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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002. Boozy and horse aroma. Little bit of head. Acidic taste well malted and intense. Smooth. $22 a bottle. Goes well with meat, but not fish was too much like white wine that I believe does not go with fish. Recommended instructions include time in the freezer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light orange-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, herbs, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild spice and herb bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors that are different from what I was expecting.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is by all means an exceptional beer. sort of a cross between a tripel and a saison in terms of flavor, and really interesting with the champagne carbonation. the 2010 bottle exploded upon opening, running active white foam all down the sides. the pour is a little hard to control, looks a lot like bubbly with a rising big airy white head. the nose is sweet malt like a triple, Belgian yeasty but a little funky and farmy like a good saison. some spice notes and honey make it very thanksgivingish to me. sweetness up front and yeast in the finish, definitely honey and maybe cinnamon, very desserty, and a coffeecake sort of malt profile. some dried fruit in there too, maybe apricots. the feel is tremendous, explosive carbonation and a fairly light body for what it is. its easy to forget the alcohol is 11.5% abv, its easy drinking and gets you drunk quick, like, I had to have my girlfriend drive home because of this baby, so be careful when slamming it down and remember its stronger than it seems. a very interesting article, one id like to drink again around the holidays, ive never had anything quite like this.

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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 metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly faded away and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of muscat grapes in the nose.
T: Very similar to the smell, the taste has a slight amount of sweetness with flavors of muscat grapes and hints of apples.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate with a nigh amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink for its style--the alcohol is very well hidden and the high amount of carbonation helps to cut through the fruity flavors.

Note: 2009 vintage

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer that defies the flavor profile of beers but venture into the relm of wines- particularly champagnes.

The pour brings a brilliant clear light gold, medium straw color with extreme carbonation that assertively fuels a bubbly, loosly knit head. Retention is a product of the carbonation, while lace is medium.

Fresh pears are the dominant aroma scent, with a quick and lively rebuttal from white grapes, green apples, peppery spice, chardonay-like vinous character, cider, and mild acidic notes. Not overly complex but very spirited in it's forefront of aroma- largley due to the high carbonation rate.

Strong flavors of clean peach and plumb with white grape/chardonay tate take the forefront while a delicate and fully attenuated honey character (think honey suckle) quickly follow up and eventually conclude the sweeter notes heading into the finish. As the beer has a quick approach from sweet and fruity, the beer takes a sharp turn toward peppery spice, cumin, and corriander before finishing with a heated and evaporative dryness. Light cider and vinous notes create roundness and complexity and further explore the wine-like characteristics of the beer.

Expansive and airy, the first sips explode in the mouth for an aggressive effervesense that creates a prickly feel that amplifies the peppery notes in taste. As the beer expands, it also creates a cotton candy-like evaporative feel and seemingly disappears in the mouth- leading to a very drinkable and digestable beverage- absolutely effortless to drink.

Overall, this beer has significant Champagne overtones and venture into cider, peare, and timid malt character which bridges many aspects of fermented beverages. The testamony of this beer speaks wonders about the possability of what beer can be.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml, heavy foil and caged, unique tear-drop shaped bottle. It's my 3 year anniversary with my girl, and well, Champale wishes and curried dreams it is - Homer Simpson would indeed be proud.

After dealing with the standard flared sparking wine enclosure, into the suggested champagne flute it goes, showing a slightly hazy, very pale golden straw colour, with a large billowy, and loosely foamy bone-white head, which settles evenly, if not all that quickly, given the serving vessel, leaving a few specks of sudsy lace in its wake. There is indeed a roiling, rising effervescence, the bubbles a bit coarser than actual champagne. Still, it looks the part.

It smells of toasted pale grain, sugary, yet zingy apple and bruised pear, lightly funky yeast, a subtle dry nuttiness, muddled, but reserved clove/coriander spice, and a hint of white wine booze astringency. The taste is a rather sweet apple and pear fruitiness, sugary pale malt, a reduced white wine character, one real or imagined, a bit of over-aged lemon, earthy, and still ethereally funky yeast, mild savoury spice, the suggestion of leafy hops, and a soft alcohol warming.

