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Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Saison

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Brewed by Microbrasserie Charlevoix / Le Saint Pub
Style: Saison
Baie-St-Paul, Canada
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChtiBreizh (402) - Rennes, FRANCE - JAN 17, 2016
75 cl bottle. Pours golden with a long lasting frothy head. Aroma is yeasty, spicy, some farmhouse. Rather sweet with a drier and medium to low bitter finish. Strong carbonatio,, medium bodied. A fine belgian ale but not that funky for a saison.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (604) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JAN 6, 2016
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hikeg (196) - - DEC 21, 2015
Nice head, good lacing. Malty aroma, hay, grain. Light hops, medium yeasty, dough and bit of barnyard. Notes of honey, coriander and little clove and pepper. Medium sweet, light bitter, light acidic. Medium body, oily texture. Wish it was a bit more sour.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mile (3637) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle. Golden, hazy, average to large and mostly lasting head. Moderate malty - lightly wheaty and lightly sweetish aroma, light fruitiness and faint citrus, faint - light spiciness (coriander), light - some herbal hoppyness, light yeast. Body is medium, malty - lightly wheaty and lightly sweetish flavor, light fruitiness and faint citrus with faint spiciness, light hoppyness. Finish is average to long, malty - lightly wheaty and lightly sweetish, light fruitiness and faint citrus, light spiciness and hoppyness, light yeast. Could be drier with more bitterness. Nice head though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16065) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2015
On tap at Brewskey, Montreal. It pours a clear, dark golden body under a creamy finger thick off-white head. The aroma has canned tropical fruits, some pale malts and hints of yeast and pepper. Especially the yeast and pepper are more evident in the flavor, with tropical fruits and pale malts as a backdrop. Dry, full-bodied and too heavy on the carbonation. Nice bitterness all the way. A nice beer, nothing more. 150611

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swiseman (460) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
pours a golden yellow with thick white head and strong aromas of fruit, grass and flowers. taste is fruit - some melon and banana, but hampered by strong alcohol which is a surprise considering the relatively low gravity. Finish is quite smooth with some earthy overtones.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (4855) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2015
750mL bottled 5/27/15, drunk 10/20/15.
Big pop from the cap, followed by a highly clear, brilliant, sparkling golden liquid issuing forth. A very large white head sits atop with strong retention. Sediment left behind on the bottom. So far so good.
Wow, that is refreshing to smell....after nearly being beaten in to submission by sour saisons, barrel aged saisons, fruited saisons, non-saison saisons, American saisons, etc....I think this is actually a saison! Baked bread, dough, black and white pepper, delightfully spicy hops and very low fruitiness, with light mustiness, earthiness and cellar qualities. Very light malt qualities overall, or I should say, nicely attenuated. The only drawback/flaw I found was a fairly prominent compound from what I associate with adjunct sugar fermentation (sort of vaguely vanillin-cotton candyish); not sure the culprit, as I can’t imagine they used candi sugar. Could just be too much dextrose in the bottle conditioning. No alcohol noted.
In the mouth, the beer follows from the nose. Delightful baked grains, honey and a near perfect amount of bitterness/hop apparency. Noble hops galore, with none of the American-hopped saison madness traits. The attenuation is spot-on, being more dry than Dupont (though a bit less hoppy too keep the balance) and about on par with Blaugies. Delightful phenols, no alcohol and a wonderfully creamy, tightly carbonated, unfiltered texture. A touch of vanilla/cake icing-like flavor and perhaps just a bit of vegetal character from the hops, but these are nitpicked very minor qualms. By and large this is a fantastically drinkable saison in the best sense of the word. One I’d happily put right up with the best Belgian/French examples. Been a LONG time since I’ve had what was once one of my favorite breweries on the East Coast and it’s good to see that they are still absolutely killing it! Cheers and thanks for the bottle, Youri!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3308) - FINLAND - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Orange in color with a white head. Spicy yeastyness, garden fruits, bit of floral and citrus fruity notes in aroma. Quite drymouthfeel. Citrus and earthy notes in taste. Some hay and bit of spicy peppery notes in aftertaste. Refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (8158) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2015
Nice saison, heavy heasty aorma, acid and with a flavor that starts sweet then heavy yeasty.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zita (5938) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2015
light sour fruit aroma,pale, hazy, white foam, light sweetness, lightly sour,sour malty finish.


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