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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) - Brouwerij Bosteels

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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 119
Gots: 71 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-15-2003

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly faded away and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of muscat grapes in the nose.
T: Very similar to the smell, the taste has a slight amount of sweetness with flavors of muscat grapes and hints of apples.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate with a nigh amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink for its style--the alcohol is very well hidden and the high amount of carbonation helps to cut through the fruity flavors.

Note: 2009 vintage

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle split with onix1agr and poured into duvel tulips.

A- a massive explosion of bright white billowy head rises from a steady pour but settles almost instantly leaving only a few wisps on top and the faintest ring. Crystal clear pale yellow in color.

S- crisp apples and a touch of honey. Slightly grassy and green grapes.

T- lots of bananas and a touch of spice with some fruity esters. Sweet white grape juice.

M- a scooch less then medium in body and at first a huge effrevesant carb but over time the carb settles down and give the mouthfeel a bit more viscosity. For a high abv this is not even the slightest bit hot. Semi dry finish.

D- well its not what I was expecting but all in all about as good as I was thinking it would be. I'd like to see this done to a flanders red. Tasty but not one I'd do again.

Photo of kwjd
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a champagne flute. Pours a pale yellow with some visible bubbles rising up. Starts out with huge white head that dissipates to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing at all. Smells a little bit funky and sour, in a good way though. Very yeasty too in the aroma. Flavour is quite dry. Thinner mouthfeel than I expected, seems a bit under-carbonated compared to champagne. Nice to try, but I won't get this again given the price.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened like a Champagne bottle with a loud pop. Poured from 750ml bottle into Flute.

A. Poured a massive carbonated 4+ finger head. Great retention. Nice lacing left. Continuous stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Color is pure golden yellow.

S. Smell is pretty strong. Lots going on. Yeast, citrus, malt. Lemony with a nice peppery balance. Maybe a little funk smell from the yeast. Has a touch of sweetness but overall has a dry smell. Smells like a Champagne beer.

T. Taste is pale malt sweetness. Has a dry/sweet flavor that is like Champagne to me. Has an earthy quality that tastes like it comes from the yeast. Has a light fruit flavor. Definitely shares some qualities with wine or Champagne. Some lemon comes out as well.

M. Medium/light bodied. Lots of carbonation. Has some lingering sweetness.

D. Very drinkable. Goes down very easy for 11.5%. I think this beer is an excellent blend of the beer and wine world. I wouldn't ever mind celebrating with this beer.

Photo of garymuchow
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared amongst friends which is good as this is too much to consume alone and it's a more celebratory beer. Although all beer is a celebration, or at least should be.
Poured cloudy with a small whitish head.
Complex aroma, fruit, honey, spiciness, yeast, pears.
Warm with alcohol with a touch of heat. As complex as aroma, but less intense. Honey with a mead like quality. Sweet and yeast, vanilla with a perfumey/floral alcohol quality.
Bigger body than expected, in part by carbonation with a sticky feel that leaves a coating like feel. Fully carbonated and rather filling.
Drinkable, like champagne, so it's more for sipping.
Thanks to my son who gave this as a gift. Thanks big guy. An enjoyable drink.

Photo of biboergosum
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml, heavy foil and caged, unique tear-drop shaped bottle. It's my 3 year anniversary with my girl, and well, Champale wishes and curried dreams it is - Homer Simpson would indeed be proud.

After dealing with the standard flared sparking wine enclosure, into the suggested champagne flute it goes, showing a slightly hazy, very pale golden straw colour, with a large billowy, and loosely foamy bone-white head, which settles evenly, if not all that quickly, given the serving vessel, leaving a few specks of sudsy lace in its wake. There is indeed a roiling, rising effervescence, the bubbles a bit coarser than actual champagne. Still, it looks the part.

It smells of toasted pale grain, sugary, yet zingy apple and bruised pear, lightly funky yeast, a subtle dry nuttiness, muddled, but reserved clove/coriander spice, and a hint of white wine booze astringency. The taste is a rather sweet apple and pear fruitiness, sugary pale malt, a reduced white wine character, one real or imagined, a bit of over-aged lemon, earthy, and still ethereally funky yeast, mild savoury spice, the suggestion of leafy hops, and a soft alcohol warming.

