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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) | Brouwerij Bosteels

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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium | website

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 01-15-2003

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Photo of josanguapo
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From 2d2despuma. In Teku glass. Watching True Detective 2x04-05. In my saint's day A cross between a saison and a Duvel. Amazing in nose. Very refreshing and incredibily well hidden ABV. Expensive (20€)

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a straw coloured body with a nice champagne-like head, with highly visible carbonation. The scent brings up a great deal of dark fruit and spice, with notes reminiscent to Chimay Bleu. The taste is wonderfully balanced between a well-varied spiciness, nice body, and splendid finish. As of now, the best beer I have ever had. I would do just about anything to get more.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd see it on the shelf for at least a year with its price; tempting me to exercise bad judgment. After a year, I broke down.
It may not have been worth every dollar, but it was worth the experience.
It is good to know that beer can be as good as wine that has that extra cache we call champagne.
But for the same reason I don't like champagne (dry and too bubbly), I have not gone back to Deus.

It is on the 1001 list.
MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" gives it three full pages, plus photos.

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Photo of Melvintrude
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage . Very convincingly packaged in the champagne manner, and bottle opens with the Reims sound.

Enormous very fine white head, body darker than anticipated.

Sweet marmalade flavours predominate, the lingering mixed flowers and herbs.

No sense of the 12% alcohol at all.

Enjoyed it, but something of an anti-climax. Can't imagine I'll be rushing back for another, but would recommend it to anybody

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Photo of JMS1512
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy 2016, subscribers, viewers, and newcomers. I feel it only fitting that one of the first things I do this year is post a beer review. The following was my experience with my much-heralded NYE beer, DeuS. Enjoy, and try not to snort beer from your nose while reading, it gets a little out-there…

On the docket: 750 mL cork and cage bottle of Brewery Bosteels’ Deus 2012

Poured into: pilsner glass

S: Holy bubbly, Batman! I have never, in my short beer-drinking life, seen so much effervescence. Bubbles, falling in reverse, constantly erupt from the bottom of my pilsner glass. A stark white, highly porous head builds then recedes. Its body is a very pale straw, golden, and remarkably clear.

A: Apple, pear, a bit of barnyard, bright fruity esters… mint? Yeah, I think there’s a mint note. Halfway through enjoying the bottle, and periodically inhaling the aroma of the newly poured head, my nose did a double-take. What is that I’m getting? I turned to my wife and asked her to smell the beer, thinking I was crazy. After she sniffed, I said, “It smells like a wet dog rolled in mint leaves and Aqua Velva.” That observation got me the weirdest look in a long time. But, though that was imaginative, and descriptive, it wasn’t quite accurate. I continued to smell. Then it hit me (almost literally). What some people call “pineapple,” but my sense memory labeled as “cat box.” The realization almost put me off my beer. Whether from the yeast strain, the hop bill, or some other chemical process, I had never smelled anything quite like that in a beer.

T: The pleasant parts of the nose follow through to the taste: a medley of pear, apple, clove spice, citrus, and yes, mint again. I don’t detect bitterness. Instead, there’s a delicate tartness. Added in is a sweet note in the beginning, but by the time you swallow, it’s quite dry.

F: Light, creamy, and fluffy all at the same time. Extremely tingly. There’s a subtle whisper of booze on the finish, and grows more evident as the beer warms. 11.5%. Yikes!

O: I love to use the phrase “no words, just feelings” when describing incredible experiences. However, this is a beer review, so words are not just required, but inadequate. I’ve nothing to compare this beer to… if Saison Dupont, Chimay Cinq Cents, and Duvel got together in a room and starting drinking Dom, that just about scratches the surface of this intensely drinkable AND dangerous deity of a brew. And, when have I ever added this to a review- there is a very noticeable auditory element to this beer… it’s like the Belgian brewers put an Alka-Seltzer tablet in with the second dose of yeast.

