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Posca Rustica - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of mattfancett
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of jessicapreuss
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of dipso123
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of curlybird
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of jsurfs82
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of alostplot
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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.

Photo of LoveBeerNo7
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of yancot
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.