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Friday, January 4, 2013

Deus Brut des Flandres: It's Beer! No wait, Champagne... No Beer?

When is a beer not a beer?

Why, when it's champagne, naturally!

Meet Deus Brut des Flandres, the champagne of beers.

Dressed up in a voluptuous bottle, it's a stunning work of art bearing a striking resemblance to Dom Pérignon.

So similar that the folks over at the (get this) Brouwerij Bosteels Brewery in Buggenhout, Belgium*
were forced to change its label.

*I trust that in addition to making finely-crafted beers, the heavily awarded brewers were equally as fond of alliteration

Original label


Dom label

Uncanny, I say!

This crackling brew is a perfectly-fitting selection if you're looking to add a bit of celebratory luster to the beer lover in your life. It's a rather extraordinarily crafted ale, even if it does come with a split personality. 

You see, it undergoes its standard fermentation and conditioning process in Belgium, and is subsequently shipped off to the Champagne region of France where it is then treated very much the same as the fine bubbly using the traditional méthode champenoise.

Additional sugar and yeasty bits are added to the original formula shortly before refermentation, followed by twelve months of pampered aging.

So how does the fancy beer taste?

It starts with hints of spiced ginger, coriander, and almond on the nose, then goes down slightly sweet with light, malty underpinnings, and a wee touch of pepper in its yeasty backdrop.

 It's quite unlike anything you've ever had, and with an overall score of 97 at ratebeer.com, it should send you running to the foothills for a swig of the barley pop.

Deus will serve as an excellent apertif, 
or perhaps a bold cheese pairing.

Cheese tip:

This funktastic ale will play nicely with a well-aged, nutty, tangy variety. Try it with a classic Parmigiano Reggiano, Gruyere, Boerenkaas or any other can't get enough of it Gouda.

So is it a beer or a champagne?

It's far more beer than champagne, but I wouldn't recommend this grown up brew for pizza night.

 Instead, save it for a festive occasion to serve and sip up in a flute, savor the sudsy, and cast those tucked away champagne wishes you've been long hiding.


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