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Wostyntje - Brouwerij Smisje

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 144
Photo of hgrong
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very rustic in appearance. Cloudy, golden brown with a small head and good lacing. The nose starts with pale malts and yeast but eventually fades to Dijon mustard and caramel. The palate is intensely sharp and acidic. Hints of the mustard. Lots of citrus fruit and grains. The finish is spicy and tangy from the acid. There is a little yeast funk on the finish as well. It has a pleasing body, but there is nothing exciting about the mouthfeel. For as plesant a brew as this is, it is extremely difficult for me to drink becuase of the acidity.

Photo of ypsifly
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 11.2oz stubby with a black cap poured into a Piraat tulip. Purchased at Bonanza in Livonia. Label sez "Wostyntje is a dark blonde ale brewed with 90% barley malt 10% Munich malt, 2 sorts of hops, dark candy sugar and mustard seeds."

Hazy copper with a small head of off white that slowly falls to a thin veil and leaves a nicely ringed sheet as it goes down.

The nose is very spicy with some citrus and a fair amount of brett funk and an aroma that suggests whole grain mustard. A bit of chalk in the back.

Sweet with malt and sugars upfront followed quickly but not awkwardly by the mustard spice into a tart finish that shows some of the brett. Slight pucker in the aftertaste. Complex and well balanced.

The mouth is moderate upfront but turns puckering by the finish. I like the transition. Overall I like this beer as it has a bit of a Flanders character. I had seen it several times and decided to give it a whirl. I'm glad I did and my only regret is not having some cheeses to pair with it.

Photo of dogfooddog
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with no notches on the dating, no idea how old this one is. This bottle was recently shipped from belgium, label shows some mildew like all other regenboog beers in this shipment.

pours 1/2" head in a chimay glass. head quickly vanishes leaivng some lace, helped by the etching on the glass bottom.

smell is typical regenboog yeast with complex smatter of odors, more things than i can put names too. seems a bit muddled.

taste carries a mustard note along with a decent tart ffront end. finish is mild and spicy. the finish is spicy, the ingredients say mustard is the only spice used in this beer.

This is a pleasant beer which is tart/sharp enough to work for my palette.

Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Franchise
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recommended by fellow BA Jbsteiny. This beer pours a dark blonde actually similar in color to pumpkin with some yeast floating around in the bottom. It leaves a thin beige lace that is frothy and bubbly. The aroma is malted mustard, somewhat citrus in the nose, and a candy sugar smell in the background. The taste starts off on the palate tart and sweet, like a sweet tart, but more savory in terms of the mustard presence. Very malty I think to balance the acidic tang in the mustard but it is nice and smooth with a slight carbonation that refreshed the palate, only to give you one last bit of bitterness from a very minimal hop presence. A beer that is very unique, and I would def try again. I'd pair this beer with a grilled Deutchmacher Hotdog marinated in this brew with onions and grill it all.

Photo of brewQ
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Duvel style necked in bottle promises candy sugar and mustard seeds on the label.

The appearance is an opaque reddish-orange with very fine carbonation, sliky.

Aroma is a fruity, yeasty Belgian but I had a hard time picking up mustard- just light spices.

In fact, I found this to be a balanced, full flavored slightly warming brew akin to Chimay.

The finish was quite clean. I'd drink this again.

Gotta wonder if the mustard is a come on to get folks to talk about and sample it.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
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?

Photo of paterlodie
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of guinnessman
1.96/5  rDev -45.4%
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.

Photo of shapudding
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of alexgash
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of clvand0
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Hefe
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of aracauna
2.79/5  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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of UnionMade
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of mzwolinski
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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