Posca Rustica - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 37
Gots: 19 | 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 Glibber
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great straw color with a very creamy white head with temporary lacing that does not stick too long- looking like a nice Belgian Saison. Light aroma with wheat and spices. Very light and refreshing taste. To me it taste like a tangy saison. I really liked this beer and would love to drink more.

Photo of draheim
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first-ever Scottish gruit/ancient herbed ale... not sure what to expect, looking forward to trying this.

750mL bottle into a saison glass. Pours crystal clear gold w/ a thick white head, lively carbonation.

Aroma is that strong wet hay smell typical of many Dupont beers, which quickly gives way to milder Belgian yeast and pale malt aromas. Some vague spices I can't ID.

Taste is spicy, fruity, but overall balanced and smooth. Apples, pears, and some nice floral notes. The more I sip on this, the more I like it.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, with a dry finish. Cross between a saison and a white wine.

Overall, pleasantly surprised. For some reason I expected this to be a heavy-handed herbal spice bomb. Instead it's a tasty, well-crafted Belgian beer.

Photo of Jimmys
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL into snifter. split 3-ways.

A: pretty clear blond body. bright white head. retention is good, lacing not so much.

S: earthy hoppy aroma. even smells dry. fruity cantaloupe.

T: rosemary? definitely some juniper berries. definitely fruity. sweet and sugary. finish is a tang sweet and then gets a bit dry.

M: carbonation is full and vibrant.

D: definitely reminiscent of their saison, tasty and refreshing. worth picking up if you can find it.

Photo of eclipse54
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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 wisrarebeer
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To my taste this was definitely more of a saison than a gruit.

A: cloudy, off-white/amber color, dense creamy head
S: full nose, earthy, spicy, yeasty, traditional saison
T; saison style with strong malt backbone and noticeable EtOH, heavier, richer saison with touch of cloyingness in finish
M: good and highly drinkable, but not as balanced and thirst quenching as other Dupont Saisons

Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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 DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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 smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
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 51mmz0rz
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Corked marked 2.011

A: Translucent dark straw color with a large beige head. Carbonation is prevalent streaming up the sides of the glass.

S: Light skunkyness combined with fruity Belgian yeast characteristics.

T: Tastes mostly light a light belgian ale. Nothing wrong with that, but I am having a hard time detecting the additional spices. A slight bit of acidity in the finish.

M: Highly carbonated, seems to go well with the style.

O: A highly drinkable Belgian golden style ale

Photo of Docer
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (5.0)
- Wonderful cloudy yellow brew with a hint of zesty orange. Big fluffy fingers of white head which slowly settled to a light thin layer over the brew with a thick half-inch ring of lace which is hanging on to the glass.

Smell: (4.5)
- Oh damn this smells good. Herbal grassy floral and zesty hops.. lovely herbal quality, a light skunky hop which is a good skunky, lemon zest, light citrus fruits, sugars, bready grain, biscuit. Right when I cracked the bottle I was in bliss.

Taste: (4.5)
- Bready sweet malt backing, light brown sugars, Belgian candy sugars melded with a great zingy citrus flare while noticeably playing well with great herbs, grassy and zesty peppery hops... light clove and banana from the yeast, and just an overall zesty fruity touch. Solid and fantastic.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Little syrupy, drying, and cloying... also chewy to a point. This is a well carbonated if not over-carbonated brew which is medium bodied. Overall a nice zingy tingle which makes the mouth water.

Overall: (4.5)
- This is one hell of a solid beer. Fantastic really. Everything seems to be balanced so well, and the 8% ABV is dangerously well hidden. One could crack this on a summer day and want it as a session brew, one with full flavor. One of my new found favorites from this brewery.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I figured this was a saison since Dupont made it, but Ancient Herbed Ale sounds nice too. Poured into a tulip.

4.0 A: Deeply hazed brown-tinted orange color. Three fingers of foamy white head. Retention is very good and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Herbalness abounds in the earthiest of ways. Hay and something like honey. The herbal assault is lead by jasmine and lemongrass, which may or may not even be in here. Wild apple and rotting wood funkiness. Some peppery spiciness from the yeast and maybe a touch of banana fruitiness.

4.0 T: Banana comes to the forefront in the taste. Herbal and funky. Apple orchard, light woodiness, wet hay and grass, lemongrass, jasmine, sage. Moderate bitterness that has to come partially from the herbs. Peppery yeastiness. Bits of honey, some breadiness, lightly phenolic.

