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Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 283
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 20.15%
Wants: 34
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a La Chouffe stem-tulip in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are high given the brewery. Thanks to schlimenhaumer for the bottle.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger white colour head of decent thickness, not much cream, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a pale hazy yellow. Minute floating yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent but translucent. Looks pretty appealing.

Sm: Farmhouse yeast, some subtle funk, pale malts, hints of lemon citrus, some citrusy zest, and subtle citrus-complementary hops. A moderate strength aroma. Appealing.

T: Lemon citrus zest, some dominant farmhouse funk, pale malts, minimal subtle hops, and crystal malts. It's like a funked up version of Duvel that's nowhere near as good. Doesn't commit to its funk as much as it should to really work. Comes off simple in comparison to Duvel. The balance is also off; the funk just feels intrusive.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Well carbonated. A bit too thick. Doesn't complement the flavour profile as well as it should; it's certainly not custom-tailored to its flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but surprisingly forgettable for Ommegang. This intrusion on Duvel's recipe was well-intentioned but comes off lackluster. I applaud the experimentation, but I wouldn't want another one of these. The key flaw here is its lack of balance. Hides its ABV well, to its credit.


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Photo of blakelive784
2.89/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a light, semi-transparent, hazy golden color with lively carbonation and a fizzy white head of two fingers. Retention is average. Vibrant and appealing.

S - Strong, spicy yeast, funky straw/hay notes, honey, grassy hops and sweet pale malts. Subtle, yet complex aroma. Balanced and inviting. Medium strength.

T - Very similar to the nose, though it's much more muted and mild than I'd have guessed based on the nose. Yeast is the dominant flavor, though the muted bitterness of the hops come on near the end. Watery, even. I'm missing the funk that was on the nose. Disappointing. A touch of alcohol on the finish.

M - Bubbly, light bodied and thin. Dry on the finish.

D - It's drinkable (given the high ABV), but a bit boring. I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of MarkNichols
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of adamette
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 1 Pt, 9.4 Fl. Oz. corked and caged bottle that I bought at Save-On in Mentor, Ohio for $11.99 into a clean, clear glass. "Bottled on 08/30/12" and "best by 08/2014" stamped lightly on the neck of the bottle.

A Slightly hazy but largely translucent light yellow body under a brief meringue-like white head that dissipated within 30 seconds to a single line of bubbles on the top of the body. I will compare it to the classic Duvel since it compares itself to Duvel on the label. The look is not 25 % of the classic Duvel due to the unimpressive head. Overall, this is about an average look for the style but probably below average. 2.5 I came back to increase the score of the look when I noticed that there is yeast floating about in the body of the beer. I enjoy the authenticity of the look of the beer and so I will increase the "appearance" score to: 3.5

S Belgian yeast and sweet malt abounds and it smells A LOT like Duvel. In both this beer and Duvel there are minimal hops to be detected in the smell. I like this smell. 4.0

T Initially just like Duvel but then I immediately sense that it is thinner and then the finish is annoyingly bitter on the back of the tongue. It has been a while since I had a Duvel but I do not recall this thinness or the bite at the end. I recall more of a nice, smooth, long finish of sweet malt and Belgain yeast. I do not like that kick of bitterness in the second half of the taste. 3.0

M As suggested above, more thin that the real Duvel and then that bitter finish is hard to ignore when it comes to thinking of the feel. 2.0

D/O Drinkability is not that good with that bitterness and the moderately high ABV of 8.5%. Overall this is an alright beer. 3.0

Notes: I cannot see paying nearly $12 again for this, not when Duvel is available for a comparable price at the same store.

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Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very cloudy, very dark golden yellow color that's almost ripe banana brown.  Completely opaque and murky with a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with some farmhouse must, peppery spice, pale malt and estery light fruit notes.  Bready with the yeast being the strongest presence.  Not too rustic farmhouse like with lots of sweet apple and pear along with pepper, biscuit malt and crisp, grassy hops.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a crisp, earthy funk that lingers over the pale malts, earthy hops and estery fruit notes into a tart finish.  More complex than expected with a strong earthy barnyard funk presence.  Dry, earthy and tart followed by some resinous hop bitterness.  Grassy with some pine needle flavor followed by alcohol and light fruit sweetness.  Hints of apple, pear and light grape along with biscuit malt backbone.  A touch boozy and over carbonated with a weird combo of spice, funk and esters.  Kind of like wild farmhouse version of duvel but I prefer the cleaner flavor profile of the original.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a very light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam with a decent retention and a nice lace. Not bad.

