DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 330
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rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 131
Gots: 82 | FT: 8
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Belgium

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 rousee
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok--my most expensive beer to date. I paid $30 for 750 ml. I had been waiting for the right time to try it and it seems like the cash was reasonably well spent. Deus is a work of art in the appearance department. It is truly the "methode de champagne" that the guy talked about at the Ommegang brewery tour I recenty went on. Belgian all the way. It does take a while to settle and the head retention is almost too effective -it takes too long to settle. Leaves a beautiful 4-6 mm head and the carbonation is identical to the finest of champagnes.

Nose is a very powerful but not too strong floral, soapy mix of lavender, ginger and slight honey-grass. I can't believe this is beer.

Taste has the lavender and floral essence of the smell but is even better-if that can be accomplished. I am sorry to say that this might be a bottled beer that is better than its draft counterpart. Based on the price--nobody would buy the draft version, if it existed.It has a nice floral middle and finishes dry with a hint of ginger and floral lavender. None of these flavors are too overpowering.

I am happy that the exorbitant price equated to oneof the finest beers I have ever tried. (1,181 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five-finger+ white bubbly head leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Strong carbonation - pour slow. Medium bodied. Nose is sweet and spicey. Starts and finishes sweet with spices very smooth. The high ABV is not really noticeable. I had to pause before buying one of these but it was for our anniversary soooo $35.00 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. To be honest most Belgian beers are good and you can get an equally good one for $30 less. (470 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.39/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle provided by Kimchee in our tasting with tiggmtl, martint and oakes Appearance is neat. highly carbonated pale blond with a generous white head. Aroma is mineralic, nice at first, but becoming dull and off as it warms, I don’t know what to do with this. They say to drink this cold, I’ll ensure to try it cold with a next bottle, but for now, something like a cleaning product develops in the warming aroma, something like the yellow of the egg too. Sweet powder sugar is added to the melting with a leafy and spicy counterparts that would actually appear well blended without the phenomenon stated above. In mouth, there’s a spritzy dryness, but not as intense as a champaign’s and there’s definitely still lots of sweetness getting through. Lemony flavors, moderate alcohol, but still well hidden for 11.5%. There’s a slight bitterness that seems slightly off and once again, as it warms, there’s a dusty plastic flavor I don’t enjoy at all. Nevertheless it’s extremely original, flowery and initially pleasant, so I assume this bla bla about drinking it cold is to be taken seriously. Mouthfeel is fabulous though, indeed champaigny, heavily carbonated, slightly astringent. I’m definitely not buying another bottle though, as good as it looks. (1,263 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2002.
Perfectly clear golden straw with an eruptive, durable, white head. Rapid, manic streams of carbonation.
Nose full of perfume. Sweetened floral blossoms. Generous with the rose. Lemon rinds and rosemary. Prickly peppercorns.
Like I said, perfume.
First off, it is stated to enjoy this ice cold. Don't. Unless you want a stinging mouth full of overly effervescent rosemary and flower petal bitterness.
This is lifetimes better once it rests, warms, and breathes.
The rosemary and bitter florals are everpresent, but they are quelled by honeyed pale malts, apricot softness and gentle white grapes. Assertively spicy with anise and black peppercorn. Lemon oil slickness (well...as slick as something like this gets). Full blown Springtime herbal/floral eruptions near the finish. Grassy, blooming, and twiggy. Pungent lilacs and pollen.
Bees would like this, I should think.
Vague alcohol-related heat is noticed occasionally, but the carbonation leaves very little space for ungainly girth. The mouth tells me this is mislabeled at 11.5%. The mind states otherwise.
Super-charged, frantic meth-addict CO2 levels, as expected. The impression here is of general lightness, despite it all.
Not rapidly drinkable by any stretch, but easy and thoughtful consumption is effortless. The bottle goes a long way.
This is truly a wonder. I don't see myself rushing out to stockpile more anytime soon. But I will long remember it, and will certainly revisit it on occasion, and hopefully fairly often.
Sticker shock is irrelevant here. It's merely a social construct.
I've paid more for porn movies. And this is that same sort of gratification, only for other senses. (1,679 characters)

Photo of konabrewer
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at AnamCara Publick House, and shared between about 6 of us. Served in the gorgeous fluted glass with logo.
The smell was of sweet mild fruit with essence of champagne.

