DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) | Brouwerij Bosteels

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

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Brouwerij Bosteels

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

A - Pours a bright, slightly hazy, golden color into my DeuS Flute with a huge white head (almost like champagne) receding to leave a nice layer of milky looking foam and nice lacing; hyperactive bubbling in the beer adds another point to the champagne-ish reminiscence of this brew (5)

S - The nose is slightly sweet, grainy or bready and yeasty with some spices and notes of minty funk amidst the spices; quite an interesting nose (4)

T - Upfront notes of fresh fruity sweetness, spices, funk and yeast with suggestions of white grapes and pears in the middle; slightly phenolic towards the finish with pleasant malty flavors in the background. It's observed that this beer gets better as it warms slightly. (4.5)

M - Generally champagne-like; well carbonated, thin on the body with a foamy bubbly texture; goes down pretty smooth and pleasantly warming (4.5)

D - Very drinkable and, in fact, jaws are dropping at the knowledge that this one's rated at 11.5% ABV. On the contrary, it feels light, sweet, fruity and refreshing with only a slight hint of its potency coming from the phenolic nature and the warming as it goes down; pretty approachable for a supposedly strong brew. My first champagne beer and a thorough enjoyment in the tasting process. (4.5)

The cork on this DeuS bottle partially released itself with a satisfyingly sounding POP. Beer loving couples may really consider this for a wedding "champagne". The DeuS could probably use a tad bit more sweetness.

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Photo of atis
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden with thick brilliant white head, but not very good retention. Lots of small carbonation bubbles throughout the beer, it certainly reminds of champagne. Aroma is sweetish and light fruit, yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel is light and full of carbonation. Taste is sweet malt, bits of spicy yeast, apples and long lasting hop bitterness in the finish. It was difficult to feel any alcohol, despite the high ABV, but maybe I just did not have enough (we were sharing the bottle).

Overall, it was interesting beer of very rare style, but I am not sure I could afford to drink it very often.

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Photo of boss302
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Pale yellow in color with a huge snow white head with fine bubbles. An impressive looking beer.

S A lot of CO2 aroma initially, but once the bubbles recede, you smell tart apple and other estery aromas. 4.0

T Malt flavo is stronger than I was expecting, but then I really didn't expect much, so it was a surprise to me. Tart at first, but then finishes with a little earthy sweetness. I am assuming this is from the alcohol. 4.0

M Malty thickness on the tongue, pretty nice for such a light colored beer. 4.5

D Very good drinkable beer. Much better than champagne. A pretty well crafted beer, good balance and it was hard to taste the alcohol. 4.5

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Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish-blonde color with a thin head.

Aroma is sweet/grainy with a hint of spicy yeast.

Surprisingly, a hint of grape is present along with raisin and spicy/grainy malt.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grape and spicy yeast.

Who needs champagne when you've got deus? Its certainly worth what it costs. I'd buy a bottle and store it for a special occassion.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear golden body with a huge white head with a lot of retention, decent lacing.

S: Grains, yeast, sweet fruits.

T: Got a lot of flavor, starts pretty sweet and creamy with a slightly tart and bitter finish. Pears and grapes are the main fruit flavors.

M: Though pretty bubbly, goes down smooth, and has a lot of flavor and body for the style.

D: Can barely taste the alcohol, which makes the high abv surprising. A bit spendy but probably would put it about other similar beers like Duvel (poured it into a Duvel chalice).

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

Served cold (but should have been colder) in a champagne glass for the holiday with my family. Merry Christmas!!!

A: Very Champagne like in appearance. Looks great Very pale Light straw color. Tons of carbonation. Huge foamy head that receded immediately - like champagne.

S: Very light fruit smell. Smells like a pear cider. Not too complex. But very sweet tasting.

T: Pear, apple, and some grape. Very sweet. I need to keep reminding myself this is a beer and not a champagne, thought it's not as sweet as an actual champagne.

M: Light body. Highly effervescent. Some dryness.

D: Delicious. Really interesting beer. My family are more wine drinkers and they can't believe there's not fruit in the ingredients.

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Photo of shodrod
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a pale golden color. The head follows the expectations with any champignon. The aromas are heavy with with pear and other sour notes. Despite this beer being from two kinds of beverages which bring expectations of intense carbonation, this beverage is not is as intense as you would expect. The aroma brings on heavy notes of green apple. The flavor is full of those green apple notes with heavy hints of honey in the finish.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was amazing! It kind of reminded me of a farmhouse style ale, however with much drier finish. Both the nose and the palate was loaded with spicy, malty flavors with a touch of banana and creme brolee. In the finish you notice a dry patch in the back of your throat which I have only come across a few times in my adventers in beer. It is a bit pricey but I don't mind paying for it if the occasion suits.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an interesting beer. The appearance is far from greast and the head literally fizzes away.

