DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) - Brouwerij Bosteels
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4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
A: 2006 vintage. Poured into champagne glasses after refrigerating for two days and chilling in the freezer just prior to serving. A nice radiant gold that bequeaths ruddy tones when held to light; lots of effervescent bubbles, capped with a thin white head.
S: Lavender and assorted aromatic flowers; some faint coriander, nutmeg, and saffron. Juicy sweetness, like pears, paired with spicy peppercorns and cinnamon. Warming alcohol can also be detected in the smell.
T: Like nothing I've tasted before in a beer. Sweet ya pear or fuji apple-like juiciness gives way to a sudden aromatic alcoholic note. However, phenols are subdued by coriander and cardamom-like spices, ceylon cinnamon, and lilac / lavender notes. Faint buttery sensation. Hops and peppery spiciness are just a suggestion in the background.
M: Smooth, somewhat oily and slick, with a perfect tongue-tingling carbonation. Very wine / champagne-like.
D: Wonderful to sip; the floral and spice-infused aroma makes you want to have more just to enjoy its uniqueness. An excellent beer.
09-11-2009 06:04:38 | More by thekanna
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
A - Clear, light gold. Tons of effervescent carbonation. A medium head that sticks around a long time. Moderate lacing.
S - Eggnog or nutmeg-like smell. Very sweet, spicy. Banana bread, cinnamon and warm alcohol notes.
T - Very sweet, bready, pie-spiced oaky taste. Sweet, warm, sticky alcohol overtones. Finishes like a fine wine. Very complex, very strong and very good. Somewhat comparable to La Fin du Monde.
M - Mouthfeel is beatiful. Foamy and thick, like a heavy champagne.
D - High alcohol, you feel this one right away. Hearty, but also smooth. And the alcohol is beautifully hidden. An excellent sipping beer.
09-11-2009 03:59:17 | More by hossua34
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
Thanks to Beerlovingrl for the trade on this one. It was a great beer experience.
Aroma is of grainy malt and aroma is typical of wild fermentation. I don't know if it is a wild fermentation, but I get a light, yet unmistakable aroma of brettanomyces. A bit of alcohol, and some faint hop aroma. Very effervescent. Aroma is just like a weak geuze. I love the aroma. There is some fruitiness to it, similar to ripe pears or canary melon. Good stuff.
It is not crystal clear as I expected but slightly hazy. The color is light gold and head is loose, yet long lasting. It pours just like a champagne, but the head retains a lot longer.
The beer is sweet on palate but dry in the finish. It is slightly tart, with some light fruit flavors, again it is very pear-like. The alcohol is evident as well as the brett. Overall the flavor is very light, with some sweet grainy malt and very little hop presence. The bitterness is just high enough to balance the beer and pretty much undetectable. Yet without it, you know this beer would have a sweeter presence in the middle. For such a light aroma the flavor is quite a bit more complex. Aside from the main stage of the grain and brett, there is some underlying spiciness to the beer that keeps things interesting. This beer is exactly what I pictured when I read about it. Not a disappointment at all. If you are a fan of brett beers, this one is for you.
Overall, a great beer. It's not something I would purchase often, but for special occasions this is a beer lovers champagne alternative. You get the champagne experience and appeal with all the Belgian or Wild beer lovers indulgences. Plus this beer gets bonus points for creativity.
08-30-2009 03:17:09 | More by barleypopmaker
2.95/5 rDev -28.4%
Appearance- golden clear yellow with small light head, beautiful bubbles stream the glass
Smell- mix of malt yeast and spicey hops, interesting unique smell
Taste- is very unique, reminicant some of champagne and of a belgian style beer, with spice slight hops and malts its an interesting mix, cant say I love the finish but certainly unique
Mouthfeel- light crisp and enjoyable carbonation
Drinkability- Its easy to drink but to me this just was a little off, i would recommend it for the price of 30 a bottle almost, worth a look once just out of how unique this is for a beer, the taste is reminiscent of some beers but in someway you do feel it more like a champagne, a one time try for me
08-06-2009 06:09:42 | More by Stunner97
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
750ml cork finished bottle. 2006 vintage.
