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Posca Rustica - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%


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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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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 04:02:41 | More by superspak
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augustgarage

California

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Drie De Fonteinen tumbler.

Clear aureolin liquid with a fist of off-white soft peaks climbing the glass. Thick, clingy, soapy lacing. Superior retention.

Soft estery/yeasty aromatics with baked banana, vanilla, and a low but lasting floral element.

Sweet palate entry with a pleasing pure malt flavor. Very light bitter-tartness offsets the sugars, while that floral note returns in the finish. Barely discernible herbal notes, hard to believe there are a dozen unusual ingredients spicing things up as their contribution is so subtle.

Medium-bodied, zesty yet creamy, and strangely refreshing. Alcohol is well hidden.

Having not had many (any?) gruits until now, this is difficult for me to rate to style, but it is a well crafted ale, and strikes one as experimental yet conservative all at once. A good beer in the lead-up to Valentine's Day.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 04:15:08 | More by augustgarage
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 04:53:48 | More by Dope
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 01:02:15 | More by Jwale73
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 13:52:55 | More by peensteen
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brendan13

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from the 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass a hazy orange colour with a few centimetres of head that hangs around for a while falling away slowly leaving thick lacing.
S - Spicy yeast phenols with a fair amount of light fruity notes such as pear, melon and sweet grapes. A hint of pale malt.
T - Powdery belgain yeast comes through but is balanced nicely by a slightly sweet pale malt quality along with the fruitiness.
M - Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel.
D - The 8%ABV is deceptive. Full of flavour with nothing being over the top or out of proportion.
Something I'll be buying more of indeed.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 12:07:34 | More by brendan13
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Halcyondays

California

4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 04:30:21 | More by Halcyondays
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 21:35:01 | More by Thorpe429
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 15:33:54 | More by wisrarebeer
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden straw colour. Hazy, nice thick which head that settles to spotty head.

S: Green fruits (apples, grapes, unripe bananas)

T: Same as nose, with some ginger and a hint of peppery spice.

M: Well carbonated, a bit of a tang, low sourness to it. Great with cheese.

O: A well balanced Belgian with great flavours that are well rounded.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 23:34:08 | More by Kremlock
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hippityhops85

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 23:38:58 | More by hippityhops85
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dansmcd

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 13:52:11 | More by dansmcd
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 03:06:01 | More by DefenCorps
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draheim

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 04:08:02 | More by draheim
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-03-2012 02:48:55 | More by LiquidAmber
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dgilks

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 09:31:45 | More by dgilks
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a hazy blonde color, produces a finger of creamy white head, awesome retention that's still hanging around a half hour later, leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Aroma explodes out of the bottle as soon as the cork is removed, interesting aroma of herbs, an earthy root aroma and herbal flowers. As well as some spice, musty yeast, spicy esters and slightly sweet malt. Aroma is well-rounded and pretty awesome.

T- Similar to the nose, lots of yeasty, herbal, earthy spice. Banana and clove esters are more prominent here than in the nose. Yeast is a bit musty and very smooth, some light malt and honey sweetness as well.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth creamy feel with a crisp finish.

O- A really cool beer, the combination of saison-ey yeast and esters and the herbs makes for a very drinkable and interesting brew, definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 04:58:00 | More by WillCarrera
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle stamped with a best before of 12/2014.

(4.0) A: Cloudy peachy-copper with a tall and creamy head. Decent retention with minimal legs.

(4.25) S: Tart and slightly sour citrus fruits (orange and lemon), whole grain crackers, cloves and other spices, and faint sweeter tropical fruits. Very good and inviting aroma that is quite funky.

(4.25) T: Floral qualities, pear/pineapple/banana/orange, spice (mainly cloves and pepper), cracker-like grain, and fresh grasses. Wide variety of mixed fruits. Farmhouse and saison-like tastes. Pleasantly bitter and incredibly dry. Full of flavour.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. A solidly oily character.

(4.25) D: The flavours work very well together with a nice balance between crackery grain and varied fruits. And 5/5 for the classic bottle art.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:40:55 | More by Digimaika2
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 00:18:29 | More by biegaman
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LarryKemp

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I opened this bottle during the Super Bowl, everyone looked my direction. The cork popped like champagne, The bubbly brew poured effervecent and a cloudy yellow. The wine drinkers loved it. So did the beer drinkers. The aroma was subdued but the corriander came through. The taste also was not strong but satisfying. If finished somewhat sweet. The mouthfeel was near that of champagne and tingled the tongue. I found this beer very drinkable and enjoyed both glasses. I did not notice the alcohol in either the taste or the aroma, but I will look for another bottle to keep for special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 20:12:29 | More by LarryKemp
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rdickey

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a very pale gold into a goblet, with a big, dense two-finger head on top. The head leaves behind nice lacing as I work my way through the glass.

Smell: An interesting mix of honey and herbs seems to be the foundation, although there are also some grainy and grassy notes that are appealing. Belgian yeasts are also present. Not invited to the party are any hops I can recognize, although there are certainly hop-like notes.

Taste: This is another interesting one. The honey flavors from the nose continue in the mouth, accompanied here by citrus (more lemons than oranges) and an almost wit-like wheatiness. There is a hint of funk, although it’s only lurking around the edges. As it warms, tart cherries sneak in. With all of this going on, it seems sort of crazy, but it all works together.

Mouthfeel: Very light and zippy in the mouth – quite refreshing.

Drinkability: High, particularly because the ABV is well-hidden. However, you’ll want to take your time with this one, because there’s a lot going on.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 23:25:50 | More by rdickey
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prolific off-white head covers this pale orange brew. Retention is good.

Smells of sublime fruits (apple, orange, banana) with a spicy backing fused with a hint of taffy.

Phenols up front to the tongue with an earthy aftertaste. Vanilla cake, spice and even a hint of leafiness exist.

Light and almost fluffy mouth-feel with little to no alcohol discernible. Dry with a slightly soft center.

I'm usually a bit skeptical about outlier styles such as this one, but going against my instincts sure paid off in this instance, and has fomented a desire to seek more of the same in hope of finding more quality in the obscure.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 23:42:26 | More by stephens101
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elNopalero

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle from 2012.

Pours a golden straw color with great white foam clouds and tight lacing. There’s an aroma of yeasty esters. I am guessing gale, heather, and orange blossoms (the aromas not the actual ingredients). It’s not hoppy but definitely floral.

The flavor is light with a great saison character. The yeasty esters and floral notes play well together here, delicate & mellow. Very effervescent with a great crisp finish. I enjoyed this one tremendously.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 03:27:24 | More by elNopalero
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:38:39 | More by BGDrock
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mrand01

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 21:55:17 | More by mrand01
Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
90 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.