Wostyntje - Brouwerij Smisje

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 196
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 05-07-2003

The label on the bottle says: Wostyntje is a dark blond ale brewed with 90% barley malt, 10% munich malt, 2 sorts of hops, dark candy sugar and mustard seeds.
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Photo of Sammy
2.67/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at The Belgian room, NYC. Light body, sourish, three weeks old, yellow body without head. Not too great a Belgian. I do not know about mustard beers, didn't they ban than in WWI? I do not think it works, but likely needs warning sign. Definite apple cider character. (273 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
2.57/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

I'm not sure whats going on but this is the 3rd beer in a row from these guys purchased from a different location that has been crap.

Pours a murky yellow orange with some brown in it. Decent lacing, not much retention.

Aroma is sour, boozy, and malty.

Taste has some barnyard character from the funk in the beer. Also some palt malt, sourness, and alcohol. Not pleasant. I'll pass next time.

Body is medium possibly because all the CO2 escapes quickly. Not enjoyable. (552 characters)

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip.

A: Poured easily creating a light head with some light carbonation. Pale brown color leaving a light head once settled with a cloudy appearance.

S: Immediate smell of a citric and sour aroma of lemon and/or orange. There was a faint smell of candy along with a distinct aroma likely the mustard seeds.

T: Definitely sour flavor from the first sip. You could taste the lemon and orange but the aftertaste brought out the mustard seed with a slight bitterness. A little sweet and more carbonated than was expected along with a slight bit of complexity.

M&D: Got better and better after the first sip. I wasn't so sure at first but hung with it and it did get better. It feels carbonated in your mouth along with the distinct flavors clearly come out in each drink. A little more carbonated than I care for but drinkable.

Definitely worth trying for those who like the spicy Belgian ales. (929 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
2.74/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A bit of a cloudy copper amber color with an immense white head that is firm, thick and fluffy; not bad looking once and if you can the head to "calm down." Was a bit of an effort to overcome the two inch white pillow at the top of the glass.

Nose of white bread, yeast, stone fruit, hint of bananas and a bit of winter spices.

Mouthfeel is simply too carbonated, thus the big huge head with very large bubbles that take a while to dissipate. So carbonated almost hard to drink.

Flavor is Belgian fruity and malty with candy sugar but it's so carbonated that it feels and tastes like a sweet, light yeast big malt soda with spices. Has a bit of toffee, sweet coffee and cooked bananas in the flavor profile with a finish of whiskey. Sounds better than it is. Not bad flavors but the mouthfeel, excess spice and carbonation just make for too many flaws to drink pleasurably. (878 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy light brown in color. It poured into a snifter glass with a three finger high off white head that took a long time to settle down and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A high amount of visible carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather spicy and flavors of the mustard seeds stand out in particular. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a very high amount of carbonation.
D: Surprisingly, this beer is quite drinkable because the spiciness is not that strong. The taste of mustard seeds is definitely unique and I would consider trying this again because they are well incorporated into the overall taste. (795 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mustard beer, something new and I felt that it deserved a chance. After seeing a 1.5 liter bottle sitting at my local beer shop I finally bought it after a few months just watching it sit there. It was actually pretty interesting, I wasn't able to really pick up on the mustard so much but I did get a little bit of a nut flavor and some yeast. The bottle said it's a Brune Blond which I found interesting too, I suppose it's like a blend of both. The beer itself was a muddy looking blond color with a ton of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. (547 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an hazy dark golden color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention. Aroma of spices and dry Belgian yeast is intriguing. Taste is quite spicy with some nice malt and dry yeasty finish which is a bit too strong for my liking. After having tried a few different beers from this brewery, I feel like they should IMHO rethink their use of their yeast strain which provide strong dry aftertaste and result in similar taste to all their beers. (458 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gauzy butterscotch with a swirling cloud of particulates and a wealth of fine carbonation. The parchment colored cap is large and firm. Although it doesn't look overly sticky, quite a few wavy ribbons of lace have made their way to the glass.