A: Crystal clear golden apple cider like color, the little amount of head that form disappears very quickly leaving no lacing and almost nothing but a thin collar.
S: Honey, vanilla, peach nectar. A slight tartness.
T: Everything the aroma led on to be and more. Dried apricot, spices (i get nutmeg), musty apple and pear, and a slight nutty chraracter. Alcohol is almost completely masked. Amazing.
MF/D: Extremely effervescent, crisp carbonation crisp almost dry finish.
Simply one of the most complex brews I've ever tasted.
08-04-2009 10:40:01 | More by SRossman
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
corked bottle into champagne flute
A - frothy, big bubbly white head that fades quickly. very champagne like. there is a thin layer of head bright white head made from big sized bubbles, which keep rising up from the bottom like champagne. the colour is a basic light honey yellow, or straw colour. the only thing that could make this better
S - the very faint nose is malty with some yeast, faint hints of apple (kind of like a tripel apple). very hard to get any good nose out of it considering it has to be served and drank cold.
T - a slightly spicy flavour, with some light malts and fruity notes. initial flavors are spicy apple, though the spice aspect is well coupled with the alcohol; this is one of the many aspects that keeps this beer a beer, and quite distinct (though quite familiar to a champagne) from sparkling whites. the initial taste is also a bit sweet on the roof of the mouth, but the alcohol warmth keeps this in check. the finish is pale malts and some floral hops, which are actually subtly throughout the whole beer now that i think of it; alcohol, not dry, kicks in for a split second. after taste is very much like how a tripel smells: light fruits and some distinct mal sweetness.
MF&D - the brew is a tad bit too thick for anything equitable to champagne. though this is only a minor setback the amount fixes that aspect, highly carbonated and very true to champagne feel.
a very interesting style of beer, doubtless. not to be considered a champagne by any means, but the beer like quality is very iffy, this is really a border-line style and a true innovation of modern brewing.
08-02-2009 02:21:20 | More by erz316
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours like champagne. Pale yellow with a huge bubbly head. Very effervescent.
Clean aroma with mild fruit tones, kinda smells like a Wit.
Very full flavor, sweet with obvious malts. Also somehow lemony tart. Bit earthy as well. Near clean finish with just a hint of sweetness on the tongue. I was not expecting such a bold flavor.
Thin to medium mouthfeel, bubbly.
Very nice beer, love this one. Expensive but a nice special occasion beer.
07-10-2009 15:13:56 | More by dstc
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
Poured into Champagne Flutes at first - then dissected in a Chimay glass.
Appearance: Clear Golden/Amber - bubbles up like champagne.
Smell: faint hints of wheat - toasty caramel, banana, butterscotch - one new-to-beer drinker said it smelled like Soy Sauce/Teriyaki - I agree.
Taste: Crackled Peppery burn on the way down. Burnt Caramel, Butterscotch flavor finishes the flavor off on the palate. Absolutely exceptional taste - unlike anything I've ever tasted - a fine Belgian style beer - drinks like a quadruple.
Mouthfeel: Medium Bodied - nice tannic effervescent mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Sipper. Definitely an occasion maker - this walks hand in hand with the price. Not an everyday thing - but certainly a special treat for the beer advocate.
05-09-2009 19:47:01 | More by LauraAlberts
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
I poured from a 25.6 ounce bottle into champagne flutes. The bottle opened with a loud pop. The beer is a clear, golden yellow in appearance with a fizzy white head and long streams of bubbles along the sides of the glass. The smell is of a sweet white wine. The beer taste like a sparkling wine. It is a little sweet balanced by a bit of sour. The mouthfeel is of lots of carbonation, medium to light body. The beer is very interesting, but I will not buy it again. It is a bit overpriced (30 bucks a bottle), and if I want something similiar I could get a decent sparkling wine for less. That being said it is amazing this is beer. If you have friends who say they only like wine let 'em try deus.
05-03-2009 21:24:47 | More by bonkers
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured a from a chilled 2006 bottle into a champagne flute. Nice two inch white head on top of a gold, cloudy body. As expected, not much retention or lacing. Active carbonation bubbles at the center of the drink much like champagne or a sparkling wine.
