Dominus Vobiscum Saison | Microbrasserie Charlevoix

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Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Phyl21ca on 05-29-2012

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Reviews:
35
Ratings:
107
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another masterful contribution to their Belgian premium series. Fresh smelling aroma draws me in. Lemon, balsam, wheat, tart fruit, complex. Dry finish. Very good drinkability. Vast head on medium cloudy yellow body. Liam's bottle and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with nice solid rustic Belgian malt backbone. Taste is also a great mix between some rustic malt notes with floral undertones and semi-sweet rustic Belgian malt. Light peppery and yeasty finish. Body is about average with great carbonation. Well done with good level of drinkability and great work on the fruity ester originating from the yeast strain.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, typically (in a good way) Euro-esque sturdy-ass bottle.

This beer pours a very clear, pale golden amber hue, with three fingers of loose, bubbly, and foamy white head, which leaves a sparse windward island array of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of dry banana and orange citrus fruit salad, quite well peppered (for some reason, in the food metaphor), pale grainy malt, and soft floral hops - a description which, upon re-reading, does not do justice to how pleasant the aroma emanating from the glass really is. The taste is dry fruity malt - again, the citrus only a bit player in a general olio of supermarket outer ring goodness, some mildly edgy clove, black pepper and cardamon discernible amongst a fairly more complex array of spice, with some nicely laid-back earthy yeast wallowing in a very mildly warming alcohol pool.

The bubbles are quite restrained and properly behaved, the body a surprising medium weight, even for the style, and tacitly smooth, amongst the yeast and subtle booze intrusions. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, but not overly so, as the lulling graininess gives equal time to a nice medley of spice and fruit.

I expect nothing less from this brewery, and they do not disappoint - an enticing blend of wheat, fruity malt, spice, yeast, and prodding alcohol soothes my workaday blues, and even if they are not French farm-borne, they still provide the same aches, and this provides an equal to the task salve.

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

Slightly hazy golden color with fluffy, white head. Aroma has yeast notes, malts, a bit of honey sweetness and a bit of farmhouse character. Taste starts with honey, malt and yeast notes and gets slightly bitter in the finish. Medium body with crisp carbonation. Very well made, rustic and earthy saison.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from papat444. Served in a Cigar City tulip.

A - Big white foam settles to a thin cap, big collar, and plenty of lacework. Lightly hazed apricot body. Really good-looking brew and spot-on for the style.

S - Phenolic and fruity yeast notes, with lots of banana, pears, and stone fruits. Quite sweet; not sure if there is candi sugar in this? Some wheat and toasted grain notes.

T - Again, quite sweet with tons of banana and other fruity notes. Bready malt backbone, with understated, lightly spicy Belgian yeast. Seems more like a cross between a Saison and a Hefeweizen than a true farmhouse beer.

M - Smooth, medium body, with toasty texture and lightly dry finish. Pleasant active carbonation, and no discernible alcohol.

D - A solid beer that's a tad too sweet for my tastes when it comes to this style. It was quite easy to drink the entire 750ml bottle and it's quite flavorful for only 6% ABV, but I was expecting something a little more peppery and dry.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow, translucent, huge very foamy off white head with lots of lacing.

Smell is fairly complex--some lightly funky yeast, hay, pepper and spice, floral notes, some sweet honey or maybe hints of tropical fruit. Fairly sweet overall.

Taste is lots of flowers, some peppery yeast but not really any funk, light honey sweetness again, hint of peach. Not quite as complex as the nose but a really nice, delicate saison. More sweet than dry.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, feels soft and delicate, not as bubbly as you'd expect from the appearance but very drinkable.

"Delicate" is the word that jumps out at me to describe this beer, it's pretty subtle and really enjoyable but no bold flavors or anything.

8.0/10

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2013/03/26.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Pale straw yellow with a huge amount of bright white head and massive lacing.

S - Bready sweetness and a floral hop aroma are dominant with spice, yeast esters and pepper.

T - A good hop profile is noticeable up front with floral, fruity and lemony flavours. A substantial bready malt bill adds sweetness and created a good balance. Spice, peppercorn, yeast esters and clove round out the palate. There is a slight funk/tartness evident as well.

M - Light body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from ZorPrime, thanks Eric! 750ml into a tulip, bottled April 25, 2012.

Poured without the yeast initially, golden orange with a great white head. Fantastic retention. Lots of yeast on the nose, lemon, citrus zest, apricot, light herbal hopping and just a suggestion of spice. Taste has a bit of wheat, great Charlevoix yeast character, more lemon/citrus zest. Light floral - quite subtle all around, but complex at the same time. Medium-full body but a great density and texture to it. A fantastic saison, extremely drinkable and subtly complex. Another winner from the Dominus Vobiscum series.

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Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Police in riot gear are practically needed to keep this head back; it nearly flows over the top of the glass with the kind of fervor characteristic of a Latin American revolution. Even once it settles it doesn't retreat; clumps of foam thick enough to warrant an ice-cream scoop remain floating atop the clear, lustrous golden ale.

