DEUS (Brut Des Flandres) – Bière de Champagne – 11.5% ABV
Starting with the bottle design & presentation, DEUS is a work of art. Served in a Chalice-type glass this beer has a beautiful golden color that pours with a deep, white, fluffy head that fades quickly and shows little lacing. The bubbles resemble good champagne albeit not the beautiful tiny bubbles of the fine vintage varieties I am acquainted with. The nose is floral with hints of citrus, apple, honey, a touch of malt and slight breadiness. The alcohol is not evident on the nose or the tongue but at 11.5% ABV it packs a powerful punch. The mouthfeel is definitely similar to champagne. The bubbles tickle at first sip. It is sultry sweet on the front of the tongue but finishes dry with hints of mild spice and some lavender. The sweetness became more prominent as the temperature rose. DEUS works nicely as an aperitif to kick-off a very special evening and could also work well as a dessert treat to compliment an after-dinner cheese plate.
This is a extremely seductive beer worthy of the $35 price tag for a special occasion and one that could definitely attract a woman normally inclined to drink wine. WARNING: Please be prepared gentlemen! Once your girl develops a taste for fine beer, you may have to share more often! But boy will she show her gratitude…Oh my!