Posca Rustica
Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Style:
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Ranked #4
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,852
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 9.65%
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
251
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Reviews by SleepyMonk:
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged green bottle with a supremely elegant yet deceiving looking label - I only realised it was Brasserie Dupont until I read the fine print.

Served in a Gouden Carolus chalice glass. Immediate image is a cloudy pale orange, bordering on bronze, beer. Very reminiscent of a hefe weisse such as a Franziskaner. A proper and careful pour generates a think foaming head full of action as it opens up and slowly fades into the beer sans lacing.

Nose introduces strong notes of a careful hops/yeast combination with subtle fruits. Alcohol notes are present but a little too much for my tastes.

When Cervesia- Archeosite is in your mouth yo know about it.... and you immediately know you want more! The type of spice you get from fresh herbs mashes in with the best of citrus sits in perfectly with malt flavor your nose promised you after pouring. Mouthfeel is extremely soft. The initial spice fades away but the palate holds the flavor.

Overall a very impressive Belgian Strong Pale Ale even if its a little different from the other beers in that class.

Highly recommended and it will be in my kitchen again!

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Grinky
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of curlybird
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of sparx1100
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed, dulled orange gold, good cap of white soapy froth, decent retention. Scent contains good floral and sweet honey notes, a splash of tangy yogurt, musty grain, light presence of pear and melon. Taste follows scent, quite complex and hard to pick out so many of the unique flavors. Medium bodied, lightly creamy but grainy, dry finish. Unique brew which falls squarely between subtle and aggressive in most of its flavor components, very nice blend.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with 3 fingers of white head that has excellent retention. The head forms a nice cap and collar and never dissolves.

S - Ground dried grain, very earthy grassiness, black and green pepper corns, cloves, apples, peaches, apricots, and banana esters. Soured cantaloupe really comes out on the second pour.

T - More herbal than the nose, very spicy, concentrated floral flavors, it's hard to pick out what spices you're tasting. Good dose of melon and stone fruit, especially apricots mesh with a heavy malty base while herbal bitterness balances out and keeps things semi dry.

M - Aggressive stingy carbonation at first but mellows out and turns creamy. Heavier body but the carbonation helps lighten it up.

Not a common style of beer but this is one of the best I've had. Awesome yeast and a hefty malt base. The herbs and spices work very well and aren't overdone. It's a challenge to pick out what you're tasting. This would go great with smoked meats.
A well crafted beer. Worth seeking out if you're into interested in the style.

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Photo of corby112
2.78/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy, dark golden yellow color with banana hues and a one finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Heavily spiced aroma with lots of pepper, coriander, clove and lemon zest.  Reminds me more of a witbier with bready yeast, citrus fruit and a strong banana character.  

Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a zesty, peppery spice presence that dominates the palate.   Lots of coriander, clove and citrus zest followed by bready yeast, banana and an odd herbal/medicinal presence.  Slightly metallic unpleasant flavoring the finish.  The spices are way too strong overpowering everything else.   Too thin and could use more citrus sweetness.  Subtle farmhouse funk in the finish but again it feels more like a week witbier.  

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Photo of Docer
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (5.0)
- Wonderful cloudy yellow brew with a hint of zesty orange. Big fluffy fingers of white head which slowly settled to a light thin layer over the brew with a thick half-inch ring of lace which is hanging on to the glass.

Smell: (4.5)
- Oh damn this smells good. Herbal grassy floral and zesty hops.. lovely herbal quality, a light skunky hop which is a good skunky, lemon zest, light citrus fruits, sugars, bready grain, biscuit. Right when I cracked the bottle I was in bliss.

Taste: (4.5)
- Bready sweet malt backing, light brown sugars, Belgian candy sugars melded with a great zingy citrus flare while noticeably playing well with great herbs, grassy and zesty peppery hops... light clove and banana from the yeast, and just an overall zesty fruity touch. Solid and fantastic.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Little syrupy, drying, and cloying... also chewy to a point. This is a well carbonated if not over-carbonated brew which is medium bodied. Overall a nice zingy tingle which makes the mouth water.

