Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Dominus Vobiscum HibernusDominus Vobiscum Hibernus

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of clesius
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jrenihan
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage.

Beer is dark chestnut brown with a substantial light tan head. Lots of activity in the head. Head recedes relatively quickly and settles into a film, leaving a fair bit of lacing.

Smell is full of cherry, spices, raisin and nice, sweet malt scents. In addition to the cherry, I start to pick up some other berry scents. Belgian yeast as well. Very good.

Taste is lovely. Lots of cherry as well as some juicy raspberry, red grape, and raisin. The fruit flavours are mixed with spices and sweet malt. Alcohol is very well hidden. Great.

Fairly high carbonation level, a little too much. Full bodied, juicy.

Overall, another fantastic beer from Charlevoix. Definitely one of my favourite Canadian breweries. A really nice take on the BSDA. Not sure how it is fresh, but with 2+ years on it, this beer is drinking really nicely.

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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tan colored head reached skyward to a eight that easily surpassed the top of the glass. Good thing this pour was into a 24oz glass. Nice, opaque brown color was evident from the start with a rich looking hazelnut tone to it. The head finally calmed down after about twenty minutes but still dropped tons of foam and lace along the glass.

The aroma was very nice, a little bit ruddy at first. Hints of chcoalte and caramel, rich belgian spice and a wonderful bit of dark fruit all dancing around wonderfully inside of it. But it was once I took a sip that everything really came together for me. A wave of cascading brown sugar and tart apples just rolled across the tongue. Enormously rich and vigorous, this was just a wonderful thing to behold. Nice touches of chocolate and rich toffee like notes were all balanced well in advance of a lovely dark fruit tone that led the charge once the yeast kicked in. Nice notes of prunes and rasins, hints of plums and dark cherries were all very much evident in the profile. The carbonation was spot on, as the rich, velvet like bubbles converged on the tongue and added to the prickly pepper like spices that lasted long into the finish.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Freud in a trade over a year ago. Thanks again for the cool box of Quebec happiness man!

From a 750ml bottle into a wine glass.
Vintage: 2009
Tasted before Lupulus

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, light tan head with great retention. A cloudy cedar brown or dark amber color with higher levels of carbonation. A good wisp remains until the end, but only touches of lacing down the glass. A pretty good looking beer.

SMELL: Toasted malts, spicy notes and red berries. White wine or rose notes with some hints of smoke in there as well. Very potent and interestingly different for a strong dark ale.

TASTE: Lightly toasted malt flavors with lots of berries and white wine as well. Raspberries and light spicy yeast notes. A big and lingering aftertaste of red berries, white wine or even champagne, and some smoked malt notes. Very bold flavors, and quite unique for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: This was one hell of a brew! It didn’t quite remind me of a Belgian strong dark ale from Belgium per se, as it was missing some of the patented dark fruit aromas and flavors that style is so well known for, but it was certainly a flavorful and enjoyable strong, yeasty ale. One of the better beers I had all summer. Thanks again Freud for including this one in our trade many moons ago. Cheers!

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Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***2009 Vintage***

Poured from a 750ml. bottle (best before end of 2012) & shared with my wife.

Appearance: Thick tan foam fills the glass up to 4 fingers worth, easily coats the sides and there's a nice plum-red body.

Smell: Spicy, dark fruits and chai tea. Smells like winter.

Taste: Winter spices, plums and elderberries. Felt faded at first but definitely opened up as it warmed. Some spicy chai tea and some sweetness come out.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, warming and fills the palate nicely.

Overall: I found it good and much better as it warmed. Though not my favorite, it grew on me.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for sending this one my way.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a tall khaki head to go with it.

S: First thing I pick up is some tart cherry. There's a nice fruit character overall with some raisins and plums in there. A big yeastiness and a really green aroma. I seem to get some grass, rosemary, and anise.

T: A big red grape and fruit flavor provides a nice sweetness. There are some good dark sugar and malt flavors, too. Fairly herbaceous, but in a good way--not medicinal. A really nice spiciness that I didn't get on the nose. Lots of all-spice with a little bit of nutmeg and anise.

M: Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: Really complex beer with plenty of great flavors.

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Photo of Otterburn
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 edition

poured into Blonde d'Achouffe glass.

result is a unfiltred brown brew with orange reflect in it. The head is beige,moka, dissapeared slowly.

The smell is the most interesting part of this beer. It is original, with cinammon, fruit confis, orange, malt. it is mellow and sweet and spicy. Very complexe and enjoyagble smell.

The taste is similar to the taste, not a big surprise tough. The sweet and fruity spicy comefirst. Then a second wave of taste come. It got edge with malt, hop and alcool presence.
So., 2 movements of flavors.

