DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) - Brouwerij Bosteels
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Reviews by cypressbob:
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
750ml bottle, corked and caged. Served chilled in a champagne flute
Now, before I review this I have to say that this was my first gusher bottle. I carefully took it from my cellar to the fridge, when I opened it over a third of the contents went gushing all over my kitchen floor.... about 6 or 7 pounds worth is in the mop bucket now but anyways, on to the review
Pours with very aggressive and vigorous carbonation. Lots of small prickly bubbles thundering up from the bottle of the glass, straw yellow clear body with a few shades of amber. Fluffy half inch head forms with a careful pour, patchy champagne-esqe lacing
Smell, sweet and dry fragrant belgian yeast character. Fresh flowers and lavender, eastern spices, tonnes of fresh ginger and honey. Slight hint of aniseed and angostura bitters, spicy apples and pear with a hint of clove and cinnamon. Some slight barnyard funk lingering in the background, some cidery notes and musty blankets
Taste, crisp, carbonated and spicy mouthfeel. Lavender and purple violets, fresh peaches and dried apricots soaked in perfume and lots of spice like star anise, clove, cinnamon and corriander. Slight soap character also with a slightly chalky mouthfeel. Very typical dry belgian yeast character found in alot of big strong pale ales. Crisp lingering champagne dryness, spicy zesty lemon rind and some cidery notes on the finish. Little bit of dry barnyard gueuze character, some slick warming perfumed alcohol on the finish.
Losing close to half the bottle while opening really pissed me off. Things started badly however the depth of flavour, inventivness and originality of this beer really make up for it. Big belgian character with champagne mouthfeel and brewing techniques, a very good match it seems. I can't see myself buying this very often due to its high price however its a superb beer which I'm very glad to have tried
06-17-2007 21:05:21 | More by cypressbob
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4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
Appearance This one poured a light yellow in color with an orangish hue. The carbonation was just furious, as you would expect from the style.
The head was just incredible. It came up like champagne but then showed the retention of a strong Belgian beer. What an amazing combination. It was thicker than thick. Im sure I could have stood a dime on top of it.
Smell The malts here are Belgianesque and somewhat light, but its the spices that blow you away. They are just huge! The cardamon especially is off the charts. I keep some around the house to put in my Turkish coffee and kept comparing the two aromas just for s**** and giggles. There were some good, quality white pepper notes in there as well.
Taste This was heavenly. The light malts came out in the taste, but again it was the amazing spices that carried the day. The cardamon was huge on the palate.
I thought I picked up some light Belgian hops along with a delicate touch of yeast. This really is a complex and tasty brew.
Mouthfeel This Biére De Champagne had the best mouthfeel of any beer that Ive had to date. It was extremely thick, almost full-bodied, with the most incredible carbonation imaginable. The fluffy, ultra-smooth mouthfeel made my evening.
Drinkability This was a real treat. I found the many different flavors and big spicing reminiscent of some of the farmier Belgian styles. Overall, this is a great one to share with a friend or loved one. And, like a few other BAs have said, would make the ultimate accompaniment to a nice Thanksgiving dinner.
Comments My special occasion for popping this cork was review #1,300. What a treat to find a new beer-style (new to me) after so many reviews. Ive seen the bottle in the stores before but would have never thought of buying it was it not for the strong rating on BeerAdvocate. A great beer and a great site!
03-26-2005 18:34:47 | More by RoyalT
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
A: A bright, mostly clear gold with a thick white head that quickly thinned to a ring and then disappeared. Very, very highly carbonated. Not nearly as cloudy as a lot of Belgians, presumably because this one has had the yeasts removed. There is no sediment.
S: Many, many spices, in a good way. There's also a dense alcohol aroma once the beer warms a bit; eye-watering when you nose the glass, but not necessarily bad considering the 11.5% content. Lots of baking spices, some more exotic stuff that I can't put a name to. Maybe a little citrus, but not much at all. Also not floral like some Belgians can be.
T: Not the overpowering flavor I was expecting from the dense smell; I liked the taste even better than I thought I would. Tastes like a spicy, complicated cross between beer and champagne, with no lingering aftertaste.
M: Nice and light. Not syrupy, not dense, very effervescent. Mouthfeel gets a very high rating from me. Like a stronger, darker champagne feel.
D: If you're a beer person, go ahead and buy this instead of champagne for a big celebration. I got this to celebrate my admission to a graduate program, and it was a good choice. I'd rarely (if ever) buy it again, but it's worth it for an Event. [My bottle was $33.]
