DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) | Brouwerij Bosteels

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

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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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Photo of bobhits
2.28/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of 77black_ships
2.37/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shows up from time to time at an okay price at the supermarket +/- 12 euro and at ridiculous prices at bars 30+ euro. Appears to be exclusively aimed at people with little beer knowledge with an interest in a luxury product. Got a 75 cl. bottle from the supermarket.

The instructions suggest to try it as cold as possible, I tried it both really cold and at +/- 15 °C and indeed you need to drink this as cold as possible, it is worse warm, I feel like you need to kill the taste a bit by drinking it that insanely cold. The fact that I don’t like Champagne greatly diminished my enjoyment, I think liking Champagne is instrumental to liking this. Meaning that this isn’t really aimed at beer drinkers.

A: Pale yellow, clear, heavy carbonated, bubbling white head, looks like Champagne.

S: Much better than it tasted, strong smell, Champagne yeast, apples, grapes (bit like white wine, muscat?), lemon peel, nectar/flowers mixed in

T: I got the feeling that I was drinking Champagne mixed with a Belgian Pale Ale, Champagne yeast (which I personally don’t like & dominates too much for me) followed by Belgian yeast in the aftertaste, noticeable alcohol, spices, sourness, if someone told me that this was Champagne, I would have believed him or her but it is Champagne with an off taste.

B: There was way, way too much carbonation going on for any beer.

This stuff has been getting really popular (I have seen it on tv) and has been selling out fast. Like I mentioned previously, I see it more and more at different places at going for what I perceive to be retarded prices. I feel like most people buy it not because of the taste but because of the perceived luxury, same as with Champagne for many. I have been asked by many people how it tastes like, I always say, cheap Champagne, if you want Champagne, buy that, if you want beer, get something else. If you want a good Champagne beer get Malheur Dark Brut which is actually really good and delicious.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.43/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was told a bottle of this stuff retails for $45 at a liquor store, and for $80 at a bar. Which means that a sampling at Comet Cafe in Milwaukee saved me a substantial sum of money, as I will not be purchasing this again. It tasted like lemon-lime soda with a chalky consistency, and I can buy lemon-lime soda for substantially less money.

This beer poured a hazy yellow with miniscule bubbles that appeared to be the product of secondary fermentation. The beer had a lemon-lime soda aroma that was reminiscent to me of the "Squirt" brand. Mouthfeel was very chalky and rough in nature while flavor was lemon-y in flavor. I am not a fan.

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Photo of 77ships
2.53/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes, bottle@home, this stuff has been getting really popular (I have seen it on tv) and has been selling out fast, I see it more and more at different places at going for what I perceive to be retarded prices. I feel like most people buy it not because of the taste but because of the perceived luxury, same as with Champagne for many. I have been asked by many people how it tastes like, I always say, cheap Champagne, if you want Champagne, buy that, if you want beer, get something else. This was the first Champagne beer that I tried, I have tried a second one since then, Malheur Cuvée Royale, if you have the luxury of choosing between the two, get that one.

The instructions suggest to try it as cold as possible, I tried it both really cold and at +/- 15 °C and indeed you need to drink this as cold as possible, it is worse warm, I feel like you need to kill the taste a bit by drinking it that insanely cold.

A: pale yellow, clear, heavy carbonated, bubbling white head
S: strong smell, yeast, apples, grapes (bit like white wine, muscat?), lemon peel, nectar/flowers mixed with cheap no-brand lemon soda
T: I am thinking of Champagne mixed with a Belgian Pale Ale, Champagne yeast (which I personally don't like & dominates too much for me) followed by Belgian yeast in the aftertaste, noticeable alcohol, spices, sourness, if someone told me that this was Champagne, I would have believed him or her but it is Champagne with an off taste
M: like Champagne, lots & lots of carbonation, too much for a beer, light body
D: didn't enjoy it much but I had no difficulty drinking it, I still say that you either buy Champagne or a different beer, if you must try this style, try to look for Malheur Cuvée Royale, cost is too much I got it for 12 € and I felt that, that was way too much and that was on the low end of the spectrum for this beer.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.62/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a light golden color with a white head that subsided very quickly.
The aroma is metallic with an aluminum like quality amogst a dry pilsner malt scent.
Very highly carbonated this ale has a very sweet malt profile and it reminds me of a high gravity lager like a malt liquor only with higher carbonation.
The mouthfeel is very fizzy and the carbonic bite makes me think that attepmting to make a champagne beer is nice but actually doing one commercially is a bad idea.

