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Posca Rustica - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 34
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-26-2003

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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 98
Reviews by stephens101:
Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prolific off-white head covers this pale orange brew. Retention is good.

Smells of sublime fruits (apple, orange, banana) with a spicy backing fused with a hint of taffy.

Phenols up front to the tongue with an earthy aftertaste. Vanilla cake, spice and even a hint of leafiness exist.

Light and almost fluffy mouth-feel with little to no alcohol discernible. Dry with a slightly soft center.

I'm usually a bit skeptical about outlier styles such as this one, but going against my instincts sure paid off in this instance, and has fomented a desire to seek more of the same in hope of finding more quality in the obscure.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Posca Rustica pours hazy gold under a white, finely bubbled 2” foam cap that persists and provides art nouveau lace designs on the glass. A herbal and spicy nose includes traces of honey and light fruit. On the palate herbs and spice with the light fruit – close to pear – and full carbonation recall a high end soda but the balance and sophistication keep it from wine cooler cloyness. Refreshing and well balanced.

Photo of BGDrock
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loads of harmonious fruit and spice flavours (orange, grapefruit, pinapple, cilantro), crisp, fresh mouthfeel - a great summer beer for sitting in a Belgian cafe by the water. Solid look too, with a full, steady white head and body the colour of peach flesh.

Photo of rastaman
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Me and 2 other guys payed six quid for this one. defintely not worth the 6 bloody quid. Lots of menthol, citrus, some yeasty sourness. Some clove, toilet cleaner and vomit, fizzy and detergenty. bittersweet flavour, a huge dissapointment(750ml bottle- ChelmsfordBF-03')

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a teku
cork says 2011 on it
A- This beer pours a thick white meringue so thick you could write on it and pushes above the glass lasting a long time while sticking to the glass. The hazy apricot body has a wall of microbubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The club soda note leads into a blend of stone fruit esters with some slight dry hint of spices finishing the aroma.

T- The fruity dry candy esters have a soft warm fresh spice note to the finish with some apricot esters mixed in there. There is some pale malt sweetness that comes through as the beer opens. A faint hint of brett grapefruit pith comes through but is very light. The finish is pretty clean with just a hint of esters lingering for a moment.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a touch of velvety fizz to the finish with no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a very nice blend of soft flavors that all work well together. There is a nice gentle fresh flavor to the spices that keep them mysterious but also enhance the flavor. The ester quality is nice and has enough depth to make this sessionable albeit a bit big in alcohol.

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy mustard coloured body with lots of head and lace trail down the side of my Sam Adams glass. Bottle from LCBO Dupont feature. Farmhouse aroma. better as it warms for sure and goes through a range of flavour and mouthfeel. More potent tongue freezing as cloves assault me just below room temperature. Very good drinkability and superior for style. 8% well hidden but on the aftertaste.

Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  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.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber. Nice fluffy white head, medium density. Spiderweb lacings.

Fruit and yeast in the aroma. Loads of pear, with a bit of cider. Peppy spice, almost lemongrass. Really nice.

It's spice up front, but mostly from dusty Belgian yeast. It's actually kind of tough to get past the yeast, which is a bit of a shame because there are some really nice malt flavours here. True to the aroma, pear and apple flavour poke through the spice here and there.

This is a really nice beer. Complex, with dominant spicing and a yeast that gives it a farmhouse cider profile. Great stuff.

Photo of KMcG
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a light and fluffy white head that is about 2 fingers high in a tulip shaped glass. The head lasts for about 2 minutes then fades to a lace topping the ale with coarser lacing around the edge.  The color is a hazy straw and carbonation effervescence is visble. 

The smell is strongly funked with fruit notes of lemon and cantaloupe. The funk is like a damp barn and there is a bit of skunky edge, but a bit more herbal and earthy. 

The taste is masked by some really explosive effervescence.  It starts with some pale sweet grains and fruity esters.   There elements of herbs, coriander, and Belgian yeasts.  It ends bready and dry. 

The mouthfeel is intense like a champagne. A little thin, alcohol barely noticeable, and nice pleasant aftertaste. 

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage pours a chill-hazed honey color with 3 fingers of fluuffy ivory colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Wet cereal & pears , honey & apple blossoms

T: Follows the nose, plus honey & white grape up front. Apple peels, candi sugar & grassy, a kiss of dry boozeyness as this warms. Finishes with honey dryness & sweetness & orchard fruittyness

MF: Fairly light in body, almost no carbonation, some warming sensation

A nice journey to the past, not sometthing, nor a style I'd care to drink all the time, but a nice change of pace...

Photo of Glibber
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great straw color with a very creamy white head with temporary lacing that does not stick too long- looking like a nice Belgian Saison. Light aroma with wheat and spices. Very light and refreshing taste. To me it taste like a tangy saison. I really liked this beer and would love to drink more.

