Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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89
very good

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 282
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 5.03%
Wants: 34
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kendo on 10-20-2012

Duvel Rustica Golden Ale is our long-anticipated collaboration with Duvel. It's our first Belgian-style Golden Ale, a elegant ale noted for using simple ingredients to create complex flavors and aromas. We worked closely with Duvel on the recipe and processes, yet added our own signature notes. This Duvel collaboration created a fine ale, one with all the depth and breadth of Duvel's classic Belgian Golden Ale, along with rustic notes, including fruity esters from our yeast.

In keeping with our rustic farmstead roots, Rustica pours a golden hue, the aroma and flavor mixes maltiness and citrus from hops while the yeast produces notable fruitiness. The body is lean and rounded, while the finish offers dry warmth & firm hop bitterness.
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Reviews: 90 | Hads: 282
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold into a tulip glass supporting a persistent 2” fluffly and clingy white foam collar.
S: Fruit, spice, citrus with a faint hint of smoke.
T: Big spicy fruit palate with orange, peach, apricot, slight over ripe fruit and barnyard funk and long fruit aftertastes.
F: medium body to medium light, creamy soft medium high carbonation produces sense of fullness.
O: A big, full flavored beer that needs just a touch of bite or sharpness somewhere to become really interesting. (495 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, bubbly golden yellow with a fairly thick, if not persistent, snow-white head. Aroma has only average strength, but tempts with notes of apple, pear, butterscotch and malt plus a hint of yeast. Lip-smacking flavor has good fruity (apple and pear, plus a hint of banana), malty and yeast notes with a bitter hoppy undertone and a hint of butterscotch. Smooth, firm texture has plenty of fizz and leaves a sweet fruity finish with a bitter, woody hops undertone. Rusticate with this one whilst you can! (513 characters)

Photo of PatrickCT
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip.

a: Golden. Clear with a little haziness from the yeast. The color and carbonation remind me of Krug.

s: Dense bready yeast, dried apricots, pineapple, orange zest, slight maltiness.

t: Yeasty, peppery, fruity. Dried apricots, raisins, orange zest, pepper and cloves. Finish is like orange peel and slight hoppiness.

mf: Crisp and peppery. Medium body with champagne bubbles.

o: If someone handed me this beer in a flute and told me it was Krug I might have believed it. (504 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and zesty Belgian style aroma with hints of fruit, funk, and spice. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove, farmhouse funk, white pepper, and coriander. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. Solid mix of fruit esters with hints of banana, pear, green apple, lemon zest, orange, and white grape. Malt hints of grains, straw, wheat, and cracker. Subtle earthy and floral hop hints. A very good smell.

Taste: Like the smell, a yeasty, fruity and zesty Belgian Golden Ale taste with good notes of fruit, spice, and funk. Upfront Belgian yeast with notes of farmhouse funk, clove, white pepper, and coriander spicing. Big taste of fruit esters with some notes of banana, pear, lemon zest, green apple, orange, and grapes. Soft pale malt presence with notes of straw, wheat, grains, and cracker. Very subtle earthy hop presence. A really nice Belgian style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and juicy with a somewhat drying finish. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian Golden Ale. Good mix of fruit and spice flavors. A little sweeter than the original Duvel but it’s far from cloying. (1,407 characters)

Photo of MarkNichols
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I love most of what Ommegang does. This guy was a miss for me. It looked great in the glass, and the aroma was what I'd come to expect from Ommegang and the character of the yeast the they generally use. The taste didn't do it for me though. It screamed Belgian, but in a bit of an unorganized way. Rustica, yes. It had a but of farmhouse character, and I very well may have accepted this beer easier if I had thought it was going to be a saison. It had fruit character, but just a mess of it. And there was that touch of spicy character from the yeast, but dull. Obviously not a bad beer---the guys at Ommegang know what they're doing. But the ball was not hit out of the park. (678 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev +3%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

