Ommegang Duvel Rustica - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
88
very good

272 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 272
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:
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(Beer added by: Kendo on 10-20-2012)
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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with nice active carbonation. Fine two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bready malt with apple and pear juice, Belgian and saison yeast and Belgian spicing. Flavor begins with excellent apple, pear and light stone fruit, mildy estery, sweet malt; semi sweet a fruit forward. Transitions to a drier lightly hopped finish with clove and Belgian spicing. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Slightly light flavored in the finish, but start and middle have excellently balanced semisweet fruit, malt and yeast. A top notch domestic Belgian strong pale. Another home run from Ommegang.

Photo of gpblackgt
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of thefluker
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, crisp candy sugar, and slightly floral. In the taste, sweet to dry candy sugar with a nice floral roundness. A mellow hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry floral presence and earthy hop in the aftertaste. Quite Duvel like, but a bit fresher, so what is there not to like?

Photo of bennettj1087
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark yellow with a big cap of foam floating above. The head fell very quickly. The pale bread-like malt mixes with hints of Belgian yeast. The palate has more to it. Orange rind, apple, earthy and spicy yeast. Earthy tones are there. The malt is sweeter than I would have expected, perhaps a tad too sweet. The bitterness at the end does help to balance it. The mouthfeel is light, but a little heavier than it should be. Overall a nice stab at the style, but could use some refinement on the malt side.

Photo of CDCNAM
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of beerist
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of craigdb
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of JC333
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of AdamElb
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of wedge
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

@ Milltown

Served in a proper Duvel tulip, which I appreciate!

Hazy yellow-gold with a disappointingly small, creamy white head. Still, a fine looking beverage. Aromas of Belgian yeast, flowers, lemony citrus, pepper, fruity esters, and light dough. Peppery yeast flavor upfront, fruit, clove, a powdery sweetness, and some rustic citrus. Less refined and a little thinner than Duvel. Like the regular version, this is dangerously drinkable, though the overall aggressiveness (rusticity, if you will) leaves me wanting to just grab the classic instead.

Photo of marybrooke
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of BeerTaster
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance A copper orange with a slight haze the bottle sat long enough for yeast to settle so I assume the haze is normal head was rather small compared to Duvel

Smell very nice citrus and some yeast

Taste excellent not a clone of Duvel but very good in its on way notes of citrus yeast and alcohol

Mouthfeel high carbonation medium body

Overall A very good well crafted beer but I thought the cost was a bit high about the same as a Duvel. I don't think this is a world class beer its a domestic micro and made in the same state I live it should cost a little less

Photo of tneenan1
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Ant4711
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment Civera's in Drexel Hill. Quite excited they've been supplying my favorite brewery lately. Lets see how this brew matches up.

Appearance: pours a copper yellow that is straw-like. Produced a nice head, but went away quickly, which was a mini disappointment. However it's makes up for it by displaying a nice lacing. I'm enjoying the haze however, as it is quite enjoyable to look at.

Smell: quite an overload of fruity esters and aromas. Pear, apples, lemon, and a slight hint of melon is very noticeable. Some nice spices are also hinted. Some yeast is also hired at. Quite a delicious aroma and well-balance of aromas.

Taste: first noticeable flavors are honey and roasted malts are apparent. Has a dry fruit-like flavor that becomes noticeable. Apple, pears and apricots are also observed. Actually quite a bit spicer than I expected. Actually quite acidic. Good, but a bit overbearing. I did enjoy the fruit zest.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes dry and actually quite good.

Overall: coming into this I was quite excited. I'm a huge fan of this brewery. But this beer was good, just not a big "wow" factor. The overall acidic body was good, but something was missing. Maybe it just finished a little too dry. Oh we'll, but it was a good brew. I would probably have again if was on tap maybe (may offer a different experience). I would recommend to a friend. Cheers!

Photo of atr2605
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy yellow color with a nice white head with good retention
S-banana and a nice hoppy spiciness
T-More banana and spice with some white fruit in the finish, very well balanced
M-medium bodied and smooth and creamy
O-Very solid beer. Highly recommend

Photo of Michigan
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of linnymtu
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/30/2012. Pours hazy and cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, bread, wheat, floral, herbal, grass, light banana, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with light-moderate malt. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, floral, grass, bread, wheat, light banana, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, light fruits, clove, pepper, wheat, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt; with a great fruity/spicy ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale ale! Great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of RickS95
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

I thought I gave it a good pour, but there's only a tiny head. The color resembles Duvel, but isn't quite there. It looks more like grapefruit juice or a wit with its cloudy, milky golden color. While it's pale, it's still opaque. With a good swirl, you get a thin lace, but you shouldn't have to do that.

The smell reminds me a lot of Duvel. There's a Belgian sugar sweetness combined with a green grapey scent.

Pretty good for the style. The green grapeyness is there, as well as some white pepper. Belgian sugar is faint, as is the hop presence. Alcohol is mostly present, but dominating, along with some orange peel.

Complex, like the beer it's recreating. Sweetness, spice, citrus, acid, savory, and tart. It's light in color, but medium bodied. There's a lot happening to the palate, but every sip ends with the bite of carbonation and a clean tongue ready for the next drink.

Not quite as world class as Duvel, but a really good try. It's a good sipping beer and the alcohol is tame despite the large ABV, but I'd go with the real thing and pick up an actual Duvel for about half the price.

Ommegang Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
88 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.