The smell heralds the delicately weird hybrid croosover taste.

It tastes strangely sweet and sour with pronounced clean alcoholic sharpness.

The mouthfeel is refreshing nice and prickly like fizzy old champagne - how strange...

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely clea pale straw color. Very white nice champagne hea at pour, settles to larger bubbles. Spicer aroma. Some alcohol present as well. Not as spivey as it smells. Alcohol comes through on finish. A little floralness in the overall. Very clean, good balance, I enjoy the spices not being overbearing. Vert drinkable, nice overall beer, good for an inagural all grain brewing. Not quit sure it's worth the price but still very good.

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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 Beerenauslese
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours clear yellow gold with lots of champagne bubbles that do not die. Leaves a little lacing on the glass too.

Smells of sweet, bready malt, yeast, and fruit.

A belgian golden ale with a great champagne taste, a bit sweet and yeasty with fruity notes of banana and citrus. A little hoppy spice in the finish.

Nice champagne body, light with with great puissance.

This is a great beer, one that shows how beer can rise to great heights, but does it on its own terms. This has the puissance, finesse, and fruite of a good, if not very good, champagne yet it still tastes of a Belgian golden ale. A beer for a celebration; my friends and I enjoyed it during the last game of the 2010 World Series.

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

75 cl bottel ,served at the 12 th Belgian beerweekend into a flute glass.

Pours a light, slightly hazy, gold color. Initially large foamy head, but that quickly drops to nothing. Lots of bubbly carbonation throughout.

Smell is very Gueuze like. Tart, subtle grape and apple cider like aroma.

Taste is very good! Has just a bit of belgian yeastiness underneath a very tart apple flavor. Complex. Hints of earthy tones and some light muskiness.

Mouthfeel is on par for what it is. Very bubbly carbonation. Absolutely Champagne like.

Overall, a very tastey and complex brew.

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Photo of Long813
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dated: Curve Prestige 2009

A: Slighty hazy green-yellow body with little head.High carbonation makes a 'bubbling' head which dissipates as soon as you see it appear. No lacing.

S: Smells like champagne, sourness sweet fruits and honey.

T: Find it hard to pick out a lot of flavours because of the high carbonation, but sour apple comes through, some honey and alcohol. There is also some particular spices that compliment the apple notes very well.

M: Light bodied with loads of carbonation. The carbonation was so great that the cork popped right off the bottle and spat beer for quite a while. I lost a good chuck of the beer through this. Very dry and leaves a sour apple finish.

D: Can't say I can justify this beer. 30$ is way to much for this as it's not that great in my mind. Carbonation is way to high.

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Photo of fear025
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Golden in color, tons of carbonation, low head retention.

Appearance:Smells like a sour, and has Champagne notes.

Taste:Great sweetness upon first sip. Tons of fruit (Plum, muscat grapes) in the foretaste. In the mid to aftertaste, sulfur and minerals come through. Also, there is some additional sourness after a few sips of the beer.

Mouthfeel:Light with tons of carbonation.

Drinkability:Really unique Belgium beer. Tons of depth and complexity.

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

A - Hazy pear cider color. Large foamy, bubbly, pearl white head with good retention. Settles into a thin creamy white lace. Very champagne like appearance.

S - Spiced apple and pear with some other golden fruit. Pretty well spiced aroma with some alcohol presence. Has a slightly sweet/honey flavor with just a hint of vanilla.

T - Similar to the nose with s lot of sweet apple and pear flavors and a strongly spiced taste. Reminds me of a spiced cider. Some citrus and some sweetness. Strong spice, herbal, and earthy flavors.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Zesty and tingly feel. Drying finish.

D - Easy to drink. Alcohol is hidden well. Spiced flavor can get a little heavy, but it isn't too bad.

Notes: Vintage 2009. Not really as champagne/sparking wine tasting as I was kind of expecting, more spiced cider like, but it did have some sparkling wine aspects as well. Overall it was a nice zesty drink.

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

I had this one from a corked and caged 750ml bottle - shared with two friends and poured into stemmed tulip glasses.