Could be one of the most interesting and even complex beers we have had this year. This is a thinking person’s brew, for the true beer geek and will want to decipher every sip. One thing this ale is crying for is to be paired with some stinky cheese. Morbier comes to mind with some marmalade on the side.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV: 8.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Perfect clarity, golden hue, amazing head

SMELL: Dragon fruit, chalky yeast, taffy, passion fruit, juicy fruit, doughy bread, floral, clementines, spicy, ester

TASTE: Very crisp, lighter body, yeast, orange pith, deep breadiness, chalky, salty, golden raisins, mildly spicy, mild tartness, gummy, pepper jelly, quite warming, phenolic, long dry finish (790 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02/23/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. After a logistical mix up, I'm finally in front of a glass of his fine, fine brew. A long time fan of both Ommegang & Duval brands this collaboration doesn't disappoint. Bready aromas give way to slight bite that could be alcohol & lemon or vice-verse. It is so subtle it's hard to tell. Another masterful brew but if you don't appreciate a dry finish this might not be for you. Me? I'm a fan. (431 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is hazy gold color with bleached white minimal head after even a fairly aggressive pour.
Aroma is mild with bready yeast, some sweet malt and some spicy and earthy hops.
First sip reveals an average to light body with fine rolling carbonation.
Flavor is similar to the nose with some caramel malt and a little musty funk mixed in for fun.
The hops give the same earthy and spicy notes as he nose advertised, I dont get any booze which is nice since it is a bigger beer.

Very easy to drink and worth trying as it is interesting and fairly complex without being messy. (629 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a beautiful golden color with an amazing thick, creamy white head that lasts

Smell: Wonderful fruity smell with pear notes and some grassiness

Taste: Fruity, sweet, malty, less dry than the standard Duvel. Herbal grassy flavors as well

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, but with fine bubbles, medium body

Overall: Interesting take on a classic. Not quite as good, but still an amazing brew. Would love to pick up more, and maybe in the future have a side by side with the original Duvel. (507 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer indeed.
A golden color with a slight haze. A white smaller head lingers leaving spotted lacing.
The aroma is floral and grassy while the yeasty esters impart a fruity pear aroma.
Drinks dry and slightly bitter. The thing that I noticed most was that maybe it sat in some wine barrels because the driness reminds me of oak tannins while the yeast gives a fruity almost dry white wine taste.
It danced across my palate quite meekly but overall this was a fantastic beer. This will really throw those servers at Cape May BYO restaraunts for a loop, good forbid they open a corked beer. (599 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice brown bomber coming with cork and a wire cage. The silhouette of the devil and his goat on the artwork was a nice touch. I poured it into a Duvel tulip (of course), and the pale golden color of the original seemed intact, but the carbonation was not quite as lively as that of the urban Duvel. The aroma was very sweet, with banana, and honey, followed by a bit of barnyard funk. The taste was not too much like the original Duvel, as that beer is known for it's dryness and well hidden alcohol. This one was more sweet, with a lot of floral and herbal notes, and some saltine cracker like breadiness. The finish was quite a bit more Saison like, with some bright hops a blast of pepper and a touch of lemon. The alcohol content was also more readily apparent here. The body felt medium thick, and had a decent mouth coating action. This one was closer to Hennepin than Duvel, as the house yeast strain seemed to have made more of difference than anything else. (966 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a white head. Looks a bit like a cloudy version of Duvel with much less head. The head does linger a bit.

Has a floral outdoors smell to it. Reminds me a bit of a field of flowers, and freshly mowed grass. There is just a hint of fruit and pepper as well.

The taste reminds of of being outside on a farm, if that makes sense. It's floral and grassy and fruity with a hint of pine at the finish, likely due to the hops. It is all underlined by a bit of a fruitiness I associate with Belgian style beers, likely a result of the strain of yeast used. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Feel is ok, maybe a touch on the thin side.