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Photo of TheDM
2.66/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First, we moved this brew form the fridge to the freezer to get it cold like they said on the bottle. After 1/2 hour it was removed, uncorked, with a big pop, and poured. It poured a large head of creamy fine white bubbles and a very carbonated weak straw yellow body. The head leaves a clinging vine lacing. Its aroma was a bit different and mild. Neither malt nor hop. Almost kind of skunky. My first thought of the taste was yuck! A second sip revieled a bit more character. It was very spicey with clove and licorice. After a few sips, the burps from the fizzy carbonation began to set in. I then let it warm up as I continued to finish the mug I had poured with well over a half a bottle left. At this point, I had rated it 4,3,6,2,12 a 2.7 overall. After letting it warm up, it did not get any better. Complex it is, but after the Rochefort 8, we had earlier, its really hard to live up to it. This is not a brew I would reccommend, especially for the $30 it cost me for 1 bottle.

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Photo of phishgator
2.73/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this into a snifter since the champange flute is too small for me to be drinking out of. The head is that of a champ. lots of tiny bubbles, just carbonation out of control. The aroma was alcoholic and sweet. The taste was a little citrusy, dry, and a backbone of malt. The hops were slightly presesnt with a spiciness, but the sweet alochol overpowered most of the brew. The mouthfeel is sticky sweet and not good when warmed. Not something that I try again. I had it for the experience and I'm glad for that. My friend and I didn't even finish the bottle (it's just not that good a brew for my tastebuds).

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Photo of jdubjacket
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours from a bottle into a chalice. Very pale yellow with A LOT of bubbles. Looks exactly like champagne. Smell is spicy, sweet, with some fruit scents. Taste...tastes exactly like freaking champagne. It's hard to believe this was classified as beer. I can't drink a pint glass of champagne, nor could I drink a pint of this stuff. Like champagne, it was sweet to start and finished dry. Way too much carbonation for this beer to be enjoyable. Filled the stomach with so much air, I couldn't finish this one. Definitely not my style of beer. $25 down the drain.

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Photo of Quaffer
2.81/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

25.4 oz. bottle, corked and caged. Vintage 2002.

Appearance: A golden-yellow beer that produced a very champagne-like head on the pour (go figure). The difference was that this head lingered longer, though not by a lot.

Smell: Alcoholic, floral, and perfume-like. Lots of lavender and lilac; very different from the floral characteristic that I associate with hops.

Taste: I could cut-and-paste my smell description into the taste section word-for-word and be happy. Strong alcohol combined with lavender and lilac perfume. The first glass was so alcoholic that I almost stopped drinking right then. (This really hurt the "taste" rating.) However, I pressed on with pride (and remembered how much I paid for this bottle) and as I downed a few more glasses, this seemed to subside and the other flavors came out more.

I really didn't care for this beer at first, but I got to where I thought it was okay by the end of the bottle. That's all, though. Defintely nothing special, in my opinion. I'm glad that I tried it, but it is nowhere, I repeat NOWHERE near being worth the $30 that I paid for this bottle. Even for half that price, I wouldn't buy another. I appreciate the process and the labor that goes into making this beer, but end the end it's still a flower-ridden, perfumey brew with an overpowering alcohol flavor. At 11.5% abv, I'm glad that beerlovergirl helped me with this bottle, though it put her under the table (hehe).

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Photo of gyllstromk
2.82/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice, clear golden, with a big carbonation that sings to you from the glass. Nose is nutmeg, allspice, cloves, juniper, and a kiss of sourness. Flavor is a big, somewhat cloying spice flavor, with subtle tartness, giving way to a menthol finish. Perhaps even a Splenda-esque aftertaste. A neat beer but it doesn't work for me. Think: gin and diet tonic.

