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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium | website

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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4.14
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17.15%
 
 
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Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

Doesn't take much to get the cork to pop off, and the bottle begins to gush immediately. Beer is light golden with a big fizzy white head, which dissipates to a film quickly. Tonnes of bubbles visible in the beer.

Lots of yeast in the nose, somewhat funky with an unusual scent that reminds me of cheese. Light fruit and floral notes as well.

Taste is very nice. Yeast, lots of fruit (apple, green grape, peach). Honey is strong as well, as is sugar. The sugar flavours accompany a rich malty backbone that is very nice and unlike anything I have encountered in beer before. The yeast is a bit funky, results in the slightly cheesy flavour, but that is not a bad thing (as unappealing as it may sound). Truly a dessert beer.

The mouthfeel is probably where this beer is most unusual. Medium bodied, strong carbonation but with very small bubbles, and a bit of a bready feel. Not sure how to put my finger on the unusual feel. Heavier than an actual champagne, for sure.

Overall, quite nice and very different. My first Biere de Champagne and I would say I am a fan.

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Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer! Pours with towering airy head (used stemmed flute). Tones of fine carbonation keep the head alive. Smells like lemons, spring meadow. Taste is malt and lots of astringent hops. This is a beauty of a beer, and can be popped like champagne for a celebration!

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow this one acteur buying some import beer... Opened this at my 40th birthday, the same day my house was sold. Everything is there for making this a special day. Hopefully the beer will live up to it...

The color is yellow, almost golden. Very carbonated. Nice white foamy head on top. The aroma is floral with some champagne presence...

On the taste, it is very floral and lots of bubbles in the mouth too. Very dry finish. So delicious... This is so good. Its like the perfect Belgian beer. Fruity, some floral notes and the finish is dry... So dry you want more!! This is a very good beer. Astronomous.

Nice one eventhough it is quite expensive.

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

750ml bottle poured in a Karmeliet tulip.

A: First of all, bottle art. Just beautiful. Looks like a champagne bottle. A labeled cork and a small book explaining the producing and fermentation processes. Pours a yellow to orange clear color. A huge bubbled and sparkling head is formed. The retention is low, however it never disappears totally, leaving a bubble thin layer and some lacings

S: Very sweet in the nose, quite fruity too. Strong notes of peach l, apples, white grapes. Also strong on vanilla and Honey. Belgian yeasts and finally some malts. Reminded me her sister Karmeliet

T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Peach, apple, grapes. Vanilla and honey. Belgian yeasts and malts. In overall a sweet and fruity beer. Hoppy bitterness is very very mild in the end

M: Creamy molasses body with a huge expected champagne carbonation. Sweet mouth sensation from the beginning til the end

O: Great beer. Very tasty. Strong Belgian character. At the same time, very unique

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Photo of beerbrains
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After a day on the mountain there's nothing like a night of Belgian beers to revive you.

I shared this bottle with friend at the Cheeky Monk in Winterpark. Served in appropriately branded champagne flutes, this beer exploded in the glass. Two fingers of sparkly head topped the pale straw colored beer.

Dry, crisp apples and pears, a little citrus; delicious.

I paired this with a pot of muscles steamed in a white wine and gorgonzola cream sauce. The best pairing I've had in very long time, maybe ever. The beer did a great job of cleaning the pallet of the fats from the sauce and any residual flavors the shellfish may have left.

I am a fan of sparkling wines and I would recommend this as a replacement in any occasion.... not that sparklers require an occasion.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a big white head and quite bubbly. In the aroma, citrus notes and quite champagne like. In the taste, citrus to a dryer taste, quite carbonated, and a small note of alcohol at the end. A small alcohol bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry fruit rind and small alcohol in the aftertaste. Nice fruitiness, and alcohol presence.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with lots of visible carbonation. The head is about two fingers tall but very bubbly/thin & airy and bright white in color. There is some head retention and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Aromas of sweetness and grapes, not dissimilar to champagne.

T: The flavors are also similar to champagne but a little more enjoyable to my taste. There is a nice complexity and balance in the taste with the highlight being sweet grapes (perhaps muscat).

M: Light bodied with a heavy amount of carbonation, could easily be described as effervescent. There is some amount of dryness in the finish.

O: A great beer for a kid from Boston, now living in the NYC metro area to enjoy for the superbowl with friends. The taste of the alcohol was well hidden and the carbonation cut through the sweetness.

