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

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243
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104
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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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 Duff27
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 SleepyMonk
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged green bottle with a supremely elegant yet deceiving looking label - I only realised it was Brasserie Dupont until I read the fine print.

Served in a Gouden Carolus chalice glass. Immediate image is a cloudy pale orange, bordering on bronze, beer. Very reminiscent of a hefe weisse such as a Franziskaner. A proper and careful pour generates a think foaming head full of action as it opens up and slowly fades into the beer sans lacing.

Nose introduces strong notes of a careful hops/yeast combination with subtle fruits. Alcohol notes are present but a little too much for my tastes.

When Cervesia- Archeosite is in your mouth yo know about it.... and you immediately know you want more! The type of spice you get from fresh herbs mashes in with the best of citrus sits in perfectly with malt flavor your nose promised you after pouring. Mouthfeel is extremely soft. The initial spice fades away but the palate holds the flavor.

Overall a very impressive Belgian Strong Pale Ale even if its a little different from the other beers in that class.

Highly recommended and it will be in my kitchen again!

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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 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 hopsolutely
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle of Cervesia from LCBO and listed as a "Belgian pale ale" on Untappd, which is a classification I understand better than "ancient herbed"...

Pours a bright golden colour with an impressive white head, good retention and carbonation level. Perfectly clear until reaching the sediment around the punt. The pleasant mouthfeel is lacking any oiliness, despite the 8% ABV. Aroma is Belgian-yeast forward with a nice underlying bite; it's got a good balance of malt breadiness with candied fruit hop tones. Lots of flavour, transitioning from a sweet start to a decently bitter and tropical fruit infused finish, with just a hint of alcohol burn.

Although this is definitely a "Belgian", there are enough other profiles engaged to be enjoyed by a non-Belgian fan (such as myself). Definitely a beer I'm glad to have tried!

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Photo of campfirebrew
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden color. Fluffy white head that fades away too quickly. I thought there would be some head retention. Mostly hay and fresh wood in the nose. A hit of alcohol and belgian phenols. Flavor is like a mouthful of flowers and grass. Gracefully paired with white pepper and finishes with that peppery spice. Wonderfully sharp phenols are coming from this beer. Solid offering from Dupont. The noticeable alcohol hurts it a little.

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Photo of TKempe
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the lesser known and harder to find beers from Dupont, only available in a 750ml bottle for as far as I know. It colors somewhere in-between orange and yellow, builds up to a small head formation and shows some fine bubbles. Almost no lace.

The smell is sweet from the malt and fruity besides it. There is a herb profile that is complex and unfamiliar (reminiscent of menthol). Even though hoppiness is moderate and the 'farmhouse' character is toned down, this still is a recognizable Dupont-nose, with some wheat and sugar hidden underneath.

The herbal aspect seems to dominate the taste at first, but is suddenly counterbalanced by a strong blow of wheat that undermines the sweetness somewhat. A hoppy and dry moment follows, which then leads up to a prolonged aftertaste in which all of the taste elements are somehow present. A very unusual but likable taste.

On the palate there is a pretty strong carbonation and a medium build body.

An intriguing and tasty beer, quite heavy on the herbs though.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap poured

Golden yellow thin amount of bubbles

Almost cidery or winey aroma

Citrus spices and herbs taste

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

B+

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.
cheers
jd

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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