DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) | Brouwerij Bosteels

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

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels

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 tetu
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a strong head that grew fast even with a gentle pour. Bubbles race up similar to champagne and keep the head there through the whole glass. Lots of lacing.

Aroma was had alot going on. Sweet and herbal w/ some fruit in there. My nose first picked up rosemary, basil, and after alot of thinking, a strong sweet smell of scallops. Seems offputting but it worked and it took me awhile to come up with that because, after all, who looks for scallops in beer? Had a good funk in the nose also.

Scallops didn't show up on the palate but the funk and sweetness did. Some spice, coriander, basil, and earthyness in the flavor along with some funk that wasn't overpowering but always there. The many layers in the taste were not as strong on the palate as they were in the nose, but they were still there.

Never noticed the alcohol and I finished most of the bottle myself. The complexity of this beer jumped out at me, nothing subtle about many of the aromas and, to a lesser degree, the flavors. A great beer that I'm glad i had the chance to try, but the price will keep me from enjoying it again in the near future.

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Photo of cratez
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sample courtesy of Peter Chiodo. Thanks again!

Pours a clear golden yellow with one finger of eggshell white foam and a few strands of lacing on the tulip glass.

Smell is barnyard funk, sour candy, fresh cut hay, yeast esters, caramel, green apple, champagne, perfume, ethanol, and flower petals. Nuanced and appetizing aromas.

Taste is basic compared to the nose. I get grainy, biscuity malts upfront, more champagne and a floral/orange-like sweetness mid-palate, bready backbone clashes against sprucey-herbal notes and a neutral, vanishing aftertaste. Somewhat tame.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, medium bodied, fizzy and spritzy tingle on the tongue, rapid fleeting finish. Very bizarre palate, but makes sense for a champagne-style beer.

Overall, I'm glad I got to try this high-end Belgian brew. Although it's not the most flavourful concoction, I can see why it's considered a model example of the style, as it mimics the bubbly stuff quite well. A neat little experiment that's worth sampling if you can find it.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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 mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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 aasher
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was accidentally opened by a coworker. He meant to grab a sparkling Malbec but grabbed this one (they looked identical in the cooler since both had lost their front label). I can't say it was a bad move haha.

This beer pours a very well carbonated and sparkling straw gold in color. It's very clear and features a nice, self destructive white head. It has nice, sharp tart aromas while still offering a moderate amount of honey, perhaps pilsner malt, and a champagne esque yeast. It has a really great nose. The flavors are sweet and full of honey, pilsner malt, moderate alcohol, and that odd champagne yeast. The flavor is quite as strong as the nose but it features a pretty solid array of flavor. It drinks light and with a nice little boozy, slightly tart finish. Overall it's a very nice beer and great for the style. I would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Undoubtedly, the bottle, sober and aristocratic, is one of the best ever. As for the foam, it is certainly more than a champagne but not more than other beers.

The oxidation is quite low, much more than on basic pils. Yellow transparent, vinous nose, with a notable presence of alcohol, acid, which is reminiscent of Muscadet or merlot sec. One feels the acidity of the grapes, like in a real champagne. Where is the beer is the question that is asked for in the case of Malheur Brut, one felt the beer.

Here we have an unusual mix that crosses the old lambic and white wine, dry cloth. The taste is aromatic, dry and a warm alcoholic finish. However, not easy to drink with aftertaste similar to the acid. Completely new style in contrast to the Malheur Brut which was a simple improvement of a beer.

We do not know what to think. May be too revolutionary. Maybe just plain wrong.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a clear gold-yellow color with a huge thin white head which disappears very quickly, just like champagne.
Smell: Very sweet and herbal, alcohol and some champagne yeast.
Taste: The taste follows the nose, sweet and herbal. Also some fruits here (apple and white grapes?). The beer is quite sweet, with honey up front and a light spicy dry bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation and full bodied.
Overall: A unique beer, but drinks more like a nice liquor.

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3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
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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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well it is only fitting that this beer will complete all 104 styles reviewed. It seems like a special occasion beer. I do believe this qualifies. Poured in a globe from the bottle.

