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Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang Duvel RusticaOmmegang Duvel Rustica

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BA SCORE
88
very good

255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 23
Gots: 12 | 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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ltdantheman

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-10-2012 04:26:46 | More by ltdantheman
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Zraly

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 01:16:52 | More by Zraly
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 23:31:53 | More by Sammy
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brbrocc

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-09-2012 17:54:53 | More by brbrocc
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larbush

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

12-09-2012 17:31:06 | More by larbush
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bigflatsbeerman

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 01:40:09 | More by bigflatsbeerman
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Gmann

New York

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 05:01:35 | More by Gmann
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JackStraw

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-07-2012 05:11:46 | More by JackStraw
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Brewsed

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

12-06-2012 08:44:32 | More by Brewsed
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kingmaker

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Its a very hazy blond color. Almost reminds me of a golden lager color. Little head with little retention leaving little to no lacing left behind. I was a little underwhelmed.

S: Very delicate notes of malts, some citrus, maybe spice

T: More malty, A good balance of the citrus and spices. Certainly sweet, but with a decent hop bitterness to round things out. Leaves a taste of a tripel on the tongue fighting for hold with peach and pear flavors. The alcohol is hidden well. As it warms, there isn't much change, except perhaps a bolder fruit flavoring at the aftertaste

M: A moderate to full body, decent carbonation which seems to lack just slightly for my tastes.

O: This beer seemed to try too hard. Perhaps its just confused, it looked like a lager, said it was a blonde, and left a tripel aftertaste. It's by no means bad, but left me unimpressed. I certainly enjoyed it, but couldn't really imagine myself going for another. Overall I'd recommend you try it at least once.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 05:57:15 | More by kingmaker
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 01:10:44 | More by GilGarp
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-05-2012 03:00:03 | More by BeerHunter76
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 04:51:56 | More by Jimmys
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jsanford

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:04:28 | More by jsanford
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NCStateAE

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-02-2012 02:06:18 | More by NCStateAE
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-01-2012 17:21:14 | More by rolltide8425
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 08:28:16 | More by BEERchitect
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

11-30-2012 02:37:53 | More by Marty30
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 05:39:50 | More by ngeunit1
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csustar001

New York

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

11-27-2012 11:22:40 | More by csustar001
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-26-2012 03:36:24 | More by Kahlerbock
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flagmantho

Washington

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
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sneaks2210

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

11-24-2012 20:38:13 | More by sneaks2210
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Oboogie

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-24-2012 14:47:45 | More by Oboogie
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-23-2012 22:20:28 | More by kjkinsey
Ommegang Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
88 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.