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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) - Brouwerij Bosteels

DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)

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BA SCORE
92
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466 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-15-2003)
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Brenden

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Being the only Brut I see on a regular basis and, from what I'm told, the standard-setter for the style, it's about time I try this one as the first of 3 I was able to get my hands on.

It pours out exactly what I expect to see as it falls into the glass, as it settles and once it has: very much like Champagne. It's the same pale, bright white gold with a similar bubbly effervescence all the way through. The head it forms is pure white and frothy, exactly as one sees on champagne, but with real staying power and structure. Lacing is in somewhat more than moderation and mostly patchy.
A nice, soft ripe fruits bouquet greets the nose, including notes of fresh pear, apple and peach. Yeast is dry and brings a nice contrast, being soft and avoiding going too dry but complementing with just a light must. I expect a little vinous character, and I get it. A very, very gentle sort of spiciness comes in toward the middle, and it has a bit of tangy tartness to offset the sweetness, particularly as something like tropical fruits comes in.
The flavor follows the aroma very closely. If anything, it's got a bit more of the musty earth, might be ever so slightly more on the dry side, and has a touch more of the spiciness nipping on the tongue. The vinous character adds a little more green, similar to but not quite a leafy note, maybe just a hint stemmy. It's still got the great balance of sweet and dry and very nice depth of flavor overall.
Carbonation makes for a fluffy effervescence, kept in check by a strong crispness and a body that just reaches medium and feels appropriate there. It is still on the very light side of medium, of course, and has lots of smoothness. It's clean, which seems very important and difficult to achieve for this particular beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 18:16:46 | More by Brenden
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle as a gift:
Clear golden with a finger-sized head of small, white bubbles that fades very quickly to leave touches of lacing around the sides.

Sweet with lots of yeast coming through alongside some lighter citrus notes and a definite Champagne like base that features some white grapes and a touch of wine. The aroma seems quite lively with some pears and a little spice too.

Champagne yeast and grapes with some pears, apple, citrus and a little spice too, the beer tastes a little stronger than the smell suggested with touches of alcohol also present here, although this is minimal.

Lively with strong carbonation that manages to avoid being gassy or unpleasant. There is a slightly warming feel from the alcohol content in the beer and overall the mouthfeel is a dry, crisp one with a light and very smooth body.

An excellent beer and unlike any I've tried previously, proving to be a fairly easy one to drink despite the fact that it comes in at over 11% abv. Smooth and lively with a great body, whilst dry the beer went down well with a solid, crisp finish. A beer worth picking up again despite the high price.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 15:09:54 | More by flyingpig
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best Champagnes have what's known as a "fine mousse". DeuS has mousse alright, but it's on its surface and it certainly isn't 'fine' - it's bulky, stalwart, and looks like a giant tumbleweed that's blown into the glass and become stuck. The beer itself is sunny yellow with golden edges, some fogginess, and more "beads" (the fancy term for tiny bubbles) than a Mardi Gras party.

The beer opens with such bright lemony florals that you’d think you were in the south of Italy in August. Surprising that a beer made with a wine-focus be so hoppy; for a collaboration between France and Belgium to end up smelling like something from New Zealand or Thailand. As well as citrus there's also lemongrass, ginger, green herbs, and tropical fruits.

The taste is flush with racy citrus flavours (lemon in particular) and occasional glimpses of tropical fruit as well as fresh zested ginger. Champagne energizes the palate the way a splash of cold water invigorates the face; this is similarly effervescent but also has grainy notes of straw and sweeter biscuity, bready, caramelly undertones that ground it somewhat.

Nonetheless, the load of lemony hops and corresponding impressions of citrus zest give it even more zip and brightness than a standard sparkling. DueS is indeed made in the authentic méthode champenoise (aka méthode traditionnelle) and, as result, has a similarly clean, dry, and sparkling mouthfeel. Its bubbles are fine but forceful; aided by a cutting acidity, they scrub the tongue like bristles, refreshing the palate while making you thirst for another sip.

Champagne is so popular and beloved that, although a legal designation for the traditional wines of that region in France, people often use it to refer to sparkling white wines more generally. Yet few people can name - and fewer producers list - the specific grape varieties that go into the wine. Ditto for Prosecco or Cava. And that's because those specifics aren't as important as the crisp, bright, refreshing, refined characteristics of the style in general.

