DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)
Brouwerij Bosteels

DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)
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Style:
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Ranked #3
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,246
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 12.47%
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
670
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Brouwerij Bosteels
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  94
SCORE
93
Outstanding
DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)
Notes: This extraordinary and sparkling "DeUs, Brut des Flandres", brewed with barley, is fermented and matured in Belgium, refermented in the bottle, followed but the traditional "remuarge" and "dégorgement" in France. Serve chilled (2 - 4º C) and pour gently into a chilled flute or chalice glass.
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 edition. Pours a straw colour with a nice sheen. Smells like faint banana and allspice, green apple peel, and un-ripened pears, and a touch of meadowsweet. Tastes very effervescent; champagne yeasts, pear, elderflower, woodbine nectar, and touches of allspice, nutmeg and Belgian yeasts. clean semi-dry finish.

Mar 21, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color. Incredibly effervescent even after sitting for a while. Thick frothy white head collapses inward leaving a thin layer of foam fed by the constant rising bubbles from the bottom of the champagne glass. Given plenty of time to sit, the beer does clear up as the yeast particles sink to the bottom. Never completely clear, but certainly much clearer.

Aroma is interesting - it has light floral and fruity notes with a distinct spiciness to it. Some spicy esters come through especially as it warms.

Taste follows the nose with herbal and floral notes and a distinct spicy ester. Touch of mint. The interplay does have some lemon citrus notes that coupled with the spiciness comes across like lemon-pepper spice. Bitterness starts on the back end and continues into the finish.

Feel is light, bright and vivacious. Sprightly carbonation. Dry finish. Pretty much what you'd expect from the style.

Overall this is a really unique beer. Id need to have more traditional Belgian examples to really know how this hold up against other examples of the style. On its own merits, I thought the spicy esters were too prominent, and wanted a bit more balance overall. Still, it was a good beer and one I was glad to get the chance to try.

Jan 24, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the front label: "Cuvée Prestige 2010"
The bottle was chilled according to the pamphlet that was attached to the neck.

Appearance: The body is a light gold color which is moderately hazy. It has loads of carbonation bubbles. The head starts out very large and white but quickly fizzes out to a short cap on the surface.

Aroma: The beer has a light herbal aroma with just a touch of bubblegum. The longer the nose is spent near the glass the more it takes on this floral note. After a bit longer it even starts to take on some slightly fruity aromas with a nice caramel scent. It smells a lot better and has much more character as it sits in the glass a bit. I would recommend at least ten minutes for it to really open up.

Taste; Up front there is this sweet caramel flavor mixed with a touch of tea leaf. The flavor rolls off the tongue and fades to near nothing. The finish has this nice floral character with a touch of bitterness. Oddly, after sitting for a while there is this slight flavor of what kind-of tastes like lemon pepper.

Mouthfeel: It is heavily carbonated and it fizzes very lively across the palate. The beer starts with a semi-sweet character and lightens as the carbonation draws itself across the palate.

Overall: It's a very interesting beer. The aroma, flavor of the beer all started off feeling rather average but then the intricacies of its delicate nature started to show. In the aroma department it slowly builds a nice bouquet that becomes pleasant over time. The flavor of the beer starts out a bit simple and sweet but slowly begins to become more floral and a bit herbal. One of the strongest elements of the beer is its "Belgian yeast character" which seems to contribute a lot to its aroma and flavor. I would recommend this beer to anyone who really enjoys lighter Belgian beers and I would drink it again.

Feb 17, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle into glass. No dating information for bottling found.
Straw colored body, with expressive carbonation that maintains white cap and ring. No lacing.
Aroma of pear and spice.
Taste of peach and pear. Spicy esters. Rather dry.
Fizzy and medium mouth feel.
Very interesting take on beer. Even the bottle suggests a wine or champagne. Not an everyday beer, but an excellent choice for holidays and special occasions. Watch out for the higher ABV.

