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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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3.9
Kinz (3786) - 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!

3.9
AKThunder (170) - 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.


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