The nose is aromatic. Other than the usual BSPA characteristics, it has an added dimension that I'd be hard-pressed to identify as mustard seed; largely because it doesn't really smell like mustard seed. There's also a spicy sweetness that bodes well for the flavor. The more I sniff, the more I'm convinced that it's mustard I'm smelling. If I didn't know it was present? No way.

Wostyntje is different, odd even, and isn't as likeable as I had hoped. This would be better beer if the flavor was a carbon copy of the nose. Belgian yeastiness is readily apparent and shares the stage with hops and mustard seed (still not easily identified as such). The flavor profile is at once musky, funky, spicy and sweet-and-sour. This is definitely an original creation.

The finish is the least appealing portion of the mouthful because sourness becomes more prominent. The flavor becomes even more bold as the beer warms, which is neither a positive nor a negative in my eyes. The mouthfeel is medium in heft, almost creamy and a touch undercarbonated; especially given its country of origin.

I'm a mustard aficionado. Yellow, brown, honey, sweet-and-sour, sweet-and-hot, jalapeno, horseradish... you name it, I love it. Adding mustard seed to beer, however, is a different kettle of fish. Kudos to Brouwerij De Regenboog for brewing outside the box and for creating an interesting BSPA in the process. This will be the only bottle of Wostyntje that I ever buy, but I'm glad I gave it a whirl. (1,739 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brand new arrival at a local shop, new bottle format and everything.

Dark amber gold, minimal spotty lacing.
Smell is a little bit unusual, sourdough and tangy mustard. Dried fruit.
Taste is similarly tangy, distinct weird mustard vibe, on the verge of turning it seems. Light effervescent carbonation. Dry odd finish. Better than the one I had 3ish years ago, but still pretty weird. Not sure who i'd recommend this to... Fantome reject bottle lovers, this is the beer for you!

07-29-2009
1.9/5 rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I feel obligated to review this, seeing that i've tried it before, and I bought a bottle for $5 to review it. Unfortunately it is tainted as several others from this brewery i've had in the past (Vuuve, Blonde). There's a medicinal, astringent sour twang that is definitely not pleasant, and I love sour beers. Intentional? Who knows...

Pours a deep hazy orange. Several fingers of foam that have sparkling bubbles like soap suds. The retention is good, but there is some swampy sediment even after a careful pour that keeps it from really looking great. Strangely cidery and medicinal in the nose, that becomes more fruity at room temp. Pears and bread. Tastes like Anbesol oral analgesic (Benzocaine) dumped into some cider, i'm having flashbacks to when I lost teeth as a kid. Yuck. Lingering unpleasant medicine. Watery and thin. Can't finish it, which is rare for me. Drainpour. De Regenboog needs to improve their quality control on these three beers... (1,529 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Roger over at Bestway really was trying to get me to give this a try saying it was the best beer he ever had,I told him Iam not a Belgian lover but would give it a try anyway.Poured into a small tulip glass a hazed peach color with a great blooming white head that left multiple waves of broken lace behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Yeasty aromas with notes of clove and honey mainly.Wow a bit sour on the palate (from the mustard seeds?) with a little sharpness in the mouth,a herbal "green" hoppiness comes thru in the finish but the kinda sour profile turns me off to this.Eh I tried it and it was ok I guess. (619 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Pours a mostly clear, lightly hazy orange-straw with about a finger of white bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves, at best, a miniscule amount of lacing behind. The nose is somewhat musky, with hints of brett, straw, cloves, and, yes, a dash o' mustard. The taste expounds on the nose, unfortunately accentuating the negative aspects of the constituent parts. The funk is too funky, the sourness is flat, and there's a sharp, overriding bitterness, not a hoppy one, but one I assume that stems from the mustard seeds (I haven't encountered it before and this is my first brew with mustard in it, so...). All told, a very off-putting flavor combination. The body is in the medium range with a healthy carbonation and a generally smooth texture. Alas, though, this cannot make up for the objectionable taste, which drags the drinkability down a decent degree. (908 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Nose is yeasty and alive with a touch of fruit edge. Flavor is unusual as it’s influenced by the mustard seeds. Smooth and even, there is a definite mustard edge to it, but not one so powerful that it makes things gross. Feel is thick with carbonation. Overall this one is definitely worth trying. I mean how often do you see beer that is brewed with mustard sees? Right? Even though it is sort of gimmicky, I might still consider going back to this one at some point. Just after I try all the other beautiful gems I happen to come upon. (617 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at the Belgian Café, Philly, PA

