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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2569) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2013
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a medium poorly retained, white, tiny bubbled head, over a slightly hazy, yellow (SRM 3), effervescent body....nose is pils malt, light pear apple....taste is light pear, apple, light cereal, leading to a peppery, bitter hop finish, finishing dry....mouth feel medium, minimally astringent, slight alcohol warmth, carbonation adds a foamy spritzy texture. The aromas, flavors and mouth feel of this beer are absolutely spot on for the style. This is no surprise as both Duvel and Ommegang are excellent breweries. The rapidly collapsing head, with minimal lacing is the only flaw. Maybe a slightly different hop or malt bill would change the head/lacing, or perhaps my glass has some fatty acids on it. BJCP 9/2/15/4/7

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emeister84 (862) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Aromas are citrusy, floral, and of fruity esters similar to farmhouse cider. Appearance is a hazy pale gold with well-retaining white head. Tastes tart, with a farmhouse funkiness, and light bitterness. The palate is medium-full bodied, with lively carbonation, and a moderately long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7586) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Sample at World Of Beer. Hazed dark gold-amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of ripe fruit, yeast and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of fruity yeast, grainy malt and a touch of hops. The finish is malty up front with a lingering slightly tart fruit aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2049) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2013
From the caged, corked 750 ml. bottle with smudged stamped dates on the bottleís neck that read 08/30/12 - 08/30/14. The pour is a hazy golden yellow with a short-lived fizzy white head. The aroma is of apple, pear, grapefruit, yeast, and herbal qualities. The body is smooth and bold with good consistency. The taste begins with mellow sweetness and then erupts into a tart bitter ending that finishes dry.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3200) - Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours a hazy, bubbly golden yellow with a fairly thick, if not persistent, snow-white head. Aroma has only average strength, but tempts with notes of apple, pear, butterscotch and malt plus a hint of yeast. Lip-smacking flavor has good fruity (apple and pear, plus a hint of banana), malty and yeast notes with a bitter hoppy undertone and a hint of butterscotch. Smooth, firm texture has plenty of fizz and leaves a sweet fruity finish with a bitter, woody hops undertone. Rusticate with this one whilst you can!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Champagne Bottle. Sweet banana custard wheat like scent. Cloudy golden copper pour with a white head to ring, quick to dissolve. Med/thick body with a frothy airy to dry feel. Sweet banana custard flavor to a tangy spice, clove, vinous finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5578) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle, caged & corked. Nice energetic pour ... pretty and golden, if a bit hazy. The otherwise fizzy head has some good retention. The aromas are classical, fresh and herbal with a bit of yeast. This drinks with a super tartness up front, enough to make me gasp at first. The acidity is a bit of a surprise. But as it settles, this is a steady, rustic example, sweet, light, yet powerful. (#4876, 12/29/2012)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2012
750ml from Samís, Durham. Attractive pour, hazy gold with a rocky head and spotty lacing. Nose is peppery with soft hops, though thereís a pronounced fruity undertone that I reckon is from the Ommegang house yeast. Light, prickly mouthfeel. Taste is like a biere de garde inasmuch as itís far more bready and yeasty, balanced away from the hops that are there but less prominently than desired. Faintly dry hints at what could have been. Still enjoyable, but at the price itís hard not to see this as a slight letdown.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3513) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Just good beer. Hazy gold color. Pure white yeast. Wild yeasty aroma. Fruity yeasty straw flavor. Thin body with a lot of carbonation. This one makes good burps.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gachupines (850) - USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma is slightly floral with a bit of hay mixed in. Flavor is a little muddled. Itís a little yeasty with some lemon zest and vaguely peppery in the finish. Overall, similar as Duvel but not as elegant.


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