Ommegang Duvel Rustica | Brewery Ommegang

BA SCORE
88
very good
285 Ratings
Ommegang Duvel RusticaOmmegang Duvel Rustica
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
285
Reviews:
91
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 285 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's Restaurant. Cloudy dark yellow, wheaty and slightly yeasty in aroma. Leaves thick lace. A Belgian ale, with an above average mouthfeel. A sipper, not super drinkability. Good between very bitter or sour beers, to act an a cushioning effect.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger frothy head with good lacing on a hazy straw colored body. Aroma of lemon custard, floral hops, candied sugar and wheats. Flavors of citrus, hint of yeast but the Belgian character is lacking, wheat, some grains and hint of corriander. Light body and moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish. Overall drinkable and flavorful just lacks Belgian character at least for what I want.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head on top. The retention is good and so is the lacing. The smell of the beer gives off aromas of yeast and corn. The taste of the beer is malty, some subtle corn flavors as well as some yeast in there too, not much bitterness at all. The mouthfeel of the beer is nicely carbonated but smooth and creamy. Overall his beer was pretty good, love the artwork on the bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of spicy and grassy hops in the nose along with some grainy malts and notes of yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness along with some hints of fruity yeast. Notes of peppery spices are present in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness particularly lingers through the finish and the mouthfeel resembles that of a dry white wine.
O: I enjoyed this beer because it was nice and dry but also had some interesting complexity and a good balance among the flavors in the taste. It's like a hybrid between a farmhouse ale and a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Devilish in taste and deceptively strong, Duvel Rustica straddles that line where wholesome goodness meets decadent strength in such a way that seduces the palate and soothes the soul.

Duvel Rustica pours with a strong straw appearance and a stratified haze of darkness toward the yeasty bottom and a brightness of the arid top. A frothy eggshell white head emerges from the liquid beneath and retains solidly and laces beautifully with iceberg patterns.

Fruit-centric aromas rise from the glass with notes of apples, lemon, melon, and pear. Spicy elements of white pepper, coriander, clove, and light fennel play into the mix and are soothed with a pillow of light baking bread, light dough and yeast.

Fruit sweetness and acid fuse together for an early palate of dry light fruit and spicy balances. The typical bready taste of freshly kilned barley and honeyish sweetness goes slightly drier in taste that you'd expect; thus delivering a more cracker-like taste. Wafts of honeysuckle floral taste mixes with lightly sulfur fruits of apple, pear, apricot, and sultans aid in the fruity/sweet interplay. Balanced by light grasses from hops but more because of the acidity of yeast, water minerals, and sulfur content- the beer just doesn't need the convolution from hops for satisfaction.

Medium-light in body, the rustic fruit, spice, and earth notes never hinder the malty-dry upstart that resonates through the beer and concluding with spicy warmth, mild acidity, fleeting malt dryness, and earthen grain character that exudes a genuine character of Belgian ales.

Duvel Rustica is a fantastic beer that delivers the dry light fruit taste that's so coveted in the classic Duvel strong pale ale, but also with the rustic taste of saisons but the malty sweet and hop forward components of Belgian tripels. It's a multi purpose ale that simply has no limits.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a La Chouffe stem-tulip in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are high given the brewery. Thanks to schlimenhaumer for the bottle.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger white colour head of decent thickness, not much cream, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a pale hazy yellow. Minute floating yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent but translucent. Looks pretty appealing.

Sm: Farmhouse yeast, some subtle funk, pale malts, hints of lemon citrus, some citrusy zest, and subtle citrus-complementary hops. A moderate strength aroma. Appealing.

T: Lemon citrus zest, some dominant farmhouse funk, pale malts, minimal subtle hops, and crystal malts. It's like a funked up version of Duvel that's nowhere near as good. Doesn't commit to its funk as much as it should to really work. Comes off simple in comparison to Duvel. The balance is also off; the funk just feels intrusive.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Well carbonated. A bit too thick. Doesn't complement the flavour profile as well as it should; it's certainly not custom-tailored to its flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but surprisingly forgettable for Ommegang. This intrusion on Duvel's recipe was well-intentioned but comes off lackluster. I applaud the experimentation, but I wouldn't want another one of these. The key flaw here is its lack of balance. Hides its ABV well, to its credit.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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 zeff80
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - Fruity and yeasty with a bit of funkiness.

T - Nice spicy bite up front with a sweet caramel backbone. Good fruity sweetness, too.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty Belgian-style ale. I forget how good Ommegang can be.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/30/2012. Pours hazy and cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, bread, wheat, floral, herbal, grass, light banana, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with light-moderate malt. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, floral, grass, bread, wheat, light banana, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, light fruits, clove, pepper, wheat, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt; with a great fruity/spicy ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale ale! Great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at Haymarket.

Finishing off my Christmas Eve sojourn in the City with a beer I've been looking for for over a month. Let's do this shit: It pours a slightly hazy pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises clove, black pepper, banana peel, and wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with more of a Belgian yeast component. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice BSPA, a worthy combination of sorts between Duvel and Ommegang's various pale doings.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An interesting earthy and somewhat slightly spiced Belgian ale. Seems an odd marriage of Belgian style ales with a saison. Not sure if that is the goal for this beer, but that's what I get. It works, but it's a bit unusual. I can dig it though for what it is.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY

A: Light apricot, cloudy. Minor white head, leaves a fine film and delicate strands of lace.

S: Flowery nose, with yeast and pepper.

T: More pepper, lime, assorted citric fruit.

M: Carbonation on point, nice light, bright and fresh feel to this one.

O: Perfect with oysters, this is a super dry, high quality creation. Biting hops, more crisp citric notes, and agian yeast. Glad to try this one on tap..

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with nice active carbonation. Fine two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bready malt with apple and pear juice, Belgian and saison yeast and Belgian spicing. Flavor begins with excellent apple, pear and light stone fruit, mildy estery, sweet malt; semi sweet a fruit forward. Transitions to a drier lightly hopped finish with clove and Belgian spicing. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Slightly light flavored in the finish, but start and middle have excellently balanced semisweet fruit, malt and yeast. A top notch domestic Belgian strong pale. Another home run from Ommegang.

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a one finger head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: grass and some bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: grass, hay, some lemon zest, a hint of honey, and a bit of yeast flavors are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Short lived aftertaste.

Overall: a very easy to drink beer. Nice flavors and very refreshing. You can get a sense of both Ommegang and Duvel presence in this beer. Worth finding this one.

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