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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) - Brouwerij Bosteels

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BA SCORE
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519 Ratings
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 106
Gots: 62 | FT: 6
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Belgium

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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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This the second time I have had this lovely beer, but the first time I paid for it myself. This is very champagne-like in appearance (except much darker honey-golden), but it's a sweet champagne. Lots of carbonation, the gunshot and gunsmoke at opening were quite impressive. But no beer overflow, the foam developing the bottle was so viscous and sticky that it slowly moved up the bottle neck and stopped itself (it did this several times).

Honey, apples, pears, and other sweet fleshy fruits dominate the nose and the taste. The high ABV is very well hidden- I would have rated the drinkability higher except that I knew how high the ABV is- but I did not taste it at all. An excellent example of using the ABV to increase the flavor profile without ruining the overall balance of the beer.

Now I have to say something about price point. I really enjoyed this beer, don't get me wrong, but I can't see returning to it at the price it goes for. That's not part of the numeric review itself, since that doesn't calculate in, but I don't see me ever buying it again, unless I see it much cheaper in Belgium some day.

Dukeofearl, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of Cwrw
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even the bottle exudes a magnificent charm: elegant, dark and refined. Yes, it could be mistaken for a champagne bottle, but to see such a bottle with the heavenly word "beer" on it makes me bound with excitement. A loud pop and the cork is out, mushrooming and showing on the bottom the Bosteel logo. Wow, the little leaflet provided with the beer says "high level of carbonation and abundant foam," and no kidding. The bottle literally foamed over and would not stop even after pouring 2 glasses in succession. It just kept foaming over through the neck. I had it stored on its side in the fridge the whole time, possibly the reason for this. In a fluted champagne glass this could easily pass for a champagne or sparkling wine--that is, except for the head. Imagine a picture-perfect champagne, but with a bright-white head that leaves lacing. The beer is sparkling and bubbly, a frosty nectarine colour with hues of golden honey. Aspirin white head and one which stays very well in a fluted glass, leaving speckled globs of lace. I also tried it in a chalice glass, and the difference was rather of note: the chalice glass held the cold temperature better, and the champagne glass had better head but seemed to warm the beer quicker. The aroma I found a little similar to Unibroue's Edition 2004, with the same minty and oaky aromas. Deus is definitely more complex however. Behind the oakiness and the light spicy smells, almost cinnamon-like, lurks a subtle but enjoyable tartness that is common to sparkling wines. The aroma to me is also quite yeasty in a way, not in the traditional sense though. This is more like a dustiness that plays with light fruits and faint alcohol. The malt is noticeable, lightly roasted. Vanilla and fresh grass notes, strong mint, and, oddly enough, sake: I get some of the rice-like notes from this as I smell. Grape-like smells too. The taste is quite strongly minty alcoholic, more like a good brandy than sparkling wine though. I get pineapple and rum tastes up front, along with solvent phenols and a crisp dryness, and the finish is quite dry indeed, but leaving notes of buttery malt and honey. In the middle are some almost vodka-like feels, strongly tinged with alcohol. The aftertaste also possesses vertmouth or sherry tastes. Lively carbonation, but perhaps not quite as much as you would expect. The beer feels effervescent at first but actually has some thickness to it. For 11.5%, this is dangerously drinkable--refreshing and cold and incredibly unique. Another excellent bridge-over for wine drinkers, and a style I wish was more readily available.

Cwrw, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The fact that this beer is treated like Champagne, and bottled in France to accomplish that, is quite interesting. But it remains much more like a Biere de Garde than it does sparkling white white. However, it does need to be served chilled, and kept on ice! Once it warms it tends to become overly sweetish and flabby.

The bottle opens with the expected 'crack' of a bottle of Champagne; and it pours a crystal-clear, brass-colored body beneath a two-fingered head of white foam. Streams of bubbles race upwards, much like champagne; and help to maintain its creamy head. In addition, it does leave some wide swatches and splashes of lace, and it keeps a short but solid wall of lace just above the liquid at all times. In essence, it's a beautiful glass of beer!

The nose is sweetish, delivering both a vanilla-ish candyish side and an equal amount of graininess. Some perfumey alcohol, cork, earthy character, mild yeasty spice, and mild Brettanomyces-mustiness adds to its character.

