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Posca Rustica - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 231
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9%
Wants: 38
Gots: 20 | 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 godtopus
2.7/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The nose offers a decent range of herbal notes but is also rather perfumey. Taste is cloyingly sweet with noticeable alcohol. Rather thick mouthfeel with too much carbonation. Overall not as complex a taste experience as one would expect from the Dupont yeast. (260 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.78/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy, dark golden yellow color with banana hues and a one finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Heavily spiced aroma with lots of pepper, coriander, clove and lemon zest.  Reminds me more of a witbier with bready yeast, citrus fruit and a strong banana character.  

Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a zesty, peppery spice presence that dominates the palate.   Lots of coriander, clove and citrus zest followed by bready yeast, banana and an odd herbal/medicinal presence.  Slightly metallic unpleasant flavoring the finish.  The spices are way too strong overpowering everything else.   Too thin and could use more citrus sweetness.  Subtle farmhouse funk in the finish but again it feels more like a week witbier.   (824 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
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') (269 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Dupont is a seemingly reputable brewery, but I've yet to be impressed by anything they have to offer, including their foul flagship offering. Their "specialty" is saisons, and this is the first thing I've had from them that wasn't a saison. Or was it? Because for something labelled as a gruit, this had more of the characteristics of a saison, and nearly none of a gruit. Hopless as it was.

Hazy golden-yellow pour with a creamy white cap of head that sank to a thick ring. Yeasty aroma, sweet esters like overripe fruit, herbal and perfumy. Definitely lots of Belgium-ness in here. Taste reflected the aroma, came off as something between a saison and a tripel. Bready, yeasty, perfume, potpourri, light malts, more overripe fruit sweetness overpowering the earthy spice medley in the background. Mouthfeel was a mix of smooth and chewy, and definitely pretty soft and drinkable. Just wasn't doing much for me, I guess mainly because I went in expecting a good gruit, and instead got some indistinct tripel-saison-gruit hybrid, with the potency in that order. And these days, I really have to be in the mood for a tripel. This was a little too sickeningly sweet for me.

I've still yet to be impressed by Dupont. (1,256 characters)

Photo of Toddv29424
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The presentation is superb, in a champagne bottle with a wire-reinforced cork. The smell is wonderful, that of a whole array of fruits especially banana and a generous hint of alcohol. The taste is the exact same, with the banana taking precidence, and the alcohol being a close second. There is very little after taste, but the fruityness lingers for a bit. (358 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught at Haven Brewpub in Pasadena into a tulip. Expectations are above average. Cost was $6.00 USD. 8$ ABV confirmed. Reviewed from notes. Gruit.

A: Pours a half finger head of dull beige colour. Bad (~1 minute) retention. Average thickness. No lacing.

Body colour is a very pale copper with yellow hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Quite timid for the style.

Sm: Mild floral hop character. Herbal – but not as much as you’d expect for a Gruit. Pale malts. A biteen of vinegar. Somewhat high adicity. Lacks complexity. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Quite clean for a gruit; none of that murkiness that often accompanies heavy herbs. Generally appealing, but it’s a far cry from the best examples of the style.

T: Well meshed herbs feel cohesive and indistinct. Pale malts. Pine needles and other tree-redolent notes. Balanced and enjoyable. Clean. Not real complex, but nicely subtle. I like it. Bittering herbs. It leaves a lot to be desired for the style, but it’s enjoyable across the board.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Clean. Mellow. Nice thickness. Nice full body. Suits the flavor profile well, facilitating flavor delivery.

Dr: Hides its ABV very well. A nice gruit, if a restrained one. I’d have another. Good drinkable stuff from Dupont.

B- (1,305 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light peach, yellow tint with a very full white sponge head.

S: Smells spicy with nutmeg, cumin, white pepper, clove and some faint fruity apricot, citrus and fig.

T/M: Has a high amount of carbonation and feels very thin and metallic on the tongue. Belgian yeast is prominent up front along with some plum, apricot, fig, cinnamon, clove, and banana. It feels extremely dry and very champagne like.

