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Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 25
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:
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(Beer added by: Kendo on 10-20-2012)
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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

ryan1788a5, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

KickbacksSteve, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of DIM
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

DIM, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

GilGarp, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of rajendra82
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

rajendra82, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Greywulfken, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

fmccormi, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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..

Billolick, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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?

OWSLEY069, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Kendo, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

ngeunit1, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of BeerTaster
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
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

BeerTaster, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Gmann
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Gmann, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Halcyondays, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

MadScientist, Nov 11, 2012
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Ommegang Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
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