Aroma is a mixture similar to a fruit forward chardonnay; green apples with a sticky maltiness, wheat, champagne yeast, pear, citrus, and kiwi-melon.
My first impression on the taste is that it is a sparkling beer; like taking a Duvel and mixing it with champagne almost. Tart and malty with no hops detectable.
Good aftertaste with a tart, lingering flavor. The lively carbonation made it a bit heavier on the palate than it really is. You definitely can't chug this beer although it's perfect for sipping unless you like burping very often.
Very good drinkability although the high abv and the carbonation keep it from becoming a session beer. That and it's $30+ price. I would like to try this beer again but the price is a bit more than I'd like to spend for a single brew.
04-27-2009 20:26:48 | More by davexisxrabid
4.08/5 rDev -1%
From a large, heavy champagne-like bottle, this one opens with an explosive bang! (Watch out for flying corks). It pours just like a sparkling wine, except for a slightly darker golden hue and a stable foam head. The bubbles form and rise just as you'd expect, and the sensation in your mouth is just like a sparkling wine as well. This is one truly interesting and remarkable beer. Sweeter than I expected, it's malt profile becomes central as the beer warms. The aroma has a bit of malt, alcohol, and carbon dioxide (and a bit of fruit...apricot). Fresh and lively. Honey and a little sugar come out in the taste. This is a fun beer, and one that I'd try again (especially as a champagne substitute).
04-12-2009 10:07:57 | More by Suds
3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
The cork slides out with a very loud pop. Hmmm. Perhaps this is going to be a little more champagne-esque than I thought. DeuS is pale yellow in color and very clear. Unless there's yeast stuck to the bottom of the bottle, the removal process appears to be very effective. Carbonation is very high and yields an active white head that stretches four fingers deep. It was quick to recede and light lacing quickly slid down the glass.
The nose isn't nearly as sweet as I expected. It's much more earthy and grainy in character. There's a distinct musky, funky scent that strongly suggests a Brett infusion. There is a sweet and fruity side to it. Smells like candy apple and pear for the most part. Alcohol is easily noted, but seems to use the musky earthy elements for cover. It works pretty well and doesn't offend. The various scents work pretty well together. They don't create a very deep aroma, but is nice overall.
The flavor profile is on par with the nose, though not exactly consistent. There's more of a sweet flavor here. Candy apple and pear combine with a light vanilla flavor and make it somewhat candy-like. It works pretty well with its strong earthy and grainy character. The nose wasn't deceiving about the musk and funk either. They're here and actually provide the driving force for the flavor. Light spices are noted that weren't apparent on the nose. Alcohol is also more pronounced here. It's a bit too strong and has a warming effect. Not quite hot, but it's walking a fine line. Finishes musky, a little sweet, and warm.
The body is medium and has a nice, smooth feel. Carbonation is active, but has little impact on the feel. Nice job there. Drinkability is above average, but a little limited by it's warmth and high abv. I'm doing my best with this bottle, but it's going to be a long ride.
DeuS is a very interesting beer. It's my first Bière de Champagne, so I don't have any prior experience to compare it to. As a beer, it's pretty good stuff and I'd happily try other takes on the style. This particular one could use a little work in the abv department. Just a little too hot and boozy. That's the only real complaint I have. It measures up pretty well otherwise. Well, except for that small price tag problem. Frankly, it's too expensive. I've enjoyed the experience, but wouldn't pay the same price for another bottle. Just sayin'.
04-11-2009 03:05:07 | More by prototypic
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that quickly settles to a whisp of foam. A lot of carbonation bubbles makes this an exciting looking ale. Patches of sticky lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is very subdued. I detect some sweet fruit and maybe a little funk and malt. Has an intriging taste. Slightly sweet and vinous at the start but a definate tartness in the finish. Notes of apple, pears, and cinnamon. Alcohol is barely detectable but there is a subtle warming affect. Light body with a fizzy carbonation. An effervescent beer if there ever was one. A beer for special occasions. Is it more enjoyable than a comparably priced sparkling wine? I would say it would be an excellant alternative.