In the mouth it's zesty with a fully effervescent carbonation that's softened a bit by the dextrinous, medium-full bodied malt behind it.

The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests but bigger, with more spiciness and earthiness. However, it's no more complex, and it starts and finishes exactly the same. Still, it is nice enough as it is that it can't be faulted.

Ironically, I feel this beer is better suited for a summer BBQ with some grilled chicken than it is for a candlelight dinner. Or even better, a candle-lit dinner on a cool summer night with flame-grilled chicken and cooked-in-the-husk sweet New Jersey white corn. MMM! And I think it would work equally well at any holiday gathering: either pre-meal, during, or post-feasting. I enjoyed it on a cool July night on my back deck watching the stars, and I thought it was perfect for that as well.

It's pricey because you're paying for the beer to be shipped to France to be turned by the remueur, or riddler; aged; degorged; redosed; and corked (all of which I find to be complete nonsense in the modern world of DE filtration and carb stones...) - but it may still be worth it. Gather a few friends to try it and the price won't seems as much a factor. Appréciez la vie sans s'inquiète !

NeroFiddled, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light golden straw color with a thick moussy white head that lasts forever. The beer is super clear which lets you see that there are quite a few bubbles rising.

Aroma: Very passive and clean aroma. I get a light citrus (Lemon and Orange) coming through this thick head. I get the impression of pears mixed with some really fresh spices like Coriander and Ginger. The alcohol is not noticeable in the aroma.

Taste: Very clean with some reserved malt. The spices are really noticeable in the flavor. There is no real yeast character to speak of. The assertive carbonation makes the mouthfeel seem really light, and there is a slight impression of alcohol, but it certainly doesn't reflect the actual alcohol percent.

Opinion: This is a dangerously drinkable beer. Having the name "Flanders" on it made me instantly think that it may have a sour flavor, but this wasn't the case. I wouldn't say that I was disappointed about this, but it surprised me. The beer is really clean for Belgian standards, and reminds me of a spiced up Duvel as much as anything. It is a beer that is absolutely worth a try. The price was a bit steep at $27 a bottle, but when you consider that this is a 750mL of ~12%ABV beer, you can split the price and entertain a few friends with it. Nice!

SkeeterHawk, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of IronDjinn
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Posh presentation regarding this Cuvee Prestige 2004 Deus from start to finish. Comes in a 750 ml sargasso green champagne magnum, thick brass foil around the caged and corked top. This bottle came with a small booklet around the neck explaining in 3 different languages the special process behind the production of this beer, as well as the ideal way to serve it.

Massive billowing foam on the pour, I had to fill my large fluted glass in stages. What remains is a chunky white sponge for a head which recedes very slowly. The appearance is a gorgeous luminescent clear golden hue.

A light and effervescent character to the nose, sugary and fruity sweet yeast, like blossoms from orange and other citrus trees. As it warms mild hints of ginger, pepper, coriander and nutmeg, even a subtle clove can be picked out.

The flavour, while contained, possesses many small pockets of complexities. In fact after sipping this, I now understand what Unibroue has been aiming for with their anniversary ales. To me this Deus is a more refined example of the flavour profile they've been working towards. Fluffy sweet malt up front like a rolled breakfast pastry, floral hints of tangerine and lemon blending into a dash of spices in the middle: black pepper, ginger, coriander, nutmeg, then back out with a mild wash of citrus once again, noting some lime into the blend this time around. There is a nutty, slighty woody hop character to the finish, with a lingering flavour of yeast that drifts off through the dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy, a velvety stream that trickles over the palate and tongue, satiating in its wake yet finishing quite crisp and dry, a dryness of wood and desert lime.

Fantastic stuff, well worth the $20CAN I spent on it, I'm glad I held out to sample it when I was in the right mood and didn't rush it. There is nothing overpowering or aggressive about this beer whatsoever, it is subtle and refined and has it all in the right places to the proper degree in my opinion. Even the abv% isn't apparent within the taste, it is smooth and isn't very noticable until halfway through the bottle when it becomes apparent within the bloodstream. I have many personal things to celebrate this day, and I'm very happy to have had this Brut Des Flanders to enjoy it with. I'd definitely pick up more if I came across it again, even though this was one of the last bottles available.