Smell: sweet malt with a pear and apple character, along with a light chalkiness and a hint of phenolic bubblegum aroma. I like a BSPA with a little bit of character like this.

Taste: again, quite sweet; almost sickly sweet. That phenolic character sticks around a bit too much, bringing the experience down for me. It's not terrible, but I don't love this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body and a good carbonation leave a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff.

Overall: something about the flavor here just doesn't work for me. The aroma was nice, but the balance goes out the window with the flavor. I like both Ommegang and Duvel, but this beer just didn't turn out quite right, at least for my palate.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a foggy honey color. Head is big and Belgian. Dense and semi-solid. Doesn't lace too much because the head adheres to itself with impeccable strength.

S-Yeasty before anything else. Pale fruits and honeycomb. A bit of straw and/or hay. The yeast strain is (confirmed) blatantly Ommegang's. Not as elegant as Duvel's in my opinion. Lemon zest too.

T-Rides alongside the nose. Signature Ommegang yeasty flavor. I find this to be far more Ommegang than Duvel. A touch of noble hops. Semi-dry with modest spiciness. Not overly complex. It just has all of what you're used to experiencing.

M-Medium bodied with some creaminess. Moderate-to-subtle carbonation. Not overly bitter, but the yeast hangs upon the palate.

O/D-I personally don't think its anywhere near the same level of deliciousness as the traditional Duvel. Denser, less drinkable, and less complex. One glass was enough.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger frothy head with good lacing on a hazy straw colored body. Aroma of lemon custard, floral hops, candied sugar and wheats. Flavors of citrus, hint of yeast but the Belgian character is lacking, wheat, some grains and hint of corriander. Light body and moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish. Overall drinkable and flavorful just lacks Belgian character at least for what I want.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DavidST
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet, can't find a bottled date. This pours a slightly hazy light yellow, straw color with a smaller short lived white head. The smells are of Belgian yeast, some cloves, banana, apple. The feel is medium high carbonination (perhaps I didn't release it enough with the pour). The taste is good slightly bitter, a little bit of sweetness and malts, but mostly dry and peppery.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Good looking beer, if it looks like Duvel it gets me excited. From my recollection, the carbonation seems to me quite lower that Duvel. I poured a one finger head, and after holding the glass at a 45 degree angle tried a vigorous pour at the end. I am surprised at how small a head and it dissipates rather quicky. I have huge expectations for this beer and I'm getting a little worried.

Smell - Fruity with Belgian yeast (it's actually Ommegang's yeast).

Taste - I love Duvel, unfortunately this taste may be 3 steps down from that. It just seems flat and not as complex as Duvel. Sorry for all the comparisons.

Mouthfeel -Medium, I actually enjoy the high carbonation of Duvel and this is way down below that.

Overall - A decent beer, maybe my expectations were too high. I paid $15.99 for the 750 ml bottle so you know I had high expectations. I love Ommegang and Duvel both, but I'm sorry to say I would not buy this beer again.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head on top. The retention is good and so is the lacing. The smell of the beer gives off aromas of yeast and corn. The taste of the beer is malty, some subtle corn flavors as well as some yeast in there too, not much bitterness at all. The mouthfeel of the beer is nicely carbonated but smooth and creamy. Overall his beer was pretty good, love the artwork on the bottle.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a cloudy lemon yellow (almost golden) with slight haze. Faint 1/4 inch white head that recedes fairly quickly.
S: Citrus, white pepper, slight funk/musty note, fresh yeast, and a hint of pils. Quite refreshing and pleasant aroma.
T: An interesting mash-up of duvel and ommegang's yeast...can definitely appreciate the distinct parts. Citrus, banana, clove, and slight farmhouse funk. Grassy and herbal notes.
M: Smooth and oily with a dry and slightly bitter finish. Medium body, but drinks lighter. A bit overly sweet.
D: I love Ommegang, but this one didn't quite hold up. An interesting idea, but something got lost along the way. Would be best enjoyed paired with food (lighter picnic fare). A refreshing brew.

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Photo of Docrock
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 3 Floyd's

A - slightly hazy golden, decent white head that faded quickly. almost no lacing.

S - first thing that hits is the Yeast followed by hints of orange and lemon.

T - Citrus up front with the yeast/ bread flavor following. Slight spicy finish but the lingering yeast is a bit surprising.

M - medium body, minimal carbonation.