A: Crystal clear golden pale yellow hue. Gigantic stark white head rises quickly to the top of my glass. It's actually thick enough that as I finish pouring it stayed on a 45 degree angle while setting up. After falling it leaves a tiny amount of soapy lace and a thin cap.

S: At first it started super clean and crisp. With just a hint of citrus and champagne yeast. After it warmed a bit the funk started to peak out. Wet band aids, soiled straw, lemon zest, green apples and loads of yeasty goodness.

T: Clean and crisp yeast with a dry citrus fruit component. Reminds me of a good champagne. Pale malt with little to no funk in the flavor. The alcohol is present but not offensive at all.

M: Light body with full on explosive carbonation.

O: Super clean and refreshing. This will be my new celebration beer. Move over champagne you got company.

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Photo of haz77
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold with a spritzy head which disappears immediately and doesn't want to be refreshed. A few bubbles of carbonation slowly rise.

S - Apples, yeast, coriander, hay, light caramel.

T - Begins with highly active carbonation and apple. The middle rounds out and phenols and a caramel flavour come though. A long finish of lingering fruity esters.

M - Much more carbonated than the appearance gives away. Medium creamy mouthfeel, but this is swept aside by tangy carbonation. Really good.

D - The muted appearance belies what is an enjoyable beer. Once the carbonation dies down a bit it's quite interesting.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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 SirRuss
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Californian Chardonnay in color, with a distinctly champagne-like head that offers more retention than its muse, although the lacing is suprisingly thin in contrast - for once, this is a good thing.

S - masses of baked pear own a winey nose with a floral backdrop that tapers, questionably, into an almost soapy finish. There's a general funk about the aroma that places a final laqer of pecularity on this exquisitely integrated introduction to a distinctly Belgian brainchild.

T - Those wine drenched pears lead forth, with a clean rush of herbal notes faintly reminiscent of an ice cold kummel. Light honey sweeps across the palate, and with it comes the floral expressions of the nose that conjure images of buzzing summer meadows on a sunny day. Deeper spices also find their place in the eclectic foray as cumin and cinnamon whisp between the delicate profile notes covering them in a rich golden haze.

M - Incredible carbonation. There are champagnes - far more, in fact, than there should be - whose bubbles bear considerably less sophistication than those owned by this beer. The result is a cluster bomb of nanoscopic hand grenades bursting with furious precision, while the overall impression mysteriously retains the impression of luxurious velvet, and the monstrous abv prooves to be more elusive than a bashful saquatch.

O - Really very impressed, as were all of my guests who eagerly helped me polish it off. I only wish that DeuS came in pocket sized bottles so that next time I hear the disgusted splutterings of Wholefoods beer browsers bemoaning "How can anyone justify charging $30for a bottle of beer?", I could simply pull out the sampler and suggest that they use it as an aperitif to prepare them for eating their words

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Photo of jera1350
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Champagne color. Very light body with a fizzy white head that reduces, but there is active carbonation the whole time. Not really any lacing.

Very fruity and herbal smelling. Getting some rosemary to go along with the effervescent fruit.

Much like the nose. Lots of fruit with herbal and spice notes. Some warm alcohol with honey sweetness. The spice and alcohol linger into the aftertaste.

Way too much carbonation for my liking. I know, it's the style, but still just over the top. Light body and a spicy and very dry finish.

Crazy that this is a beer. It really is a must try. I love the explanation of how it's produced. I can see why the pricetag is so high. It's not the easiest drinking beer and should be treated as champagne. I would revisit this again for a celebration such as New Year's.

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Photo of withliterature
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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 notyourdadsbeer
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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 AZbelgian
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in tulip glasses. Transparent golden color, pours with a large bubbly champagne-like head. The head dissipated quickly to a thin layer of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Sweet scents of apples, grapes and floral notes.

Flavor starts a bit dry but quickly transitions to a smooth sweet flavor of honey, tart grapes, apples with a small hint of some type of spice I can't identify. Carbonation is excellent and adds character and complexity to the flavors.

Medium mouthfeel but feels light and airy with the copious amounts of carbonation. Very enjoyable overall. A bit expensive, but worth it on a special occasion. Drinkability seems to get better with every sip.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Mike for this one.

Pale golden body is clear with fine bubbles, effervescent, champagne like carbonation and a white head.