I was actually happy to find that I wasn't super duper crazy about this beer. My tastes run more in the nice Belgian trippel and strong IPA ranges, which are expensive as far as beer goes but much cheaper than something like this. Good, but not the THE BEST in flavor in my opinion. I don't regret the purchase by any means, but I won't crave it the way I crave Chimay Trippel, La Fin du Monde, or Green Flash IPA.
04-05-2011 06:14:39 | More by withliterature
3.93/5 rDev -4.6%
$25 for a bottle in Paducah. Pours into a flute a slightly hazed,yellow body with a towering mound of white foam atop. The frothy vanilla head eventually falls into an attractive meringue. Aroma is floral and grainy, somewhat exotic. Rosewater essence is prominent. Mouthfeel is light mediumbodied with spritzy carbonation. Taste is very dry. Green strawberries leads an unusual fruity aspect, blending with spice, yeast, and mint. Fruity combines with floral, finishing very dry. Quite champagne like. Very interesting, and nicely drinkable but for the price I'll pass next time.
04-03-2007 15:35:35 | More by merlin48
4.65/5 rDev +12.9%
This was my first champagne beer and it didn't disappoint. The beers pours a golden color with a huge fluffy white head. The beer has many small bubbles like champagne and the bubbles remained during the entire time it was in the glass. The smell is of lemons and malt and the taste was similar, with some yeast in there as well. For a beer that was 11.5% ABV, the alcohol is nearly completely hidden. The beer didn't taste like champagne, but the high carbonation made it feel like champagne as you drank it. This is an expensive beer and is not an every day drinker, but for a special occasion, I don't think you can go wrong with DeuS.
10-16-2009 05:11:33 | More by Mora2000
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
A champagne beer? How will this turn out...
Clear yellow-gold in color. Huge volumes of carbonation swirling around. Strangely, the whitish head is quite robust, lasting an eternity. Amazing lacing of the glass. Aromas tickle the nostrils. Sorta like perfume crossed with an array of citrus. Flavor is superb. It's hard to convince yourself that this is beer your are drinking. Crackly carbonation enhances the drenching of the tastebuds from the sugary sweetness up front, smoothing out to a more pronounced peppery/hop bite in the middle, and finishes with a honey-glazed orange spice zip. Dry? Hell yes. Simply an amazing creation.
12-02-2004 01:25:32 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
Thomas Liquors gave me a "good customer" discount, $16 dollars -- thanks! 2001 vintage, poured into a LaTrappe chalice.
The bottle blew like a land mine, covered the sink and one side of the fridge. Hazy bright peach from the final yeast pitch (the 4th), head flattens to less than an 1/8 of an inch after the spurting released the primary carbonation. Decent string laces. Spicy aroma, huge amounts of pumpkin pie spice and associated sweetness. A little bit of model paint phenolic whiffs, as well. Tea-like and steeped in associated flavors, clove and ginger, lots of nutmeg predominate with a black pepper bite up front. Finishes with a bitter date-like and apricot liquor cordial impression and a fully rounded aftertaste. Decided body overall. Sense of alcohol and huge amounts of reminders of the sip. Survives low temperatures very well. Very nice, complex without an obvious hop...big. Wish the bottle didn't blow (I may have jostled it too much), I missed out on about 1/4 of the volume here. Minnesota, we should all take advantage of this beer's availability, the distributor is shaky and stores like Thomas Liquors only have six (well, five) on hand.
05-15-2003 08:24:50 | More by ADR
4.45/5 rDev +8%
This beer pours a very slightly clooudy pale yellow color, with a thick, fluffy white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a massive laging.
This beer has a nice grainy/spicy aroma. I detect some cloves, and some grains of paradise, and some coriander. It has a slight earthy yeast aroma as well. The alcohol content is very well hidden in the aroma.
This beer tastes much like it smells. Some grainy flavors up front. It also has a nice subtle spicy flavor. As with the aroma, mostly coriander and cloves. A mild earthy yeast flavor is also present. It has a very subtle sour flavor that is almost nonexistant if you are not looking for it. As with the aroma, the alcohol content is well hidden.
This beer is very smooth, and leaves a spicy aftertaste. It is well carbonated.
I am not sure how good a session beer this one might be. First, it is expensive, so it would be a waste to slam a few bottles. Also, the alcohol content is high. However, it is easy to drink, and therefore you must be wary when drinking it.