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Photo of Beertracker
2.86/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

DeuS Brut des Flanders is best served cold (39-41F) from a champagne flute or lambic-style tumbler. *Warning: Contents under extreme pressure and the cork from this one will easily blow a hole through your ceiling! DeuS pours up very noisily with lots of fizziness much like champagne. The rocky white head completely engulfs the straw-golden body and goes on forever. The aroma is alive with an zesty fruitiness (lemon, lime, orange peel, etc...) with a light fresh graininess and some noteable earthiness (freshly cut hay, morning dew, etc...) which adds to the complexity along with a solid yeast & alcohol spiciness (coriander, clove) with just a touch of vanilla. The flavor starts off with a bit of barley graininess and unexpected tartness, but comes off rather bland with barely perceivable bitterness, clover spiciness and a noteworthy vanilla oakiness which reminds a person that they're even drinking a beer. The finish is almost bone-dry much like a Brut champagne with a blast of hot alcohol. This light-medium bodied specialty is very highly carbonated and would make a fine apertif or digestive for any special occasion or dinner party...if you can afford the asking price. Try pairing with some Belgian or French chocolates or chocolate dipped strawberries for Valentine's Day. Here's to the champagne of the beer world!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of hotstuff
2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First of all, in my opinion, this brew is way overpriced to say the least because I do not feel it is all that great of a brew. It poured a large white invigorating foamy head and there was not that much lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma was a combination of being spicy, fruity and a slight clove aroma. There was carbonation observed and the body was a pale yellow. The taste of this brew was fizzy and tingly which is not much to my liking when it comes to taste. I was not impressed to say the least and the cost is way out of line in my personal opinion. Even if I really, really liked this brew, I would still say that it is way overpriced.

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Photo of IDrinkAllot
2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

P.T. Barnum would have loved this beer. Its full of flash and has no substance.

When I first tried this beer it was at the end of a long night of drinking at a local beer bar. At the time I really enjoyed it but since is sells for $38 at the liquor store and $45 at the bar I was holding off on getting it for a special occasion. Wow what a mistake, this beer is like that bed time companion you picked last night when your beer goggles were in full effect.
The appearance is decent with a nice full frothy head and a beautiful cascade of bubbles like you would find in any champagne. But then there was the taste. I can't even tell what this is. It dose not have either the dryness or the wet fruitiness you would find in champagnes. At the same time it barely resembles beer. It is almost flavorless and what it does have is almost like carbonated parsley. The malt profile was quite nice but not enough to save this travesty.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.96/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= a golden color with a big soapy head rising out and leaving a thick ring around the glass and constant bubbles taking care of the retention
S= apples and alcohol mostly not much else.
T= apples and quite a bit of alcohol. Pretty good.
M= sooo fizzy and light. Floats my tounge out of my mouth
D= not too great. It was ok but the alcohol was too heavy for me.

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Photo of stimy
2.96/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank this at an "Art of Refermentation" beer tasting hosted by Garrett Oliver at the National Geographic.

These are my tasting notes:

I did not particularly care for this beer. It appears in my beer store, and I've been tempted to give it another try, but my initial impression was an overly ginger character and given the price I didn't think it was exceptional.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Bosse and his generosity for this.

750ml corked cage bottle into a tulip.

The beer pours a medium peach, lighter gold on the outside. There is tons of carbonation, at least four fingers comes making me pour several times. Also, a gusher on opening so be careful. The head is white, the big stuff falls pretty quickly but leaves a lasting centimeter of head for several minutes. Good lacing...The aroma is sweet, citrus notes of pineapple, a little alcohol. bubbly champagnge, rubbing alcohol, which I don't like because its at the end and lasts too long...The taste isn't good either, very alcoholy, all the sweetness is gone. The feel also puts a bad taste in my mouth as it is very carbonated, it attacks your tongue. Not very drinkable.

I wanted to show the gf this style, as I have had some good ones. Sadly, this wasn't the one to try to get her hooked on, so many better options out that you are free to skip this.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.01/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- golden clear yellow with small light head, beautiful bubbles stream the glass

Smell- mix of malt yeast and spicey hops, interesting unique smell

Taste- is very unique, reminicant some of champagne and of a belgian style beer, with spice slight hops and malts its an interesting mix, cant say I love the finish but certainly unique

Mouthfeel- light crisp and enjoyable carbonation

Drinkability- Its easy to drink but to me this just was a little off, i would recommend it for the price of 30 a bottle almost, worth a look once just out of how unique this is for a beer, the taste is reminiscent of some beers but in someway you do feel it more like a champagne, a one time try for me

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I will say that this is the first beer of this style that i have tried. Pours like champagne, highly carbonated and smelling like grain. There is a very thick head, but it settles quickly. This brew hurt my mouth. it tastes very metallic with grainy finish. I am not a big fan, especially for the price, but i put a bottle away for the hell of it. I think it is overrated, I would rather spend 20 bucks on some scaldis noel.

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Photo of spicelab
3.07/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2006 vintage. Intended to be opened at a blind tasting tomorrow night, but the cork had other ideas after the caging was (idiotically) removed.

