DeusJanuary 1, 2004 Buggenhout, Belgium
Imported by: Manneken-Brussel Imports, Inc.
Available: WA, OR, CA, AR, AL, TX, CO, IL, WI, MN, IN, OH, MI, KY, VA, FL, MD, NY, MA, PA, NJ
Dues is brewed in Belgium, but refined in the Champagne region using the traditional method, including the “remuage” (which detaches the yeast sediment and collects it in the neck of the bottle) and dégorgement (freezing the neck of the bottle to remove the yeast plug).
Alcohol by weight: n/a
These aromatics are something to remember: truly fresh apples amplified by hints of mint, thyme, lemon and much, much more. An aromatic cornucopia, where the taste follows through with far more than mere hints. This beer is REALLY full-bodied. Your Christmas dinner NEEDS this fine brew, moreover; it is a fine way to welcome the New Year! Please don’t drink this beer and then drive, unless you share with at least one friend. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a better beer! Alongside this, champagne is boring.
- Fred Eckhardt
The bottle sets the mood—I’m already hooked by the curves. Deus has a beautiful gold color and raises a meringue-like head. The nose is fascinating—ginger, malt, allspice, lemon peel, pears and hops. But watch this—the beers slips silkily onto the tongue and then blooms with creamy pinpoint carbonation. It’s so light and airy, it’s difficult to grasp—a display of grapey sweetness, a heady perfume of spices, a spirituous warmth of alcohol, a fine dry finish. It’s stunning—I’ve never had anything like it. $25 a bottle, I’ve heard. Stop whining and pony up—it’s worth every penny.
- Garrett Oliver
Champagne cannot mainatain its head like this. The flowery, clover-like aroma; teasing delicacy; hint of dessert apples in the juicy dryness of its finish; and deceptive 11.5 per cent alcohol by volume belong to the ultimate holiday beer. Serve it while you are unwrapping the Christmas presents. And save a bottle for St Valentine’s. Chilled and in a flute. “It’s not a Champagne substitute,” insists brewer Antoine Bosteels. “Its for people who love great wine, great beer, great whisky. It’s just a divine drink made from barley.”
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer and Sake (USA).
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.