Dominus Vobiscum Brut | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Dominus Vobiscum BrutDominus Vobiscum Brut

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bobsy on 06-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by ritzkiss:
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged, 2010 version, thanks to viggo for cracking this for a special occasion.

Light hazy straw golden, light tangerine highlights, thick and rocky head which settles to a light ring and leaves spots of lacing. Pretty.

Sweet and malty, more so than expected - figured it would be a little more light and 'tripping the light fantastic' I guess :) Honey biscuits, light spicing, light grassyness, cloves.

Taste is similar, sweet and a little boozy, spices that tasted like they were in the process of dropping out, cinnamon and cloves, light herbal quality, light oak, white wine, vanilla, honey. Pretty hefty body for what I expected but the high carb carries it. Lush and yet effervescent.

I want to say that this was probably better fresh but still it was a nice treat. Thanks Eric!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle shared with friends at a recent barbecue. We wanted enjoy this one right, so it was our first brew of the evening.

Poured into a large white wine glass. Lovely hazy golden hue, effervescent champagne-like carbonation, which created a fantastic head that just wouldn't die. Loads of lacing and great body.

The nose is a lovely mix of traditional tripel notes (yeast, citrus, pepper, coriander and spices) and some other great stuff - white wine, flowers, orange, a bit of honey and sugar. Lots to discover with every whiff.

Light and airy, yet malty and fruity, Dominus Vobiscum Brut is exactly what a brut should be. This brew has so much going for it - it drinks like a tripel that's been infused with champagne, to the improvement of both elements. Lemon, Belgian yeast, flowers, wine, orange, sugar, and probably a great deal more flavors that I couldn't really identify, but much better beer connaisseurs than I could probably uncover. What I particularly loved about this beer was that it has something that will appeal to most folks. Even hardened anti-beer folks at our bbq were wowed by this brew.

Effervescent, strong carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

I tip my cap to you, Charlevoix. This brew was terrific.

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Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Champagne analogue bottle, 2010 vintage - 'Methode Charlevoise' imprinted on the cork - nice. Been sitting on this one for a while, and methinks my birthday, tree ring measurement aside, is a damned fine occasion to bust out the increasingly dusty flute glassware.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden straw hue, with a mountain of thin (exacerbated by glass design, but still) puffy, bubbly white head, which leaves some broad soapy streaks of lace around the glass as it lazily recedes. There remains a vigorous rising effervescence, which is always a sight to behold.

It smells upfront of sweet spices - coriander and candied ginger, mostly - followed by lemon and mandarin orange zest, a bit of earthy yeast, and a light bready, biscuity malt. The taste is sweet, white doughy bready malt (somewhat tightening the ties to a nice bottle of traditional bubbly), applesauce, sushi-garnish ginger, coriander, soothingly juicy citrus, a hint of mildly vegetal yeast, and just an ever so slight warming of the alcohol sort, especially given the proclaimed 22-proof ABV.

Bubbles are as bubbles do, and this has a fairly fine rendering of carbonation, that while not quite in Taittinger's rarefied silky airspace, aspires mightily so, with a smoothness that dabbles further in a soft creaminess. It finishes quite off-dry, stepping well back from the Brut line of questioning, as the grainy malt presses its case, the fruit and spice loiter in a 'please keep looking at me, or I shall verily perish' sort of way, and the heretofore minimal hopping obviously unable to keep up.

There are many aspects of this brew that could recommend this as the real Reims deal, but not so many that I forget what this really is - a beer, a brewski, if a fancied-up one at that. Thankfully, I'm intermittently reminded of this fact, and in a 'let him down easily', subtle manner. Overall, a very pleasant experience, and in a wholly Canadian beer at that - even if it is from a much less familiar style. Anyhow, I'd put this up against the Malheur Bruts and DeuS (?) of the world anytime. 30 bucks a pop in Alberta? Still cheaper than the grapes-based alternative. Tres bien fait encore, Charlevoix.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Charlevoix visits Volo.2010 edition bottle. Complex funky aroma. Bit of white soapy head on pale body. Yeasty sweet. Some hops at finish. Above average mouthfeel.Complex,a bit fruity, rich, masterful. Very good drinkability. The 11% alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of eat
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Fin du Monde tulip. Clear, glowing body, looking like liquid sunlight. Golden colour with many streams of fine carbonation. A huge tower of frothy bright-white head sits atop like a large-bubbled meringue, lacing all over the place and breaking up like chunky cumulus clouds. One of the more beautiful beers I've ever seen.

