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Wostyntje - Brouwerij Smisje

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 05-07-2003)
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Photo of TurdFurgison


2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 11.2 oz fattie bottle, poured into a small glass (I was in a hotel room).

Appearance: Dirty yellow color, thick creamy head.

Smell: Malt aroma, with faint hints of mustard.

Taste: Unique flavor, but I didn't appreciate it. Bitter and bready.

Notes: The bottle stated "90% barley malt, 10% Munich malt, 2 sorts of hops, dark candy sugar, and mustard seeds". Guess I just had to try it once.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 15:17:42 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of GClarkage


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 04:08:54 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 15:43:55 | More by Billolick
Photo of paterlodie


3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 3e kw 2006. Poors in with hardly any foam and what was there is gone before you notice. Orange brown and totaly foggy beer. Nose is mostly apricot with some maltaromes and spice in the back. Taste is sweetbitter&sour, mustardspice and a sharp bitter ending. Stongly spiced and really something else as the regular. Good beer IMO but very strong in taste what influences drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 10:54:52 | More by paterlodie
Photo of guinnessman


1.95/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A lacey head and a golden hue. lightly carbonated. There are definately a mustard arome in here. Tastes even more like mustard than it smells. This overwelms other flavors in the beer. I think it's a bit much on the mustard side. Reminds me of a mustard and ham sandwich. The mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is poor. this is not very well balanced, i can't get past the mustard.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 23:45:13 | More by guinnessman
Photo of shapudding


3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No dating. Initially poured with a ton of frothy almond head, but settled down to a thick cap with some medium sized bubbles. Cloudy apricot amber and unclear, very thick looking. Can almost see a misty swirling. Mainly malty scents, not much else coming out. The first sip locked up the back of my jaw! After that it is just nicely soured flavors, like a brown that is edging towards a geuzue. Knowing about the mustard seeds in it, I am thinking about having a pretzel with a ton of good, grainy spicey mustard, then following it up with a swig of a good ale. There is just enough carbonation, when you give it a swish you can really notice it. There is more of a medium mouth with some bite to it. Very nicely flavored and surprisingly enjoyable. Not scary at all. When I picked this up on a StateLine trip, the crew I was with gave me such looks for picking it up, but this really turned out to be a very good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 22:30:59 | More by shapudding
Photo of tavernjef


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz stubby brown bottle purchased at Cellars in Roseville for $3.99 - Color is a lovely hazen murky orangy gold with a small fluffy froth of cream on top and the lacing is coated in smooth, silky fine sheeting.

Aroma is convincingly spicy and dry with a really nice, yet strangely appetizing bready, cracker thing. Reminds me of those vegetable crackers. Its not quite mustard smelling but does carry over somekind of lemony/oniony/pickle/cheesy characteristics.

Flavors are dry with a lemony twist and slight notions of mustard spice. Good bready malt backing thats dry and sweet and entertains some interesting finishing qualities where some cloying mixes with dry acidic sourness. Seemingly Golden ale like but yet not.

Feel is just shy of medium body with an overall dry character mixing with some sour acidic stuff, kinda like a golden ale and small amounts of lambic-like drops thrown in. Very interesting concoction, one to put on the must try list if you want something out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2004 01:50:51 | More by tavernjef
Photo of alexgash


3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this unique beer up at John’s Grocery in Iowa City; what a great beer store!
Pours a light copper/mustard yellow with a yeasty haze and a mighty, thick, voluminous, light-tan head.
Faint candy-sweet malt aromas meld with the predominant sour/tangy citrus, horse blanket, and of course, mustard spiciness!
Taste is…well mustardy. The mustard flavor starts this weird ale off. The spicy mustard flavor isn’t overwhelming, but it’s impossible to ignore. At mid-palate, some mildly sweet Belgian malts come in and this carries on into the relatively weak finish with lingering brassicaceae notes. Interesting. Medium-bodied, and seems a little soapy-thin at mid-palate. I’m glad I tried this, but I can’t see myself drinking this regularly…although it might go well with some hotdogs at the ballpark.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 17:58:37 | More by alexgash
Photo of SheepNutz


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't let the fact that this has mustard in it scare you, you'll never recognize that it's there. 11.2oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a very cloudy light yellow-orange color, very strange. There is no head present. The smell has this overripe banana tone to it. Some maltiness and maybe a little bit of wheat. The taste is fruity as well, with some citrus and banana. Kinda weird but good. The mouthfeel is decent, as is the drinkability. Very unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 18:29:00 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of clvand0


3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mustard beer? I was a little worried about this one. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small head that has a little retention. The aroma has some spice (from yeast) and a nice malt character. Smells ok. The flavor has a certain earthiness. Slight maltiness and an apparent spice character. This beer didn't fit my palate very well. I never really found the mustard seed flavor, but it was odd.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 13:14:11 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What an odd beer. Brewed with mustard. It poured a hazy orange color with a coat of head. The flavor is strange. There is some orange citrus in there and an odd earthy bit that must be the mustard. I kinda liked it. The feel is a bit thin, and with not too much carbonation on it. Drinkability is okay, not great. I wouldn't want to sit down to a bottle of it on my own.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 21:00:50 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of Hefe


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 11.2 oz. stubby brown bottle on 10/14/04.