S: 4.5 A: 3.75 T: 4.25 F: 4.5 O: 4.0

Suggested food pairing: poach salmon, citrusy salads, on its own as an aperitif, fruit salad

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Photo of BGDrock
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a twirling tornado of carbonation maintains a bubbly angel-white head and keeps flecks of yeast in suspension; gold body

Aroma: musty fruit, apple and pear, grape, some dried spice, maybe coriander, cinnamon

Taste & Mouthfeel: a surprising burst of fresh spice! cinnamon =, clove, and maple syrup are bringing to mind pumpkin spice flavours, accentuated by a beautifully rounded, full, slippery body; candy sweet like a soda but the spice notes are so vibrant, it works (but probably best to share anyway); a flicker of heat in the finish cuts some of the sweetness; dates, dried figs; root beer

Overall: usually not fond of sugary brews, but this is completely enthralling with complex spice flavours and luxurious mouthfeel; a real treat that is best shared with friends post dinner, by a fire if you can

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a champagne flute, beautiful pale gold color with a fizzy head,
sweet, herbal aroma,
very clean, herbal flavor, slightly bitter, honestly don't care for the taste much but its interesting,
crisp and bubbly,
very cool beer to try but $$$, I didn't buy this beer but would NEVER pay the >$36 it cost at the LBS

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Photo of pat61
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very straw to pale gold with a champagne like liveliness with a thick soapy 2” foam cap that quickly dissipates. Clean fruit and floral aromas and taste with a slight hint of sweetness and some definite white wine qualities. The perception oscillates between a sparkling wine and a beer and you swing between the yeast driven fruit flavors and the light malts. Very effervescent, medium light body. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Highly effervescent, deep yellow colour, huge fluffy head, very slight murkiness. Very champagne-like in appearance.

Smell: Herbal, a bit grassy, yeasty, slight medicinal twinge.

Taste: Distinct yeast flavours up front tempered by the wave of subtle sweetness that follows. Herbal notes are complimented by an undercurrent of spice and fruit (clove, apricot, coriander). Well balanced and delicate.

Feel: Medium bodied. The alcohol provides some gravity, but the champagne qualities keep things on the lighter side.

Overall: Very nice. Keeping in line with my previous encounters with Brouwerij Bosteels' offerings, this was top notch. My first experience with this style, and so far so good.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer - my first Biere Brut, and was quite surprised. Very high carbonation, just like a sparkling wine, and the colour is similar too, a pale golden. The smell is somewhere between a cider and a sparkling wine, with notes of apples, white grapes, spices. The taste is bitter-sweet and very refreshing.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy pale yellow with a white head. The aroma is herbal and has a good amount of Belgian. The taste is herbal and lightly tangy. Faint hops and champagne like flavor. Finishes clean and semi dry. Overall, this is a nice little beer .

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Photo of ludachris
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle. Makes for a perfect fit for Christmas day and my 400th review.

Its effervescence is very apparent looking at its bright golden straw body. Hundreds of bits of sediment take away from its clarity. The head on top is massive but light on its feet. Patches of lace are whipped across the sides of the glass.

A big kick of coriander is the first thing I pull out. Fresh grass clippings and a vinous, green grape skin character give it some zip. Quenching notes of the skins of grapefruit and apricot give it a playful character. A bit of white pepper is sprinkled on top. I get a very soft vanilla note as well. It's delicate but very complex.

A handful of spices play on the tongue. Nutmeg and coriander are most readily apparent. The warmth of the alcohol adds depth to the delicately soft, sweet, and incredibly rounded vanilla character that sits at the back of the palate. Its vinous quality pairs with sweet apricot and peach notes. It's the first thing to come and the first thing to go. A streak of granny smith apple lies underneath everything. The finish is quick, dry and sweet.

As bright and effervescent this is, its ABV gives it extra weight, making it sit comfortably at medium bodied. A syrupy feel with a touch of sweetness is what lingers past the finish. Other than that it's quite clean and rounded.