IronDjinn, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of beertwisted
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The wrapping was a wishful prelude to what I was hoping for in such an expensive beer. The smooth mouth feel with a bit of spice made me consider honing my additives ID. Brussels lace stormed through the experience, while the head settled down in order to aid in my imbibing of this rare treat. There is a sweetness coupled with a possible hint of cloves or other spices that does not overwhelm the palate. Color and balance is exceptional without one nuance becoming the one distinguishing trait of the beer. It is very smooth with a pleasant aftertaste.

I would recommend this Belgium ale to someone who has tried many of this type to fully appreciate what it’s up against. Did I think it was worth the price? Yes. Would I try it again? Possibly, but I there are too many other beers out there and life is too short to try them all.

beertwisted, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged Cuvee Prestige 2002 bottle pours a bright golden orange with a huge foamy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Aromas of ginger bread, lemons and spices, fruity pear spicy ginger, nutmeg, cloves and pepper flavors. Full bodied with a super carbonated tingling mouthfeel, finishes spicy, alcohol well hidden. Defiantly worth a try even at the $23.99 price tag.

maxpower, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oures a golden colour with lots of tiny bubbles. The head was fairly massive, especially at first pouring. It looks good, the colour is quite bright.

Smell of belgian yeast is immediately noted. There seemed to be a bit of hop at first, but now, I can't find it. There is a bit of a soapy aroma, though not enough to be unpleasant.

Taste is a range of sweet flavours with a hint of bitterness lurking below. I find a bit of champagne taste, but lots of champagne feel. There is almost a sugary coating that falls all over the tongue with each mouthfull.

Mouthfeel is nice, here is where the champagne makes its appearance. Quite nice.

Drinkability is great, especially when you factor in that this is about the strongest beer I've had. Nice sipper.

Don't know if I'd spend the money again, but it is an experience I'm glad I had.

elricorico, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvée Prestige 2002

Presentation: Quality looking package from top to bottom. From the rather unique looking bowling ball bottle to the simple yet quality looking labeling. Thick dark gold embossed foil cap covers the cork and cage. Once the foil is removed, it reveals a creamy brown metallic cap which has the same ‘CB’ design as the embossed foil. The thumbed cork is easily popped with a loud ‘phrupp’ and the accompanying whiffs of thick white-blue gun smoke. Nice detailing throughout, even the underside of the cork has a design on it! Labeled as ‘Beyond the Best of - DEUS - Brut des Flandres, Cuvée Prestige 2002’. Listed at 11.5%.

Appearance: Pours like champagne, which is no surprise I guess. Massive frothing white head races up my Ourdaller glass (the tallest flute I could find). The milky pour soon dissipates downwards to form a striking and shining pale golden body that revels in its own importance, and upwards to form a large deep frothy white head which leaves some excellent lacing and an intensely strong density despite it looks. Massive amounts of streamers punctuate and fill the glass. Once the head forms, stabilizes and then collapses willy-nilly to form a honeycombed marrowbone formation above the pernicious body, this looks bloody fantastic in a tall flute!

Nose: Floral tones mix with lightly toasted Belgian malts and a blossom like finish. Spicy hops and peppers come and go, as does the perfumed lavender blossom in this one.

Taste: Lovely perfumed ginger spices and lightly toasted Belgian malts ebb and flow with the allspice, lavender and white pepper tones. Smooth dry finish that quickly begs the next mouthful. Long lasting finish that leaves a blossom stained pear tinted solvent like residue on the cheeks. Bloody lovely.

Mouthfeel: Bière De Champagne cum Bière Brut always has an intensely satisfying and massive Mouthfeel due to the intense carbonation. This is 11.5% as well, Geez! Well it is there, if you want to look for it, some light perfume tinted alcohol reams the middle of this brew. Monsterous presence, certainly not backwards in coming forwards!

Drinkability: Drinks well, light yet bold and intensely lively with a lovely refreshing feel throughout. Massive assault on the tongue once the über chilled highly carbonated creation hits your warm tongue and then it is party time. Is this what they mean by Champagne Socialism!? I’m all for it.

