Wostyntje - Brouwerij Smisje
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4/5 rDev +11.7%
Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce (33cl) brown glass Stubby that has the familiar Regenboog style label. This time it is a light brown background of mustard plants with the words Wostyntje Torhouts Mustard Ale. Described as an Ale brewed with Spice, it is moreover specifically a Pale Ale brewed with Mustard Seed in the mash. Listed as 7% Alc./Vol. and served in a Birra Moretti Glass. No Freshness Date.
Appearance: Lots of dissolved carbonation rushed out of the bottle when the simple black crown cap was removed. It pours with a marmalade orange glow, slight body haze, with lots of activity in the body of the beer with lots of streamers. The head that quickly formed soon rescinds to a simple covering, but the streamers always maintain a thin head.
Nose: Spicy hops, light toasty malts and a smell of some spicy acetic malt vinegar. It has an inviting tartness.
Taste: Starts like any other vivacious Pale Ale, but this has a lovely malt character that is incredibly refreshing which itself immediately makes way for the Blonde Ale aspect to shine through. The mustard is not really detectable per se, but it certainly adds a spicy feel and it is definitely present from the middle right until the end of the beer. The beer has a very mild warming feel when swallowed I found, it rides the gullet well - quite strange. A tart finish with the merest hint of Gueuze funkiness, or am I imagining that?
Mouthfeel: Immense carbonation on the tongue lends some incredible life to this beer; it sure wakes you up on a sleepy Sunday afternoon. Yet it is smooth and the carbon dioxide is finely entrained lending a velvet feel on the Cheeks.
Drinkability: Very drinkable indeed, probably because it is perfectly balanced with some smooth carbonation. This is one spicy Blonde thats for sure! Is it really 7.0% ABV. Impressive
Overall: I have tried this one a few times on my travels in Belgium over the years, but most recently this Easter at the Café Henry in Namur. I remember it being very drinkable then also, in fact I think I had two of these then.
Unique & Highly Recommended this is definitely not a joke beer.
01-05-2004 01:05:35 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5 rDev +8.4%
11.2 fl oz bottle
Appearance/Head: Bright orange-amber color but hazy. Decent head.
Aroma: The aroma has a nice funk to it. It is yeasty with notes of nuts and spice.
Taste: Wostyntje is a concentrated elixir with a zesty yeast character and notes of white wine. Medium to full bodied. As it warms flavors like lemon, flakes of brewers yeast, grapefruit, and spices (probably the mustard) enter the mix. It finishes fairly sweet. But the spice character balances the sweetness rather well.
Bottom line: Quite a nice unique Belgian. Worth checking out.
01-04-2004 16:34:39 | More by skar
3.68/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours with a medium off-white head over a hazy amber liquid. Delicate sharp and fruity/flowery nose. Light fruity taste with a weak background sourness that compliments the sweetness, some nuttiness from the mustard seed noted too. Minimal hoppiness. Finishes light and bubbly with a light spicy aftertaste...a decent unagressively flavored ale.
01-04-2004 15:44:59 | More by beerluvr
3.15/5 rDev -12%
Vidaloca brought this one home from the store one day. Boy, do I like surprises! Mustard ale? Cool
Poured with a fleeting, creamy white mousse on top of the cloudy, tan-orange liquid. This beer looked unique and mysterious. It smelled sweet and tart and very suggestive of Maille Dijon mustard, with that slightly mineraly, steely edge. It tasted of nondescript semi-sweet, somewhat fruity malt, a touch of herb vinegar, and mustard. As it warmed, the malt because a bit biscuity, and the mustard flavor became more focused, like Colmans mustard powder, but not hot.
Not a beer to drink to cold. Almost a drain pour when cold. Im glad I tried it and would probably never drink it again, though I have an odd feeling this would be good on tap of from a 750ml+ bottle. Strange
12-19-2003 14:09:06 | More by yen157
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
Gee Whiz, is there nothing those nutty Belgians can't do?
11-30-2003 10:43:34 | More by feloniousmonk
3.98/5 rDev +11.2%
Deep golden/blond color with an impressive head that sticks around, imparting rings of lace to the glass. Nose features a healthy dose of sweet malt, some candy sugar, and a trace of the mustard seed used in the brewing process. The nose, consequently, is the only facet of this beer where the mustard is actually evident. Taste-wise, the palate is bombarded with sweet, nutty malt, earthy (Saaz?) hops, a distinctive yeast character and additional candy sugar. Mouthfeel is fairly rich, but seems to finish a bit too soon. Wostyntje is highly drinkable and certainly a unique creation. Even if you don't like mustard, this beer is worth a try.
