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

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Joseph Spelt AleJoseph Spelt Ale

Brewed by:
Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-25-2002

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
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!

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Photo of Higravity
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is some good stuff right here, I don't care who you are. Nice semi-cloudy golden body white a billowing white head. Smells citrus spice and acidic sweet malt, but not sour acidic. Spicy saison like at first but think while the yeast is adding some of the flavor the spelt adds a delicate hint of its own grain flavor and the hops give a nice spicy kick too. Good clean finish as the corriander leaves my mouth tingling. This is quite a ride and something I will wear out at my local.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/25/05- Purchased through Hi-Time Wine Cellars.

Presentation- 24oz bottle caged and corked. No dates on the bottle to be found. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Light yellow, approaching white in color. Good sized creamy white head and moderate lacing. Lots of yeast floaties as well as a puddle of yeast on the bottom of the glass.

Smell- Corriander, hints of lemon and a light scent of pepper.

Taste- A nice bit of sweetness in the taste. A small amount of fruit flavors, with a small amount of spices. Maybe even a bit of a honey taste.

Mouthfeel- This one was mid carbonation range, but went down pretty smooth. Not watery at all.

Drinkability- RIght up there with Hoegaarden. A extremely refreshing wit.

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Photo of ludachris
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

75 cl bottle, cork and caged. Certified organic. Rolled the bottle before opening as per suggestion from Apparently, that's what waiters do at the brewery for customers before presenting to consume. Pours a lemony yellow with a frothy, white head. Citrusy, zingy, wheaty aromas, subtle yet spicy. Faint yeast notes. I know I'm going to like this one, I'm imagining it's a little bit tart... Well, upon first sip, not so much tart, but well-carbonated, spritzy and has some citrus undercurrents to it. Nicely subdued husky, malty twang to it. Very refreshing and extremely drinkable. Pretty hefty mouthfeel for an average ABV; almost chalky, but certainly welcomed. I like it a lot, I only wish I'd found this beer sooner, because it's an excellent summertime quaffer, even moreso than the Sara for those warm, summer days.

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Photo of scootny
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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).

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold straw color with a thick pale white head. Aromas of spicy grain, light dustiness, with a good whiff of lemon pepper. Quite well carbonated, quite a light beer that is so spritzy the taste is hard to pin down. It has a nice lemony graininess to it. Predominantly a light refreshing beer. There is a bit of complexity to this beer including an interesting spicy element in the finish of this beer, notes of a hayfield that is blooming with nectar laden flowers with a bit of a bite. I definitely like this beer, it is simple straight forward with just enough complexity to keep me interested.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of BillSempf
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was not as impressed with this beer as I thought, but it was still a vew good example of an organic ale. I have a particular fondness for spelt - one of my clients is a seed grower! Anyway, you'll find the aroma pleasantly fruity, and the feel light and bubbly - sort of like a champagne. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle that I ran across recently, and wanted to try something with spelt- hey, why not?

Presentation is a light, thin golden with a white head, at first very fluffy and massive, then settling down while being fed by a constant stream of tiny bubbles like champagne.

Aroma is light, gentle citrus, grain, overall pleasant.

Flavor follows through, mostly grainy, some light tart fruit, some grasses, and a gentle herbal flavor I cannot place.

Light and refreshing, with a decent flavor profile. I like this beer.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An explosive fluffy white head crowns out of the glass of this hazy yellow beer. Quite a show for the eyes.

There is a hoppy (saaz?) aroma in the nose that is joined with spice and fruit. The citrus elements are balanced with a touch of spice that create a pleasing aromatic experience.

A tangy malty character gives way to a lighlty fruity finish. The lemony/orange flavor is wonderful.

A pretty thin and refreshing beer that has a strong bitter finish. The hops strangle the tongue in the finish. Wow. What a fantastic contrast--thirst quenching and complex.

I would be happy to drink this brew on a regular basis. Leave it to the Belgians to create an easy to drink beer that has a touch of complexity.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy medium yellow color with three fingers of fluffy white head. There is a bit of lacing. The smell is spicy, with a little pepper, ginger, and a bit of that spelt. The taste is very spelt-like. Very grassy. Not much of that spice that was in the nose. It tastes nothing like the aroma. Very good though. The finish is slightly sweet. The body is a little thin, but the drinkability is fantastic. A very unique brew. Thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw color with a full big bubbled white head, active carbonation, and some clumpy lace rings. Spicy clove aroma and flavor with a light grainy character all around that lends some citric flavors. Light bodied, airy, and refreshing ... but maybe a bit too light.

Per Label: "Certified Organically Processed"

($7.49 / 25.4 oz corked and caged tall straight bottle)

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a real spritzy light yelow with a decent head wich is gone pretty fast but bubbles everywhere on this one prety highly carbonated,big fresh squeezed lemon aroma here along with a little grain.Very refreshing taste of lemon oil with some grainy notes in the aftertaste.Refreshing maybe a little one dimensional but pretty good,I think better than the ratings of most of the others gave.

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Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Quafftastic
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of marty21
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of finepaws
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in a 750ml bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy lemon color with a thick carbonated white head. Melted down, but never left. Smells fruity, and peppery, with lots of malt. Has a sour apple, spice flavor. With a spicey aftertaste. Mouthfeel is cool and smooth. Very drinkable. This is a good summer beer. Amazing how long the spice lingers on the tongue. This was quite pricey at $8.99 a bottle, but I think I would buy it again

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Poured a decently cloudy gold with a nice, creamy bleach white head. Loads of carbonation in the beer as well.

Smell: The smell is a mix of spices and wheat with a very add and almost unpleasenty astringent background.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is pleasently suprising, with a nice balance of wheat, spices, and fruitiness. It's incredibly light on the mouth, as compared to the usual creaminess of Witbier's, but it's not horrible. A bit more texture would be welcome, but not neccesary.

Drinkability and Overall: Definitly not a bad beer. It's not perfect, but quite enjoyale for what it is. This was a gift to me from the batender Joe at Tulune's in Johnstown PA. What a friendly thing to do. Thanks bud. Try this beer it's worth a shot.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At a recent beer tasting, this beer was described as a Farmhouse Saison rather than a Witbier. Nevertheless, it's solid beer with tons of flavor and character. Before the beer is finished pouring, ripe pears, peaches, mangos, and papayas aromas abound from the bottle. A lightly plastic-ey and woody character (from the cork?) quickly subsides leaving the fruit flavors, compimented by soft and delecate spices to round out the beer. Corriander and curraco adds a finess and creaminess to make this low alcohol beer abundant in character and flavor. Finishes light, airy, modestly dry and clean. A terrific anytime beer.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of johanvond
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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