The taste and mouthfeel were superb and delightful. Quite an enjoyable highly carbonated beverage. Subtle dried apricot and a jasmine note linger. So nice!

I simply loved everything about this beer. The idea/concept is brilliant and is delivered with expertise.
An A+ in my book (466 characters)

Photo of dauss
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deus Brut Des Flandres Vintage 2002
Definitely the most expensive I have ever bought. Its in a beautiful champagne bottle with very thick glass, and a beautiful label. As another reviewer had mentioned it was finished off in France. I think the "methode champenoise" this beer goes through involves tilting the bottle top down giving the bottle a quarter turn every day while its aging. Then the cork is removed, and the yeast is expunged
out.

My friend had warned me on how powerful the carbonation was and he wasn't kidding. The cork came off really easily from the high pressure inside the bottle. With the most gentle pour the head was enormous. It was definitely clear and a beautiful golden color like champagne. The beer had a definite cider smell to it. The intense carbonation made it difficult for me to taste the beer. Just a tiny sip and the beer fills your entire mouth. The beer reminded me of cider again. Spiced like a cider and had that acidity to it. The finish was dry and lingered. I couldn't detect the alcohol content even after I warmed it up. Its definitely one of the most interesting beer's I've had. I haven't had many Belgian ales to compare this too. I thought
it was good, but the drinkability is bad because of the overcarbonation. (1,269 characters)

Photo of sprinkle
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden straw in color. Thick big bubbles, with a medium thick lace. Flowery nose of spring and spice and you can definatly pick up a slight saffron nose. Rich,epperfecent?, semi-sweet mouthfeel but only upfront then tapers back to light flowers on your tongue, definatly better than last years. (294 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found a bottle for $22.99 last week and was wondering if it was a good deal or not (it was marked down from $49.99!). Interesting how it's recommended that this beer be chilled down to near-freezing before serving, similar to champagne. The appearance is very much like a champagne; clear light yellow, hugely effervescent, and sporting a large bubbly white head.
The nose was quite floral, with an underlying dusty malt note and a citric and tropical fruit essence. Some herbal spiciness and a surprisingly mild alcohol aroma. The taste seemed to have a bit of everything to it. At first was a sweet fruit taste, like a bit of mango or peach dipped in honey. Then a yeasty malt flavor presented itself. Then just a ton of herbs and spices flooded my tongue. Hints of anise, licorice, black pepper, and a real flowery taste I couldn't figure out until it hit me: lavenders. The vast carbonation gave Deus a real creamy, yet light, feel and it had a dusty dry finish.
Well, the question lately has been variations of "Is this beer worth XX dollars?" or "How much would you pay for Deus?". This beer is worth the $20-25 for celebrating a big occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc). It has one of the most unique flavors I've come across yet. That said, I still wouldn't want it all the time, even if I could afford it. (1,317 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2001

Well, this appears to be a beer people like or dislike, seems to be little middle ground, and at $30.00 a bottle, I can see the concern about price versus quality, but that is an age old quandary with “Beer Drinkers isn’t it”?

The beer as is emigrates from the 750ml green corked bottle to my Belgian Triple glass a luminous and limpid gold color, the head Brobdingnagian in size, effervescent, and bright white in color, the lace as the head dissipates a velum like curtain to obscure the glass. The aroma of over ripe granny smith apples, earthy, sweet malt at the back, somewhat acerbic with the start sweet and nice malt presence, the finish is ferine in its acidity, the hops inconspicuous with the aftertaste desert dry, slightly vinous and quite long lasting. I’d say its better than most of the blonde Belgians I’ve tasted, and well worth a sample, and the 11.5 percent ABV seems well hidden accept for the light tummy warming sensation, but good as it may be, I can think of many Belgians I’d rather spend $30.00 on. (1,050 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$25 freaking dollars for the bottle! This had better be good!