Jan 14, 2018
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breadwinner from California

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What a lovely brew, whose prodigious strength is wonderfully hidden beneath a cultured nose and palate. No teeming alcohol here, instead there's a balanced nose of apple and pear esters and just a touch of peppery phenols. Similar palate with, to use the word again, a very nicely balanced body, which is neither excessively bouyant nor too full/flat, ultimately ending in a lightly juicy feel, really quite pleasant. Again, I was shocked at how seamlessly the 11.5% was woven into this beer. Really a nice pour.

Oct 05, 2017
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snowmageddon from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Didn't love it at first. Reminds me of a musty, attenuated green-bottle Belgian tripel. Bright apricot and peach flavors. High carbonation obviously. Bready with a quick finish. This would be an awesome holiday-dinner beer. Worth trying. (Rating overall and not 'to style' since this is my first in the style)

Aug 06, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold to light brown in color. There's a fingernail of off white that surrounds most of the rim. Lots of carbonation bubbles are erupting from within. The aroma is of cereal grains and sweet champagne yeast. I'm tasting those cereal grains with oats and honey standing out. It quickly slips into a champagne-like sweet grape flavor and then I'm back to cereal grains at the back of the palate. The mouth is bone dry, heavily carbonated, and crisp.

Jul 23, 2017
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Bosteels DeuS (Brut Des Flandres), 11.5% ABV, style is Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut . Pours thin and pale yellow, with a champagne-like fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is fruity and yeasty, taste follows, no real bitterness. This tastes like you would expect, like a cross between a beer and champagne, but more like champagne. The brewing process is quite complicated, hence the highest price I've paid for a beer. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent. This beer satisfies style #99 in my quest to review a beer from all 104 styles recognized by Beeradvocate.

Jun 30, 2017
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igl from Russian Federation

4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: clear golden color, foamy white head, average retention, spotty lacing.
S: sweet floral aromas, Belgian yeast, coriander.
T: Belgian yeast, floral, spicy esters, coriander, clove, sweet, hint of sagebrush.
F: medium body, medium carbonation.
O: well hidden alcohol. Taste is not quite dry and winy as I expected, but very delicious.

May 31, 2017
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Wiener_schtnizel from Serbia

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of the BEST beers I've had a chance to drink. Bubbly, high content of alcohol which is by the way undetectable, fruity aromas, hint of citrus, but the taste... Anyone who tries Deus will be delighted! High recommendation!

Mar 23, 2017
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BulletProofTrappistMonk from Missouri

4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by my son. I thoroughly enjoyed this different style beer. Attractive light color with effervescence similar to bubbly. High alcohol content perfectly concealed. Careful, after one bottle, I felt the effects. (About the same as 4 or 5 regular beers.) Feel was also similar to sparkling wine. Head disappeared quickly. I should have shared more of this with my date, but she was only moderately impressed. (She likes Ultra . . . 'nuf said.) Spice and fruit aromas consistent with the style.

I recommend it to people who like Belgian Ales.

Jan 23, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle
Served in a champagne flute
Cuvée Prestige 2012

This beer pours light in color. It is about the color of a light beer or blonde ale. Upon close inspection I see some tiny bits of suspended yeast. It is topped with an effervescent, champagne-like head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing.

I get pear and light stone fruit notes along with some spicy esters.

It has a spiced pear flavor. The alcohol is hidden. It's similar to a highly carbonated Belgian pale ale.

Medium to thin mouthfeel and highly effervescent

I enjoyed this beer. I believe the only other beer that I have had in this style was the Sam Adams Millennium which was buttery and not great. This was a thousand times better. It is the most expensive bottle that I have ever bought, so I am glad that it didn't suck. I mentioned that the alcohol was hidden in the taste, but the effects were felt just fine.

Jan 01, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased in Belgium in November of 2014. Pours a lovely pale yellow with a tight, loose white head and a translucent clarity. Nose is interesting and not really what I expected - primarily spice. Taste consistent with nose; however, much more palatable and quite pleasant in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is wonderful - light, bright and lively. Overall, a nice alternative to traditional champagne; however, the price tag is so steep. I was fortunate to buy it for 1/3 of the price across the pond.

