Ommegang Duvel Rustica | Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang Duvel RusticaOmmegang Duvel Rustica
286 Ratings
Ommegang Duvel RusticaOmmegang Duvel Rustica

Brewed by:
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 SalMineo
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
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 blakelive784
2.89/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a light, semi-transparent, hazy golden color with lively carbonation and a fizzy white head of two fingers. Retention is average. Vibrant and appealing.

S - Strong, spicy yeast, funky straw/hay notes, honey, grassy hops and sweet pale malts. Subtle, yet complex aroma. Balanced and inviting. Medium strength.

T - Very similar to the nose, though it's much more muted and mild than I'd have guessed based on the nose. Yeast is the dominant flavor, though the muted bitterness of the hops come on near the end. Watery, even. I'm missing the funk that was on the nose. Disappointing. A touch of alcohol on the finish.

M - Bubbly, light bodied and thin. Dry on the finish.

D - It's drinkable (given the high ABV), but a bit boring. I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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 ricchezza
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A “golden ale” most certainly in appearance; very light gold, yellow like color.

Unlike original Duvel, which is highly carbonated, the Duvel Rustica has soft/light carbonation. Also deceiving is the title of Belgian-style Golden Ale. The Duvel Rustica comes across more as a farmhouse saison due to the strong lemon-citrus aroma and taste. The yeast presence is quite balanced and perfectly blended.

Overall this is easily approachable, even to those unaccustomed to Belgian (yeasty) brews. The 8.5% tag is also deceiving.


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2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale golden straw with columns of carbonation that build a half inch, fluffy white head which condenses and lasts throughout the session. Rings of lace are deposited on an Ommegang flute glass.

A subtle fruit cocktail with notes of banana and coconut coming to the front while light proprietary yeast makes a spicy background.

This is a bit muddy as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and more closely resembles a session with the mellow fruit, white pepper, and yeasty sourdough profile. This is well balanced with a mild finish.

Medium body with alcohol as expected. Vibrant carbonation and silky texture with light astringency, a hint of metallic dryness.

This is a solid beer for reading or conversation during a lazy afternoon. I easily finished a second glass with dinner. Forget suggested serving temperature. Warmth is a good friend to this beer.

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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mwilbur
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a cloudy lemon yellow (almost golden) with slight haze. Faint 1/4 inch white head that recedes fairly quickly.
S: Citrus, white pepper, slight funk/musty note, fresh yeast, and a hint of pils. Quite refreshing and pleasant aroma.
T: An interesting mash-up of duvel and ommegang's yeast...can definitely appreciate the distinct parts. Citrus, banana, clove, and slight farmhouse funk. Grassy and herbal notes.
M: Smooth and oily with a dry and slightly bitter finish. Medium body, but drinks lighter. A bit overly sweet.
D: I love Ommegang, but this one didn't quite hold up. An interesting idea, but something got lost along the way. Would be best enjoyed paired with food (lighter picnic fare). A refreshing brew.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Docrock
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 3 Floyd's

A - slightly hazy golden, decent white head that faded quickly. almost no lacing.

S - first thing that hits is the Yeast followed by hints of orange and lemon.

T - Citrus up front with the yeast/ bread flavor following. Slight spicy finish but the lingering yeast is a bit surprising.

M - medium body, minimal carbonation.

O: Probably one of my least favorite Ommegang brews. its drinkable but dont know if i'll seek this one out again with all the other good products they produce.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a perfectly white head that stands an impressive three fingers and retains very well. Lacing clings to the glass in thin, broken, spidery rings.

S: Doughy and biscuity, slight graininess. Light herbal hop backing with a flash of lemon zest. Very yeasty. Clove and a soft fruitiness. Banana. Musty.

T: Yeasty from the beginning with a pleasant chalkiness, slight must, hints of banana, a bit of clove, and soft touches of white pepper. Playful fruity notes of pear and apple. Earthy, herbal hops assert themselves very briefly on the mid-palate. Fleeting spritz of lemon. Malts divulge tastes of honeyed dough with supporting flavors of grain and almond. The drying finish stays very yeast-driven and leaves a lingering impression of chalk, white pepper, bananas and cream, and a bit of dough and cracker.

M: Medium bodied. Very soft, round, and creamy. A slightly aggressive and fine-bubbled carbonation scrubs a bit and provides a crisp bite. Over the top smoothness. Alcohol is very well hidden, and only a ghost-like warmth hints at this beer's strength. This is an excellent mouthfeel.

O: It's been a while since I've had Duvel, and this beer makes me want to re-visit it very badly. Duvel Rustica mirrors the heavenly smoothness, balance of flavor, and sinful drinkability that makes its Belgian cousin shine. However, it is very much its own entity, and need not live in the shadow of its relative. Added layers of yeast complexity make it unique and even a bit saison-esque. This beer is a true standout.

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Photo of DavidST
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet, can't find a bottled date. This pours a slightly hazy light yellow, straw color with a smaller short lived white head. The smells are of Belgian yeast, some cloves, banana, apple. The feel is medium high carbonination (perhaps I didn't release it enough with the pour). The taste is good slightly bitter, a little bit of sweetness and malts, but mostly dry and peppery.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of draheim
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a Duvel tulip, what else. Pours a hazy pale straw color w/ a loose 1-finger white head. Not the typical rocky Duvel head I was expecting.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, clove, spice. Earthy, a little citrusy.

Taste is light, floral, earthy, spicy. 8.5% ABV completely hidden. Some lemony notes.

Mouthfeel is light, semi-dry, drinkable.

Overall a solid BSPA but not worthy of the legendary Duvel name.

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