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Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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90 Reviews

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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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Reviews: 90 | Hads: 283
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An interesting earthy and somewhat slightly spiced Belgian ale. Seems an odd marriage of Belgian style ales with a saison. Not sure if that is the goal for this beer, but that's what I get. It works, but it's a bit unusual. I can dig it though for what it is.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is hazy gold color with bleached white minimal head after even a fairly aggressive pour.
Aroma is mild with bready yeast, some sweet malt and some spicy and earthy hops.
First sip reveals an average to light body with fine rolling carbonation.
Flavor is similar to the nose with some caramel malt and a little musty funk mixed in for fun.
The hops give the same earthy and spicy notes as he nose advertised, I dont get any booze which is nice since it is a bigger beer.

Very easy to drink and worth trying as it is interesting and fairly complex without being messy.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Goldy-blonde in color with a sticky white head. Lacing galore. Proper glassware.

Straw-like yeast, lemon rind, white grape, macadamia, and very light bosc pear. Winey like a pinot grigio.

Recognizable Duvel yeastiness and big booze, but with an almost farmhouse slant. More straw and light pomme and pilsner-like malts. Mostly dry. The finish is exceptionally dry. Notes of bitter almond and light citrus. Exceptionally potent, if that's your thing. Dance-y carbonation creates a bushiness. Body is above medium. Drinkability is half-decent. Would be bonus if it had more of an estery quality.

A really nice BSPA. A nice blend of Ommegang BPA and Duvel with a hint of Hennepin (obviously not actually blended). A satisfying one-timer. No real need to promise to revisit.

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Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale, cloudy gold with champagne-like bubbles in the head. Subtle note of yeast and fruit. Served in a tulip glass from the 750 ml caged bottle.

Fruit-forward and bit of farmhouse funk summarize this approachable strong pale ale. A bit of citrus rind and spice in the middle with a snappy bite of black pepper. A bit of hay mingles. Medium-bodied and alcohol is extremely well-hidden. It also has a refreshing quality to it.

Powdery, slightly funky finish with a nice dry down. Hops definitely rear their head as well, adding another layer of spice and earth.

We had our bottle with sweet and spicy fish tacos with fresh corn and green chile tortillas and it was really nice. Recommend.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer indeed.
A golden color with a slight haze. A white smaller head lingers leaving spotted lacing.
The aroma is floral and grassy while the yeasty esters impart a fruity pear aroma.
Drinks dry and slightly bitter. The thing that I noticed most was that maybe it sat in some wine barrels because the driness reminds me of oak tannins while the yeast gives a fruity almost dry white wine taste.
It danced across my palate quite meekly but overall this was a fantastic beer. This will really throw those servers at Cape May BYO restaraunts for a loop, good forbid they open a corked beer.

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Photo of Shumania
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter

a: hazy yellow/orange. lots of carbonation and appears to be a lot of yeast sediment.

s: sweet belgian yeast and phenol, bumble gum, pepper, slight citrus

t: very similar to the smell...yeast and phenol up front, pepper, clove, bumble gum

m: medium body, no hint of the alcohol

This is a very good attempt at a interpretation of Duvel. Very solid beer!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice golden straw color with a slight haze to it. There is a nice thin white head that forms and dissipates quickly.

Aroma is delicious slight lemony notes with some nice vinous notes as well. A slight yeasty phenol is present in the aroma with some nice grainy bread notes. The yeast gives the brew a nice slight fruit (Apple) juice note.

Flavor is really nice. Starts off with some nice slight vinous and slightly fruity notes quickly followed by a nice earthy and bready grain note. Very delicious slight husky and funk notes are present with some slight grassy hops on the back end. The brew is really clean and each flavor is really well crafted. Pretty straight forward BPA. Nice grainy notes mixed in with some yeasty sweetness and a slight grassy note. Finishes dry and slightly sweet. Very nice. Mouthfeel is nice and fluffy.

Overall this is a solid BPA. I don't know why I pass up Ommegang brews so much sometimes their take on Belgian brews is awesome. There is a nice dryness to this brew with some good yeasty esters and nice bready notes.

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Photo of draheim
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a Duvel tulip, what else. Pours a hazy pale straw color w/ a loose 1-finger white head. Not the typical rocky Duvel head I was expecting.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, clove, spice. Earthy, a little citrusy.

Taste is light, floral, earthy, spicy. 8.5% ABV completely hidden. Some lemony notes.

Mouthfeel is light, semi-dry, drinkable.

