Posca Rustica - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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3.34/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
06-27-2013 00:18:01 | More by kojevergas
4.21/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
06-22-2013 00:18:29 | More by biegaman
3.74/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
06-05-2013 02:47:29 | More by TheHammer
4.26/5 rDev +5.7%
Loads of harmonious fruit and spice flavours (orange, grapefruit, pinapple, cilantro), crisp, fresh mouthfeel - a great summer beer for sitting in a Belgian cafe by the water. Solid look too, with a full, steady white head and body the colour of peach flesh.
06-02-2013 22:38:39 | More by BGDrock
3.69/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
05-31-2013 22:55:12 | More by Sammy
4.14/5 rDev +2.7%
Hazy blonde-orange colour, 1.5 fingers of white head with som elace as well. Smell is yeasty with a lot of spices in there as well, fruity with lots of banana and apple, light alcohol present, mild funk with lemon and citrus notes also. Taste is yeasty up front with a bit of a tangy funk to it as well, fruity citrus, lemon, green apple, spicy and dry at first before a moderately sweet finish, floral and earthy mid palate to finish. Medium high carbonation, medium creamy body. I really enjoyed this, just a pleasure to drink and nicely aromatic as well as flavourful, prefered this to the saison.
05-04-2013 13:52:55 | More by peensteen
3.76/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
04-28-2013 01:34:01 | More by Maxwell
Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.