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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Duvel Rustica Golden Ale is our long-anticipated collaboration with Duvel. It’s our first Belgian-style Golden Ale, a elegant ale noted for using simple ingredients to create complex flavors and aromas. We worked closely with Duvel on the recipe and processes, yet added our own signature notes. This Duvel collaboration created a fine ale, one with all the depth and breadth of Duvel’s classic Belgian Golden Ale, along with rustic notes, including fruity esters from our yeast. In keeping with our rustic farmstead roots, Rustica pours a golden hue, the aroma and flavor mixes maltiness and citrus from hops while the yeast produces notable fruitiness. The body is lean and rounded, while the finish offers dry warmth & firm hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours hazy pale gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is pear and apple esters with citrus hops and biscuit malt. Flavor is malt forward with light hops and bitterness, fruity esters barnyard yeast and a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Draft at craft ale house. Pours fairly clear straw yellow with a finger of white head. The aroma has a nice mix of citrus and belgian yeast. The taste is dry, lemon citrus with a drier finish. There is a hop presence in the background. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Draft at Craft Ale House. Pours gold with white head and lively carbonation. Nose is hopcitrus, funky yeasty esters. Tastes dry, effervescent, with hops and citrus up front and late mild funk and yeasty florals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2012
10 karat gold pour with a dense ivory foam. Candied orange, yeast, honey baked biscuit, lemon, pepper, and pine. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty tasty but nothing terribly noteworthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Pours clear pale yellow with a medium white head...lively. aroma has light fruity notes...juicyfruit...and very mild grassy spice. Flavor steps up the grassy/spicy hoppiness...good balance with the fruitiness...faint clovey notes. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a slightly boozy dry grassy/spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2012
A golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that rose two+ fingers to fill the glass. A good amount of active carbonation. The nose is of soft floral hops, grass, and bubble gum. Light bready notes, hay, and honey round out the profile. On the palate, noble hops up front with bubble gum through the middle with a subtle spice. Doughy yeast sweeps in with grass and floral qualities before a semi-dry finish. Some hints of pear and apple skins poke through as it warms. Light bodied with sturdy carbonation. Dry finish, crisp with some lingering grass/earth notes. This is a fine golden ale reminiscent of its brother, but with obvious nods to American ingredients. Highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy, bubbly golden yellow. Somewhat opaque, I guess. Smells strongly of lemon, orange peel, pepper, spices. Good beer, easy to drink and you don’t taste the alcohol in it until you’re finished with it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6574) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 15, 2012
750 bottle. Slightly spicy. Dry. The yeast flavor is nice with some apple and pear. I don’t get the negatie reviews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Poured very pale with a small head. Aroma was yeast and phenolic with some spiciness. Doesn’t finish very clean on the palate. Lingers

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Pale golden orange color with a big white head. Nice yeasty nose, plenty of pear and apple, some coriander spiciness, and a bready malt base. Hints of alcohol and citrus zest. The flavor is a little boozy and phenolic. Spicy, some coriander, and a bit of apple and pear ester. Somewhat chalky on the finish. Sweet bread, pale malt, and sugar. Meh at best.

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