Wostyntje | Brouwerij Smisje

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3.58 w/ 199 ratings

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje

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 Sammy
2.67/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at The Belgian room, NYC. Light body, sourish, three weeks old, yellow body without head. Not too great a Belgian. I do not know about mustard beers, didn't they ban than in WWI? I do not think it works, but likely needs warning sign. Definite apple cider character.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A bit of a cloudy copper amber color with an immense white head that is firm, thick and fluffy; not bad looking once and if you can the head to "calm down." Was a bit of an effort to overcome the two inch white pillow at the top of the glass.

Nose of white bread, yeast, stone fruit, hint of bananas and a bit of winter spices.

Mouthfeel is simply too carbonated, thus the big huge head with very large bubbles that take a while to dissipate. So carbonated almost hard to drink.

Flavor is Belgian fruity and malty with candy sugar but it's so carbonated that it feels and tastes like a sweet, light yeast big malt soda with spices. Has a bit of toffee, sweet coffee and cooked bananas in the flavor profile with a finish of whiskey. Sounds better than it is. Not bad flavors but the mouthfeel, excess spice and carbonation just make for too many flaws to drink pleasurably.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip.

A: Poured easily creating a light head with some light carbonation. Pale brown color leaving a light head once settled with a cloudy appearance.

S: Immediate smell of a citric and sour aroma of lemon and/or orange. There was a faint smell of candy along with a distinct aroma likely the mustard seeds.

T: Definitely sour flavor from the first sip. You could taste the lemon and orange but the aftertaste brought out the mustard seed with a slight bitterness. A little sweet and more carbonated than was expected along with a slight bit of complexity.

M&D: Got better and better after the first sip. I wasn't so sure at first but hung with it and it did get better. It feels carbonated in your mouth along with the distinct flavors clearly come out in each drink. A little more carbonated than I care for but drinkable.

Definitely worth trying for those who like the spicy Belgian ales.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

i have to give this some credit for being real different, but it didnt end up being one of my favorites, especially from these guys, but good to know they are keeping it inventive still! it pours a real murky burnt orange color, rusty looking, no chunks or anything, but plenty of sediment in suspension. minimal white head, more of a lazy bubble layer. the beer smells almost sour, funky for sure, tannic and sharp, more herbaceous than spices, and with hints of white wine and candy sweetness. first sip confirms there is no need for the extra sugar here, its not fermented out enough to be useful for strength, and the amount left in the taste it too much for me, almost a tripel complexion. the yeast is awesome, classically belgian, bubblegum and caramel from it, and the mustard seeds end up being somewhat less impactful than expected. they add a unique layer, but its quickly swallowed up by residual sugar and a warm fermented belgian yeast strain. what bothered me the most was the lack of carbonation. this brew, like most or even all belgian styles needs to be alive in the glass and on the palate, and it ends up being flat, heavy, and too sweet all at the same time. hard to drink much of or even fully appreciate what makes this so unique because of that. overall a beer worth trying, maybe a little past its prime from the cellar here, but not quite on the level i had hoped it would be...

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mustard beer, something new and I felt that it deserved a chance. After seeing a 1.5 liter bottle sitting at my local beer shop I finally bought it after a few months just watching it sit there. It was actually pretty interesting, I wasn't able to really pick up on the mustard so much but I did get a little bit of a nut flavor and some yeast. The bottle said it's a Brune Blond which I found interesting too, I suppose it's like a blend of both. The beer itself was a muddy looking blond color with a ton of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.57/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

I'm not sure whats going on but this is the 3rd beer in a row from these guys purchased from a different location that has been crap.

Pours a murky yellow orange with some brown in it. Decent lacing, not much retention.

Aroma is sour, boozy, and malty.

Taste has some barnyard character from the funk in the beer. Also some palt malt, sourness, and alcohol. Not pleasant. I'll pass next time.

Body is medium possibly because all the CO2 escapes quickly. Not enjoyable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy light brown in color. It poured into a snifter glass with a three finger high off white head that took a long time to settle down and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A high amount of visible carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather spicy and flavors of the mustard seeds stand out in particular. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a very high amount of carbonation.
D: Surprisingly, this beer is quite drinkable because the spiciness is not that strong. The taste of mustard seeds is definitely unique and I would consider trying this again because they are well incorporated into the overall taste.

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Photo of emerge077
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brand new arrival at a local shop, new bottle format and everything.

Dark amber gold, minimal spotty lacing.
Smell is a little bit unusual, sourdough and tangy mustard. Dried fruit.
Taste is similarly tangy, distinct weird mustard vibe, on the verge of turning it seems. Light effervescent carbonation. Dry odd finish. Better than the one I had 3ish years ago, but still pretty weird. Not sure who i'd recommend this to... Fantome reject bottle lovers, this is the beer for you!

1.9/5 rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I feel obligated to review this, seeing that i've tried it before, and I bought a bottle for $5 to review it. Unfortunately it is tainted as several others from this brewery i've had in the past (Vuuve, Blonde). There's a medicinal, astringent sour twang that is definitely not pleasant, and I love sour beers. Intentional? Who knows...

