DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) | Brouwerij Bosteels

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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)
BEER INFO

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

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 01-15-2003

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +7.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +1.2%
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 +9.2%
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 -12.4%
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 +7.3%
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 -4.9%
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 -4.6%
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 -1.5%
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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Photo of Onslow
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thank you goes out to the mack daddy little pedro, stumac! , lets stop at jack in the box and be late!! ... spritzy is a great way to classify this beer ... lots of sweetness, honey mostly... is very delicious stuff... is foam friendly ... is a strong beer that is a fun one to drink!!

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Photo of Goliath
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a large white foamy head that quickly receeds.

Decent aroma, a bit of fruit, kind of sweet, and some pepper.

The taste is interesting. It's rather sweet, with a bit of fruit. Again, some pepper. It's kind of strange, and I'm having difficulty picking out all it's qualitites.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is low to moderate. I highly doubt this is created for mass consumption, as that would be sickening. A great experience though, and I'd drink it again if someone gave it to me.

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Photo of vancurly
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How do I review this ? As a beer (of a style that was surely invented for it), or as a Methode Champenoise ?

Well:

DeuS 2006

Poured into a champagne flute, producing a profuse sponge-cake head, a clear liquid of honey-gold, with a persistent bead (as per wine vernacular).

The nose, the nose.... an immediate throw-back to farmhouse ales and saisons.... wild, gamey, perhaps indicating a preference more for bottle variation than a house Marque. Cool, powdered ginger, seaside brine, white pepper, lemon myrtle.

Flavours of fruit cake & candy musk, funky "forest floor", cider, white pepper again. Bitterness is nonexistent, but is suplanted by a spicy note, peppery, tongue-tingling & lip-numbing...

Brut cremant in a creamy yet dry texture. Arguably more interesting & complex than methode champenoise du vin.

Superb wine (ahem) beer....

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's an event as much as it is a beer.
Glamored like it's about to star on the red carpet, this is one sexy looking bottle. I've been intrigued for months by the bottle on my local beer store's shelf. Now it's time to taste for myself what all the fuss is about.

A laborious effort to get through the pamphlets, plastic rings, foil covering, twisted wire cage and tight corking. Finally --- pop!!!
As satisfying as any bottle of bubbly in the foreplay.

But how is it?

Well, first note. I've written this whole diatribe and the champagne flute of Deus is still bubbling like a swamp in Dagobah. I'm not making this up: I can actually *hear* this beer from across the table. The head is self-regenerating. As soon as the top starts to fade, the bubbles force up a new head. There must be some geological reference here, but I'll save for that for the next time I visit Wilipedia.

The smell is clean, crisp, clear, sweet and sharp. It most definitely has a nice Belgiany character going on here. Is it merely a triple? Smells like it. Let's taste.

Wow. I was expecting something to kick me in the teeth -- something so different an memorable that I couldn't explain it. Instead, what I'm experiencing is an extremely good beer.

The flavors that you expect are all here. Sweet candi sugars, fruity esters, a bit of spiciness, the warmth of alcohol. They're all here, but they blend together impressively well. It's an absurdly smooth 11.5% ABV beer.

I've written enough. Now I shall drink.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhhh the Deus. the Dom Perignon of beers.

pours up nice pale yellow with sparkling champaigne-like quality. big nice white head. the nose is very yeasty, notes of pears, slight sour note(?). the taste is very sweet, honey notes, very buttery, subtle dried fruit, sweet finish. nice full body. good beer

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Photo of botham
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a flute. pours a light amber color with a clear, sparkling quality with lots of ephemeral head; loose and white in color, no lacings.

aroma is light and fruity with an effervescent quality and a vinous character. fruit notes include light apple and grape, with a touch of citrus as well.

taste is fruity, with an alcoholic base and light yeasty malt that plays off of the fruit nicely. very smooth upon finishing with residual grapes and a touch of apple.

mouthfeel is light bodied with an effervescent and tingly quality at the back of the palate, however the high levels of CO2 work well with the fruit and malt.

drinkability is good. this is essentially wine, with enough malt character to bring the brewing process onto the palate. wonderful for a celebratory toast. cheers!

