Posca Rustica | Brasserie Dupont sprl

Posca RusticaPosca Rustica
BA SCORE
86%
Liked This Beer
4.02 w/ 243 ratings
Posca RusticaPosca Rustica
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium
brasserie-dupont.com

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 01-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,970
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
243
Liked:
209
Avg:
4.02/5
pDev:
9.95%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
26
Trade:
1
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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutHunter
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Dupont's Posca Rustica a couple weeks ago for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. I like Saison Dupont and heard this was like a herbed and spiced version of that and I thought I should give it a shot, so lets see how it goes. The cork said 2012 so i suppose it's a 2012 Vintage.. Poured from a green 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

A- The label looks pretty nice, it's got a classy look to it and I think it's eye catching. It poured a nice slightly golden yellow color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a nice fruity aroma being the first to show up with some orange, pineapple, pear and citrus rind aromas coming through with a little bit a phenolic aroma and other aromas from the Belgian yeast. Up next comes just a slight skunky aroma that's followed by a spicy aroma with no single spice showing up the most and it's followed by somewhat lighter herbal aroma that rounds it off. This beer had a good aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with just a slight amount of sweetness with a fruity aspect still being the first to show up and it imparts the same fruity aspect that it did in the aroma with the pear sticking out the most just by a little this time. Up next comes just a slight skunky flavor that's hardly noticeable with the spices and herbs being the next to show up and they combine together to make one flavor where neither of them stick out the most and it makes for a unique finish with with just a little bit of bitterness with a dry pear, lemon zest, herbal and spicy aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, the herbs and spices weren't too overpowering and they worked nicely with the base.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, bone dry on finish, not too filling, medium bodied with a lower amount of high carbonation. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel that worked really well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a very nice example of Gruit, almost all the gruits I've had haven't been well balanced, but this one was with the spices and herbs being part of the beer and not completely taking it over, it reminded me of a spiced and herbed version of Saison Dupont. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, very dry on finish, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think a full bottle would be my limit, anymore than that and it might start to wear on me a little. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, there wasn't any aspect that was too overpowering and they all seemed to work well with each other. What I liked the least about this beer was that it came in a green bottle, it imparted just a very slight skunky aspect that didn't need to be there. I would buy this beer again when I'm in the mood for a beer like this which would be around the summer time. I would recommend this to anyone who likes beers with some balanced herbs and spices to it, if you like Saison Dupont then you need to give this beer a try. All in all I way happy with this beer, it seemed to be right in between a gruit and Sasion Dupont, i liked that. This isn't my favorite from this brewery, I like Saison Dupont a little more, but it is the best Gruit that I've had so far. Good job guys this beer was tasty and a little unique, I can appreciate it, keep up the good work.

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Photo of wl0307
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a 750ml green champagne bottle, corked and caged. BB 07/2006 and the cork marks "2.004", supposedly the bottling year? Served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: slightly hazy, dark orangey golden or honeyish hue; the white beer head forms slowly, but retains its tight, cottony-foamy texture brilliantly; carbonation is quite lively, full of tiny bubbles~~
S: interesting combo. of sweet pilsner+caramel malts and tart fruity edges of apricot+lemon+green apple; the funky farmhouse yeastiness typical of Saison is quite understated here, but still makes a healthy contribution to the overall balance; a lovely flow of spices (white pepper etc.) as in lots of Belgian pale ales sustains with dried-grassy hops at the back (a bit like Saaz). Pleasant, but not terribly complex.
T: creamy-textured, semi-sour sweet and caramely maltiness, lemony+apple-ish fruitiness, and compelling dryish/woody, coriander-spicy, and slightly damp yeastiness all intertwine beautifully... the palate becomes drier at the back, where a residual taste of hops, a mild wheatish sweet aftertaste, and a little lemon-grass aroma sustains, before the quiet undercurrent of warming alc. creeps down the throat and rounds off the palate with a satisfying, rounded finishing feel.
M&D: creamy-soft on the mouthfeel, it seems the carbonation in the bottle-conditioning process really has transformed to be really subtle and soft, and makes this beer smoother than it would've been. The overall balance manifests itself in the ratio b/w hops, spices, and malts on the palate, but the down-side of this is lacking more complexity or an exciting theme for it to stand out. That said, I like this balanced beer, be it a Saison, Belgian Pale Ale, or something of a cross in between... a session one for me.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Brisket
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bier:Thirty in Boise.

A- Golden straw color, little head with no lacing.

S- all Belgian esters and floral nose smells good, not very strong odor.

T- similar to the nose. Belgian yeast, cloves, banana, slight peppery flavor. Malt is fairly heavily represented, as expected with the lack of hops from the style.

M- syrupy, somewhat heavy bodied given the appearance. Carbonation is pretty strong as well.

O- good, unusual in a good way. I haven't had many Gruits, I'd try again, though not super often.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received via Growling at the Moon from jmarsh123. Corked and caged. Thanks Jeremy!

Beer tried to follow the cork out, but I was too quick for it, haha! Poured into a DFH snifter with a 2" eggshell head, over the completely cloudy golden amber brew. Frothy head lasts forever, with plentiful chunky lace. Aroma is tart and yeasty.

