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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Added by Todd on 01-15-2003

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

Pours like champagne. Pale yellow with a huge bubbly head. Very effervescent.

Clean aroma with mild fruit tones, kinda smells like a Wit.

Very full flavor, sweet with obvious malts. Also somehow lemony tart. Bit earthy as well. Near clean finish with just a hint of sweetness on the tongue. I was not expecting such a bold flavor.

Thin to medium mouthfeel, bubbly.

Very nice beer, love this one. Expensive but a nice special occasion beer.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Champagne Flutes at first - then dissected in a Chimay glass.

Appearance: Clear Golden/Amber - bubbles up like champagne.

Smell: faint hints of wheat - toasty caramel, banana, butterscotch - one new-to-beer drinker said it smelled like Soy Sauce/Teriyaki - I agree.

Taste: Crackled Peppery burn on the way down. Burnt Caramel, Butterscotch flavor finishes the flavor off on the palate. Absolutely exceptional taste - unlike anything I've ever tasted - a fine Belgian style beer - drinks like a quadruple.

Mouthfeel: Medium Bodied - nice tannic effervescent mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Sipper. Definitely an occasion maker - this walks hand in hand with the price. Not an everyday thing - but certainly a special treat for the beer advocate.

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Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 25.6 ounce bottle into champagne flutes. The bottle opened with a loud pop. The beer is a clear, golden yellow in appearance with a fizzy white head and long streams of bubbles along the sides of the glass. The smell is of a sweet white wine. The beer taste like a sparkling wine. It is a little sweet balanced by a bit of sour. The mouthfeel is of lots of carbonation, medium to light body. The beer is very interesting, but I will not buy it again. It is a bit overpriced (30 bucks a bottle), and if I want something similiar I could get a decent sparkling wine for less. That being said it is amazing this is beer. If you have friends who say they only like wine let 'em try deus.

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

Poured a from a chilled 2006 bottle into a champagne flute. Nice two inch white head on top of a gold, cloudy body. As expected, not much retention or lacing. Active carbonation bubbles at the center of the drink much like champagne or a sparkling wine.

Aroma is a mixture similar to a fruit forward chardonnay; green apples with a sticky maltiness, wheat, champagne yeast, pear, citrus, and kiwi-melon.

My first impression on the taste is that it is a sparkling beer; like taking a Duvel and mixing it with champagne almost. Tart and malty with no hops detectable.

Good aftertaste with a tart, lingering flavor. The lively carbonation made it a bit heavier on the palate than it really is. You definitely can't chug this beer although it's perfect for sipping unless you like burping very often.

Very good drinkability although the high abv and the carbonation keep it from becoming a session beer. That and it's $30+ price. I would like to try this beer again but the price is a bit more than I'd like to spend for a single brew.

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Photo of Suds
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a large, heavy champagne-like bottle, this one opens with an explosive bang! (Watch out for flying corks). It pours just like a sparkling wine, except for a slightly darker golden hue and a stable foam head. The bubbles form and rise just as you'd expect, and the sensation in your mouth is just like a sparkling wine as well. This is one truly interesting and remarkable beer. Sweeter than I expected, it's malt profile becomes central as the beer warms. The aroma has a bit of malt, alcohol, and carbon dioxide (and a bit of fruit...apricot). Fresh and lively. Honey and a little sugar come out in the taste. This is a fun beer, and one that I'd try again (especially as a champagne substitute).

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Photo of prototypic
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork slides out with a very loud pop. Hmmm. Perhaps this is going to be a little more champagne-esque than I thought. DeuS is pale yellow in color and very clear. Unless there's yeast stuck to the bottom of the bottle, the removal process appears to be very effective. Carbonation is very high and yields an active white head that stretches four fingers deep. It was quick to recede and light lacing quickly slid down the glass.

The nose isn't nearly as sweet as I expected. It's much more earthy and grainy in character. There's a distinct musky, funky scent that strongly suggests a Brett infusion. There is a sweet and fruity side to it. Smells like candy apple and pear for the most part. Alcohol is easily noted, but seems to use the musky earthy elements for cover. It works pretty well and doesn't offend. The various scents work pretty well together. They don't create a very deep aroma, but is nice overall.

