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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium
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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 BeerNemesis
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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

Appearance:
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.

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Harmony:
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 +1.7%
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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Photo of irishking1977
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright clear golden hue. White head that leaves virtually no lacing. Very light looking.

S: Very clean scent. Floral and sweet aromas. Subtle lemon quality as well.

T: First few sips this seemed kind of odd, but subsequent sips I started to enjoy it. Different for sure. Very light and spritzy. Floral and mildly sweet citrus accents.

M: High level of carbonation, which to me is a good thing. Very light and easy to drink; belies the 11.5 ABV.

D: It may be easy to drink in regards to taste and complexity, but the ABV will knock your socks off. In addition, the odd floral accents might get tiresome after a while. Good beer/champagne hybrid, but between the price and the style, it's not something to have frequently. Good for celebrating something, and/or as a conversation piece at a party.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

yea for 30 bucks I was expecting a bit more with this beer I don't think I will buy it again. that said its not bad at all.
a 2006 bottle
A: a ton of carbonation light golden color

S: sweet and fruity not as complex as I was expecting

T: taste is sweet not very dry at all. not complex.

M: yea its like champagne high carbonation light body

D: its drinkable but I do tire of the sweet taste I am glad I just had 1 glass I would not want to drink the entire bottle

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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 kegger22
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deus Brut des Flandres (Bière de Champagne) was a rich golden color with a two finger head of rapidly disappearing, off-white bubbles.

The aroma was apples and a spice that I was unable to identify.

The taste was apples, and sweet/sour, which works well with the apples. That elusive spice from the aroma was also there in the taste, but only at the back of the tongue on the way down; and still unidentifiable.

The mouth feel barely moved up to medium bodied as it warmed a little and it was oily. The carbonation, which it seems should have been the hallmark of Deus, was there at the start, but not there during the downing. You could hardly refer to this as "bubbly".

While the flavor is there, drinkability suffers on two points: 11.50 ABV and an over-bearing opinion of itself as shown in its price and label.

An all around good to very good beer, but doesn't justify the hoop-la of "French Champagne" or the price tag.

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Photo of tiffanya
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a DeuS glass. Unique, complex. Pale caramel malts, with citrus-vinous and woody notes. Interplay of herbs, specifically mint. Sparkling carbonation.

I have had this bière de champagne multiple times and the flavor has been consistent across all bottles.

Caution - have your glass ready. A single pause and the beer starts gushing!

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Photo of Hopfist
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Some milestones just can't be celebrated with your run-of-the-mill "special" beer. But what self-respecting beer-head wants to be seen hoisting up a dainty Champagne flute? As beer goes, it's hard to find a finer, more subtle, clearer, or more finessed ale, but it's certainly not a gift from above. At worst it's the best alternative to Champagne I've ever found. If you've got the cash ($22-$32 depending) and a reason to celebrate, this is a must-try. It's almost reason enough to go buy Champagne flutes. Enjoy!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was opened and reviewed along side the Malheur Bière Brut and came second in every aspect.

Very pale, almost watery and clear, there was a slight yellow hue and plenty of froth, a thin white head sat on top.

I got a mixed bag from the aromas, pears, apples, cinnamon and nutmeg.

The taste was more like a Spanish Cava than a beer. Very fizzy, almost ginger beer feel to it, aggressive in the mouth with added parsnips.

Glad I had the other champagne beer at the same time, puts this one very firmly into second place.

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Photo of IDrinkAllot
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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

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

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Photo of mutterfudder
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split tonight with my friends Scott and Kevin. Been sitting on this for a while and was glad to share it!

A - Light copper with large bubbles coming to a foamy head. The beer showed no lacing.

S - Interesting... Mildly fruity and licorice along with a more traditional golden ale malt profile. Was fairly complex as the nose changed a bit to be more pungent as it warmed.

T/M - Again, interesting. The initial flavors were of licorice and a mild tartness. The carbonation washed it away to a clean finish. Tartness stuck around for a while afterwards. The carbonation was not unlike champagne or sparkling wine, and was refreshing.

Deus was a bit of an eye opener. Pop this out in a Champagne situation, and watch the non-beer drinkers as they taste it. A fantastic beer for celebration and proving what beer can be to non-beer drinkers.

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Photo of beertunes
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into champagne flutes. Pours a slightly yellowish-gold with a tall, proud and fluffy head that had very good retention and lacing. Pours and looks like champagne. A true treat!

A pleasingly bold aroma greets the nose. An interesting combination of malt, hop, yeast, spice and the faint scent of apple. The flavors were very similar, with more spiciness showing up on the tongue than indicated in the scents. The beer had a wonderfully dry finish, with the flavors lingering for a few moments.