Poured into a tulip glass a hazy, golden brown with a HUGE, active, tan head that eventually receded to a thick ring, but was rejuvenated at every pour from the bottle (which I did aggressively just for the effect). Aroma of yeast, pepper, mustard...pickles? Spicy taste, corn and grains, earthy, peppery, and an underlying sweetness that never fully surfaces. Medium mouthfeel, a bit odd, but I thought it was still quite drinkable. (485 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle:
"Wostyntje is a dark blond ale brewed with 90% barley malt, 10% munich malt, 2 sorts of hops, dark candy sugar and mustard seeds"

HUGE white head--16oz glass where only half of the 11.2oz bottle could be poured. Slowly recedes. Cloudy and straw colored.

Sour aroma that is similar to vinegar. The mustard is there as the second smell noted. I imagine that this would go well with a brat.

Sour flavor, this time it reminds me of lemon. Then it's all mustard, which frankly is bizarre but strangely enjoyable. Solid body with a fair amount of carbonation.

This is an enigma. It's odd and tasty. Yet, the sourness is unappealing to me. The mustard is interesting feature that has the same effect as smoke to me. It changes the complexity of the taste and adds interest to flavor. And I am not sure if I like it, but I keep drinking it. (853 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this in the cooler of a store I'd visited for the first time, intriqued by a beer I'd never seen, never heard of, from Belgium, and it's a...what's that? Mustard ale?...MUSTARD...ale? Oh, good golly, I never dreamed of such a thing! What's next, pickle pilsener?
So...appearance: a hazy, opaque, yet bright orange hue, with a slim, short, fizzy head.
Aroma, deep and delirious, ancient, yet vital, bursting with citrus and spice and utterly unfelt before. Nice stuff, reminding me of the work of this land's monasteries, full of that mystery and legend...
Very spicy on the palate at first, then mellow, the mustardy flavor is felt, then slips away, yet returns with further sips, and the mustardy taste lingers just a bit. Flavor continues, shows slightly citric, just a little sour, but overall pretty pleasant...don't know if I'll likely thirst for more of this stuff, but it was an interesting experience, one I regretted not for one second.
Mustard. Ale.
Gee Whiz, is there nothing those nutty Belgians can't do? (1,026 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/24/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle with no dating. Poured into my Reinaert tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy dark golden pour. 1/4 inch head that is gone in under a minute. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell- Funky scent with a mish-mash of spices.

Taste- Kind of a sweet and sour at the same time taste. Peppery with maybe a touch of corriander. Don't really taste the mustard seed. I think many people have it in their head when they try it and say to themselves, that's mustard alright. Just can't detcet that taste.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, sour and tartness. Bit of a mouth pucker job.

Drinkability- Taste like a Wild Ale style. Maybe approaching a saison style. Drinkable, and different. Worthy of a try, but maybe not at the $4.25 I paid for it. (819 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy copper color and is topped by a white head. A very interesting spicy aroma, mustard greens, grassy, perhaps a bit dusty, slightly astringent. The taste is lightly sweet, with the spicy notes continued subtly in the finish. A light bodied beer, that is a good vehicle for displaying the subtle spicing. Notes of fruit are found here as well; strawberry being subtly the most prominant. I really like the spicing that the mustard gives this beer, unfortunately I find that the base beer is a bit lacking in the complexity department. As a vehicle for the mustard seed it works pretty well, but I have always been of the opinion that the base beer for a "flavored" beer needs to be on awesome beer before you add the flavoring. (745 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy orange in color with a 1/2" head. No lacing develops, and carbonation looks light.

Smell: ripe fruits and a light spicy yeast tone.