DeuS captures that classic persona perfectly. And while $20-$30/bottle may be expensive by beer standards, that amount gets you nowhere in the world of Champagne; a sparkling wine of comparable quality to this would run you at least four times that amount. This is an exceptional example of a rare style. And while it does make for an impressive bottle to show off in the cellar, don’t age it. It’s perfect fresh. Enjoy now with someone special.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 22:01:43 | More by biegaman
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seand

California

3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a fair amount of white head. Just some surface film retains, leaving minor lacing.

S: Sweet and yeasty, with some light citrus.

T: Medium and lightly grainy sweetness. Not quite as vinous as I was expecting. Pleasant overall though.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, good, but not incredible. It doesn't have quite the complexity I'd expect from the high ABV, though possibly I had it a little too cold. I would expect something calling itself "brut" to handle being served a little on the cold side, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 04:34:46 | More by seand
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $19.95

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, clove, apples, yeast, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and apples. There is also a bit of vanilla, lemon, and a yeasty spiciness.

Overall - Lots of flavours going on and a ton of complexity. Not something I'd drink a whole lot of or very often, but a very fitting beer for new years eve. Something every beer drinker should try to see how diverse brewing can be.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:02:54 | More by spinrsx
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from my Deus Champagne Flute

A - Pours a slightly cloudy Golden straw colour. Classic pure White head that is tight and retains very well with lacing.

S - Really nice esters of spice, white wine, oak, yeast and lemon citrus.

T - Wow, the Champagne really comes through in this beer, very crisp and oaky. The Belgian yeast is very present with the spice and pears. Alcohol is non-existent.

M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation. Maybe a little more carbonation would help.

O - I really enjoyed this beer, and Its right up there with the best in the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 08:29:14 | More by eric5bellies
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden straw colour, thin layer of head with some retention and heavy body carbonation.

S - Light citrus, orange rind, bubble gum yeast, candied apple and a hint of caramel.

T - Cloves, mandarin orange rind, buttery caramel, vanilla flavours, milk caramel, hints of citrus rind linger on the finish alongside candied sugar and sweet cloves, hints of ginger and coriander.

M - Light bodied, bubbly and finishes with a hint of stickiness.

O - This is unlike anything I've ever tried. Incredibly smooth, dangerously hidden ABV, and wildly flavourful. A welcome change from the norm and surprisingly delicious. Definitely worth a try, and I'll grab another couple bottles for the beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 23:20:47 | More by andrenaline
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elcarajo

Maine

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Light and clear, looking not unlike some ciders and most American mass market beers. Pours with a largish head, but it fades quickly. The foam is pleasingly white and leaves no appreciable lacing on the glass.

Smell - Very appealing. Strong with esters and spices, but not so much as to appear infused or artificial.

Taste - This is the good part. Also the bad. The flavor is quick, complex, fruity, and bright. There is a quick freshness, and a strong suggestion of farmhouse ales. This beer is strong in terms of carbonation, but it doesn't last; drinking at an unhurried pace the beer is near flat by the end of the glass. Shifted quickly from flavor to flavor, beginning with sweet, then moving through non-specific mild dark spices and then fresh green herbs. There is a strong sour aftertaste.that reminds of Flemish sours, but also has a note of bar soap. Iniitally this aftertaste is unpleasant, and I was initially intending to pan this beer. However, by the second glass, I was quite happy with it, and I am disappointed that I shan't soon be buying (or seeing) another bottle.

Mouthfeel - Initially quite carbonated, although not nearly so much as champagne or Affligem. Later, it's as flat as tap water. The overall effect is smooth, and not overly powerful in any direction.

Overall Impression - I would definitely buy this again, although there are so many that are easier to enjoy, that I would buy them first. I would unreservedly recommend this to anyone who thinks about their beer, and who enjoys a good ale.

No smoke in my house, and I quit smoking a long time ago. Beer served in a tall pils glass, at refrigerator temperatures. This is how I enjoy all beers at home except lambic (and hand-pulled English ale, if the opportunity ever presents). This was the first beer of my night, and I did not drink it with food or anything else.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:39:38 | More by elcarajo
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Koninck

Poland

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very transparent -- looks like a light cider. Cloves, candi sugar, a little bit of lemon, maybe orange peel? Absolutely delicious. White grapes, maybe chardonnay grapes -- this is like a bubbly chardonnay crossed with a saison. Really, really good!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 19:41:23 | More by Koninck
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77black_ships

Belgium

2.33/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shows up from time to time at an okay price at the supermarket +/- 12 euro and at ridiculous prices at bars 30+ euro. Appears to be exclusively aimed at people with little beer knowledge with an interest in a luxury product. Got a 75 cl. bottle from the supermarket.