Pours a deep hazy orange. Several fingers of foam that have sparkling bubbles like soap suds. The retention is good, but there is some swampy sediment even after a careful pour that keeps it from really looking great. Strangely cidery and medicinal in the nose, that becomes more fruity at room temp. Pears and bread. Tastes like Anbesol oral analgesic (Benzocaine) dumped into some cider, i'm having flashbacks to when I lost teeth as a kid. Yuck. Lingering unpleasant medicine. Watery and thin. Can't finish it, which is rare for me. Drainpour. De Regenboog needs to improve their quality control on these three beers...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an hazy dark golden color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention. Aroma of spices and dry Belgian yeast is intriguing. Taste is quite spicy with some nice malt and dry yeasty finish which is a bit too strong for my liking. After having tried a few different beers from this brewery, I feel like they should IMHO rethink their use of their yeast strain which provide strong dry aftertaste and result in similar taste to all their beers.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of oberon
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Roger over at Bestway really was trying to get me to give this a try saying it was the best beer he ever had,I told him Iam not a Belgian lover but would give it a try anyway.Poured into a small tulip glass a hazed peach color with a great blooming white head that left multiple waves of broken lace behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Yeasty aromas with notes of clove and honey mainly.Wow a bit sour on the palate (from the mustard seeds?) with a little sharpness in the mouth,a herbal "green" hoppiness comes thru in the finish but the kinda sour profile turns me off to this.Eh I tried it and it was ok I guess.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at the Belgian Café, Philly, PA

Poured into a tulip glass a hazy, golden brown with a HUGE, active, tan head that eventually receded to a thick ring, but was rejuvenated at every pour from the bottle (which I did aggressively just for the effect). Aroma of yeast, pepper, mustard...pickles? Spicy taste, corn and grains, earthy, peppery, and an underlying sweetness that never fully surfaces. Medium mouthfeel, a bit odd, but I thought it was still quite drinkable.

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Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

HUGE white head--16oz glass where only half of the 11.2oz bottle could be poured. Slowly recedes. Cloudy and straw colored.

Sour aroma that is similar to vinegar. The mustard is there as the second smell noted. I imagine that this would go well with a brat.

Sour flavor, this time it reminds me of lemon. Then it's all mustard, which frankly is bizarre but strangely enjoyable. Solid body with a fair amount of carbonation.

This is an enigma. It's odd and tasty. Yet, the sourness is unappealing to me. The mustard is interesting feature that has the same effect as smoke to me. It changes the complexity of the taste and adds interest to flavor. And I am not sure if I like it, but I keep drinking it.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gauzy butterscotch with a swirling cloud of particulates and a wealth of fine carbonation. The parchment colored cap is large and firm. Although it doesn't look overly sticky, quite a few wavy ribbons of lace have made their way to the glass.

The nose is aromatic. Other than the usual BSPA characteristics, it has an added dimension that I'd be hard-pressed to identify as mustard seed; largely because it doesn't really smell like mustard seed. There's also a spicy sweetness that bodes well for the flavor. The more I sniff, the more I'm convinced that it's mustard I'm smelling. If I didn't know it was present? No way.

Wostyntje is different, odd even, and isn't as likeable as I had hoped. This would be better beer if the flavor was a carbon copy of the nose. Belgian yeastiness is readily apparent and shares the stage with hops and mustard seed (still not easily identified as such). The flavor profile is at once musky, funky, spicy and sweet-and-sour. This is definitely an original creation.

The finish is the least appealing portion of the mouthful because sourness becomes more prominent. The flavor becomes even more bold as the beer warms, which is neither a positive nor a negative in my eyes. The mouthfeel is medium in heft, almost creamy and a touch undercarbonated; especially given its country of origin.

I'm a mustard aficionado. Yellow, brown, honey, sweet-and-sour, sweet-and-hot, jalapeno, horseradish... you name it, I love it. Adding mustard seed to beer, however, is a different kettle of fish. Kudos to Brouwerij De Regenboog for brewing outside the box and for creating an interesting BSPA in the process. This will be the only bottle of Wostyntje that I ever buy, but I'm glad I gave it a whirl.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Pours a mostly clear, lightly hazy orange-straw with about a finger of white bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves, at best, a miniscule amount of lacing behind. The nose is somewhat musky, with hints of brett, straw, cloves, and, yes, a dash o' mustard. The taste expounds on the nose, unfortunately accentuating the negative aspects of the constituent parts. The funk is too funky, the sourness is flat, and there's a sharp, overriding bitterness, not a hoppy one, but one I assume that stems from the mustard seeds (I haven't encountered it before and this is my first brew with mustard in it, so...). All told, a very off-putting flavor combination. The body is in the medium range with a healthy carbonation and a generally smooth texture. Alas, though, this cannot make up for the objectionable taste, which drags the drinkability down a decent degree.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small, stubby, Duvel style bottle, no freshness indication on my bottle/label. Pours a very cloudy dull light brown. Tan head, tightly packed and exhibiting nice retention. Impressive fine and scattered lacing. Nice looking brew. Nose is the expected mustard, wheat, with some powdered sugar. Notes here of soft peppery spicing, pleanty of fine vinegary mustard, some cloves and more mustard, I'll go along with the ham and cheese on wheat bread, heavy on the dijon mustard description. Differant, complex, interesting brew.Not for everybody but I'd like to give it a try with some salad, pepperoni, stinky cheese, nuts etc. Compelling brew, give it a try, why be normal?

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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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Wostyntje from Brouwerij Smisje
Beer rating: 46.2% out of 100 with 199 ratings
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