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Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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90 Reviews

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 283
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 20.15%
Wants: 35
Gots: 20 | 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

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: 283
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a touch of haze to the deep lemon yellow body and a rocky snow white head that last for the full beer. There are microstrands of microbubbles directed toward the surface.

S- The cider note turns into a bring hop aroma that blends into a fruity ester finish.

T- The club soda taste has a touch of sweetness that leads to some nice yeasty esters that grow into a juicy fruit flavor. There is the classic ommagang yeast character to follow with a clean fruity dry lemon hop finish. A bright cider and clove note linger for just a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz that compliments the spice phenol in the finish.

O- This is a very nice blend of yeast characters with bright hops in a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a Bruery tulip. The hue is a nice hazed gold. It's a bit more watery looking than Duvel. A nice 4/5 of an inch of head starts this out. It disapates but never disappears, no real lace to speak of.

Blood orange, white bread, grass and Belgian yeast dominate the smell. Strawberry candy finishes it. Very interesting. Not as much like Duvel as the text on the bottle would lead you to believe.

Pale malts and yeast start off the taste. Fresh mown lawn and citrus enter shortly after. The fruity candy smell doesn't manifest in the taste, though it is slightly sweet, more like a fresh baked country white bread. A yeasty, dry note with a hint of booze finishes this off.

This is more like the bastard sister of Duvel than it is an American recreation. I liked it more than I expected. I would encourage anyone who is a fan of the style to give this a go. Solid brew all the way through.

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Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An interesting earthy and somewhat slightly spiced Belgian ale. Seems an odd marriage of Belgian style ales with a saison. Not sure if that is the goal for this beer, but that's what I get. It works, but it's a bit unusual. I can dig it though for what it is.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a bright and cloudy yellow with a small white head that fades somewhat quickly into a duvel tulip
S: smells of peppery yeast, a bit of grass, some citrus, and some pale malt
T: tastes of sweet and doughy malt, a bit of citrus and some fruity esters, slight grassyness and a bit of yeasty funk plus some spice. swallow brings a bit of fruity alcohol, some more funky yeast and more fruity esters
M: medium and smooth with soft bottle conditioned carbonation
O: very good. I haven't had Duvel in awhile but this is a pretty good beer. Good flavors and complexity plus it's very balanced.

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Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very cloudy, very dark golden yellow color that's almost ripe banana brown.  Completely opaque and murky with a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with some farmhouse must, peppery spice, pale malt and estery light fruit notes.  Bready with the yeast being the strongest presence.  Not too rustic farmhouse like with lots of sweet apple and pear along with pepper, biscuit malt and crisp, grassy hops.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a crisp, earthy funk that lingers over the pale malts, earthy hops and estery fruit notes into a tart finish.  More complex than expected with a strong earthy barnyard funk presence.  Dry, earthy and tart followed by some resinous hop bitterness.  Grassy with some pine needle flavor followed by alcohol and light fruit sweetness.  Hints of apple, pear and light grape along with biscuit malt backbone.  A touch boozy and over carbonated with a weird combo of spice, funk and esters.  Kind of like wild farmhouse version of duvel but I prefer the cleaner flavor profile of the original.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. light head and good lacing. Pale amber color, hazt and ample carbonation. Slight citrus smell.

Crisp tast, slightly dry finish. Typical full mouthfeel for a Belgian brew. Overall a very good beer from my favorite class. On the pricey side from where i purchased, but would definitely drink again.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Ommegang - Duvel Rustica - 1pt 6fl oz

Look - Pours light golden with a bubbly, creamy head. Unfiltered with heavier carbonation.

Smell - Citrus and sweet, definitely coriander and lemon.

Taste - Coriander and lemon, smooth at first and ending with some zest. Carbonation minimal in terms of the taste.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat mild and dry, would not call it crisp or refreshing per se, actually ends warm in the belly, alcohol content is obvious.

Overall - Decent, not amazing but not horrible either. Not quite what I'd expected from this brew, wanted it to be more crisp but it faded too quickly.

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Photo of KajII
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a hazy yellow amber with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that reduced to a thin film and medium collar, with very good sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, floral hops and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (lemon), green apple, pears and a touch of coriander.

The taste was mildly sweet and very fruity from the get go and pretty much lasted throughout, progressing slightly with a bold yeast presence along with a spicy citrus taste towards the finish. The flavor hung around for a good long while following the swallow, with a nice citrus yeast taste that was complemented by a mellow alcohol warming sensation.

Mouthfeel was just past light in body with a mildly dry yet creamy texture and a carbonation that just went beyond mild in intensity.

Overall I have to say this brewer never seems to disappoint, and this is no exception. This beer is a fantastic representation of a Belgian Golden Ale with a great taste and superb drinkability...


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Photo of zeff80
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - Fruity and yeasty with a bit of funkiness.