The underlying aroma is bready, but floral, herbal notes pop through. Chamomile, lavender, and rosemary notes.

The palate is dry with notes of apple cider, fresh bread, lavender, brioche yeast character and a musty, cellar quality. Really tastes like a mix of champagne and beer. Excellent subtlety and balance, a beer to savor.

Medium to full body, but with spritzy carbonation that lifts it right off the tongue and scrubs the palate clean.

Had my doubts, but this beer was quite good. Complex, unique, celebratory. Perfect for New Year's and/or the cellar. What I was hoping Infinium would be like.

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Photo of 77ships
2.53/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes, [email protected], 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 BARFLYB
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #1000, it's been a short and expensive trip, but here I am. Split with oglmcdgl at the compound in Duvel glasses. Celebrating with some champagne bier.

The cork popped with vigor, it was a loud boom, the dog left the room. No gushing, in fact deus looks quite still inside the bottle. The liquid is a hazy gold with some honey accents as well and a champagne esque head that rises up a whole hand, bubbly and white as hell, dies with ease, no stick.

Not quite sure why it says flanders on the label, I don't get any of that. I do get a beer with a nose that is simple and bold. It reminds me of DFH Midas Touch in a way and I swear Im getting some honeysuckle out of it. Malt as well, and hops are not really there.

Again not sure on the flanders classification, no sour cherries or vinegar here which is fine by me. A nice hit of earthy hops that are not citrus laden with some honey taste with champagne yeast giving off that taste as well. Pale malt is noted along with I guess a bunch of other's, at 11.5%, there has to be right? A bit of vanilla with warming. All in all, fairly simple.

For 11.5%, the alcohol is not noted at all, this is not even the slightest bit hot as well. Deus also feels very thinner than what alc content and looks would lead you to believe. A nice champagne esque carb going for it. The feel is the best part of this brew.

Deus is a great beer for sharing at special occasions, I would not want to drink a whole bottle of this and Im certain that I would be bored by halfway. Truthfully I was done with this a few gulps in, it just does not do anything for my palate, id rather just drink a hopped up wheat wine cause that's what this reminds me off without the hops of course.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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 oglmcdgl
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle split with onix1agr and poured into duvel tulips.

A- a massive explosion of bright white billowy head rises from a steady pour but settles almost instantly leaving only a few wisps on top and the faintest ring. Crystal clear pale yellow in color.

S- crisp apples and a touch of honey. Slightly grassy and green grapes.

T- lots of bananas and a touch of spice with some fruity esters. Sweet white grape juice.

M- a scooch less then medium in body and at first a huge effrevesant carb but over time the carb settles down and give the mouthfeel a bit more viscosity. For a high abv this is not even the slightest bit hot. Semi dry finish.

D- well its not what I was expecting but all in all about as good as I was thinking it would be. I'd like to see this done to a flanders red. Tasty but not one I'd do again.

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Photo of kwjd
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a champagne flute. Pours a pale yellow with some visible bubbles rising up. Starts out with huge white head that dissipates to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing at all. Smells a little bit funky and sour, in a good way though. Very yeasty too in the aroma. Flavour is quite dry. Thinner mouthfeel than I expected, seems a bit under-carbonated compared to champagne. Nice to try, but I won't get this again given the price.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened like a Champagne bottle with a loud pop. Poured from 750ml bottle into Flute.

A. Poured a massive carbonated 4+ finger head. Great retention. Nice lacing left. Continuous stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Color is pure golden yellow.

S. Smell is pretty strong. Lots going on. Yeast, citrus, malt. Lemony with a nice peppery balance. Maybe a little funk smell from the yeast. Has a touch of sweetness but overall has a dry smell. Smells like a Champagne beer.

T. Taste is pale malt sweetness. Has a dry/sweet flavor that is like Champagne to me. Has an earthy quality that tastes like it comes from the yeast. Has a light fruit flavor. Definitely shares some qualities with wine or Champagne. Some lemon comes out as well.

M. Medium/light bodied. Lots of carbonation. Has some lingering sweetness.

D. Very drinkable. Goes down very easy for 11.5%. I think this beer is an excellent blend of the beer and wine world. I wouldn't ever mind celebrating with this beer.

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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 647 ratings
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