Pours a hazy yellow gold brew with aggressive carbonation.

Smell is fruity and spicy and a bit heady. Yeast and alcohol smells show up too. A lot of perfume in the smell. Very complex smells, superior to Duvel.

VERY complex Taste! Lots of herb flavors. This is difficult to accomplish, mild yet complex flavor with no off tastes, try to clone this yourself, I doubt you can. I taste rosemary, mint, flowers, clover, anise, oak, lavender, black pepper, faint honey, olive oil, and others I can't identify at the moment.

Mouthfeel is almost too much, VERY FULL.

Not so much drinkable as sipable, this is potent stuff!

I will buy this again, but only for special occasions. This cost five times more than Duvel, but it's maybe only twice as good.

Duvel for $5.99 a Bottle! I LOVE Trader Joe’s! (874 characters)

Photo of inebrius
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After the first sip I felt I knew why some dogs are compelled to hump the leg nearest them. 'Cause it feels so goddamn good!

It was yellow, light yellow, a pils sort of yellow yellow. Say it to yourself slow--yellow--and feel how your tongue strokes your teeth.

Aroma? Imaginably I could just list off the aromas I didn't get, but I won't...for your sake. Thank me later. Fruit orchard in full blossom, jessamine, pears, self-adhesive bandages, late Autumn leaf piles, fig preserves... And it was balanced! Diluted honey and hops charged. 11.5%? I've tasted more alcohol in 6% beers.

If you're into things refined, lay out the coin for this masterpiece.

You said yellow slow didn't you? Say it again. (712 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This reminded me a bit of a biere de garde I once had. It's a nice gold body with a good white head and streaming effervescence. The aroma is strong and sharp with an aroma that reminds me of lemonheads (not lemon since the candy doesn't really taste like lemons). It's almost like the beer has herbs added with a faint herbal nature to the aroma and flavor. It's fairly dry and the malt is pilsner-like. (404 characters)

Photo of TPoling
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a classic Belgian ale with an identity crisis. It is a pale golden ale with a tight foamy head and flavors typical of many Belgian ales. But there also are hints of grape, apple and peach from the long bottle conditioning. Hints of plum and a little grassiness also come through. (287 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled February, 2004
Pours with a prodigious white head. This beer is very well carbonated, slightly hazy, and gold in color. It is bone-chillingly cold (despite my misgivings of mistreating a beer this way) and the nose on this is quite wonderful: lemons, herbal, allspice, nutmeg, all sorts of competing aromas that are incredibly well integrated. The taste is dry, spicy, and has a spritzy carbonation that is positively tingling. There is lots of lemon characteristics here, and it is coupled with a wonderful spiciness. There is still a bit of sweetness here, which, compliments the spicy white-pepper notes. An amazing depth of flavo, even at these sub-zero temperartures. The beer finishes with a bit of acidity and a nice astringent bitterness. There is quite an herbal character here; perhaps a hint of basil, and some anise as well.
Well this has certainly lived up to the hype. This is a killer alternative to Champagne, and even at this price it is a steal. You can't find Champagen at this price that will compare to the complexity of this beer. (1,062 characters)

Photo of maybrick
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Miller - the champagne of beers? B/S! This is. Pardon this rant... I'm a wine guy. I'v really only discovered the joys of fine brews in the last 2 years. Please beleive me when I tell you this brew COMPARES to better champagnes.

I poured my first flute (A tall slender champagne glass kind of similar to a pilsner glass) of it after letting the bottle rest for about 5 minutes. This is one carbonated brew... the head was approximately 2/3 of the pour.

The color is almost white and the bubbles are SO tiny anohter good indicator of a good champagne. The nose is somewhat citrusy and is very pleasing.

The taste - spectacular. I tasted orange peel, lemon, I assume this is from the yeast. It is dry - very dry and I like it.