Light but very complex nose: lemon and orange zest, coriander, white pepper, nutmeg, grain, flowers, herbal hops, astringent, candy malt, tree fruit, alcohol. Seriously great smelling stuff.

Paradoxically light and complex flavour. The nose translates well: wheat, citrus zest, subtle spices (coriander, pepper, nutmeg, touch of anise). Bit of salty minerals reminiscent of their Flactoune. Sweetness is mostly pear-like, with hints of banana. Earthy hops and orange pith linger on the finish, leaving a drying in the mouth. For 11% ABV the alcohol is incredibly well hidden, though I would say this could still use some time on it to smooth out the edges; prime candidate for aging for sure.

Insanely amazing mouthfeel. Somehow both light and creamy simultaneously, with a fine, effervescent and refreshing carbonation.

Charlevoix really outdid themselves here. Drinkability is off the charts. Polishing off one of these alone would be absolutely no problem, even at 11%; though it really should be shared as this stuff is hard to come by. To doubt that they could ever brew a more impressive beer wouldn't be any kind of insult; the Brut is easily world-class. If this beer isn't perfect, two or three years in a good cellar would certainly put it there.

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Photo of Rutager
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2010 bottle and long time want courtesy of the awesome trader, wordemupg.

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear, yellow gold topped with two+ fingers of frothy white head.

Smell. Fruity and lightly spicy Belgian yeast, mainly apples and pears but also a touch of citrus, and sweet light malts.

Taste. Appleas and sweet light malts with some fruity Belgian yeast along with a dry yeast funk. A touch of clove as well.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, very full carbonation.

Overall. A very well made beer but not really my cup of tea. Mouthfeel and strong yeast esters are a little much for this guy but glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with excellent retention and some very nice lacing. Aroma is a mix between some light warming alcohol notes with sweet candy-like notes and some spicy notes also noticeable. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some sweet candy like malt notes mix with some spicy peppery yeast notes and some light warming alcohol. Easily drinkable though different then Champagne. Maybe a tad too sweet too drink too much by myself but very nice nonetheless.

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Photo of unibroue4ever
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

huge and really light golden in color with loads of carbonation and a huge foam head that settles down lightly and leaves a touch of lacing on the sides.

aroma is far too light, small citrus hops,light grain, and that was about it. it seems to really just not have the direction i was looking for. it was just light on the palate and super carbonation, but the flavor just did not seem to match up with my hopes. a very expensive beer

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml green magnum, caged and corked with gold foil around cap and neck. Pours out a cloudy dark golden hue, apparent suspended particles spotted. Tall intense initial head at first upon the pour, settles down eventually to a tight creamy white cap.

Coriander, ginger and sweet orange greet the nose first, some lemon zest as well, along with sweet grains and a mild yeasty twang.

The flavour is an explosion of Belgian goodness, or at least my predetermined version of it. Sweet orange, ginger, coriander, pear, white pepper is the initial impression, sweet wheaty grains, dry spice on the finish. Reminds me a lot of the Unibroue 10 and 11 combined.

Light-bodied mouthfeel, silky smooth texture that is balanced out by an aggressive carbonation.

This stuff is gorgeous, and even tops DeuS in my opinion (although they're neck and neck in price range), perfect for special occasions or bringing to dinner parties, or celebrating whatever you wish to pay homage to. An equally beautiful sipper for a long afternoon or evening off. Charlevoix produces liquid gold with this.

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Photo of papat444
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

***2010 Vintage***

Had this a few hours after Zoe, my second daughter, was born.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle, best before end of 2012.

Appearance: A stark white head, massive & fluffy with a ginger ale colored body.

