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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TMoney2591 on 01-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
243
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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Photo of Hallertau
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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

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

Photo of rastaman
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Me and 2 other guys payed six quid for this one. defintely not worth the 6 bloody quid. Lots of menthol, citrus, some yeasty sourness. Some clove, toilet cleaner and vomit, fizzy and detergenty. bittersweet flavour, a huge dissapointment(750ml bottle- ChelmsfordBF-03')

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prolific off-white head covers this pale orange brew. Retention is good.

Smells of sublime fruits (apple, orange, banana) with a spicy backing fused with a hint of taffy.

Phenols up front to the tongue with an earthy aftertaste. Vanilla cake, spice and even a hint of leafiness exist.

Light and almost fluffy mouth-feel with little to no alcohol discernible. Dry with a slightly soft center.

I'm usually a bit skeptical about outlier styles such as this one, but going against my instincts sure paid off in this instance, and has fomented a desire to seek more of the same in hope of finding more quality in the obscure.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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 sparx1100
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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 Zbeetleman
2.25/5  rDev -44%

Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big 750 mL bottle to share with just myself. Good stuff!

An orange color with lots of carbonation rising up from my Chimay chalice. The head is creamy and is lacing on the glass before settling into a small layer of foam.

Smell is sweet with a lot of esters and some higher alcohols, a typical Belgian yeast profile. A little cork.

Taste of red, ripe apples with esters and higher alcohols. A typical Belgian yeast profile. Some spicy and peppery notes. A light bitter and little hoppiness, maybe a little noble hops.

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Photo of bump8628
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent herbed ale. Clean, vibrant, yet still somehow rustic. Hazy gold with a huge head of airy foam. How else to explain the flavor profile other than floral and herbal - perfume, lemon zest, Easter grass, cut hay, mineral-laced sea air, wild herbs, black pepper, and ramps. Bitterness is just as clean and pleasant as if hops were used. Dupont always puts out quality stuff, still this one really surprised me. Whoever dialed in the botanicals did a masterful job.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(on tap at Hopleaf, CHI - served in a snifter-like glass, probably ~10oz pour)

I've had this a few times since Sep 2012. Never really struck me as something I'd go out of my way to get. Being a herb and spice nerd, the taste of this beer, while good, offers nothing of interest to me. These were my notes, from this most recent tasting. About sums it up.

"Basically, this tastes like a maltier Duvel... oatmeal cookie melanoidins and [a small hint of its] spicing, with a mildly potent banana note... nothing really stands out spice-wise, as most of the spice and phenolics seems to be yeast/ferm[entation] derived"

The liquid is a cloudy amber, with a gummy white froth atop that falls away, leaving a spitty collar. The smell is a mix of spicy phenolics (a la nutmeg), ripe banana peel, and toasty amber malt - fragrant, aromatic, but doesn't explode out of this glass. The taste is about the same, mellow bitterness mostly from esters - does not taste quite like other Dupont beers. Soft texture, with a bit of foamy/dextrin roundness up front, light and clean finish, tiny bite, soft alcohol warmth.

Maybe if the spicing where more apparent, it would be more interesting. They should list the herbs/spices used on their Cervesia entry on the website. Otherwise, what does it matter what's in it?

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

Photo of peabody
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a really clear yellow with lots and lots of bubbles that continue eminating from the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing here also.
Elmers glue at first then as it warms the belgian spices come through. Very peppery and sharp to the nose. That belgian yeast is really strong here. Not a lot of fruit smells though.
Taste is sweet and fruity like pears or dates. Then the belgian yeast shines through and the lemon pledge follows right behind.
Mouthfeel is nothing but CLEAN. Wonderfull effervescence and non-stickyness in a thirst quenching light belgian concoction.
Overall this is a really clean and refreshing drink. At 12.95 a bottle I will be getting this again.

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Photo of ajzy
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of grittybrews
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Drie De Fonteinen tumbler.

Clear aureolin liquid with a fist of off-white soft peaks climbing the glass. Thick, clingy, soapy lacing. Superior retention.

Soft estery/yeasty aromatics with baked banana, vanilla, and a low but lasting floral element.

Sweet palate entry with a pleasing pure malt flavor. Very light bitter-tartness offsets the sugars, while that floral note returns in the finish. Barely discernible herbal notes, hard to believe there are a dozen unusual ingredients spicing things up as their contribution is so subtle.

Medium-bodied, zesty yet creamy, and strangely refreshing. Alcohol is well hidden.

Having not had many (any?) gruits until now, this is difficult for me to rate to style, but it is a well crafted ale, and strikes one as experimental yet conservative all at once. A good beer in the lead-up to Valentine's Day.

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Photo of draheim
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first-ever Scottish gruit/ancient herbed ale... not sure what to expect, looking forward to trying this.

750mL bottle into a saison glass. Pours crystal clear gold w/ a thick white head, lively carbonation.

Aroma is that strong wet hay smell typical of many Dupont beers, which quickly gives way to milder Belgian yeast and pale malt aromas. Some vague spices I can't ID.

Taste is spicy, fruity, but overall balanced and smooth. Apples, pears, and some nice floral notes. The more I sip on this, the more I like it.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, with a dry finish. Cross between a saison and a white wine.

Overall, pleasantly surprised. For some reason I expected this to be a heavy-handed herbal spice bomb. Instead it's a tasty, well-crafted Belgian beer.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a hazy blonde color, produces a finger of creamy white head, awesome retention that's still hanging around a half hour later, leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Aroma explodes out of the bottle as soon as the cork is removed, interesting aroma of herbs, an earthy root aroma and herbal flowers. As well as some spice, musty yeast, spicy esters and slightly sweet malt. Aroma is well-rounded and pretty awesome.

T- Similar to the nose, lots of yeasty, herbal, earthy spice. Banana and clove esters are more prominent here than in the nose. Yeast is a bit musty and very smooth, some light malt and honey sweetness as well.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth creamy feel with a crisp finish.

O- A really cool beer, the combination of saison-ey yeast and esters and the herbs makes for a very drinkable and interesting brew, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 codynevels
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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