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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
243
Reviews:
104
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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Photo of tom9d
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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 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 Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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 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 eclipse54
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle that I picked up at the Co-op after a glowing recommendation from the resident beer guy. The cork was stamped "2.011" and this was split into tulips.

Pours a lively golden straw color with pastel wheat hues. The body glows uniformly in the light, and is hazy enough that no fine details or real shadows penetrate from side of the glass to the other. About two inches of pure white, foamy, rocky head develops and lingers for a suitable amount of time. Scarce strands of sticky bubbles cling to the glass as lacing.

The aroma is of generous funk, some wheat and straw, belgian yeast, various muddled green herbs, and even more delicate spices. More subtle notes are difficult to individualize, as they seem both well-integrated and a bit overpowered by the funk. The nose is, however, strongly reminiscent of a saison, though with an extra dose of funk and a subtle herbal, almost fruity backing.

It tastes of straw and wheat up front, before a bit of tart peach, orange, and pear push through. A subtle yeasty funk flows throughout the sip, and a gentle stream of integrated herbs mounts towards the rear; perhaps some clove, banana peel, what resemples a slightly bitter, primarily floral hop, a touch of mango, and fresh grass. Some spices finish it off, with some white pepper and maybe some faint coriander being faintly noticeable. The flavors are all exceptionally balanced, however, and while the herbs and spices make a stoic appearance, I'm having a difficult time picking out any individual one.

The mouthfeel is superb; crisp, light bodied to the extent that the herbs and spices will allow, and a nice, refreshingly clean finish. Ample carbonation and a slightly acidic body give it a lively sensation on the tongue.

Overall, this is a very, very good beer. The fact that the flavors are so well integrated really put this one over the top for me. I'm very happy it was pointed out to me, and I won't hesitate to grab it again in the future.

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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 hays99
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Gilmango
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a striking gold color with pretty good head retention and light lacing. The nose is pretty nice, as I get honey, orange peel, light vanilla, some light clove and some pretty nice underlying spice (mostly nutmeg I'd say). Mouthfeel replicates the nose, with the spice and light bitterness countering the modest sweetness very well. For all the world, the flavor profile reminds me of the Dupont Saison or Avec Les Bons, which I guess is completely to be expected. There's really a lot going on in this beer, and it's just eminently enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, spice infused finish. Alcohol is really well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is flat out excellent.

Quite tasty.... I wouldn't hesitate to order this again.

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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 BellsFan
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of nickhiller
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Ryan1423
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Cork hits with a loud pop written with 2011 on it.

A real nice fluffy cloudy white head, large on pour, some good retention looks like whipped merringue. Body is a nice orange amber with yellow hues, a bit opaque. Love this retention and head, and slightly glowing body.

Nose hits with dry malty grains, sweet Belgian candy sugar, a little honey and a faint floral sense as well. Real nice.

Taste on the palate really seems to lack. Extremely light bodied, very dry and arid grains not bringing much of the sweet senses out hinted from the nose. Even for a gruit really lacking some flavor. Carbonation level seems a little high, and gets into spritzy territory which doesn't make it that more appealing.

I wish I could say more, and the sense of what was on the nose seemed to hint at that, but there's not too much going on. Overall it's not that bad, but I'd have something else with a little more noticeable palate profile.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Corked marked 2.011

A: Translucent dark straw color with a large beige head. Carbonation is prevalent streaming up the sides of the glass.

S: Light skunkyness combined with fruity Belgian yeast characteristics.

T: Tastes mostly light a light belgian ale. Nothing wrong with that, but I am having a hard time detecting the additional spices. A slight bit of acidity in the finish.

M: Highly carbonated, seems to go well with the style.

O: A highly drinkable Belgian golden style ale

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Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Antnyd82
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mcphish22
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Docer
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
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 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 MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf. Served in a tulip glass.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a wispy partial cap and thick collar, leaving some mild lacing. Transparent golden blonde body.

S - Massive banana aroma! Some phenolic Belgian yeast, cloves, mild toasted grains, and surprisingly sweet for a Dupont offering. The gruit herbs and spices are fairly well-integrated, although there's a slight vomit aroma that's a bit distracting.

T - I like the taste better, as it has less of the strange herb character and phenolic yeast, and more peppery, estery flavors mixed with banana, and sugar sweetness. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

M - Medium body, smooth texture, moderate-to-low carbonation, and a lightly sticky finish. No alcohol warmth, even at 8%.

D - Interesting beer, and not entirely what I was expecting from a Belgian gruit. The banana/clove como had me thinking weizenbock more than anything. Other than the mild puke note in the aroma this was pretty enjoyable stuff. Certainly in the upper echelon of the style for me.

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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 dprophet
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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