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Ommegang Duvel Rustica



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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (5542) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Pours hazy gold into a tulip. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Sweet caramel and dough aromas. Sweet hay and sourdough upfront turning to soured bitter earth in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Draft. Clear golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of sweet honey, earthy yeast and a light spicy scent. Flavor is sugary malt, peppery spicy with lightly tart yeast and no alcohol presence. Medium body with active carbonation. Very nice beer, the sweetness is balanced out nicely with the yeast character and the alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a large frothy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of peach, stone fruits, corn and bready notes. The taste is herbal, bubblegum, cherries and stone fruits. Medium bodied with a slight lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jandd1983 (3867) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Sampled at W&C. It poured a light red/orange color with a tiny white head. The aroma was medium sweet, spicy, straw, some alcohol/acetone. The taste was moderately sweet, straw, some honey, spicy, alcohol. A decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9140) - Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Draft at Dutch-s. Clear light golden with a medium white head with sporadic lacing. Nose is mildly spicy and herbal with some banana fruitiness. The flavor is much of the same with a bit of solvent toward the finish. I don’t like this as much as regular Duvel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (8191) - Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks good; light gold with white head. Smells spicy and doughy with sweet notes. Tastes like it smells with a hint of mild cherry menthol. Average on the palate. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Interesting. This is basically just Duvel brewed at Ommegang (like they have for years now), but this time done with Ommegang’s house yeast instead of the typical Duvel yeast. Pours the normal Duvel lightly hazy gold with a nice, lasting head. Aroma is light pils malts and a definite fruity yeast note. Flavor is in fact similar to Duvel, with two notable exceptions. First, and less obvious, is that the usual floral hop crispness of Duvel is missing. Second, and most telling, is a clear note of banana ester from the yeast. Different, but yet the same. I love the various takes on Duvel that have come out recently, like this and the Green. Really highlights how minor tweaks can change a beer. Oh yeah, this was pretty good, even thought the banana was a bit stronger than I would have liked. Growler from Whole Foods Short Pump. Cheers to Greg!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours golden with a medium white head. Moderately sweet aroma with yeasty and straw notes. A hint of alcohol as well. Similar flavor with a little more yeasty spice flavor. Some alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (2595) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Draft. Bright golden color. Glowing. Smells slightly boozy, yeasty and bready. Taste s similar. Pretty good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2012
On tap. Mildly hazy yellow color. Nice thin white head, leaves impressive lace. Nice citrus lemon aroma, very interesting spice and yeast characteristics... Rustic is a good way to put it. Kind of floral, maybe some clove. Very nice smooth texture, lighter carbonation, medium to big body. Clean, dry finish. Good long spicy / yeasty aftertaste. Bitter taste. Light bite. This is tasty.

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