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Posca Rustica | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Posca RusticaPosca Rustica

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl

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

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Photo of spinrsx
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8.00

Appearance - hazy gold colour with a massive size foamy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 6-7 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, green grapes, pears, clove/yeast, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with bananas and green grapes and pear. There is also some yeast and some floral notes. It ends with a
pear/banana fruity aftertaste with a light bitterness.

Overall - Not Gruit tasting really.. more of a saison or a belgian blonde. Regardless, a really good beer that I am happy to have available to me. I'll buy a few more to tuck away.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Posca Rustica pours hazy gold under a white, finely bubbled 2” foam cap that persists and provides art nouveau lace designs on the glass. A herbal and spicy nose includes traces of honey and light fruit. On the palate herbs and spice with the light fruit – close to pear – and full carbonation recall a high end soda but the balance and sophistication keep it from wine cooler cloyness. Refreshing and well balanced.

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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 Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a snifter.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white had that retains a bit before be Pliny a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Sweet honey smell and a bit of booze. Has a fume similar to that of a white wine.

T- Huh. Tastes like a mead that's not very sweet, or a white wine that's too sweet. The spices used are very subtle and can't compete with the white wine notes. Smooth and easy to drink but pretty one-dimensional.

M- Thin and watery with medium-low carbonation and a light body.

O- I don't know why this has such a high score. Alba Scots Pine Ale and the Fritz Briem 13th Century are much tastier versions of the style.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Wines. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy golden with a one finger fluffy white head and mild carbonation. Spotty lace anda film of retention.

S - Hoppy with grass and lemon. Canteloupe skin? Hay, banana, chamomile. Spritzy? Nice and hoppy.

T - Lemon, hops, grass, hay, tea, chamomile. Pretty cool.

M - Very effervescent with a medium body and a dry finish with lemon.

O/D - A little too spritzy but pretty good otherwise. Enjoyed it, but probably couldn't have another.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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 DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Chevy Chase, $11.99. I was initially going to pass on this after I'd heard mixed things about it, but after trying a sample the rep poured me yesterday, I knew I had to do this justice. By far the best gruit I've had, and I hope my review convinces you of that

A moderately hazy light orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is rather marvelous. This might be classified a gruit for rather pedantic reasons, but IMO, this is in the vein of a saison. Big, spicy and herbaceous nose with a blend of white pepper, bitter, bolted basil, heather and more generally, like a meadow in springtime. For a beer that is unhopped, this does have a surprising skunky character, faint but noticeable. Honey is noticeable as well, as is a lot of straw and dough-like malt character. The alcohol is pretty well hidden IMO.

The palate is a rather beautiful blend of a yeasty phenols, yeasty spices and bouquet garni. The mid-palate brings out all the fruitiness, with a blend of ripe peaches, mango and papaya with a little bit of melon too. The spice and herb character is rather excellent. Beautifully balanced white pepper, dried flowers, flavors of bay leaf and some herbaceous bitterness. The blend of herbs coupled with the yeast does simulate a mild to medium hop character, but the single biggest aspect that gives away the fact that no hops were used is the absolute absence of hop oils and resins on the finish. Yes, there's a little bitterness to go with the yeast and the honey drizzled fruit, but the lack of the definition that hops add to the finish does slightly detract from the enjoyment. That said, when evaluated for the style, this is simply nonpareil. Medium-light in body with a rather high level of carbonation, this beer is rather excellent. Highly recommended. Not quite as good as Saison Dupont, but definitely better than Avec Les Bons Voeux IMO.

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Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served at 48 degrees in my ST tulip. Pours a translucent orange-gold with a rocky, three inch bright white head. Head gradually recedes into a solid quarter inch cap leaving textured clumps of lacing in its wake. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution. Nose is earthy/herbal with a trace of skunk, followed by a light floral character and a suggestion of spice towards the finish. Taste is bright and citrusy at the start. The middle expresses a pleasant, light, toasted malt character that quick yields to a light, spicy character that ties the flavor profile together - coriander, citrus rind and perhaps a trace of candi sugar. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation that is quite prickly without being overly gassy. There's a residual tingle and a slight astringency that lingers across the palette between quaffs. Another exceptional beer from Brasserie Dupont. Definitely a bit cleaner than a traditional farmhouse; however, not at all what I tend to expect from an Herbed/Spiced beer. A bright and complex beer that is pleasantly quaffable with a well-hidden abv. Well worth your time if the opportunity presents.

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Photo of ccrida
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is gold with a big white head leaving foamy lace. Cork stamped 2.011.

Smell is sweet, earthy and sugary.

Taste is more herbal and spicy like I expected, but there is restrain and balance here. Cumin, camomile? Not entirely sure, but it works well with the base belgian blonde, which is under-attenuated compared to the classic dupont saisons, and more in the moinette style (I'd guess it's the base wort). Just a touch hot, or at least an alcohol sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slick, almost flabby and light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice take on a belgian blonde with the spices and herbs, the restraint is impression, but I wish it was drier.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labeled Cervesia. Pour is nice orangish amber with a fair bit of creamy white head. Nose is extremely yeasty, light dusty and assertive farmhouse notes. Spice rear palate and light with some lemon rind accompanying. The taste isn't as balanced or bright. A bit sweeter with notes of honey overtaking some of the farmhouse and yeast notes that were in the nose. Sticky caramel malt expresses a deeper malt body but really detracts from the yeast strand and funk. Feel is creamy with a strong carbonation and crisp finish.