Trying to review this beer on its own, rather than compare it to Duvel, but have to at least make mention of it. Had I had this beer not knowing what it is, likely would not have compared it to Duvel. It is heavier than Duvel, and not quite as drinkable. As a farmhouse beer, it's pretty good, it fits that style very well. To cpmare it to another beer, it is like a bit heavier version of Hennepin. (1,066 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: golden with a light orange tint. Mildly hazy, carbonation visible and perhaps some sediment.

S: reminds me a little of some German pilsners, but more yeasty. Lemon notes, maybe a little orange.

T: it starts out to me like a more carbonated American lager, but quickly turns more like the beer it takes its name from. The tartness starts with a ruby-red grapefruit flavor, and ends with a very slight note of banana coming in. The longer lingering taste (see below) is reminiscent of tangerine. There is a note of alcohol content mid-to-late in the taste.

M: The carbonation plays on the tongue pretty much throughout. At the end, there is a coating of the tongue that, after a longer pause in drinking, tastes like a nice sweet tangerine or clementine (I'm not sure this might not have to do with what I had to eat with it)

O: a little more carbonated than I expected, and a little astray of my expectations. Very drinkable what complexity it has is quite subtle. It tastes like a decent session beer, but at 8.5%, it's best not to treat it as such. (1,056 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold with one finger head and little bit of lace with good carbonation on top of an aroma that is spicy and comprised of fruity yeast esters that resemble "white" fruits like apple or pear and possible green grape skin and there's a touch of candi sugar as well. I found this beer to be easy to drink and light, mostly smooth, but the carbonation keeps things lively both on the tongue and adding a crispness to the finish. Throughout the beer I get fruit flavors like apple and pear and possible sweet fruits as well as some sugary sweetness (whether that's just from the fruit or candi sugar malt I'm not sure). Well balanced and not too sweet as the sweetness is kept in check thanks to both a minor sharp bitterness tahnks to carbonation/hops/spices and touches of dry/breadlike malt. Perhaps too sweet for some fans of this style, I found it to be an excellent beer as it hits all the fruit notes, has enough sweetness to keep me drinking and yet does not overdo it and has some dryness and spice to add complexity and balance. (1,047 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with nice active carbonation. Fine two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bready malt with apple and pear juice, Belgian and saison yeast and Belgian spicing. Flavor begins with excellent apple, pear and light stone fruit, mildy estery, sweet malt; semi sweet a fruit forward. Transitions to a drier lightly hopped finish with clove and Belgian spicing. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Slightly light flavored in the finish, but start and middle have excellently balanced semisweet fruit, malt and yeast. A top notch domestic Belgian strong pale. Another home run from Ommegang. (681 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, crisp candy sugar, and slightly floral. In the taste, sweet to dry candy sugar with a nice floral roundness. A mellow hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry floral presence and earthy hop in the aftertaste. Quite Duvel like, but a bit fresher, so what is there not to like? (368 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark yellow with a big cap of foam floating above. The head fell very quickly. The pale bread-like malt mixes with hints of Belgian yeast. The palate has more to it. Orange rind, apple, earthy and spicy yeast. Earthy tones are there. The malt is sweeter than I would have expected, perhaps a tad too sweet. The bitterness at the end does help to balance it. The mouthfeel is light, but a little heavier than it should be. Overall a nice stab at the style, but could use some refinement on the malt side. (521 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

@ Milltown

Served in a proper Duvel tulip, which I appreciate!

Hazy yellow-gold with a disappointingly small, creamy white head. Still, a fine looking beverage. Aromas of Belgian yeast, flowers, lemony citrus, pepper, fruity esters, and light dough. Peppery yeast flavor upfront, fruit, clove, a powdery sweetness, and some rustic citrus. Less refined and a little thinner than Duvel. Like the regular version, this is dangerously drinkable, though the overall aggressiveness (rusticity, if you will) leaves me wanting to just grab the classic instead. (554 characters)

Photo of BeerTaster
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance A copper orange with a slight haze the bottle sat long enough for yeast to settle so I assume the haze is normal head was rather small compared to Duvel

Smell very nice citrus and some yeast

Taste excellent not a clone of Duvel but very good in its on way notes of citrus yeast and alcohol

Mouthfeel high carbonation medium body

Overall A very good well crafted beer but I thought the cost was a bit high about the same as a Duvel. I don't think this is a world class beer its a domestic micro and made in the same state I live it should cost a little less (571 characters)

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment Civera's in Drexel Hill. Quite excited they've been supplying my favorite brewery lately. Lets see how this brew matches up.