Overall: This beer is great. It is all I have expected from the beer and the style.
09-30-2007 00:01:32 | More by OStrungT
3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
(Served in a flute)
A- This beer pours a bright pale yellow with a crystal clear body and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a big billowy white mouse that last and last.
S- The smell of earthy grain and hop bitterness are strong with a slight yeasty "Flanders" funk. There is some cooked corn notes to the grain with a slight sweetness.
T- This beer has a soft malt note with a hop bitterness that is blended with a slight sweetness and some alcohol heat.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel and the fizzy is not real strong. There is some alcohol warmth in the finish.
D- This beer is interesting. It has some qualities of highly carbonated malt liquor but then it has some qualities only found in some good wild beers. Definitely an original.
01-01-2006 05:17:22 | More by rhoadsrage
4.26/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
04-02-2014 18:16:46 | More by Brenden
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
This poured to a bright gold with a huge head that lasted fairly well. A stripe of lace develops from time to time.
The flavors coming out of this thing are light, delicate, and masterful. The smell really starts it off appropriately, bringing spice flavors on top of yeast and an ever so mild alcoholic kick. The taste in the mouth follows that nicely, with a similar touch of spice. Grains and malts are detectable but are not the center of attention. The mouthfeel is dominated by carbonation. Drinkability is oustanding for the alcohol levels found here.
This is extremely unique and very good.
12-27-2004 09:33:22 | More by watermelonman
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Great bottle presentation. The beer was opened with a nice loud pop but no rush of beer out of the bottle which is good. It poured a clear golden color with a rapid stream of bubbles running from the bottle, great carbonation. The thick white head gave way to a solid ring on the edge of the glass after several minutes. The nose was sweet, malty and spicey and the taste was sweet, a tad bitter and very full. Overall a very nice beer, sort of like a champagne.
02-15-2009 10:52:20 | More by ggaughan
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
750ml, heavy foil and caged, unique tear-drop shaped bottle. It's my 3 year anniversary with my girl, and well, Champale wishes and curried dreams it is - Homer Simpson would indeed be proud.
After dealing with the standard flared sparking wine enclosure, into the suggested champagne flute it goes, showing a slightly hazy, very pale golden straw colour, with a large billowy, and loosely foamy bone-white head, which settles evenly, if not all that quickly, given the serving vessel, leaving a few specks of sudsy lace in its wake. There is indeed a roiling, rising effervescence, the bubbles a bit coarser than actual champagne. Still, it looks the part.
It smells of toasted pale grain, sugary, yet zingy apple and bruised pear, lightly funky yeast, a subtle dry nuttiness, muddled, but reserved clove/coriander spice, and a hint of white wine booze astringency. The taste is a rather sweet apple and pear fruitiness, sugary pale malt, a reduced white wine character, one real or imagined, a bit of over-aged lemon, earthy, and still ethereally funky yeast, mild savoury spice, the suggestion of leafy hops, and a soft alcohol warming.
The carbonation is crazily frothy throughout this whole affair (with the attendant chatter from the glass), yet hardly a prick or twinge attacks my palate, the body a surprisingly hefty medium-full weight, as far as sparkling adult beverages go, and fairly smooth, even amongst the ever-churning bubbles and lurking table wine ABV. It finishes still with significant sweetness - drupe fruit, malt, and sugary heat alike - so overall more of a demi-sec, the lingering spice, hops, and perhaps the flipside of the booze, providing the only thing remotely 'brut' here.
A very well executed melding of adjacent, yet complementary worlds - the sweet, strong Belgian pale ale given the day spa treatment of la méthode Champenoise. I would say that the appearance and aroma retain the French influence, and the rest - Belgian all the way, mon petit chou. A big fat win for European economic and drinking cooperation, and a fine way to celebrate another splendid year with my girl dear!
02-02-2011 05:06:38 | More by biboergosum
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
Split tonight with my friends Scott and Kevin. Been sitting on this for a while and was glad to share it!
A - Light copper with large bubbles coming to a foamy head. The beer showed no lacing.
S - Interesting... Mildly fruity and licorice along with a more traditional golden ale malt profile. Was fairly complex as the nose changed a bit to be more pungent as it warmed.
T/M - Again, interesting. The initial flavors were of licorice and a mild tartness. The carbonation washed it away to a clean finish. Tartness stuck around for a while afterwards. The carbonation was not unlike champagne or sparkling wine, and was refreshing.