Taste: basically sweet with a mild tart edge - sweet ripe fruits, tart apples, soft spice, caramel candy, and a mild bitterness. Not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth on the tongue with a short sweet fruity aftertaste.

Drinkability: not bad, but there are better versions out there. Tough to pronounce too. (486 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours orange with a poofy off-white head, good lace.

S: Very peppery/coriander, spicy and earthy.

T: Very green, mustard greens, salad, with some light malt and earth, quite unique. A hint of copper metal and soil at the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, medium/full carbonation.

D: A nice beer, vegetal and strange for the novice, but something that is not going to be experienced elsewhere. (417 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small, stubby, Duvel style bottle, no freshness indication on my bottle/label. Pours a very cloudy dull light brown. Tan head, tightly packed and exhibiting nice retention. Impressive fine and scattered lacing. Nice looking brew. Nose is the expected mustard, wheat, with some powdered sugar. Notes here of soft peppery spicing, pleanty of fine vinegary mustard, some cloves and more mustard, I'll go along with the ham and cheese on wheat bread, heavy on the dijon mustard description. Differant, complex, interesting brew.Not for everybody but I'd like to give it a try with some salad, pepperoni, stinky cheese, nuts etc. Compelling brew, give it a try, why be normal? (671 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap in Daisey's: Brugge, on 18th Oct 2012. Light golden in body with white lacing. Would never have guessed this was a 'mustard' beer unless I'd been told. I couldn't find a trace of mustard flavours in my glass: aroma wise or in the taste.

I thought it interesting and yeasty, hints of spices and candid fruits but no mustard for me. This was my first beer of the evening so my tatse buds should have been fit enough to find some mustard if there was any!

Try it please: but the mustard presence is low, or at least it was in my 33cl glass. (546 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.77/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy amber/orange with no head (a little soapy bubble display on the sides)
Smell of wild yeast, orange peel, some buttery herbs, and slight sweet malt.
Taste starts off like its gonna be very sweet, but comes up short. Herbs and yeast flavors dominate, but lacks depth and cohesivness.
Creamy feel to it. Kinda flat tasting. Almost a drain pour. (357 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a very nice head that is grainy but fairly tightly beaded and off-white. Some lacing as well. Smells bracing and somewhat metallic, some sourness, and a very noticeable mustard seed aroma. Tastes strange indeed. Starts metallic and sour with a definite mustard flavor- this part is strange, but excellent. Unfortunately, the flavor nosedives into the medicinal realm on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly sour. This is a beer I want to like more than I actually do. It's really a bit much to drink by itself. Try it with a soft, rich cheese. (621 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a gusher that pours a cloudy dark orange, almost brown color with a two finger yellowish beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Odd aroma with a prominent mustard character as well as some other spices, light fruit and alcohol. It's really surprising how forward the mustard character is. Underneath there is some pale malt, peppery zest and crisp, light fruit. Weird.

Medium bodied with a balance of zesty spicy, light fruit, pale malt, alcohol and sweet, tangy mustard. The mustard presence is there but is not as prominent as the aroma suggests. There's a slight creamy texture that adds to the body and compliments the spice and sweetness of the mustard. Hints of apple and pear along with the alcohol presence provide a decent amount of sweetness. Spices compliment the mustard flavor which is surprisingly pretty tasty. I was expecting kind of a gross novelty but I really enjoyed this beer, finding it full bodied, flavorful and easy to drink. (1,000 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's today.

Pours an interesting copper gold color, with very good head retention and excellent lacing. I don't ge a lot on the nose, just some orange citrus and ginger. Maybe a hint of spice as well. On the palate, the beer is very complex, with marmalade, orange citrus, some more spice and a bit of butter. The beer has a velvety smoothness that I don't encounter all that often from Belgium. The beer does not come across as particularly big, and has a medium bodied mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, with lots of fruit in the midpalate. It's not the least bit heavy, and finishes with a fairly long, lingering finish.

Not your typical tripel, but very nice. A very nice effort. (705 characters)

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Wostyntje from Brouwerij Smisje
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