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Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus, Quebec

Rating
91.00
Price
$14.10/750 ml

A potent brew, at 9.5-per-cent alcohol, this dark-amber gem hides the heat well. Though billed as an "extra strong beer brewed with spices," it's substantially sweet and tastes initially of fruit rather than spicy heat. Loads of fruit, in fact, as in syrupy peach, papaya and raisin, backed by sweet malt, caramel and brown sugar. Then the baking spices kick in for a very complex profile and a balanced, satisfying finish. It's an excellent cold-weather warmer from the great Microbrasserie Charlevoix.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More

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