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Posca Rustica - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
90
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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 32
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-26-2003)
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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage on the cork. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, wheat, bread, grass, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with herbs and a fair amount of malt balance; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, wheat, bread, grass, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, coriander, pepper, herbal, floral, wheat, bread, grass, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with herbal flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent herb/spiced saison. All around great balance and complexity of yeast esters and herbs/spices with a moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 8%. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of wl0307
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a 750ml green champagne bottle, corked and caged. BB 07/2006 and the cork marks "2.004", supposedly the bottling year? Served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: slightly hazy, dark orangey golden or honeyish hue; the white beer head forms slowly, but retains its tight, cottony-foamy texture brilliantly; carbonation is quite lively, full of tiny bubbles~~
S: interesting combo. of sweet pilsner+caramel malts and tart fruity edges of apricot+lemon+green apple; the funky farmhouse yeastiness typical of Saison is quite understated here, but still makes a healthy contribution to the overall balance; a lovely flow of spices (white pepper etc.) as in lots of Belgian pale ales sustains with dried-grassy hops at the back (a bit like Saaz). Pleasant, but not terribly complex.
T: creamy-textured, semi-sour sweet and caramely maltiness, lemony+apple-ish fruitiness, and compelling dryish/woody, coriander-spicy, and slightly damp yeastiness all intertwine beautifully... the palate becomes drier at the back, where a residual taste of hops, a mild wheatish sweet aftertaste, and a little lemon-grass aroma sustains, before the quiet undercurrent of warming alc. creeps down the throat and rounds off the palate with a satisfying, rounded finishing feel.
M&D: creamy-soft on the mouthfeel, it seems the carbonation in the bottle-conditioning process really has transformed to be really subtle and soft, and makes this beer smoother than it would've been. The overall balance manifests itself in the ratio b/w hops, spices, and malts on the palate, but the down-side of this is lacking more complexity or an exciting theme for it to stand out. That said, I like this balanced beer, be it a Saison, Belgian Pale Ale, or something of a cross in between... a session one for me.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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 afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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.

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a striking gold color with pretty good head retention and light lacing. The nose is pretty nice, as I get honey, orange peel, light vanilla, some light clove and some pretty nice underlying spice (mostly nutmeg I'd say). Mouthfeel replicates the nose, with the spice and light bitterness countering the modest sweetness very well. For all the world, the flavor profile reminds me of the Dupont Saison or Avec Les Bons, which I guess is completely to be expected. There's really a lot going on in this beer, and it's just eminently enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, spice infused finish. Alcohol is really well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is flat out excellent.

Quite tasty.... I wouldn't hesitate to order this again.

Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received via Growling at the Moon from jmarsh123. Corked and caged. Thanks Jeremy!

Beer tried to follow the cork out, but I was too quick for it, haha! Poured into a DFH snifter with a 2" eggshell head, over the completely cloudy golden amber brew. Frothy head lasts forever, with plentiful chunky lace. Aroma is tart and yeasty.

Taste begins lightly sweet, with spices and tart interplay in the center, and a lightly earthy but crisp and clean close. A bit of honey sweetness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft but lightly prickly over the tongue, and drinkability is good. Easily the best gruit I've had.

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber. Thin white head dissipated to a ring around the glass. Aroma is light fruit, melon, spices reminiscent of Belgian spicing, sweet malt. Flavor starts like a dry saison, fruit elements develop quickly, peach, apple, orange as well as honey. Light Belgian ale elements like cloves and banana also present. Finishes with a dry and aromatic herbal flavors, sage and grass. Flavor somewhat subdued in the finish, but a long lingering fruit and herbal aftertaste. Most closely resembles a fruit forward saison, but with no funky elements. Light but complex and a pleasure to drink. Light to medium bodied; this growler fill was somewhat low on carbonation.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ccrida
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8.00

Appearance - hazy gold colour with a massive size foamy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 6-7 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, green grapes, pears, clove/yeast, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with bananas and green grapes and pear. There is also some yeast and some floral notes. It ends with a
pear/banana fruity aftertaste with a light bitterness.

Overall - Not Gruit tasting really.. more of a saison or a belgian blonde. Regardless, a really good beer that I am happy to have available to me. I'll buy a few more to tuck away.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Chevy Chase, $11.99. I was initially going to pass on this after I'd heard mixed things about it, but after trying a sample the rep poured me yesterday, I knew I had to do this justice. By far the best gruit I've had, and I hope my review convinces you of that

A moderately hazy light orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is rather marvelous. This might be classified a gruit for rather pedantic reasons, but IMO, this is in the vein of a saison. Big, spicy and herbaceous nose with a blend of white pepper, bitter, bolted basil, heather and more generally, like a meadow in springtime. For a beer that is unhopped, this does have a surprising skunky character, faint but noticeable. Honey is noticeable as well, as is a lot of straw and dough-like malt character. The alcohol is pretty well hidden IMO.

The palate is a rather beautiful blend of a yeasty phenols, yeasty spices and bouquet garni. The mid-palate brings out all the fruitiness, with a blend of ripe peaches, mango and papaya with a little bit of melon too. The spice and herb character is rather excellent. Beautifully balanced white pepper, dried flowers, flavors of bay leaf and some herbaceous bitterness. The blend of herbs coupled with the yeast does simulate a mild to medium hop character, but the single biggest aspect that gives away the fact that no hops were used is the absolute absence of hop oils and resins on the finish. Yes, there's a little bitterness to go with the yeast and the honey drizzled fruit, but the lack of the definition that hops add to the finish does slightly detract from the enjoyment. That said, when evaluated for the style, this is simply nonpareil. Medium-light in body with a rather high level of carbonation, this beer is rather excellent. Highly recommended. Not quite as good as Saison Dupont, but definitely better than Avec Les Bons Voeux IMO.

Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, spicy aroma with a nice fruity touch. The smell is robust with a light honey note in the background.

Moderately hazy golden colour with a nice, fluffy off-white head. Decent head retention.

Smooth, spicy yeast profile, a touch of citrus and a nice dose of malt come through. Very good.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Nice.

A great, tasty Belgian ale. Lots of flavour, refined and beautifully built.

Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of tbeckett
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Wines. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy golden with a one finger fluffy white head and mild carbonation. Spotty lace anda film of retention.

S - Hoppy with grass and lemon. Canteloupe skin? Hay, banana, chamomile. Spritzy? Nice and hoppy.

T - Lemon, hops, grass, hay, tea, chamomile. Pretty cool.

M - Very effervescent with a medium body and a dry finish with lemon.

O/D - A little too spritzy but pretty good otherwise. Enjoyed it, but probably couldn't have another.

Photo of AlexFields
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served at 48 degrees in my ST tulip. Pours a translucent orange-gold with a rocky, three inch bright white head. Head gradually recedes into a solid quarter inch cap leaving textured clumps of lacing in its wake. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution. Nose is earthy/herbal with a trace of skunk, followed by a light floral character and a suggestion of spice towards the finish. Taste is bright and citrusy at the start. The middle expresses a pleasant, light, toasted malt character that quick yields to a light, spicy character that ties the flavor profile together - coriander, citrus rind and perhaps a trace of candi sugar. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation that is quite prickly without being overly gassy. There's a residual tingle and a slight astringency that lingers across the palette between quaffs. Another exceptional beer from Brasserie Dupont. Definitely a bit cleaner than a traditional farmhouse; however, not at all what I tend to expect from an Herbed/Spiced beer. A bright and complex beer that is pleasantly quaffable with a well-hidden abv. Well worth your time if the opportunity presents.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.