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hazy pale golden hue with a massive fluffy bright white head that lingers forever. Smells like a saison, fruity and funky. Banana and clove, a bit peppery and spicy as well.

Tastes like a saison as well but with a very different finish. Thin but fluffy body. Sweet starchy malt up front with bright tropical fruits. Clove and white peppercorn along the base of the mouth with hints of lemon peel and grapefruit. Finishes spicy, herbal and slightly medicinal. Light and refreshing, somehow manages to muster up a dry and even bitter finish without the addition of hop. Lingering sweetness.

Nice and herbal, feels like its healing me!

Photo of hippityhops85
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK. I'll admit it. I bought this beer based on the label alone. What can I say, I'm a sucker for good graphic design. "Belgian Ale Brewed with Herbs and Spices" on the label.

Poured into my Allagash footed cervois glass. Pours a clear, bright, tangerine with a huge, rocky white head that sticks around for the whole ride. Active carbonation observed.

Um, honestly the first thing I get off the nose is marijuana. There's a wine like character to the nose as well, almost like a pinot grigio.

The taste has a lot of spiciness, Belgian yeast, preserved hops? Really nice flavor and pretty unique taste. The spice dominates but not in a bad way. Really, really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very active and just pulls the spices off the tongue and sends it through your nose. Really, really cool.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a super large pure white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of light funky yeast with very sweet malt base. Taste is also dominated by a sweeter then expected malt base with an interesting yeast profile. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though too sweet for my taste and not as much farmhouse notes as I had expected coming from this brewer.

Photo of Docer
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (5.0)
- Wonderful cloudy yellow brew with a hint of zesty orange. Big fluffy fingers of white head which slowly settled to a light thin layer over the brew with a thick half-inch ring of lace which is hanging on to the glass.

Smell: (4.5)
- Oh damn this smells good. Herbal grassy floral and zesty hops.. lovely herbal quality, a light skunky hop which is a good skunky, lemon zest, light citrus fruits, sugars, bready grain, biscuit. Right when I cracked the bottle I was in bliss.

Taste: (4.5)
- Bready sweet malt backing, light brown sugars, Belgian candy sugars melded with a great zingy citrus flare while noticeably playing well with great herbs, grassy and zesty peppery hops... light clove and banana from the yeast, and just an overall zesty fruity touch. Solid and fantastic.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Little syrupy, drying, and cloying... also chewy to a point. This is a well carbonated if not over-carbonated brew which is medium bodied. Overall a nice zingy tingle which makes the mouth water.

Overall: (4.5)
- This is one hell of a solid beer. Fantastic really. Everything seems to be balanced so well, and the 8% ABV is dangerously well hidden. One could crack this on a summer day and want it as a session brew, one with full flavor. One of my new found favorites from this brewery.

Photo of fourstringer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged & corked 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. L13121B is stamped on the label. Cork has "2013" inked on the side.

A: Cloudy, light honey-colored body. 1.5 fingers of tight, white head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with citrus, lemon juice notes. Hay. Indistinct spice. Vanilla. A touch of bubble gum. Becomes a bit more herbal as it warms, but the "gruit" notes are never the focal point.

T: Mild sweetness with a certain amount of tartness opens. Pale malt and some light astringency develops. Only a faint bitterness at the end, but a rather dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Moderately high carbonation with a slight prickliness. Moderate body. Surprisingly crisp, but not unwelcome.

O: Very nice brew, if not Belgian blonde first and gruit second. The herbs/spicing are perceivable, but subdued. Regardless, enjoyable.

Prost!

Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Cork hits with a loud pop written with 2011 on it.

A real nice fluffy cloudy white head, large on pour, some good retention looks like whipped merringue. Body is a nice orange amber with yellow hues, a bit opaque. Love this retention and head, and slightly glowing body.

Nose hits with dry malty grains, sweet Belgian candy sugar, a little honey and a faint floral sense as well. Real nice.

Taste on the palate really seems to lack. Extremely light bodied, very dry and arid grains not bringing much of the sweet senses out hinted from the nose. Even for a gruit really lacking some flavor. Carbonation level seems a little high, and gets into spritzy territory which doesn't make it that more appealing.

I wish I could say more, and the sense of what was on the nose seemed to hint at that, but there's not too much going on. Overall it's not that bad, but I'd have something else with a little more noticeable palate profile.

Photo of jsanford
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, clear gold with a thin white ring. Nose is very herb-forward, lots of rosemary, thyme, and honey. Taste is similarly herb-heavy, along with more honey and a touch of crisp, light malt. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a decent beer, perhaps just a touch too bitter and herbal for my taste.

