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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

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Added by TMoney2591 on 01-26-2003

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Photo of Maxwell
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a murky, muddy orange with copper highlights. The beer pours with a lovely uniform head of medium sized, slightly creamy, white bubbles. In body, this beer is swamp water murky and impenetrable to the eye. On the nose, the beer smells of grainy funk with minty, herbal scents that play into the aroma. This beer definitely has the Dupont yeast funk in it, smelling nearly skunked, but also of grainy cereal and a touch of lemon citrus. The funk brings some wonderful spice into the nose, moving from pepper to barnyard, and then to an unnamable spice. On the tongue, the beer tastes surprisingly sweet with an herbal bitter backing. In flavor the beer begins as very sweet caramel apple and pear, which blends with funky barnyard flavors to dry itself out a touch, but not enough. The flavor moves into grassy, herbal funky flavors in the middle of the taste that blends with sweet cider-like flavors and chamomile. The finish is very sweet grassy flavors mixing with the herbal chamomile and light pear notes. The aftertaste is slightly funky with a sweet lingering flavor. The sweet flavors in this beer are surprisingly high, especially for a Dupont beer, but they do manage to stay just below cloying, which is a nice achievement. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavier side of medium in body with a creamy soft carbonation that coddles the tongue a little too much and allows for that sweetness to run through the mouth. The mouth is left tingly, but clean. Overall, this is a really sweet saison/gruit. It also has far more of the saison characteristics to it than the herbal gruit character that I was hoping for. Its sweetness is a tad too much for me, and makes the beer feel syrupy in my mouth, almost like a too sweet tea mixed with a saison. In the end it is a good beer, but I wish they had dried out the sweetness more and brought out more herbal flavors. Personally, I would choose any of the other offerings of Dupont before I came back for this beer again.

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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 Digimaika2
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle stamped with a best before of 12/2014.

(4.0) A: Cloudy peachy-copper with a tall and creamy head. Decent retention with minimal legs.

(4.25) S: Tart and slightly sour citrus fruits (orange and lemon), whole grain crackers, cloves and other spices, and faint sweeter tropical fruits. Very good and inviting aroma that is quite funky.

(4.25) T: Floral qualities, pear/pineapple/banana/orange, spice (mainly cloves and pepper), cracker-like grain, and fresh grasses. Wide variety of mixed fruits. Farmhouse and saison-like tastes. Pleasantly bitter and incredibly dry. Full of flavour.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. A solidly oily character.

(4.25) D: The flavours work very well together with a nice balance between crackery grain and varied fruits. And 5/5 for the classic bottle art.

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

A: Golden straw colour. Hazy, nice thick which head that settles to spotty head.

S: Green fruits (apples, grapes, unripe bananas)

T: Same as nose, with some ginger and a hint of peppery spice.

M: Well carbonated, a bit of a tang, low sourness to it. Great with cheese.

O: A well balanced Belgian with great flavours that are well rounded.

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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 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 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 Jmamay22
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw colored yellow with a thin white head. Smells of Belgian yeast with a distinct apple and pear aroma. Hints of white pepper and herbal scents as well.

Tastes of candied Belgian sugar with the yeast expectedly playing a large and complex role. Lots of tart apple with a spicy pepper finish that is bone dry. Very pleasant all around as a very herbal saison. The mouthfeel is typically Belgian with a very zesty and effervescent feel.

It is worth noting that despite the history explained on the bottle of the beer it looks to me that it is misrepresented as ancient herbed ale and would be better classified as a saison or Belgian strong pale ale.

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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 impending
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


750ml into a tulip. Pours a heavily hazed dull orange gold, dense creamy froth clings nicely.

Aroma is sweet yeasty spicy dab of mentholatum goodness. Pleasant hops, confectioners sugar, minor dirt floor. Light skinned fruits heavily bruised.

Flavor is rich and complex, the mentholatum carries forward as a tiny note that appears and rides the aftertaste. Apple, pear, a little citrus, just a touch of floral. Herbal and earthy but not overly so. A quick dry bite mid taste, subtle herbs sit in for bitter. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel. The Dupont yeast does not stand out.

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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 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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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 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 corby112
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy, dark golden yellow color with banana hues and a one finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Heavily spiced aroma with lots of pepper, coriander, clove and lemon zest.  Reminds me more of a witbier with bready yeast, citrus fruit and a strong banana character.  

Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a zesty, peppery spice presence that dominates the palate.   Lots of coriander, clove and citrus zest followed by bready yeast, banana and an odd herbal/medicinal presence.  Slightly metallic unpleasant flavoring the finish.  The spices are way too strong overpowering everything else.   Too thin and could use more citrus sweetness.  Subtle farmhouse funk in the finish but again it feels more like a week witbier.  

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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 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 jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hazy pale golden hue with a massive fluffy bright white head that lingers forever. Smells like a saison, fruity and funky. Banana and clove, a bit peppery and spicy as well.

Tastes like a saison as well but with a very different finish. Thin but fluffy body. Sweet starchy malt up front with bright tropical fruits. Clove and white peppercorn along the base of the mouth with hints of lemon peel and grapefruit. Finishes spicy, herbal and slightly medicinal. Light and refreshing, somehow manages to muster up a dry and even bitter finish without the addition of hop. Lingering sweetness.

Nice and herbal, feels like its healing me!

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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 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 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 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 LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber. Thin white head dissipated to a ring around the glass. Aroma is light fruit, melon, spices reminiscent of Belgian spicing, sweet malt. Flavor starts like a dry saison, fruit elements develop quickly, peach, apple, orange as well as honey. Light Belgian ale elements like cloves and banana also present. Finishes with a dry and aromatic herbal flavors, sage and grass. Flavor somewhat subdued in the finish, but a long lingering fruit and herbal aftertaste. Most closely resembles a fruit forward saison, but with no funky elements. Light but complex and a pleasure to drink. Light to medium bodied; this growler fill was somewhat low on carbonation.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a teku
cork says 2011 on it
A- This beer pours a thick white meringue so thick you could write on it and pushes above the glass lasting a long time while sticking to the glass. The hazy apricot body has a wall of microbubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The club soda note leads into a blend of stone fruit esters with some slight dry hint of spices finishing the aroma.

T- The fruity dry candy esters have a soft warm fresh spice note to the finish with some apricot esters mixed in there. There is some pale malt sweetness that comes through as the beer opens. A faint hint of brett grapefruit pith comes through but is very light. The finish is pretty clean with just a hint of esters lingering for a moment.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a touch of velvety fizz to the finish with no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a very nice blend of soft flavors that all work well together. There is a nice gentle fresh flavor to the spices that keep them mysterious but also enhance the flavor. The ester quality is nice and has enough depth to make this sessionable albeit a bit big in alcohol.

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