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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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Reviews: 331
Hads: 587
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 17.15%
Wants: 140
Gots: 86 | FT: 7
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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 ChopperSmith
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow/golden color. Very carbonated with a two finger white foam head that receded fairly quickly and left jut a bit of lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet and tangy due to the light yeast. A very distinct aroma that is unlike most Belgian beers. It's light, fruity, a bit sour and a bit sweet. Very welcoming and interesting.

Taste: Wow. This is an incredibly light Belgian beer, but with tons of crisp fruit and yeast flavors. Some green apple, pear and apricot notes with a nice light malt beneath. Incredibly refreshing and tasty. Not much going on with hops here, but that just leaves room for the malts and yeast flavors to shine...and they are the real stars here.

Mouth feel: Light body with tons of carbonation, like a sparkling wine. finished sweet with a little semi-dry bite on the end. Truly unique.

Overall: I have found another favorite Belgian beer! This is incredibly light and flavorful for such a high ABV beer, plus it's unlike anything else I've had. It's a bit on the expensive side at around 30 dollars a bottle...but that's not unlike a good wine, and I like this much better than most 30 dollar wines I've had. Outstanding!

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Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new style for me. Enjoyable beer but not worth the 34 dollars I paid for the 2006 vintage.

Corked and caged bottle.

Poured into a Choffe flute glass. I lost close to half the bottle as if foamed violently out of the bottle. Delicate bubbly head and cloudy gold color. No lacing, average retention.

Smell was mild like a very mild Saison. Taste was pretty good. Kind of like a Saison but more funk and less lemon zest. A light effervescent, yeasty Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel was ok. Lot of carbonation. Light No hint of the 11.5 abv.

On the whole a pleasant beer to celebrate something with, but at 34 a bottle...I would rather have a nice Asti and save the money!!!!

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Photo of Zraly
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty pale gold. Looks beautiful in a wine glass -- the bubbles flutter about with a nice sparkle. Smell is sweet but subtle.

Sweet, candy-like flavors up front that develops into a wonderful yeast and vanilla note. An interesting integration of floral notes came out as I continued to drink: jasmine and violet. A minor note of thyme makes an appearance. The backbone chants "honey" and the finish on the palate is smooth and clean with a touch of residual sugar.

Light to medium bodied and carbonation is, of course, high. Extremely drinkable and is the perfect replacement for any occasion demanding "sparkling wine" -- this mercifully knocks many a bubbly grape to its knees.

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

2006 Vintage

Poured a clear straw yellow with a tall white head. Reminds me of Southampton's Cuvee des Fleurs for the big floral spice aroma. There's a subtle, creamy bready taste under the sweet, gentle malts, hints of citrus, and earthy pear skin. The light effervescent body is crisp and quite pleasant to drink. It is, however, by no means a lightly flavored beer. Yes, it's on the spendy side, but it's worth it for a special occasion.

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

2009 Vintage

Clear, pale straw colour with a smooth, creamy white head. Decent head retention.

Smooth, fruity aroma with a light pear note. I get something reminiscent of mead as well. Lightly spiced. Fine and delicate.

Excellent, fruity flavour with a balance of spice. Easily drinkable and the balance is reminiscent of Champagne.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

An excellent beer that shows off the concept of a "Champagne Beer" really well. Delicious.

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Photo of karait95
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very bright yellow color with rich carbonation that forms a big head that dissipates slowly and leaves some traces on the glass, also a permanent layer is on top all the time, the body look light not to bold. Head is formed of white mixed bubbles.

S: lot of alcohol is present and it is the first thing on the nose,

T: some wood or herbs are present and very intense,

M: very intense sensation on the mouth starting with a little astringent sensation with some dryness that transforms into bitterness ending some sweetness at the beginning also sourness that make the style very complex to drink.