The carbonation is crazily frothy throughout this whole affair (with the attendant chatter from the glass), yet hardly a prick or twinge attacks my palate, the body a surprisingly hefty medium-full weight, as far as sparkling adult beverages go, and fairly smooth, even amongst the ever-churning bubbles and lurking table wine ABV. It finishes still with significant sweetness - drupe fruit, malt, and sugary heat alike - so overall more of a demi-sec, the lingering spice, hops, and perhaps the flipside of the booze, providing the only thing remotely 'brut' here.

A very well executed melding of adjacent, yet complementary worlds - the sweet, strong Belgian pale ale given the day spa treatment of la méthode Champenoise. I would say that the appearance and aroma retain the French influence, and the rest - Belgian all the way, mon petit chou. A big fat win for European economic and drinking cooperation, and a fine way to celebrate another splendid year with my girl dear!

Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

My wife surprised me with this one and we chilled it as per the instructions and popped it open on New Year's Eve.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a large fizzy foam head that has good retention, slowly fading into a thin lasting ring. Lots of visible carbonation bubbling up.

Crisp, light golden fruit aroma with champagne yeast, apple, pear, grape, slight citrus and bread in the nose.

Medium bodied with lots of tight carbonation up front that somehow isn't over the top. Pretty sweet tasting with a lot of light fruit, bread/yeast and subtle alcohol warmth. Well balanced and very quaffable with hints of sour apple, pear, banana and citrus. Excellently masked ABV with a dry finish. This beer tastes half as strong as it actually is. An interesting hybrid of champagne and Belgian golden ale.

Photo of basica
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright, slightly hazy, golden color into my DeuS Flute with a huge white head (almost like champagne) receding to leave a nice layer of milky looking foam and nice lacing; hyperactive bubbling in the beer adds another point to the champagne-ish reminiscence of this brew (5)

S - The nose is slightly sweet, grainy or bready and yeasty with some spices and notes of minty funk amidst the spices; quite an interesting nose (4)

T - Upfront notes of fresh fruity sweetness, spices, funk and yeast with suggestions of white grapes and pears in the middle; slightly phenolic towards the finish with pleasant malty flavors in the background. It's observed that this beer gets better as it warms slightly. (4.5)

M - Generally champagne-like; well carbonated, thin on the body with a foamy bubbly texture; goes down pretty smooth and pleasantly warming (4.5)

D - Very drinkable and, in fact, jaws are dropping at the knowledge that this one's rated at 11.5% ABV. On the contrary, it feels light, sweet, fruity and refreshing with only a slight hint of its potency coming from the phenolic nature and the warming as it goes down; pretty approachable for a supposedly strong brew. My first champagne beer and a thorough enjoyment in the tasting process. (4.5)

The cork on this DeuS bottle partially released itself with a satisfyingly sounding POP. Beer loving couples may really consider this for a wedding "champagne". The DeuS could probably use a tad bit more sweetness.

Photo of atis
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden with thick brilliant white head, but not very good retention. Lots of small carbonation bubbles throughout the beer, it certainly reminds of champagne. Aroma is sweetish and light fruit, yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel is light and full of carbonation. Taste is sweet malt, bits of spicy yeast, apples and long lasting hop bitterness in the finish. It was difficult to feel any alcohol, despite the high ABV, but maybe I just did not have enough (we were sharing the bottle).

Overall, it was interesting beer of very rare style, but I am not sure I could afford to drink it very often.

Photo of boss302
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Pale yellow in color with a huge snow white head with fine bubbles. An impressive looking beer.

S A lot of CO2 aroma initially, but once the bubbles recede, you smell tart apple and other estery aromas. 4.0

T Malt flavo is stronger than I was expecting, but then I really didn't expect much, so it was a surprise to me. Tart at first, but then finishes with a little earthy sweetness. I am assuming this is from the alcohol. 4.0

M Malty thickness on the tongue, pretty nice for such a light colored beer. 4.5

D Very good drinkable beer. Much better than champagne. A pretty well crafted beer, good balance and it was hard to taste the alcohol. 4.5

Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish-blonde color with a thin head.

Aroma is sweet/grainy with a hint of spicy yeast.

Surprisingly, a hint of grape is present along with raisin and spicy/grainy malt.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grape and spicy yeast.

Who needs champagne when you've got deus? Its certainly worth what it costs. I'd buy a bottle and store it for a special occassion.

Photo of lhaqq
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear golden body with a huge white head with a lot of retention, decent lacing.

S: Grains, yeast, sweet fruits.

T: Got a lot of flavor, starts pretty sweet and creamy with a slightly tart and bitter finish. Pears and grapes are the main fruit flavors.

