DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) | Brouwerij Bosteels

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

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Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light orange-yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, herbs, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild spice and herb bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors that are different from what I was expecting.

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

thanks to duff27 for the share! Thanks duff!

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with big fluffy white head.

Smell: fruity, especially white grapes. Little bit yeasty too.

Taste: Lightly fruity; apples and white grapes. A hint of a wheat like malt profile. A little bit vinous with a yeastiness and peppery spiciness also.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with high carbonation levels. Very eppervescent with a a touch of syrupyness. Dry finish.

Overall: My first beer from this style category. Interesting beer its got a champagne quality to it, but its still beer! I would revisit this beer in the future. Would work in place of champagne at a formal event for the dedicated beer nerd!

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Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a big fluffy white head on a clear golden body. Some sticky lacing, good head retention.

Saisony aroma. Boozy bread.

Apple tinge flavor. Can taste the alcohol on the tail end. Different but good.

Carbonation expands upon mouthing. Full mouthfeel.

I liked Deus! The mouthfeel is exceptional. Thanks to my favorite person in the world, fdkayti, for the birthday present.

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

2007 vintage 750ml corked and caged Dom Perignon looking champagne style bottle poured into flute 5/7/12

A golden liquid with loads of bubbles, just a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace, but there's no shortage of bubbles, looks like I expected

S I'm loving the smell but it's all ginger ale and apple pie, I can't quite explain it, so simple yet overly complex. a little pear, yeast, and caramel but for the most part it's ginger ale and apple pie with a cinnamon crust

T spicy compared to the nose but everything I smell's still there, ginger's heavy and the pie crust's replaced with the spiced caramel apple filling, yeasty with zero booze, amazingly unique

M not overly thick but lively from the bubbles, the carbonation fades not leaving a foamy feel, long lingering yeasty gingerbread aftertaste and 11.5%alc is non-existent

O this one's a winner, very unique and has a simple complexity going on for it, considering how strong it is I'm amazed how well concealed the booze is

What do you say when beer meets champagne? the effort put into this gem was not wasted on me, I loved this stuff. I needed an excuse to buy a 30$ bottle and I think my B-day was well deserving, this ones worth the price tag.

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

Thanks to my non-BA buddy for surprising me with this.

A: Pours a light golden color with very active carbonation and a huge bone-white head that faded rather quickly into a soft film. Soapy lace.
S: White grapes, champagne yeast, dry and vinous smelling. Slightly bitter smelling.
T: Follows the nose with vinous grapes and huge notes of yeast, peppery spices, clove, fruity esters, and herbal and flowery notes like wild greens.
M: Super airy and very bubbly carbonation. Frothy medium-light mouthfeel. Bubbles are perfect for the style but a bit distracting at times. This beer is a little hard to drink.
O: Potent and rich flavors. The bubbles do mellow out after a long while, but this is a very active beer. I liked it, but I’m not sure I’ll be buying it due to the price.

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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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DeuS (Brut Des Flandres) from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.14 out of 5 based on 638 ratings.
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