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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) - Brouwerij Bosteels

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

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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-15-2003)
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Reviews by cypressbob:
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Served chilled in a champagne flute

2005 Vintage

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

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 21:05:21 | More by cypressbob
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
92 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.