Mf: it is a full body of course, dense, and medium thick. carbonation is medium, theres a mdium after-taste fruity yeasty

Drinkability: its a good beer for beer lovers, because at around 15$ for 750ml, it is not your everyday beer. It is nice to try tough. i recommand it.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says best before 2012, but I couldn't wait.

Pours a transluscent dark brown with a fine textured head, good retention and lacing. The aroma is full and complex. I mostly pick up raisins, anise and nutmeg.

Flavor is sweet malt and various spices. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and surprisingly light for the style and alchohol content. I think a little hop bitterness or a little more body would balance things out a bit better.

As a northeaster is bearing down on us, and the lights are flickering, this is a good one to sip on.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in a bottle shop down the street of Dieu du Ciel. I dropped this one and cracked the cap slightly so unfortunately couldn't cellar it as long as I'd hoped to.

The beer pours with a huge tan head, very bubbly and foamy. A beautiful, clear dark cherry burgundy body lurks below this fuelling an excellent level of head retention, this leave a fine trail of lace on its slow decent.

What a nose on this one! Strong toffee and caramel notes flow out first followed by hints of coffee and very ripe banana. Smells of raisin pear and apple add some fruity finesse to the aroma. More robust aromas of burnt sugar and bitter chocolate make the bouquet even more appealing. Finally a boozy note of fermented dates rounds out this great nose.

Boozy notes of ice wine, rum chocolates, port and whiskey mix with spicy hints of nutmeg. Roasted chocolaty notes round out the massive middle, dark chocolate mousse and cocoa butter compliment the boozy qualities well adding to the warming effect of this high proof elixir.
The body is velvety smooth and mouth coating adding to the warming nature. A medium low level of carbonation helps this along.

A wonderful beer very complex and intriguing pity it's I wasn't able to save this for the harsher days to come. Highly recommended.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy dark ruby red, very tall tan head that retained forever
S - yeasty smells of peach and raisin, spicy nutmeg and alcohol
T - peach, raisin, plumb, spice mix of clove, ginger, and nutmeg with alcohol sweetness
M - big body, chewy creamy smooth with a spice tingle
D - alcohol very well masked, big flavour and texture, a tasty treat to spoil yourself with once in a while

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Photo of kjyost
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in trade by papat444. Thanks! Consumed for the Grey Cup. Quebec beer, Quebec win...

Poured into a wine glass where it is over half fluffy head that laced stunningly atop a rich amber beer. Aromas are spicy and malty with a hint of funk. The only issue with this beer is that it was a touch cloying in the body, although fairly well balanced with fruity notes in the body. An easy drinker for a 10%. A great beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to joemcgrath27 for sharing this one with me!

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red colour, two thumbs of big bubbled head with solid retention, leaving some small sporadic lacing.

S - The higher ABV is quite apparent on the nose, but the fruity esters begin to shine through with some peaches and sour apples. Scent also has the spice undertones with cloves and nutmeg.

T - The flavour is much more complex than implied by the nose, with the spices taking precedence; cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. The fruit flavours also come through with pineapple and apples on the finish. The high ABV is actually very nicely hidden, adding a touch of sweetness and no burn. This is a complex, but very tasty, dark Belgian offering.

M - Nice medium bodied ale with the perfect amount of body carbonation, goes down smooth and finishes with a little bit of dryness. Very nice.

D - A tasty treat and definitely a winter warmer of sorts. The ABV is well hidden making it relatively drinkable, though the complexity of the flavours may overwhelm your palette, so be prepared! Very worthy offering to any dark Belgian fan, with a nice mix of spices and fruits. A great beer for sharing!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Props to MasterSki for showing up with this one.

A - A very good looking beer. Orangish brown beer with a great looking head on it.

S - Huge spice, smells like Christmas with a lot of nutmeg and maybe a little cinnamon.

T - Also tastes like Christmas. Very much of an eggnog quality without the dairy. Huge spices, nutmeg inparticular. It's sweet and interesting tasting, but so sweet I can't drink much.

M - Rich, full bodied, decent carbonation.

D - So rich, I couldn't drink much.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to papat444 for sending this my way. Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of light tan foam that settles to a thin cap leaving behind splotchy fingers of lace. Transparent milk chocolate color.

S - Spruce, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and other Christmas spices, over top of a rum-soaked fruitcake backdrop. As it warms some light solvent alcohol emerges but doesn't seem out of place for a 10% brew. Surprisingly little "Belgian" character in this one.

T - Christmas cake, chocolate malt, light Belgian yeast, a touch of star anise, and less overt spruce and spice character. Less boozy too.

