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

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #181
Ranked #33,427
3.75 | pDev: 13.07%
Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)
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OlaB from Norway

3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a nice top of white head. Aroma is of lemon rinds,apples,pears,wheat and corriander but is a little weak. The flavour is kind of strange. It is sweet and fruity upfront with rich spiciness and earthy notes, but is surprisingly malty in the back for a witbier, and I don't think it function to well with this beer. The finish is dry with floral and herbal notes. The aftertaste is on the weaker side and the mouthfeel get a little watery. Beside for that is crisp and clean. It has a light body with a high carbonation.
This is a average witbier,is drinkable enough, but nothing impressing about it.

Feb 17, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a hazy golden (brown-ish) yellow and minimal, quickly dissipating head
S: hazy a very earthy, spicy aroma with some subtle pungencies bringing up the rear with sharp with (white) pepper notes joining it
T: A very peculiar (albeit pleasant) drink, immediate apple cider vinegar and some pear (though more pulled back than this note usually appears in beer), there is a general apple richness coming through as well along with some juiciness, there is an earthy/grainy note here as well, but the watery quality kind of kills the spiciness and kind of reduces the earthy quality
M: watery
O: this is pleasant and a bit peculiar but I'm glad I got it, having the beer defined by such a singular quality (especially one not all too frequently utilized as spelt) is great because it is educational and gives a good base for recognizing spelt in the future. It's good, not great, but it is different, and you should try it.

Jan 08, 2017
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mjyoung from California

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split w/ bbb099

A: Pours a nice, hazy true yellow color. It might not be quite what I was expecting, but the head is nice and thick and frothy.

S: A wee bit of barnyard provides an intriguing note, but with a pretty solid malt and lemon backbone. Not sure what to think yet.

T: Let it warm. It's pretty bland and not very complex at first, but it opens up A LOT. A nice malty background with lemon zest, pepper, and a hint of wheat. Strong fruity notes with hints of apple and banana.

M: VERY bubbly but has a bit more body than I was expecting given the high carb. It works really well for me.

O: Overall? Pretty good and definitely it stands out, but not amazing. I'd definitely drink it again.

Sep 17, 2011
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bbb099 from California

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear bubbly pale golden color with foamy white head.

S - Apple, pear, citrus, yeasty aroma. Overall, fruity and belgian.

T - Cider-like flavors. Fruity sweetness followed by a sour, savory, crisp aftertaste. Great witbier flavors, smooth and drinkable.

M - Highly carbonated yet still somewhat creamy. Light bodied.

O - The high carbonation level kill the taste a little bit but the flavors come out a little more as it warms up. Nice beer to drink during a hot sunny day.

Sep 17, 2011
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marty21 from Canada (MB)

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yikes this was a bit over carbonated. The cork hit the ceiling and foam came spurting out the top. Anyways it pours a light yellow that isn’t exactly clear. I’ve never seen this amount of bubbles in a beer. I can’t see through the beer basically because of this. It has 2-3 fingers worth of bright white foamy head. Settles down to almost a finger of head and left tons of lacing.

S: Mostly you get lemon but there’s a little bit of grains and a faint almost skunky aroma.

T: The taste is a bit on the lighter side. You get grains, lemons and a bit of cloves.

M: High carbonation with a light to medium body.

O: This wasn’t a very complex beer but for what it was I really enjoyed it. You could definitely session this one and you wouldn’t get bored of the taste. I would gladly drink this again if it was available in my area.

Jun 14, 2011
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brokensail from California

2.51/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Jun 11, 2011
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ludachris from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wide mouthed wine glass, this looks fantastic. Champagne-like carbonation makes the finger and a half worth of frothy egg white head stay exactly where it is. With such a high level of carbonation, its golden straw body looks almost like ginger ale.

It's doesn't give off the typical witbier aroma and I'm a big fan. Very peppery upfront with a heap of damp wheat sitting behind it. The more I smell this, the more hay I get. Lemon peel is beautifully integrated into its peppery/spicy character. Deep whiffs reveal notes of sweet but not overly ripe banana. I love its complex and unexpected aroma.

A tart and almost funky flavour tickles all corners of the mouth. A good dose of lemon peel is a perfect fit and carries from start to finish. White pepper pastes itself on anything coming through. The lemon peel makes easy work of the musty hay and wheat that make this beer's base.

The feel spells sumer. Light bodied with a modest creamy character, spritzy carbonation and a clean finish. A bit more weight to the body and this would be an exceptional brew.

I'm not big on witbiers and have never heard of this brewery before so I went into this without any expectations. Maybe that is why I enjoyed this so much. The lemony, tart, funky, peppery flavour makes me want to drink litres of this on a hot summer's day. Off the fly, I can't think of a witbier I've enjoyed more. My only complaint is with its 250ml bottle size. Please. Come. Bigger.

May 26, 2011
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scootny from New York

4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm organic and spelt so this is a no wheat wit. Very pale with a light fluffy head and lots of carbonation going on. A touch of lace but not much. good "double shine" cloudiness. Notes of lemon and wheat like twang. Graininess with a hint of pepper and faint bubblegum. Simple grains and lemon with a subtle blend of spices that give a bit of depth and interest. Clean and dry finish brings light sourness and leaves light malt. Spritzy with a light weight and refreshing feel. Excellent thirst quencher and it goes down like your favorite cold soda on a 100 degree day. Just a great session brew. My new favorite lawn mower brew.

