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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium | website

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 01-15-2003

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338
Ratings:
619
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4.14
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
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Reviews by notyourdadsbeer:
Photo of notyourdadsbeer
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml into flute at Euclid Hall.

A: Pale straw and hazy gold. Head rests gently on the surface of the beer with decent lacing- not sticky. Tight bubbles.

S: Spices and spices galore. Cooking spices, cinnamon, fresh cracked bread, and lemon grass intoxicate the aroma.

T: Big cinnamon notes, creaminess, white pepper and spices dominate. Effervescent and invigorating. Bread like malts are thin but balance the high carbonation.

M: Even light coat across the palate for being such a full bodied beer. Finishes bone dry, just like a brute.

D: Fantastic beer worth celebrating with. Next time skip the Champagne and get this bier de champagne instead.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a light yellow in color with an orangish hue. The carbonation was just furious, as you would expect from the style.

The head was just incredible. It came up like champagne but then showed the retention of a strong Belgian beer. What an amazing combination. It was thicker than thick. I’m sure I could have stood a dime on top of it.

Smell – The malts here are Belgianesque and somewhat light, but it’s the spices that blow you away. They are just huge! The cardamon especially is off the charts. I keep some around the house to put in my Turkish coffee and kept comparing the two aromas just for s**** and giggles. There were some good, quality white pepper notes in there as well.

Taste – This was heavenly. The light malts came out in the taste, but again it was the amazing spices that carried the day. The cardamon was huge on the palate.

I thought I picked up some light Belgian hops along with a delicate touch of yeast. This really is a complex and tasty brew.

Mouthfeel – This Biére De Champagne had the best mouthfeel of any beer that I’ve had to date. It was extremely thick, almost full-bodied, with the most incredible carbonation imaginable. The fluffy, ultra-smooth mouthfeel made my evening.

Drinkability – This was a real treat. I found the many different flavors and big spicing reminiscent of some of the “farmier” Belgian styles. Overall, this is a great one to share with a friend or loved one. And, like a few other BAs have said, would make the ultimate accompaniment to a nice Thanksgiving dinner.

Comments – My “special occasion” for popping this cork was review #1,300. What a treat to find a new beer-style (new to me) after so many reviews. I’ve seen the bottle in the stores before but would have never thought of buying it was it not for the strong rating on BeerAdvocate. A great beer and a great site!

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$25 for a bottle in Paducah. Pours into a flute a slightly hazed,yellow body with a towering mound of white foam atop. The frothy vanilla head eventually falls into an attractive meringue. Aroma is floral and grainy, somewhat exotic. Rosewater essence is prominent. Mouthfeel is light mediumbodied with spritzy carbonation. Taste is very dry. Green strawberries leads an unusual fruity aspect, blending with spice, yeast, and mint. Fruity combines with floral, finishing very dry. Quite champagne like. Very interesting, and nicely drinkable but for the price I'll pass next time.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my first champagne beer and it didn't disappoint. The beers pours a golden color with a huge fluffy white head. The beer has many small bubbles like champagne and the bubbles remained during the entire time it was in the glass. The smell is of lemons and malt and the taste was similar, with some yeast in there as well. For a beer that was 11.5% ABV, the alcohol is nearly completely hidden. The beer didn't taste like champagne, but the high carbonation made it feel like champagne as you drank it. This is an expensive beer and is not an every day drinker, but for a special occasion, I don't think you can go wrong with DeuS.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Jammyman
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A champagne beer? How will this turn out...

Clear yellow-gold in color. Huge volumes of carbonation swirling around. Strangely, the whitish head is quite robust, lasting an eternity. Amazing lacing of the glass. Aromas tickle the nostrils. Sorta like perfume crossed with an array of citrus. Flavor is superb. It's hard to convince yourself that this is beer your are drinking. Crackly carbonation enhances the drenching of the tastebuds from the sugary sweetness up front, smoothing out to a more pronounced peppery/hop bite in the middle, and finishes with a honey-glazed orange spice zip. Dry? Hell yes. Simply an amazing creation.

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

An excellent beer - my first Biere Brut, and was quite surprised. Very high carbonation, just like a sparkling wine, and the colour is similar too, a pale golden. The smell is somewhere between a cider and a sparkling wine, with notes of apples, white grapes, spices. The taste is bitter-sweet and very refreshing.

