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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Interesting beer that combines characteristics of both breweries. A fruity sweetness that has lots of apples combined with a heavy triple like flavor with some light skunky grassy flavors. Interesting and I liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6965) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Tap at Busters. Slightly hazy yellow pour with a clingy pure white head. Nose is yeast and citrus. Soft and delicate. Smooth palate with just a touch of hop edge. Wonderful Belgian ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2013
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur dorée et voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (agrumes, léger de poires, notes de pommes et de bananes, traces de pêches), moyennement épicées (poivre doux, notes de clou de girofle) et aux notes terreuses, de pain, léger de houblon herbeux aux notes florales avec des traces de gomme balloune, d’alcool et de miel. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-élevé ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse aux notes croustillantes. Goût de levures fruitées (agrumes et zeste, léger de pommes vertes, traces de bananes), terreuses et moyen-léger épicées (clou de girofle, poivre) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de pain avec un léger goût de grains ainsi que des petites notes de miel. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve une moyenne amertume asséchante de houblon assez floral et moyennement herbeux avec un léger goût d’alcool réchauffant et ce jusqu’en finale. Post-goût moyen-long et sec, moyen-léger amer de houblon floral et herbeux avec un goût de levures fruitées (léger zeste de citron, pelures de poires), légèrement terreuses et aux notes épicées.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (3931) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Str8 apple juice, sorry tastes just like the rest of them don’t know what to tell ya

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2836) - Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2013
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/30/2012. Pours hazy and cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, bread, wheat, floral, herbal, grass, light banana, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with light-moderate malt. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, floral, grass, bread, wheat, light banana, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, light fruits, clove, pepper, wheat, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt; with a great fruity/spicy ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale ale! Great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Wow! This beer was the surprise of the year so far! Outstanding! Aroma was big and juicy. Yeast, Juicy Fruit bubblegum and and lemon. Pour was a nice light gold with a thin white film for a head. Taste was delicious and refreshing. Heavy yeast bite coupled with a very tart (near sour) flavor. Earth, barnyard floor and light fruits all mix together for a delicious flavor. As it warmed, lemon and hay came out. Almost saison-like. Mild carbonation for the style, which was kind of disappointing but still an awesome beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty weak hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
2013-04-19. Hazy golden yellow body with a modest white head. 3++ Sort of musty grassy lemony aroma. Flavour is similar, dry, lightly alcoholic throughout, grassy, floral, vaguely funky. Average plus palate. Finishes quite dry and alcoholic. Decent but doesn’t really make me want a second bottle. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2013
Corked bottle and served in Duvel snifter: Pours a deep clean golden hue with a lasting fizzy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of banana, clove, grains of paradise, biscuit, honey and caramel with grassy and slightly spicy hops. There is a bit of plastic-ish vapour but nothing off putting. The taste is initially quite Belgian with fruity and grainy overtones and a touch of herbal notes. Earthy and woody dry before the spicy finish. Seems more boozy that the ABV lets on, I would have guessed 10+ for this. I did expected more farmhouse notes as well. The mouth feel is sharp and aggressive, a tad minerally and band-aid too. Overall it is okay but I honestly am a tad disappointed considering how much I love Duvel and like Ommegang. Reminds me how I was disappointed in the Brasserie d’Achouffe and Ommegang collaboration beer as well.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (2875) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2013
Picked this up about 4 months ago in Vermont.

A - Nice gold clarity, although a few specs of yeast or hops still floating around

S - Smells like granny smith apples, grape skins and juicy juice box juice.

T - Sweet, hint of funkiness and some barnyard with a very almost ashtray like finish. Very moldy / muddy, could be confused with earthy but nope. Great start just like Duvel. Finish is not forgettable in a bad way.

M - Nice carbonation

O - It’s a shame this isn’t very good. Not a drain pour but close.



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