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Photo of thebreederswow
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: honey colored with tons of swirly bubbles, big very fizzy head

S: Sweet, honey, dates, ginger, maybe even some pepper in there...

T: Definitely sweet, pears and honey and dates. Gingery start in the
mouth, and I swear something like birch beer in the nose. Dull malty yet
warm finish.

MF: Super tingly, champagne feeling almost, though less sparkly more tingly.

D: Well I love this beer and find it quite excellent but it's ever so
expensive and its strength (both in terms of flavor and alcohol content)
make it for special occasions only.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pop!

Smells spicy, almost minty, and then quite yeasty. Exotic fruit, clove/ginger, medicinal, and generally earthy. Honey and mushroom. Very exciting and interesting.

Peachy yellow/orange color, a good, clear translucence, great head with minimal retention.

First sip brings honey sweetness and body followed by spiciness and some funk. Ginger, pepper, and exotic fruit - like a Ménage à trois of mango, melon, and perhaps kiwi. A little alcohol heat is noticeable as felt mainly through the. Sweetness has an almost syrup-like feeling. More carbonation than you can shake a stick at, but not as much as Duvel which can cause physical pain. Finishes fairly dry, surprisingly

After reading some other's reviews, I decided to stick my half-full bottle in the freezer (an idea that I decided against at the opening). It really is more spicy/ginger-like when cooled. I guess those flavors work well its sparkling nature. As it warms it seems to get sweeter and less complex. Another cold, cold sip unleashes a fairly vibrant nut flavor - soft and, well, nutty.

If the little booklet attached to my bottle is correct, it looks like this beer went through the traditional Champagne method (in France, after being brewed in Belgium). It's fun to drink something that so many labor hours went into. Imagining such notions as a French worker hand turning my bottle everyday and actual bottle fermentation (that most faux Champagnes fail to have experienced) make me feel fairly pampered. After all, I only drink the best... wink.

Pretty good, pretty expensive.

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Photo of jdubjacket
2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours from a bottle into a chalice. Very pale yellow with A LOT of bubbles. Looks exactly like champagne. Smell is spicy, sweet, with some fruit scents. Taste...tastes exactly like freaking champagne. It's hard to believe this was classified as beer. I can't drink a pint glass of champagne, nor could I drink a pint of this stuff. Like champagne, it was sweet to start and finished dry. Way too much carbonation for this beer to be enjoyable. Filled the stomach with so much air, I couldn't finish this one. Definitely not my style of beer. $25 down the drain.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was saving this for a special occasion...and brought it to a friends house on July 4th who just had a kid. Seemed like a perfect time to try this beauty.

Poured into champagne flutes. 2006 vintage.

Pours a beautiful golden color with a big, creamy white head that has good lasting power. Tons of carbonation seen rising. Perfect beer for a champagne flute. Beautiful.

Aroma is fruity, flowery and malts. Interesting.

Taste is flowery, malts and tons of mixed fruit [mango, pineapple, orange, banana]. Sweet creamy orangecicle type of feel to it. Just plain old yummy!

Mouthfeel is med-light bodied and very cleansing. Wonderful!

Overall, I was really shocked how good this beer is. Very drinkable. Wonderful. Unique and delicious. Just amazing. Is it worth the price: Yes. Am I glad I have another one in the cellar: Yes. Would I buy another if I had the chance: Absolutely. The perfect beer for special occasions.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle is really nice looking; upscale even. I'm not really sure what to expect, but as I like most Belgian beers I'm thinking positive. I've popped the cork out of quite a few bottles of beer, but holy shit that was loud!!! I'm a bit shaken, but I think I can go on. Huge, bubbling, noisy, off-white head fades quickly to a thick film. A bit of bubble gum and candied apricot in the aroma along with a bit of white grapes. The aroma is definitely unique, and I'd say closest to a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. A bit of vanilla, some flowers, cotton candy, and I swear there is a dry white whine flavor in there too (is it mental?). It reminds me a bit of Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde, but even more potent. Mouthfeel is quite fizzy with a fairly strong alcohol burn. I like it...the flavors and aromas are strong and inviting. The alcohol is a bit much, especially when compared to traditional champagne. It was fun to try once, but it's just too expensive to drink in the future. To be fair I can't imagine any beer being worth 5 to 10 times the average.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brilliant golden color with massive white puffy head. Many little bubbles of carbonation in the head and in the glass.

