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Joseph Spelt Ale - Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)

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84
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-25-2002)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

t0rin0, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color ale with a large pale white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of light funk and fruity ester with some pale malt. Taste is also dominated by some light funky notes with some discernable fruity ester and a light malt backbone. Average body with great carbonation. Well done but maybe lacking some funk to some ester to be truly exceptional.

Phyl21ca, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

At a recent beer tasting, this beer was described as a Farmhouse Saison rather than a Witbier. Nevertheless, it's solid beer with tons of flavor and character. Before the beer is finished pouring, ripe pears, peaches, mangos, and papayas aromas abound from the bottle. A lightly plastic-ey and woody character (from the cork?) quickly subsides leaving the fruit flavors, compimented by soft and delecate spices to round out the beer. Corriander and curraco adds a finess and creaminess to make this low alcohol beer abundant in character and flavor. Finishes light, airy, modestly dry and clean. A terrific anytime beer.

BEERchitect, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of womencantsail
2.45/5  rDev -34.3%

A: The beer pours a hazed golden color with a tint of orange and a thin white head.

S: Starts off with honey and bread notes, and a nice floral note. However, the more you smell it, the more stale and cardboardy it becomes. Light grass notes are also present.

T: Things are pretty much the same with the flavor, except the grass and cardboard are more pronounced the entire time. Light honey and bread sweetness can't salvage this one.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Too bad as this sounded interesting.

womencantsail, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +8%

Pours a real spritzy light yelow with a decent head wich is gone pretty fast but bubbles everywhere on this one prety highly carbonated,big fresh squeezed lemon aroma here along with a little grain.Very refreshing taste of lemon oil with some grainy notes in the aftertaste.Refreshing maybe a little one dimensional but pretty good,I think better than the ratings of most of the others gave.

oberon, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

JAHMUR, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a clear light gold straw color with a thick pale white head. Aromas of spicy grain, light dustiness, with a good whiff of lemon pepper. Quite well carbonated, quite a light beer that is so spritzy the taste is hard to pin down. It has a nice lemony graininess to it. Predominantly a light refreshing beer. There is a bit of complexity to this beer including an interesting spicy element in the finish of this beer, notes of a hayfield that is blooming with nectar laden flowers with a bit of a bite. I definitely like this beer, it is simple straight forward with just enough complexity to keep me interested.

Gueuzedude, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%

03/25/05- Purchased through Hi-Time Wine Cellars.

Presentation- 24oz bottle caged and corked. No dates on the bottle to be found. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Light yellow, approaching white in color. Good sized creamy white head and moderate lacing. Lots of yeast floaties as well as a puddle of yeast on the bottom of the glass.

Smell- Corriander, hints of lemon and a light scent of pepper.

Taste- A nice bit of sweetness in the taste. A small amount of fruit flavors, with a small amount of spices. Maybe even a bit of a honey taste.

Mouthfeel- This one was mid carbonation range, but went down pretty smooth. Not watery at all.

Drinkability- RIght up there with Hoegaarden. A extremely refreshing wit.

GClarkage, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%

Poured a cloudy, golden yellow color with big carbonation and a fluffy white head. Nose is faint and pretty weak with light wheat making uo the nose. Taste is light wheat, banana, some clove and spice but pretty standard. mouthfeel is a bit of spice. Drinkability is average .

barleywinefiend, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of wl0307
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

This bottle conditioned beer is obtained at the Beer Circus pub, East Croydon, London, cming in 25cl brown bottle at the strength 5.4%abv. The BB date is 2006.

A: pours a hazy, pale-yellowish, pineapple-juice like colour; the white beer head comes rocky and fluffy, settling down slowly and supported by apparently energetic fizzy body.
S: sweetish but lively malts on top of a refreshing lemony wheatish+pineapple fruity note, with a touch of yeast and coriander seed. Overall attenuated and sweet for a witbier.
T: slightly sour-sweet flavour of lemon-flavoured candy + malted-wheat upfront, quickly leading to a settled, semi-sweet and perfumy Chinese green-bean paste flavour and herbal hops, with a nice warmish and yeasty aftertaste. Just a little bitterness with a touch of grainy sweetness in the finish, ending quite clean.
M: the mouthfeel is funny at first, with big bubbly texture disappearing in my mouth fast like a lemonade... and quickly settles down without much buttress of carbonation just when the texture itself collapses to bits on the palate, hence a bit flat and thin mouthfeel at the latter half of sipping.
D: a small tasty beer with a weird body, not demanding but still quite enjoyable. Could use a bit more assertive flavour though, as it sits interestingly in between a Belgian pale ale and Witbier, IMO.--or perhaps that's what makes it special? Worth trying anyway.

wl0307, Sep 25, 2005
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3.73/5  rDev 0%

An unusual wheat beer, spelt is a very old grain in the wheat family. Cloudy, high carbonation, strong head. A good wheat style. Organic, $8.99 for 750ml. Importer: WIN - IT - TOO Inc. Santa Barbara, Ca.

jdhilt, Mar 25, 2002
Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

A: Poured a murky, tangerine/orange color with a fluffy 2 finger white head that diminished moderately.