Overall a solid BSPA but not worthy of the legendary Duvel name.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL all to myself. poured into snifter. packaged on 08/30/12. best by 08/2014.

A: a hazed blonde body. head is actually a bit disappointing. large white bubbles without good retention. lacing is meh.

S: cane sugar. sweet. some fruitiness that seems to come from the hop end of things rather than unfermented sugars.

T: some simple sugar sweetness lingers on. definitely has some sort of bubblegum flavor. enough bitterness to balance the sweet body, but it is definitely a belgian blonde. a little bit of peach and pear flavor in the finish.

M: moderate amount of carb. medium, almost full, body.

D: overall, im a little unimpressed. not a bad beer, as i feel that ommegang doesnt know how to make a bad beer, but not what i was expecting. indifferent.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of spicy and grassy hops in the nose along with some grainy malts and notes of yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness along with some hints of fruity yeast. Notes of peppery spices are present in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness particularly lingers through the finish and the mouthfeel resembles that of a dry white wine.
O: I enjoyed this beer because it was nice and dry but also had some interesting complexity and a good balance among the flavors in the taste. It's like a hybrid between a farmhouse ale and a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "corked and caged" big bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy gold in color,with a rather moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Barnyard, spicy yeast
Taste-Spicy yeast, herbal hop notes, pear and golden apple, a ghostly touch of sulfur weaves in and out to the finish. Very Saison-like, with a touch of Belgian triple and Strong pale ale. Excellent character and many-layered flavors. An interesting and very flavorfull compilation.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a bright and cloudy yellow with a small white head that fades somewhat quickly into a duvel tulip
S: smells of peppery yeast, a bit of grass, some citrus, and some pale malt
T: tastes of sweet and doughy malt, a bit of citrus and some fruity esters, slight grassyness and a bit of yeasty funk plus some spice. swallow brings a bit of fruity alcohol, some more funky yeast and more fruity esters
M: medium and smooth with soft bottle conditioned carbonation
O: very good. I haven't had Duvel in awhile but this is a pretty good beer. Good flavors and complexity plus it's very balanced.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Duvel Rustica

LOOK: 22oz bottle opens with a slight pop, poured into a chalice. Pale yellow with white head and no lace.

SMELL: Grassy, peppery and slightly earthy aroma. Smells like the country air on a beautiful spring day. Some would classify these scents as the "funk" often too complex to adequately put to words.

TASTE: Belgian ale yeast flavor with green pear and apple notes. Hint of earthy Saison like tartness but quite mild. Candi sugar is present balanced by notes of grass and green peppercorns.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, but not too dry.

OVERALL: A tasty, earthy American made Belgian ale that does share some similarities with its Belgian brethren. A worthy selection if you're reaching for something different and like saisons/Belgian pales.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Average lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of yeast, fruit, and a surprising amount of malt.

T: Tasted of light fruit (lemon, etc), a decent amount of malt, Belgian yeast, and fruity esters. This is one of those flavors that actually gets better as you go along. Well-balanced and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Duvel Rustica is a solid, likable, and ultimately drinkable beer. Slightly different (though I can't say exactly how) than your typical BSPA, but worth a shot.

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden with a touch of orange in there. Big foamy white head. Fades slowly, leaving nice foamy islands behind. Decent tufts of fluffy lacing but nothing amazing.

S: Pretty wheaty aroma. Lots of lemons and oranges and bananas. Spicy black pepper as well. Has a nice grainy and yeasty aroma too.

T: Grassy with lots of citrus up front. Turns into a nice yeasty bread flavor with bananas. More grass and then quite spicy with black pepper towards the finish. Finishes very peppery.

M: Medium bodied, slick and spicy.

O: A nice BSPA, unfortunately I don't think it quite makes it up to normal Duvel standards. Still tasty, well balanced and complex. Just doesn't pull it all together quite as well as the original. Still, a unique variant that I was glad to have drank.

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Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, golden yellow color with two fingers of head that fades slowly with a solid curtain of lace.

Aroma: Fairly light smelling, somewhat like a Hefewiezen. Light fruit notes, lemon and yeast

Taste: A quick flash of sweetness of the bat, then lots of chaulky malt, with layers of light, fruity hop bitterness. The finish goes out a touch metallic with some more chualkyness.

