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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Photo of Beervis
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never had a beer quite like this.

Pours a pale yellow with lots of carbonation and a thick white head. Looks like champagne with the head of a beer. Smell is of fruit and herbs.

Taste was dry and spicy, and pretty much what I expect from a good Belgian ale. Mouthfeel is light and complex at the same time. Champagne carbonation is present but not overpowering.

Finishes dry with a light flowery hop character lingering on the tongue.

This beer was quite pricey, but well worth the money as it was a style that I really wanted to try. Very impressive!

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Photo of hoppyending
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What an interesting drink!

Shared with food and wine geek friends, 3 of which are chefs, this was a great experience and enjoyed by everyone who had a taste. Served with a fig chocolate bread pudding topped with ricotta and strawberries macerated in armangac this was quite the beer. For lack of appropriate glassware, white wine glasses were used. =-(

The nose was extremely herbal and resinous like rosemary and lavender but not as "green". The flavors were very mineral, dry with a lightly spicy finish. Not at all what I expected but pleasantly surprising!

The table consensus was pairing DeuS with wood roasted oysters, drizzled with olive oil and crispy pancetta crumbles would be an ideal match.

Not an everyday drink based on flavors and the price ($24) but a highly worthwhile experience.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden in color, with a touch of haze. The snow-white head is absolutely massive and retains better that any beer I have ever tried. Though poured very gently into a champagne flute, the head still comprised eighty percent of the volume, with clumps of sticky foam coat the glass walls. When poured, profuse streams of carbonation rise to the surface, only gradually diminishing, so that it was very well carbonated throughout even a slow paced session.

Aroma: Quite spicy in character with very distinct pear notes, and lesser golden raisins. Despite the high alcoholic content (11.5% ABV), little alcohol was present in the aroma. There was a distinct, but mild floral hop note and beneath it all, some faint maltiness.

Taste: Begins with light and spicy with mild ripe pear and tropical fruit notes. Finished with a light and pleasant spicy note and a harsh phenol alcohol note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, very full, and with slight effervescent carbonation, lacks the harshness of champagne.

Drinkability/notes: This is the part of the review that I feel most conflicted about. This beer, which was a gift from my lovely fiancée, was chosen for my 500th review and for the 250th review of my friend and fellow BeerAdvocate HardTarget. It was consumed on New Year's Day by my fiancée, HardTarget, his charming wife, and myself. I think that the ambiance of the day and the company of good friends added considerably to the enjoyment of this beer. In light of the price, about $25.00, it is much easier to justify Deus if it is shared with friends, rather than consumed alone. This is a beer that every BeerAdvocate should try once, though I suspect for most, it will be only once. For the purchase price, one could just as easily buy four bombers of really good Belgian beer. Still, it seems to conform well to the parameters of its rare style, so there can be no regrets.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750ml dark green glass champagne bottle with cork and a wire cage and foil closure. Served in champagne flutes, though I suspect that, due to the massive head volume, a Belgian goblet is a better choice.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden champagne in appearance with heavy carbonation. Aroma is a blend of herbs, spice, and medicinal antiseptic. Flavor is similar, very dry not too tart yet malty in flavor. Not very much body to speak of. This is a very unique beer, not what I was expecting.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful upside down wine glass shaped dark green bottle, caged, corked and plastic covered top. Given other reviewers notes, served very cold, about low 30s, and opened outside. Firm pop, but no dramatics on opening. This was a 2002 bottle sampled New Years Day 2005 with fellow BA Pegasus and is my 250th BA beer review. It was Pegasus’ 500th review for BA, and thus we went big on price. Oddly, the abv of 11.5% on the bottle was marked over with a black marker (which came off with some alcohol rubbing).
Aroma: For me, the aroma was the highlight of the experience. Has a candy apple soda smell, something like 7 up, with a good dose of sweet and minor floral notes.
Appearance: Bright lemon yellow, very clear in the glass and when very gently poured had 4 fingers of white (Don Ho voice) tiny bubbles (/Don Ho voice). As mentioned, served very cold and was extremely carbonated even after the 4 finger head settled down.
Flavor: Very much like champagne, or a very dry white wine. Some pear noted.
Mouthfeel: Very dry with a puckering astringency. It was like I could feel the alcohol evaporating on my tongue and wafting straight up to my brain. The alcohol was very present and warming.
Overall Impression: For me, this was; too expensive, too dry, too champagne like. I don’t like champagne, but this smells better than any champagne I’ve had. I’m going to be generous on my score for this section because the beer is definitely within style, it’s just a style I can see myself not liking.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a bright gold with a huge head that lasted fairly well. A stripe of lace develops from time to time.