Overall: Utterly fantastic, what better beer to celebrate the 4th July than with a super-chilled Brut des Flandres whilst watching all the locals on the Beach celebrating in the hot afternoon sunshine. Don’t let it warm though, serve this one *super-chilled* and keep the bottle on ice to get it at its best.

A brilliant, yet completely polarizing creation.

Is this worth $25 for the bottle that I paid?
Well, for special occasions - Absolutely!!!

Happy 4th July!

Music: The Smiths – The Queen is Dead.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of Paddez
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this pricey bottle for my birthday. It looked like something seriously special and I it seemed to get good reviews. So despite the fact that I'm completely new to the 'Bière Brut' style I wanted to give this a try.
The presentation is great. A lot of effort has gone in the design of the bottle, the labels, the glasses (wich I couldn't find for sale anywhere unfortunately) and the little booklet.

Appearance: The foam started pouring out immediately upon openin the bottle. Very champagne-like indeed. Once poured in a glass (flute) the beer had a strawy yellow color topped by a huge, moussy head.

Smell: The smell is spicy but very unusual for a beer. I don't know exactly how they did it, but this is definitly not a classic beer. More like a hybrid of beer and different types of aperitivs. The smell is could bes described as spicy, grassy, vinious (in that sense that it smells a bit perfumy, a bit herbal even) Strange but very pleasant.

Taste: Spicy aspects dominate the taste, but once again it's not the kind of spicy you'll find in a tripel. It's more subtle and more bold at the same time. There were some odd flavours in there though wich I thought were very hard to define. Might have been menthol like other advocates have suggested.

Mourthfeel and Drinkabillity: the mouthfeel was top notch. Very apt carbonation and a fresh & pleasant dryness immediately make this brew feel 'right'. The drinkabillity is another matter however. This is one heady liquid and the strangeness and high ABV makes it hard to really call this beer highly drinkable.

Final thoughts:
Exquisit enough to justify the price if you ask me, but not tasty enough for me personally to buy again. An intresting effort though in a style I should revisit!

Paddez, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light straw colour with a massive stark white head. The head is more mousse like as it seems so dense you could eat it with a spoon. Once the head vanishes one is left with a thin wisp of white on top. Nice sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma is nice, but almost too complex. Notes of candied citrus, perfume, anise, lavender, along with some sweet bready notes.

Taste is delicious. Strong floral notes drift into sweet citrus then spice and back and forth it goes. Each sip seems to bring a new sensation to the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is also top notch. Fine champagne like bubbles tickle the palate and keep the beer light and refreshing. Sweet, but dry. This is a beer to be savoured and sipped for sure. The alcohol is well hidden and never intrusive.

Drinkability. Even considering the price I would want this again and again. So subtle and complex.. The comparison to fine champagne is on the money. I think I will get another couple bottles just to hold onto for special occasions. Would go great with anything champagne goes with and more. Would make an outstanding Apperitif. Highly recommended.

TinusTime, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the Duvel glass (seemed somehow appropriate), crystal clear pale golden straw with a huge effervescent white and moussy head which lasted for days and as it slowly fell it coated the glass.

The aroma was very interesting and complex with menthol and citrus peels (orange, lemon, and lime) added with some spicy phenolics brought about by alcohol and carbonation.

The flavor was also very interesting with earthy hops being overshadowed with citrus, more lime, lemon and finally orange. The menthol aroma carried into the flavor and added complexity, certainly not perceptible in aroma and flavor as a flaw. The bittering was present, but not in the forefront and was earthy and interesting.

The finish was just dry with lasting clove and citrus flavors pleasantly long into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium light and the carbonation level was off the charts making the body seem less. The alcohol was present at every step in the voyage, the aroma, the flavor and especially the warming after consumption.

750 ml brownish gren bottle. $24.99. Label says 2002 vintage. Most expensive beer I have drank at home to date. This is a beer to enjoy with a group. Tough to consume by yourself, but very interesting, my palate will never be the same from the flavors and the carbonation.

GCBrewingCo, May 05, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

25.4 oz. bottle, corked and caged. Vintage 2002.

Appearance: A golden-yellow beer that produced a very champagne-like head on the pour (go figure). The difference was that this head lingered longer, though not by a lot.

Smell: Alcoholic, floral, and perfume-like. Lots of lavender and lilac; very different from the floral characteristic that I associate with hops.