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Photo of treque
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A very clear body, and it shows a yellow gold color, and the carb is consistent although is not so abundant, the head is white with excellentretention, creamy, and persistentand at the end it remains a tiny layer

S: it has a hop floral, belgia yeast aroma, and earthy, piny, small amounts of alcohol very well balanced, and citrus, and woody

T: a little bit crisping on tongue. Perfectly well balanced a little sweetness at first then some tart and bitterness at the end. The warming. All the aromas are present on the flavour

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Photo of Proteus93
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arguably THE New Year celebratory beer, and I finally got around to picking up a bottle to celebrate this one... good omen, perhaps?!

A: Pale golden... very clear, topped with that huge bubbly head that requires a gentle and slow pour to keep under control. Pouring into a chilled flute, as suggested, certainly helped keep the pour from being unpleasant.

S + T: The yeast strain used on this does some pretty interesting things. It's not totally funky like a farmhouse, saison, or the like, but that element is certainly there. The fruity esters balance it out, with a somewhat citrus-like quality, though no particular citrus fruit stands out... perhaps mostly like an orange zest. There's the slightest mustiness in both the aroma and flavour, but that takes nothing away from it... in fact, it adds a touch of character that seems appropriate. A complex spiciness finishes it off, again, nothing really specific.

M + D: Very sparkling, as I expected. Body is light, high on the carbonation, with a deceiving alcohol presence... it's remarkably well hidden. A lovely toasting beer, and certainly an appropriate choice for celebrating!

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

What else, but a Biere de Champagne (Biere Brut) to ring in the New Year?
2010 - Served in a champagne fluted glass.
It pours a hazy golden color, which magically clears in a minute. A spritzy snow-white head bubbles up fast, then slowly fades.
The first aroma is a sweet grassy dried malt with herbs and tart gin-soaked fruit (green apples) mixed in. A little earth and basement funk and a light, odd smell of the ocean floats in the distance.
The tastes seem in reverse of the smells. A flavor of the gin-soaked fruit cup buzzes the tongue in the edgy effervescence. A nice dose of earthy dried malt, floral hops and honey-like sweetness roll in as it warms and settles down.
The mouthfeel evolves slowly, revealing different flavor profiles and textures as the bottles draws to its finale. Sad to see it go…
Goes very well with raw oysters or mussels steamed in beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a light translucent golden yellow in color with a significant amount of head that left tons of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of herbal character was apparent on the nose like sage and roasemary, with some sweetness but fruity pear notes as well.

T: the bubbly sweet malts were more dominent on the palate alongside fruity pear notes and herbal accents.

M: the brew was light to medium in body wih an overwhelming amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, herbally, and sparkling finish.

O: this style of brew I haven't had too many times but to me it was drinking preety good and was very different from the beers I'm used to drinking. I have to say that this style of beer is not really my cup of tea.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a champagne flute. This is the Cuvée Prestige 2010.

Appearance: pours a light straw hue with a clear body and tons and tons of effervescence. Head is a giant volume of quickly-dissipating foam; Bière de Champagne indeed!

Smell: rich, deep malt aroma with a definite grain component. There's a dusty character here that reminds me of a sack of raw barley malt. It is difficult to classify, but I find it oddly intriguing.

Taste: deep malt with a light fruitiness, brought on, I think, by the alcohol. The alcohol is instantly notable and, I find, dizzying. I could see this beer having the same effect as Champagne. I really like the fruity finish, but; zow! That's a lot of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: light body with a shockingly large amount of carbonation. Not creamy, but crisp and very Champagney.

Overall: this is an interesting beer. I tend to like Champagne, so I like those characteristics that this beer has of the wine. The flavor is wholly beer, however. Decent, but for me, I don't think this beer is going to extend beyond novelty.

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Photo of tetu
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a strong head that grew fast even with a gentle pour. Bubbles race up similar to champagne and keep the head there through the whole glass. Lots of lacing.

Aroma was had alot going on. Sweet and herbal w/ some fruit in there. My nose first picked up rosemary, basil, and after alot of thinking, a strong sweet smell of scallops. Seems offputting but it worked and it took me awhile to come up with that because, after all, who looks for scallops in beer? Had a good funk in the nose also.