M - Zesty carbonation, and a body that seems a bit light for the listed ABV. Smooth texture, dry finish, and light alcohol warmth.

D - I think Nate and I were the only ones who liked this beer. It's quite odd, as I usually hate spiced beers but found this strangely palatable. Much better than Dark Horse 4 Elf. Probably best suited for Christmas eve by the fireplace!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle provided by Alex for our rare Canadian tasting...Pours a light but clear brown, looks a little watery with a decent light tan head...An incredibly spicy aroma that instantly has me thinking Christmas beer. All spice from start to finish, tons of nutmeg, pine tree needles, and alcohol...The taste is more of the same, all spice and needles, I feel as if I walked up to someone's front door and took a bite of their front door wreath. Not a pleasant taste or sensation.

This is a Christmas spice beer that should be avoided unless you LOVE this style of beer.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Had to pour this one slow. The body looks to be a deep ruby brown. On top lies 2 fingers of a light creamy tan colored head. Impressive retention that never does totally settle out. Patchy lacing left behind.

S- Spicy for sure! Ginger, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. I also get a strong aroma of banana and bubblegum. It almost smells a little minty to me as well.

T- It's more on the malty & fruity side, which was suprising as I was expecting a blast of spice. The alcohol is covered up extremly well.

M- Creamy & smooth. Slides down with ease and coates the mouth fairly well.

D- The 10% abv really isn't an issue with this one.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bobsy for so generously sharing this bottle!

Pours a murky dark brown with a generous beige head. Retains nicely with only a slight amount of lace.

Bobsy beat me to the punch when he said it smells like Christmas. Lots of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and all the sorts of things you might expect from pumpkin pike along with figs and prunes and shortbread.

At first blush I would say this could have well been called Spice Wallop as an intense hit of the spices described in the nose make themselves known. Very full flavoured, a bit sweet, with lots of ginger, anise, and a lingering spice in the aftertaste. Nice bready malts and dark dried fruits are met by a piney nibble of bitterness. Mostly this beer is all about Christmas spices which are the star of the show rather than an support player.

It's maybe slightly under attenuated which makes it a bit sweet, but there's a nice amount of carbonation along to compensate.

Overall I found the spice dominating and, while I hate to pigeonhole a beer or stubbornly adhere to seasonal suitability, really, there's no getting around this is a beer best saved for December. Which is in no way a criticism and had no effect on my rating seeing as how Hibernus is Latin for winter, so it was never brewed with July in mind.

Thanks again to bobsy for helping me celebrate Christmas in July and for helping me tick this off my Top 25 Canadian Beers list.

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Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polishing off the Canadian Top 25 with this one - I believe Fred sent me the bottle - cheers!

Great appearance, pouring a turbid brown with a good two fingers of toasted meringue head, which takes a long time to drop and leaves some nice lace behind. The aroma instantly reminds me of Christmas, with its heavily spiced backbone, and strong notes of dark fruit. Certainly the grocery list of what I'm picking up sounds like a pudding recipe - dates, raisins, brown sugar, ginger, vanilla, clove, cinnamon. Neat nd powerful, though a little out of place at the end of July.

Intensely spicy flavour backed up by sugar and dark fruit. The spicing is dominated by clove, with cinnamon also peeking through. The sweetness permeates the fruit backing, which has very strong raisin and date notes. Maybe some banana and pumpkin pie too... there seems to be a lot going on when you delve a little deeper. Medium-light body is thickened slightly by a billowy carbonation that's short-lived in the mouth.

Drinking this beer in late July makes for an odd vibe, because its such a strongly spiced BSDA that it seems to belong more to the season of mulled wine than barbecues. Its very well-made, though, even if the spice intensity cuts down on drinkability and makes me glad I'm splitting this with a friend. I get the feeling that if I attempted a whole bottle of this my feeling would be different, and I'd hesitate to recommend it without reservations. Buy it and split it with someone - its worth the effort.

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Photo of elricorico
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruddy brown with a huge tan head that is slow to recede. Looks just like a dark Belgian beer should.

Full of fruity richness, a strong grape juice impression, with a solid amount of yeastiness in the mix. Spicy, cardamon for sure, but that certainly isn't the only spice.

Sweet and fruity to taste, grapes and even a bit of fig impression. There is a certain licorice to the finish mixed in with the yeasty notes that completely masks the alcohol. I get a unique peach impression, I can't seem to remember ever coming across the same flavour in any other brew. It is really good.

A little fuller than medium bodied, with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lighter side, which really seems to work for this beer.

This is a great beer, right up my alley. Sweet and smooth and interesting.

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