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Wostyntje | Brouwerij Smisje

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje
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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by purplehops on 05-07-2003

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Photo of jim102864
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm always looking for a new approach to a given style, particularly when it's Belgian. Brouwerij De Regenboog deserves credit for introducing such a unique offering in this their mustard ale (7%).

Served in proper glassware from a bottle, the appearance was dark for a blonde ale with sticky lace and a modest head.

Very grassy, herbal aroma with evidence of the impending taste of mustard seed and even some candied sugar wafting from the glass. Very interesting combination.

The taste brought out strong mustard seed flavor along with subtle sweetness from the candied sugar. Very unique.

Mouthfeel was slightly chewy, but not overly viscous. Drinkability was solid. Something I would seek out again, particularly on a warm summer day. Such a departure from the norm that I've got to have it again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A great-looking beer.

S: Not as strong a smell as I would have thought, but still there were elements of mustard, malt, and yeast.

T: An interesting flavor, given the style. The mustard is very evident - it has an acidic presence. Also, there are traces of fruit, malt, and Belgian yeast. Not your classic BSPA taste, but certainly complex and flavorful.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: As I said, this is not a classic BSPA (in terms of flavor), but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of blakesell
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a bottle during Gravity Head '08 because apparently we had not had enough beers for the night. Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a 10oz glass.

Appearance- Beer pours amber and clear with a deep two finger head that leaves a creamy splotch over the top. Lacing lingers around the sides and beer leaves no legs behind.

Smell- Coriander, candi sugar, mustard seed, and a similar yeasty ester to Duvel. Hops are oxidized and nearly gone from the smell. There is also paprika and pepper!

Taste- Cream and mustard. Once again the coriander and mustard greens come into play. Belgian yeasts come in and give this beer a VERY unique character. I would never have guessed that mustard seeds would add such a great character to a beer even though I am a mustard advocate as well.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, Evenly carbonated and even on body. I have to say that I love this.

Drinkability- Very nice. Unexpected and delicious. I will drink again if given the opportunity. I would love to find this anywhere.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

At some point I had asked the owner of an exotic beer store for something weird and unique. This is what he gave me.

Dark orange with a towering white head. Bottle claims this is a golden ale but I heartily disagree. Don’t see many “orange ales” for sale.

Unique aroma, there’s an uncatagorizable floral hibiscus spice thing that dominates. Not sure what mustard seed smells like but if it smells like Goulden’s Spicy Brown I’m glad it’s not very obvious. Bruised orchard fruit like apricots and oxidized apple.

Taste is equally unusual and it’s going to take a while to sort it all out. Very dry with lots of spice and an even dryer moisture sucking finish. Malt like spaghetti squash sweet and tart strawberries. Don’t know that I’ve ever pulled spaghetti squash out of a beer before.

A good pick by whomever I bought this from. One of those beers that make me rethink beer as an art in addition to a beverage. I'm surprised by the lackluster reviews for this beer but I also mention of this brewery's inconsistency. Glad I got a good bottle.

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Photo of ryandurka
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

super nice smooth and crisp. i can taste the hints of flavors mentioned on the label. very tasty. and highly drinkable, i could finish a couple of these. nice stong ale at 7% not too strong. i would seek this beer out. it was a little expensive tho. i like the way the foam clings to the side of the glass, its a very carbonated beer.

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Photo of crossovert
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours the most unique murky brown you will ever see with a milky way looking sediment swirling around magnificently. This beer forms a head crazier than any other beer I've ever witnessed, like a Hefe on steroids, I initially gave it an easy pour and instantly the slightly off white colored head rose to the top of my Duvel glass with only a centimeter of fluid in the glass. It quickly receded though. Bizarre. Anyways this is definitely a 5 on appearance I have never seen a brew like it.

Nose has some spice, not really any different than other strong Belgian ales. Also a bit of fruity (pineapple?) dark candy sugar.