Scallops didn't show up on the palate but the funk and sweetness did. Some spice, coriander, basil, and earthyness in the flavor along with some funk that wasn't overpowering but always there. The many layers in the taste were not as strong on the palate as they were in the nose, but they were still there.

Never noticed the alcohol and I finished most of the bottle myself. The complexity of this beer jumped out at me, nothing subtle about many of the aromas and, to a lesser degree, the flavors. A great beer that I'm glad i had the chance to try, but the price will keep me from enjoying it again in the near future.

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Photo of cratez
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sample courtesy of Peter Chiodo. Thanks again!

Pours a clear golden yellow with one finger of eggshell white foam and a few strands of lacing on the tulip glass.

Smell is barnyard funk, sour candy, fresh cut hay, yeast esters, caramel, green apple, champagne, perfume, ethanol, and flower petals. Nuanced and appetizing aromas.

Taste is basic compared to the nose. I get grainy, biscuity malts upfront, more champagne and a floral/orange-like sweetness mid-palate, bready backbone clashes against sprucey-herbal notes and a neutral, vanishing aftertaste. Somewhat tame.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, medium bodied, fizzy and spritzy tingle on the tongue, rapid fleeting finish. Very bizarre palate, but makes sense for a champagne-style beer.

Overall, I'm glad I got to try this high-end Belgian brew. Although it's not the most flavourful concoction, I can see why it's considered a model example of the style, as it mimics the bubbly stuff quite well. A neat little experiment that's worth sampling if you can find it.

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

Poured from the bottle into a champagne flute.

An intense carbonation off the pour, needing to pour slowly. Incredibly uniform white rock head and champagne like in appearance. Body is pilsner and crystal clear fourteen carat gold in appearance. One exceptional looking drink here, looks like solid bubbly with ridiculous sticky head lacing on top of it.

Bouquet is very strong and surprising. Classic Belgian pale ale, or strong ale yeast, malt, and intense sugar sweetness. Candy sweet. Malty like than more regular Belgian Pale Ales than it's sweet counterparts but definitely brings the sugars. This is very fun smelling, sticky sense too. Lemon, and cumquats citrus fresh.

Taste is quite unique and fascinating. Belgian strong ale thickness and alcohol but mixed with a tolerable sweetness and crispness, with some malt density. Great bubbly action on the texture, and a good balance between density and crisp sense, and dry yeast. Sticky palate also, bringing spirtzy lemon and citrus and a sharp zest.

Overall this feels like a decent bottle of bubbly spiked with a slightly less aggressive bottle of Pranqster. This is one fun beer, and something different from the everyday, a blast and a winner.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light golden in color with loads of carbonation and a huge foam head that settles down lightly and leaves a touch of lacing on the sides.

aroma is far too light, small citrus hops,light grain, and that was about it. it seems to really just not have the direction i was looking for. it was just light on the palate and super carbonation, but the flavor just did not seem to match up with my hopes. a very expensive beer

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Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was accidentally opened by a coworker. He meant to grab a sparkling Malbec but grabbed this one (they looked identical in the cooler since both had lost their front label). I can't say it was a bad move haha.

This beer pours a very well carbonated and sparkling straw gold in color. It's very clear and features a nice, self destructive white head. It has nice, sharp tart aromas while still offering a moderate amount of honey, perhaps pilsner malt, and a champagne esque yeast. It has a really great nose. The flavors are sweet and full of honey, pilsner malt, moderate alcohol, and that odd champagne yeast. The flavor is quite as strong as the nose but it features a pretty solid array of flavor. It drinks light and with a nice little boozy, slightly tart finish. Overall it's a very nice beer and great for the style. I would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Undoubtedly, the bottle, sober and aristocratic, is one of the best ever. As for the foam, it is certainly more than a champagne but not more than other beers.

