Posca Rustica - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
90
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213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 97
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of VincentFrey
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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!

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
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-

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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.

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Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.