The carbonation is crazily frothy throughout this whole affair (with the attendant chatter from the glass), yet hardly a prick or twinge attacks my palate, the body a surprisingly hefty medium-full weight, as far as sparkling adult beverages go, and fairly smooth, even amongst the ever-churning bubbles and lurking table wine ABV. It finishes still with significant sweetness - drupe fruit, malt, and sugary heat alike - so overall more of a demi-sec, the lingering spice, hops, and perhaps the flipside of the booze, providing the only thing remotely 'brut' here.

A very well executed melding of adjacent, yet complementary worlds - the sweet, strong Belgian pale ale given the day spa treatment of la méthode Champenoise. I would say that the appearance and aroma retain the French influence, and the rest - Belgian all the way, mon petit chou. A big fat win for European economic and drinking cooperation, and a fine way to celebrate another splendid year with my girl dear!

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenrod body with the frothiest head you ever did see; great retention and lacing but you have to wait a while until you can take a sip

Smell: Earthy and perfumey at the same time; almost honeylike

Taste: Starts out with a perfumey but funky farmhouse flavor that is complemented mid-palate with some bitter citrus and cardamom tones that dance with the sweet ones through to the finish that is simultaneously dry and woody

Mouthfeel: Syrupy but light, if that makes sense; loads of carbonation

Drinkability: Not something you can drink in any quantity; I appreciate but do not particularly enjoy the complexity; at this price I am one and done

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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 Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2002 enjoyed in 2007): Poured a medium beige/orangey color ale with a light white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of dry cereal with some saison-like yeasty notes. Taste was quite dry with some nice malt presence and a dry yeasty finish. Carbonation was a bit too much for my liking but I guess that is part of this beer style. Even though this beer packs a bit of alcohol, I couldn’t detect any alcohol notes. While this beer was quite interesting and complex, it does confirm that I am not a big fan of Champagne and even though brew with beer ingredient, I still don’t dig the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear golden after the cork popped way out, leading way to quite the gusher. Lots of carbonation all the way down, with wonderful lacing that sticks to the glass throughout.

S: A bit of sweet grain alongside some almost tropical fruits...reminds me a little bit of lychee. Some strawberry and melon. A little bit of yeast as well as hints of spice.

T: Somewhat of a cross between a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Tripel, with the insane carbonation of the former's benchmark, as well as bits of spice and a bit of banana, coriander, and earthiness. A bit of grainy sweetness.

M: Light bodied with beautiful carbonation and not even the slightest hint of alcohol...I'm stunned just seeing for the first time that this is 11.5% abv.

D: Very, very drinkable. This is definitely going to be one to break out for others to try, especially as a "conversion" type beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers of bone white head that settles quickly and leaves some lace. The body is a nice golden color, clear with lots of buoyant bubbles rising to the surface.

S - Spicy, dry malt character; champagne like and peppery.

T - Creamy vanilla notes with white pepper and a slight sourness. Lemon and some earthy hops in the finish.

M - Creamy body, very high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - The body is the best feature of this beer. It is not as sour as I expected, but still quite champagne like. This is definitely a special occasion beer; not just because of the price, but also because it just isn't very drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The fact that this beer is treated like Champagne, and bottled in France to accomplish that, is quite interesting. But it remains much more like a Biere de Garde than it does sparkling white white. However, it does need to be served chilled, and kept on ice! Once it warms it tends to become overly sweetish and flabby.

The bottle opens with the expected 'crack' of a bottle of Champagne; and it pours a crystal-clear, brass-colored body beneath a two-fingered head of white foam. Streams of bubbles race upwards, much like champagne; and help to maintain its creamy head. In addition, it does leave some wide swatches and splashes of lace, and it keeps a short but solid wall of lace just above the liquid at all times. In essence, it's a beautiful glass of beer!

The nose is sweetish, delivering both a vanilla-ish candyish side and an equal amount of graininess. Some perfumey alcohol, cork, earthy character, mild yeasty spice, and mild Brettanomyces-mustiness adds to its character.

In the mouth it's zesty with a fully effervescent carbonation that's softened a bit by the dextrinous, medium-full bodied malt behind it.