Photo of peabody
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a really clear yellow with lots and lots of bubbles that continue eminating from the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing here also.
Elmers glue at first then as it warms the belgian spices come through. Very peppery and sharp to the nose. That belgian yeast is really strong here. Not a lot of fruit smells though.
Taste is sweet and fruity like pears or dates. Then the belgian yeast shines through and the lemon pledge follows right behind.
Mouthfeel is nothing but CLEAN. Wonderfull effervescence and non-stickyness in a thirst quenching light belgian concoction.
Overall this is a really clean and refreshing drink. At 12.95 a bottle I will be getting this again.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber. Thin white head dissipated to a ring around the glass. Aroma is light fruit, melon, spices reminiscent of Belgian spicing, sweet malt. Flavor starts like a dry saison, fruit elements develop quickly, peach, apple, orange as well as honey. Light Belgian ale elements like cloves and banana also present. Finishes with a dry and aromatic herbal flavors, sage and grass. Flavor somewhat subdued in the finish, but a long lingering fruit and herbal aftertaste. Most closely resembles a fruit forward saison, but with no funky elements. Light but complex and a pleasure to drink. Light to medium bodied; this growler fill was somewhat low on carbonation.

Photo of Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark golden yellow in color. It poured with a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass; these never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of herbs and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of herbs and spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a hint of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink considering all of the herbs and spices in the taste.

Photo of mwilbur
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, dirty lemon with high carbonation producing a prodigous 3+ inch bubbly white head. Good retention. Not much lacing to speak of.
S: Herbal spice, pungent hops, floral aromatics (orange blossom?), pepper, and honey.
T: Interesting amalgam of herbal spice (quite spicy!), sweet floral and citrus notes, dry and biting hops (but well balanced by the sweetness), grainy yeast, and a lemon-honey note as well. Quite interesting and complex.
M: Light and effervescent. Pleasantly dry, sweet, and spicy with a hint of bitterness (not as much as one would expect given the hop notes in the aroma and taste...the gruit is responsible for this).
D: I always like it when you can learn something from the label on a beer (in this case the origin of Proost!). The gruit seems to lend an interesting twist to the complexity. Pleasantly refreshing and very drinkable. A wonderful saison-gruit.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Stella tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with a two fingered White head that slowly reduces and laces the glass.

S - Spicey yet sweet aromas and very robust. Nice grains also present.

T - Really well balanced flavours of citrus grains , spice pepper and malts, they all blend together very well indeen are are very well balanced. The peppery spice lingers on the tongue for quite some time.

M - Medium body with fullish carbonation,

O - My favourite brew from Dupont, because of its robustness and balance.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Dupont's Posca Rustica a couple weeks ago for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. I like Saison Dupont and heard this was like a herbed and spiced version of that and I thought I should give it a shot, so lets see how it goes. The cork said 2012 so i suppose it's a 2012 Vintage.. Poured from a green 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

A- The label looks pretty nice, it's got a classy look to it and I think it's eye catching. It poured a nice slightly golden yellow color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a nice fruity aroma being the first to show up with some orange, pineapple, pear and citrus rind aromas coming through with a little bit a phenolic aroma and other aromas from the Belgian yeast. Up next comes just a slight skunky aroma that's followed by a spicy aroma with no single spice showing up the most and it's followed by somewhat lighter herbal aroma that rounds it off. This beer had a good aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with just a slight amount of sweetness with a fruity aspect still being the first to show up and it imparts the same fruity aspect that it did in the aroma with the pear sticking out the most just by a little this time. Up next comes just a slight skunky flavor that's hardly noticeable with the spices and herbs being the next to show up and they combine together to make one flavor where neither of them stick out the most and it makes for a unique finish with with just a little bit of bitterness with a dry pear, lemon zest, herbal and spicy aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, the herbs and spices weren't too overpowering and they worked nicely with the base.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, bone dry on finish, not too filling, medium bodied with a lower amount of high carbonation. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel that worked really well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a very nice example of Gruit, almost all the gruits I've had haven't been well balanced, but this one was with the spices and herbs being part of the beer and not completely taking it over, it reminded me of a spiced and herbed version of Saison Dupont. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, very dry on finish, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think a full bottle would be my limit, anymore than that and it might start to wear on me a little. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, there wasn't any aspect that was too overpowering and they all seemed to work well with each other. What I liked the least about this beer was that it came in a green bottle, it imparted just a very slight skunky aspect that didn't need to be there. I would buy this beer again when I'm in the mood for a beer like this which would be around the summer time. I would recommend this to anyone who likes beers with some balanced herbs and spices to it, if you like Saison Dupont then you need to give this beer a try. All in all I way happy with this beer, it seemed to be right in between a gruit and Sasion Dupont, i liked that. This isn't my favorite from this brewery, I like Saison Dupont a little more, but it is the best Gruit that I've had so far. Good job guys this beer was tasty and a little unique, I can appreciate it, keep up the good work.

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Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.