A good, fizzy Belgian, but there are definitely better options out there.

TheBeerAlmanac.com (537 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -13%
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. (974 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev -13%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: On the orange side of yellow. Reminds me of a dark pilsner. Slightly hazy. Tons of little bubbles streaming to the top, creating a one-finger coarse head that lingers.
S: Wheat, honey, spice, a hint of light hops.
T: Heavily spiced, especially cardamom. A bit of grain and honey. Then it turns bitter, but not in a good hops way, more of a I just ate pure cocoa powder way.
M: Medium-bodied and smooth.
O: I tried to be objective & I'm sure there are many who would like this, but it was not for me & I could only finish half a glass. (577 characters)

Photo of VincentFrey
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -11%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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... (563 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big 750 mL bottle to share with just myself. Good stuff!

An orange color with lots of carbonation rising up from my Chimay chalice. The head is creamy and is lacing on the glass before settling into a small layer of foam.

Smell is sweet with a lot of esters and some higher alcohols, a typical Belgian yeast profile. A little cork.

Taste of red, ripe apples with esters and higher alcohols. A typical Belgian yeast profile. Some spicy and peppery notes. A light bitter and little hoppiness, maybe a little noble hops. (523 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Pale golden in colour. A hint of haziness but still transparent. Medium fluffy white head that sows nice retention and lacing

S- Very saison-like aroma, with a sweet malt feel that kinda remind of hay and herbal notes of wet-grass and maybe mint

T- Sweet malty character upfront, with some honey notes to it. Lively fruity on the tongue with citric flavours and a delicate hint of spiciness. More herbal (kinda reminds of menthol) and typically saison-like on the back of the palate, with a hint of bitterness that stays in the aftertaste and balances the dominating sweetness. Would never have guessed that hops are actually very low in this beer if i didn't know before

M- Very soft mouthfeel. Oily but still smooth on the palate, with a delicate hint of carbonation on the tongue. Maybe a bit too watery

O- Highly drinkable and quite refreshing, very sweet but still nicely balanced by that slightly bitter aftertaste. Very much a saison despite it's peculiar ingredients, though maybe it lacks a bit in complexity if compared to other Dupont beers (1,072 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy gold body with ample sediment and carbonation. It poured with two and a half fingers of head that sustained quite admirably but did not lace.

Smell: Fruity apple, citrus with a slight touch of banana with a herbal blend of cloves, lemongrass and touches of floral notes. Warming really helped bring the smell out

Taste: This beer tastes drastically different as it warms. When it's cooler it's more belgian fruity yeast struggles to contain ample amounts of chewy malt and boozy alcohol. However, as the beer warms, the beer becomes fruitier as pineapple, apple and citrus notes become tempered by a peppery spiciness, touches of cloves a floral taste that seems to light for hops but too strong for heather.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol isn't particularly disguised on this one, even warming didn't really help clear that boozy taste. Near the start of the beer it's a lot more prevalent, but as it warms up more the fruity and herbal aftertaste lingers nicely.

Drinkability: This beer is incredibly gassy which is a big downside. The upside, once it warms up it's like drinking candy. It's a bit more medium bodied then expect, but I think that the achohol doing it.

Final Thoughts: It is absolutely imperative this beer be drunk on the warm end of cool. If it isn't it's frankly disappointing. However, if given some time it is quiet exceptional. It's more a herbed ale for Belgian drinkers. Thumbs up. (1,422 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(on tap at Hopleaf, CHI - served in a snifter-like glass, probably ~10oz pour)

I've had this a few times since Sep 2012. Never really struck me as something I'd go out of my way to get. Being a herb and spice nerd, the taste of this beer, while good, offers nothing of interest to me. These were my notes, from this most recent tasting. About sums it up.