The instructions suggest to try it as cold as possible, I tried it both really cold and at +/- 15 °C and indeed you need to drink this as cold as possible, it is worse warm, I feel like you need to kill the taste a bit by drinking it that insanely cold. The fact that I don’t like Champagne greatly diminished my enjoyment, I think liking Champagne is instrumental to liking this. Meaning that this isn’t really aimed at beer drinkers.

A: Pale yellow, clear, heavy carbonated, bubbling white head, looks like Champagne.

S: Much better than it tasted, strong smell, Champagne yeast, apples, grapes (bit like white wine, muscat?), lemon peel, nectar/flowers mixed in

T: I got the feeling that I was drinking Champagne mixed with a Belgian Pale Ale, Champagne yeast (which I personally don’t like & dominates too much for me) followed by Belgian yeast in the aftertaste, noticeable alcohol, spices, sourness, if someone told me that this was Champagne, I would have believed him or her but it is Champagne with an off taste.

B: There was way, way too much carbonation going on for any beer.

This stuff has been getting really popular (I have seen it on tv) and has been selling out fast. Like I mentioned previously, I see it more and more at different places at going for what I perceive to be retarded prices. I feel like most people buy it not because of the taste but because of the perceived luxury, same as with Champagne for many. I have been asked by many people how it tastes like, I always say, cheap Champagne, if you want Champagne, buy that, if you want beer, get something else. If you want a good Champagne beer get Malheur Dark Brut which is actually really good and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 18:33:38 | More by 77black_ships
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KansasBeerLover

Kansas

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a small goblet.

Head starts strong, but quickly disappears with no lacing. Body has a color of dark wheat straw.

Smell is funky. Farmhouse yeast, alcohol, fruit.

Taste is fruity. More of a farmhouse flavor than champagne.

Mouthfeel is smooth. A mild sweetness. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. A slight touch of bitterness remains in the mouth.

Overall – I am impressed. Recently had another champagne-style beer that didn't score well. This one is like a Caddy compared to a Fiat. I hesitated to buy this marked at $33, on sale for $27. I might have to buy another and save it for a special occasion. Reading other reports a flute is better for carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:39:13 | More by KansasBeerLover
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
11.5% ABV, 2-4°C, 2009.

[Review from notes taken 06-27-11]

Thanks for sharing Todd!

A - Billowing, unstoppable carbonation rushes to the surface where it adds to the massive and effervescent white head. Low retention and little lace abode the vibrant clear golden straw yellow beer.

S - Spritzy, clean, crisp, and spicy, the aroma is incredibly unique! White pepper, band aids come out with time, solvent alcohol in the background - very champagne-like overall.

T - Belgian Champagne. Spicy esters, white pepper, clove, and mellow alcohol heat with nuanced white grape and Belgian yeast esters.

M - Insane carbonation is fitting and welcome and aids in the light body and clean, crisp finish . Very mild alcohol heat.

O - Holy crap! I haven't had a beer blow my mind like this in quite a while. Like nothing else out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 14:48:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a champagne flute
Review from notes.

A: Looks very much like champagne. Pours a very lightly hazy, golden-straw color. The head is huge and bubbly, but quickly fades to nothing. Pleasant stream of visible carbonation from the bottle of the glass.

S: Very barnyard. I get huge, pungent scents of horse blanket and wet hay. Some lactic sourness rounds out the aroma.

T: Again barnyard flavors are the driving force. Wool and lactic bitterness define the attack. This blends seamlessly into the dry, bitter flavor of champagne yeast. The finish is a long, lingering combination of the two. The sour lactic flavor becomes more subdued as the beer sits, and is replaced in some ways by a growing, champagne-like alcohol flavor.

M: The second most dry beer I have ever had (the first being Saison DuPont). Alcohol is present but pleasant, like in a good champagne. Big, foamy carbonation.

O: One of the most interesting beers I have had in a while. A perfect blend of saison and champagne.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 00:09:38 | More by WankelEngine
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle states "Cuvee Prestige 2010".

