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Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
88
very good

268 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 26
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kendo on 10-20-2012)
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Ratings: 268 | Reviews: 85 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Sammy, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Texasfan549, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

metter98, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

kjkinsey, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Devilish in taste and deceptively strong, Duvel Rustica straddles that line where wholesome goodness meets decadent strength in such a way that seduces the palate and soothes the soul.

Duvel Rustica pours with a strong straw appearance and a stratified haze of darkness toward the yeasty bottom and a brightness of the arid top. A frothy eggshell white head emerges from the liquid beneath and retains solidly and laces beautifully with iceberg patterns.

Fruit-centric aromas rise from the glass with notes of apples, lemon, melon, and pear. Spicy elements of white pepper, coriander, clove, and light fennel play into the mix and are soothed with a pillow of light baking bread, light dough and yeast.

Fruit sweetness and acid fuse together for an early palate of dry light fruit and spicy balances. The typical bready taste of freshly kilned barley and honeyish sweetness goes slightly drier in taste that you'd expect; thus delivering a more cracker-like taste. Wafts of honeysuckle floral taste mixes with lightly sulfur fruits of apple, pear, apricot, and sultans aid in the fruity/sweet interplay. Balanced by light grasses from hops but more because of the acidity of yeast, water minerals, and sulfur content- the beer just doesn't need the convolution from hops for satisfaction.

Medium-light in body, the rustic fruit, spice, and earth notes never hinder the malty-dry upstart that resonates through the beer and concluding with spicy warmth, mild acidity, fleeting malt dryness, and earthen grain character that exudes a genuine character of Belgian ales.

Duvel Rustica is a fantastic beer that delivers the dry light fruit taste that's so coveted in the classic Duvel strong pale ale, but also with the rustic taste of saisons but the malty sweet and hop forward components of Belgian tripels. It's a multi purpose ale that simply has no limits.

BEERchitect, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

kylehay2004, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

jaydoc, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Knapp85, Nov 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

SocalKicks, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

TMoney2591, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - Fruity and yeasty with a bit of funkiness.

T - Nice spicy bite up front with a sweet caramel backbone. Good fruity sweetness, too.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty Belgian-style ale. I forget how good Ommegang can be.

zeff80, Feb 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

WVbeergeek, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

MarkyMOD, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -30%
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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kojevergas, Dec 30, 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
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a one finger head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: grass and some bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: grass, hay, some lemon zest, a hint of honey, and a bit of yeast flavors are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Short lived aftertaste.

Overall: a very easy to drink beer. Nice flavors and very refreshing. You can get a sense of both Ommegang and Duvel presence in this beer. Worth finding this one.

Gavage, Nov 18, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

corby112, Mar 24, 2013
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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
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4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/30/2012. Pours hazy and cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, bread, wheat, floral, herbal, grass, light banana, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with light-moderate malt. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, floral, grass, bread, wheat, light banana, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, light fruits, clove, pepper, wheat, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt; with a great fruity/spicy ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale ale! Great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, May 17, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a touch of haze to the deep lemon yellow body and a rocky snow white head that last for the full beer. There are microstrands of microbubbles directed toward the surface.

S- The cider note turns into a bring hop aroma that blends into a fruity ester finish.

T- The club soda taste has a touch of sweetness that leads to some nice yeasty esters that grow into a juicy fruit flavor. There is the classic ommagang yeast character to follow with a clean fruity dry lemon hop finish. A bright cider and clove note linger for just a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz that compliments the spice phenol in the finish.

O- This is a very nice blend of yeast characters with bright hops in a very drinkable beer.

rhoadsrage, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 20, 2013
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Ommegang Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
88 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.