Ommegang Duvel Rustica | Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang Duvel RusticaOmmegang Duvel Rustica
BA SCORE
3.93/5
286 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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
286
pDev:
11.45%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention, clear lacing with some suds, sticky and a bit oily. Slightly hazy, straw body. Aroma includes lemon peel, lemon rind, candi sugar, a nice saison-like wispyness and a nice spiciness. Coats the tongue nicely. Taste includes lemon, a nice grassy bitterness, some mild sweetness, some nice Ommegang yeast notes and really no alcohol taste. Interesting beer, kinda approaches the flavor of a saison but not quite. Any way you slice it, delicious in every way.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale, cloudy gold with champagne-like bubbles in the head. Subtle note of yeast and fruit. Served in a tulip glass from the 750 ml caged bottle.

Fruit-forward and bit of farmhouse funk summarize this approachable strong pale ale. A bit of citrus rind and spice in the middle with a snappy bite of black pepper. A bit of hay mingles. Medium-bodied and alcohol is extremely well-hidden. It also has a refreshing quality to it.

Powdery, slightly funky finish with a nice dry down. Hops definitely rear their head as well, adding another layer of spice and earth.

We had our bottle with sweet and spicy fish tacos with fresh corn and green chile tortillas and it was really nice. Recommend.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of bigflatsbeerman
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Good looking beer, if it looks like Duvel it gets me excited. From my recollection, the carbonation seems to me quite lower that Duvel. I poured a one finger head, and after holding the glass at a 45 degree angle tried a vigorous pour at the end. I am surprised at how small a head and it dissipates rather quicky. I have huge expectations for this beer and I'm getting a little worried.

Smell - Fruity with Belgian yeast (it's actually Ommegang's yeast).

Taste - I love Duvel, unfortunately this taste may be 3 steps down from that. It just seems flat and not as complex as Duvel. Sorry for all the comparisons.

Mouthfeel -Medium, I actually enjoy the high carbonation of Duvel and this is way down below that.

Overall - A decent beer, maybe my expectations were too high. I paid $15.99 for the 750 ml bottle so you know I had high expectations. I love Ommegang and Duvel both, but I'm sorry to say I would not buy this beer again.

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4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared against the original

Pours a near match to the namesake. The Rustica has a slightly more honey tone. The head is short and settles into a light ring. Does not compare to the Duvel which as a fantastic pure white head. Edge - Duvel (big)

The aroma is of a nice perfumey Belgian yeast that produced apple, pear, clove and bubblegum notes. Nice and floral and bright. The Duvel has more of a tart and over ripe apple scent. Edge - Rustica (slight) I enjoy the depth in the aroma.

The taste is of a peppery pale malt. Candi sugar and the malt provide a nice breakfast bread sweetness. The yeast gives a great bubblebum and clove flavor. Duvel is much drier and has a champagne white grape flavor. Edge - equal but different

The feel is moderate with soft carbonation. Has the body of a tripel, bigger malt presence. Duvel is much drier with the pils malt. I respect the dry body of the Duvel.

Great flavorful brew. Great Beligan flavors. Marked very well against the style. Tough to compare to Duvel though. Duvel is like a Belgian pils with awesome flavor. Both are great but different. I would drink either but for different reasons.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of kingmaker
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Its a very hazy blond color. Almost reminds me of a golden lager color. Little head with little retention leaving little to no lacing left behind. I was a little underwhelmed.

S: Very delicate notes of malts, some citrus, maybe spice

T: More malty, A good balance of the citrus and spices. Certainly sweet, but with a decent hop bitterness to round things out. Leaves a taste of a tripel on the tongue fighting for hold with peach and pear flavors. The alcohol is hidden well. As it warms, there isn't much change, except perhaps a bolder fruit flavoring at the aftertaste

M: A moderate to full body, decent carbonation which seems to lack just slightly for my tastes.

O: This beer seemed to try too hard. Perhaps its just confused, it looked like a lager, said it was a blonde, and left a tripel aftertaste. It's by no means bad, but left me unimpressed. I certainly enjoyed it, but couldn't really imagine myself going for another. Overall I'd recommend you try it at least once.

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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/30/12.

750ml corked and caged bottle with transparent label served cold into a goblet.

Duvel Rustica is a pale golden yellow color with a slight haze. The head is thick at first but settles quickly leaving no lace behind. It's maybe not very fair to compare with the original Duvel but lacking here.

Aroma is mild but full of depth with pale malts, lemon, and spices. A nice yeast character in there too.

Flavor is quite well done with great balance and depth. It's citrusy, spicy, tart, and funky without any of those elements overpowering the others. It makes each sip an opportunity to discover something new.

Mouthfeel is light in body, well carbonated, and balanced. The finish is dry and crisp.

Overall a really excellent Belgo-American ale with enough nuance to hold its own with the original.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

750mL all to myself. poured into snifter. packaged on 08/30/12. best by 08/2014.

A: a hazed blonde body. head is actually a bit disappointing. large white bubbles without good retention. lacing is meh.

S: cane sugar. sweet. some fruitiness that seems to come from the hop end of things rather than unfermented sugars.

T: some simple sugar sweetness lingers on. definitely has some sort of bubblegum flavor. enough bitterness to balance the sweet body, but it is definitely a belgian blonde. a little bit of peach and pear flavor in the finish.

M: moderate amount of carb. medium, almost full, body.

D: overall, im a little unimpressed. not a bad beer, as i feel that ommegang doesnt know how to make a bad beer, but not what i was expecting. indifferent.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a solid white head that settles to a thin haze and dense ring, with a few spots of lacing. Big aromas of crisp grain, banana, Juicyfruit gum, citrus peel, and mildly funky yeast. Taste is close to the nose, quite similar to "regular" Duvel, but more fruit-forward. Just as dangerously drinkable as Duvel, with a medium mouthfeel, crisp carbonation, and a pleasantly dry finish. A nice take on a near-perfect beer. Nicely done.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grainy and wheat malts with orange and lemon zest, coriander, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, pepper, and a bit of biscuit.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet grainy and wheat malts with some lemon and orange zest, coriander, and pepper. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast flavors come through with some clove, banana, and some other farmhouse flavors, with some grassy hops and mild bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, and other spices, and some grassy hops.

M - Medium-plus bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, estery, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice bold but balanced BSPA. Good yeast character.

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