DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) - Brouwerij Bosteels
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3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
05-27-2014 00:43:34 | More by StaveHooks
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
04-24-2014 19:42:19 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.23/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
02-18-2014 15:09:54 | More by flyingpig
4.34/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
02-16-2014 22:01:43 | More by biegaman
3.71/5 rDev -10%
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.
02-02-2014 04:34:46 | More by seand
DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
92 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.