Deus was a bit of an eye opener. Pop this out in a Champagne situation, and watch the non-beer drinkers as they taste it. A fantastic beer for celebration and proving what beer can be to non-beer drinkers.
01-10-2010 06:36:29 | More by mutterfudder
3.08/5 rDev -25.2%
I will say that this is the first beer of this style that i have tried. Pours like champagne, highly carbonated and smelling like grain. There is a very thick head, but it settles quickly. This brew hurt my mouth. it tastes very metallic with grainy finish. I am not a big fan, especially for the price, but i put a bottle away for the hell of it. I think it is overrated, I would rather spend 20 bucks on some scaldis noel.
12-15-2007 03:39:35 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.78/5 rDev +16%
After a day on the mountain there's nothing like a night of Belgian beers to revive you.
I shared this bottle with friend at the Cheeky Monk in Winterpark. Served in appropriately branded champagne flutes, this beer exploded in the glass. Two fingers of sparkly head topped the pale straw colored beer.
Dry, crisp apples and pears, a little citrus; delicious.
I paired this with a pot of muscles steamed in a white wine and gorgonzola cream sauce. The best pairing I've had in very long time, maybe ever. The beer did a great job of cleaning the pallet of the fats from the sauce and any residual flavors the shellfish may have left.
I am a fan of sparkling wines and I would recommend this as a replacement in any occasion.... not that sparklers require an occasion.
03-06-2012 07:46:48 | More by beerbrains
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
Perfectly clear golden straw with an eruptive, durable, white head. Rapid, manic streams of carbonation.
Nose full of perfume. Sweetened floral blossoms. Generous with the rose. Lemon rinds and rosemary. Prickly peppercorns.
Like I said, perfume.
First off, it is stated to enjoy this ice cold. Don't. Unless you want a stinging mouth full of overly effervescent rosemary and flower petal bitterness.
This is lifetimes better once it rests, warms, and breathes.
The rosemary and bitter florals are everpresent, but they are quelled by honeyed pale malts, apricot softness and gentle white grapes. Assertively spicy with anise and black peppercorn. Lemon oil slickness (well...as slick as something like this gets). Full blown Springtime herbal/floral eruptions near the finish. Grassy, blooming, and twiggy. Pungent lilacs and pollen.
Bees would like this, I should think.
Vague alcohol-related heat is noticed occasionally, but the carbonation leaves very little space for ungainly girth. The mouth tells me this is mislabeled at 11.5%. The mind states otherwise.
Super-charged, frantic meth-addict CO2 levels, as expected. The impression here is of general lightness, despite it all.
Not rapidly drinkable by any stretch, but easy and thoughtful consumption is effortless. The bottle goes a long way.
This is truly a wonder. I don't see myself rushing out to stockpile more anytime soon. But I will long remember it, and will certainly revisit it on occasion, and hopefully fairly often.
Sticker shock is irrelevant here. It's merely a social construct.
I've paid more for porn movies. And this is that same sort of gratification, only for other senses.
05-01-2004 04:27:20 | More by cokes
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow/golden color. Very carbonated with a two finger white foam head that receded fairly quickly and left jut a bit of lacing behind.
Smell: Sweet and tangy due to the light yeast. A very distinct aroma that is unlike most Belgian beers. It's light, fruity, a bit sour and a bit sweet. Very welcoming and interesting.
Taste: Wow. This is an incredibly light Belgian beer, but with tons of crisp fruit and yeast flavors. Some green apple, pear and apricot notes with a nice light malt beneath. Incredibly refreshing and tasty. Not much going on with hops here, but that just leaves room for the malts and yeast flavors to shine...and they are the real stars here.
Mouth feel: Light body with tons of carbonation, like a sparkling wine. finished sweet with a little semi-dry bite on the end. Truly unique.
Overall: I have found another favorite Belgian beer! This is incredibly light and flavorful for such a high ABV beer, plus it's unlike anything else I've had. It's a bit on the expensive side at around 30 dollars a bottle...but that's not unlike a good wine, and I like this much better than most 30 dollar wines I've had. Outstanding!
01-26-2012 22:51:35 | More by ChopperSmith
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
2002. Boozy and horse aroma. Little bit of head. Acidic taste well malted and intense. Smooth. $22 a bottle. Goes well with meat, but not fish was too much like white wine that I believe does not go with fish. Recommended instructions include time in the freezer.
11-20-2005 02:18:51 | More by Sammy
DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
92 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.