Smell: Fruity esters with a different kind of yeast than regular Belgian ales. Good but not very strong.

Taste: Champagne-like for sure with some cinnamon, orange peel and a light breadiness. Not as expansive as i would have expected.

Mouthfeel: Bursting with vitality, strong and very comfortable in the palate.

Overall: It is certainly good but i was let down somewhat.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of AgentZero
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A contribution by jrallen34 to our All Hallow's Eve tasting.

A - Some foam with a pretty transparent yellowish hue. Looks a lot like champagne, which was interesting as it is one of my rare experiences with this style.

S - Phenol qualities, a little bit of sweet fruit, very strong precense of champagne yeast, which makes sense of course.

T - A little sweet, with a very dry champagne taste. Not really sure what else to say on this one, i wouldn't mind it as a New Year's toast, as it is a nice blend of champagne and beer, but not really a style I prefer.

M - Super dry, light and effervescent.

D - It's a sipper, and fairly complex, but not hightly drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jrenihan
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage. LCBO sticker pegs this at 9.6% rather than 11.

Beer is orange/amber in colour. Moderately sized white head. Head fades quickly but never leaves, always a white bubbly cover. Lots of bubbles at all times. Some lace.

Unusual and lovely smell. Grape, tropical fruit, yeast, bread, perfume. A bit sweet. Not like any beer I have encountered. Certainly reminiscent of champagne, and really enveloping.

Like the nose, the taste is excellent. Light fruit, tropical fruit, green grape, bread, biscuit, and a bit sweet. Finish is biscuity with loads of light fruit. Spices that I find difficult to place, but white pepper seems to stick out. Really lovely.

Overall, simply terrific. Really a killer beer. Loved every drop.

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Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged champagne bottle, thanks to Goldorak for the hookup, 2010 version.

Pours a clear light amber, some orange highlights, very thick and rocky bone white head forms and slowly settles down to a medium ring and layer around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks good.

Smell is nice, very sweet and malty, honey, candi sugar, lightly toasted and biscuity, caramel, lightly spicy, alcohol, some clove and cinnamon, pretty intense nose, big sweet and boozy, but refined.

Taste is similar, pretty sweet up front, boozy, almost a malt liquor like punch, some cinnamon and clove spiciness, candi sugar, honey sweetness, caramel, sugary, white wine, lightly oaky, vanilla, like a homeless guy in an Armani suit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with high carbonation. Pretty chewy, boozy, big and brash but also soft and refined, its a good one. Thanks Martin!

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Photo of TheBarnes
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of flipper2gv
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Well, I'll judge it by my beer standards since it's still a beer. Pale yellow color fully translucent. Head is pure white and has good retention, but very poor lacing considering the ABV.

S: Very much saison-like smell. Strong smell of pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and green apple skin, very unibroue-like. Smells of light lemon and champagne yeast as well as peach and apricot. Light honey. Very very interesting smell yet still very light like champagne.

T: Taste is quite light but really fits what a champagne beer should be in terms of power. Still, it is a beer, and I will rate it so. Peach and apricots are dominating with eventual honey. Good level of light lemon, green apple skin, cloves, pepper and very light cinnamon. NO alcohol in sight, AT ALL, which is phenomenal considering how light tasting it is and how much alcohol there is (11% ABV).

M: Never thought a 11% ABV beer could feel THIS light and fluffy. Strong carbonation (big bubbles) with very light feel. This is something else.

D: This might just be the most drinkable beer I've ever had. EXTREMELY drinkable.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick but mostly translucent yellow amber color, thick stream of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom into the really, really large head. Head don't go nowhere quick and when it does it leaves tons of lacing.

I get the same sweet orange creamsicle type smells I get from other examples of this style, some dry almost vinous yeast, some banana and maybe berry and other light fruitiness, fairly sweet overall.

Opens with pretty intense fruit, mandarin orange and banana and light berry and grape, spices (clove maybe? pepper?), yeast again. This is delicious!

Mouthfeel is also insanely good, crazy fine but intense carbonation, creamy and soft and so drinkable.


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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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