The body was full, well-rounded and complex, but a touch light, like wine, for my tastes. Drinkability was excellent, I could have easily drank the whole bottle myself, instead of sharing with 2 friends.

Overall, a truly special brew. A must try at least once, I suggest keeping a couple bottles around for when the mood strikes.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Let's end 2009 in style....with champagne beer! 2006 Edition, per label. On to the beer:

Sparkling paleish golden color. It forms a huge bubbly, soapy white head on top. Great head retention. The aroma is very interesting. It is light overall, but very rustic. It smells like a complex saison to me. It is very dry, with rye, lemon, spearmint, oddball herbs you would only find in cooking.

DueS is much different from any other beer I've tasted. It's my first champagne beer, so maybe that's why. Peppery, rye, thyme, lemon in the begining. Minty. The overall flavor isn't heavy at all. There is a small kick of alcohol, though it isn't fusel or anything unwanted. In fact, it seems to go with the flavor with it's warming feel.

Very highly carbonated, but I would assume that it is "to style". This is especially true at lower temperatures. Light in the body.

I was expecting a much different journey with DeuS. In honesty, I don't drink champagne, so I really had no idea where this beer would go. It sure is interesting though, but I'd only want a little at a time. It looks like I'll be sipping on the 750 ml bottle until the new year.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have noticed this on store shelves all over, but the price always turned me away. When I found this bad boy wraped up for Christmas with my name on it I was ecstatic! 750 ml bottle that I think was a 2007 vintage (?)

Opened with a loud pop! and foamed everywhere. I'm completely new to this style, but I at least knew that it needed to be chilled (which it was) but it still foamed everywhere. The color resembled yellowish champagne with a high carbonation and a ton of chunky white foam.

The nose is very floral and fruity, and when chilled thats about all I can pick up. As it warms (the glass mind you - the bottle was chilled constantly) I pick up hints of yeast and spices.

The taste is also very floral and fruity, while being very light and crisp. It's hard to beleive there is 11.5% alcohol in this. Interesting for sure.

Mouthfeel is much like champagne, light and crisp. Drinkability is unique, just like the beer itself.

I shared this with a bunch of people, but drank the majority of it with no problem. Truely a unique beer and one best shared with loved ones on a special occasion, because this bottle could easily put the largest men on there ass before they knew what hit them.

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Photo of joecast
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moved this into the freezer for ten minutes and should have set the glasses in there as well as it foamed up quite a bit. The beer itself was a light golden color, highly carbonated and had a tall white frothy head.

Aroma is quite fruity. Some floral and yeast notes as well and a little boozy once it warms. I saw another review mention the booze character and it is noticeable but not overpowering.

Funny taste this. Gave it to several people to try and had reactions from beer to champagne to wine. It does have all those characters but I think it manages to remain a beer at heart. The usual flavor you would expect are there just modified to fit this particular style. The malt is very light for such a high abv and the lack of hops is made up for by the alcohol and yeast character. The high carbonation also adds another dimension and helps bring out the interesting aromas.

This is not an everyday beer by any stretch of the imagination but for special occasions it makes a good talking point and a good way to stick with beer when most people would not give it a chance.

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Photo of backpackeraaron
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into Champagne flute after having in an ice bath for 8 hours. The color was a nice straw with some slight cloudiness. The head was very thin and bright white.

S: Very floral. it seemed like there were some other almost mulling spices in it as well. To me it was a very unique smelling brew.

T: Definitely not like anything I have ever had before. It tasted like a bunch of fruit with some flowers and a very slight bit of grains. I could taste some cinnamon and possibly a few thoughts of hops as well.

M: Like Champagne. Very smooth and just rolls off your tongue into your throat. It had almost a buttery mouthfeel to it. Very good.

D: Very good. I enjoyed this with a couple of friends and they were very happy to sit around and drink some beer champagne. I really wanted to open one of my other two bottles I have just waiting for the right time to open it.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.12/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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

Floral, but very light, aroma.

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

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

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

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Photo of Travlr
3.12/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of mwilbur
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into flute. Opens with champagne-like pop!
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with champagne-like carbonation producing a 1-2 inch fizzy white head that fairly quickly settles. A few yeast particles dance in the bubbles.
S: Yeast, spice, grain, and grass. Hints of apple and pear. Aromatic alcohol notes too.
T: Apple and pear come forward here. Good balance with yeast and spice. Background hop notes and light honey sweetness.
M: Light body. Nice effervescence. Sweet and crisp. Lingers a bit on the palate. Very nice...in fact, tremendous.
D: This is a perfect representation of biere de champagne. Exactly what you'd think of with a melding of the two. Very, very drinkable...just like good champagne. And like champagne, it will catch up with you (ABV 11.5%)!
Next time an occasion arises requiring a nice bottle of champagne...grab one of these instead.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my first champagne beer and it didn't disappoint. The beers pours a golden color with a huge fluffy white head. The beer has many small bubbles like champagne and the bubbles remained during the entire time it was in the glass. The smell is of lemons and malt and the taste was similar, with some yeast in there as well. For a beer that was 11.5% ABV, the alcohol is nearly completely hidden. The beer didn't taste like champagne, but the high carbonation made it feel like champagne as you drank it. This is an expensive beer and is not an every day drinker, but for a special occasion, I don't think you can go wrong with DeuS.

