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Posca Rustica - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 232
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 38
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of BradenMK
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%

Appearance: Pours a tawny gold with a, wait, whoa! STOP! GUSHER ALERT! Okay, see, at first I poured myself a little 2.5oz sample and that had some foam, but nothing unmanageable. I liked it, so I decided to pour myself a full beer into a tall pilsner glass, thinking, well, this is a corked Belgian, it's probably going to need a little room to rise. I guess the tight quarters only exasperated the situation. I got maybe 5oz of beer out of the massive column of foam that filled the glass. Crazy!

Smell: Very "typical" BSPA aroma. Some sour wheat, hay, cracked pepper, and just a little sweetness. All of it subdued, as should be expected.

Taste: This tastes every bit as good as Duvel, which has earned a world-class rating, so I'm rating this high, because if Duvel deserves a 95+ rating, than so does this. Personally, I don't think Duvel deserves that rating, I'd give it more of a 4 out of 5 or something. And, to me, this gets extra points as it, allegedly, doesn't use any hops to achieve the flavor and balance, yet it tastes just like another ale that would. Unfortunately I don't pick up ANY of the herbal, spiced qualities that the label mentions. I just pick up typical belgian blonde notes - a little bit of tang and/or funk, some straw perhaps, pepper, and a fair bit of sweet, pale European malt.

Mouthfeel: This is where the brew differs, for me, from a traditionally hopped ale. This gruit is smooth and coats the mouth very differently than a hopped one. There's no resin to this ale. Most people would use the term resin to denote a flavor, but until you've tried a gruit you wouldn't notice that, a typically low-hopped ale, like a belgian blonde, still leaves your mouth coated with hop resins in a way that the gruit just doesn't. My mouth is left feeling like I've just taken a mouthful of tea, even though the brew was quite attenuated and carbonated.

Overall: Unusual and yet incredibly familiar, I'd say this is the golden standard of how a gruit *should* be done. If you're trying to make a modern gruit and the herbs and spices take over the flavor of the malt or reinvent the style you were aiming for, then I feel like you've failed. Yes, I know, gruit *is* listed as its own style, but the definition varies. I tend to call it anything brewed without hops and with other herbs/spices instead. This was well done.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy shimmering gold full of tiny streaming bubble topped with a four finger head of fine foam.
S - grassy, tart, and yeasty like a Saison but with some undefined(to me) spice character.
T - heavy sweet grass notes up front with a distinct citrus tart and bitter middle. Leaves a long lasting residual mild peppery light sweet tart bitter combination that is quite enjoyable.
M - ticklish crispy carbonation with a medium body and slightly dry finish.
D - fantastically drinkable if you like Saisons or derivatives of Saisons.
It goes pretty quick and if your not careful you'll certainly miss something. Very interesting, thirst quenching, and just all around plain good.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle
Appearance: Golden opaque body, massive white cloudy head.
Aroma: Spicy belgian yeast and banana
Taste: Agressive bitterness, very prominent wheat flavors
Creamy lovlyness The long lasting spicyness overcomes and outlasts the bitterness. This is something made special by the aggressive bitterness (of course not by stone standards) and lack of sickening sweetness common in Belgian brews.
Drinkability: Simply amazing.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Docer
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of vancurly
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 6/2009

Pouring a cloudy orange, thick white head.

Immediate notes of metallic hop, but giving way to citrus, malt & fleshy yeast notes.

The flavour profile is wonderful; malt complexity, spice & perfume, yeast, sherbet, honeydew, ginger, late macadamia nuttiness... I baulked at giving this a five, but I did wax lyrical (to my wife's annoyance)... that's good enough for me.

Feels tingly, creamy, with a long palate.

All up a superbly balanced ale; suitable for most occasions, and a joy to drink on its own. Highly recommended.

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Photo of powellchristoph
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this beer in my monthly Rare Beer of the Month Club. The bottle looks great with a natural cork and wire cage. The label has a nice historical anecdote.

This is a hot beer! I thought I was uncorking a bottle of champagne for a second. The pour is large head of wispy foam that hangs out for a few minutes and dissipates nicely. The nose is very floral with a slight twang that is not apparent in the taste. Lots of clove, honey and spices. The beer is very nearly sweet, leaning closely towards mead territory but with a more mature taste. It is not like anything I have had before. I greatly enjoyed it, but not sure how often I would drink it due to the sweetness.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of tlery
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale with a straw-like hue and a pearly white head that dissipates after sitting a minute.
S - Herby with a background of baking spice and savory herbs.
T - More savory herbs like rosemary, sage, juniper and a hint of lavender.
M - Medium crispness, medium alcohol.
O - Delicious gruit beer that has become my go to shift drink after a long night tending bar.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle that I picked up at the Co-op after a glowing recommendation from the resident beer guy. The cork was stamped "2.011" and this was split into tulips.