A: Pours a clear golden with an enormously huge and frothy white head. Head slowly fizzes away, leaving just little dots of lacing, not much to see. Nice retention, however.

S: Light, crisp fruits. Pears, apples and some citrus primarily. Fairly sweet, more like candied fruits I'd say. Nice spiciness.

T: Again with the light fruits. Pears, apples, oranges, lemons, maybe even some melon? Honeydew I think. Apricot in there too, especially in the aftertaste. Some mellow sweet breadiness. Light grass and more fruit in the finish. Very smooth and mellow. No real alcohol noticed. Has a light spiciness, perhaps black pepper, reminds me of a saison. Not as strong an aspect as it is in most saisons, however.

M: Super smooth and easy drinking, despite the higher ABV. Not too heavy or viscous either. Surprisingly crisp in fact with high carbonation.

O: Very good beer. Flavors are all mellow and well integrated. No sharpness of flavor at all, it's super smooth and goes down easy, despite 11.5% ABV. Yet at the same time, it's zesty and crisp. Lots of nice fruitiness from start to finish. Quite sweet overall too, definitely not "Brut" as in the champagne/sparkling wine world.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 03:58:13 | More by Dope
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is by all means an exceptional beer. sort of a cross between a tripel and a saison in terms of flavor, and really interesting with the champagne carbonation. the 2010 bottle exploded upon opening, running active white foam all down the sides. the pour is a little hard to control, looks a lot like bubbly with a rising big airy white head. the nose is sweet malt like a triple, Belgian yeasty but a little funky and farmy like a good saison. some spice notes and honey make it very thanksgivingish to me. sweetness up front and yeast in the finish, definitely honey and maybe cinnamon, very desserty, and a coffeecake sort of malt profile. some dried fruit in there too, maybe apricots. the feel is tremendous, explosive carbonation and a fairly light body for what it is. its easy to forget the alcohol is 11.5% abv, its easy drinking and gets you drunk quick, like, I had to have my girlfriend drive home because of this baby, so be careful when slamming it down and remember its stronger than it seems. a very interesting article, one id like to drink again around the holidays, ive never had anything quite like this.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 18:48:29 | More by StonedTrippin
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Kind of was expecting more from this. Opened a rocket gusher at a good temperature. Off-white head was so big as to be almost unmanagable, but then settled to zero and no lace. Color is a clear yellow with plenty of bubble trails. Body and carbonation are good. Aroma is mainly yeasty, with some spice and malt. Flavor is where I docked them again as the name says "Brut", and it's definitely on the sweet side while being similar to nose but more complex. Finish is like flavor, very boozy, and leaves a slight carbonic tang tingle in the throat.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 01:23:56 | More by drpimento
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Champagne Flute glass. Enjoyed on jan´13. Pours golden in color & shows crystal clear appearance. White, small bubbled, crown is copious, lively & lasting. Citric & yeast aromas, subtle sugar & acidic hues as well as fruity notes - mango & apricot- to the nose. Crispy upfront rounded by candies, brown sugar, grape & tropical fruit hints. Bitter/acidic flavor follows. Medium body. Oily & dense texture softened by medium to high carbonatation. Dried nuts & subtle amaretto in the middle resolve in harsh mouthfeel. Citric zest & associated astringency in the backside. Sharp bitterness lingers into a dry finish. Well balanced & smart beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 02:31:19 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Hazy pale blonde colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, some lace. Smell is yeasty and spicy, corriander with a bit of alcohol, quite floral and more aparent working through the glass/bottle, fruity, apple and lemon, light funk as well. Taste is quite floral up front, spice, corriander and fruit, orange and apple, yeasty and dry with a fairly sweet and fruity finish. High dry carbonation, fairly medium bodied. Very nice stuff here, very drinkable but a bit less complex than I was anticipating, still quite nice and certainly something I look forward to revisiting down the road.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 14:54:01 | More by peensteen
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 01-01-2013
Freshness: 2010 Vintage
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged, covered with foil
Glassware: Flute
Purchased: Single from Grace's, Nashville

Picked this up for the new year...

Appearance has a massive foamy white head on a clear and light golden colored-brew. Features excellent head retention and a very nice spidery lace on the glass.

