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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. Itís 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 Duvelís 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derek881 (1251) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Poured from a large bottle into a trappist style glass to drink. The beer was a lighter gold color with a slight hazy-sediment component, but mostly clear, with a good-sized foamy white head that had average retention, but very good cling and lacing. Its aroma had a lively fruity and floral blend with notes of grapes and apple, along with a lighter earthy-grainy mix, and a bit of yeast. The taste was quite good with a predominantly sweet fruit blend with fruity flavors, including apple, and a light citrus background, with a subtle grainy bitter finish. It had a lighter, fluffy, smoother body with a somewhat wet mouthfeel, and medium carbonation and fizz; the fairly high alcohol content was indiscernible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2013
2 year old bottle. Nice golden pour with big white head. Citrus, hay, floral, pepper. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet, light tartness. Dry, crisp body. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2013
In short: A yeasty and well hopped belgian blonde ale. High drinkability for the style. Good beer.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed fresh soon after purchase.
The look: Cloudy shining yellow-blonde body topped by a medium white head.
In long: Nose has a lot of yeast-related fruits (peaches, bananas, ground cherries) along with a nice fresh baguette smell and grassy herbal hops. In mouth the beer feels nourishing, big full chewy body but with ample carbonation, very nice mouthfeel here. Taste is both straightforward and highly satisfying. A pale malt backbone that is like fresh crust-less baguette. Fruity notes of bananas, pears, ground cherries. Strong and pleasant belgian yeast presence. Generous amount of earthy herbal hops. A bit sweet on the attack but the herbal-grassy hops do a great job drying out the finish. My 750ml was just too easy to drink. First time I had this beer I thought it was just ok, then a few months later I bought this bottle (different Batch?) and I loved it quite a lot. Another well-made and well-packaged beer from Ommegang, this brewery that always goes the extra mile, and thankfully they donít run a taxi service because people would be so pissed after being dropped one mile past where they want to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9260) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Pour on tap at Hops and Pie, light orange pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of orange, lemon, some clove, banana in there from the yeast, slight biscuit, grass, some grainy notes as well. Taste is a mix of white fruit, banana, slight bubblegum into clove, spice, and grassy notes, slight vanilla, honey, and bready notes, finishing fairly sweet. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
agl108 (1059) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2013
On draft at Sharp Edge Brasserie. Poured hazy gold with white head. Flavor of lemony citrus, grass, cloves and a touch of pepper. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21446) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2013
From notes. Bottle. Hazy golden yellow color, large white head with good retention. Aroma of citrus, banana, light clove. Taste is lightly spiced bitter and fruity. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3851) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
750ml bottle 10/12/13 (Hy-Vee Cedar Rapids)-42į in Trappist Glass-Pours a slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of yeast, grass, grains, and hops. Taste of the same with more hops and it finishes very dry. This light to medium bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty. Great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (738) - Radford, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Poured as a small taster from a bottle. The beer is slightly darker than classic Duvel and the spiciness in the aroma and on the palate arenít as apparent with the Ommegang yeast used to do bottle conditioning. While quite good, I slightly prefer classic Duvel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (1049) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Nice brown bomber coming with cork and a wire cage. The silhouette of the devil and his goat on the artwork was a nice touch. I poured it into a Duvel tulip (of course), and the pale golden color of the original seemed intact, but the carbonation was not quite as lively as that of the urban Duvel. The aroma was very sweet, with banana, and honey, followed by a bit of barnyard funk. The taste was not too much like the original Duvel, as that beer is known for itís dryness and well hidden alcohol. This one was more sweet, with a lot of floral and herbal notes, and some saltine cracker like breadiness. The finish was quite a bit more Saison like, with some bright hops a blast of pepper and a touch of lemon. The alcohol content was also more readily apparent here. The body felt medium thick, and had a decent mouth coating action. This one was closer to Hennepin than Duvel, as the house yeast strain seemed to have made more of difference than anything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 A musty aroma combined with citrus notes. Pours an attractive, hazy yellow with no head and little lacing. The taste, to begin with, is a restrained fruity sweetness, followed with citrus notes and then a bready finish. Medium-light mouthfeel with crisp, yet moderate carbonation. A refreshing dry finish. Overall, I think this beer met the intent of the brewers. It has the charactereistics of a Belgian ale as well as the charteristics of a farmhouse ale. Enjoyable.

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