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Photo of innominat
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BGDrock
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ADR
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thomas Liquors gave me a "good customer" discount, $16 dollars -- thanks! 2001 vintage, poured into a LaTrappe chalice.

The bottle blew like a land mine, covered the sink and one side of the fridge. Hazy bright peach from the final yeast pitch (the 4th), head flattens to less than an 1/8 of an inch after the spurting released the primary carbonation. Decent string laces. Spicy aroma, huge amounts of pumpkin pie spice and associated sweetness. A little bit of model paint phenolic whiffs, as well. Tea-like and steeped in associated flavors, clove and ginger, lots of nutmeg predominate with a black pepper bite up front. Finishes with a bitter date-like and apricot liquor cordial impression and a fully rounded aftertaste. Decided body overall. Sense of alcohol and huge amounts of reminders of the sip. Survives low temperatures very well. Very nice, complex without an obvious hop...big. Wish the bottle didn't blow (I may have jostled it too much), I missed out on about 1/4 of the volume here. Minnesota, we should all take advantage of this beer's availability, the distributor is shaky and stores like Thomas Liquors only have six (well, five) on hand.

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Photo of kwkdmk
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of OStrungT
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very slightly clooudy pale yellow color, with a thick, fluffy white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a massive laging.

This beer has a nice grainy/spicy aroma. I detect some cloves, and some grains of paradise, and some coriander. It has a slight earthy yeast aroma as well. The alcohol content is very well hidden in the aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Some grainy flavors up front. It also has a nice subtle spicy flavor. As with the aroma, mostly coriander and cloves. A mild earthy yeast flavor is also present. It has a very subtle sour flavor that is almost nonexistant if you are not looking for it. As with the aroma, the alcohol content is well hidden.

This beer is very smooth, and leaves a spicy aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

I am not sure how good a session beer this one might be. First, it is expensive, so it would be a waste to slam a few bottles. Also, the alcohol content is high. However, it is easy to drink, and therefore you must be wary when drinking it.

Overall: This beer is great. It is all I have expected from the beer and the style.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)

A- This beer pours a bright pale yellow with a crystal clear body and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a big billowy white mouse that last and last.

S- The smell of earthy grain and hop bitterness are strong with a slight yeasty "Flanders" funk. There is some cooked corn notes to the grain with a slight sweetness.

T- This beer has a soft malt note with a hop bitterness that is blended with a slight sweetness and some alcohol heat.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel and the fizzy is not real strong. There is some alcohol warmth in the finish.

D- This beer is interesting. It has some qualities of highly carbonated malt liquor but then it has some qualities only found in some good wild beers. Definitely an original.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Being the only Brut I see on a regular basis and, from what I'm told, the standard-setter for the style, it's about time I try this one as the first of 3 I was able to get my hands on.

It pours out exactly what I expect to see as it falls into the glass, as it settles and once it has: very much like Champagne. It's the same pale, bright white gold with a similar bubbly effervescence all the way through. The head it forms is pure white and frothy, exactly as one sees on champagne, but with real staying power and structure. Lacing is in somewhat more than moderation and mostly patchy.
A nice, soft ripe fruits bouquet greets the nose, including notes of fresh pear, apple and peach. Yeast is dry and brings a nice contrast, being soft and avoiding going too dry but complementing with just a light must. I expect a little vinous character, and I get it. A very, very gentle sort of spiciness comes in toward the middle, and it has a bit of tangy tartness to offset the sweetness, particularly as something like tropical fruits comes in.
The flavor follows the aroma very closely. If anything, it's got a bit more of the musty earth, might be ever so slightly more on the dry side, and has a touch more of the spiciness nipping on the tongue. The vinous character adds a little more green, similar to but not quite a leafy note, maybe just a hint stemmy. It's still got the great balance of sweet and dry and very nice depth of flavor overall.
Carbonation makes for a fluffy effervescence, kept in check by a strong crispness and a body that just reaches medium and feels appropriate there. It is still on the very light side of medium, of course, and has lots of smoothness. It's clean, which seems very important and difficult to achieve for this particular beer.

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Photo of Tomblerone
5/5  rDev +20.8%

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