The flavors coming out of this thing are light, delicate, and masterful. The smell really starts it off appropriately, bringing spice flavors on top of yeast and an ever so mild alcoholic kick. The taste in the mouth follows that nicely, with a similar touch of spice. Grains and malts are detectable but are not the center of attention. The mouthfeel is dominated by carbonation. Drinkability is oustanding for the alcohol levels found here.

This is extremely unique and very good.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a 750 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is golden, with a VERY thick head (albeit a tad uneven at this point) that has a nice fine foaminess, and a lovely, heavy cascading bubble effect from the bottle up to the head. The smell is a nice spiciness and a sweet maltiness, with a hint of that champagne yeast. The taste is somewhat sweet with a very strong spice to it, along with a very nice champagne body and character to it (is this fermented with champagne yeast?), and the alcohol is present but has a nice warming feel. Mouthfeel is extremely well-carbonated (not unsurprisingly) with a very good creamy body. As for drinkability, one I'd definitely have again, but just too big and complex to be a sessioner.

Now, this is a beer worth its premium price!!! I can see why they call this biere de champagne, because it reminds me a lot of the champagnes I've had in my life; a hint of sweetness (this one isn't quite a brut) and a nice character. However, I love the barley character instead of the grapes! Certainly, in any situation I have to serve champagne (hey, I'm not married yet!!), this would be one I would put there, since this is as good as wine champagnes that are twice as much. This is one that I certainly will have again, once my pockets deepen that is!!!!

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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 clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001 bottle. Hold the foam, batman! Geez, this thing foams almost as bad as an Adam Beer from Hair of the Dog. Lots of puffy white head that sticks around. Takes forever to pour a glass. Nice golden color. The aroma is spicy and yeasty with a lot of lemon character. The flavor is very spicy and yeasty as well - as I expect most good Belgians to be. Has a crisp, lemony zing. I couldn't detect the alcohol very well until after drinking it, so it's pretty well masked. Great drinkability.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend picked this up for our two year anniversery

appearance: a crisp, clear, golden yellow pour. This stuff wont stop foaming!! Wow.

Smell: smells spicy, yeasty, kind of reminds me of a dry white wine in a way

Taste: Very carbonated and crisp, there is a definite alcohol presence, the yeast is spicy in flavor. Sweet grain pops through a little, and the slightest bit of hops.

Well, overall this beer is very different, definitely champagne like. Would I get this again? probably not at $23 a bottle, but it is worth a try.

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

Served in a Deus tulip this poured a pale yellow color and makes a tall frothy white head. Aroma is of citrus fruit and fresh cut flowers. Very complex flavor with notes of alcohol, lemon, honey, and bread dough. Medium bodied, bubbly carbonation and finishes rather dry. I enjoyed it, although it was quite pricey.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an intriguing beer. This beer poured a nice transparent golden color with just tons of light fluffy head everywhere. We had to pour and wait multiple times. The nose was very tart, almost gueuze-like, with lots of lemony citrus in there. The taste is fairly different from the nose. Theres some of hte lemon in there, but there was something that reminded me of a soapyness, but it wasn't bad. I wish I knew what it was that I was tasting. The mouthfeel was very crisp, moderately thick and very sprightly. For a big beer, the alcohol was not apparent at all, except to my head. I was glad this was split 3 ways. A huge thanks to clvand0 for sharing this gem.

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Photo of Crosling
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Struggling aroma of vanilla, herbs, peanuts, anise with a nice array of hops and a biscuit like malt profile.

Sweet and candy-like, with many passion fruit notes along with notes of black peppers, honey, melon and peach. The finish is very dry. Poorly hidden alcohol. Not all its cracked up to be. I'm glad I got this for free.

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Photo of tjd25
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick foamy head, denser than for champagne and lasting, which is good for the appearance and for the mouthfeel. A crazy level of carbonation is observable in the clear golden color body. Fruity smell of sweet peaches and a vendanges tardives aspect (should I write this review in French?). Yeasty and doughy, but aired and subtle. The taste is reminiscent of a fine white wine but sweeter and nicely fruity with very light herbal notes of hops and citric notes of grapefruit and orange peel. The mouthfeel is round and not as dry as for champagne, which I found great. Full, easy to drink thanks to the high carbonation. Nicely chewy with some interesting notes of liquorice in the end and hints of cloves and cinammon. Great mouthfeel and drinkability. A very original brew, that's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of rousee
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok--my most expensive beer to date. I paid $30 for 750 ml. I had been waiting for the right time to try it and it seems like the cash was reasonably well spent. Deus is a work of art in the appearance department. It is truly the "methode de champagne" that the guy talked about at the Ommegang brewery tour I recenty went on. Belgian all the way. It does take a while to settle and the head retention is almost too effective -it takes too long to settle. Leaves a beautiful 4-6 mm head and the carbonation is identical to the finest of champagnes.