S: The aroma was light with some citrus and a light yeasty sourness. There was a nice wheaty grain presence on the nose from the spelt.

T: Sweet citrus and oranges dominated the initial flavor. The flavor was sweet n spicy with curaco oranges and a nice zesty, spicy hopping along with some honey toast bread. There were also light banana notes that came through near the end. The beer finished with a nice wheaty lacing of fresh grains, a nice well rounded sourness that was very subdued and gentle, along with some lemon notes. The finish was crisp, yet extremely smooth and silky on the tongue while the spelt grain bill definitely made for some very interesting grain flavors and complexity. The spelt definitely highlighted this beer, which complimented and made for a good pairing of meat and grains for Thanksgiving dinner.

M: The mouthful was slick with sour oranges coming through upon warming and was surprisingly smooth and silky.

D: A very good recommend and refreshingly different. Very smooth with a nice rounded and gentle spiciness and great grain body. The carbonation is tame providing for a great silky mouthful that drinks incredibly smooth.

beerthulhu, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -19.6%

The beer pours from the 750ml corked bottle a transpicuous bright gold color, the head is Bunyanesque in size, bubbly in texture and a brilliant white color, the lace a thick and velum like sheet. The nose that of fresh cut hay and bit of yeast and over ripe pears, citrus crisp, clean and fresh, start is somewhat sweet, hints of grain, the top is light to middling in its feel on the palate. Finish is almost astringent; hops are indeterminate, quite dry and lingering aftertaste. While being drinkable, I can’t really say I care much for this beer, but then I’m not particularly fond of “Blonde” beers, of any nationality, maybe it’s a little to “Lager Like” for my taste, even if it is a wit.

Gusler, Oct 29, 2003
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4.18/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my La Chouffe tulip, Joseph is cloudy, pale yellow with a huge, frothy white head, which slowly subsides leaving light, foamy lace. Gorgeous really.

The aroma is subdued sour wheat and lemon, with a soft sugary sweetness. Spot on.

The taste is also subdued and quite refreshing. Tart, sweet and fruity citrus on the finish, which has a a bit of dry crispness, but also a touch of solventy phenols. Very nice, gone before I knew it!

The mouthfeel is pretty sharp, with a husky astringency and a light, spritzy body.

This is a highly drinkable ale, it goes down super easy. While reasonably priced for a Belgian, it's still cost prohibitive to drink in quantity, although it would be a great BBQ beer.

ccrida, Sep 02, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

Pale straw color with a full big bubbled white head, active carbonation, and some clumpy lace rings. Spicy clove aroma and flavor with a light grainy character all around that lends some citric flavors. Light bodied, airy, and refreshing ... but maybe a bit too light.

Per Label: "Certified Organically Processed" www.globalbeer.com

($7.49 / 25.4 oz corked and caged tall straight bottle)

RBorsato, May 16, 2005
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mrfrancis, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%

Brewery Visit - 24th April 2000.

Tried on draft in the Café, which is next to the Brewery, the Chez L’Père Sarrasin. Limited Notes.

Joseph, 6% ABV.
A very strange, deep yellow, wheat beer brewed with spelt wheat and very cloudy indeed. The literature that I picked up, states that this is intentional due to the double-fermentation. Spicy hints in the aftertaste. Reasonable drinking beer as I recall, but quite strange and can take some getting used to.

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +4%

Thanks to ThirstyBird for the opportunity to try this one. Poured a murky, straw gold. Head effervesced and dissipated immediately, crackling and popping as it did, before finally dissipating completely. Nose was very light; perhaps grapefruit. Taste was citrus, some light fruit and a faint yeast quality. Mouthfeel is light and lively. Very easy drinking and refreshing brew.

Jwale73, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Caged and corked - nice firm carbonation pop as the cork came out. A fair bit of turbidity even with a careful pour, resulting in a slightly cloudy soft golden color. Bright flavor without much yeast-produced spicing. Some uniquely "Belgian" character to the brew, hinting at a Belgian golden ale influence. Not at all bready or yeasty, despite the ever-increasing amount of suspened solids as I worked by way through the bottle. By the last glass, it was getting down-right murky. Overall, a nicely understated wit.