Aromas are semi-dry and fruity, with apples, pears and grapes. It smells much like a white wine or champagne. I get a slight tartness, plus peppery spices and hay and grassy notes.

As in the nose, the taste is semi-dry and fruity, with citrus hints in addition to the apples and grapes. Spicy and peppery notes combine with some hints of wood and oak.

The mouthfeel is very bubbly/carbonated, with a mostly dry finish and some lingering earthy hops. Feels very much like a sparkling wine and has a light body. I get a pleasant warmth from the alcohol.

Overall, an outstanding and complex beer. It's pretty amazing how much this feels like a champagne. I'd say this is the perfect brew to have for a celebration or special event.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 04:04:24 | More by sommersb
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lots of bubbles, slightly hazy golden-orange, big finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet grainy malts with a bit of cracker, bit of tart green fruit, some floral and herb scents, champagne yeast, and a bit of lemon zest.

T - Sweet grainy and cracker malts, with some lemon zest, tart green fruits, floral and herb flavors, lavender, champagne yeast, hint of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-heavy carbonation. Smooth with a dry and lightly sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced. Good complexity and nice clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 01:09:15 | More by ngeunit1
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Douberd

Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer for 2013, just right after the year's change. Bottle 750 ml, at home, of course, poured into a flute glass as the label recommends. ABV 11,5%.

Nice thick head of two fingers (filled my glass with only two sips of beer), white in colour, average retention. Lots of bubbles in the glass and a clear deep golden body.
Nice aroma, kind of weird at first but very pleasant as you sniff it a couple of times more. Cookies, citrus and lots of floral aromas.
Very unique taste, quite sweet, roses, some spices, limes,the alcohol very well hidden, it feels even less than maybe 7-8%,
Medium to full on the body, with lots of carbonation as I expected.I am not a big fan of overly carbonated beers but fits very well on this one. Little dryness on the palate that doesn't linger for long.
Very nice beer, I haven't tasted something similar before. Glad I chose it for new year's celebration.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 23:04:34 | More by Douberd
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FLima

Brazil

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cuvée Prestige 2011. Best before 1jul13.
Starts by its beautiful inviting bottle. It has a bright yellow color, a bit hazy. Poured lots of fluffy head with a medium retention but leaving drawing laces thorough the glass. Thousands of bubbles swiftly going up.
Faint sour aroma with hints of pineapple, apple and some floral notes. A bit funky, I am not sure if I would classify that as pleasant.
Spice taste that gives room to a sweet and mildly acid fruity flavor, mostly apples and touches of non-sweet pineapples. Also, some malt on the backbone and touches of white wine. Aftertaste is dry and fruity.
Alcohol is reasonably well hidden, even in a champagne you could better feel it. You can taste it, but does not give a warming sensation even though we are at 11.5% ABV.
Medium body with an effervescent feeling.
Interesting experience, though not sure it is a beer to taste it again. I may say some sacrilege but it felt to me as an apple cider, and gets too sweet once it warms up. Felt to me as a beer to match with desserts, but not great as a stand-alone. Well, I had the full bottle…

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 18:18:14 | More by FLima
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

The beer is pale golden hued with a small white head. The aroma offers apples, yeast, peppercorns, light spice, herbal and floral notes. The flavor is lightly sweet, with a cheesy like funkiness that gracefully counteracts the sweet character. Yeast and peppercorns mesh well with floral hops and a touch of warming alcohol. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. An outstanding beer to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 03:24:09 | More by Huhzubendah
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spicelab

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2006 vintage. Intended to be opened at a blind tasting tomorrow night, but the cork had other ideas after the caging was (idiotically) removed.

Cumquat with a touch of haze. Pretty modest white head, light and ethereal, which falls audibly to a film.

Nose is clean and rounded. Sweet ginger, lavender, apple and musty straw funk. Very nice.

Flavour profile is similar, but largely overwhelmed by significant malt sweetness and plenty of booze.

Syrupy and hot with aggressive scratchy carbonation, which doesn't serve as a welcome counterpoint, it just comes across as schizophrenic.

Enjoyed this a lot more the first time I had it 5 or so years ago. Don't know if this has deteriorated, but to me the concept doesn't really work because the elements don't integrate well. That said, there's nothing actually offensive about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 09:45:44 | More by spicelab
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light orange-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, herbs, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild spice and herb bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors that are different from what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 05:52:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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