Champagne beer is one of the latest novelties in the beer world. It is a light and sparkling drink which looks and tastes more like champagne than like beer. It is also supposed to be drunk as an aperitif, before the meal, and it is served chilled from champagne glasses. This beer style is also referred to as ‘brut beer’ or ‘biere brut’.
The thing that makes this beer style so unique is that, during the brewing process, the brewer uses champagne yeast instead of the regular beer yeast. This is what gives it the looks, the carbonation and the flavor that is so close to real champagne. Some of these beers actually undergo their second fermentation in cellars in the champagne region.
The most famous beer in the category is Deus beer (also known by its full name ‘Deus Brut des Flandres’). This beer is brewed by Brewery Bosteels and was the first beer of this kind. The number of beers in this category is still rather small, but every year several new ones appear. For people who are looking for something really special, there is even a dark champagne beer available: Malheur Dark brut.