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Posca Rustica - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

202 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 33
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl visit their website
Belgium

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-26-2003)
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2/5  rDev -50.2%

AlaskanYoung, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Zbeetleman
2.25/5  rDev -44%

Zbeetleman, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Mbpike
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Mbpike, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of corby112
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
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.  

corby112, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Smurf2055
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Smurf2055, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of rastaman
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
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')

rastaman, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Rifugium, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of BellsFan
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

BellsFan, Mar 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Hallertau, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of ajzy
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

ajzy, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Toddv29424
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Toddv29424, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of jsanford
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

jsanford, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
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

TheBeerAlmanac, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
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-

kojevergas, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

smakawhat, Mar 15, 2012
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.

Immortale25, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

ONUMello, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Hellpop65, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of codynevels
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

codynevels, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of MWMBeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

MWMBeerguy, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of VincentFrey
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

VincentFrey, Sep 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

hellhammermario, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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...

russpowell, Nov 01, 2012
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Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.