The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests but bigger, with more spiciness and earthiness. However, it's no more complex, and it starts and finishes exactly the same. Still, it is nice enough as it is that it can't be faulted.

Ironically, I feel this beer is better suited for a summer BBQ with some grilled chicken than it is for a candlelight dinner. Or even better, a candle-lit dinner on a cool summer night with flame-grilled chicken and cooked-in-the-husk sweet New Jersey white corn. MMM! And I think it would work equally well at any holiday gathering: either pre-meal, during, or post-feasting. I enjoyed it on a cool July night on my back deck watching the stars, and I thought it was perfect for that as well.

It's pricey because you're paying for the beer to be shipped to France to be turned by the remueur, or riddler; aged; degorged; redosed; and corked (all of which I find to be complete nonsense in the modern world of DE filtration and carb stones...) - but it may still be worth it. Gather a few friends to try it and the price won't seems as much a factor. Appréciez la vie sans s'inquiète !

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with lots of visible carbonation. The head is about two fingers tall but very bubbly/thin & airy and bright white in color. There is some head retention and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Aromas of sweetness and grapes, not dissimilar to champagne.

T: The flavors are also similar to champagne but a little more enjoyable to my taste. There is a nice complexity and balance in the taste with the highlight being sweet grapes (perhaps muscat).

M: Light bodied with a heavy amount of carbonation, could easily be described as effervescent. There is some amount of dryness in the finish.

O: A great beer for a kid from Boston, now living in the NYC metro area to enjoy for the superbowl with friends. The taste of the alcohol was well hidden and the carbonation cut through the sweetness.

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Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Ding for this one! Decanted into a champagne flute

Pours an effervescent gold with much eggshell white head. Above average lacing & below average head retention head retention

S: Apples & honey & lots of it

T: Honey, appleskins, & booze up front. Some white pepper & faint lemony hops as this warms. finishes crisp, fruitty & with nice pear notes, plus some nice honey notes

MF: Spritzzy with slickness

Drinks pretty good, this goes down easier than champagne to me! The wife liked it too! To me this was like a saison/wit/sparkling ale/mead hybrid. a great one to try om your wine snob friends!

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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 smcolw
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After eyeing this beer in the US at $28 for the bottle, I simply had to purchase this one in Belgium for €11!

Pours slightly cloudy gold. It starts with a head similar to harshly poured champagne. The bubbles are gone in seconds and there is no head at all. It looks closer to greenish, yellow champagne than a malt based beverage.

Smells of scotch, heather, and honey--like a dry Drambuie.

Super carbonated, even though it appears to be a still drink. The taste is dry and does not resemble any grain. There is a strong sourness to the tongue. The swallow has a lot of alcohol warmth. There is also a hop bitterness in the swallow and aftertaste.

This seems to be a champagne made with grain rather than grapes. The guide even suggests using champagne glasses. It is growing on me as I try it with friends in Belgium. Once I got my mind around this, I began to enjoy this offering. It's quite good if you don't expect anything that resembles a beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

I enjoyed this bottle at Delerium Cafe in Brussels -served chilled in champagne flutes.

The color is pale golden with fast moving Champagne-sized bubbles with thick white head with foamy appearance and thin lace sticks. A lot of spice in the aroma with coriander and lemon zest dominating wiht light pepper aroma with yeasty ester and vinous element similar to dry sparkling white wine. The feel is great with big effervescent feel wiht warming of alcohol and subtle creamy sweet tangy mix with alcohol and light bitter herbal tinge in the finish.

The taste starts spicy with matching coriander and lemony citrus taste that was hinted at in the nose with slight sweet malt and yeast flavor coming through mid palate. Th taste of the yeast adds another dimension to the spice with a carbonic acid and light alcohol flavor emerging toward the finish which has a tangy sweet quality even though the carbonation gives a dry impression. Overall I was impressed and did not expect to like this nearly as much -it certainly is everything it promotes itself as -pretty interesting champagne bier with a nice amount of flavor with mild alcohol which makes it pretty easy to enjoy for 11%

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

The beer is pale golden hued with a small white head. The aroma offers apples, yeast, peppercorns, light spice, herbal and floral notes. The flavor is lightly sweet, with a cheesy like funkiness that gracefully counteracts the sweet character. Yeast and peppercorns mesh well with floral hops and a touch of warming alcohol. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. An outstanding beer to sip and savor.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In case you are unaware, Deus means God.

