Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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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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Photo of ricchezza
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A “golden ale” most certainly in appearance; very light gold, yellow like color.

Unlike original Duvel, which is highly carbonated, the Duvel Rustica has soft/light carbonation. Also deceiving is the title of Belgian-style Golden Ale. The Duvel Rustica comes across more as a farmhouse saison due to the strong lemon-citrus aroma and taste. The yeast presence is quite balanced and perfectly blended.

Overall this is easily approachable, even to those unaccustomed to Belgian (yeasty) brews. The 8.5% tag is also deceiving.

Delicious. (543 characters)

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 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 Joshpu
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a duvel glass.

A: Poured a hazy light honey color with about a finger of white head which dissipated quickly. Alot of carbonation. Gets darker as I got to the bottom of the bottle.

S: I smell alot of the yeast. I also smell very light citrus fruits, an apple and pear smell. Also getting the peppery clove smell.

T: The taste is alot like the smell, except im getting the sweeter malt backbone. Gets more peppery as I got to the bottom of the beer.

M: Full bodied. Its a pretty crisp beer and you can definitely feel the sweetness to the beer.

Overall it is a delicious beer. Tastes pretty similar to a duvel, which is what it is modeled after as it says on the back of the bottle. (714 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 ryan1788a5
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,593 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention, clear lacing with some suds, sticky and a bit oily. Slightly hazy, straw body. Aroma includes lemon peel, lemon rind, candi sugar, a nice saison-like wispyness and a nice spiciness. Coats the tongue nicely. Taste includes lemon, a nice grassy bitterness, some mild sweetness, some nice Ommegang yeast notes and really no alcohol taste. Interesting beer, kinda approaches the flavor of a saison but not quite. Any way you slice it, delicious in every way. (537 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly hazy golden straw color. It was served to me with a medium sized, uneven, frothy cap.

s: Pepper and clove from the yeast plus grassy, lemony hops and some graininess.

t: Dry overall. A wonderful mix of light pears and grains up front with grassy lemons and peppery yeast at the end.

m: Chewy with very active carbonation.

o: Just an awesome beer, as expected. (386 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 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 GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (816 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy golden body with an off-white head about a finger or two thick; settles into a foamy collar with some drapes of lace

S: fruity yeasts and citrusy hops overlaying a malty base

T: some herbal and medicinal notes; a bright and herbal/floral, distinctively Ommegang yeast and hop profile; fruity undertones and grainy malt flavors round it off. Sweetness is subtle, with some orange and coriander (?) hints.

M: farmhouse fresh and crisp, nicely carbonated and slightly astringent bitterness; fairly creamy on the back of the tongue. Some wine-like characteristics during the dry finish.

O: very saison-like, and tastes like Ommegang's Hennepin meets Duvel - a very satisfying drink - lacks some of the Duvel spiciness, focusing instead on a wild yeasty - and yes, rustic - essence. Good drinking. (804 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 fmccormi
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 1pt 9.4oz / 750ml cork-and-cage bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of August 30, 2012 / freshness date of August, 2014 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle (“PKG ON 08/30/2012 BEST BY 08/2014”), making this nine weeks and two days old at the time of opening.

Appearance (3.5): Pours two good fingers of creamy white head that slowly dies down, into the just-barely hazy, 24ct golden body. Not a lot of retention, just a thin collar on the edge of the glass and a couple of suds here and there on the sides.

Smell (4.0): Straw and spice come along first in the nose, an even mix of white pepper, coriander, and a little clove, along with a very nice fruit component—white grapes, pears, and some sweet lemon, which smooth out the space between the warm, mildly spicy hay and the typical Belgian spice component (pepper, clove, etc.)

Taste (4.5): The taste is tremendously fruity compared to the nose, a nice mix of sweet pear juice, oranges, and a bit of lemon juice. The spice comes along, but smoothly—it never outshines the fruit side of it. The malt is very biscuity, crackery, blonde and simple, but substantial enough to root the fruity esters from the yeast—any sweetness it adds just fills out those esters. The beer finishes with a nice tartness, a nice mix of lemon juice and grassy hops, which dries it out a bit at the end; that nice little tartness lingers for a while. No trace of alcohol on the palate.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The carbonation is modest and foams smoothly, fully and lushly, and tingles mildly on the way down. The body is medium-weight and somewhat viscous but not syrupy, but lightens up substantially with that lemony finish and the way the beer foams on the way down. Really nice feel, matches the substance and character of the palate well.

Overall (4.5): This is a very, very nice beer. Flavor-wise, it flips the “regular” Duvel in some ways, putting the spiciness in the backseat to the fruit component, which clearly is Ommegang’s biggest contribution, thanks to their yeast strain. I can always use a more aromatic nose, more lacing and better retention on basically any beer (the sole exception being Orval, maybe, where the head is actually stiff and almost gets in the way). But the nose is great, the flavor is excellent and the feel matches. Overally, I think this is a well-above average BSPA, and definitely worth seeking out. (2,435 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grainy and wheat malts with orange and lemon zest, coriander, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, pepper, and a bit of biscuit.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet grainy and wheat malts with some lemon and orange zest, coriander, and pepper. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast flavors come through with some clove, banana, and some other farmhouse flavors, with some grassy hops and mild bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, and other spices, and some grassy hops.

M - Medium-plus bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, estery, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice bold but balanced BSPA. Good yeast character. (848 characters)

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

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.. (455 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 Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged-and-corked bottle, says it was packaged on 8/30/12. Consumed on 10/20/12.

A: Cork is removed with a soft "pop." Poured into a (what else?) Duvel tulip. Body is golden but then in natural light it turns more pale yellow. Small white head on top leaves some splotchy lace on the glass.

S: Bread-doughy malt, some spice and fruit - think ripe green apples - in the nose. Hint of lemon. Some funkiness becoming more evident as it warms.

T: Nicely balanced between what seems to be yeasty fruitiness, spice and bitterness. Finishes with a touch of peppery spice and then alcohol heat. Lemony bitterness coats the palate and lingers into the aftertaste, offsetting the otherwise malty, yeasty and spicy flavors.

M: Slightly less than medium in heft. Not as softly or fizzily (is that a word?) carbonated as the better Belgians, but the carbonation is far from harsh - in fact, it's possibly a bit too modest; it gives a slightly oily impression, though the fine-bubbled carbonation is noted on the lips.

D: Very good. Would like to do the "Pepsi Challenge" with this beer and "regular" Duvel to see what differences there are. Going from memory, this one seems to be a solid approximation of Duvel. (1,216 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours golden with a medium white head, some soft lace, solid head retention.

S: Bready malt, floral grassy hops, earth.

T: Good overall pale malt flavour. Great earthy dry grassy hop character. Definitely has an American flair. Nice mix of flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp biting carbonation, nice long hoppy aftertaste for the style.

O: Like a hoppy Duvel, great direct flavour. This is just a really good beer. Don't know why the 750 has to be $14 though. (490 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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. (795 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 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 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)

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Ommegang Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
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