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

49 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-25-2002

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 55
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.

 620 characters

Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked - nice firm carbonation pop as the cork came out. A fair bit of turbidity even with a careful pour, resulting in a slightly cloudy soft golden color. Bright flavor without much yeast-produced spicing. Some uniquely "Belgian" character to the brew, hinting at a Belgian golden ale influence. Not at all bready or yeasty, despite the ever-increasing amount of suspened solids as I worked by way through the bottle. By the last glass, it was getting down-right murky. Overall, a nicely understated wit.

 516 characters

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.

 488 characters

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.

 718 characters

Photo of wl0307
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle conditioned beer is obtained at the Beer Circus pub, East Croydon, London, cming in 25cl brown bottle at the strength 5.4%abv. The BB date is 2006.

A: pours a hazy, pale-yellowish, pineapple-juice like colour; the white beer head comes rocky and fluffy, settling down slowly and supported by apparently energetic fizzy body.
S: sweetish but lively malts on top of a refreshing lemony wheatish+pineapple fruity note, with a touch of yeast and coriander seed. Overall attenuated and sweet for a witbier.
T: slightly sour-sweet flavour of lemon-flavoured candy + malted-wheat upfront, quickly leading to a settled, semi-sweet and perfumy Chinese green-bean paste flavour and herbal hops, with a nice warmish and yeasty aftertaste. Just a little bitterness with a touch of grainy sweetness in the finish, ending quite clean.
M: the mouthfeel is funny at first, with big bubbly texture disappearing in my mouth fast like a lemonade... and quickly settles down without much buttress of carbonation just when the texture itself collapses to bits on the palate, hence a bit flat and thin mouthfeel at the latter half of sipping.
D: a small tasty beer with a weird body, not demanding but still quite enjoyable. Could use a bit more assertive flavour though, as it sits interestingly in between a Belgian pale ale and Witbier, IMO.--or perhaps that's what makes it special? Worth trying anyway.

 1,407 characters

Photo of paterlodie
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

BB end 2006. Good presentation though overcarbonisation makes it hard too ppor in. Nice pale golden beer with haze. Nose is orange/citrussy, litle koreander and some maltyness( with creamyspelt) but overal very light and pale. As is taste that gives mostly maltyness, some orange, litle sourhint and some bitterness. Mouthfeel is due to overcarbonisation watery and overal a drinkable beer but carbonisation makes it hard to drink.

 431 characters

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.

 531 characters

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)

 394 characters

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.

 766 characters

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.

 736 characters

Photo of AlexJ
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This witbier pours a hazy orange hue with a pillow of frothy white head on top. Lacing is minimal, as is head retention.

The aromas are grassy herbals, sweet honey, green apple, subtle spice, and banana.

The flavor is surprisingly sweet, balanced by a lemony tartness. Pear and green apple are dominant followed by soft spice.

Body is light and thirst-quenching. Carbonation is too aggressive to make it highly drinkable. Finish is light and lemony.

Overall, an interesting alternative to the traditional wit-style, but no match for the Troublette we drank immediately afterward.

 592 characters

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz, corked and caged bottle. Initial pour is a chill hazed, honey gold body with a one finger, offwhite head that quickly falls into a longlasting, film of lace. Some sheet lacing is left on the sides of the goblet. Carbonation is very apparent, as the first pour has sparkling, bubbles ala champagne. After swirling the bottle before the final pour, I get a murky, medium yellow body.
Aroma is very fruity, with lemon, pineapple, and banana leading a dominant, fruit profile. Fresh mushrooms, and an earthy yeast presence are also noted. There is a faint, hint of coriander spiciness.
Mouthfeel has explosively high carbonation, and a medium body.
Overcarbonation is the first impression when rating the taste, but a fruity sweetness quickly takes over. Pineapple and banana flavors are dominant here, with an earthy yeast presence, a hint of coriander, and lots of wheat graininess. The finish is more dry than the beginning, or middle, with a resulting balance that is quite pleasant.
I did not think this ale was overly sweet, but it was definitely overcarbonated(I'm still burping). Easily drinkable, with the low abv, and a nice, organic, Belgian wit for those that enjoy "Juicy Fruit" flavors.

