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Brouwerij Bosteels
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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 elcarajo
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of Koninck
5/5  rDev +20.8%
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!!!

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Photo of 77black_ships
2.37/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.34/5  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.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold with an large, effervescent white head which fades quickly with minimal lacing. Continuous bubbles from the bottom of the champagne flute as with the real champagne.

Smells of grapes and apples with some peppery spice. Perhaps some citrus and yeast finish out the nose.

Spicy on the tongue with pepper and clove as well as some undertones of coriander. Mild fruitiness on the back end with some apple, pear, and citrus notes.

Mouth feel is dry and tart with some spicy tingles on roof of my mouth.

This is a pricy but unique beer that is made for celebrations. I've popped the cork on one(or more) of these for multiple New Year's Eve celebrations. Not something I'd drink everyday even though it is a superb beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Douberd
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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…

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of spicelab
3.07/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to duff27 for the share! Thanks duff!

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with big fluffy white head.

Smell: fruity, especially white grapes. Little bit yeasty too.

Taste: Lightly fruity; apples and white grapes. A hint of a wheat like malt profile. A little bit vinous with a yeastiness and peppery spiciness also.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with high carbonation levels. Very eppervescent with a a touch of syrupyness. Dry finish.

Overall: My first beer from this style category. Interesting beer its got a champagne quality to it, but its still beer! I would revisit this beer in the future. Would work in place of champagne at a formal event for the dedicated beer nerd!

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Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a big fluffy white head on a clear golden body. Some sticky lacing, good head retention.

Saisony aroma. Boozy bread.

Apple tinge flavor. Can taste the alcohol on the tail end. Different but good.

Carbonation expands upon mouthing. Full mouthfeel.

I liked Deus! The mouthfeel is exceptional. Thanks to my favorite person in the world, fdkayti, for the birthday present.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage 750ml corked and caged Dom Perignon looking champagne style bottle poured into flute 5/7/12

A golden liquid with loads of bubbles, just a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace, but there's no shortage of bubbles, looks like I expected

S I'm loving the smell but it's all ginger ale and apple pie, I can't quite explain it, so simple yet overly complex. a little pear, yeast, and caramel but for the most part it's ginger ale and apple pie with a cinnamon crust

T spicy compared to the nose but everything I smell's still there, ginger's heavy and the pie crust's replaced with the spiced caramel apple filling, yeasty with zero booze, amazingly unique

M not overly thick but lively from the bubbles, the carbonation fades not leaving a foamy feel, long lingering yeasty gingerbread aftertaste and 11.5%alc is non-existent

O this one's a winner, very unique and has a simple complexity going on for it, considering how strong it is I'm amazed how well concealed the booze is

What do you say when beer meets champagne? the effort put into this gem was not wasted on me, I loved this stuff. I needed an excuse to buy a 30$ bottle and I think my B-day was well deserving, this ones worth the price tag.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my non-BA buddy for surprising me with this.

A: Pours a light golden color with very active carbonation and a huge bone-white head that faded rather quickly into a soft film. Soapy lace.
S: White grapes, champagne yeast, dry and vinous smelling. Slightly bitter smelling.
T: Follows the nose with vinous grapes and huge notes of yeast, peppery spices, clove, fruity esters, and herbal and flowery notes like wild greens.
M: Super airy and very bubbly carbonation. Frothy medium-light mouthfeel. Bubbles are perfect for the style but a bit distracting at times. This beer is a little hard to drink.
O: Potent and rich flavors. The bubbles do mellow out after a long while, but this is a very active beer. I liked it, but I’m not sure I’ll be buying it due to the price.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

Doesn't take much to get the cork to pop off, and the bottle begins to gush immediately. Beer is light golden with a big fizzy white head, which dissipates to a film quickly. Tonnes of bubbles visible in the beer.

Lots of yeast in the nose, somewhat funky with an unusual scent that reminds me of cheese. Light fruit and floral notes as well.

Taste is very nice. Yeast, lots of fruit (apple, green grape, peach). Honey is strong as well, as is sugar. The sugar flavours accompany a rich malty backbone that is very nice and unlike anything I have encountered in beer before. The yeast is a bit funky, results in the slightly cheesy flavour, but that is not a bad thing (as unappealing as it may sound). Truly a dessert beer.

The mouthfeel is probably where this beer is most unusual. Medium bodied, strong carbonation but with very small bubbles, and a bit of a bready feel. Not sure how to put my finger on the unusual feel. Heavier than an actual champagne, for sure.

Overall, quite nice and very different. My first Biere de Champagne and I would say I am a fan.

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Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer! Pours with towering airy head (used stemmed flute). Tones of fine carbonation keep the head alive. Smells like lemons, spring meadow. Taste is malt and lots of astringent hops. This is a beauty of a beer, and can be popped like champagne for a celebration!

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