Pours a lively golden straw color with pastel wheat hues. The body glows uniformly in the light, and is hazy enough that no fine details or real shadows penetrate from side of the glass to the other. About two inches of pure white, foamy, rocky head develops and lingers for a suitable amount of time. Scarce strands of sticky bubbles cling to the glass as lacing.

The aroma is of generous funk, some wheat and straw, belgian yeast, various muddled green herbs, and even more delicate spices. More subtle notes are difficult to individualize, as they seem both well-integrated and a bit overpowered by the funk. The nose is, however, strongly reminiscent of a saison, though with an extra dose of funk and a subtle herbal, almost fruity backing.

It tastes of straw and wheat up front, before a bit of tart peach, orange, and pear push through. A subtle yeasty funk flows throughout the sip, and a gentle stream of integrated herbs mounts towards the rear; perhaps some clove, banana peel, what resemples a slightly bitter, primarily floral hop, a touch of mango, and fresh grass. Some spices finish it off, with some white pepper and maybe some faint coriander being faintly noticeable. The flavors are all exceptionally balanced, however, and while the herbs and spices make a stoic appearance, I'm having a difficult time picking out any individual one.

The mouthfeel is superb; crisp, light bodied to the extent that the herbs and spices will allow, and a nice, refreshingly clean finish. Ample carbonation and a slightly acidic body give it a lively sensation on the tongue.

Overall, this is a very, very good beer. The fact that the flavors are so well integrated really put this one over the top for me. I'm very happy it was pointed out to me, and I won't hesitate to grab it again in the future.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from the tap, July 2010 at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas
The beer arrives with a one-finger thick, creamy, off-white colored head, while the beer is a hazed, pale gold / yellow color. The aroma is herbal and hop like up front (even if it is gruit derived), and has a pale, hay-like grain character to it. The nose reminds me of the scent of orange blossoms, sweet clove in the finish, grassy coriander and that Dupont yeast mustiness. There is certainly a very herbal, hop-like character to this note.

Sweet, honey like pale grain flavors are found up front, while the finish has an almost menthol like, herbaceous bitterness that makes this end with a very dry character; this is especially true when coupled with the typical, musty, sort of cotton ball like Dupont-yeast phenolics (that aren't quite medicinal in character). A biting bitterness is noticeable at times, but others sees the honey and pale malt sweetness being a bit stronger. The beer is nicely light and quaffable and there is a lemon like flavor here as well as a nice grassy note. This is quite a nice beer, it is very much Saison like, which I will certainly never complain about.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of saltydog
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at Kroegske October 2001. Appearence: Golden yellow, clear, big rocky head. Aroma: dominated by complex herbs, but also some malt. Flavor: Herbal spicy flavors, including what tastes like licorice. Very complex, the spices are intruiging, and yet mellow for a gruit style, which is really what this is. Finish: Spiciness and creamy malt.

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Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every year we get a list of "Holiday Beer Offerings" and I peruse through them like a kid picking out his Christmas list. One that really caught my eye this year was the Posca Rustica, brewed at Brasserie Dupont. The Saison Dupont has been one of my favorite brews for a couple years now, and I'm very curious about this brew I've never heard of.

Described as a Herbed/Spiced Beer on beerAdvocate, I'm not really sure what to expect. But of all the beers on the Holiday offering list, this is one of the few with a very good review/score on Advocate. So, we bought a case, and we'll just have to crack a bottle to see what we've got.

First off, the backside of the label tells this lengthy story about how the Posca Rustica came to be. I tried to read it all it one sitting, but had to come back to it in the morning. In any case, they weave a tale of a spiced version of a saison ale that was fed to the Roman soldiers while stationed in modern-day Belgium.

Posca Rustica pours out a darker amber color than the standard Saison. There's a significant rusty shade to the amber color, with a nice white fluffy foam on top. The foam is thick and long-lasting, leaving a nice amount of lacing behind. The aromas are a beautiful melting pot of bready, yeasty-ness, but much less funky than a typical saison. The herbal components are evident, but not intense.

The herbal aromas follow through on the palate, which is really cool. In body, it's fairly light like the saison, but it's got a much creamier, velvety mouth-feel. It's got this added layer of complexity that is as much about texture as it is flavor. Right about now, I'm wishing I had ordered more than just this one case.