Best brew I've had in the last year I think. (784 characters)

Photo of hollicetales
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

we were sitting in the pub one night and saw this pricey buy on the list...well being curious ones we went up to the bar and asked if this beer truly was worth it's weight. Instead of a yeah or nay....we were given this glorious description of wonderous champagne style beer and it's crisp excellence...we were sold and headed back to the table with our champagne style beer in it's large bottle. This is a fun beer...that is what comes to mind. It's very light and effervescent with a zillion nice biting bubbles. It was crisp and clean and well like champagne mated with a nice pale ale. Nice little lemon and slight floral taste but not over powering. This isn't an everyday beer, but I would definitely recommend it for a classy change to New Years champagne, or special occasion. (784 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cuvée Prestige 2002.

Shared this with my wife ringing in the new year. Sure, it's overpriced. But I would have spent $20 on champagne if I had gone that route.

Poured into champagne flutes, the glass is filled with head only. It's white, but much denser than champagne "head" and dies much, much more slowly. Very Belgian Ale-like. It leaves lots of thick, foamy lacing as it allows a pale gold (not yellowish) body to build. It's clear, and tiny bubbles snake their way to the top. Nose is sweet, spicy and floral. Front is soapy with a very strong herb character. I went through the spice rack trying to find a match. The closest I could find was savory. Some pepper too. The foamy, thick middle turns sweetish, and that savory flavor is still there. Finishes very spicy and floral, with hot alcohol, perfume and the same savory/herb taste. A faint underlying fruity Belgian ale taste.

This beer is definitely pushing the envelope, I think. It's really unlike any other drink I've had. The alcohol is quite strong and the spicy/herby flavor is either interesting or off-putting. For me, interesting. It makes an intriguing substitute for champagne, but I'd still choose any good, "standard" Belgian ale over this hybrid. (1,232 characters)

Photo of lou91
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This beer looks like champagne inside and out with a golden yellow color and hundreds of small, tight, white bubbles. The nose is herbal with some faint apple and spice. The taste is unlike any beer I’ve ever tasted. There is a tea/minty undertone and body deceivingly thin and drinkable. Bought at Beverage Bistro.com (324 characters)

Photo of drewbage
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from multiple bottles. Latest bottle was the newer version with the less "Dom" like label.

Beer pours a bright yellow with a slight hazy and an a impressively giant white head.

Aroma is of bread, lemon peel, ginger, grains of paradise and giant bouqets of lavender.

Flavor is driven at first with a large CO2 bite. The barest hints of a continential graininess are the base for a yeast and spice body that drives the palate crazy with a whirlwind of sensation.

Looking at this independent of price, I'm a fan.
Looking at this from a homebrewer's perspective, I'm going to clone this puppy. (612 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2002 Vintage.

Hazed golden with a definite meringue-like head that durates the life of the brew in proper glassware. Very reminiscent of fine champagne to the eye, but with a bit more color.

Nose is yeasty and spicy with characteristics, once again, similar to champagne. The characteristic champagne toastiness, however, is not present here, but rather it's laden with spice like one would expect from a Belgian tripel.

Clove, citrus, green apple, oak and pepper flavors resonate. Profoundly complex and potent with a slight hint at astringency. Unlike any beer I've tasted, hands down. A treat, to say the least.

Lively, spritzy carbonated mouthfeel in a definite champagne sense. Most won't believe this is beer without first telling them. The body is light (but far from pilsner-light), too, for a tripel, and the carbonation does wondrous things for this ale.

Wonderfully drinkable, Deus serves as a great apertif. With its complexity, liveliness and champagne-like appeal, this is a special beer. Worthy of the hype and a joy to savor. (1,057 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far, the most expensive single brew I've ever purchased ($21). Sold in a fine champaign-style bottle, it proved most difficult to uncork, opening forcibly with a gush of foam.

The nose immediately filled the room with a white wine or champaign aroma. Pours a light yellow amber with plenty of small streaming bubbles. Tall, firm foamy head takes forever to settle. Nose is light and fruity, citrus with some sugars. Hints of spice, cloves and white pepper.