03-26-2009 22:25:51 | More by morimech
2.93/5 rDev -28.9%
A= a golden color with a big soapy head rising out and leaving a thick ring around the glass and constant bubbles taking care of the retention
S= apples and alcohol mostly not much else.
T= apples and quite a bit of alcohol. Pretty good.
M= sooo fizzy and light. Floats my tounge out of my mouth
D= not too great. It was ok but the alcohol was too heavy for me.
03-06-2009 00:55:14 | More by jjanega08
4.53/5 rDev +10%
A - pours like a champagne. Awesome! Clear golden body with a champagne head which subsides rather quickly obviously
S - sour, tart, and fruity. Bit of yeasty funk and breadiness. Honey? Cider? Epic
T - starts out nice with a good bit of sour and funk. Moves into the sweet bready malt with a honey-like taste. Delicious all around. Is this really 11.5%? Apple and spice. This thing is ridiculously complex. I could probably sit here with it and write the taste for hours
M - delightful! Plays all across the palate like champagne. Srsly, this beer (really!?) is wonderful
D - wow. I can't get over this beer. A friend had told me it was amazing, but damn, words don't prepare you. A Belgian beer-champagne, and every bit as wonderful as you'd think from that description! Can't recommend enough. Perfect for any celebratory situation that would call for champagne. Is this really 11.5% ABV? You'd have no idea. Word
03-03-2009 05:05:53 | More by ruckzuck
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
A - Poured a golden yellow color with a big white head
S - Has a sour fruity with some champagne scent
T - Pretty good sweet fruit taste
M - This beer has a light body with very high carbonation to it
D - This is a weird style to be able to call beer but thats what it is and its damn good pretty easy to drink with a good taste I'd rather have this than champagne
02-19-2009 22:41:40 | More by armock
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Great bottle presentation. The beer was opened with a nice loud pop but no rush of beer out of the bottle which is good. It poured a clear golden color with a rapid stream of bubbles running from the bottle, great carbonation. The thick white head gave way to a solid ring on the edge of the glass after several minutes. The nose was sweet, malty and spicey and the taste was sweet, a tad bitter and very full. Overall a very nice beer, sort of like a champagne.
02-15-2009 10:52:20 | More by ggaughan
4.45/5 rDev +8%
Served from a bottle and purchased at Duke's Ale House in Crystal Lake, IL. Appearance is bubbly with a lot of carbonation. Color is light and golden. There is a hint of sweet pear in the smell and the taste is crisp, light for the alcohol content, and has a nice tartness in the after taste. A great beer to share with friends and definately worth some furthur investigation.
02-04-2009 18:58:19 | More by Payso10
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Served slightly chilled (~50 degrees), in a champagne glass; warmer than I would have liked.
A- Light golden color, very bubbly
S- Slightly sour, perhaps farmhouse aroma
T- Sweet and sour apple flavors, finish is short and sweet
M- Bubbly like Champagne, light on the tongue
D- Alcohol content well hidden, very refreshing
This could easily substitute for Champagne, in fact it might be fun to serve this to non-beer drinkers in place of Champagne and find out their impression of the beer.
01-30-2009 02:59:29 | More by bbarrows
4/5 rDev -2.9%
This review is from my recollections of last night at the Sunset Bar and Grill in Allston. Thanks to Justin for getting a bottle of this. Poured a golden straw color, with a little bit of heading. Lots of carbonation bubbles, looks a lot like champaign. Smell is sweet, almost with a sprite or ginger ale like quality. Taste was sugary sweet, with definite fruit traces, peach came to mind for me. Body was highly carbonated and refreshing. A bottle of this would be easy to put down IMO. Great beer, I was surprised it wasn't more dry. Some time soon I will get a bottle.
01-18-2009 18:13:07 | More by jamie2dope
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours out a really clear straw color with lots and lots of tiny bubbles. Champaigne indeed.
Smell is weak. Lemmongrass and sugary caramel.
Taste is a nice mixture of sugar and malt.
The alcohol is very strong here.
Mouthfeel is sugary sweet thick with just an aftertaste of alcohol.
Don't really like this style but I still enjoyed it.