Smell has a nice sweet malty character, with lots of summer fruit.

Taste is very impressive. Lots of fruity sweet, almost like a champagne, but with more of a malt character. Absolutely no alcohol presence is found.

Leaves a firm, sweet malty taste in the mouth, with good taste retention.

Very easy to drink, very tasty. Also very expensive. May thanks to fellow BA mtanji for this delicious treat on our recent visit.

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Photo of MeLikeBeer
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this at Good Microbrewery in LA to celebrate a friend's new job.
It was excellent.

Bottle was under extreme pressure and when the waiter popped the cork it shot well across the room.
Label indicated this was a 2005 vintage.

Poured into a goblet, followed by an impressive amount of foam.
Very bubbly, a constant flow of bubbles.

Sweet spice scents float out of the glass, followed by a strong fruity sugary aroma. Definitely smells good.

Drinks very warm. (11.5%)! Mouthfeel is very much like a champagne, but tastes like a Belgian. Very biscuity and sweet.

I would say it's not very drinkable due to the high alcohol content and the price, but it was a good celebratory beer, indeed.

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Photo of faernt
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buy date is 01.20 03. It's been sitting in my cellar for over five years. It just popped open and offered a whiff of white smoke along with a slight pop. Bosteels was the crown. Bosteels has made me happy before.

I remember buying this stuff. It was the most expensive beer I'd ever bought and I chose to lay it down for a while to see how "expensive" developed. I assumed that expensive was an indicator of its ability to be laid down. I could have been a bonehead with a bullshit status attitude like that, so I deserve what I get.

It foams up and subsides to a skim. The nose is slightly spicy and the taste is very spicy. It's somewhat sweet, but beguiling in its complexity. The nose has a little cork but the taste is clean and a little sweet, but only a little. The flavor acts like anise without the licorice. It is wonderful. I'm going to stop reviewing now and drink beer.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I am quite literally shaking. I had to take a corkscrew to my bottle of 2002 DeuS...that cork was not budging. Half the cork broke as I tried to extract it. As I stood there trying to figure out what to do next, the part of the cork still stuck inside shot out of the bottle with no warning and a very loud crack, more like a gunshot report than a champagne bottle popping. My neighbors probably thought I shot myself...but I am 1) lucky that the cork didn't hit me in the eye and 2) lucky that I didn't end up with DeuS and broken glass all over my kitchen, as this bottle was obviously under some serious pressure. Damn....that was intense. Good thing the alcohol in here is 11.5% - I now need it.

A - After all that drama, poured into a goblet. Fizzy champagne-like head that leaves a little lacing...and bubbles, bubbles so many bubbles cascading from the bottom of a glass that isn't even etched. It's amazing that beer can present itself like this.

S - The aroma is sweet and generally pleasant. Sweet with spicy yeasty phenols; a bit floral.

T - Not anywhere near as champagne-like as I expected. This is definitely beer, no question. A complex beer - I notice the smooth phenols, probably a result of 6 years' aging - blending in with the slightly vinous, sweet finish. Some grassy hop noted, just adding more of a sweet wheatgrass character than any kind of real bitterness. Any rough edges from the 11.5% alcohol have probably been aged out. The overall effect is one of a smooth, very strong, silky beer that only looks superficially like champagne.

F - Again, though it looks like champagne, it feels more like a very smooth, aged-out Tripel or Belgian Strong Pale. Still, the bubbles are not shy, and this makes for an excellent palate-cleanser.

D - For a beer of this magnitude, drinkability is good. I'd like to try this fresh, though it certainly wasn't bad aged for several years. I'm going to finish the rest of the bottle with my favorite beer pairing, smoked salmon and water crackers. Another one of those beers that really blasts through the apparent limits of what beer can be.

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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 651 ratings