M: Though pretty bubbly, goes down smooth, and has a lot of flavor and body for the style.

D: Can barely taste the alcohol, which makes the high abv surprising. A bit spendy but probably would put it about other similar beers like Duvel (poured it into a Duvel chalice).

Photo of WildTurkey
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold (but should have been colder) in a champagne glass for the holiday with my family. Merry Christmas!!!

A: Very Champagne like in appearance. Looks great Very pale Light straw color. Tons of carbonation. Huge foamy head that receded immediately - like champagne.

S: Very light fruit smell. Smells like a pear cider. Not too complex. But very sweet tasting.

T: Pear, apple, and some grape. Very sweet. I need to keep reminding myself this is a beer and not a champagne, thought it's not as sweet as an actual champagne.

M: Light body. Highly effervescent. Some dryness.

D: Delicious. Really interesting beer. My family are more wine drinkers and they can't believe there's not fruit in the ingredients.

Photo of shodrod
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a pale golden color. The head follows the expectations with any champignon. The aromas are heavy with with pear and other sour notes. Despite this beer being from two kinds of beverages which bring expectations of intense carbonation, this beverage is not is as intense as you would expect. The aroma brings on heavy notes of green apple. The flavor is full of those green apple notes with heavy hints of honey in the finish.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was amazing! It kind of reminded me of a farmhouse style ale, however with much drier finish. Both the nose and the palate was loaded with spicy, malty flavors with a touch of banana and creme brolee. In the finish you notice a dry patch in the back of your throat which I have only come across a few times in my adventers in beer. It is a bit pricey but I don't mind paying for it if the occasion suits.

Photo of DerBayer
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an interesting beer. The appearance is far from greast and the head literally fizzes away.

The smell heralds the delicately weird hybrid croosover taste.

It tastes strangely sweet and sour with pronounced clean alcoholic sharpness.

The mouthfeel is refreshing nice and prickly like fizzy old champagne - how strange...

Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely clea pale straw color. Very white nice champagne hea at pour, settles to larger bubbles. Spicer aroma. Some alcohol present as well. Not as spivey as it smells. Alcohol comes through on finish. A little floralness in the overall. Very clean, good balance, I enjoy the spices not being overbearing. Vert drinkable, nice overall beer, good for an inagural all grain brewing. Not quit sure it's worth the price but still very good.

Photo of bobhits
2.28/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nearly 40 bucks for a bottle and I'm supposed to serve this around 5 degrees? Just seems wrong, but with a tag line of "beyond the best" well I suppose I must try.

Poured into a flute with a light in the bottom of the glass so I can watch the bubbles. And well this is some great looking bubbly stuff. It builds an amazing head that's thick and frothy.

At 5 degrees this doesn't have much smell. There's some yeast and fruity smells but I just can't pick up on it.

The beer's flavor is pretty odd to say the least. Fruity, full of belgium yeast, and well a bit of a champagne flavor.

This stuff goes down pretty easily. A lot of bubbles etc. I'm not sure what else there is to say about this.

All and all I expected something far more complex. I didn't expect an overpowering flavor but really this just has some subtle fruit and yeast flavor. It doesn't do anything for me at all. Other than emptying my wallet.

I have a feeling this would work well with food as it wouldn't over power the food but a pale ale would do the same thing at a fraction of the cost.
A 5
S 2
T 2
D 2
M 3

Photo of Beerenauslese
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours clear yellow gold with lots of champagne bubbles that do not die. Leaves a little lacing on the glass too.

Smells of sweet, bready malt, yeast, and fruit.

A belgian golden ale with a great champagne taste, a bit sweet and yeasty with fruity notes of banana and citrus. A little hoppy spice in the finish.

Nice champagne body, light with with great puissance.

This is a great beer, one that shows how beer can rise to great heights, but does it on its own terms. This has the puissance, finesse, and fruite of a good, if not very good, champagne yet it still tastes of a Belgian golden ale. A beer for a celebration; my friends and I enjoyed it during the last game of the 2010 World Series.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer that defies the flavor profile of beers but venture into the relm of wines- particularly champagnes.

The pour brings a brilliant clear light gold, medium straw color with extreme carbonation that assertively fuels a bubbly, loosly knit head. Retention is a product of the carbonation, while lace is medium.

Fresh pears are the dominant aroma scent, with a quick and lively rebuttal from white grapes, green apples, peppery spice, chardonay-like vinous character, cider, and mild acidic notes. Not overly complex but very spirited in it's forefront of aroma- largley due to the high carbonation rate.