3.5 M: Light to ligher medium body. Carbonation is moderately spritzy to the point of almost being biting. Moderately creamy for the body.

4.0 D: Overall, quite enjoyable. I haven't had a lot of this style, so it's tough to judge how it compares to competitors, but I'll have no problem finishing off this 750.

Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.06/5  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 ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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

Labeled 'Cervesia'

A - A slightly cloudy straw coloured brew, effervescent with a thick creamy pure white head that calms to a film that remains to the finish. Sticky drools of lacing smatter the glass.

S - Very belgian aroma of wild yeast, bread, spices and grains.

T - Follows the nose entirely. Delicious and the 8% abv is hidden excellently.

M - Creamy full body yet with a medium level of carbonation and zing.

O - Really nice beer this. Interesting and sessionable, a rare double.

Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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 hippityhops85
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK. I'll admit it. I bought this beer based on the label alone. What can I say, I'm a sucker for good graphic design. "Belgian Ale Brewed with Herbs and Spices" on the label.

Poured into my Allagash footed cervois glass. Pours a clear, bright, tangerine with a huge, rocky white head that sticks around for the whole ride. Active carbonation observed.

Um, honestly the first thing I get off the nose is marijuana. There's a wine like character to the nose as well, almost like a pinot grigio.

The taste has a lot of spiciness, Belgian yeast, preserved hops? Really nice flavor and pretty unique taste. The spice dominates but not in a bad way. Really, really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very active and just pulls the spices off the tongue and sends it through your nose. Really, really cool.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark golden yellow in color. It poured with a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass; these never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of herbs and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of herbs and spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a hint of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink considering all of the herbs and spices in the taste.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
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

Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed, dulled orange gold, good cap of white soapy froth, decent retention. Scent contains good floral and sweet honey notes, a splash of tangy yogurt, musty grain, light presence of pear and melon. Taste follows scent, quite complex and hard to pick out so many of the unique flavors. Medium bodied, lightly creamy but grainy, dry finish. Unique brew which falls squarely between subtle and aggressive in most of its flavor components, very nice blend.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Whole Foods P Street in DC a few months back. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a semi-hazed very light golden color with a nice white head that fades somewhat quickly into a thin cap throughout. The nose brings forward some wheat and a bit of light spice. Slight clove character. Flavor has a good dosing of wheat and grain plus moderate spice. Smooth and slightly chewy with moderate carbonation. Dry, fairly-bitter finish. Quite nice.

Photo of mrand01
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle split with nicoco. Poured into Weyerbacher tulips.

A: Poured with about 1/4" of white head. Nicoco says it's "look kinda like dehydrated piss yellow." Fair enough, I can agree with that. It's hazy. Head doesn't have too much retention, lacing fades quickly.

S: Banana, clove, lemongrass, maybe some pilsner malt and a hint of thyme.

T: Grainy, almost like a saison, but with some banana and honey overtones.

M: Very effervescent. The carbonation almost mimics a cold kombucha tea or champange. Light bodied, yet sticky. Very enjoyable.

O: Hard to compare this to anything as it's in a pretty unique style. Overall, I probably wouldn't seek out more gruits, however, this seems like it's most likely a fine example of one.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a full soft white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Yeasty with a lot of herbs which are hard to place. Perfumy and intoxicating.

T: Estery for sure, lots of orange and lemon. Light sage like notes. Flowery, honeysuckle, but as with the nose a hard beer to describe in words, but it clearly tastes good.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, very smooth, no hint of the 8%.

O: A fun beer to delve into. This is what I expect from Dupont, exciting and thought provoking saison based beers.

Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy golden pour with a nice bubbly white head. Lacing is good and so is the retention.

S: Pepper, herbs and orange. Honey. A little grass. Sometimes get an odd little whiff of something funky.

T: Very interesting. Honey and oranges for sure. Lots of peppery spices that I can't quite identify accurately. Some herbal notes (including grass) but doesn't seem to be from herbal hops. Very interesting, wish I knew what was in this so I could identify the tastes better.

M: Surprisingly light despite the ABV, otherwise quite smooth with just a tingle from the spices. Almost no bitterness at all.

O: Very unusual beer, I'm honestly still not sure what to think. It tastes kinda like a saison with an overload of herbs and spices but minimal hops. It's quite delicious though, that's all I know!

Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.