Feb 22, 2011
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crossovert from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Nov 22, 2010
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sketchpunx from New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good wheat beer. nothing too crazy or off the charts for a belgian wheat, but a good, drinkable beer. Good carbonation, nice subtle clove hints... nothing overpowering here. Hard to differentiate spelt from wheat, but do I really care? This is exactly what i expect from a good belgian wheat... nice carbonation, a nice fruity malt flavor and exceptional drinkability.

Oct 09, 2010
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 .

Dec 30, 2009
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jan 29, 2009
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saccro from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - head fades fast, leaves no lace. golden and cloudy

S - sweet-tart apple aroma. a little musky. a little cooked celery

T - tart honey flavor. tartness increases in the aftertaste. slightly oxidized..maybe a bit skunky. old musky. ok. mild hop flavor

M - slippery mouthfeel, light tingly carbonation

D - pretty tart, okay belgian. this one is just not very fresh.

Jan 19, 2009
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ThirstyBird from England

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle
Appearance is a cloudy red grapefruit color with a real light head that dissipates right away.
Smell is light sour funk oat or grain.
Tastes grainy with a small amount of fruit flavor. Sweet aftertaste with a little bitterness.
Light body, a little fizzy but smooth.
This is a very nice easy going beer.

Oct 13, 2008
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Sep 12, 2008
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jan 24, 2008
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johanvond from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 755ml bottle in to a tulip glass. It poured pale golden with a two finger fluffy head. There was an aroma of pepper and apple juce. peppery and tart a bit low in carbonation with slight bite like champange or aged swiss with a bit of a grassy aftertaste. Im not too shure if it was old or not but the cork was realy dry and stuck to the bottle and that would explane the low carbonation for the style. evean with all that i wold still buy it again because of all those flavors. next time ill examine the cork closer.

Jan 05, 2008
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ccrida from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sep 02, 2007
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JoeyBeerBelly from New York

4.8/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

Aug 19, 2007
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Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Also available in Norway at Vinmonopolet. ABV is 5%. This spelt beer is organic (French: "biologique")., and has had a secondary fermentation in the bottle. Very pale blonde colour, hazy. Large and fluffy white head. Yeasty, spicy (cloves a.o.) and citrussy aroma, nice. Spritzy mouthfeel. The flavour is wheaty, fairly dry, notes of citrus and pepper. Not very different from their buckwheat beer "Sara". Joseph is a decent beer, but not worth the ridiculously high price in Norway.

Aug 13, 2007
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Jul 01, 2007
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BeerHonky from New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Labeled as "Certified Organic", can't be a bad thing, right? At any rate, be careful when opening this stuff! After removing the cage the cork took off with a huge pop. Luckily I had my hand covering it and it didn't have a chance to take out an overhead light. Lots of carbonation and bubbles start heading up through the neck of the bottle. Pours a wonderful golden straw color that is almost perfectly cloudy throughout the glass. There's about two fingers worth of extra fizzy and foamy white head. You can immediately detect the yeasty, banana aromas. Upon further inspection, there is also some apples and pears in the nose as well. Very promising. While the aroma was fantastic, the beer was a bit over carbonated (hence the cork wanting to take orbit). So I let this warm up a bit and allowed some of the CO2 to escape. I think this was helpful as the initial flavors were hard to detect through all the scrubbing bubbles. So now I can get a nice medium, creamy body that has mostly fruity flavors up around the roof of the mouth. While you do get a slight biscuity, grain flavor, I do wish it was a little more prevelant, and perhaps some spice would be nice too. Overall its not bad and quite refreshing, would love to try this in its homeland.

Mar 12, 2007
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TheLiterati from California

2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy maize color with a smallish white head. Aroma is of citrus, though quite faint, with a yeasty presence.

First impression of the mouthfeel was “Wow – this seems thick.” I can’t think of another way to say it than it felt “heavy” – like wearing a sweater on my tongue, which is interesting, as others have described it as light to medium. Then again, I didn’t get a nice pop when I uncorked it, so maybe I just got a stale bottle. There's a series of numbers along the side of the label that are likely date codes, but actually just noticed that none are marked.

Taste was pleasant – light citrus, some clove, and coriander – but all in all I wasn’t overly impressed.

Dec 04, 2006
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Osiris9588 from Ohio

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

After rolling the 750ml bottle on it's side to rile up the sediment of in-bottle fermentation, I poured the organic spelt ale into a pint glass. The color was a dull honey. It poured cloudy and contained a wealth of brown sediment. It had a frothy 2 finger head with good retention, leaving lacing sticking to both sides of the glass.

Bouquet offered yeast, clove, lemon, orange. The flavor had a yeast and malt base, with clove, orange, lemon, and some grape. Very light on the mouthfeel with citrus on the tongue, a blend of adjucts and spice, finishing with a burst of orange.

It was a very drinkable beer, but lacked complexity.

Aug 28, 2006
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Apr 12, 2006
Joseph Spelt Ale from Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)
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