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Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
88
very good

274 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 31
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:
Beer added by: Kendo on 10-20-2012

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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..

Photo of bacher468
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 grittybrews
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of nikbullet
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 ryan1788a5
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a perfectly white head that stands an impressive three fingers and retains very well. Lacing clings to the glass in thin, broken, spidery rings.

S: Doughy and biscuity, slight graininess. Light herbal hop backing with a flash of lemon zest. Very yeasty. Clove and a soft fruitiness. Banana. Musty.

T: Yeasty from the beginning with a pleasant chalkiness, slight must, hints of banana, a bit of clove, and soft touches of white pepper. Playful fruity notes of pear and apple. Earthy, herbal hops assert themselves very briefly on the mid-palate. Fleeting spritz of lemon. Malts divulge tastes of honeyed dough with supporting flavors of grain and almond. The drying finish stays very yeast-driven and leaves a lingering impression of chalk, white pepper, bananas and cream, and a bit of dough and cracker.

M: Medium bodied. Very soft, round, and creamy. A slightly aggressive and fine-bubbled carbonation scrubs a bit and provides a crisp bite. Over the top smoothness. Alcohol is very well hidden, and only a ghost-like warmth hints at this beer's strength. This is an excellent mouthfeel.

O: It's been a while since I've had Duvel, and this beer makes me want to re-visit it very badly. Duvel Rustica mirrors the heavenly smoothness, balance of flavor, and sinful drinkability that makes its Belgian cousin shine. However, it is very much its own entity, and need not live in the shadow of its relative. Added layers of yeast complexity make it unique and even a bit saison-esque. This beer is a true standout.

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 Danobold
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of draheim
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention, clear lacing with some suds, sticky and a bit oily. Slightly hazy, straw body. Aroma includes lemon peel, lemon rind, candi sugar, a nice saison-like wispyness and a nice spiciness. Coats the tongue nicely. Taste includes lemon, a nice grassy bitterness, some mild sweetness, some nice Ommegang yeast notes and really no alcohol taste. Interesting beer, kinda approaches the flavor of a saison but not quite. Any way you slice it, delicious in every way.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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.

Ommegang Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
88 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.