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Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
89
very good

90 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 282
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 5.03%
Wants: 35
Gots: 19 | 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

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: 282
Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip

A golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that rose two+ fingers to fill the glass. A good amount of active carbonation. The nose is of soft floral hops, grass, and bubble gum. Light bready notes, hay, and honey round out the profile. On the palate, noble hops up front with bubble gum through the middle with a subtle spice. Doughy yeast sweeps in with grass and floral qualities before a semi-dry finish. Some hints of pear and apple skins poke through as it warms. Light bodied with sturdy carbonation. Dry finish, crisp with some lingering grass/earth notes. This is a fine golden ale reminiscent of its brother, but with obvious nods to American ingredients. Highly enjoyable. (720 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, crisp candy sugar, and slightly floral. In the taste, sweet to dry candy sugar with a nice floral roundness. A mellow hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry floral presence and earthy hop in the aftertaste. Quite Duvel like, but a bit fresher, so what is there not to like? (368 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer comes in a hazy gold color.

It has a huge Belgian yeast aroma with a similar Duvel aroma. It's a bit less fruity however, with some spice.

The taste has grape, breadiness, Belgian yeast, citrus, and spices.

The aftertaste however is of astringent bitterness and a bit of medicine. It tastes less fresh, champagne like, and clean as Duvel. (351 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev +3%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

Could be one of the most interesting and even complex beers we have had this year. This is a thinking person’s brew, for the true beer geek and will want to decipher every sip. One thing this ale is crying for is to be paired with some stinky cheese. Morbier comes to mind with some marmalade on the side.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV: 8.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Perfect clarity, golden hue, amazing head

SMELL: Dragon fruit, chalky yeast, taffy, passion fruit, juicy fruit, doughy bread, floral, clementines, spicy, ester

TASTE: Very crisp, lighter body, yeast, orange pith, deep breadiness, chalky, salty, golden raisins, mildly spicy, mild tartness, gummy, pepper jelly, quite warming, phenolic, long dry finish (790 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared against the original

Pours a near match to the namesake. The Rustica has a slightly more honey tone. The head is short and settles into a light ring. Does not compare to the Duvel which as a fantastic pure white head. Edge - Duvel (big)

The aroma is of a nice perfumey Belgian yeast that produced apple, pear, clove and bubblegum notes. Nice and floral and bright. The Duvel has more of a tart and over ripe apple scent. Edge - Rustica (slight) I enjoy the depth in the aroma.

The taste is of a peppery pale malt. Candi sugar and the malt provide a nice breakfast bread sweetness. The yeast gives a great bubblebum and clove flavor. Duvel is much drier and has a champagne white grape flavor. Edge - equal but different

The feel is moderate with soft carbonation. Has the body of a tripel, bigger malt presence. Duvel is much drier with the pils malt. I respect the dry body of the Duvel.

Great flavorful brew. Great Beligan flavors. Marked very well against the style. Tough to compare to Duvel though. Duvel is like a Belgian pils with awesome flavor. Both are great but different. I would drink either but for different reasons. (1,145 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Duvel Rustica pours a very hazy yellow color. Looks a bit like straw. The haze is quite cloudy. Backlighting gives it a brighter, more yellow look. A soft, white head covers the top. It rises to about two fingers in height and held firm for quite a while. I’m not sure it will completely dissipate. Lacing was sticky and moderate. Looks good.

The nose is impressive. Belgian yeast is noted early. Smells delicious. It spices things up nicely. Pepper and clove are present. There are some fruity notes of apple and pear. It’s very earthy, grainy, and grassy throughout. The grassy hop scent is definitely noble hops. There might be a little musk in the house. A bit of lemon is noted late. It’s secondary. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through very strong at all. Smells good.

The flavor is every bit as good. It kicks off with a slightly sweet, malty flavor. Belgian yeast follows quickly and adds spicy flavors of clove and pepper. It’s extremely tasty. Apple and pear flavors blend well with the spicy notes. There’s a little lemon, as well. It is very earthy, grainy, and grassy throughout. There are some light musky notes, but they’re subtle. Noble hops are definitely in the mix and are extremely grassy and dry. Alcohol is blended very well. It seems much lighter than 8.5%.

Duvel Rustica has a body on the lighter side of medium. It feels a little too thin. Carbonation is light and soft. It has a pretty good feel, but it feels just a little light. Definitely easy drinking, especially for a bigger beer.