Appearance: pours a copper yellow that is straw-like. Produced a nice head, but went away quickly, which was a mini disappointment. However it's makes up for it by displaying a nice lacing. I'm enjoying the haze however, as it is quite enjoyable to look at.

Smell: quite an overload of fruity esters and aromas. Pear, apples, lemon, and a slight hint of melon is very noticeable. Some nice spices are also hinted. Some yeast is also hired at. Quite a delicious aroma and well-balance of aromas.

Taste: first noticeable flavors are honey and roasted malts are apparent. Has a dry fruit-like flavor that becomes noticeable. Apple, pears and apricots are also observed. Actually quite a bit spicer than I expected. Actually quite acidic. Good, but a bit overbearing. I did enjoy the fruit zest.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes dry and actually quite good.

Overall: coming into this I was quite excited. I'm a huge fan of this brewery. But this beer was good, just not a big "wow" factor. The overall acidic body was good, but something was missing. Maybe it just finished a little too dry. Oh we'll, but it was a good brew. I would probably have again if was on tap maybe (may offer a different experience). I would recommend to a friend. Cheers! (1,454 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy yellow color with a nice white head with good retention
S-banana and a nice hoppy spiciness
T-More banana and spice with some white fruit in the finish, very well balanced
M-medium bodied and smooth and creamy
O-Very solid beer. Highly recommend (261 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/30/2012. Pours hazy and cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, bread, wheat, floral, herbal, grass, light banana, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with light-moderate malt. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, floral, grass, bread, wheat, light banana, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, light fruits, clove, pepper, wheat, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt; with a great fruity/spicy ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale ale! Great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,312 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

I thought I gave it a good pour, but there's only a tiny head. The color resembles Duvel, but isn't quite there. It looks more like grapefruit juice or a wit with its cloudy, milky golden color. While it's pale, it's still opaque. With a good swirl, you get a thin lace, but you shouldn't have to do that.

The smell reminds me a lot of Duvel. There's a Belgian sugar sweetness combined with a green grapey scent.

Pretty good for the style. The green grapeyness is there, as well as some white pepper. Belgian sugar is faint, as is the hop presence. Alcohol is mostly present, but dominating, along with some orange peel.

Complex, like the beer it's recreating. Sweetness, spice, citrus, acid, savory, and tart. It's light in color, but medium bodied. There's a lot happening to the palate, but every sip ends with the bite of carbonation and a clean tongue ready for the next drink.

Not quite as world class as Duvel, but a really good try. It's a good sipping beer and the alcohol is tame despite the large ABV, but I'd go with the real thing and pick up an actual Duvel for about half the price. (1,117 characters)

Photo of Shumania
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter

a: hazy yellow/orange. lots of carbonation and appears to be a lot of yeast sediment.

s: sweet belgian yeast and phenol, bumble gum, pepper, slight citrus

t: very similar to the smell...yeast and phenol up front, pepper, clove, bumble gum

m: medium body, no hint of the alcohol

This is a very good attempt at a interpretation of Duvel. Very solid beer! (396 characters)

Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, golden yellow color with two fingers of head that fades slowly with a solid curtain of lace.

Aroma: Fairly light smelling, somewhat like a Hefewiezen. Light fruit notes, lemon and yeast

Taste: A quick flash of sweetness of the bat, then lots of chaulky malt, with layers of light, fruity hop bitterness. The finish goes out a touch metallic with some more chualkyness.

The Rest: Full bodied and yet refreshing, this beer has a nice depth, yet is somewhat fun and refreshing at the same time. Quite good. (526 characters)

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