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Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
88
very good

275 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 31
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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

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Ratings: 275 | Reviews: 88
Photo of flagmantho
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of cjgiant
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of DavidST
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of bigflatsbeerman
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of mwilbur
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of Docrock
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of KajII
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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 -4.8%
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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Ommegang Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
88 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.