 1,210 characters

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.

 838 characters

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

 427 characters

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.

 391 characters

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.

 615 characters

Photo of genaro
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another case where I'm probably not worthy of the beer. Anyway, here's my unscholarly opinion. The color was light gold. At first the color was clear and then it clouded up. The head was good. The aroma was very yeasty and metallic. The taste was unusually strong, citrusy, bitter, and mediciney with a strong presence of apples. The finish was pretty much likewise. Overall it was a combination that was too bitter, unusual, and untasteful for me. This beer is certified organic according to the California Organic Act of 1990.

 528 characters

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 750ml bottle

Pours a cloudy yellow grainy color with a small head. Smells great. Apples, coriander, banana. On second thought, it smells like baby food! Weird...

Taste is really sweet. Apple flavors and yeasty. Almost vanilla pudding flavor. Light bodied and thin. Smooth.

Too sweet for me but not bad. Interesting beer but not one I'll sample again. Can't think of one good situation this beer would fit.

 421 characters

Photo of donnebaby
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Despite my not incredible review of this beer, it's got its pluses. I wouldn't drink more than one at a sitting, though. For a beer that doesn't have much else going on besides its excellent arome, it's far too sweet for me.

That said, it's aroma is great: lemony with that distinctive belgianish coriander aroma...definitely memorable. After that smell I wanted a cloudier appearance than I got, however the lacey foam was very nice. The mouthfeel was a bit dull, and the taste was too syrupy for my persuasion, the main reason I wouldn't give it higher marks. I almost got the impression I had added half a lemon to my beer, for it's lemoniness.

The is the first spelt beer I've had, though, so I have to add that I lack experience on what to expect.

 760 characters

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours from the 750ml corked bottle a transpicuous bright gold color, the head is Bunyanesque in size, bubbly in texture and a brilliant white color, the lace a thick and velum like sheet. The nose that of fresh cut hay and bit of yeast and over ripe pears, citrus crisp, clean and fresh, start is somewhat sweet, hints of grain, the top is light to middling in its feel on the palate. Finish is almost astringent; hops are indeterminate, quite dry and lingering aftertaste. While being drinkable, I can’t really say I care much for this beer, but then I’m not particularly fond of “Blonde” beers, of any nationality, maybe it’s a little to “Lager Like” for my taste, even if it is a wit.

 703 characters

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.

 306 characters

Photo of marburg
2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not terribly impressed with this beer. It opened with a loud pop, and the carbonation was quite nice though the head with a bit mediocre. Aromas of apples and lemon peel. The taste is light and wheaty up front but has an almost rotten sweetness to the end. It's not very complex, there isn't a whole lot going on, and the light aftertaste is a little gross. It was a 750mL bottle. I had a glass and then dumped the rest.

 426 characters

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewery Visit - 24th April 2000.

Tried on draft in the Café, which is next to the Brewery, the Chez L’Père Sarrasin. Limited Notes.

Joseph, 6% ABV.
A very strange, deep yellow, wheat beer brewed with spelt wheat and very cloudy indeed. The literature that I picked up, states that this is intentional due to the double-fermentation. Spicy hints in the aftertaste. Reasonable drinking beer as I recall, but quite strange and can take some getting used to.

 464 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An unusual wheat beer, spelt is a very old grain in the wheat family. Cloudy, high carbonation, strong head. A good wheat style. Organic, $8.99 for 750ml. Importer: WIN - IT - TOO Inc. Santa Barbara, Ca.

 207 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Joseph Spelt Ale from Brasserie De Silenrieux S.A. (Chez L'Père Sarrasin)
3.69 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.