The flavor profile is on par with the nose, though not exactly consistent. There's more of a sweet flavor here. Candy apple and pear combine with a light vanilla flavor and make it somewhat candy-like. It works pretty well with its strong earthy and grainy character. The nose wasn't deceiving about the musk and funk either. They're here and actually provide the driving force for the flavor. Light spices are noted that weren't apparent on the nose. Alcohol is also more pronounced here. It's a bit too strong and has a warming effect. Not quite hot, but it's walking a fine line. Finishes musky, a little sweet, and warm.

The body is medium and has a nice, smooth feel. Carbonation is active, but has little impact on the feel. Nice job there. Drinkability is above average, but a little limited by it's warmth and high abv. I'm doing my best with this bottle, but it's going to be a long ride.

DeuS is a very interesting beer. It's my first Bière de Champagne, so I don't have any prior experience to compare it to. As a beer, it's pretty good stuff and I'd happily try other takes on the style. This particular one could use a little work in the abv department. Just a little too hot and boozy. That's the only real complaint I have. It measures up pretty well otherwise. Well, except for that small price tag problem. Frankly, it's too expensive. I've enjoyed the experience, but wouldn't pay the same price for another bottle. Just sayin'.

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Photo of morimech
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that quickly settles to a whisp of foam. A lot of carbonation bubbles makes this an exciting looking ale. Patches of sticky lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is very subdued. I detect some sweet fruit and maybe a little funk and malt. Has an intriging taste. Slightly sweet and vinous at the start but a definate tartness in the finish. Notes of apple, pears, and cinnamon. Alcohol is barely detectable but there is a subtle warming affect. Light body with a fizzy carbonation. An effervescent beer if there ever was one. A beer for special occasions. Is it more enjoyable than a comparably priced sparkling wine? I would say it would be an excellant alternative.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.96/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= a golden color with a big soapy head rising out and leaving a thick ring around the glass and constant bubbles taking care of the retention
S= apples and alcohol mostly not much else.
T= apples and quite a bit of alcohol. Pretty good.
M= sooo fizzy and light. Floats my tounge out of my mouth
D= not too great. It was ok but the alcohol was too heavy for me.

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

A - pours like a champagne. Awesome! Clear golden body with a champagne head which subsides rather quickly obviously

S - sour, tart, and fruity. Bit of yeasty funk and breadiness. Honey? Cider? Epic

T - starts out nice with a good bit of sour and funk. Moves into the sweet bready malt with a honey-like taste. Delicious all around. Is this really 11.5%? Apple and spice. This thing is ridiculously complex. I could probably sit here with it and write the taste for hours

M - delightful! Plays all across the palate like champagne. Srsly, this beer (really!?) is wonderful

D - wow. I can't get over this beer. A friend had told me it was amazing, but damn, words don't prepare you. A Belgian beer-champagne, and every bit as wonderful as you'd think from that description! Can't recommend enough. Perfect for any celebratory situation that would call for champagne. Is this really 11.5% ABV? You'd have no idea. Word

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

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a big white head

S - Has a sour fruity with some champagne scent

T - Pretty good sweet fruit taste

M - This beer has a light body with very high carbonation to it

D - This is a weird style to be able to call beer but thats what it is and its damn good pretty easy to drink with a good taste I'd rather have this than champagne

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Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great bottle presentation. The beer was opened with a nice loud pop but no rush of beer out of the bottle which is good. It poured a clear golden color with a rapid stream of bubbles running from the bottle, great carbonation. The thick white head gave way to a solid ring on the edge of the glass after several minutes. The nose was sweet, malty and spicey and the taste was sweet, a tad bitter and very full. Overall a very nice beer, sort of like a champagne.

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Photo of Payso10
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle and purchased at Duke's Ale House in Crystal Lake, IL. Appearance is bubbly with a lot of carbonation. Color is light and golden. There is a hint of sweet pear in the smell and the taste is crisp, light for the alcohol content, and has a nice tartness in the after taste. A great beer to share with friends and definately worth some furthur investigation.

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Photo of bbarrows
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled (~50 degrees), in a champagne glass; warmer than I would have liked.