01-10-2009 00:17:01 | More by peabody
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
Judging by the previous reviews I am not the only one who decided to splurge to ring in 2009. Poured a well-carbonated, bubbly thin yellow body with a large head that quickly receeds. A light, fruity smell with faint air of cask-conditioning (I assume that's what I smelling since they are using champagne storage methods on this beer). A sharp, bitter citric fruit taste along with pears and apples. Also, real smooth in the mouth after you get used to the prickliness and it starts to sweeten up. Almost starts to get slick as it rolls down the tongue and finishes real crisp and dry with oakiness. A great beer, but I've had some Belgians pretty similiar and for $30 I would say try this on a special occasion but it doesn't warrant repeat/regular drinking at that price to me. And to be honest, if you or your girl (in my case) really just want champagne you can always buy some cheap spumante and save $20.
01-02-2009 18:15:10 | More by clayrock81
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
New Years Eve 2009!!!. 2002 Vintage Deus. I have been saving this for a special occasion. Tonite I drink to forget a shitty 2008 and welcome in a 2009 filled with hope (and lots of good beer).
Cork explodes from bottle, ricocheting off ceiling. Wow thats some serious carbonation.
Gorgeous golden with many bubbles rising upwards and out of botte. Quickly pours into a medium white foam head.
Smell is strong unbelievable bready, straw and lemon.
Taste is much more complex than I expected. I was thinking this would be light and crisp. This is definitely a beer and a ridiculously complicated beer at that. I am amazed at what is before me.
Lemon-grass dominates the taste followed by a strong alcohol kick even after 7 years of mellowing. The yeast is there (Wild/straw/Brett?) as are strong citrus notes.
The finish is straw and dry but citrusy with an alcohol burn. There is a definite oakiness to this that contributes to the dryness. There is also a funkiness to this beer. I am still tasting lemon pie 15 minutes after my last sip!!!!
This is unlike anything I have ever tasted. It is a must for any serious beer fan. It is worth the money to try. In a day and age where unexceptional beers command exorborant prices, this is one beer that lives up to the billing. And although expensive, I have drank generic champagnes at twice the price. Seek, enjoy and save for a special occasion. Have a great 2009!!!!
01-01-2009 07:03:47 | More by Shaggy9356
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
Purchased at Vendome Fullerton well over a year ago.
A- Poured into a Chimay chalice, Deus pours a clear straw color with an insanely effervescent white head that settles to a thin layer that sits atop the beer, leaving a few patches of lacing after each sip.
S- Funky Brett yeast, grassy barley malt, green apples, honey and spicy notes of pepper. The high ABV is only slightly noticeable.
T- Mildly sour at first, but flavors of grassy, sweetish malts take over right before the 11.5% ABV delivers a huge kick in the mouth on the finish, leaving flavors of funky yeast, honey and green tea in its wake.
M- This beer feels full-bodied with crisp, lively carbonation.
D- One Chimay chalice full of Deus was plenty. With that said, I found the flavor of this beer to be really complex, and it kept me coming back for more. The only thing that detracts from the drinkability is how prominent the alcohol is in the taste.
A nice beer to ring in 2009.
01-01-2009 04:42:07 | More by Tdizzle
British Columbia (Canada)
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
This is the last of the current BA styles for me to try. Initially I held out due to cost, though considering the labour involved, the cost certainly isn't unreasonable. Anyway, finishing off the styles with the Champagne seemed appropriate.
I had this on Christmas day & it seemed to be a decent pairing with turkey.
A: Gold with a very fizzy white head, no retention or lacing. It does look a lot like champagne; the cork was launched into the air at least 12 ft before hitting the ceiling.
S: Earthy with a little barnyard funk, candied pineapple and cider.
T: Candied tropical fruit, biscuity malt, light spicing, cider, horse-like and a slight hint of vinegar. A hint of tartness, balanced bitterness & although the alcohol is initially subtle, it really comes forward as it warms. Seems like a high-alcohol, well-attenuated bier-de-garde.
M: Really well-attenuated moderate body is highly carbonated with a dry finish.
D: A little too carbonated for me, though that's the style.
12-26-2008 17:26:16 | More by Derek
DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
92 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.