A rare ale that’s brewed like a beer and bottled like a fine champagne.
Food Loves Beer Editors
DEUS BRUT DES FLANDRES
Being long-time fans of Kwak and Tripel Karmeliet, two other world-class beers from Brouwerij Bosteels, we were thrilled to get a bottle of 2011 Deus. This amazing beer starts out in the brewery’s tanks where it undergoes the primary and secondary fermentations that are the hallmark of fine Belgian ales. What happens next, however, is truly amazing, and produces an ale like no other we’ve tasted. The beer is shipped to the Champagne region of France where it undergoes the same labor-intensive treatment as the sparkling wines that bear that area’s appellation.
Deus pours a brilliant pale yellow and releases a fine stream of bubbles that rise into a lush white head that quickly dissipates, leaving behind a delicate lacing on the glass. The aroma is that of white grapes and spicy yeast, with nuances of ginger, lemon zest, and nutmeg. Another similarity to fine champagne is the recommended serving temperature, which is much colder than you would expect, and actually enhances the complexity and mouthfeel of this beer. Flavors of floral honey, clove, and spice are carried over the tongue by a spritzy carbonation. The finish is clean and crisp, lingering just long enough to entice the drinker to the next sip. Deus holds up beautifully in the cellar, waiting to add a touch of elegance to any special occasion that arises.
Serve in a flute or chalice at 35-40 F.
Suggested Food Pairings: Herbed goat cheese, butter-poached lobster, and a simple dish of fresh berries are all complemented by the sophisticated grace of Deus.
Food Loves Beer taste tested and recommended!