Brent, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.83/5  rDev +29.5%

750ml caged and corked, either 2005 or 2006 (not clearly indicated), served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A - murky, golden yellow color with a huge white head that lasted the entire glass, leaving trails of lacing.

S - sweet wheat malt, fruity, and yeasty aromas fill the nose.

T - very delicious tasting brew, this is as good as any (pricey) wit beer out of Belgium.

D - delicious taste and reasonable 5% abv make this an excellent drinking beer and it's all organic to boot!

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

25.4 oz, corked and caged bottle. Initial pour is a chill hazed, honey gold body with a one finger, offwhite head that quickly falls into a longlasting, film of lace. Some sheet lacing is left on the sides of the goblet. Carbonation is very apparent, as the first pour has sparkling, bubbles ala champagne. After swirling the bottle before the final pour, I get a murky, medium yellow body.
Aroma is very fruity, with lemon, pineapple, and banana leading a dominant, fruit profile. Fresh mushrooms, and an earthy yeast presence are also noted. There is a faint, hint of coriander spiciness.
Mouthfeel has explosively high carbonation, and a medium body.
Overcarbonation is the first impression when rating the taste, but a fruity sweetness quickly takes over. Pineapple and banana flavors are dominant here, with an earthy yeast presence, a hint of coriander, and lots of wheat graininess. The finish is more dry than the beginning, or middle, with a resulting balance that is quite pleasant.
I did not think this ale was overly sweet, but it was definitely overcarbonated(I'm still burping). Easily drinkable, with the low abv, and a nice, organic, Belgian wit for those that enjoy "Juicy Fruit" flavors.

merlin48, Oct 07, 2004
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4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a slightly cloudly pale yellow with very healthy carbonation and a head that sticks around forever. Lace builds up quickly as the glass empties.

Aroma is fresh-baked bread, light spices, flowers, mild honey.

The flavor is deceptively simple. At first I thought I had it, then it seemed to evolve with each sip. First there's soft sweetness--candy-like, honey-like, with apple, pear and various spices--then a gentle graininess--but the finish brings in a subtle bitter, green-apple-sour accent. Then it dries out, but not before treating you to a light, velvety mouthfeel.

By far one of the most unique beers I've had from Belgium. It drinks as much like a saison as a wit, in my tastebuds' estimation. I would definitely return to this beer...I just wish I'd bought more than one bottle (albeit a nice big caged-and-corked number).

Metalmonk, Jul 01, 2007
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3.88/5  rDev +4%

750 ml bottle. 8-9 oz sample. Pours a hazy peachy orange color with a light head over top that falls to a patchy coat with solid bubbles boiling up from the bottom explosing at the surface. Nose is interesting. I get notes of raisin, a grainey/herbal quality that I can only assume is the spelt, with a very light banana and lemon zing on the end. Very interesting aroma. Flavor is just as interesting. I get notes of raisin, and a flavor I associate to be the spelt...kind of like a graineyness, but more sweet. There is a moderate spiceyness on the finish as well, reminding me of corriander. It finishes with just a touch of metallic bite, but not offensively. Feel is moderate with a very active carbonation, leaving it with a pretty light feel overall. As far as things go, this one is pretty nice. Spelt adds an interesting twist to it...a spiceyness/earthyness/herbalness that rounds out the raisin character. Its not what I would call a witbier, but I do enjoy it.

kmpitz2, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

750ml bottle.

It pours a hazy gold with a fluffy bright, white head. It recedes decently quickly with some lacing. Typical for the style.

The smell is heavy on the orange and corriander. The spelt brings a bit more musty earthiness than the average wheat.

The flavor is surprisingly tart and not as sweet as most for the style. It reminds me of a heartier version of Blanche de Namur. The flavor doesn't hold as well as it could, the carbonation is high and the flavor rolls of the tongue quicker than I would like

Ill take it over Hoegaarden any day.

crossovert, Nov 22, 2010
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2.98/5  rDev -20.1%

BB end 2006. Good presentation though overcarbonisation makes it hard too ppor in. Nice pale golden beer with haze. Nose is orange/citrussy, litle koreander and some maltyness( with creamyspelt) but overal very light and pale. As is taste that gives mostly maltyness, some orange, litle sourhint and some bitterness. Mouthfeel is due to overcarbonisation watery and overal a drinkable beer but carbonisation makes it hard to drink.

paterlodie, Aug 21, 2005
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Joseph Spelt Ale from Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.