Delicious. That is how I would describe Duvel Rustica. If you have ever had a Duvel this beer is more rustic and somehow more delicious. Standard Duvel is a mighty tasty beverage, but the Cooperstown rendition brewed in the good old US of A has more depth and complexity. At 8.5% ABV the alcohol is the same as the Belgian counterpart, but the flavors with their earthy and lightly spicy characteristics seem to tantalize the palate with a myriad of flavor combinations. I don’t want to call the Belgian variant pedestrian, but the US version is complex and captivating. I can see it paired with a nice rustic cheese or any number of dishes. I drank it by itself and would have loved to have paired it with another Duvel Rustica.
If you spot this one on a shelf at your local bottle shop, grab a bottle and thank me later! ;)
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.