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Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
88
very good

271 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 27
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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Photo of kingmaker
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.

Photo of GilGarp
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.

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Jimmys
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.

Photo of jsanford
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.

Photo of NCStateAE
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of Marty30
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ngeunit1
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.

Photo of csustar001
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of flagmantho
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.

Photo of sneaks2210
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Oboogie
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of goblue3509
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Maseitz
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Stumpy29er
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Ommegang Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
88 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.