Brewery Ommegang did a nice job with Duvel Rustica. It’s not quite as good as Duvel, but it is impressive. I wouldn’t a little more body and perhaps a little less of a noble hop flavor. Small complaints though. This is really good stuff. Easy recommendation. (1,801 characters)

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.86/5  rDev -3%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grainy and wheat malts with orange and lemon zest, coriander, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, pepper, and a bit of biscuit.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet grainy and wheat malts with some lemon and orange zest, coriander, and pepper. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast flavors come through with some clove, banana, and some other farmhouse flavors, with some grassy hops and mild bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, and other spices, and some grassy hops.

M - Medium-plus bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, estery, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice bold but balanced BSPA. Good yeast character. (848 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and zesty Belgian style aroma with hints of fruit, funk, and spice. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove, farmhouse funk, white pepper, and coriander. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. Solid mix of fruit esters with hints of banana, pear, green apple, lemon zest, orange, and white grape. Malt hints of grains, straw, wheat, and cracker. Subtle earthy and floral hop hints. A very good smell.

Taste: Like the smell, a yeasty, fruity and zesty Belgian Golden Ale taste with good notes of fruit, spice, and funk. Upfront Belgian yeast with notes of farmhouse funk, clove, white pepper, and coriander spicing. Big taste of fruit esters with some notes of banana, pear, lemon zest, green apple, orange, and grapes. Soft pale malt presence with notes of straw, wheat, grains, and cracker. Very subtle earthy hop presence. A really nice Belgian style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and juicy with a somewhat drying finish. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian Golden Ale. Good mix of fruit and spice flavors. A little sweeter than the original Duvel but it’s far from cloying. (1,407 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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? (761 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly hazy golden straw color. It was served to me with a medium sized, uneven, frothy cap.

s: Pepper and clove from the yeast plus grassy, lemony hops and some graininess.

t: Dry overall. A wonderful mix of light pears and grains up front with grassy lemons and peppery yeast at the end.

m: Chewy with very active carbonation.

o: Just an awesome beer, as expected. (386 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged-and-corked bottle, says it was packaged on 8/30/12. Consumed on 10/20/12.

A: Cork is removed with a soft "pop." Poured into a (what else?) Duvel tulip. Body is golden but then in natural light it turns more pale yellow. Small white head on top leaves some splotchy lace on the glass.

S: Bread-doughy malt, some spice and fruit - think ripe green apples - in the nose. Hint of lemon. Some funkiness becoming more evident as it warms.

T: Nicely balanced between what seems to be yeasty fruitiness, spice and bitterness. Finishes with a touch of peppery spice and then alcohol heat. Lemony bitterness coats the palate and lingers into the aftertaste, offsetting the otherwise malty, yeasty and spicy flavors.

M: Slightly less than medium in heft. Not as softly or fizzily (is that a word?) carbonated as the better Belgians, but the carbonation is far from harsh - in fact, it's possibly a bit too modest; it gives a slightly oily impression, though the fine-bubbled carbonation is noted on the lips.

D: Very good. Would like to do the "Pepsi Challenge" with this beer and "regular" Duvel to see what differences there are. Going from memory, this one seems to be a solid approximation of Duvel. (1,216 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

corked caged 750ml bottle

A- pours a golden yellow color with a 2 finger white head that recedes to a fresh collar adequate lacing

S- light white fruits with spice and a skight wet hay funk smell

T- very nice white fruits like apples a dose of spice and some hops ,pale malts slight funk like hay or grass in the mix

M- medium/low carbonation with spice and hops on the palate

O- very Tasty easy to drink nice combo of fruit spice ,malt ad hops good stuff (461 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (1,056 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/30/12.

750ml corked and caged bottle with transparent label served cold into a goblet.

Duvel Rustica is a pale golden yellow color with a slight haze. The head is thick at first but settles quickly leaving no lace behind. It's maybe not very fair to compare with the original Duvel but lacking here.

Aroma is mild but full of depth with pale malts, lemon, and spices. A nice yeast character in there too.

Flavor is quite well done with great balance and depth. It's citrusy, spicy, tart, and funky without any of those elements overpowering the others. It makes each sip an opportunity to discover something new.

Mouthfeel is light in body, well carbonated, and balanced. The finish is dry and crisp.

Overall a really excellent Belgo-American ale with enough nuance to hold its own with the original. (816 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,115 characters)

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