Cumquat with a touch of haze. Pretty modest white head, light and ethereal, which falls audibly to a film.

Nose is clean and rounded. Sweet ginger, lavender, apple and musty straw funk. Very nice.

Flavour profile is similar, but largely overwhelmed by significant malt sweetness and plenty of booze.

Syrupy and hot with aggressive scratchy carbonation, which doesn't serve as a welcome counterpoint, it just comes across as schizophrenic.

Enjoyed this a lot more the first time I had it 5 or so years ago. Don't know if this has deteriorated, but to me the concept doesn't really work because the elements don't integrate well. That said, there's nothing actually offensive about it.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this beer into a tulip glass. It poured a beautiful golden straw color with thin white head which disappeared quickly. The amount of bubbles were amazing. Just like a champagne. The smell was a bit lacking. It had a faint apple and alcohol smell to it.
The taste was sweet. Very sweet. The sweetness of the beer overpowered every other taste I had hoped to experience. The mouthfeel was medium body and high carbonation. Overall drinkability was poor for me. For me the beer is way to sweet and I can get much better beers at better prices. This beer retails for nearly $20 a bottle. I can mix and awesome 6 for that price.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow-ish gold with lots of suspended sediment, a nice off-white head, and decent steady carbonation. Intense flowery, heather-like aroma and flavor which overpowers all other characteristics; has a biting character. Light airy body considering ABV.

Very one dimensional in a bad perfumey way ... not nearly as pleasant as Malheur Brut Reserve. Overpriced and overhyped ? ... Signs point to yes.

Cuvee Prestige 2002
Tasted: Late June 2006

(25.4 oz fat yellow-ish brown champagne bottle, corked, caged, and wrapped with gold foil)

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.12/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale and cloudy with a champagne head and loads of bubbles.

Floral, but very light, aroma.

Lots of citrus, tartness, right up front. I'd say spicy, but it's a bit difficult to say for sure given the extreme carbonation. The finish is long, a bit bitter, and very boozy.

Not drinkable really, I had troubled finishing the bottle with another person.

I just don't get this beer. I usually score based on style but, given the unique nature of this beer, I have to rate on overall impression. Don't particularly like it. Certainly would not buy again given the price point.

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Photo of Travlr
3.12/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle bought by Bryan - thanks! A champagne beer, and nearly as strong at 11.5%. Straw-colored, rapidly disappearing head, so appears flat in the glass. Tastes like champagne, with a touch of hoppy bitterness. Gimmicky - especially the Dom Perignot bottle. Not worth the pricetag.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a bit reluctant to write this review, because I wasn't very enthousiastic about this beer. I was expecting a beer with a champagne twist, but instead of that I got a champagne with a faint beer twist.

It pours a golden yellow color with huge amounts of carbonation. The head collapses in minutes and leaves a typical champagne-like bubbly head.

Smell is perfumy with roses, lavender and grapes, like white wine. Also a bit sweet and absolutly no typical beer smells, not even faint.

Taste is slightly sweet with roses and lavender and flowery. There is hardly any malt or hop to be tasted. Some mineralic and spicy notes. For me it is hard to put a label on the tastes, it is complex, but only in a certain taste spectrum, more like wine. Aftertaste is dry and perfumy. Mouthfeel is dry and drinkability is not high.

I realize I am probably not worthy, and I will review this beer with it's beerstyle in mind.

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3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25oz. bottle

WARNING: My first review of a Biere de Champagne -- Take with a grain of salt, and maybe a lime....

Poured out a crystal clear, honey gold liquid. It was capped by a large, rocky, white colored head. Had some legs. Gorgeous looking drink.

Smell was spicy -- clove and coriander. Then sweet, seemed like candi sugar. Herbal notes tried to balance sweetness. Some citrus. A bit of the classic Belgian funk.

Taste was very sweet, too much so for me. Consisted of over ripe cantaloupes and peaches, some honey as well. Medicinal/phenolic notes were present, and I didn't find them pleasant. Herbal at the finish, but really didn't do much to balance out the sweetness. A bit hot, as well.

Medium body. Highly carbonated, and quite dry. I've drank enough champagne to recognize what they might have been shooting for here, and I think they actually overshot. This struck me as almost astringent.

Overall, a nice beer if you like them really sweet in flavor, and really dry in mouthfeel. Not to my taste, unfortunately. It would probably go quite well with sushi.

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