Dec 03, 2016
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delta490 from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer is deep gold, mostly clear with a big fizzy white head that leaves bigger spots of lacing. The aroma is sweet, a little grainy and yeasty. The taste is much the same. It's got nothing particularly distinct about it in terms of a characteristic but it is really good. The body is light, effervescent and crisp.

Sep 25, 2016
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REDAMI from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow pour with meringue-like head. Musty wine scented. Slightly sweet mead, white florals on the tongue, slight vanilla aftertaste. Stinging carbonation. Well hidden alcohol. This was a nice surprise, with a very unique flavor profile

Jul 31, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This has been a shelf turd at the local bottle shop and it was discounted (though still pricey) so I figured why not?

Pours a golden straw color with a head that is just ridiculous. It's pure white and fluffy and is about the size of an obese hockey puck. Lots of bubbles.

The aroma has lots of green apple and white grapes. Maybe a bit of spice.

The taste follows the nose. Lots of apples, some pears, and apricot. Getting some bananas as well. Lightly spicy.

The feel is very light with a ton of carbonation. Very crisp with a slight burn on the tongue from the carbonation.

Overall, a solid beer. I'd be interested in trying more from the style.

Jun 05, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From 2d2despuma. In Teku glass. Watching True Detective 2x04-05. In my saint's day A cross between a saison and a Duvel. Amazing in nose. Very refreshing and incredibily well hidden ABV. Expensive (20€)

Mar 20, 2016
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D-HopSupreme from Canada

4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a straw coloured body with a nice champagne-like head, with highly visible carbonation. The scent brings up a great deal of dark fruit and spice, with notes reminiscent to Chimay Bleu. The taste is wonderfully balanced between a well-varied spiciness, nice body, and splendid finish. As of now, the best beer I have ever had. I would do just about anything to get more.

Mar 04, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been watching DeuS on the shelf for at least 7 years. I defer because of its price. There are a thousand interesting Belgians at better value. But the two times I admit to breaking down, I cannot say I exercised bad judgment for two reasons. First, DeuS remains interesting as to how barley can seem like champagne and was worth each experience. And second, it is great to share with wine-drinkers to win converts. It is good to know that beer can be as good as wine that has that extra cache we call champagne. DeuS does not get as dry as champagne, but its malt is more fruity.

Deus is on the list of "1001 To Drink Before You Die" and deserves to be on the list for being the pioneer of the style.
But the true weigh-in comes from MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" gives it three full pages, plus photos. If you can find a copy, read it. He even quotes his American contemporary and colleague, Fred Eckhardt, as saying "I don't think I have ever tasted a better beer." Then MJ quotes his younger colleague, Garrett Oliver (who I think now wears MJ's mantel) "It's stunning" and in response to beer-lovers complaining about pay over $30, Garrett advised "Stop Whining and pony up. It's worth every penny."

With advice like that, I will complain no more. But I can wait to get a fresh copy in Belgium and maybe even visit Bosteels who produce only three brews and all are world-class in my book.

Feb 26, 2016
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Melvintrude from England

3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage . Very convincingly packaged in the champagne manner, and bottle opens with the Reims sound.

Enormous very fine white head, body darker than anticipated.

Sweet marmalade flavours predominate, the lingering mixed flowers and herbs.

No sense of the 12% alcohol at all.

Enjoyed it, but something of an anti-climax. Can't imagine I'll be rushing back for another, but would recommend it to anybody

Feb 18, 2016
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JMS1512 from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy 2016, subscribers, viewers, and newcomers. I feel it only fitting that one of the first things I do this year is post a beer review. The following was my experience with my much-heralded NYE beer, DeuS. Enjoy, and try not to snort beer from your nose while reading, it gets a little out-there…

On the docket: 750 mL cork and cage bottle of Brewery Bosteels’ Deus 2012

Poured into: pilsner glass

S: Holy bubbly, Batman! I have never, in my short beer-drinking life, seen so much effervescence. Bubbles, falling in reverse, constantly erupt from the bottom of my pilsner glass. A stark white, highly porous head builds then recedes. Its body is a very pale straw, golden, and remarkably clear.