Nose is a very powerful but not too strong floral, soapy mix of lavender, ginger and slight honey-grass. I can't believe this is beer.

Taste has the lavender and floral essence of the smell but is even better-if that can be accomplished. I am sorry to say that this might be a bottled beer that is better than its draft counterpart. Based on the price--nobody would buy the draft version, if it existed.It has a nice floral middle and finishes dry with a hint of ginger and floral lavender. None of these flavors are too overpowering.

I am happy that the exorbitant price equated to oneof the finest beers I have ever tried.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five-finger+ white bubbly head leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Strong carbonation - pour slow. Medium bodied. Nose is sweet and spicey. Starts and finishes sweet with spices very smooth. The high ABV is not really noticeable. I had to pause before buying one of these but it was for our anniversary soooo $35.00 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. To be honest most Belgian beers are good and you can get an equally good one for $30 less.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle provided by Kimchee in our tasting with tiggmtl, martint and oakes Appearance is neat. highly carbonated pale blond with a generous white head. Aroma is mineralic, nice at first, but becoming dull and off as it warms, I don’t know what to do with this. They say to drink this cold, I’ll ensure to try it cold with a next bottle, but for now, something like a cleaning product develops in the warming aroma, something like the yellow of the egg too. Sweet powder sugar is added to the melting with a leafy and spicy counterparts that would actually appear well blended without the phenomenon stated above. In mouth, there’s a spritzy dryness, but not as intense as a champaign’s and there’s definitely still lots of sweetness getting through. Lemony flavors, moderate alcohol, but still well hidden for 11.5%. There’s a slight bitterness that seems slightly off and once again, as it warms, there’s a dusty plastic flavor I don’t enjoy at all. Nevertheless it’s extremely original, flowery and initially pleasant, so I assume this bla bla about drinking it cold is to be taken seriously. Mouthfeel is fabulous though, indeed champaigny, heavily carbonated, slightly astringent. I’m definitely not buying another bottle though, as good as it looks.

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Photo of cokes
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear golden straw with an eruptive, durable, white head. Rapid, manic streams of carbonation.
Nose full of perfume. Sweetened floral blossoms. Generous with the rose. Lemon rinds and rosemary. Prickly peppercorns.
Like I said, perfume.
First off, it is stated to enjoy this ice cold. Don't. Unless you want a stinging mouth full of overly effervescent rosemary and flower petal bitterness.
This is lifetimes better once it rests, warms, and breathes.
The rosemary and bitter florals are everpresent, but they are quelled by honeyed pale malts, apricot softness and gentle white grapes. Assertively spicy with anise and black peppercorn. Lemon oil slickness ( slick as something like this gets). Full blown Springtime herbal/floral eruptions near the finish. Grassy, blooming, and twiggy. Pungent lilacs and pollen.
Bees would like this, I should think.
Vague alcohol-related heat is noticed occasionally, but the carbonation leaves very little space for ungainly girth. The mouth tells me this is mislabeled at 11.5%. The mind states otherwise.
Super-charged, frantic meth-addict CO2 levels, as expected. The impression here is of general lightness, despite it all.
Not rapidly drinkable by any stretch, but easy and thoughtful consumption is effortless. The bottle goes a long way.
This is truly a wonder. I don't see myself rushing out to stockpile more anytime soon. But I will long remember it, and will certainly revisit it on occasion, and hopefully fairly often.
Sticker shock is irrelevant here. It's merely a social construct.
I've paid more for porn movies. And this is that same sort of gratification, only for other senses.

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Photo of konabrewer
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at AnamCara Publick House, and shared between about 6 of us. Served in the gorgeous fluted glass with logo.
The smell was of sweet mild fruit with essence of champagne.

The taste and mouthfeel were superb and delightful. Quite an enjoyable highly carbonated beverage. Subtle dried apricot and a jasmine note linger. So nice!