O: Probably one of my least favorite Ommegang brews. its drinkable but dont know if i'll seek this one out again with all the other good products they produce.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale golden straw with columns of carbonation that build a half inch, fluffy white head which condenses and lasts throughout the session. Rings of lace are deposited on an Ommegang flute glass.

A subtle fruit cocktail with notes of banana and coconut coming to the front while light proprietary yeast makes a spicy background.

This is a bit muddy as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and more closely resembles a session with the mellow fruit, white pepper, and yeasty sourdough profile. This is well balanced with a mild finish.

Medium body with alcohol as expected. Vibrant carbonation and silky texture with light astringency, a hint of metallic dryness.

This is a solid beer for reading or conversation during a lazy afternoon. I easily finished a second glass with dinner. Forget suggested serving temperature. Warmth is a good friend to this beer.

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Photo of KajII
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a hazy yellow amber with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that reduced to a thin film and medium collar, with very good sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, floral hops and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (lemon), green apple, pears and a touch of coriander.

The taste was mildly sweet and very fruity from the get go and pretty much lasted throughout, progressing slightly with a bold yeast presence along with a spicy citrus taste towards the finish. The flavor hung around for a good long while following the swallow, with a nice citrus yeast taste that was complemented by a mellow alcohol warming sensation.

Mouthfeel was just past light in body with a mildly dry yet creamy texture and a carbonation that just went beyond mild in intensity.

Overall I have to say this brewer never seems to disappoint, and this is no exception. This beer is a fantastic representation of a Belgian Golden Ale with a great taste and superb drinkability...


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Photo of Vixie
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bought for $12.99, poured into Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: As others have noted, very weak on the head, especially for the style and extra-especially for a beer with the word "Duvel" in its title. Not nearly the carbonation activity of its parent beer and hazier.

S: Interesting and refined. White wine-like. Some bubblegum from the yeast. Clean.

T: Quite good, though I like a little sweetness in this style and that's not quite there. Some green grapes and apples. A little booze and bubblegum. Quite saisonish.

M: Thin and undercarbed. A disappointment. Really dry back end.

O: As much as I wanted not to like Duvel Rustica because of the carbonation/head issues, the subtleties of the taste and smell kept me interested enough to jam through a whole 750. Almost a saison hybrid.

Would I buy this again? Given the higher price point and my clear preference for Duvel or Moinette Blonde, probably not.

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Photo of impending
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed dull yellow gold, minor head, little lacing.

Aroma is yeasty fruity, slightly musty with a touch of metal.

Taste begins with a orange citrus, grain and powdery yeast. Minor clove, tiny banana. A sharp crisp bite separates the initial flavor and the aftertaste which has a nice grass and hay bitterness that doesn't linger for too long. Benefits from warmth as the rustic side comes forward. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Ommegang - Duvel Rustica - 1pt 6fl oz

Look - Pours light golden with a bubbly, creamy head. Unfiltered with heavier carbonation.

Smell - Citrus and sweet, definitely coriander and lemon.

Taste - Coriander and lemon, smooth at first and ending with some zest. Carbonation minimal in terms of the taste.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat mild and dry, would not call it crisp or refreshing per se, actually ends warm in the belly, alcohol content is obvious.

Overall - Decent, not amazing but not horrible either. Not quite what I'd expected from this brew, wanted it to be more crisp but it faded too quickly.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at Haymarket.

Finishing off my Christmas Eve sojourn in the City with a beer I've been looking for for over a month. Let's do this shit: It pours a slightly hazy pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises clove, black pepper, banana peel, and wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with more of a Belgian yeast component. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice BSPA, a worthy combination of sorts between Duvel and Ommegang's various pale doings.

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Photo of kingmaker
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Its a very hazy blond color. Almost reminds me of a golden lager color. Little head with little retention leaving little to no lacing left behind. I was a little underwhelmed.

S: Very delicate notes of malts, some citrus, maybe spice

T: More malty, A good balance of the citrus and spices. Certainly sweet, but with a decent hop bitterness to round things out. Leaves a taste of a tripel on the tongue fighting for hold with peach and pear flavors. The alcohol is hidden well. As it warms, there isn't much change, except perhaps a bolder fruit flavoring at the aftertaste

M: A moderate to full body, decent carbonation which seems to lack just slightly for my tastes.

O: This beer seemed to try too hard. Perhaps its just confused, it looked like a lager, said it was a blonde, and left a tripel aftertaste. It's by no means bad, but left me unimpressed. I certainly enjoyed it, but couldn't really imagine myself going for another. Overall I'd recommend you try it at least once.

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Photo of wedge
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Ommegang Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.