Bottle states that Wostyntje is a dark blond ale brewed with 90% barley malt, 10% munich malt, 2 sorts of hops, dark candy sugar and mustard seeds.

Appearance: First pour is slighly hazy dark amber with a thick tan head, after the last 1/2 inch of beer in the bottle is given a good swirl and poured in, it becomes opaque, murky even with mysterious tan/amber/brown/golden/orange swirls.

Smell: Malty and yeasty, with an earthiness that may be the mustards doing.

Taste: A touch of sweetness is apparent right away, though a nice complexity develops as the beer warms. The mustard is noticable, pleasant actually, as a spicy tang on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very yeast and creamy.

Drinkability: I think this could be a good mealtime beer, though I'm not entirely sure what I'd pair it up with. The overall flavor becomes a bit much, nice as a one off, but I wouldn't do several of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 20:19:19 | More by Hefe
Photo of aracauna


2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow-tan with a sizable, big-bubbled head. The aroma is fairly weak, a bit of bandaids and an odd aroma that must be the mustard seed, but doesn’t really smell like mustard. The flavor is very dry and short with a bit of bitterness up front, more of that odd bit and not a whole lot else. Really a bit of a let down. I think I would have been happier if it had a lot of flavor and I just didn’t like it. This was just kind of bland and bubbly.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 00:39:52 | More by aracauna
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle at Anam Cara.

This beer poured a cloudy, golden-brown color with creamy, tall, light tan foam that was persistent. The smell was malty with some candy sugar and perhaps a trace of Munich malt (?). The taste was lightly sweet (some candy sugar) and malty. There was a light, unidentified spiciness, and if the mustard was there, it was extremely subtle (I do not know what type of mustard was used or even how the mustard was treated). The mouthfeel was very dry (probably enhanced by the mustard seeds) and smooth. The body was medium with good carbonation. Overall it was clean and light on the palate. This was a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 23:18:05 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of UnionMade


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer initially pours a beautifully clear golden orange, but an accidental, hairball-like blob of yeast pour immediately turns the beer an opaque orangey ochre. A thick crop of nearly white froth tops the brew, dropping quickly into a broken, clumpy coating. Small flecks of lace cling to the glass, creating a stringy, cobwebby effect as they dry. A thick heap of yeasty goodness lies on the bottom, looking a muddy, brownish silt color.
The aroma is unusual, actually rather sourish. I'm not getting much in the way of mustard, perhaps a sweetish yellow mustard suggestion, but it's hard to tell. It's more of a sourish, sort of carrot or celery thing, kind of a spice feel. Soft notes of candi sugar sweetness, with an underlying malt sweetness. No trace of the alcohol content.
The flavor starts with a mild malty sweetness, an underlying candi sugar sweetness seeping through the sip. Perhaps there's a touch of mustard spiciness right up front, but it's mostly plowed under the sweetness. The middle ushers in soft hints of strawberry, pear and sourish plum. Some sourish, powdery blackberry and blueberry into the finish, mingling with a rather strong sourish, yeasty note. Maybe some vinous, oxodized taste. The finish is surprisingly dry and sour, leaving off with a lingering tart, spicy aftertaste. Possibly some mustard seed in the aftertaste, but it's very light. Strong, robust carbonation easily flings about the lightish body. A very crisp, dry mouthfeel.
I absolutely love mustard. Yellow mustard, spicy brown, sweet-hot, spicy hot, grey pourpon, hell, I even like to chew on mustard seeds. The spicier the better. I try to go easy with the condiments, and actually taste my food, but i use mustard as an all purpose topping. Nachos, potato chips, hot dogs, salad dressing, you name it. Unfortunately, this beer really didn't feature much in the way of mustard, if any at all. Perhaps a soft suggestion of spice, but that's about it. A unique flavor, which I'm guessing must come from the mustard, but I was hoping for a more pronounced flavor. It just didn't cut the mustard...pardon the pun.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 03:41:15 | More by UnionMade
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured clear deep golden. The head was nonexistent. The beer was carbonated, but with zero head and no lacing of the glass.

The aroma was spicy with higher alcohols present. By the description the aroma should probably have been mustard, but came off as more of a slight celery seed.

The flavor was interesting with a definite odd spiciness. Not unpleasant, but definitely odd.

The finish was just dry with that odd ?mustard" flavor into the finish. The body was medium and carbonation was low.

11.2 ounce bottle. 7% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 22:36:23 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of mzwolinski


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like Venom, I am not a great fan of mustard. Thus it was curiosity more than simple desire which led me to sample this beer. (Such is my beer-geekdom that I am willing to pay $6 for a 11.2 oz bottle of a beer the principle claim to distinction of which is flavoring by an ingredient that makes me gag).

Nevertheless, onward! A nice orange pour with a spotty, thin off-white head. Aroma is a bit weak -- a moderate sweetness but very little detectable in the way of spice.