Taste: I could cut-and-paste my smell description into the taste section word-for-word and be happy. Strong alcohol combined with lavender and lilac perfume. The first glass was so alcoholic that I almost stopped drinking right then. (This really hurt the "taste" rating.) However, I pressed on with pride (and remembered how much I paid for this bottle) and as I downed a few more glasses, this seemed to subside and the other flavors came out more.

I really didn't care for this beer at first, but I got to where I thought it was okay by the end of the bottle. That's all, though. Defintely nothing special, in my opinion. I'm glad that I tried it, but it is nowhere, I repeat NOWHERE near being worth the $30 that I paid for this bottle. Even for half that price, I wouldn't buy another. I appreciate the process and the labor that goes into making this beer, but end the end it's still a flower-ridden, perfumey brew with an overpowering alcohol flavor. At 11.5% abv, I'm glad that beerlovergirl helped me with this bottle, though it put her under the table (hehe).

Quaffer, May 03, 2005
Photo of stcules
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full yellow. Champagne appearance, foam included.
White flowers in the smell, with camomile, sugar, a touch of hay. And some hint of berry-fruit (small strawberry). Breadcrust.
The taste is champagne-like (or maybe moscato-like), with fresh and balsamic notes (eucalyptus). Well balanced by a good hop bitterness, and with presence of spices (star anise and pepper).
Medium-high body, but it is absolutely no heavy, despite the alcohol.
A good bitterness in the aftertaste, not exceptional, but persistent. Well amalgamated with the moscato-like sweetness. Again the freshness of eucalyptus.

stcules, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2002. Served ice cold into a makeshift flute. Pours crystal clear pale straw color with a volcanous head that rises like champagne; yet more soft and pillowy, and leaves exquisite lacing. Honeysuckle blossoms and numerous other flowery, peppery, and dusty notes amongst a sweet malt background. Spring-like in its bouquet. Very lively carbonated, which is the key to its drinkability. It has a honeyed mouthfeel with prickly notes of carbonic acid. Dry, yet malty and sweet. Fruity, (apple, pear) with peppery alcohol notes. Some musty qualities about it, with hints of spelt-like huskiness. A delightful treat. Who says fizzy yellow beer is for wussies?

crookedhalo, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has to be judged in context of its cost. The bottle set me back $35. I saved it for a special occaion (getting a job with my state's Attorney General's office). After a great dinner capped by Maudite on tap, I came home to this in my fridge. I opened it and foam came gushing out. After it settle to a drinkable level, I quaffed and wafted. The smell was much like a saison, the taste much like a earthy tripel. Nothing in particular jumped out at me. Maybe I was expecting too much, but this just didn't deliver.

swamiswamu, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of mschofield
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium to dark amber, topped with a huge three finger tan head, leaves a sheet of lace covering the glass.
Fruit, grape, flowers notes in the vinuous aroma.
Spicy, robust taste, fruit, alcohol, flowers and grape.
Medium to full bodied, good drinkability but it's not going to draw many repeat buys at almost $35 a bottle.

mschofield, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of RocketWidget
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Enjoyed as a 2oz sample at the Belgian Beer Fest 2004. Truly an excellent beer. But worth $40 a pop? Maybe... Pours a very light, yellow-clear color. Excellent head retention. Carbonation was predominant. Smell is potent, sweet, and alcoholic. My fellow BA Charthepirate finds this beer exceptionally balanced; yet I find the biting alcoholic taste to be an overall detractor to the experience. Regardless, this beer puts forth an excellent display with cinnamon flavors prominent and a floral background. Aftertaste dissipates nearly immediately. Overall, delicious, but pricey.

RocketWidget, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. I’m sure I could have stood a dime on top of it.

Smell – The malts here are Belgianesque and somewhat light, but it’s 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 I’ve 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. I’ve 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!