A- Light golden color, very bubbly

S- Slightly sour, perhaps farmhouse aroma

T- Sweet and sour apple flavors, finish is short and sweet

M- Bubbly like Champagne, light on the tongue

D- Alcohol content well hidden, very refreshing

This could easily substitute for Champagne, in fact it might be fun to serve this to non-beer drinkers in place of Champagne and find out their impression of the beer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is from my recollections of last night at the Sunset Bar and Grill in Allston. Thanks to Justin for getting a bottle of this. Poured a golden straw color, with a little bit of heading. Lots of carbonation bubbles, looks a lot like champaign. Smell is sweet, almost with a sprite or ginger ale like quality. Taste was sugary sweet, with definite fruit traces, peach came to mind for me. Body was highly carbonated and refreshing. A bottle of this would be easy to put down IMO. Great beer, I was surprised it wasn't more dry. Some time soon I will get a bottle.

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Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really clear straw color with lots and lots of tiny bubbles. Champaigne indeed.
Smell is weak. Lemmongrass and sugary caramel.
Taste is a nice mixture of sugar and malt.
The alcohol is very strong here.
Mouthfeel is sugary sweet thick with just an aftertaste of alcohol.
Don't really like this style but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Judging by the previous reviews I am not the only one who decided to splurge to ring in 2009. Poured a well-carbonated, bubbly thin yellow body with a large head that quickly receeds. A light, fruity smell with faint air of cask-conditioning (I assume that's what I smelling since they are using champagne storage methods on this beer). A sharp, bitter citric fruit taste along with pears and apples. Also, real smooth in the mouth after you get used to the prickliness and it starts to sweeten up. Almost starts to get slick as it rolls down the tongue and finishes real crisp and dry with oakiness. A great beer, but I've had some Belgians pretty similiar and for $30 I would say try this on a special occasion but it doesn't warrant repeat/regular drinking at that price to me. And to be honest, if you or your girl (in my case) really just want champagne you can always buy some cheap spumante and save $20.

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Photo of the_beerist
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Years Eve 2009!!!. 2002 Vintage Deus. I have been saving this for a special occasion. Tonite I drink to forget a shitty 2008 and welcome in a 2009 filled with hope (and lots of good beer).

Cork explodes from bottle, ricocheting off ceiling. Wow thats some serious carbonation.

Gorgeous golden with many bubbles rising upwards and out of botte. Quickly pours into a medium white foam head.

Smell is strong unbelievable bready, straw and lemon.

Taste is much more complex than I expected. I was thinking this would be light and crisp. This is definitely a beer and a ridiculously complicated beer at that. I am amazed at what is before me.

Lemon-grass dominates the taste followed by a strong alcohol kick even after 7 years of mellowing. The yeast is there (Wild/straw/Brett?) as are strong citrus notes.

The finish is straw and dry but citrusy with an alcohol burn. There is a definite oakiness to this that contributes to the dryness. There is also a funkiness to this beer. I am still tasting lemon pie 15 minutes after my last sip!!!!

This is unlike anything I have ever tasted. It is a must for any serious beer fan. It is worth the money to try. In a day and age where unexceptional beers command exorborant prices, this is one beer that lives up to the billing. And although expensive, I have drank generic champagnes at twice the price. Seek, enjoy and save for a special occasion. Have a great 2009!!!!

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

Purchased at Vendome Fullerton well over a year ago.

A- Poured into a Chimay chalice, Deus pours a clear straw color with an insanely effervescent white head that settles to a thin layer that sits atop the beer, leaving a few patches of lacing after each sip.

S- Funky Brett yeast, grassy barley malt, green apples, honey and spicy notes of pepper. The high ABV is only slightly noticeable.

T- Mildly sour at first, but flavors of grassy, sweetish malts take over right before the 11.5% ABV delivers a huge kick in the mouth on the finish, leaving flavors of funky yeast, honey and green tea in its wake.

M- This beer feels full-bodied with crisp, lively carbonation.

D- One Chimay chalice full of Deus was plenty. With that said, I found the flavor of this beer to be really complex, and it kept me coming back for more. The only thing that detracts from the drinkability is how prominent the alcohol is in the taste.

A nice beer to ring in 2009.

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Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage.

