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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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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 bobsy
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10:30 in the morning and the cork flies off this fine bottle of champagne-style beer with a loud pop. A sparkling clear golden pour kicks up a mousse of pure white head, which is maintained by a steady stream of bubbles. Awesome retention and great lacing - put this in a flute and it would look far superior to a regular champagne! Beautiful fruity aroma is chock-full of pear and peach, with a peppery spiciness, and rich, complex yeast spiciness.

Great fruitiness with the pear coming to dominate. Banana, mango and peach also slip in, and a slight lemon and grassiness from the hops adds a nice bite to the finish, which is bursting with pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Paired with a plate of Quebec cheese this got even better and served as a near-perfect compliment which Garrett Oliver would be proud of! Warming at the back of the throat, but with a perfectly judged body that's both crisp, dry and pleasingly carbonated.

Watch out for this one - its the best offering from this brewery so far and I'd happily take this over the Lupulus, which I thought was a near-perfect brew. I'm not sure how it would play out with a bigger serving size, and the spiciness may begin to detract a little, but this was the perfect way to start off another day working at Mondial.

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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 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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Photo of HopBacchus
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pop Bottles.

Poured from a champagne bottle into a flute.

Clear yellow with a snow white head, lacing is medium.

Taken aback by the vast array of smells that fills my nostrils. I was expecting something much less pungent and more subdued but there is no lack of character in the nose. The most pronounced smell is certainly citrus fruit followed by belgian yeast and an exciting array of spices the most obvious being coriander an pepper.

After the nose I was expecting something close to a BSPA but now I see why this beer has been given a separate category. I didn't think beer could taste like this. The flavor follows the nose in some respects but in a far more subdued fashion. The most striking characteristic is the dryness. The beer maintains a vast amount of accents but is not overwhelming; pear, lemon and pepper being the most overt of these. Spirits are very well masked. Smooth mild malt character throughout and the mildest of hop finishes.

Surprisingly light for such a big beer high carbonation.

I'm utterly blown away but the drinkability of this beer. I could put back a 750ml bottle of this in a minute flat without thinking twice. That is, until I tried to stand up.

First time with this style and it did not disappoint.

Félicitations Microbrasserie Charlevoix!

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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice christmas present from Hoser and Bo.

A green 750ml bottle with a dust sleeve over a caged cork. A loud pop when the champagne cork was removed from the bottle, I almost expected a stream of froth to hit me in the face. Poured into a very large wine glass, a huge white frothy head on a clear yellow brew. The head receded and left lots of lacing behind. Tons of carbonation bubbles are coming from the bottom of the glass. It looks like champagne with the head of beer.

A spicy nose with citrus. I can smell the yeast that this was brewed with. Very appealing nose indeed.

Wow what a taste. The only way I can describe this is very delicate but not lacking in any way. The taste is a combination of citrus, floral and spice, all melded together into someting that is hard to put into words. The alcohol is dangerously hidden from taste but I can feel the effects.

A fairly light mouthfeel with some effervescent carbonation.

This is amazing. I am not a big fan of champagne but having a beer mimic champagne and taste better is pretty cool in my opinion. I would love to slip this one on unsuspecting people to see their reactiion.

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Photo of Foudebiere
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a trade with flipper2gv that has been sitting in the seller for a while. thank you for this gem my friend.

2010 vintage shared with sflpunk as an excellent night cap and was frightfully easy to drink.

as the style suggests the beer is somewhere between champagne and beer. pops like a champagne and pours like a champagne but has the longevity of something less ester limiting. a bit deeper and huh terminal. the malt lasts into different qualities as the beer sits. expands. nose is something more advanced than just expected apple notes. pear, apricot, lychee, and peach as set clean with a dry note of herb. too subtle but has the astringent mineral quality of oregano. palate is brisk and in the way that a beer would spend 15 seconds in your mouth changing. there is so much linkage flavors here of fruit esters and dryness that i just stare at the glass. nots of black pepper and honey finish. very subtle christmas herbs. balanced sweet. if it fell off a tree and was harvested between late summer and autumn it has a note of that fruit in it. i think we had it at the perfect time of year.

the next i'm having with a game bird... perfect for thanksgiving.

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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into abbey glass july18 2010

A clear golden yellow with some very active carbonation floating up to a dense two finger head that has great retention slowly falling to 1/4in film leaving no lace

S a little peachy with other tropical fruits, some yeast and a whiff of booze but no where near the 11%

T pear, pineapple, some more yeast and some spice I can't place with some alcohol, fairly dry and overall a tasty beer

M quite alive with a heavy amount of carbonation keeping it rather light and fluffy, just a little bite and a mild booze burn but most enjoyable

D a little to easy to drink if you ask me, perhaps not a bad thing there was only a bottle of this poured that mourning (yes I said mourning) because this one could wreck you

A great way to start off the drunk by noon British Open Sunday tasting at hoser's house. Thanks to hoser for this one it's a beer everybody should try if they get the chance

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

I've been looking everywhere for this beer, no way to find it in Montréal. To bring back home I mean !
I've been on a little trip to Québec city with my girlfriend and stoped at La Duchesse D'Aiguillon and finaly found me some Dominus Vobiscum Saint-Réserve Brut from 2010.
18 $ a pop!! No big deal, I bought 2 just in case!!
A sweet little Wednesday night at home with the lady in question and served the beer with cheeses and charcuteries...ended up being great !!

Poured in a Riedel Magnum Cabernet Glass, gives me a bright and clear golden color with many signs of carbonation rushing to the surface and forming a fluffy white foam with huge bubbles.
Looks pretty great !

Swearl the glass and get all those aromas. Smell alot like ripe fruit such as Quince or Pears. Some yeast esters on the sweet brioche side almost like cookies too. The Malt is a bit hidden by all these other aromas but you kinda get it as the beer gets warmer. Smells pretty darn good, hint of honey in there as well.

First impression on the palate is the rich and creamy carbonation that completely covers your tongue. And then you get this very sweet and fruity taste, different fruits this time. Alot more Mandarin Oranges peals with ginger and finaly, a sweet Malt finish. Very nice
I would like to have this type of beer on permanent-reserve in the cellar, just to impress and to prove to all the wine geeks in my entourage that beer is KING !
Once again Microbrasserie Charlevoix...Well done !

Cheers lads


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Photo of SFLpunk
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rtepiak for sharing this gem with me! 2010 vintage, 750mL cork and cage bottle.

Opens with a loud pop, but doesn't gush over. Served in champagne flutes. Crystal clear warm golden yellow with 1 inch of stark white head that has amazing retention. Flavors (and aromas) of white peach, nectarine, tangerine, white pepper, black pepper corns, hay, apples, pears, coriander and many many more descriptors come to mind. Amazingly complex and evolves from one glass to the next. Kept my attention the whole time and I will absolutely seek this out again!

A truly unique beer!

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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Dominus Vobiscum Brut from Microbrasserie Charlevoix
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