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Photo of match1112
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

shared this bottle last night with some friends, date on label says 06. poured a sparkling bright golden color with four fingers of bone white head. excellent retention and some spotty lacing were noticed. has a strong alochol aroma overpowering notes of funky yeast and peppery spices, very fruity smelling as well with peach being the most noticable. tastes bigger than it smells. flavors are bolder and they all shine thru. still very sweet tasting like a champaign, yet with all the flavors it reminds me too much of a really good saison. mouthfeel is light and bubbly. lots of carbonation with a warm dry finish. overall a very tasty beer, but for $28 a bottle i'll pass next time. i think there are just as tasty beers out there for half the price.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale yellow/golden color. Very carbonated with a two finger white foam head that receded fairly quickly and left jut a bit of lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet and tangy due to the light yeast. A very distinct aroma that is unlike most Belgian beers. It's light, fruity, a bit sour and a bit sweet. Very welcoming and interesting.

Taste: Wow. This is an incredibly light Belgian beer, but with tons of crisp fruit and yeast flavors. Some green apple, pear and apricot notes with a nice light malt beneath. Incredibly refreshing and tasty. Not much going on with hops here, but that just leaves room for the malts and yeast flavors to shine...and they are the real stars here.

Mouth feel: Light body with tons of carbonation, like a sparkling wine. finished sweet with a little semi-dry bite on the end. Truly unique.

Overall: I have found another favorite Belgian beer! This is incredibly light and flavorful for such a high ABV beer, plus it's unlike anything else I've had. It's a bit on the expensive side at around 30 dollars a bottle...but that's not unlike a good wine, and I like this much better than most 30 dollar wines I've had. Outstanding!

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Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new style for me. Enjoyable beer but not worth the 34 dollars I paid for the 2006 vintage.

Corked and caged bottle.

Poured into a Choffe flute glass. I lost close to half the bottle as if foamed violently out of the bottle. Delicate bubbly head and cloudy gold color. No lacing, average retention.

Smell was mild like a very mild Saison. Taste was pretty good. Kind of like a Saison but more funk and less lemon zest. A light effervescent, yeasty Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel was ok. Lot of carbonation. Light No hint of the 11.5 abv.

On the whole a pleasant beer to celebrate something with, but at 34 a bottle...I would rather have a nice Asti and save the money!!!!

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Photo of Zraly
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty pale gold. Looks beautiful in a wine glass -- the bubbles flutter about with a nice sparkle. Smell is sweet but subtle.

Sweet, candy-like flavors up front that develops into a wonderful yeast and vanilla note. An interesting integration of floral notes came out as I continued to drink: jasmine and violet. A minor note of thyme makes an appearance. The backbone chants "honey" and the finish on the palate is smooth and clean with a touch of residual sugar.

Light to medium bodied and carbonation is, of course, high. Extremely drinkable and is the perfect replacement for any occasion demanding "sparkling wine" -- this mercifully knocks many a bubbly grape to its knees.

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

2006 Vintage

Poured a clear straw yellow with a tall white head. Reminds me of Southampton's Cuvee des Fleurs for the big floral spice aroma. There's a subtle, creamy bready taste under the sweet, gentle malts, hints of citrus, and earthy pear skin. The light effervescent body is crisp and quite pleasant to drink. It is, however, by no means a lightly flavored beer. Yes, it's on the spendy side, but it's worth it for a special occasion.

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

2009 Vintage

Clear, pale straw colour with a smooth, creamy white head. Decent head retention.

Smooth, fruity aroma with a light pear note. I get something reminiscent of mead as well. Lightly spiced. Fine and delicate.

Excellent, fruity flavour with a balance of spice. Easily drinkable and the balance is reminiscent of Champagne.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

An excellent beer that shows off the concept of a "Champagne Beer" really well. Delicious.

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Photo of karait95
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very bright yellow color with rich carbonation that forms a big head that dissipates slowly and leaves some traces on the glass, also a permanent layer is on top all the time, the body look light not to bold. Head is formed of white mixed bubbles.

S: lot of alcohol is present and it is the first thing on the nose,

T: some wood or herbs are present and very intense,

M: very intense sensation on the mouth starting with a little astringent sensation with some dryness that transforms into bitterness ending some sweetness at the beginning also sourness that make the style very complex to drink.

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

A: A very clear body, and it shows a yellow gold color, and the carb is consistent although is not so abundant, the head is white with excellentretention, creamy, and persistentand at the end it remains a tiny layer

S: it has a hop floral, belgia yeast aroma, and earthy, piny, small amounts of alcohol very well balanced, and citrus, and woody

T: a little bit crisping on tongue. Perfectly well balanced a little sweetness at first then some tart and bitterness at the end. The warming. All the aromas are present on the flavour

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Photo of Proteus93
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arguably THE New Year celebratory beer, and I finally got around to picking up a bottle to celebrate this one... good omen, perhaps?!