First taste is strong, spicy and yeasty. The alcoholic bite emerges quickly, then settles back a bit. Peppery (but not hot like jalapeño), lightly sweet with bready, light hops and malt flavors. Presence of very light fruit.

A delicate yet potent brew with a mouthfeel of very light syrup. Smooth and sharp, easy to drink. Impressions are of a fine white Belgian ale/champaign hybrid. (854 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very light golden color and formed a nice foamy white head that left circular lace as it slowly subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. The aroma is a heavy mix of citrus, spices and almost candy like elements. The flavor is of citrus and a slight butter aspect to it. This butter like texture is also apparent in the finish which is quite sprite due in part to the carbonation. Is it worth the 20 dollars I spent on it, of course not. But then many of the Dogfish are overpriced in my opinion and why should they have all the fun with experimentation. If these Belgians wanted to do a Champagne style, great for them. Now just make something in a saner price range. (697 characters)

Photo of marburg
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reminds me of (and after reading some of the other reviews, I understand why) Malheur Brut Reserve. Similar color, feel, et cetera.

From notes anxiously scrawled on the reverse side of an old Red Wings ticket stub: Jasmine spice tea with hints of orange candy and an array of flowers thickly layered over a creamy honey aroma. You can pick up the Duvel-like pepperiness and thank-the-gods-for-Belgium hoppiness. Odd spices (thyme!?) flow together nicely with a dripping honeydew sweetness and alcohol, sweet alcohol. Extremely peppery and herbal. And remarkably smooth and delicious for a beer of such hearty character. Just amazing.

I humbly bow before the beer gods, for they have graced us with another great one here. And many thanks to Putnam for sharing some of this treasure. (788 characters)

Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep, cavernous aromas of melted butter, macadamia nuts and lilac.
(hazy butterscotch liquid underneath jaunty, fine mousse)
The texture of this beer is beyond belief! Whipped cream-like, fluffy and clean.
On the palate it's viscous with notes of honey, overripe melon and candied yams with a firm, tannic structure of hoppy bitterness and peppery yeast.
To sum up: this beer is like butter-flavored mousse that melts into a complex of earthy, honey-ripe fruit flavors. (476 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Initial rating: Served bone cold in a 4 oz. sample glass at the Stephen Beaumont tasting held at RFD.
Subsequent rating of a bottle shared with my girlfriend supports the initial opinion.

Appearance: Clear golden straw color with a thick white head of very dense bubbles. Great carbonation, just like champagne (not surprising, given the technique). The head is a constant presence, and never got shorter than 1/4". Left great lacing, and on plastic no less!

Smell: A very floral and fruity nose. A truly singular smell. Pineapple, gummi bear, and bergamot (the flavoring used for Earl Grey tea) aromas dominate the nose. Wow! Smelled like no other beer I've had.

Taste: An initially sweet champagne-esque flavor that gives way to a grassy herbal Belgian pale ale flavor (akin to Lucifer). Peppery overtones and a floral aftertaste. The bergamot also comes through in a nice subtle way.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bright, a warming sensation in the mouth from the alcohol. Very bubbly and palate cleansing. Ethereally light bodied.

Drinkability: Wow! This is some great beer. Yes, it's pricey, but this will stand up to (and stand in for) some of the best champagnes in the world, I bet. Won't be finding no good champagne for $30, let me tell you. Save this for a special occasion and savor.

Other: After the brewing process is complete and the beer is bottled (with yeast added to the bottle for another fermentation), this beer is then shipped to the Champagne region of France to undergo the full methode champagnoise (Sp?). The bottles are positioned neck down and allowed to remain that way for long enough for the yeast to settle at the bottom of the neck. Then the bottle is dipped in liquid nitrogen, the portion of the neck that contains the yeast plug is broken off. The bottle is then recorked and caged, then sent out to your loving arms. Above is paraphrased from Steven Beaumont's little spiel about this beer. (1,939 characters)

DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
92 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.