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Photo of slammgrass
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite remarkably a lovely, beautiful, and tasty beer. My husband and I received a DeuS bottle as a wedding present.

Poured into a semi-chalice (I cheated, a wine glass) and it bubbles to about a 1/2" of foamy head, and then subsides a bit to opaque lacing. Upon inspection, you notice the bubbles rising towards the top, and the bubbly remains throughout the sample, but becomes less pronounced.

The body is golden amber and looks a bit like molten honey. The nose has floral aromas, reminiscent of rose petals, rose water, and somehow an Indian restaurant. It also smells peppery and pungent, almost like Dr. Pepper or a gin and tonic - I realize that is a crazy backwards description, but this one really knocked me on my feet (although not because of the high alcohol content).

Upon my first taste, I noticed that the floral aromas took on a sweeter, more malty-er taste, that sort of concentrated all of the flavors I was smelling. This beer with its dual champagne identity really is hard to peg, but is highly enjoyable. As the beer warmed its floral aromas took on a fruitier profile, and I got raisins, dates, and juniper berries. The high alcohol content became more pronounced, and this allowed me to notice some of the phenolic properties.

This is a great beer, and I have greatly enjoyed it. I think it would pair well with a fruit and cheese platter, allowing the organic and simple qualities of these foods to pick up and bring out the flavor profile of this lovely beer.
Prost!

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Photo of gyllstromk
2.82/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Champagne flute from a 750ml bottle at Downtown Johnny Brown's 22nd Anniversary party on 10/2/2009. This was my first time trying this beer and my first Champagne beer. The beer is dark golden and effervescent with a huge frothy sea foam head. Retention and lacing are excellent.

The nose opens up with subtle lemon notes. The beer is dry, grainy, earthy, and sweet, with some breadiness. I even get some yeast character. The flavor is sweet and bready, with earthiness and a subtle spiciness. Lemon notes are low and alcohol is prominent. The beer is light bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel.

I didn't expect much from this $8 5.5oz glass, but I was very impressed and would definitely buy this again, despite the high price.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 750ml bottle poured into a champagne flute as per various recommendations. The flute fills with an almost even measure of amber fluid and explosive head which fades rapidly to thin layer of head.

Held up against a flat white background the body is a striking bright bronze trending towards a splendid amber color. Over active effervescent bubbles create a flowing current from the base of the glass up to the thin layer of head (mentioned earlier) that never dissolved completely.

The aromatic palate is heavily saturated with sweet bouquet like notes. A beautiful warm yeast scent similar to freshly baked, straight from the oven pastry (i.e. scones) pushes through and compliments the fresh flowery odors nicely.

The taste is dominated by a very sweet malt flavor which is also coupled with mild elements of malt flavors. This combination correlates closely with any standard beer palate but the very unique flavors of bergamot and menthol mixed with dried apricots and apples make DeuS a very unique offering.

Mouthfeel is very much in line with a standard champagne, even though the flavor is not, it is very smooth with an almost mousse like texture.

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Photo of thekanna
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 2006 vintage. Poured into champagne glasses after refrigerating for two days and chilling in the freezer just prior to serving. A nice radiant gold that bequeaths ruddy tones when held to light; lots of effervescent bubbles, capped with a thin white head.

S: Lavender and assorted aromatic flowers; some faint coriander, nutmeg, and saffron. Juicy sweetness, like pears, paired with spicy peppercorns and cinnamon. Warming alcohol can also be detected in the smell.

T: Like nothing I've tasted before in a beer. Sweet ya pear or fuji apple-like juiciness gives way to a sudden aromatic alcoholic note. However, phenols are subdued by coriander and cardamom-like spices, ceylon cinnamon, and lilac / lavender notes. Faint buttery sensation. Hops and peppery spiciness are just a suggestion in the background.

M: Smooth, somewhat oily and slick, with a perfect tongue-tingling carbonation. Very wine / champagne-like.

D: Wonderful to sip; the floral and spice-infused aroma makes you want to have more just to enjoy its uniqueness. An excellent beer.

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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 646 ratings
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