Brouweij Bosteels DeuS Brut de Flandres
Now that's more like it.
Super effervescent with a whole bunch of bubbles, DeuS is as malty as the Sam/Weihenstephan mix but without the all-beer aroma and aftertaste. The pale yellow color and fizzy head are reminiscent of a lighter wheat beer, but the fruity finish and 750mL bottle size are straight out of the wine rack.
There's a whole lot to smell when you first take a sip, and that citrus-and-clippings odor is akin to the "funk" of your everyday Belgian sour beer -- which is just fine for a product from Belgium. The taste, however, is a combination of malt, citrus and spice that won't offend the festive bubbly drinker a bit and is apropos of the Champagne region of France in which it is aged.
"DeuS is one of my favorites for New Year's," says Joseph Tucker, founder of beer rating site RateBeer. "Festively packaged, it may set you back $30."