The oxidation is quite low, much more than on basic pils. Yellow transparent, vinous nose, with a notable presence of alcohol, acid, which is reminiscent of Muscadet or merlot sec. One feels the acidity of the grapes, like in a real champagne. Where is the beer is the question that is asked for in the case of Malheur Brut, one felt the beer.

Here we have an unusual mix that crosses the old lambic and white wine, dry cloth. The taste is aromatic, dry and a warm alcoholic finish. However, not easy to drink with aftertaste similar to the acid. Completely new style in contrast to the Malheur Brut which was a simple improvement of a beer.

We do not know what to think. May be too revolutionary. Maybe just plain wrong.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a clear gold-yellow color with a huge thin white head which disappears very quickly, just like champagne.
Smell: Very sweet and herbal, alcohol and some champagne yeast.
Taste: The taste follows the nose, sweet and herbal. Also some fruits here (apple and white grapes?). The beer is quite sweet, with honey up front and a light spicy dry bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation and full bodied.
Overall: A unique beer, but drinks more like a nice liquor.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

75cl bottle into La Chouffe tulip in Amsterdam, Holland. Acquired in a supermarket in Belgium for 12 euro. I've seen it in Cork, Ireland and Berlin, Germany for around 20-30 euro. Reviewed live.

A: Four fingers of slight cream, fair thickness, and average retention for the ABV. Colour is a clear semitransparent light copper.

Sm: Champagne, crystal malt, light cream. Very sparkling wine esque. A moderate strength scent.

T: Crystal hops, a light caramelized malt note, carbonation, and some light chocolate towards the finish. Full barley foundation. Complex enough. Built pretty well for the style and balanced. The caramel is nicely tame.

Mf: Coarse and wet, but dry enough. Complements the flavour. I do wish it were more like proper champagne, with the coarse carbonation alongside the champagne hops.

Dr: Conceals its high ABV pretty well, and has good flavour limited by its relative simplicity. The price is usually excessive for this beer, and its quality doesn't justify its price. It's not as special as you might think, and there are far better beers in the style.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well it is only fitting that this beer will complete all 104 styles reviewed. It seems like a special occasion beer. I do believe this qualifies. Poured in a globe from the bottle.

A: Crystal clear golden pale yellow hue. Gigantic stark white head rises quickly to the top of my glass. It's actually thick enough that as I finish pouring it stayed on a 45 degree angle while setting up. After falling it leaves a tiny amount of soapy lace and a thin cap.

S: At first it started super clean and crisp. With just a hint of citrus and champagne yeast. After it warmed a bit the funk started to peak out. Wet band aids, soiled straw, lemon zest, green apples and loads of yeasty goodness.

T: Clean and crisp yeast with a dry citrus fruit component. Reminds me of a good champagne. Pale malt with little to no funk in the flavor. The alcohol is present but not offensive at all.

M: Light body with full on explosive carbonation.

O: Super clean and refreshing. This will be my new celebration beer. Move over champagne you got company.

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Photo of haz77
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold with a spritzy head which disappears immediately and doesn't want to be refreshed. A few bubbles of carbonation slowly rise.

S - Apples, yeast, coriander, hay, light caramel.

T - Begins with highly active carbonation and apple. The middle rounds out and phenols and a caramel flavour come though. A long finish of lingering fruity esters.

M - Much more carbonated than the appearance gives away. Medium creamy mouthfeel, but this is swept aside by tangy carbonation. Really good.

D - The muted appearance belies what is an enjoyable beer. Once the carbonation dies down a bit it's quite interesting.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped the cork with a sturdy pop and poured into a champagne glass. The head was really big and fizzy the body was yellowish gold color. The head settles and doesn't leave any lacing. The beer aromas is in the light side. It's got a minimal fruity smell with some yeast on the nose. The taste is spicy and herbal. The beer tasted better when it's cold. Once it warms up the spices and stuff start to get a little funky. The mouthfeel is very carbonated which fits the beer really well. Overall I like the beer, the idea and the amount work put into it is exceptional. The beer is a bit pricey paying about $32 a bottle. But for a special event it's worth checking out.

