Posca Rustica | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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

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Added by TMoney2591 on 01-26-2003

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Ratings:
243
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy mustard coloured body with lots of head and lace trail down the side of my Sam Adams glass. Bottle from LCBO Dupont feature. Farmhouse aroma. better as it warms for sure and goes through a range of flavour and mouthfeel. More potent tongue freezing as cloves assault me just below room temperature. Very good drinkability and superior for style. 8% well hidden but on the aftertaste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, slight spice, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel which works well for this beer. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

No hops, what the...? But with certain complexity and balance from its charming yeast character and then complemented with an array of herbs and spices, the beer doesn't need 'em.

The invitation to dive right into the glass starts with it's glowing bright gold appearance that edges toward the honey-straw side. The mild haze casts a slightly diffused character through the center. Its lively carbonation builds a fluffy white head that retains gracefully despite any help from absence hops. The beer also reminds me why the stick foam left on the glass as Belgian lace.

Boastful aromas never miss the hops as the yeast dictates the aromatic balance. Delicate tea-like herbs, the light pungency of grass, and a bouquet of hibiscus, chamomile, clove, and a dash of cinnamon attests to the complements of yeasty phenols and additions to the brew kettle. Backed by a sweeter scent of baking wheat breads and confectioner's sugar, the malts pull the anxious spices into harmony.

Much of the same manifests in taste, but perhaps in reverse order. The powdery sweetness of pilsner and wheat grist prime the palate with a softer almost-cotton candy-like sweetness that lifts as the spices and fruit take hold. A light must of aged woods usher in a mid palate of cider, white grape, apple, and cranberry with plump juicy taste and pleasant acidity. A late palate of spices lead by clove and rose hips develops into an earthy straw-like bitterness to close the session. Even without the smooth bitterness of hops, the beer avoids harsh bite, yet complements with a still bitter balance.

Spritzy carbonation gives a texture similar to sparkling wine except with the understated heft of wheaty malt. The acidic carbonation easily pulls the malt from the mouth and allows for a quick finish of peppercorn, light herbal bitterness, and alcoholic warmth. Surprisingly low in astringency, the rustic ale closes with an aftertaste of rose and chamomile.

I'm quite surprised of how I didn't miss the hops hardly at all. Where usual saisons celebrate hop character that ranges from medium to bold with earthen spice and resolute bitterness, this one achieves everything that the style should with a superior balance from yeast. Its a fantastic beer that's a testament to the quality to be expected from Dupont.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught at Haven Brewpub in Pasadena into a tulip. Expectations are above average. Cost was $6.00 USD. 8$ ABV confirmed. Reviewed from notes. Gruit.

A: Pours a half finger head of dull beige colour. Bad (~1 minute) retention. Average thickness. No lacing.

Body colour is a very pale copper with yellow hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Quite timid for the style.

Sm: Mild floral hop character. Herbal – but not as much as you’d expect for a Gruit. Pale malts. A biteen of vinegar. Somewhat high adicity. Lacks complexity. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Quite clean for a gruit; none of that murkiness that often accompanies heavy herbs. Generally appealing, but it’s a far cry from the best examples of the style.

T: Well meshed herbs feel cohesive and indistinct. Pale malts. Pine needles and other tree-redolent notes. Balanced and enjoyable. Clean. Not real complex, but nicely subtle. I like it. Bittering herbs. It leaves a lot to be desired for the style, but it’s enjoyable across the board.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Clean. Mellow. Nice thickness. Nice full body. Suits the flavor profile well, facilitating flavor delivery.

Dr: Hides its ABV very well. A nice gruit, if a restrained one. I’d have another. Good drinkable stuff from Dupont.

B-

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a super large pure white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma consists of light funky yeast with very sweet malt base. Taste is also dominated by a sweeter then expected malt base with an interesting yeast profile. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though too sweet for my taste and not as much farmhouse notes as I had expected coming from this brewer.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage on the cork. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, wheat, bread, grass, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with herbs and a fair amount of malt balance; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, wheat, bread, grass, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, coriander, pepper, herbal, floral, wheat, bread, grass, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with herbal flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent herb/spiced saison. All around great balance and complexity of yeast esters and herbs/spices with a moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 8%. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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 jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

Pours a pasty white almost 2 finger large creamy fluffy head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, over crystal clear macro looking clear pilsner yellow colored beer.

Nose is light, pilsner like malts, a light skunk aroma, some light earthy funk, plenty of spices, orange peel, coriander like, creamy base malt, light fluffy Belgian malt and spices, some herbal flower like spices, stone fruit, little yeast, toasty malt, a definite herbal like quality, light fruity esters.

Taste starts with plenty of Belgian esters, fruity esters, Belgian malts, little creamy and fluffy, some tripel spices, light orange peel, light belgian golden malts, chewy but some warming booze, light booze phenols as well, plenty of herbal green plant like herbs, hint of citrus and fruity flavors, spicy and tingly as well, chewy malts and a little yeasty. Fairly complex and hot but tasty. Finish is a bit drier but still semi sweet, lots of herbal flavors, esters, light phenols and hot booze, light wheat like malts as well lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, plenty of warming and tingly booze, almost anesthetizing.

Overall decent, starts a bit iffy, but then gets pretty good with lots of complex tripel flavors and aromas, a bit too hot boozy and some phenols with that, but nice spices, esters, and decent overall drinkable beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage pours a chill-hazed honey color with 3 fingers of fluuffy ivory colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Wet cereal & pears , honey & apple blossoms

T: Follows the nose, plus honey & white grape up front. Apple peels, candi sugar & grassy, a kiss of dry boozeyness as this warms. Finishes with honey dryness & sweetness & orchard fruittyness

MF: Fairly light in body, almost no carbonation, some warming sensation

A nice journey to the past, not sometthing, nor a style I'd care to drink all the time, but a nice change of pace...

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

This may be the first label I've ever seen with not only an historical anecdote, but a footnoted one! Nice... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy straw topped by over a finger off slightly dirty white foam. The nose comprises flowers, honey, cream cheese, ginger, light clove, nutmeg, peach, wheat, light cardamom, light lemon zest, and the slightest kiss of mild Belgian funk. The taste hols notes of honey, ginger, cardamom, light orange zest, flowers, clove, white grapes, banana, light watermelon, nutmeg, light maple syrup, and cracked wheat. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, this thing seems all over the place, but somehow comes back to one central pivot-point: a sort of saison-gruit, combining the best characteristics of both styles. A very pleasant experience, indeed.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.02 out of 5 based on 243 ratings.
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