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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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DoublEE (781) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2012
A golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that rose two+ fingers to fill the glass. A good amount of active carbonation. The nose is of soft floral hops, grass, and bubble gum. Light bready notes, hay, and honey round out the profile. On the palate, noble hops up front with bubble gum through the middle with a subtle spice. Doughy yeast sweeps in with grass and floral qualities before a semi-dry finish. Some hints of pear and apple skins poke through as it warms. Light bodied with sturdy carbonation. Dry finish, crisp with some lingering grass/earth notes. This is a fine golden ale reminiscent of its brother, but with obvious nods to American ingredients. Highly enjoyable.

4.2
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of grainy and wheat malts with orange and lemon zest, coriander, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, pepper, and a bit of biscuit. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet grainy and wheat malts with some lemon and orange zest, coriander, and pepper. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast flavors come through with some clove, banana, and some other farmhouse flavors, with some grassy hops and mild bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet grainy malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, and other spices, and some grassy hops. M - Medium-plus bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, estery, and spicy finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice bold but balanced BSPA. Good yeast character.

4.2
superspak (6236) - Waterford, 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.

4.1
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.

4.1
Braudog (6907) - 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)

4
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.

4
JK (6342) - 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.

4
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.


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