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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mikesaum (712) - Newark, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Sample at beverage source, pours golden with fluffy white head. Aroma is spicy belgian yeast, very floral hops. Taste is much the same, very floral and bitter hops, belgian spice, dry finish, haven’t had duvel so I can’t rally compare, but this isn’t bad.

blipp (9929) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle at Dadtoberfest. Pours gold with a white head. Yeasty, light fruity, floral and herbal hops, hint of peppery spice, lighter grains, and just a touch of funkier yeasty notes. Nice enough.

GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Light Belgian yeast aromas. Light Belgian yeast flavors. Overall a ok golden ale.

Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 25, 2012
On tap at Coles
Aroma milder nose, golden malts, slight hop side, soft yeasty hints. 7-
Appearance clear golden brew with white mid lighter top.3+
Flavor and Palate : Fairly yeasty, medium light bodied with candy sugars. Slight dryness of alcohol on top end. Bit rough here and there. Tad salty , with late bitterness. I can see blend of Duvel and Ommegang character here.

JulienHuxley (5985) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2012
On tap at Churchkey. Clear gold pour with frothy white head. Aroma of grain, noble hops and alcohol are all pretty much on par with Duvel, but you can tell that the yeast is different, much "dirtier " smelling than normal. Taste is slightly boozy, the yeast contributes an interesting spiciness to it all. Palate is on the mark, very dry with high carbonation. Interesting experiment.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Draft. Medium white head, lightly hazed apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy, straw, some alcohol/acetone. Taste is moderately sweet, straw, some honey, spicy, alcohol. Medium body, low carbonation.

tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle shared at Dadtoberfest. The aroma is sweet, earthy, pepper. The aroma was hazy gold, white head. The flavor was virtually the same. The finish was peppery, but a residual sweetness as well. Enjoyable.

greener69 (11) - Alexandria, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Pours with a hazy golden hue. Nice head fading to thin lace. Aroma pleasant with belgian yeast and malty sweetness. Hits the palate with toasted malt and caramel finishing with a spicy punch of belgium funk. A rustic version of duvels golden ale. A little disapointing.

zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2012
bottle shared by Jay at Dadtoberfest. Spicy and barnyard notes on the nose. Yeasty funk and caramel malts on the palate. Susty and mellow. Tasty. Also, love the new labels. As Jay points out though, what is the point of making a pricier duvel clone?

jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Jay at the Dadpad Dadtoberfest 2012. Pours a clear golden body with thin white lacing. Aroma is yeast, sweet malts and toasted grain. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of yeast, sweet fruit, toasted malts and grain.

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