Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang
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4/5 rDev +1.8%
The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head that laces. The nose is yeasty, slightly alcoholic and sweet. Drinking the beer is initially upsetting because it's not what I had expected, but as it warms up a touch....and the alcohol sets in a touch... the beer drinks just like it's Belgian counterpart. It's slightly watery, finishes dry, and kicks up the yeast and sweetness to the max in the mouthfeel. The hops are definitely in harmony with the beer's sweet, malty profile. It's definitely a drinkable beer and a bit of a creeper given how much you're feeling the 8.5%abv by the end of the bomber. Honestly, this is an enjoyable beer that requires a healthy sampling to fully appreciate. I'm proud that this beer originates so close to home?
11-10-2012 00:58:56 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.48/5 rDev -11.5%
A-Pours a foggy honey color. Head is big and Belgian. Dense and semi-solid. Doesn't lace too much because the head adheres to itself with impeccable strength.
S-Yeasty before anything else. Pale fruits and honeycomb. A bit of straw and/or hay. The yeast strain is (confirmed) blatantly Ommegang's. Not as elegant as Duvel's in my opinion. Lemon zest too.
T-Rides alongside the nose. Signature Ommegang yeasty flavor. I find this to be far more Ommegang than Duvel. A touch of noble hops. Semi-dry with modest spiciness. Not overly complex. It just has all of what you're used to experiencing.
M-Medium bodied with some creaminess. Moderate-to-subtle carbonation. Not overly bitter, but the yeast hangs upon the palate.
O/D-I personally don't think its anywhere near the same level of deliciousness as the traditional Duvel. Denser, less drinkable, and less complex. One glass was enough.
11-09-2012 15:37:23 | More by VelvetExtract
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
Straight pour from 1pt 9.4oz / 750ml cork-and-cage bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of August 30, 2012 / freshness date of August, 2014 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle (“PKG ON 08/30/2012 BEST BY 08/2014”), making this nine weeks and two days old at the time of opening.
Appearance (3.5): Pours two good fingers of creamy white head that slowly dies down, into the just-barely hazy, 24ct golden body. Not a lot of retention, just a thin collar on the edge of the glass and a couple of suds here and there on the sides.
Smell (4.0): Straw and spice come along first in the nose, an even mix of white pepper, coriander, and a little clove, along with a very nice fruit component—white grapes, pears, and some sweet lemon, which smooth out the space between the warm, mildly spicy hay and the typical Belgian spice component (pepper, clove, etc.)
Taste (4.5): The taste is tremendously fruity compared to the nose, a nice mix of sweet pear juice, oranges, and a bit of lemon juice. The spice comes along, but smoothly—it never outshines the fruit side of it. The malt is very biscuity, crackery, blonde and simple, but substantial enough to root the fruity esters from the yeast—any sweetness it adds just fills out those esters. The beer finishes with a nice tartness, a nice mix of lemon juice and grassy hops, which dries it out a bit at the end; that nice little tartness lingers for a while. No trace of alcohol on the palate.
Mouthfeel (4.5): The carbonation is modest and foams smoothly, fully and lushly, and tingles mildly on the way down. The body is medium-weight and somewhat viscous but not syrupy, but lightens up substantially with that lemony finish and the way the beer foams on the way down. Really nice feel, matches the substance and character of the palate well.
Overall (4.5): This is a very, very nice beer. Flavor-wise, it flips the “regular” Duvel in some ways, putting the spiciness in the backseat to the fruit component, which clearly is Ommegang’s biggest contribution, thanks to their yeast strain. I can always use a more aromatic nose, more lacing and better retention on basically any beer (the sole exception being Orval, maybe, where the head is actually stiff and almost gets in the way). But the nose is great, the flavor is excellent and the feel matches. Overally, I think this is a well-above average BSPA, and definitely worth seeking out.
11-04-2012 01:41:21 | More by fmccormi
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
A: hazy golden body with an off-white head about a finger or two thick; settles into a foamy collar with some drapes of lace
S: fruity yeasts and citrusy hops overlaying a malty base
T: some herbal and medicinal notes; a bright and herbal/floral, distinctively Ommegang yeast and hop profile; fruity undertones and grainy malt flavors round it off. Sweetness is subtle, with some orange and coriander (?) hints.
M: farmhouse fresh and crisp, nicely carbonated and slightly astringent bitterness; fairly creamy on the back of the tongue. Some wine-like characteristics during the dry finish.
O: very saison-like, and tastes like Ommegang's Hennepin meets Duvel - a very satisfying drink - lacks some of the Duvel spiciness, focusing instead on a wild yeasty - and yes, rustic - essence. Good drinking.
10-31-2012 20:23:06 | More by Greywulfken
4.23/5 rDev +7.6%
corked caged 750ml bottle
A- pours a golden yellow color with a 2 finger white head that recedes to a fresh collar adequate lacing
S- light white fruits with spice and a skight wet hay funk smell
T- very nice white fruits like apples a dose of spice and some hops ,pale malts slight funk like hay or grass in the mix
M- medium/low carbonation with spice and hops on the palate
O- very Tasty easy to drink nice combo of fruit spice ,malt ad hops good stuff
10-22-2012 21:40:35 | More by gatornation
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
750 ml caged-and-corked bottle, says it was packaged on 8/30/12. Consumed on 10/20/12.
A: Cork is removed with a soft "pop." Poured into a (what else?) Duvel tulip. Body is golden but then in natural light it turns more pale yellow. Small white head on top leaves some splotchy lace on the glass.
S: Bread-doughy malt, some spice and fruit - think ripe green apples - in the nose. Hint of lemon. Some funkiness becoming more evident as it warms.
T: Nicely balanced between what seems to be yeasty fruitiness, spice and bitterness. Finishes with a touch of peppery spice and then alcohol heat. Lemony bitterness coats the palate and lingers into the aftertaste, offsetting the otherwise malty, yeasty and spicy flavors.
M: Slightly less than medium in heft. Not as softly or fizzily (is that a word?) carbonated as the better Belgians, but the carbonation is far from harsh - in fact, it's possibly a bit too modest; it gives a slightly oily impression, though the fine-bubbled carbonation is noted on the lips.
D: Very good. Would like to do the "Pepsi Challenge" with this beer and "regular" Duvel to see what differences there are. Going from memory, this one seems to be a solid approximation of Duvel.
10-20-2012 21:42:30 | More by Kendo
Ommegang Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
88 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.