This is the last of the current BA styles for me to try. Initially I held out due to cost, though considering the labour involved, the cost certainly isn't unreasonable. Anyway, finishing off the styles with the Champagne seemed appropriate.

I had this on Christmas day & it seemed to be a decent pairing with turkey.

A: Gold with a very fizzy white head, no retention or lacing. It does look a lot like champagne; the cork was launched into the air at least 12 ft before hitting the ceiling.

S: Earthy with a little barnyard funk, candied pineapple and cider.

T: Candied tropical fruit, biscuity malt, light spicing, cider, horse-like and a slight hint of vinegar. A hint of tartness, balanced bitterness & although the alcohol is initially subtle, it really comes forward as it warms. Seems like a high-alcohol, well-attenuated bier-de-garde.

M: Really well-attenuated moderate body is highly carbonated with a dry finish.

D: A little too carbonated for me, though that's the style.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2006 vintage. Served in a flute, the beer pours a clear golden color with a huge carbonated white head. Head retention is excellent, lacing is good. Looks just like a glass of champagne would. It smells like candy sugar, grapes, pears, yeast and peppery spice. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pepper, ginger, Belgian yeast, pears, grapes and bananas. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has high carbonation but it's soft which makes it feel nice and creamy. Drinkability is very good considering the ABV, and the alcohol isn't very noticable at all. It wouldn't be a problem to finish off a bottle of this. All in all it's a very good and unique beer, I would definitely buy this again (even with the $25 price tag) and drink it every once in a while. It's probably better shared with friends, but not too bad for just one person to drink, either.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vintage 2006 750ml bottle poured into champagne flute

Appearance: Golden amber with champagne like carbonation. Bubbles stream up the glass consistently and maintain a one inch white head.

Smell: Lots going on here. White grapes right away followed by sweet honey, apple, ginger, some kind of herb I can't put my finger on, and a subtle bread-like scent. Smells great.

Taste: Very sweet honey, almost like bubbly mead with my first sip, then has a dry white grape finish. Very slightly bitter but mostly sweet and dry. Other fruits detected include apple, pineapple, and banana. The alcohol is detectable but masked well.

Mouthfeel: Perfect, just like champagne.

Drinkability: Would pop another bottle if I had it.

Overall: Although on the expensive side it was worth every penny. If you're going to be celebrating in style this is the beer to do it with.

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Photo of dnichols
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured a light golden bubbly body with a white head that receded fast to a thin cover. It was highly carbonated.

S: It had a sweet-tart aroma consisting of white grapes and sweet grains. There was a sour and musty aroma hidden behind the whiffs of alcohol.

T: It tasted like a granny smith apple blended with sweet white grapes and soaked in alcohol. It was earthy and musty with a zesty robust finish.

M: It is light bodied with massive carbonation and a clean finish.

D: It's not my style but it was entertaining and cleaned my palate. I could see it as a good before dinner drink with cheese, fruit and veggies. To high and ABV for a session brew.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, this champagne bière certainly has a champagne-like appearance. Deep gold, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Big white head of fluffy foam that settles after a while. Little lacing, but for the champagne appearance it's quite suitable.

Light Belgian ale sweetness on the nose. Dry yeasty character and a light pine note. Quite dry, with a little herbiness. It's pleasant, but it's not huge.

Decent amount of alcohol heat on the front palate, then long lingering flavours of syrup sweetness, backed by a rather interesting sharp phenol/medicine character. There's a hidden fruit note behind everything, perhaps apricot or peach. Subtle, but pleasant. Mouthfeel is excellent, sparkling and clean.

This is a very drinkable beer, and a very interesting take on it. Quite unique. Probably not worth the price tag (at least the imported price tag here in Australia), but good once in a while.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage

A - Careful opening resulted in explosion. Very slow pour into champagne flutes. Golden with pillowy inch + head. Bubbly lacing and constant, constant beading. Just like champagne.

S - Ripe fruit with some barn, funky and and more perfumey as it warms up.

T - Taste follows smell, Belgian yeast strain very evident.

M - Bubbly as all get out. Nice medium body, good coating and wonderful balance.

D - A bottle is enough, but that's 6 champagne flutes... LOL.

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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.14 out of 5 based on 641 ratings.
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