Like a true farmhouse ale, this aroma is distinguished by a honey-oat cerealness, orchard fruit esters and a hint of spice. It is at once sweet, savory and, obviously, a hint spicy with an overlaying mustiness that might (somewhat unfairly) be associated with a barnyard.

The flavour has a dry hay or straw-like maltiness with a bit of honeyed cereal sweetness chasing the finish. Whether hops or yeast is tough to say, but an herbal, lightly grassy taste dominates and, eased in by hints of apple and pear, builds effortlessly to a definitively earthy finish. It's a wee brighter and more bubblegum-y than the most archetypal examples but still very classic.

The yeastiness can be a bit overpowering at times; its phenolic (spicy) by-products make the beer taste far stronger than the reasonable 6% it is. This could be also be attributed to a slightly thinner frame; the malts split soon as the aftertaste hits, leaving alcohol to roam free.

A good Saison is a proper way to celebrate life on a summer's day. Dominus Vobiscum Saison is an excellent candidate for doing just such a thing. It is a dazzling effort that, were it not already for so many dazzling Charlevoix offerings, might be considered one of the brewery’s best.

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Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2015/05/27

Pours a huge head and shows some nice lace.

Spicy aroma and flavour with hints of barnyard straw. A bit more wild than the cleaner DuPont.

Fairly full body is well carbed, with a drying finish.

Thanks again Papat444!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 9/7/12

A slight haze in a golden body, try not to get a massive head on this one I dare ya, gentle pour yields three fingers of soapy foam. a couple squiggly lines of lace followed by some random patches

S big nose on this one, citrus bubblegum comes out right away, floral hops, lavender perhaps? faint banana, and spiced well with some peppery grains, the yeast is working wonders for me

T not as in your face as the smell but has a little more spice too it, some more earthy notes then the nose but I preferred the smell

M a little over carbonated with just a little bitter bite and a lingering spicy aftertaste

O this ones doing great on this hot Summer night, 750ml is no issue whatsoever and went down fast, I could smell it all night and other then a few too many bubbles I have very little too complain about

Not sure If i priced this one right because at a little over 10$ I can see this one hitting my glass all Summer long

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Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle from Marche Omni QC for 6.99+

Appearance – Clear yellow/amber colour with a massive size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 6-7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, corn, grass, yeast, citrus zest

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with corn and a grassiness. There is also quite a bit of peppery yeast notes with some lemon zest. It ends with a spicy bitter aftertaste.

Overall – Just tad too herbal/bitter for my tastes. But still another solid beer from this brewer. Well worth the price of the bottle.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Light golden pour with strong carbonation. Huge three finger fluffy white head. Big chunks of white soap-like lace and a finger of retention.

S - Lemon, yeast, pear.

T - A little bit of sweet baking spice, lemon, yeast. Interesting and tasty, but a bit heavy on the spice esters. A little banana is there too.

M - Strong carbonation, medium creamy body and a sweet baking spice dryness.

O/D - A fairly straightforward and well done saison. The style is sort of plain in it's purest form, but this executes, the light, refreshing elements of it.

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I thought someone sent this to me, but I can't find anything in my notes. If it was you, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due. Maybe I did buy it. Anyways...

Appearance. Pours a rich yellow gold with just a little haze and a big 3 fingers of white head that settles to a thick island in the middle of a thin head and leaves some nice lacing along the way.

Smell. Nice peppery saison yeast, apples, pears, banana and a little clove, and even a little bit of high quality ganj in there! Nice.

Taste. That fruity, peppery saison yeast again, some dry banana chips, a bit of clove and little bit of bitter earthy hops in the finish. Good, but we're going downhill here since the pour.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-strong, fine carbonation.

Overall. A nice saison. I liked it, but probably wouldn't buy it again having better choices out there.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes...

A - Pours a clear golden colour, thumb of big bubbled head with solid retention, sheeting lacing and heavy visible body carbonation.

S - Fruity notes with bananas and cloves, hints of grassy hops, buttered bread, citrus rind and a musty caramel finish.

T - Much like the nose with the fruity bananas and cloves coming through alongside sour citrus rinds, leafy greens, hints of bubble gum and a touch of honey. Wide ranging flavours from a style that I've really begun to enjoy.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty saison that offers up a fruity bouquet that is nicely balanced with a bitter citrus rind hop profile that makes for an easy drinking ale. Would be a great brew for a hot summer day, light and refreshing, but enough flavour to keep you intrigued.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden in colour. Basically no head, just a bit of white film.

Light fruit in the nose, slight hint of spice. Yeast. Floral. Moderately sweet smelling.

Light fruits (pear, apple), yeast, spices. A bit sweet, with some honey flavour. Nice flavour.

Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Tingly.

Overall. good. Not remarkable but tasty. A bit on the sweet side as saisons go, but not overly so.

