Review: DeuS Brut des Flandres (2009)

DeuS Brut des Flandres (2009) by Cody La BièreA new years day tradition for me is opening up a bottle of bubbly and savouring every sip. In this case, the bubbly is DeuS Brut des Flandres by Belgian Brasserie Bosteels.

I received this bottle for Christmas 2010 my (now ex) girlfriend. I received another bottle the same Christmas, so decided this needed to be saved in time when A) I got a job or B) It was the New Year. As you can see, I'm still unemployed, so I waited until it was New Years to open this.

I enjoyed this last year, but will I enjoy it this year?

This (2009 Edition) beer comes in a 750mL bottle, similar to a wine bottle, is corked, and has an ABV of 11.5%, so it will be one of the higher ABVs I've seen in a while.

Appearance: Pours clear golden like straw hay. Very carbonated, like a champagne or ginger ale. Snow white head, very foamy at first, but dies down after a while.

Aroma: A bit sweet, like champagne. The yeast aroma is a bit reminiscent to a saison style ale, like Unibroue's Blonde de Chambly. Slightly sour, and a bit of hay.

Taste: My mom tried it and, of course, she thought it was gross but she thinks anything that doesn't contain corn is gross. Very sweet, with a champagne taste to it. Aside from the Champagne, I can taste the yeast (a bit similar to saison) and the sweetness coming off from the malts. Overall, a very sweet tasting beer. A bit maltier than I expected.

Overall Thoughts: This isn't a beer I'd buy regularly, only for special occasions (New Year, getting a job, etc). But this beer is a great alternative to champagne for such celebrations. It costs approximately $22 for a 750mL bottle, so it's very pricey, but obviously you wouldn't be buying this on a regular occasion. It has an ABV of 11.5% so you will feel a bit of warmth quickly. Edit - if you are used to darker Belgian ales, this will be a very light tasting beer for you, the alcohol will creep up on you!

Tomorrow I will be reviewing Sam Adams' Infinium. Cheers and have a great 2012!

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