Initially on the palate you get an intense carbonation, which is expected after that massive head, and some typical pale ale spice/herbal flavor, then the mustard hits you, nice and long and lingers into the after taste. In the end you get some nice sourness to round out the flavor. Personally I love mustard and it is extremely awesome in a beer. This beer was a great idea and the product was executed flawlessly.

Overall, a great belgian stong pale ale that really fits in its own niche.

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Photo of Brian700
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. This is the first beer I have tried that is brewed with mustard, sounds like an interesting combination. Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with an off-white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity with malt, mustard and other spices. The taste is malt with an array of spices, earthy barnyard flavors and Belgian yeast. I can't pick up much if any mustard in the flavor. Overall, this is a fantastic brew that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is certainly a weird combination, but the mustard is well integrated into the brew. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I Had this two or three years ago. But with its anti-advertising label and unusual spicing (mustard), I expected I'd never see it again. I did see it again. I bought it again. I drank it again. I'm glad again.

First, I get some sudsing action out of the undisturbed bottle. I like signs that my beer is still alive. (At my age, anything alive is a good sign.) While the pleasant head eventually receded without much lace, a nice amber was noticed. The nose was good, but I don't get the mustard-thing.

The taste starts to tell me more about the suds. The yeast and, I presume, the mustard got this thing going, suddenly, that is beyond explanation... or "that knoweth no understanding" if you want to keep to the New Testament. The mouthfeel is almost that good, also showing an elevated intuition.

Should you buy this if you see it ? I think so.
Should you buy this again if you see it ? I will bet that you will think so.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy darker orange hue, with an off white head that fades quickly. Good lacing.

S: Pineapple, citrus on the nose. Deeper is a slight alcohol and yeasty esters. Maybe a very slight mustard spice hit with a deep inhale.

T: Get the fruit and esters mostly. Decent bitterness, but having a hard time finding what the mustard does. It doesn't unbalance the beer though, and I enjoy the flavor.

M: Well carbonated, good for the style.

D: Highly drinkable maybe a little sweet but not cloying.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours first a hazy orange brown then turns cloudy. Great head of foam, retention, and lacing.

Spicy nose to start..smells like some asian spices were used and the mustard spice clearly listed in the name. Quite a bit of sugary sweetness seeps through and there's an earthy character here as well.

Mmm..spicy, candi sugar sweets, earthy malt, cool that the mustard seeds integrate so well giving the beer an unusual but enjoyable balance.

Medium body with the carbo on the lighter side.

I only bought 1 bottle but I'll buy more if it's still around. An overall tasty son of a gun.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright orange color, with a lot of cloudiness. If there's any mustard in the nose, I don't detect it, but the aroma is appetizing: citrus-fruitiness, a tad phenolic with some not-quite-identifiable spiciness. Taste is delightful, lots of lemongrass citrusiness, with spiciness that I assume is the mustard seed but which I'd have probably identified as curacao/coriander if not for the hint on the bottle (I just chewed some mustard seed, and it seems like a different flavor). Bitterness is moderate, but the beer is quite tart, making it very refreshing with the especially-acidic finish. Body is light and spritzy.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The only other time I had this was in a bar somewhere in Manhattan several years ago. I remember absolutely loving it. The search has finally ended for another bottle, which I gladly pour it into a Lucifer snifter.

Real disappointing head, it quickly dissipates to little more than a thin crown around the rim. Color is a burnt orange with mild carbonation...looks like an IPA.

The aroma is wonderful. If you love mustard. It's no secret that the prime selling point of this ale is that it's brewed with mustard seeds. And man does that assert itself in the aroma, having a round, spicy peculiarity that I haven't found in any other beer. I love the nose here, which also brings to mind fresh carrot juice and candy sugar. The 7% alcohol is detected in the nose, but oddly I didn't get a trace of it in the tasting.

Flavor is as unusual as the aroma, but you have to use your nose as much as your tastebuds when bringing this into the mouth. Without that you're only getting half the story. The hops bitterness is offset by refreshing flavors of orange and stinky yeast (as in GOOD stinky). And dontcha know it, that mustard comes in to either ruin or make your day, depending on your tastes. The sour finish only adds to the weirdness of this wild ale.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but moderate carbonation keeps it from feeling flat or watery.