Taste begins lightly sweet, with spices and tart interplay in the center, and a lightly earthy but crisp and clean close. A bit of honey sweetness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft but lightly prickly over the tongue, and drinkability is good. Easily the best gruit I've had.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is golden and slightly cloudy. Moderately-sized white head.

Green grape and other light fruit in the nose. Lemon. Belgian yeast. Slightly herbal. Some spices. Quite a bright scent. Nice.

Yeast, light fruit and spices are all readily present on drinking the beer. Green grape. banana, lemon, white pepper and coriander. On the sweet side, with the sweetness particularly notable in the finish. Grassy and bready.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Sweetness dries the mouth a bit, Smooth.

Overall, good. I don't have much experience with gruit, but this doesn't strike me as wildly different from the saisons Dupont makes.

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Photo of KMcG
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a light and fluffy white head that is about 2 fingers high in a tulip shaped glass. The head lasts for about 2 minutes then fades to a lace topping the ale with coarser lacing around the edge.  The color is a hazy straw and carbonation effervescence is visble. 

The smell is strongly funked with fruit notes of lemon and cantaloupe. The funk is like a damp barn and there is a bit of skunky edge, but a bit more herbal and earthy. 

The taste is masked by some really explosive effervescence.  It starts with some pale sweet grains and fruity esters.   There elements of herbs, coriander, and Belgian yeasts.  It ends bready and dry. 

The mouthfeel is intense like a champagne. A little thin, alcohol barely noticeable, and nice pleasant aftertaste. 

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is an under appreciated beer in general i think, and another classic from dupont that probably deserves more attention than it gets. for me this is like a strong wit meets a saison, i get a citrus peel bitter and sweet interplay going on in nose and taste, and i get a lot of texture and flavor out of the wheat malt. both are great features, and on the saison side, its equally robust. this yeast is just as good as i hoped it would be, a little funky but well short of tart, belgiany in the fruity sense, but also with a spice character than plays well with the spices added to the brew. the flavor here is nice and complex, and the bigger body really lets it unfold at its own pace. something floral and bitter, dandelion maybe, comes to mind up front, an odd place for bitterness but appropriate here, then i get a sweet golden raisin fruitiness, maybe from the yeast, that goes great with the wheat. slight oxidation creeps in here in the center, very green bottle belgian light skunk though, and its not out of place. white pepper, breakfast bread, coriander seed, green apple, and something bitter like tea, vegetal there at the end, but not appearing to be any hop i am familiar with. sudsy and big feeling, some residual sugar, has elements of a tripel there with the sweet and the yeast. of expert quality overall, as good as anything else these guys do, and worth paying for.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber. Nice fluffy white head, medium density. Spiderweb lacings.

Fruit and yeast in the aroma. Loads of pear, with a bit of cider. Peppy spice, almost lemongrass. Really nice.

It's spice up front, but mostly from dusty Belgian yeast. It's actually kind of tough to get past the yeast, which is a bit of a shame because there are some really nice malt flavours here. True to the aroma, pear and apple flavour poke through the spice here and there.

This is a really nice beer. Complex, with dominant spicing and a yeast that gives it a farmhouse cider profile. Great stuff.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of personpitch
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I recall what I was told, this is one of those: "Oh we found a recipe at an archaelogical site somewhere."

Pours a clouded orange gold. Nice off white head. Citrus nose. Flavor is smooth and citrusy. Did I say smooth? Hopefully I did. Lasting flavor. Yet again, you see the skill of Dupont through this beer. Nicely done.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: A shiny copper orange with a vivacious tornado spinning in the middle of the glass. Topped with a creamy layer of French vanilla colored head that hangs out for a while. Delicate clingy lacing cascaded along the edges.

S: Green tea tannins, lemongrass, slight skunk aroma, peppery spice, Belgian yeast and burnt sugar. Phenolic presence with subtle bubble gum, cherry syrup and fruit rollups.

T/M: Herbal infused light fruit cup syrup. Spiced rum soaked apples, flower petals, fresh grass, lime, yellow pear and hard cherry candy. A sugar dosed saison similarity. Moderate body that finishes dry and somewhat chalky. Lingering spiced alcohol.

O: An interesting brew for sure. Complex and well blended. I have to say the tornado effect was the coolest thing I have ever since pouring a beer. I love the chance to try ancient interpretations of past beers. This was a real treat. Proost!!

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Photo of Jimmys
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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 beerhunter13
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Glibber
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 gillagorilla
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of fourstringer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged & corked 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. L13121B is stamped on the label. Cork has "2013" inked on the side.

A: Cloudy, light honey-colored body. 1.5 fingers of tight, white head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with citrus, lemon juice notes. Hay. Indistinct spice. Vanilla. A touch of bubble gum. Becomes a bit more herbal as it warms, but the "gruit" notes are never the focal point.

T: Mild sweetness with a certain amount of tartness opens. Pale malt and some light astringency develops. Only a faint bitterness at the end, but a rather dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Moderately high carbonation with a slight prickliness. Moderate body. Surprisingly crisp, but not unwelcome.

O: Very nice brew, if not Belgian blonde first and gruit second. The herbs/spicing are perceivable, but subdued. Regardless, enjoyable.

Prost!

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark golden yellow in color. It poured with a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass; these never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of herbs and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of herbs and spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a hint of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink considering all of the herbs and spices in the taste.

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Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 86% out of 100 with 243 ratings
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