Strong flavors of clean peach and plumb with white grape/chardonay tate take the forefront while a delicate and fully attenuated honey character (think honey suckle) quickly follow up and eventually conclude the sweeter notes heading into the finish. As the beer has a quick approach from sweet and fruity, the beer takes a sharp turn toward peppery spice, cumin, and corriander before finishing with a heated and evaporative dryness. Light cider and vinous notes create roundness and complexity and further explore the wine-like characteristics of the beer.

Expansive and airy, the first sips explode in the mouth for an aggressive effervesense that creates a prickly feel that amplifies the peppery notes in taste. As the beer expands, it also creates a cotton candy-like evaporative feel and seemingly disappears in the mouth- leading to a very drinkable and digestable beverage- absolutely effortless to drink.

Overall, this beer has significant Champagne overtones and venture into cider, peare, and timid malt character which bridges many aspects of fermented beverages. The testamony of this beer speaks wonders about the possability of what beer can be.

Photo of beerpirates
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottel ,served at the 12 th Belgian beerweekend into a flute glass.

Pours a light, slightly hazy, gold color. Initially large foamy head, but that quickly drops to nothing. Lots of bubbly carbonation throughout.

Smell is very Gueuze like. Tart, subtle grape and apple cider like aroma.

Taste is very good! Has just a bit of belgian yeastiness underneath a very tart apple flavor. Complex. Hints of earthy tones and some light muskiness.

Mouthfeel is on par for what it is. Very bubbly carbonation. Absolutely Champagne like.

Overall, a very tastey and complex brew.

Photo of Long813
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated: Curve Prestige 2009

A: Slighty hazy green-yellow body with little head.High carbonation makes a 'bubbling' head which dissipates as soon as you see it appear. No lacing.

S: Smells like champagne, sourness sweet fruits and honey.

T: Find it hard to pick out a lot of flavours because of the high carbonation, but sour apple comes through, some honey and alcohol. There is also some particular spices that compliment the apple notes very well.

M: Light bodied with loads of carbonation. The carbonation was so great that the cork popped right off the bottle and spat beer for quite a while. I lost a good chuck of the beer through this. Very dry and leaves a sour apple finish.

D: Can't say I can justify this beer. 30$ is way to much for this as it's not that great in my mind. Carbonation is way to high.

Photo of fear025
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Golden in color, tons of carbonation, low head retention.

Appearance:Smells like a sour, and has Champagne notes.

Taste:Great sweetness upon first sip. Tons of fruit (Plum, muscat grapes) in the foretaste. In the mid to aftertaste, sulfur and minerals come through. Also, there is some additional sourness after a few sips of the beer.

Mouthfeel:Light with tons of carbonation.

Drinkability:Really unique Belgium beer. Tons of depth and complexity.

Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After eyeing this beer in the US at $28 for the bottle, I simply had to purchase this one in Belgium for €11!

Pours slightly cloudy gold. It starts with a head similar to harshly poured champagne. The bubbles are gone in seconds and there is no head at all. It looks closer to greenish, yellow champagne than a malt based beverage.

Smells of scotch, heather, and honey--like a dry Drambuie.

Super carbonated, even though it appears to be a still drink. The taste is dry and does not resemble any grain. There is a strong sourness to the tongue. The swallow has a lot of alcohol warmth. There is also a hop bitterness in the swallow and aftertaste.

This seems to be a champagne made with grain rather than grapes. The guide even suggests using champagne glasses. It is growing on me as I try it with friends in Belgium. Once I got my mind around this, I began to enjoy this offering. It's quite good if you don't expect anything that resembles a beer.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy pear cider color. Large foamy, bubbly, pearl white head with good retention. Settles into a thin creamy white lace. Very champagne like appearance.

S - Spiced apple and pear with some other golden fruit. Pretty well spiced aroma with some alcohol presence. Has a slightly sweet/honey flavor with just a hint of vanilla.

T - Similar to the nose with s lot of sweet apple and pear flavors and a strongly spiced taste. Reminds me of a spiced cider. Some citrus and some sweetness. Strong spice, herbal, and earthy flavors.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Zesty and tingly feel. Drying finish.

D - Easy to drink. Alcohol is hidden well. Spiced flavor can get a little heavy, but it isn't too bad.

Notes: Vintage 2009. Not really as champagne/sparking wine tasting as I was kind of expecting, more spiced cider like, but it did have some sparkling wine aspects as well. Overall it was a nice zesty drink.

DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
92 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.