Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang
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2.75/5 rDev -29.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2012 22:16:23 | More by kojevergas
2.85/5 rDev -27.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2012 22:09:40 | More by blakelive784
3.13/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2013 05:50:24 | More by adamette
3.23/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-24-2013 00:39:15 | More by corby112
3.35/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2012 01:40:29 | More by flagmantho
3.48/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
11-09-2012 15:37:23 | More by VelvetExtract
Ommegang Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
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