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Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
88
very good

259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 24
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kendo on 10-20-2012)
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a perfectly white head that stands an impressive three fingers and retains very well. Lacing clings to the glass in thin, broken, spidery rings.

S: Doughy and biscuity, slight graininess. Light herbal hop backing with a flash of lemon zest. Very yeasty. Clove and a soft fruitiness. Banana. Musty.

T: Yeasty from the beginning with a pleasant chalkiness, slight must, hints of banana, a bit of clove, and soft touches of white pepper. Playful fruity notes of pear and apple. Earthy, herbal hops assert themselves very briefly on the mid-palate. Fleeting spritz of lemon. Malts divulge tastes of honeyed dough with supporting flavors of grain and almond. The drying finish stays very yeast-driven and leaves a lingering impression of chalk, white pepper, bananas and cream, and a bit of dough and cracker.

M: Medium bodied. Very soft, round, and creamy. A slightly aggressive and fine-bubbled carbonation scrubs a bit and provides a crisp bite. Over the top smoothness. Alcohol is very well hidden, and only a ghost-like warmth hints at this beer's strength. This is an excellent mouthfeel.

O: It's been a while since I've had Duvel, and this beer makes me want to re-visit it very badly. Duvel Rustica mirrors the heavenly smoothness, balance of flavor, and sinful drinkability that makes its Belgian cousin shine. However, it is very much its own entity, and need not live in the shadow of its relative. Added layers of yeast complexity make it unique and even a bit saison-esque. This beer is a true standout.

12-17-2012 10:38:47 | More by ryan1788a5
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MadScientist

New York

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

A: a slightly hazy golden beer with a creamy somewhat rocky white head, about a finger thick with good retention.

S: Peppery phenols and orange esters at moderate levels with the pepper note being a bit stronger than the fruit. There is a little bit of that floral hops aroma that combines with the alcohol to give it a low perfumey note. There is a moderately-low Pilsner malt aroma as well.

T: The taste is mostly spicey with some fruit, again peppery but a bit more lemon than orange for the fruit flavors. The hops seem to be giving it the citrus flavors but not that American style hops flavor. There is a touch of sweetness while the hops bitterness comes in at a moderate level making for a beer with a slight bitter balance. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of citrus and a short lived hops bitterness. The spice sometimes seems a little clove-like but mostly black pepper.

M: Medium-light bodied with a moderately-high level of carbonation.

O: A very peppery Belgian Ale with a nice citrus influence.

11-11-2012 02:43:44 | More by MadScientist
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

08-07-2014 00:34:47 | More by GameOfBeers
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-06-2013 11:19:24 | More by JMD71
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY

A: Light apricot, cloudy. Minor white head, leaves a fine film and delicate strands of lace.

S: Flowery nose, with yeast and pepper.

T: More pepper, lime, assorted citric fruit.

M: Carbonation on point, nice light, bright and fresh feel to this one.

O: Perfect with oysters, this is a super dry, high quality creation. Biting hops, more crisp citric notes, and agian yeast. Glad to try this one on tap..

12-22-2012 20:11:48 | More by Billolick
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-23-2013 23:17:06 | More by reitzbrewing
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

03-23-2013 20:59:55 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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JC333

New York

3/5  rDev -23.7%

06-29-2013 01:03:34 | More by JC333
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-30-2012 21:05:49 | More by ryser2k
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-30-2013 18:17:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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Beer21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-22-2013 01:19:02 | More by Beer21
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a touch of haze to the deep lemon yellow body and a rocky snow white head that last for the full beer. There are microstrands of microbubbles directed toward the surface.

S- The cider note turns into a bring hop aroma that blends into a fruity ester finish.

T- The club soda taste has a touch of sweetness that leads to some nice yeasty esters that grow into a juicy fruit flavor. There is the classic ommagang yeast character to follow with a clean fruity dry lemon hop finish. A bright cider and clove note linger for just a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz that compliments the spice phenol in the finish.

O- This is a very nice blend of yeast characters with bright hops in a very drinkable beer.

04-23-2013 16:59:33 | More by rhoadsrage
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-01-2013 20:31:01 | More by ste5venla
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ltdantheman

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

12-10-2012 04:26:46 | More by ltdantheman
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

Bottled 8/30/12.

750ml corked and caged bottle with transparent label served cold into a goblet.

Duvel Rustica is a pale golden yellow color with a slight haze. The head is thick at first but settles quickly leaving no lace behind. It's maybe not very fair to compare with the original Duvel but lacking here.

Aroma is mild but full of depth with pale malts, lemon, and spices. A nice yeast character in there too.

