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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (838) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle: pours a light straw color with a foamy white head, aroma of citrus and spices, taste is spicy, malty, hoppy, with a dry finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a very cloudy, very dark golden yellow color that’s almost ripe banana brown. Completely opaque and murky with a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Slightly earthy aroma with some farmhouse must, peppery spice, pale malt and estery light fruit notes. Bready with the yeast being the strongest presence. Not too rustic farmhouse like with lots of sweet apple and pear along with pepper, biscuit malt and crisp, grassy hops. Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a crisp, earthy funk that lingers over the pale malts, earthy hops and estery fruit notes into a tart finish. More complex than expected with a strong earthy barnyard funk presence. Dry, earthy and tart followed by some resinous hop bitterness. Grassy with some pine needle flavor followed by alcohol and light fruit sweetness. Hints of apple, pear and light grape along with biscuit malt backbone. A touch boozy and over carbonated with a weird combo of spice, funk and esters. Kind of like wild farmhouse version of duvel but I prefer the cleaner flavor profile of the original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3990) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Near clear golden pour with ample offwhite head. Nose and flavor is floral and malty and bready and sweet and mellow and smooth. Palate is velvety and chewy. Don’t get any of the hop bitterness as advertised, but it’s very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2014
I found this to be more full-bodied than Duvel, with more yeast, less hops and citrus, and overall not quite as refreshing. Still a nice offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13913) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
Cloudy tan...certainly doesn’t have that Duvel head, aroma is appetizing, with sweet honey, some gentle spiciness, yeast complexity. The taste...I’m not sure this follows through. The orangey character is there but muted, the malts pushed more to the fore and are sweeter and the alcohol is Duvel-like but it doesn’t work as well with the hop dryness. Does not compare well to Duvel and only okay as a strong Belgian golden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
[5236-20130419] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Light grainy grassy lemon aroma. Slightly hazy, light orange yellow body with a quick foamy white head. Grainy lemon bitter yeast flavour. Medium body. Fair but a little old? (6/3/6/3/13) 3.1
Overheard: "His buttcheeks have tentacles." "No, it’s pronounced ’testicles’."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kaser (4577) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Poured from 22oz bottle. Grain and wheat taste. Very fruity. Orange rind and flour flavor. Not bad

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Fresh bottle.

Pours maize with a white head into a Duvel tulip. The aroma is insanely good -- the epitome of what a golden farmhouse ale should offer. Grassy fields that take you there, cut hay drying in the sun, a bit of dust, leather, pepper, a mild hint of the bubblegum and banana to come in the flavor. I am really impressed. This aroma reminds me not only why I like rustic golden ales but also why I love beer in general. It makes me start to think about giving a rare 10 for aroma.

The bubblegum comes up forwardly in the flavor, a bit stronger than I like, and the yeast contributes the expected spiciness. While this is a relatively dry beer, the esters contribute a certain sweetness and the alcohol is not undetectable. A chocolate-covered salt caramel pairing is money, pushing the sweetness into the background and drawing out the noble hops that otherwise are more in the aroma than flavor. I think I need to revisit the whole Ommegang range; my bet is that I came to it too early in my beer journey and didn’t appreciate it for what it was.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle. Clear golden color with white head. Grassy hop, mild skunk, dry spice, dusty pale malt aromas. Medium bodied with average co2. Grassy hop, bready, dusty pale malt, dry spice flavors____drying finish---very tasty

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Pours hazy golden with a lasting white head. Vaguely citric Aroma. Taste is sweet with melon and citrus. Finish is dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Golden pour, white head. Nice saison notes, yeast, hay, stone fruits, light spice.

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