Not for everybody, and not even close to being a daily beer. But for a walk on the wild side without the commitment of huge ABV, this is recommended.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangey copper with a dense sandy colored head. Chunky lace left on the sides of the glass. Fruity, yeasty and sweet malt, spicy in the nose. Is that the mustard? I think so. Spicy hops too.

There's a fair amount of bitterness in this ale. A fruity sweetness provides a nice backbone for the spicy hops and the spicy mustard seed. Spiced apple and an earthiness form the yeast. Well -balanced sweetness and herbalmustard spiciness. The hopmustard spiciness lingers through the finish and aftertaste.

Really nice. The mustard seed lends a unique flavor that is not heavy-handed and therefore works quite well. Delicious!

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Photo of rfgetz
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered off the menu due to my enjoyment of all things mustard...

Pours an attractive burnt orange gold color with medium cap of prickly off-white head, decent retention and lacing. Scent is muted, some spice (which could be mustard) mixed with belgian yeast, grassy hops and some musty hay. Taste is more aggressive then scent dictated, very original taste for a BSPA, more than moderate amount of spicing (which again could be mustard at work but it doesnt quite taste like what I expected), the belgian yeast is smooth and mellowed, lightly bready, some musty hay an dgrass notes with an unexpected touch of sour funk at the end. Lighter side of medium bodied, bright and crisp on the palate. While not getting the mustard qualities i expected, i was rewarded with a uniquely flavorful pale.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Nose is yeasty and alive with a touch of fruit edge. Flavor is unusual as it’s influenced by the mustard seeds. Smooth and even, there is a definite mustard edge to it, but not one so powerful that it makes things gross. Feel is thick with carbonation. Overall this one is definitely worth trying. I mean how often do you see beer that is brewed with mustard sees? Right? Even though it is sort of gimmicky, I might still consider going back to this one at some point. Just after I try all the other beautiful gems I happen to come upon.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip. settles almost into layers: tons of sediment below; hazy, pale off-yellow; amber, nearly orange on top. Lots of white foam, leaves moderate lacing.

S - tart citrus, coriander. sugary malt backbone is a lot more full, almost dark, than you'd expect from a pale.

T - all of the above and more. the mustard is noticeable for a bit in the middle -- brings a unique character, though I'm not sure I would've picked out exactly what it was without the label. finishes with a little kick of white pepper and sour apple. cool.

M - interesting flavors dance around but actual feel is pretty standard light ale

D - fun, interesting, pairs well with peppery steak or cheese, not too strong. will try again.

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Photo of sogrady
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unlike the other reviewers, I felt that the mustard which differentiates this beer was anything but in your face. There are obvious hints in the nose, but the distinctiveness of the mustard taste is lost amidst the complex flavoring; the mustard is subsumed and repurposed, probably as intended, as a complementary foundation for the spiced flavor.

Gimmick beer this may well be, but I can appreciate it for more than its uniqueness. It's an excellent beer, one that I've bought more than once since my initial pour.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of IceAce
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

According to the bottle, this "is a dark blond ale brewed with 90% barley malt, 10% munich malt, 2 sorts of hops, dark candy sugar and mustard seeds"

Pours an amber brown body with two fingers of dense, tightly knit and rapidly dissapating off white foam. Lacing is minimal, sporting less than 10% coverage. Nose is yeasty with hints of passion fruits.

Entry is subdued, seemingly missing the zippy carbonation exhibited in the pour. Earthy, leathery malt and candy sugar rule the midtaste. The finish is a long, slow yeasty fade with just a hint of heat (and dryness) as the mustard seed makes its only true appearance.

I thought this might be a novelty beer, kind of Belgium's answer to Cave Creek Chile Beer. As it turns out, this is a solid offering which I would partake of on a regular basis were it not so expensive.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.
Mustard. Ale.
Gee Whiz, is there nothing those nutty Belgians can't do?

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Photo of putnam
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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