Flavor is quite well done with great balance and depth. It's citrusy, spicy, tart, and funky without any of those elements overpowering the others. It makes each sip an opportunity to discover something new.

Mouthfeel is light in body, well carbonated, and balanced. The finish is dry and crisp.

Overall a really excellent Belgo-American ale with enough nuance to hold its own with the original.

12-06-2012 01:10:44 | More by GilGarp
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-09-2014 19:03:45 | More by Griffith
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

On tap at Capone's Restaurant. Cloudy dark yellow, wheaty and slightly yeasty in aroma. Leaves thick lace. A Belgian ale, with an above average mouthfeel. A sipper, not super drinkability. Good between very bitter or sour beers, to act an a cushioning effect.

12-09-2012 23:31:53 | More by Sammy
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Oboogie

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-24-2012 14:47:45 | More by Oboogie
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RickS95

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

05-14-2013 02:40:18 | More by RickS95
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prototypic

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

Duvel Rustica pours a very hazy yellow color. Looks a bit like straw. The haze is quite cloudy. Backlighting gives it a brighter, more yellow look. A soft, white head covers the top. It rises to about two fingers in height and held firm for quite a while. I’m not sure it will completely dissipate. Lacing was sticky and moderate. Looks good.

The nose is impressive. Belgian yeast is noted early. Smells delicious. It spices things up nicely. Pepper and clove are present. There are some fruity notes of apple and pear. It’s very earthy, grainy, and grassy throughout. The grassy hop scent is definitely noble hops. There might be a little musk in the house. A bit of lemon is noted late. It’s secondary. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through very strong at all. Smells good.

The flavor is every bit as good. It kicks off with a slightly sweet, malty flavor. Belgian yeast follows quickly and adds spicy flavors of clove and pepper. It’s extremely tasty. Apple and pear flavors blend well with the spicy notes. There’s a little lemon, as well. It is very earthy, grainy, and grassy throughout. There are some light musky notes, but they’re subtle. Noble hops are definitely in the mix and are extremely grassy and dry. Alcohol is blended very well. It seems much lighter than 8.5%.

Duvel Rustica has a body on the lighter side of medium. It feels a little too thin. Carbonation is light and soft. It has a pretty good feel, but it feels just a little light. Definitely easy drinking, especially for a bigger beer.

Brewery Ommegang did a nice job with Duvel Rustica. It’s not quite as good as Duvel, but it is impressive. I wouldn’t a little more body and perhaps a little less of a noble hop flavor. Small complaints though. This is really good stuff. Easy recommendation.

01-27-2013 04:07:16 | More by prototypic
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Dwtucker90

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-11-2013 06:52:47 | More by Dwtucker90
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Lanstrum

Ohio

2/5  rDev -49.1%

12-28-2012 13:51:20 | More by Lanstrum
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BeerTaster

New York

4.31/5  rDev +9.7%

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

06-13-2013 20:10:58 | More by BeerTaster
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a golden pale yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, banana, fruit, spice, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, wood, spice, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really found this to be a pretty solid offering from the style if I am honest. All of the right flavors were present and all of them were there to complement each other very nicely. This made it quite easy to drink and rather enjoyable throughout the entire tulip. It was crisp and refreshing making it a good brew to enjoy quite a bit of without every really letting it wear out your palate. A definite must try for anyone if you have not done so before.

01-25-2013 21:50:11 | More by thagr81us
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Gmann

New York

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

Compared against the original

Pours a near match to the namesake. The Rustica has a slightly more honey tone. The head is short and settles into a light ring. Does not compare to the Duvel which as a fantastic pure white head. Edge - Duvel (big)

The aroma is of a nice perfumey Belgian yeast that produced apple, pear, clove and bubblegum notes. Nice and floral and bright. The Duvel has more of a tart and over ripe apple scent. Edge - Rustica (slight) I enjoy the depth in the aroma.

The taste is of a peppery pale malt. Candi sugar and the malt provide a nice breakfast bread sweetness. The yeast gives a great bubblebum and clove flavor. Duvel is much drier and has a champagne white grape flavor. Edge - equal but different

The feel is moderate with soft carbonation. Has the body of a tripel, bigger malt presence. Duvel is much drier with the pils malt. I respect the dry body of the Duvel.

Great flavorful brew. Great Beligan flavors. Marked very well against the style. Tough to compare to Duvel though. Duvel is like a Belgian pils with awesome flavor. Both are great but different. I would drink either but for different reasons.

12-08-2012 05:01:35 | More by Gmann
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Ommegang Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
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