T - Nice spicy bite up front with a sweet caramel backbone. Good fruity sweetness, too.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty Belgian-style ale. I forget how good Ommegang can be.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Full coverage of yeasty matter covers the entire bottom of the bomber. Pale lemon brass coloring shows a bit of light misty haze and a moderae dense and nimble rise of carbonaiton bubbles. Chalky white head is milky and creamy on the surface, sits a finger high, and stays nicely. Love the pale coloring, misty haze and strong carbonation presence as well lengthy stay of head retention. Heavy stratified ring lacing encircles the glass. Second pour showed a even dense nature, pea soup consistency of suspended yeasty matter. mmmm.

S: Fresh pale grains, a hint of lemon peel and good deal of yeasty indications. Soft orange and nobel flowers are ever so slight but supportive. Fresh greenery.

T: Flavor was grainy, musky and yeasty. The yeasty nature is truely the highlight here. Musky lemon and flowers. Tart and dry, bready with some wheat hints. Some orange, very crisp, with some noble flowery hops and some fresh greenery, hay and spiciness upon warming.

M: Crisp, bubbly, tight, tart, and dry with warming yeastiness. Bready.

O: Overall dry, tart with an empowering yeastiness and noble fresh green hopping. Pale malts, pale colored and an excellent tribute to a classic. You really have to appreciate ommegangs clean brewing technique and musky yeasty nature to thier beers. A sure rated A beer in my eyes per style.

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Photo of Joshpu
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a duvel glass.

A: Poured a hazy light honey color with about a finger of white head which dissipated quickly. Alot of carbonation. Gets darker as I got to the bottom of the bottle.

S: I smell alot of the yeast. I also smell very light citrus fruits, an apple and pear smell. Also getting the peppery clove smell.

T: The taste is alot like the smell, except im getting the sweeter malt backbone. Gets more peppery as I got to the bottom of the beer.

M: Full bodied. Its a pretty crisp beer and you can definitely feel the sweetness to the beer.

Overall it is a delicious beer. Tastes pretty similar to a duvel, which is what it is modeled after as it says on the back of the bottle.

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Photo of DIM
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a light, hazy lemon gold, sugar white head at a quarter of an inch, dissipates to a lacing.

Bretty yeast, coriander, lemon, candi sugar and orange zest in the nose.

Taste is of grassy, wheaty malts, lemon citrus, candi sugar, and a whisper of hop bitterness.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty good strong ale, not the best I've had, but good enough that I would have it again and recommend it. Ommegang is always solid and this is no exception.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Duvel Rustica

LOOK: 22oz bottle opens with a slight pop, poured into a chalice. Pale yellow with white head and no lace.

SMELL: Grassy, peppery and slightly earthy aroma. Smells like the country air on a beautiful spring day. Some would classify these scents as the "funk" often too complex to adequately put to words.

TASTE: Belgian ale yeast flavor with green pear and apple notes. Hint of earthy Saison like tartness but quite mild. Candi sugar is present balanced by notes of grass and green peppercorns.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, but not too dry.

OVERALL: A tasty, earthy American made Belgian ale that does share some similarities with its Belgian brethren. A worthy selection if you're reaching for something different and like saisons/Belgian pales.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bought for $12.99, poured into Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: As others have noted, very weak on the head, especially for the style and extra-especially for a beer with the word "Duvel" in its title. Not nearly the carbonation activity of its parent beer and hazier.

S: Interesting and refined. White wine-like. Some bubblegum from the yeast. Clean.

T: Quite good, though I like a little sweetness in this style and that's not quite there. Some green grapes and apples. A little booze and bubblegum. Quite saisonish.

M: Thin and undercarbed. A disappointment. Really dry back end.

O: As much as I wanted not to like Duvel Rustica because of the carbonation/head issues, the subtleties of the taste and smell kept me interested enough to jam through a whole 750. Almost a saison hybrid.

Would I buy this again? Given the higher price point and my clear preference for Duvel or Moinette Blonde, probably not.

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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of spicy and grassy hops in the nose along with some grainy malts and notes of yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness along with some hints of fruity yeast. Notes of peppery spices are present in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness particularly lingers through the finish and the mouthfeel resembles that of a dry white wine.
O: I enjoyed this beer because it was nice and dry but also had some interesting complexity and a good balance among the flavors in the taste. It's like a hybrid between a farmhouse ale and a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of impending
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed dull yellow gold, minor head, little lacing.

Aroma is yeasty fruity, slightly musty with a touch of metal.

Taste begins with a orange citrus, grain and powdery yeast. Minor clove, tiny banana. A sharp crisp bite separates the initial flavor and the aftertaste which has a nice grass and hay bitterness that doesn't linger for too long. Benefits from warmth as the rustic side comes forward. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the caged, corked 750 ml. bottle. There is a stamped but smudged date on the bottle's neck that looks like 08/30/12 - 08/30/14. Sampled on January 1, 2013.

It pours a cloudy olive-yellow with a quick eruption of fizzy white head that settles down to a ring.

On the nose there are an array of aromas including yeast, pale malts, apple, grapefruit, and a touch of cloves and other herbs.

The body is bold but smooth.

The taste has a carbonated buzz to it with a short-lasting mellow sweetness (like the head) that evolves into a tart and bitter finish. Some dryness at the end. It does fit the style.

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