Pours just like champagne. A darker gold with a great balance of bubbles. Very large head. Nose is a gentle yeast with a slight sweet edge. Flavor is like a demi-sec champagne, yet it’s beer. Sweet, but an obvious though slight hop influence. The effect of being aged in wood is noticeably present. Strong perfume presence as well. Feel is like a good champagne. Drinkable? Personally I think when they made this, they thought: "What would John like?" Unbelievable. My first perfectly rated beer. If there are any ways for this to be better, I can’t wait to try it out. $30 for a bottle...and damn well worth 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 jwc215
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Deus flute glass (courtesy of Oak Tree, NJ. Thanks Dan!)

Pours golden with a champagne-like white head that, after a short while, becomes a lasting, thin cover. Some lacing is left. The rapid stream of carbonation continues throughout the drink.

The smell is of a vague, musty, sweet-tartness. The aroma is light - you almost have to search for it, but, once found, it's decent for the style.

The taste is of robust, musty sweet-tart candy. Sour apples are noticeable. The tartness lingers throughout. There are hints at tropical fruits, but they are restrained. It reminds me of a mix between a dry, fruity champagne and a decent (but not outstanding) biere de garde. The earthy mustiness mingles with the tartness throughout the drink.

It's medium-bodied with a fair amount of bubbles. Pretty smooth - not as sprtizy as I expected, but it works well enough. A drying effect is left.

Bottom line - It's decent if you are looking for a tart/sour Belgian with some champagne-like qualities. But, it's not worth $25+ a bottle.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The single most expensive bottle of beer I've purchased in my life, at $20 for a 750ml bottle. With that in mind, I didn't want to drink it alone, and scribbled some notes while enjoying it with friends.

Les Brut de Flandres, an ale brewed in Belgium, then finished in France. The bottle shape and label design do all they can to cast a resemblance to champagne, down to the fancy, cursive typography. Since so many fine Belgians, like Duvel, use a "methode champenoise", I'm unsure of the neccessity of the fuss.

Pours a brilliant golden hue, and a huge, simmering, luminous white head, and a honeycomb of dazzling fine lace, as we sip and sip.

Aroma: uplifting, sensual, arousing, citrus, spice...angelic!

Glorious array of hops. Smooth texture, very light, gorgeous...that's where my notes end. K. had indigestion that this beer didn't complement, grabbed a winter ale. That didn't work, so A. had to finish it for her, and I was left to finish the DEUS. Strangely, I didn't really feel the alcohol, a whopping 11.5%.

All in all, a beautiful, smooth, sparkling ale that I enjoyed very much, but will rarely buy again, because of the price. There's too many comparable brews at 1/3 the price.

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Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a big fluffy white head on a clear golden body. Some sticky lacing, good head retention.

Saisony aroma. Boozy bread.

Apple tinge flavor. Can taste the alcohol on the tail end. Different but good.

Carbonation expands upon mouthing. Full mouthfeel.

I liked Deus! The mouthfeel is exceptional. Thanks to my favorite person in the world, fdkayti, for the birthday present.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The barrier to me trying and reviewing this beer was price and that's all. But with my 103 styles and #1 beers for each style...I had to have it finally.

Beer served in a tulip (couldn't get to the flutes). Beer is yellow and clear. Forms a two finger white head of medium and small bubbles. Carbonation is HIGH and steady. Lacing is moderate. Looks really good. I know why its called champagne...

Aroma is slightly spicy, slightly sweet. There is some estery stuff from the yeast in there. I don't know what to expect now.

Beer is surprisingly thin...lots of carbonation but I'm not fooled. There is a spiciness to it, almost a peppery note to the whole thing. Mild sweetness on the front end. Finishes quite dry. I don't know. Its not as good as I hoped. Don't think its a repeat for me unfortunately. I'd be willing to try other examples that are supposedly not as good as this one.

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