A: Pale golden... very clear, topped with that huge bubbly head that requires a gentle and slow pour to keep under control. Pouring into a chilled flute, as suggested, certainly helped keep the pour from being unpleasant.

S + T: The yeast strain used on this does some pretty interesting things. It's not totally funky like a farmhouse, saison, or the like, but that element is certainly there. The fruity esters balance it out, with a somewhat citrus-like quality, though no particular citrus fruit stands out... perhaps mostly like an orange zest. There's the slightest mustiness in both the aroma and flavour, but that takes nothing away from it... in fact, it adds a touch of character that seems appropriate. A complex spiciness finishes it off, again, nothing really specific.

M + D: Very sparkling, as I expected. Body is light, high on the carbonation, with a deceiving alcohol presence... it's remarkably well hidden. A lovely toasting beer, and certainly an appropriate choice for celebrating!

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

What else, but a Biere de Champagne (Biere Brut) to ring in the New Year?
2010 - Served in a champagne fluted glass.
It pours a hazy golden color, which magically clears in a minute. A spritzy snow-white head bubbles up fast, then slowly fades.
The first aroma is a sweet grassy dried malt with herbs and tart gin-soaked fruit (green apples) mixed in. A little earth and basement funk and a light, odd smell of the ocean floats in the distance.
The tastes seem in reverse of the smells. A flavor of the gin-soaked fruit cup buzzes the tongue in the edgy effervescence. A nice dose of earthy dried malt, floral hops and honey-like sweetness roll in as it warms and settles down.
The mouthfeel evolves slowly, revealing different flavor profiles and textures as the bottles draws to its finale. Sad to see it go…
Goes very well with raw oysters or mussels steamed in beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a light translucent golden yellow in color with a significant amount of head that left tons of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of herbal character was apparent on the nose like sage and roasemary, with some sweetness but fruity pear notes as well.

T: the bubbly sweet malts were more dominent on the palate alongside fruity pear notes and herbal accents.

M: the brew was light to medium in body wih an overwhelming amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, herbally, and sparkling finish.

O: this style of brew I haven't had too many times but to me it was drinking preety good and was very different from the beers I'm used to drinking. I have to say that this style of beer is not really my cup of tea.

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a champagne flute. This is the Cuvée Prestige 2010.

Appearance: pours a light straw hue with a clear body and tons and tons of effervescence. Head is a giant volume of quickly-dissipating foam; Bière de Champagne indeed!

Smell: rich, deep malt aroma with a definite grain component. There's a dusty character here that reminds me of a sack of raw barley malt. It is difficult to classify, but I find it oddly intriguing.

Taste: deep malt with a light fruitiness, brought on, I think, by the alcohol. The alcohol is instantly notable and, I find, dizzying. I could see this beer having the same effect as Champagne. I really like the fruity finish, but; zow! That's a lot of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: light body with a shockingly large amount of carbonation. Not creamy, but crisp and very Champagney.

Overall: this is an interesting beer. I tend to like Champagne, so I like those characteristics that this beer has of the wine. The flavor is wholly beer, however. Decent, but for me, I don't think this beer is going to extend beyond novelty.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of cratez
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sample courtesy of Peter Chiodo. Thanks again!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poured from the bottle into a champagne flute.

An intense carbonation off the pour, needing to pour slowly. Incredibly uniform white rock head and champagne like in appearance. Body is pilsner and crystal clear fourteen carat gold in appearance. One exceptional looking drink here, looks like solid bubbly with ridiculous sticky head lacing on top of it.

Bouquet is very strong and surprising. Classic Belgian pale ale, or strong ale yeast, malt, and intense sugar sweetness. Candy sweet. Malty like than more regular Belgian Pale Ales than it's sweet counterparts but definitely brings the sugars. This is very fun smelling, sticky sense too. Lemon, and cumquats citrus fresh.

Taste is quite unique and fascinating. Belgian strong ale thickness and alcohol but mixed with a tolerable sweetness and crispness, with some malt density. Great bubbly action on the texture, and a good balance between density and crisp sense, and dry yeast. Sticky palate also, bringing spirtzy lemon and citrus and a sharp zest.

Overall this feels like a decent bottle of bubbly spiked with a slightly less aggressive bottle of Pranqster. This is one fun beer, and something different from the everyday, a blast and a winner.

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

light golden in color with loads of carbonation and a huge foam head that settles down lightly and leaves a touch of lacing on the sides.

aroma is far too light, small citrus hops,light grain, and that was about it. it seems to really just not have the direction i was looking for. it was just light on the palate and super carbonation, but the flavor just did not seem to match up with my hopes. a very expensive beer

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

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

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

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
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