11-27-2003 15:43:30 | More by Jon
2.17/5 rDev -39.4%
The alcohol stated in the label is 7.0%, not 5.0%.
The colour is strong golden, with little and short head.
The smell is mustard, sure, but not too heavy as you can fear. After all you can see something else: dry leaves, autumnal smell, chestnut. Very particular, but not convincing.
Sweet taste, with mustard and fruit.. Pear? Strange, maybe interesting, but.. Not convincing. It's not my beer.
Light body. It left some perplexity.
11-07-2003 19:49:49 | More by stcules
4/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours a one-fingered white head that fades slowly and leaves a little lace. Light cloudy amber color. Nose is a malty alcohol. Starts sweet and smooth, finishes crisp with a hint of hops. Has mustard seeds but no hint of them. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. $3.25 for a 330ml bottle. The ABV is 7.0%.
11-03-2003 01:43:55 | More by jdhilt
4.05/5 rDev +13.1%
Dull and sedimented dark tan color, 1/2 inch head that laces a goblet in thick sheets. Sharp and piquant aroma, slightly cheesy and yeasty with a good sense of musk. Bright lemony flavor, some sense of pineapple and a sweet and sour sauce. Candy sugar lends a pleasant Wit-like tone to the malt and the hops are non-apparent. Finshes light (a little too light) with tight carbonation. It may be possible that the mustard seeds used in the brew add to the sharpness up front, but not as a mustard flavor. Odd little brew but fun and pretty drinkable to my tongue.
11-02-2003 18:49:31 | More by ADR
2.53/5 rDev -29.3%
Appearance: darkish orange hue (like dried orange peels), very hazy, tiny amount of head formation disappears almost immediately, some lace despite the lack of head
Aroma: not much of anything (very faint), slight apple fruitiness and some piney hops, a tiny bit of chocolate?, yeast, vinous; I guess I detect some mustard...
Flavor: sourish, musty, a bit bready in its maltiness, hint of mustard in the background, slightly spicey, some sweetness towards the end, finish is dry, aftertaste is an appley tanginess with an acrid edge to it; also in the middle there's a funky sort of earthy flavor that I can't put a finger on (in "odd-ingredient beers" like this, it must be the odd ingredient)
Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation
Overall Impression: Found a shelf of these little 33cl bottles amidst the Rocheforts, Westmalles, Rodenbachs, etc. at the grocery store. Had to try it. Was initially a bit "scared" of it, but it ended up being a largely disappointing novelty beer. Almost plays off like an overly tangy hefeweizen. Worth a try, I guess, but I doubt I'll drink another one.
The label on this bottle is different than the one pictured here. It's a bit campy. Colors are mustard brown, white, and black. A cartoon of a Pluto-like dog in a sailor suit holding out a beer glass to a mustard-pot with arms, legs, and a face who is dumping a spoonful of his contents into the glass. Also, this label indicates that it is a 7% abv beer, though it sure doesn't seem that way.
10-12-2003 16:37:27 | More by GreenCard
4.25/5 rDev +18.7%
This one was much different at first taste than I had expected. It is brewed with mustard seed wich led me to believe I'd would be drinking something that tasted like mustard or at least a trace of mustard. Not really.
It poured to be and attractive beer with a nice head. Floral bouquet with the spiciness of the mustard seed coming through.
Tastes of Candi Sugar are there for sure, as well as a spice in the mustard seeds. Very interesting. Good mouthfeel.
I liked it, it is very drinkable. Now that I have had a few of these I really like this beer. Every time I try it I think I like it a little more.
I highly recommend it.
09-01-2003 07:45:48 | More by Brian700
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
This beer has a floral, flaking sulphur quality to the nose that is distantly reminiscent of boiled onions.
The attack is candy-sweet and provides room for the following whole mustard seed and citrus flavor to create shape and dimension. Not a beauty, but interesting.
I would like to see this recipe reworked. Maybe a little drier.
As it is, enjoy this beer with onion pie, stuffed onions, zwiebelkuchen, perros caliente con cebollas, etc. etc.
07-09-2003 13:42:20 | More by putnam
Wostyntje from Brouwerij Smisje
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