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Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale blonde colour, light ring of white head with some lace as well. Smell is yeasty, spice, coriander, a bit of herbal and floral scents, nice malt presence and a little bit of funk as well as some fruity notes. Taste is clean, malty and fruity, some floral flavours and spice, lemon, a bit of herbal flavours in the finish with some dry yeastiness as well going into the aftertaste. Medium-high carbonation, medium feel, carbonation felt a touch high probably because it is so crisp and dry. Solid saison, another well done Belgian style from Charlevoix.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear golden with a mountain of head and lots of random lacing
S - mild notes of sour fruit, grainy, light leafiness, and pepper
T - similar to the nose but more robust flavours, peppery and leafy hops hold their own with fruit yeasty flavours creating a good balance
M - light with big carbonation that is slightly prickly, very dry and crisp finish
O - a very solid example of the style, the crisp hoppiness creates a good balance against the fruity yeasty flavours

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unable to read date, bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
Fruity aroma
Head average (4 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing very good, thick wide rings of small bubbles
Body golden, hazy
Flavor begins sweet with some yeast phenolics and light sweet malt. A bitterness appears on aftertaste. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

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Photo of SebD
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: It has a nice semi-cloudy golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, spices, floral hops, some citrus and some grain.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice floral hop presence, citrus but also alot of spices and some Belgian yeast notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Very good Saison, Charlevoix never ceases to let me down.

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Photo of mick303
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, produces a large rocky white head, good retention and curtain lacing. Colour is a clear bright yellow gold. Nice film. 4

S – a kick of very vineous yeast aroma, bright and woody, with a clean biscuit malt, a clay mineral and cherry note, only moderate spiciness, some earthy pepper, the yeast is the star here, with some funky citrus, tons of character, and a dry profile. 4

T – juicy with dry notes of mango, kiwi, lemon, and a pleasant balanced yeast, lots of juicy upfront brightness, clean biscuit malt, some bubblegum and florals. Finishes dry with strong attenuation, light lingering spice. Nice transition from super juicy to a dry and crisp finish with lots of balanced character. 4.25

M – moderate refreshing body, light carbonation with a nice acidity to it. Yeasty spiciness is clean and refreshing. Eminently drinkable with a flavourful body and crisp finish. 4

A very flavourful and tasty interpretation, really nice levels of yeasty spice, slight amounts of noble hops, a very traditional but complex interpretation of the style. A very solid Belgian style interpretation, refreshing and spicy. Highly recommended, very strong interpretation. 4.25

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, picked up by a friend at Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau.

Poured into a wine glass. Bright shimmering golden, with a big billowing fluffy head, lots of lacing on this and excellent retention. Lovely looking brew indeed.

Nose is dry and fresh, with lovely floral, resin, citrus, and yeasty notes, and a distinct scent of pepper and other spices lingering in the mix.

If you like your saisons dry and spicy, this one will certainly do the trick. In addition to the aforementioned flavor notes, this brew has a nice grain and musk flavor to go along with an assertive peppery, spicy bite. Light, fresh, vigorous but not overpowering carbonation.

Another winner from Charlevoix. Great dry saison, good depth here.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark golden, one could say its amber in color. I prefer dark golden. Nice foamy head thrones. Sticky and dense. The aroma is intense. It is spicy, some sugar and Belgium yeast. In the mouth, the beer is spicy, with a dry finish slightly bitter. Vry effervescent in the mouth. Refreshing. A typical Belgian saison. Some fruits also in the taste. I like this one. For the price also, it's quite good.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a glowing, warm goldenrod with a pristine 3+ fingers of creamy white froth that slowly settles to two rocky fingers. Excellent retention; quite a bit of lacing. (4.5)

S:
Sweet yeast and tropical hops. Doughy yeast, potpurri, clove, white pepper, mango, spicy herbs. (4)

T:
Dry and sweet/peppery. Flowers, dough, orange rind, pepper, chalk, earthy/herbal hops. (4)

M:
Smooth and velvety, creamy with champagne-like carbonation and a medium body; drinkable, quick dry finish. (4)

O:
Very good Saison. Spicy and sweet yet dry and refreshing.
Tastes much lighter and cleaner than I would have expected with wheat and oatmeal added to it.
Pours absolutely lovely and smells pretty enticing. It's flavor is dryly spiced but clean and a touch floral-sweet.
Very nice. Rich and refreshing. Drinkable and filling. Big and subtle.
Would have again; worth trying. (4.25)

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Photo of Long813
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From LCBO

A: Pours a hazy golden body with a huge amount of white fully head, about 3 fingers. After the head dissipates it leaves a wonderful amount of lacing.

S: Huge front of pears and a mix of other sweet fruits. Some wheat aromas are subtle. Very nice aroma.

T: Taste follows the aromas with a huge front of pear flavour, mixed with other sweet fruits and banana. There is quite a bit of wheaty-hops to the taste that lingers.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. The texture is water like, and the carbonation makes each drink very crisp. Dry bitter wheat finish with no sense of alcohol.

O: Very nice Saison, easy to drink and very flavourful. Another offering well done from this brewery. Carbonation could be cut back a little, but that's all the negatives I could think of.

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