A= This beer poured a slightly hazed yellow gold color with a big 2" white head (and that was with a very careful pour). The head retained a long time and left some small stickage on its way down the glass.

S= Smelled sweet, peppery, spicy (possibly coriander), fruity, Belgian-yeasty, and with a definite alcohol presence. Nicely blended and complex in the nose.

T= Followed the nose in that it was pretty subtle yet complex. The flavor started off sweet with some nice fruity ester notes (orchard fruits like apples and pears). Then things tipped over into the spicy side and I found it to be full of what I believe was coriander with hints of white pepper and maybe a bit of ginger. Finished bone dry and with a warming alcohol note.

MF= Medium bodied but made to feel much lighter by the extremely effervescent carbonation. This was very reminiscent of champagne carbonation - extremely tiny and tight bubbles and a lot of them! Never seemed sharp or harsh though, quite the contrary it was soft and delicate.

D= I had been meaning to try this one for a long time but never got around to it. Then my buddy Juan picked up a bottle and we gave it a try. Overall I would say I liked this a lot, and it is certainly a unique beer. The alcohol stays mostly in check, especially considering the huge ABV, making this dangerously drinkable.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a champagne flute.

A: It looks for all the world like white wine. Clear, few bubbles, no head, no lacing. Champagne-y.

S: A wonderful bouquet with interesting scents. There's a definite fruity/floral bent, but this is belied by subtle (but strong) astringent/herbal flavours.

T: It's very good, but it does not taste like beer. Handed a glass blindly, I would almost certainly think it champagne. Bubbly and effervescent, the flavours at first elude the tongue. Light fruits, barley, and herbs mix in a unique way. Dry-sweet aftertaste. Wonderfully delicate.

M: Scintillating and fantastic. Crisp, light, dry, delicious.

D: Pricey. Very much so. But even so, it's a wonderful experience. A must for special occasions.

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

Happened to stop at the Tap & Mallet while in Rochester, NY April 27, 2010. Reps from Brouwerij Bosteels as well as their US distributor had an impromptu tasting, if I understood right just because they were in town. Two bottles were purchased I believe by the reps and decent sized samples were passed around to most of the bar. They had 4 bottles left at $64 each, if I remember right. On to my impression of the brew. Presented with a very pale lemon juice (cloudiness included) colored brew with a very bubbly white head, decent lacing as well . Smelled like a mix of lemon-lime pop (read soda) and champagne, which was very interesting. The sips revealed a very similar profile as that from the nose but the champagne presence was much more noticeable. The mouth was light and effervescent much like champagne. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone who likes champagne, or would like a bottle to celebrate a new year or any other such glorious night of over indulgence.
Also saw bottles for sale at Premier Gourmet for $35 on May 3, 2010.

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

DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) | 750 ml. | 11.50% | Cuvée Prestige 2006

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Brewed by: Brouwerij Bosteels

A pop of the cork releases the squeal and hiss of gunsmoke pouring out of the bottle neck. A quick pour revealed a effervescent, sparkling golden liquid with 0.5" of head. There's no lacing and the head quickly dissipates, but this is to be expected.

Heavenly. Sweet, somewhat dry grain is prominent. Reminds me of a Duvel with a bit of funk. There's some tropical fruit in the background too.

The opening is all champagne effervescence and light alcohol tinge. However, about midway through the sip, the flavors transmute into something distinctively beer flavored: an unlikely mix between a crisp Belgian Pale Ale and a hardy Tripel. The finish is coriander, earthy, slightly grainy and dry, and doused in a layer of warming alcohol.

Crisp and clean. The carbonation comes on strong in the beginning, though as the night went on and the bottle warmed it started to fizzle out. Some have complained that DeuS is not dry enough. I disagree, it's dry in the beginning but segues into something a little juicier and more beer-like by the end. If I wanted a good champagne I would have gone for a Dom or a Veuve Brut. I'm glad that this had something different to offer.

Everything works together quite well, and the taste transition from the beginning sip to the aftertaste is really interesting and worthwhile. The 11.50% is barely noticeable except for a slight warming moment at the end. Very well put together.

Brewed in 2006 (48 months ago)
Price = $29.99 at Joe Canals

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Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling, golden color with a huge white head that settles down quickly. Has a very sweet aroma, with citrus, spices, and yeast. The flavor is as expected from the aroma. Sweet and somewhat dry.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated, and unique in a good way. Best to drink this cold. I like this a lot, but can't see buying it often given the price.

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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.14 out of 5 based on 644 ratings.
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