"Basically, this tastes like a maltier Duvel... oatmeal cookie melanoidins and [a small hint of its] spicing, with a mildly potent banana note... nothing really stands out spice-wise, as most of the spice and phenolics seems to be yeast/ferm[entation] derived"

The liquid is a cloudy amber, with a gummy white froth atop that falls away, leaving a spitty collar. The smell is a mix of spicy phenolics (a la nutmeg), ripe banana peel, and toasty amber malt - fragrant, aromatic, but doesn't explode out of this glass. The taste is about the same, mellow bitterness mostly from esters - does not taste quite like other Dupont beers. Soft texture, with a bit of foamy/dextrin roundness up front, light and clean finish, tiny bite, soft alcohol warmth.

Maybe if the spicing where more apparent, it would be more interesting. They should list the herbs/spices used on their Cervesia entry on the website. Otherwise, what does it matter what's in it? (1,303 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is gold with a big white head leaving foamy lace. Cork stamped 2.011.

Smell is sweet, earthy and sugary.

Taste is more herbal and spicy like I expected, but there is restrain and balance here. Cumin, camomile? Not entirely sure, but it works well with the base belgian blonde, which is under-attenuated compared to the classic dupont saisons, and more in the moinette style (I'd guess it's the base wort). Just a touch hot, or at least an alcohol sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slick, almost flabby and light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice take on a belgian blonde with the spices and herbs, the restraint is impression, but I wish it was drier. (669 characters)

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged green bottle with a supremely elegant yet deceiving looking label - I only realised it was Brasserie Dupont until I read the fine print.

Served in a Gouden Carolus chalice glass. Immediate image is a cloudy pale orange, bordering on bronze, beer. Very reminiscent of a hefe weisse such as a Franziskaner. A proper and careful pour generates a think foaming head full of action as it opens up and slowly fades into the beer sans lacing.

Nose introduces strong notes of a careful hops/yeast combination with subtle fruits. Alcohol notes are present but a little too much for my tastes.

When Cervesia- Archeosite is in your mouth yo know about it.... and you immediately know you want more! The type of spice you get from fresh herbs mashes in with the best of citrus sits in perfectly with malt flavor your nose promised you after pouring. Mouthfeel is extremely soft. The initial spice fades away but the palate holds the flavor.

Overall a very impressive Belgian Strong Pale Ale even if its a little different from the other beers in that class.

Highly recommended and it will be in my kitchen again! (1,128 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,993 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labeled Cervesia. Pour is nice orangish amber with a fair bit of creamy white head. Nose is extremely yeasty, light dusty and assertive farmhouse notes. Spice rear palate and light with some lemon rind accompanying. The taste isn't as balanced or bright. A bit sweeter with notes of honey overtaking some of the farmhouse and yeast notes that were in the nose. Sticky caramel malt expresses a deeper malt body but really detracts from the yeast strand and funk. Feel is creamy with a strong carbonation and crisp finish. (520 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle of Cervesia from LCBO and listed as a "Belgian pale ale" on Untappd, which is a classification I understand better than "ancient herbed"...

Pours a bright golden colour with an impressive white head, good retention and carbonation level. Perfectly clear until reaching the sediment around the punt. The pleasant mouthfeel is lacking any oiliness, despite the 8% ABV. Aroma is Belgian-yeast forward with a nice underlying bite; it's got a good balance of malt breadiness with candied fruit hop tones. Lots of flavour, transitioning from a sweet start to a decently bitter and tropical fruit infused finish, with just a hint of alcohol burn.

Although this is definitely a "Belgian", there are enough other profiles engaged to be enjoyed by a non-Belgian fan (such as myself). Definitely a beer I'm glad to have tried! (832 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden color. Fluffy white head that fades away too quickly. I thought there would be some head retention. Mostly hay and fresh wood in the nose. A hit of alcohol and belgian phenols. Flavor is like a mouthful of flowers and grass. Gracefully paired with white pepper and finishes with that peppery spice. Wonderfully sharp phenols are coming from this beer. Solid offering from Dupont. The noticeable alcohol hurts it a little. (440 characters)

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