RoyalT, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of jzeilinger
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We had guests over for dinner tonight and we cracked open one of the bottles. My recommendation is to have it BEFORE or AFTER dinner. Since the beer is so incredibly complex I would opt for BEFORE dinner before your palette becomes too bombarded with all the different tastes. This is THE most complex and sophisticated beer I've ever had (by far). Aside from price, I'd rate this one a 9.5 out of 10. We started with the Deus and then went to my personal favorites and it was amazing how much my "favorites" all of a sudden didn't rise to the occasion. This is an unbelievable beer that will surely impress anyone who appreciates fine brewing and has the palette for it. Don't waste it on "the average beer drinker"...they won't get it. Definitely chill it for several hours and shove it in the freezer about 15 minutes before you plan on opening it. The extra "boost" in cold temperature adds to the experience. The silky smooth finish on the tongue just screamed SNOBBY!!

It's fine Belgium brewing meets champagne - it's too bizarre to describe but the taste will be unforgettable. The experience was well worth the hefty price tag, but not one I could afford to drink week in and week out. I'm not convinced a high price tag automatically suggests it's a premium brew, in fact, several expensive beers I've tried I'm still trying to figure out what the "hoopla's" all about. Deus is an exception. You'll never find a beer anywhere else this unique in texture, smell, and taste.

jzeilinger, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of Hefe
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle, poured into champagne flutes as an aperitif and with the salad course on 3/19/05.

Perhaps I didn't let this one chill down enough, but when I popped the cork it was geyserville for a good two minutes. It finally calmed down and I was able to get a decent pour. Very active carbonation, translucent gold colour with a foamy 2 inch thinck head that calmed down to a quarter inch. Champagne meets Belgium in the aroma; vanilla, clove, merengue, yeast, green apple, candied orage, spice. It's worth noting that if you follow serving intructions as written on the bottle and serve this chilled to 2-4° C the flavor is very crisp, floral, and clean. A plethora of flavors will come out of nowhere as this warms up. Sweet malt, honey, apricot, citrus all make an appearance along with a subtle spiciness. The feel of this is refreshing thoughout with a very fine mousse/bubble structure/carbonation. Beautiful and highly drinkable.

Hefe, Mar 21, 2005
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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such an awesome beer, a real mix of styles, but what more can you expect from the Belgians?
I first read about DeuS in BYO magazine, and wished for it to come to Australia. Well, my wish was granted when my local great beer shop, the Oxford Tavern's owner Simon told me he had it in. Some mates and I had a bottle last night.
Poured into champagne flutes, the DeuS had a huge frothy head that dissipated to a tight 5mm foam, that clung to the glass, the beer working like mad. Strings of tiny bubbles rushing up to the head.
Aroma of sweet malt, that gorgeous yeast character that Belgians have, fruits, citrus notes (coriander?), and no hops.
Tasted great, and shitloads better than any champagne I've ever had. Very sweet, dry, malty and yeasty, clean and mouthfilling. The carbonation fills out your mouth like a bubbly, but not like a softdrink. Finishes sweet and clean, a lingering malty sweetness, and flavours of pear and apples.
A great beer, well worth the $45 paid, and a brew that could easily be drank inplace of champagne, any time, even with an abv of 11.5%.

revdrjbob, Feb 27, 2005
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4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one for a birthday present, and like all expensive brews, I wanted to make sure I had a special occasion to drink it. Then again, according to the film Sideways, when you drink it, it is a special occasion. Anyway, had to have it in a champagne flute and I was well rewarded. It poured with a huge white, fluffy head and a light golden body with constant carbonation movement. Quite entertaining really. A lovely floral and clove-like nose precedes the indulgence. The mouthfeel is peppery and malty, but is not the essence of the beer. The lifeline, in my humble opinion, is the great marriage of the floral and sugary essences. Truly wonderful. There also is a splash of orange zest that thusly adds to the complexity. The finish perks up with an alcohol presence that is the foreground of a lemony/orange and malty background. Just a world class beer.

Hhawk06, Feb 25, 2005
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4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a champagne blonde color with tons of bubbles. In fact, the bubbles ended up over flowing my glass each pour.

The smell was very gentle. Hidden in there were some complicated herbs and spices and noticable wood and pepper notes.

The taste is opposite of what I was expecting. The appearance suggests a very sweet, champagne type drink. However, the flavor is very buttery and salty. Then it dries up to an alcohol and ginger finish. Very smooth.

The body on this beer is exceptional. It just overpowers your mouth with its size.

GuinnessSmurf, Feb 14, 2005
DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
90 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.