BREWVIEW ON BROUWERIJ BOSTEELS DEUS

DEUS is the first Méthode Champenoise beer we are BrewViewing on this website. Belgian beer enthusiasts and champagne drinkers alike herald this beer to be amongst the pantheon of all beers in the world. Far beyond an ordinary “beer”, DeuS is welcome at events under the most formal of circumstances. It is a delicate, sparkling, divine drink.

HISTORY

Brouwerij Bosteels has 223 years of family history- that’s longer than Belgium itself has been a “state”. (Belgium did not become a state until the end of the Belgian Revolution in 1830.) 39 years earlier in 1791, Evarist Bosteels established the brewery in Buggenhout.  The lineage continued with Jozef, who bore 3 sons: Frans, Martin, and Lodewijk- of the three sons, the first two learned the brewing trade. Leon Bosteels, (son of Martin) took over the operations of the brewery, and then Antoine Bosteels  (son of Leon) followed in his footsteps in 1938. Up until 1988, Antoine grew the brewery with Bosteels Pils and began to introduce the beers to a wider audience in Belgium, selling it to consumers in Ghent, Antwerp, and Brussels.

Local politics was also in the mix for the Bosteels family: Frans was the mayor of Buggenhout for 13 years, And Antoine was elected mayor 3 different times.

THE BREWER’S MANSION

The beautiful Bosteels family mansion (above) was designed in 1859 by Flemish architect Louis Minard (1801-1875). Minard was best known for his classical designs, which the mansion is a beautiful example of. With its stunning leaded glass windows and its beautiful reception room, the mansion takes you back to a time where horse and carriage would take you to your formal destination.

6TH AND 7TH GENERATIONS

Ivo Bosteels (R) (6th generation) and Antoine Bosteels- Ivo’s son (L) (7th generation)  are currently managing the day-to-day operations. They ensure that the over 200 years of brewing traditions are kept intact. Quality control is very important to Ivo and Antoine. Everything about the brewing process is carefully monitored.

The development and maturation of DeuS (and all Méthode Champenoise beers) are unique in the beer world. As anyone who has seen the production of champagne, the process is a very well-timed and precise one. After the brewing of DeuS is done in Belgium, the beer is bottled and moved to the Ardennes region of France where it will undergo a maturation period of a minimum of 1 year. Skilled artisans have the bottles undergo a process known as riddling (remuage in French). In this stage, the bottles are placed on special racks called pupitres that hold them at a 45° angle, with the crown cap pointed down, turning slightly over time. Over the riddling time, the angle is gradually increased until the neck of the bottle is vertical. The yeast removal process is called disgorging (dégorgement in French), where traditionally a skilled manual process is performed where the crown cap and yeast are removed by freezing the neck and disgorging the yeast by the pressure in the bottle without losing much liquid. The beer is then corked with the highest quality cork possible, which you can hear in the beautiful “pop” when a bottle of DeuS is opened.

AWARDS

MALT ADVOCATE MAGAZINE (USA) – 2000: Beer of the Year Award
WORLD BEER CUP (USA) – 2002: Silver Medal
CELEBRATOR MAGAZINE  – 2003: Best of New Beer 2003
BIÈRE MAGASINE (France) – 2003: Bière d’ innovation de l’ année 2003
BREWING INDUSTRY INTERNATIONAL AWARDS (London) – 2004: Silver Medal

OUR BREWVIEW ON BROUWERIJ BOSTEELS DEUS

APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
11.5 % ABV. Poured in a chilled crystal champagne flute (as the label suggests) at 37°F. The color is light golden, the head poured a wonderfully tight champagne-bubble density, with a 2-finger height. The fine grain bubbles are delightful to look at. It resembles a champagne by sight. The head sustains for a few minutes, and then collapses leaving behind even Brussels lacing on the sides of the flute. The meniscus is medium to slow rising. Because of the ”à la méthode originale” production of DeuS, you can “hear” the sparkle of the fine bubbles throughout the consumption time.

AROMA / BOUQUET:
The bouquet is unlike anything we have ever had in a beer before. The freshness of the high quality cork is immediate, then subsides to aromas of gentle clove, honey, and mint in the back. The spicy phenols in this beer are extremely sophisticated. The bouquet is gentle and soft, extremely well balanced.

TASTE:
The taste is dry, refreshing, almost like a Poire Williams. Although it is at 11.5% ABV, it does not “taste” like it.

MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
Very effervescent, it fills the entire mouth, and has a nice grainy, dry finish. Definitely a “Brut” finish. Champagne lovers know what we are talking about.

BosteelsDeusLabel-closeup

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Use as an aperitif. APPETIZERS: Blue veined cheeses, raw milk cheeses, high quality brie, goat cheese, port salut, Trappist cheeses. My wife suggests a cheese platter- with white table grapes!   ENTRÈES: Moule en frite, pastas, swordfish, lobster, oysters Rockefeller, Mahi Mahi, light chicken dishes, awesome with honey baked ham at Thanksgiving.

OVERALL IMPRESSION:BosteelsDeusbottle-incradle
BOSTEELS DEUS can easily replace champagne. You may wish to fool your champagne drinking friends into trying DeuS and letting them know later, it is a beer- see what reaction you get! It won’t give you the headache that champagnes do! Again, we recommend having it under the most formal or special occasions. Wherever champagne is called for, use DeuS instead. This beer is very sophisticated, top class. It is a bit pricey, but very much worth the cost. The labor to produce this beer is very intensive. World class, seek this one out for that next occasion you wish to make a powerful, positive and lasting impression. 

BROUWERIJ BOSTEELS:
http://www.bestbelgianspecialbeers.be/main_eng.html

BOSTEELS DEUS AVAILABLE IN THE USA FROM ARTISANAL IMPORTS:
http://www.artisanalimports.com/brewerydetails.asp?id=2

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