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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

262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 25
Gots: 13 | 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: 262 | Reviews: 84 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

ngeunit1, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of csustar001
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

csustar001, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Kahlerbock, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

flagmantho, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of sneaks2210
4/5  rDev +1.8%

sneaks2210, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Oboogie
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Oboogie, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

kjkinsey, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +1.8%

thebouch01, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Dope, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +1.8%

GennyCreamAle, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of goblue3509
4/5  rDev +1.8%

goblue3509, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Maseitz
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Maseitz, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Gavage
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
Photo of Stumpy29er
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Stumpy29er, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

mdillon86, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Average lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of yeast, fruit, and a surprising amount of malt.

T: Tasted of light fruit (lemon, etc), a decent amount of malt, Belgian yeast, and fruity esters. This is one of those flavors that actually gets better as you go along. Well-balanced and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Duvel Rustica is a solid, likable, and ultimately drinkable beer. Slightly different (though I can't say exactly how) than your typical BSPA, but worth a shot.

avalon07, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of IL_PLAY_RAGS
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

IL_PLAY_RAGS, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of WYVYRN527
4/5  rDev +1.8%

WYVYRN527, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of cwd
4/5  rDev +1.8%

cwd, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of HumphreyLee
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

HumphreyLee, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

ColForbinBC, Nov 12, 2012
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
Photo of abrodsky
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

abrodsky, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan, pineapple juice color. 1/2 inch head with some decent lacing.

Smell - Light floral hops, belgium yeasts, pale malts, some spices. Perfumy and peppery, slight farmhouse aroma. Some grapefruit and orange.

Taste - Sweet floral hops mixed with pale malts start this beer off. Orange, grapefruit and even some pineapple are main flavors. Spices are peppery, yeasts are sweet and tart. SLight alcohol is masked well. Has a farmhouse/grassy feel in each sip. Has a crisp apple flavor at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp and smooth. Hops and yeasts coat tounge with sweet fruits and sugars. Palate gets more of the same with some pale malts and peppery spices. The aftertaste is sweet, fruity and a little dry.

Overall - Honesty, this beer didnt remind me of duvel at all. Not Much carbination, not nearly as much pale malt profile. Its very fruity, sweet and hoppy. I dont get this beer at all. Its really a standard ommegang beer. Very nice and smooth, easy to drink and tastes great but, maybe putting duvel on the label can justify overcharging for this? Its a good beer, worth a drink but not what i was expecting. Take the duvel off the label, knock a few dollars off the price and id enjoy it more if that makes sense.

wvsabbath, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a slightly hazy golden beer with a creamy somewhat rocky white head, about a finger thick with good retention.

S: Peppery phenols and orange esters at moderate levels with the pepper note being a bit stronger than the fruit. There is a little bit of that floral hops aroma that combines with the alcohol to give it a low perfumey note. There is a moderately-low Pilsner malt aroma as well.

T: The taste is mostly spicey with some fruit, again peppery but a bit more lemon than orange for the fruit flavors. The hops seem to be giving it the citrus flavors but not that American style hops flavor. There is a touch of sweetness while the hops bitterness comes in at a moderate level making for a beer with a slight bitter balance. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is of citrus and a short lived hops bitterness. The spice sometimes seems a little clove-like but mostly black pepper.

M: Medium-light bodied with a moderately-high level of carbonation.

O: A very peppery Belgian Ale with a nice citrus influence.

MadScientist, Nov 11, 2012
Ommegang Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
88 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.