The flavor is another story, though. Starts with a strong candi sugar flavor, so far so normal. But then it develops this strange and, well, rather *mustardy* spiciness midpalate. I don't suppose I would have known it was mustard if the bottle hadn't told me. But it's certainly unlike any spice I've ever detected in a beer before -- Belgian or otherwise. A bit tart with an almost smoky edge to it. The finish is spicy with hints of yeast, and then the mustard seems to kick in again, leaving a gentlly smoky spice flavor to linger on the tongue.

Not something I'd drink all the time, but an interesting beer, and one I'd recommend and beer afficiando trying at least once -- whether you're a fan of the yellow stuff or not.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 04:40:43 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one is inerstin’. Pours an amber/orange color with lots of light bubbles -- slightly murky. A nice white head with fair retention and sticky lace. Aroma is earthy, astringent, sour and bready – with some aroma hops. Flavor is tart but smooth – some detectable sweetness, but it is balanced by the tartness. Mouthfeel is effervescent with a tart middle and a hop bite.

An interesting experience, but not a beer that I would crave very often. Might just hit the spot on a summer day. Better than one would assume on the mustard level.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2004 03:46:43 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy honey-gold color with a small head that barely covers the beer. Aroma is light, bright, and a little musty. It seems to be flowers and weeds. The flavor follows through- it reminds me of being out in a field of grasses/weeds in flower in the spring/early summer (maybe that's because that's the kind of day it is today!). Lemon grass and similar citrus tones. It is a little sharper than the aroma, with some hop bite, but overall fairly mild. I did not pick up on mustard specifically, but i am sure that the seeds added to the notes I found in the beer.

Overall, this is a good beer, but not something that I really want beyond its novelty value.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 14:24:08 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of cokes


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprises abound. But not in the hue. Mustard yellow, mixed with tan and grey. Dying bleached khaki head.
Brown sugar nose, with pickling brine, schwag, and sourdough.
Begins sweet, and loosely fruity. Brown sugar-covered mangoes, drenched in balsalmic vinegar. It's not supersour, but the tartness is certain manifest. Wild, yeastiness. Lightly nutty, but more generally, just raw. Red apple skin stuck with caramel and peanuts. Mustard seeds (luckily?) add little. Turns breadier as it concludes. Grainy, with pickled suggestions. Pungent, herbal, bongload finish, but not from hops. Though grassy bitterness does seep in late.
Medium in stature, with a rippling carbonation upfront, trailing off to a generalized fluffiness.
The mustard fails to stand alone. But this holds up in spite and because of that.
Not dazzling. Just solid. Mustard or not.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 07:10:56 | More by cokes
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 22:42:18 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of ark57


3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer with mustard seeds added, very intriguing! The golden orange color is inviting and the aroma is of spicy mustard. The mustard comes through in the flavor with a peppery dry finish. It is smooth and makes me crave Philly soft pretzels. It is not a bad beer, but I can't see myself drinking it often.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2004 13:46:57 | More by ark57
Photo of Gusler


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My very first beer made with mustard seed, an interesting adjunct if I may say so! The beer pours an unclouded gold color with a bright white head that is creamy in texture and portly in size, as it dissipates a fine sealing sheet of lace forms to seal off the glass. Nose has a definite aroma of mustard, tart and sweet, fresh and crisp, different for sure, start is sweet, nice malt presence and the top light to middling in feel. Finis is spiteful in its acidity, the hops ornery in their spiciness, tart and somewhat dry aftertaste. Different and you do get a real sense of the mustard seeds, good but not something I’d drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2004 21:26:33 | More by Gusler
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love mustard and beer, but this still seems like a strange mix. The aroma is fairly mild, a little tangy, but I don't notice any spices. The off-white head faded fast, leaving a patch of lace as it diminished to a film. The beer is hazy ( I did pour the whole bottle) and has a deep golden glow to it. The flavor is light and fleeting, kind of like a lemony Hefe. The flavor actually grows stronger in the aftertaste, which has a tangy lemon and dry mustard flavor to it. The body is on the light side making this beer even more drinkable. A mild, well rounded beer, but I don't know how often I'll come back to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 02:46:03 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of mickeymac


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a short 11.2 oz brown bottle, it pours a nice looking copper/gold. The head is white and fades quickly leaving just traces of white on top of the beer but no lace on the glass. The smell is enticingly spicy, but something that's hard to pinpoint is just a bit off-putting in the smell. Although it's brewed with mustard seeds, the unpleasant aspect of the aroma doesn't seem to be mustard. Fortunately, the slightly off-smell doesn't carry over to the taste. It's on the sweet side, but dry enough that it doesn't become cloying. Again, the spice is prevalent in the taste, but it's not a strong mustard taste; the mustard is barely noticeable. Although the alcohol is well-hidden in the smell and taste, the beer seems to warm the stomach almost immediately; maybe the mustard has something to do with that. Anyhow, I won't go searching this one out again but am glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 05:11:28 | More by mickeymac
Wostyntje from Brouwerij Smisje
81 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.