This is a really cool little beer, and I'm already a big fan.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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Photo of bump8628
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent herbed ale. Clean, vibrant, yet still somehow rustic. Hazy gold with a huge head of airy foam. How else to explain the flavor profile other than floral and herbal - perfume, lemon zest, Easter grass, cut hay, mineral-laced sea air, wild herbs, black pepper, and ramps. Bitterness is just as clean and pleasant as if hops were used. Dupont always puts out quality stuff, still this one really surprised me. Whoever dialed in the botanicals did a masterful job.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, slight spice, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel which works well for this beer. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle from 2012.

Pours a golden straw color with great white foam clouds and tight lacing. There’s an aroma of yeasty esters. I am guessing gale, heather, and orange blossoms (the aromas not the actual ingredients). It’s not hoppy but definitely floral.

The flavor is light with a great saison character. The yeasty esters and floral notes play well together here, delicate & mellow. Very effervescent with a great crisp finish. I enjoyed this one tremendously.

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Photo of mrand01
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle split with nicoco. Poured into Weyerbacher tulips.

A: Poured with about 1/4" of white head. Nicoco says it's "look kinda like dehydrated piss yellow." Fair enough, I can agree with that. It's hazy. Head doesn't have too much retention, lacing fades quickly.

S: Banana, clove, lemongrass, maybe some pilsner malt and a hint of thyme.

T: Grainy, almost like a saison, but with some banana and honey overtones.

M: Very effervescent. The carbonation almost mimics a cold kombucha tea or champange. Light bodied, yet sticky. Very enjoyable.

O: Hard to compare this to anything as it's in a pretty unique style. Overall, I probably wouldn't seek out more gruits, however, this seems like it's most likely a fine example of one.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I opened this bottle during the Super Bowl, everyone looked my direction. The cork popped like champagne, The bubbly brew poured effervecent and a cloudy yellow. The wine drinkers loved it. So did the beer drinkers. The aroma was subdued but the corriander came through. The taste also was not strong but satisfying. If finished somewhat sweet. The mouthfeel was near that of champagne and tingled the tongue. I found this beer very drinkable and enjoyed both glasses. I did not notice the alcohol in either the taste or the aroma, but I will look for another bottle to keep for special occasions.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a hazy blonde color, produces a finger of creamy white head, awesome retention that's still hanging around a half hour later, leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Aroma explodes out of the bottle as soon as the cork is removed, interesting aroma of herbs, an earthy root aroma and herbal flowers. As well as some spice, musty yeast, spicy esters and slightly sweet malt. Aroma is well-rounded and pretty awesome.

T- Similar to the nose, lots of yeasty, herbal, earthy spice. Banana and clove esters are more prominent here than in the nose. Yeast is a bit musty and very smooth, some light malt and honey sweetness as well.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth creamy feel with a crisp finish.

O- A really cool beer, the combination of saison-ey yeast and esters and the herbs makes for a very drinkable and interesting brew, definitely worth trying.

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

Brasserie Dupont offerings are typically considered the gold standard of Saisons. In this case it may literally be true as well - Cervesia has an orange-yellow tone that nearly glows. I'd call it sunny if it weren't so cloudy; it may be translucent but it's definitely not clear. Oddly for this style, its head splits almost immediately as if it has somewhere else important to be.

A strong whiff of skunk came off the initial pour, the fault of its green glass bottle. Most of it fades with air though some blends with the beer's inherent grassiness to make strong and explicitly herbal notes. The term "farmhouse" is typically used to describe this style and it suits this aroma particularly well; it's more than a little musty and is plenty earthy.

The flavour tastes of marmalade and dried herbs, with a little bit of citrus zest and good amount of orchard fruit. A strong yeastiness contributes coriander- and white pepper-like spice that serves to enhance the grassiness of the hops. Lemon, herbal and spicy elements combined it kind of tastes like something you'd find in a Thai stir-fry.

You don't see a ton of bubbles but the beer has good energy. It's also quite dense for something so floral and fruity. The malt is grainy enough to make it feel a bit like chewing on hay or straw; it is very dry. It is also considerably bitter, though it's the savory-herbal notes that linger. Most would be surprised to learn this is 8% alcohol - you don't taste it.

Dupont's Cervesia, like all great saisons, is the kind of beer that, regardless of the season, will put you in a 'beautiful sunny day' frame of mind. Its golden tone, grassy aroma and fruity, floral tastes are all gloriously evocative of summer and the outdoors. It is the kind of beer ideal for sharing with friends and is something I could drink just about anytime.

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Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
89 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.