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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
weissblau (19) - - DEC 16, 2012
Pours very pale with a very thin head. Flavor is initially quite hoppy then turns malty sweet for the finish. Earthy, flowery notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tbopslt (354) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Poured from 750 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. light head and good lacing. Pale amber color, hazt and ample carbonation. Slight citrus smell. Crisp tast, slightly dry finish. Typical full mouthfeel for a Belgian brew. Overall a very good beer from my favorite class. On the pricey side from where i purchased, but would definitely drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5743) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Full bodied. Opaquw yellow. Lacing foam. Coriander and bitter hops with Belgian yeast. Some sugar and pear. Good.

   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 don’t 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AKThunder (167) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
This is a very nice Belgian Ale made outside of Belgium. The brewery, Ommegang has done an excellent job, and they are now part of the Duvel family. Very floral grass tasting hops, nice hay malt, and this is enjoyable to drink slowly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Mildly opaque gold, nice white lacy head. Aroma is yeasty and fresh. Flavor is lightly hoppy, with notes of dried froots. Sweet, complex and tasty. Sharp dry finish. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet pear, tangerine, apple, and horse blanket funk aroma. Bright silky palate. Tastes of orange, pear, banana, and apple with a barn yard funk finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
On tap, golden yellow pour with white foam, a better Duvel than Duvel, bright fruity flavors with interesting funky yeast aroma, clean finish

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