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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 Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice historic take on the saison style

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged green glass bottle. Brown and burgundy label resembling embroidery with golden touches, name and Roman looking coin symbol in the front seem to have been introduced for the US import (Cervesia turns into Posca Rustica on this side of the Atlantic), back label offers a good paragraph on the general characteristics of the brew, and in particular the historic background. Displays date of bottling (2011) on the trunk of the cork, and 8% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale gold color with a nice frothy head, medium retention and some lacing.

S - Spicy nose, light yeast with a sweet touch.

T - Yeasty, nice touch of spices, a bit grassy with a touch of citrus.

M - Medium-light body, medium carbonation, and a fairly smooth flow...

O - Nice quaff without much to make it too memorable.

Notes: Nicer on my palate than the standard Dupont (Sure, nothing to do with it) but while pleasing not too memorable. The spicy character is not prominent or particular (yet?) and maybe the historic touch would be a nice incentive to share with someone keen on that topic.

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

A: A cloudy golden pour with a nice bubbly white head. Lacing is good and so is the retention.

S: Pepper, herbs and orange. Honey. A little grass. Sometimes get an odd little whiff of something funky.

T: Very interesting. Honey and oranges for sure. Lots of peppery spices that I can't quite identify accurately. Some herbal notes (including grass) but doesn't seem to be from herbal hops. Very interesting, wish I knew what was in this so I could identify the tastes better.

M: Surprisingly light despite the ABV, otherwise quite smooth with just a tingle from the spices. Almost no bitterness at all.

O: Very unusual beer, I'm honestly still not sure what to think. It tastes kinda like a saison with an overload of herbs and spices but minimal hops. It's quite delicious though, that's all I know!

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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 DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I figured this was a saison since Dupont made it, but Ancient Herbed Ale sounds nice too. Poured into a tulip.

4.0 A: Deeply hazed brown-tinted orange color. Three fingers of foamy white head. Retention is very good and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Herbalness abounds in the earthiest of ways. Hay and something like honey. The herbal assault is lead by jasmine and lemongrass, which may or may not even be in here. Wild apple and rotting wood funkiness. Some peppery spiciness from the yeast and maybe a touch of banana fruitiness.

4.0 T: Banana comes to the forefront in the taste. Herbal and funky. Apple orchard, light woodiness, wet hay and grass, lemongrass, jasmine, sage. Moderate bitterness that has to come partially from the herbs. Peppery yeastiness. Bits of honey, some breadiness, lightly phenolic.

3.5 M: Light to ligher medium body. Carbonation is moderately spritzy to the point of almost being biting. Moderately creamy for the body.

4.0 D: Overall, quite enjoyable. I haven't had a lot of this style, so it's tough to judge how it compares to competitors, but I'll have no problem finishing off this 750.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light peach, yellow tint with a very full white sponge head.

S: Smells spicy with nutmeg, cumin, white pepper, clove and some faint fruity apricot, citrus and fig.

T/M: Has a high amount of carbonation and feels very thin and metallic on the tongue. Belgian yeast is prominent up front along with some plum, apricot, fig, cinnamon, clove, and banana. It feels extremely dry and very champagne like.

A good, fizzy Belgian, but there are definitely better options out there.


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Photo of peensteen
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy blonde-orange colour, 1.5 fingers of white head with som elace as well. Smell is yeasty with a lot of spices in there as well, fruity with lots of banana and apple, light alcohol present, mild funk with lemon and citrus notes also. Taste is yeasty up front with a bit of a tangy funk to it as well, fruity citrus, lemon, green apple, spicy and dry at first before a moderately sweet finish, floral and earthy mid palate to finish. Medium high carbonation, medium creamy body. I really enjoyed this, just a pleasure to drink and nicely aromatic as well as flavourful, prefered this to the saison.

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

This is a bottle from 2012.

Pours a golden straw color with great white foam clouds and tight lacing. There’s an aroma of yeasty esters. I am guessing gale, heather, and orange blossoms (the aromas not the actual ingredients). It’s not hoppy but definitely floral.

The flavor is light with a great saison character. The yeasty esters and floral notes play well together here, delicate & mellow. Very effervescent with a great crisp finish. I enjoyed this one tremendously.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a slight cloudiness, heaps of carbonation, and a half finger of light beige head.

Belgian yeasts right from the first scent, fruity, pears, melon, a light smokiness, the smell of gold or some metallic but not in a rusty way.

Light and fruity and smooth. Well rounded. Fragrant like a woman's perfume or blossoms. The gold like quality comes through as well, light crisp bitter hops near the finish. Like I'm drinking liquid gold! Light spiciness.

Light feel to the body but not lacking, lots of champagne like carbonation.

Definite qualities like Saison Dupont, and certainly Belgian qualities. My wife picked this up in Asheville, NC and brought it over to Chiang Mai, Thailand for me. Great brew, smooth and well balanced. Drank September 1st, 2015.

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Photo of jsanford
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, clear gold with a thin white ring. Nose is very herb-forward, lots of rosemary, thyme, and honey. Taste is similarly herb-heavy, along with more honey and a touch of crisp, light malt. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a decent beer, perhaps just a touch too bitter and herbal for my taste.

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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 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 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 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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Posca Rustica from Brasserie Dupont sprl
4.02 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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