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Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Saison

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swiseman (455) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (4591) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3233) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2015
Nice saison, heavy heasty aorma, acid and with a flavor that starts sweet then heavy yeasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zita (5866) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2015
light sour fruit aroma,pale, hazy, white foam, light sweetness, lightly sour,sour malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bamsen78 (4605) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2015
Draught @ Vices & Versa, Montréal. Pours clear golden with small white head. Clear aroma of malt and hops, with notes of needles and herbs. Sweetish, malty flavour with bitter hints of hops and some bready touches. Sweetish and hoppy aftertaste. Come on, is this a Saison? It tastes like a Heller Bock. Drinkable but nothing really special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015

Bottle 750ml.

[ As Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Saison ].
Clear medium orange yellow color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, wheat - pale malt, moderate to heavy yeasty, grapes, saison yeast, zest - some fruit. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, saison yeast, grapes, light peppery. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20150620]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PtiBisc (27) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2015
This bear is great for a hot day. With it blond color and its sweet refreshing taste, its great for any occasions. A light taste of sugar with a small punch of bitterness, its well balanced. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (14809) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy golden with a lasting white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, yeasty and light pepper. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 200615

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (15393) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are yeast, fruits, malt, hops, notes of pepper and little vegetables.

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