A: Apple, pear, a bit of barnyard, bright fruity esters… mint? Yeah, I think there’s a mint note. Halfway through enjoying the bottle, and periodically inhaling the aroma of the newly poured head, my nose did a double-take. What is that I’m getting? I turned to my wife and asked her to smell the beer, thinking I was crazy. After she sniffed, I said, “It smells like a wet dog rolled in mint leaves and Aqua Velva.” That observation got me the weirdest look in a long time. But, though that was imaginative, and descriptive, it wasn’t quite accurate. I continued to smell. Then it hit me (almost literally). What some people call “pineapple,” but my sense memory labeled as “cat box.” The realization almost put me off my beer. Whether from the yeast strain, the hop bill, or some other chemical process, I had never smelled anything quite like that in a beer.

T: The pleasant parts of the nose follow through to the taste: a medley of pear, apple, clove spice, citrus, and yes, mint again. I don’t detect bitterness. Instead, there’s a delicate tartness. Added in is a sweet note in the beginning, but by the time you swallow, it’s quite dry.

F: Light, creamy, and fluffy all at the same time. Extremely tingly. There’s a subtle whisper of booze on the finish, and grows more evident as the beer warms. 11.5%. Yikes!

O: I love to use the phrase “no words, just feelings” when describing incredible experiences. However, this is a beer review, so words are not just required, but inadequate. I’ve nothing to compare this beer to… if Saison Dupont, Chimay Cinq Cents, and Duvel got together in a room and starting drinking Dom, that just about scratches the surface of this intensely drinkable AND dangerous deity of a brew. And, when have I ever added this to a review- there is a very noticeable auditory element to this beer… it’s like the Belgian brewers put an Alka-Seltzer tablet in with the second dose of yeast.

S: 4.5 A: 3.75 T: 4.25 F: 4.5 O: 4.0

Suggested food pairing: poach salmon, citrusy salads, on its own as an aperitif, fruit salad

Jan 01, 2016
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BGDrock from Canada

4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a twirling tornado of carbonation maintains a bubbly angel-white head and keeps flecks of yeast in suspension; gold body

Aroma: musty fruit, apple and pear, grape, some dried spice, maybe coriander, cinnamon

Taste & Mouthfeel: a surprising burst of fresh spice! cinnamon =, clove, and maple syrup are bringing to mind pumpkin spice flavours, accentuated by a beautifully rounded, full, slippery body; candy sweet like a soda but the spice notes are so vibrant, it works (but probably best to share anyway); a flicker of heat in the finish cuts some of the sweetness; dates, dried figs; root beer

Overall: usually not fond of sugary brews, but this is completely enthralling with complex spice flavours and luxurious mouthfeel; a real treat that is best shared with friends post dinner, by a fire if you can

Oct 09, 2015
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ljdrinksbeer from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a champagne flute, beautiful pale gold color with a fizzy head,
sweet, herbal aroma,
very clean, herbal flavor, slightly bitter, honestly don't care for the taste much but its interesting,
crisp and bubbly,
very cool beer to try but $$$, I didn't buy this beer but would NEVER pay the >$36 it cost at the LBS

Mar 15, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very straw to pale gold with a champagne like liveliness with a thick soapy 2” foam cap that quickly dissipates. Clean fruit and floral aromas and taste with a slight hint of sweetness and some definite white wine qualities. The perception oscillates between a sparkling wine and a beer and you swing between the yeast driven fruit flavors and the light malts. Very effervescent, medium light body. Very refreshing.

Mar 12, 2015
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Eric_Standard from Canada

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Highly effervescent, deep yellow colour, huge fluffy head, very slight murkiness. Very champagne-like in appearance.

Smell: Herbal, a bit grassy, yeasty, slight medicinal twinge.

Taste: Distinct yeast flavours up front tempered by the wave of subtle sweetness that follows. Herbal notes are complimented by an undercurrent of spice and fruit (clove, apricot, coriander). Well balanced and delicate.

Feel: Medium bodied. The alcohol provides some gravity, but the champagne qualities keep things on the lighter side.

Overall: Very nice. Keeping in line with my previous encounters with Brouwerij Bosteels' offerings, this was top notch. My first experience with this style, and so far so good.

Feb 04, 2015
DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 670 ratings