I simply loved everything about this beer. The idea/concept is brilliant and is delivered with expertise.
An A+ in my book

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Photo of dauss
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deus Brut Des Flandres Vintage 2002
Definitely the most expensive I have ever bought. Its in a beautiful champagne bottle with very thick glass, and a beautiful label. As another reviewer had mentioned it was finished off in France. I think the "methode champenoise" this beer goes through involves tilting the bottle top down giving the bottle a quarter turn every day while its aging. Then the cork is removed, and the yeast is expunged

My friend had warned me on how powerful the carbonation was and he wasn't kidding. The cork came off really easily from the high pressure inside the bottle. With the most gentle pour the head was enormous. It was definitely clear and a beautiful golden color like champagne. The beer had a definite cider smell to it. The intense carbonation made it difficult for me to taste the beer. Just a tiny sip and the beer fills your entire mouth. The beer reminded me of cider again. Spiced like a cider and had that acidity to it. The finish was dry and lingered. I couldn't detect the alcohol content even after I warmed it up. Its definitely one of the most interesting beer's I've had. I haven't had many Belgian ales to compare this too. I thought
it was good, but the drinkability is bad because of the overcarbonation.

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Photo of sprinkle
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden straw in color. Thick big bubbles, with a medium thick lace. Flowery nose of spring and spice and you can definatly pick up a slight saffron nose. Rich,epperfecent?, semi-sweet mouthfeel but only upfront then tapers back to light flowers on your tongue, definatly better than last years.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found a bottle for $22.99 last week and was wondering if it was a good deal or not (it was marked down from $49.99!). Interesting how it's recommended that this beer be chilled down to near-freezing before serving, similar to champagne. The appearance is very much like a champagne; clear light yellow, hugely effervescent, and sporting a large bubbly white head.
The nose was quite floral, with an underlying dusty malt note and a citric and tropical fruit essence. Some herbal spiciness and a surprisingly mild alcohol aroma. The taste seemed to have a bit of everything to it. At first was a sweet fruit taste, like a bit of mango or peach dipped in honey. Then a yeasty malt flavor presented itself. Then just a ton of herbs and spices flooded my tongue. Hints of anise, licorice, black pepper, and a real flowery taste I couldn't figure out until it hit me: lavenders. The vast carbonation gave Deus a real creamy, yet light, feel and it had a dusty dry finish.
Well, the question lately has been variations of "Is this beer worth XX dollars?" or "How much would you pay for Deus?". This beer is worth the $20-25 for celebrating a big occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc). It has one of the most unique flavors I've come across yet. That said, I still wouldn't want it all the time, even if I could afford it.

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

Vintage 2001

Well, this appears to be a beer people like or dislike, seems to be little middle ground, and at $30.00 a bottle, I can see the concern about price versus quality, but that is an age old quandary with “Beer Drinkers isn’t it”?

The beer as is emigrates from the 750ml green corked bottle to my Belgian Triple glass a luminous and limpid gold color, the head Brobdingnagian in size, effervescent, and bright white in color, the lace as the head dissipates a velum like curtain to obscure the glass. The aroma of over ripe granny smith apples, earthy, sweet malt at the back, somewhat acerbic with the start sweet and nice malt presence, the finish is ferine in its acidity, the hops inconspicuous with the aftertaste desert dry, slightly vinous and quite long lasting. I’d say its better than most of the blonde Belgians I’ve tasted, and well worth a sample, and the 11.5 percent ABV seems well hidden accept for the light tummy warming sensation, but good as it may be, I can think of many Belgians I’d rather spend $30.00 on.

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Photo of Zorro
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$25 freaking dollars for the bottle! This had better be good!

Pours a hazy yellow gold brew with aggressive carbonation.

Smell is fruity and spicy and a bit heady. Yeast and alcohol smells show up too. A lot of perfume in the smell. Very complex smells, superior to Duvel.

VERY complex Taste! Lots of herb flavors. This is difficult to accomplish, mild yet complex flavor with no off tastes, try to clone this yourself, I doubt you can. I taste rosemary, mint, flowers, clover, anise, oak, lavender, black pepper, faint honey, olive oil, and others I can't identify at the moment.

Mouthfeel is almost too much, VERY FULL.

Not so much drinkable as sipable, this is potent stuff!

I will buy this again, but only for special occasions. This cost five times more than Duvel, but it's maybe only twice as good.

Duvel for $5.99 a Bottle! I LOVE Trader Joe’s!

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

After the first sip I felt I knew why some dogs are compelled to hump the leg nearest them. 'Cause it feels so goddamn good!

It was yellow, light yellow, a pils sort of yellow yellow. Say it to yourself slow--yellow--and feel how your tongue strokes your teeth.

Aroma? Imaginably I could just list off the aromas I didn't get, but I won't...for your sake. Thank me later. Fruit orchard in full blossom, jessamine, pears, self-adhesive bandages, late Autumn leaf piles, fig preserves... And it was balanced! Diluted honey and hops charged. 11.5%? I've tasted more alcohol in 6% beers.

If you're into things refined, lay out the coin for this masterpiece.

You said yellow slow didn't you? Say it again.

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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.14 out of 5 based on 638 ratings.
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