Duvel Rustica | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Duvel Rustica Golden Ale is our long-anticipated collaboration with Duvel. It's our first Belgian-style Golden Ale, a elegant ale noted for using simple ingredients to create complex flavors and aromas. We worked closely with Duvel on the recipe and processes, yet added our own signature notes. This Duvel collaboration created a fine ale, one with all the depth and breadth of Duvel's classic Belgian Golden Ale, along with rustic notes, including fruity esters from our yeast.

In keeping with our rustic farmstead roots, Rustica pours a golden hue, the aroma and flavor mixes maltiness and citrus from hops while the yeast produces notable fruitiness. The body is lean and rounded, while the finish offers dry warmth & firm hop bitterness.

Added by Kendo on 10-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of Thirstygoat
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Produces a classic Belgian pour, with three fingers plus of rocky foam planted atop the hazy amber liquid; fairly good in the retention department with splotches of lace left around

Smell: Bready and peppery with hints of clove and candi sugar; fruity tones bring banana, pear and white grape

Taste: Yeasty and bready, up front, with a peppery tone being matched by the candi sugar and fruit (banana and pear) elements; rather phenolic, through the middle, with a touch of butterscotch, through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the finish

Overall: After three years, the hop elements have faded and the malty flavors have oxidized; I think this beer is done

Thanks, BerBen, for the opportunity

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Photo of Magery
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold into a tulip glass supporting a persistent 2” fluffly and clingy white foam collar.
S: Fruit, spice, citrus with a faint hint of smoke.
T: Big spicy fruit palate with orange, peach, apricot, slight over ripe fruit and barnyard funk and long fruit aftertastes.
F: medium body to medium light, creamy soft medium high carbonation produces sense of fullness.
O: A big, full flavored beer that needs just a touch of bite or sharpness somewhere to become really interesting.

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KAF
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, bubbly golden yellow with a fairly thick, if not persistent, snow-white head. Aroma has only average strength, but tempts with notes of apple, pear, butterscotch and malt plus a hint of yeast. Lip-smacking flavor has good fruity (apple and pear, plus a hint of banana), malty and yeast notes with a bitter hoppy undertone and a hint of butterscotch. Smooth, firm texture has plenty of fizz and leaves a sweet fruity finish with a bitter, woody hops undertone. Rusticate with this one whilst you can!

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Photo of bplabernie
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sfortunato
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Distinctive, complex taste. Smooth and drinkable

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickCT
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip.

a: Golden. Clear with a little haziness from the yeast. The color and carbonation remind me of Krug.

s: Dense bready yeast, dried apricots, pineapple, orange zest, slight maltiness.

t: Yeasty, peppery, fruity. Dried apricots, raisins, orange zest, pepper and cloves. Finish is like orange peel and slight hoppiness.

mf: Crisp and peppery. Medium body with champagne bubbles.

o: If someone handed me this beer in a flute and told me it was Krug I might have believed it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and zesty Belgian style aroma with hints of fruit, funk, and spice. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove, farmhouse funk, white pepper, and coriander. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. Solid mix of fruit esters with hints of banana, pear, green apple, lemon zest, orange, and white grape. Malt hints of grains, straw, wheat, and cracker. Subtle earthy and floral hop hints. A very good smell.

Taste: Like the smell, a yeasty, fruity and zesty Belgian Golden Ale taste with good notes of fruit, spice, and funk. Upfront Belgian yeast with notes of farmhouse funk, clove, white pepper, and coriander spicing. Big taste of fruit esters with some notes of banana, pear, lemon zest, green apple, orange, and grapes. Soft pale malt presence with notes of straw, wheat, grains, and cracker. Very subtle earthy hop presence. A really nice Belgian style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and juicy with a somewhat drying finish. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian Golden Ale. Good mix of fruit and spice flavors. A little sweeter than the original Duvel but it’s far from cloying.

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Photo of MarkNichols
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I love most of what Ommegang does. This guy was a miss for me. It looked great in the glass, and the aroma was what I'd come to expect from Ommegang and the character of the yeast the they generally use. The taste didn't do it for me though. It screamed Belgian, but in a bit of an unorganized way. Rustica, yes. It had a but of farmhouse character, and I very well may have accepted this beer easier if I had thought it was going to be a saison. It had fruit character, but just a mess of it. And there was that touch of spicy character from the yeast, but dull. Obviously not a bad beer---the guys at Ommegang know what they're doing. But the ball was not hit out of the park.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

Could be one of the most interesting and even complex beers we have had this year. This is a thinking person’s brew, for the true beer geek and will want to decipher every sip. One thing this ale is crying for is to be paired with some stinky cheese. Morbier comes to mind with some marmalade on the side.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV: 8.5%

LOOK: Perfect clarity, golden hue, amazing head

SMELL: Dragon fruit, chalky yeast, taffy, passion fruit, juicy fruit, doughy bread, floral, clementines, spicy, ester

TASTE: Very crisp, lighter body, yeast, orange pith, deep breadiness, chalky, salty, golden raisins, mildly spicy, mild tartness, gummy, pepper jelly, quite warming, phenolic, long dry finish

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Duvel Rustica from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 286 ratings