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Photo of SirRuss
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Californian Chardonnay in color, with a distinctly champagne-like head that offers more retention than its muse, although the lacing is suprisingly thin in contrast - for once, this is a good thing.

S - masses of baked pear own a winey nose with a floral backdrop that tapers, questionably, into an almost soapy finish. There's a general funk about the aroma that places a final laqer of pecularity on this exquisitely integrated introduction to a distinctly Belgian brainchild.

T - Those wine drenched pears lead forth, with a clean rush of herbal notes faintly reminiscent of an ice cold kummel. Light honey sweeps across the palate, and with it comes the floral expressions of the nose that conjure images of buzzing summer meadows on a sunny day. Deeper spices also find their place in the eclectic foray as cumin and cinnamon whisp between the delicate profile notes covering them in a rich golden haze.

M - Incredible carbonation. There are champagnes - far more, in fact, than there should be - whose bubbles bear considerably less sophistication than those owned by this beer. The result is a cluster bomb of nanoscopic hand grenades bursting with furious precision, while the overall impression mysteriously retains the impression of luxurious velvet, and the monstrous abv prooves to be more elusive than a bashful saquatch.

O - Really very impressed, as were all of my guests who eagerly helped me polish it off. I only wish that DeuS came in pocket sized bottles so that next time I hear the disgusted splutterings of Wholefoods beer browsers bemoaning "How can anyone justify charging $30for a bottle of beer?", I could simply pull out the sampler and suggest that they use it as an aperitif to prepare them for eating their words

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Photo of jera1350
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Champagne color. Very light body with a fizzy white head that reduces, but there is active carbonation the whole time. Not really any lacing.

Very fruity and herbal smelling. Getting some rosemary to go along with the effervescent fruit.

Much like the nose. Lots of fruit with herbal and spice notes. Some warm alcohol with honey sweetness. The spice and alcohol linger into the aftertaste.

Way too much carbonation for my liking. I know, it's the style, but still just over the top. Light body and a spicy and very dry finish.

Crazy that this is a beer. It really is a must try. I love the explanation of how it's produced. I can see why the pricetag is so high. It's not the easiest drinking beer and should be treated as champagne. I would revisit this again for a celebration such as New Year's.

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Photo of withliterature
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A bright, mostly clear gold with a thick white head that quickly thinned to a ring and then disappeared. Very, very highly carbonated. Not nearly as cloudy as a lot of Belgians, presumably because this one has had the yeasts removed. There is no sediment.

S: Many, many spices, in a good way. There's also a dense alcohol aroma once the beer warms a bit; eye-watering when you nose the glass, but not necessarily bad considering the 11.5% content. Lots of baking spices, some more exotic stuff that I can't put a name to. Maybe a little citrus, but not much at all. Also not floral like some Belgians can be.

T: Not the overpowering flavor I was expecting from the dense smell; I liked the taste even better than I thought I would. Tastes like a spicy, complicated cross between beer and champagne, with no lingering aftertaste.

M: Nice and light. Not syrupy, not dense, very effervescent. Mouthfeel gets a very high rating from me. Like a stronger, darker champagne feel.

D: If you're a beer person, go ahead and buy this instead of champagne for a big celebration. I got this to celebrate my admission to a graduate program, and it was a good choice. I'd rarely (if ever) buy it again, but it's worth it for an Event. [My bottle was $33.]

I was actually happy to find that I wasn't super duper crazy about this beer. My tastes run more in the nice Belgian trippel and strong IPA ranges, which are expensive as far as beer goes but much cheaper than something like this. Good, but not the THE BEST in flavor in my opinion. I don't regret the purchase by any means, but I won't crave it the way I crave Chimay Trippel, La Fin du Monde, or Green Flash IPA.

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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
92 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.