The Rest: Full bodied and yet refreshing, this beer has a nice depth, yet is somewhat fun and refreshing at the same time. Quite good.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold with one finger head and little bit of lace with good carbonation on top of an aroma that is spicy and comprised of fruity yeast esters that resemble "white" fruits like apple or pear and possible green grape skin and there's a touch of candi sugar as well. I found this beer to be easy to drink and light, mostly smooth, but the carbonation keeps things lively both on the tongue and adding a crispness to the finish. Throughout the beer I get fruit flavors like apple and pear and possible sweet fruits as well as some sugary sweetness (whether that's just from the fruit or candi sugar malt I'm not sure). Well balanced and not too sweet as the sweetness is kept in check thanks to both a minor sharp bitterness tahnks to carbonation/hops/spices and touches of dry/breadlike malt. Perhaps too sweet for some fans of this style, I found it to be an excellent beer as it hits all the fruit notes, has enough sweetness to keep me drinking and yet does not overdo it and has some dryness and spice to add complexity and balance.

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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed golden color with a quarter inch ivory head.

Peaches, apricot, wheat, and slightly sweet barley form the aroma.

Flavor begins slightly bitter, with sweet citrus notes if peach and softer notes of pear providing respite into the swirly dry, peppery finish.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the high side, and some alcohol warmth.

Overall, nice fruity notes, fairly complex, yet refreshing. It's a little drier than I'd prefer.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head that laces. The nose is yeasty, slightly alcoholic and sweet. Drinking the beer is initially upsetting because it's not what I had expected, but as it warms up a touch....and the alcohol sets in a touch... the beer drinks just like it's Belgian counterpart. It's slightly watery, finishes dry, and kicks up the yeast and sweetness to the max in the mouthfeel. The hops are definitely in harmony with the beer's sweet, malty profile. It's definitely a drinkable beer and a bit of a creeper given how much you're feeling the 8.5%abv by the end of the bomber. Honestly, this is an enjoyable beer that requires a healthy sampling to fully appreciate. I'm proud that this beer originates so close to home?

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan, pineapple juice color. 1/2 inch head with some decent lacing.

Smell - Light floral hops, belgium yeasts, pale malts, some spices. Perfumy and peppery, slight farmhouse aroma. Some grapefruit and orange.

Taste - Sweet floral hops mixed with pale malts start this beer off. Orange, grapefruit and even some pineapple are main flavors. Spices are peppery, yeasts are sweet and tart. SLight alcohol is masked well. Has a farmhouse/grassy feel in each sip. Has a crisp apple flavor at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp and smooth. Hops and yeasts coat tounge with sweet fruits and sugars. Palate gets more of the same with some pale malts and peppery spices. The aftertaste is sweet, fruity and a little dry.

Overall - Honesty, this beer didnt remind me of duvel at all. Not Much carbination, not nearly as much pale malt profile. Its very fruity, sweet and hoppy. I dont get this beer at all. Its really a standard ommegang beer. Very nice and smooth, easy to drink and tastes great but, maybe putting duvel on the label can justify overcharging for this? Its a good beer, worth a drink but not what i was expecting. Take the duvel off the label, knock a few dollars off the price and id enjoy it more if that makes sense.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from champagne bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours clear golden, completely see through. Some white on top. Yeast in the nose more than anything else. Gritty malt too. Clean taste, flash of citrus that vanishes and evolves into a forceful hop. Mild, but full of flavor. Really good ale, flavorful and drinkable.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a light, hazy lemon gold, sugar white head at a quarter of an inch, dissipates to a lacing.

Bretty yeast, coriander, lemon, candi sugar and orange zest in the nose.

Taste is of grassy, wheaty malts, lemon citrus, candi sugar, and a whisper of hop bitterness.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty good strong ale, not the best I've had, but good enough that I would have it again and recommend it. Ommegang is always solid and this is no exception.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the caged, corked 750 ml. bottle. There is a stamped but smudged date on the bottle's neck that looks like 08/30/12 - 08/30/14. Sampled on January 1, 2013.

It pours a cloudy olive-yellow with a quick eruption of fizzy white head that settles down to a ring.

On the nose there are an array of aromas including yeast, pale malts, apple, grapefruit, and a touch of cloves and other herbs.

The body is bold but smooth.

The taste has a carbonated buzz to it with a short-lasting mellow sweetness (like the head) that evolves into a tart and bitter finish. Some dryness at the end. It does fit the style.

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Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a solid white head that settles to a thin haze and dense ring, with a few spots of lacing. Big aromas of crisp grain, banana, Juicyfruit gum, citrus peel, and mildly funky yeast. Taste is close to the nose, quite similar to "regular" Duvel, but more fruit-forward. Just as dangerously drinkable as Duvel, with a medium mouthfeel, crisp carbonation, and a pleasantly dry finish. A nice take on a near-perfect beer. Nicely done.

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