way. Caramels, brownies, ripe fruits. Very interesting. Excellent balance. Almost perfect texture. Alcohol could be hidden better, but I like it that way. Deserves to be made in larger quantities!!!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of spices (anis) with great Belgian malt touch with some light sweet notes also noticeable. Taste is dominated by anis with some creamy sweet caramel Belgian malt some light spicy notes. Full body with great creamy texture and some perfect carbonation with no apparent alcohol. The only negative point that I could notice is that spices tends to be too heavy at some point but apart from that everything is perfect.

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