I had this beer for the first time 3 years ago and I knew I needed to buy another bottle to do it justice and review it. Well worth the $35 price tag, both for its uniqueness and its complexity. The highlight for me was the rounded vanilla sweetness that pervaded throughout. I'm not sure how much that has to do with it being 2 years old but it gives me an excuse to try it fresh.

Thank you BeerAdvocate. I've learned so much in the 6 years of being on this site. I'm happy I made it to review #400. Cheers!

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Photo of bnes09
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big, billowing head on the pour. Sudsy lacing with a solid stickiness. Light, sweet floral and tropical aroma. Palate full of sweet fruit, pears and pineapple come to mind. Very mild leafy hop. Just a hint of yeast funk. Very well balanced. Medium body. Slick feel with a crisp finish. First of this style I've tried and I'm glad to say it's a winner.

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Photo of waldemarsto
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Whem it comes direct from Boostel in refrigerated containers, the aroma and flavors still fresh, and it is really great and amazing, the bubbles exploding in your nose, i really love it.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

I enjoyed this bottle at Delerium Cafe in Brussels -served chilled in champagne flutes.

The color is pale golden with fast moving Champagne-sized bubbles with thick white head with foamy appearance and thin lace sticks. A lot of spice in the aroma with coriander and lemon zest dominating wiht light pepper aroma with yeasty ester and vinous element similar to dry sparkling white wine. The feel is great with big effervescent feel wiht warming of alcohol and subtle creamy sweet tangy mix with alcohol and light bitter herbal tinge in the finish.

The taste starts spicy with matching coriander and lemony citrus taste that was hinted at in the nose with slight sweet malt and yeast flavor coming through mid palate. Th taste of the yeast adds another dimension to the spice with a carbonic acid and light alcohol flavor emerging toward the finish which has a tangy sweet quality even though the carbonation gives a dry impression. Overall I was impressed and did not expect to like this nearly as much -it certainly is everything it promotes itself as -pretty interesting champagne bier with a nice amount of flavor with mild alcohol which makes it pretty easy to enjoy for 11%

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Photo of puboflyons
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 2011 corked, caged bottle. Sampled on June 16, 2014 I waited to post this for review number 1,800 even though I had it a week ago.

Lovely pale yellow pour that overflows to a foamy cream colored head. I need a towel to clean up the overflow mess. Great clarity.

Wonderful aroma that highlights toasted pale malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, ginger, and clove. Textbook Belgian Abbey brew.

The body is medium to full but it tickles my senses like champagne.

Similar to the aroma I pick up more spicy characters in the taste. The ginger really forces itself forward beyond the biscuit malts and other spices. Lingering light fruit character at the end. If someone was to ask me 6 months from now what I thought of this beer my answer would be one word "Ginger." Good or bad. That's what I take away from it.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - golden body with active sparking carbonation. Big white head sinks down and retains well.

S - dusty yeast, grassy, minerals, muted fruit, pears mostly, old spices,

T - fruity yeast, pears, apples, muscat grapes, hints of citrus, sturdy mineral notes. There's some cereal sweetness in the but finishes dry and crisp.

M - moderate carbonation, drinks like sparkling wine.

Interesting. It's like beer champagne. This is my first beer of the style, so I don't have anything to grade it against. While I appreciate this beer, it's not something I would seek out. It would be fun to show up to a tasting with this.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured beer poured clear golden yellow, with a large foamy head, that dissapated rapidly, had a decent amount of carbonation and lacings. It had grassy flavor, with strong streets of yeast, malts, and grains, punctuated by traces of sugar sweetness, fruit, and hops. It has medium edge becuase of the alcohol content, which is 11.5 ABV, goes down okay, and leaves strong aftertast. Pretty filling.

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Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of flyingpig
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | 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.

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Photo of seand
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
92 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.