Posca Rustica - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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Reviews by Maxwell:
3.76/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The beer pours a murky, muddy orange with copper highlights. The beer pours with a lovely uniform head of medium sized, slightly creamy, white bubbles. In body, this beer is swamp water murky and impenetrable to the eye. On the nose, the beer smells of grainy funk with minty, herbal scents that play into the aroma. This beer definitely has the Dupont yeast funk in it, smelling nearly skunked, but also of grainy cereal and a touch of lemon citrus. The funk brings some wonderful spice into the nose, moving from pepper to barnyard, and then to an unnamable spice. On the tongue, the beer tastes surprisingly sweet with an herbal bitter backing. In flavor the beer begins as very sweet caramel apple and pear, which blends with funky barnyard flavors to dry itself out a touch, but not enough. The flavor moves into grassy, herbal funky flavors in the middle of the taste that blends with sweet cider-like flavors and chamomile. The finish is very sweet grassy flavors mixing with the herbal chamomile and light pear notes. The aftertaste is slightly funky with a sweet lingering flavor. The sweet flavors in this beer are surprisingly high, especially for a Dupont beer, but they do manage to stay just below cloying, which is a nice achievement. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavier side of medium in body with a creamy soft carbonation that coddles the tongue a little too much and allows for that sweetness to run through the mouth. The mouth is left tingly, but clean. Overall, this is a really sweet saison/gruit. It also has far more of the saison characteristics to it than the herbal gruit character that I was hoping for. Its sweetness is a tad too much for me, and makes the beer feel syrupy in my mouth, almost like a too sweet tea mixed with a saison. In the end it is a good beer, but I wish they had dried out the sweetness more and brought out more herbal flavors. Personally, I would choose any of the other offerings of Dupont before I came back for this beer again.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2013 01:34:01 | More by Maxwell
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4.11/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Drie De Fonteinen tumbler.
Clear aureolin liquid with a fist of off-white soft peaks climbing the glass. Thick, clingy, soapy lacing. Superior retention.
Soft estery/yeasty aromatics with baked banana, vanilla, and a low but lasting floral element.
Sweet palate entry with a pleasing pure malt flavor. Very light bitter-tartness offsets the sugars, while that floral note returns in the finish. Barely discernible herbal notes, hard to believe there are a dozen unusual ingredients spicing things up as their contribution is so subtle.
Medium-bodied, zesty yet creamy, and strangely refreshing. Alcohol is well hidden.
Having not had many (any?) gruits until now, this is difficult for me to rate to style, but it is a well crafted ale, and strikes one as experimental yet conservative all at once. A good beer in the lead-up to Valentine's Day.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2014 04:15:08 | More by augustgarage
3.5/5 rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
I like gruits in a historic sense. Were this simply labeled Saison Dupont 2, I’d probably find it much less interesting. Basically it tastes like Saison Dupont with the hops out and every other flower in. But by trying to resurrect an old style there is a wonderful sense of beer history and experimentalism.
What about the beer I guess? Well it pours a very hazy gold, and looks as refreshing as the bottle claims. A vigorous head rises and stays for a few moments.
Posca Rustica has a whole different body than expected though. The body is surprisingly heavy, with less (although still high) carbonation than expected. The alcohol is masked nearly entirely however, and lemon and light tart notes tingle on the tongue. A saison yeast strain has to be in effect here, as the pepper notes really define it on the cheeks. It’s a fun beer, but it’s a much less drinkable than I’d hoped.
A good beer in general, a great gruit, and not the best purchase while Saison Dupont still exists.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2013 20:59:49 | More by VincentFrey
3.48/5 rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a snifter.
A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white had that retains a bit before be Pliny a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.
S- Sweet honey smell and a bit of booze. Has a fume similar to that of a white wine.
T- Huh. Tastes like a mead that's not very sweet, or a white wine that's too sweet. The spices used are very subtle and can't compete with the white wine notes. Smooth and easy to drink but pretty one-dimensional.
M- Thin and watery with medium-low carbonation and a light body.
O- I don't know why this has such a high score. Alba Scots Pine Ale and the Fritz Briem 13th Century are much tastier versions of the style.
Serving type: on-tap
09-11-2013 22:44:23 | More by Immortale25
Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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