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Posca Rustica - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

202 Ratings
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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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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
Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Sammy, May 31, 2013
Photo of TheHammer
3.74/5  rDev -7%
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.

TheHammer, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of pourmeadrink
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

pourmeadrink, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of jwg782
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

jwg782, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

liamt07, May 05, 2013
Photo of Absumaster
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Absumaster, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JohnK17, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Cozzatoad, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Gilmango
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Gilmango, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of nygannon
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

nygannon, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

kwjd, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

ccrida, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Pdrufo
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Pdrufo, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Wowcoolman
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Wowcoolman, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

BeerForMuscle, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Maxwell
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Maxwell, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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?

Bouleboubier, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of cpetrone84
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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.

cpetrone84, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

SleepyMonk, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of hopsolutely
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

hopsolutely, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

BearsOnAcid, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of TKempe
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the lesser known and harder to find beers from Dupont, only available in a 750ml bottle for as far as I know. It colors somewhere in-between orange and yellow, builds up to a small head formation and shows some fine bubbles. Almost no lace.

The smell is sweet from the malt and fruity besides it. There is a herb profile that is complex and unfamiliar (reminiscent of menthol). Even though hoppiness is moderate and the 'farmhouse' character is toned down, this still is a recognizable Dupont-nose, with some wheat and sugar hidden underneath.

The herbal aspect seems to dominate the taste at first, but is suddenly counterbalanced by a strong blow of wheat that undermines the sweetness somewhat. A hoppy and dry moment follows, which then leads up to a prolonged aftertaste in which all of the taste elements are somehow present. A very unusual but likable taste.

On the palate there is a pretty strong carbonation and a medium build body.

An intriguing and tasty beer, quite heavy on the herbs though.

TKempe, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf. Served in a tulip glass.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a wispy partial cap and thick collar, leaving some mild lacing. Transparent golden blonde body.

S - Massive banana aroma! Some phenolic Belgian yeast, cloves, mild toasted grains, and surprisingly sweet for a Dupont offering. The gruit herbs and spices are fairly well-integrated, although there's a slight vomit aroma that's a bit distracting.

T - I like the taste better, as it has less of the strange herb character and phenolic yeast, and more peppery, estery flavors mixed with banana, and sugar sweetness. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

M - Medium body, smooth texture, moderate-to-low carbonation, and a lightly sticky finish. No alcohol warmth, even at 8%.

D - Interesting beer, and not entirely what I was expecting from a Belgian gruit. The banana/clove como had me thinking weizenbock more than anything. Other than the mild puke note in the aroma this was pretty enjoyable stuff. Certainly in the upper echelon of the style for me.

MasterSki, Jan 27, 2012
Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.