Overall: (4.5)
- This is one hell of a solid beer. Fantastic really. Everything seems to be balanced so well, and the 8% ABV is dangerously well hidden. One could crack this on a summer day and want it as a session brew, one with full flavor. One of my new found favorites from this brewery.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL into snifter. split 3-ways.

A: pretty clear blond body. bright white head. retention is good, lacing not so much.

S: earthy hoppy aroma. even smells dry. fruity cantaloupe.

T: rosemary? definitely some juniper berries. definitely fruity. sweet and sugary. finish is a tang sweet and then gets a bit dry.

M: carbonation is full and vibrant.

D: definitely reminiscent of their saison, tasty and refreshing. worth picking up if you can find it.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Glibber
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great straw color with a very creamy white head with temporary lacing that does not stick too long- looking like a nice Belgian Saison. Light aroma with wheat and spices. Very light and refreshing taste. To me it taste like a tangy saison. I really liked this beer and would love to drink more.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of TheHammer
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy gold body with ample sediment and carbonation. It poured with two and a half fingers of head that sustained quite admirably but did not lace.

Smell: Fruity apple, citrus with a slight touch of banana with a herbal blend of cloves, lemongrass and touches of floral notes. Warming really helped bring the smell out

Taste: This beer tastes drastically different as it warms. When it's cooler it's more belgian fruity yeast struggles to contain ample amounts of chewy malt and boozy alcohol. However, as the beer warms, the beer becomes fruitier as pineapple, apple and citrus notes become tempered by a peppery spiciness, touches of cloves a floral taste that seems to light for hops but too strong for heather.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol isn't particularly disguised on this one, even warming didn't really help clear that boozy taste. Near the start of the beer it's a lot more prevalent, but as it warms up more the fruity and herbal aftertaste lingers nicely.

Drinkability: This beer is incredibly gassy which is a big downside. The upside, once it warms up it's like drinking candy. It's a bit more medium bodied then expect, but I think that the achohol doing it.

Final Thoughts: It is absolutely imperative this beer be drunk on the warm end of cool. If it isn't it's frankly disappointing. However, if given some time it is quiet exceptional. It's more a herbed ale for Belgian drinkers. Thumbs up.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: On the orange side of yellow. Reminds me of a dark pilsner. Slightly hazy. Tons of little bubbles streaming to the top, creating a one-finger coarse head that lingers.
S: Wheat, honey, spice, a hint of light hops.
T: Heavily spiced, especially cardamom. A bit of grain and honey. Then it turns bitter, but not in a good hops way, more of a I just ate pure cocoa powder way.
M: Medium-bodied and smooth.
O: I tried to be objective & I'm sure there are many who would like this, but it was not for me & I could only finish half a glass.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Dupont is a seemingly reputable brewery, but I've yet to be impressed by anything they have to offer, including their foul flagship offering. Their "specialty" is saisons, and this is the first thing I've had from them that wasn't a saison. Or was it? Because for something labelled as a gruit, this had more of the characteristics of a saison, and nearly none of a gruit. Hopless as it was.

Hazy golden-yellow pour with a creamy white cap of head that sank to a thick ring. Yeasty aroma, sweet esters like overripe fruit, herbal and perfumy. Definitely lots of Belgium-ness in here. Taste reflected the aroma, came off as something between a saison and a tripel. Bready, yeasty, perfume, potpourri, light malts, more overripe fruit sweetness overpowering the earthy spice medley in the background. Mouthfeel was a mix of smooth and chewy, and definitely pretty soft and drinkable. Just wasn't doing much for me, I guess mainly because I went in expecting a good gruit, and instead got some indistinct tripel-saison-gruit hybrid, with the potency in that order. And these days, I really have to be in the mood for a tripel. This was a little too sickeningly sweet for me.

I've still yet to be impressed by Dupont.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden color. Fluffy white head that fades away too quickly. I thought there would be some head retention. Mostly hay and fresh wood in the nose. A hit of alcohol and belgian phenols. Flavor is like a mouthful of flowers and grass. Gracefully paired with white pepper and finishes with that peppery spice. Wonderfully sharp phenols are coming from this beer. Solid offering from Dupont. The noticeable alcohol hurts it a little.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 251 ratings