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 EPICAC
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle at Brugs Beertje in Brugge.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a fluffy, white head that leaves patchy lace.

Smell: Fruity, peppery. I can't smell mustard.

Taste: Fruity and sweet banana flavors. The finish is spicy with some pepper and mustard, which is surprisingly, not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad for such a strange beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a hazy orange liquid with a puffy white head. Modest lace…average in appearance. The aroma is somewhat food-like, with a little citrus and grain, some malt, and a spicy character. I didn’t smell mustard seed in the initial sniff, but after a sip, it really comes forward, accentuating the food-like quality. It sort of reminded me of Asian cuisine. There’s a slight hotness due to the mustard, but also a modest tanginess. Some yeast flavor, and a little malt sweetness contribute to the flavor as well. Nice high carbonation, which accentuates the spice. This is an interesting beer that would be an excellent accompaniment to a variety of foods.

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Photo of dherling
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with orange hue, slight off white head, bubbly. Bizarre, slightly offensive nose, lots of spice, undeniable mustard, bread, malt. Tastes like a pretzel with mustard dipped in gueze. After a few sips, it tones down a little, the flavor is unexpected at first. I have to say it's growing on me, and I'm enjoying it now. Finishes fiarly clean, light mouthfeel, with a long finish.

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Photo of bigman147
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an orangish brown with a slight yeasty haze. Minimal to no perceivable carbonation. No lacing. Only light carbonation is identifiable

Aroma: Smells of yeast and slight hop notes. Soaked Mustard seeds / Dijon Mustard are prevalent as the beer warms.

Taste: Yeasty (slight sulphur character). Good hop bitterness balances the sweetness. Sour apple notes that turn to the taste of the mustard water you get when you don't shake the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Very sour notes linger but they are not unpleasant. Carbonation is light but smooth and helps balance the malt and sour character.

Drinkability:This is a very nice beer however the combination of tastes and aroma plus the high alcohol make this a nice choice for the occasional meal or tasting but I could not imagine drinking more than one in any one session.

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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 hgrong
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very rustic in appearance. Cloudy, golden brown with a small head and good lacing. The nose starts with pale malts and yeast but eventually fades to Dijon mustard and caramel. The palate is intensely sharp and acidic. Hints of the mustard. Lots of citrus fruit and grains. The finish is spicy and tangy from the acid. There is a little yeast funk on the finish as well. It has a pleasing body, but there is nothing exciting about the mouthfeel. For as plesant a brew as this is, it is extremely difficult for me to drink becuase of the acidity.

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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 dogfooddog
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with no notches on the dating, no idea how old this one is. This bottle was recently shipped from belgium, label shows some mildew like all other regenboog beers in this shipment.

pours 1/2" head in a chimay glass. head quickly vanishes leaivng some lace, helped by the etching on the glass bottom.

smell is typical regenboog yeast with complex smatter of odors, more things than i can put names too. seems a bit muddled.

taste carries a mustard note along with a decent tart ffront end. finish is mild and spicy. the finish is spicy, the ingredients say mustard is the only spice used in this beer.

This is a pleasant beer which is tart/sharp enough to work for my palette.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy orange in color with a 1/2" head. No lacing develops, and carbonation looks light.

Smell: ripe fruits and a light spicy yeast tone.

Taste: basically sweet with a mild tart edge - sweet ripe fruits, tart apples, soft spice, caramel candy, and a mild bitterness. Not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth on the tongue with a short sweet fruity aftertaste.

Drinkability: not bad, but there are better versions out there. Tough to pronounce too.

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Photo of Franchise
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recommended by fellow BA Jbsteiny. This beer pours a dark blonde actually similar in color to pumpkin with some yeast floating around in the bottom. It leaves a thin beige lace that is frothy and bubbly. The aroma is malted mustard, somewhat citrus in the nose, and a candy sugar smell in the background. The taste starts off on the palate tart and sweet, like a sweet tart, but more savory in terms of the mustard presence. Very malty I think to balance the acidic tang in the mustard but it is nice and smooth with a slight carbonation that refreshed the palate, only to give you one last bit of bitterness from a very minimal hop presence. A beer that is very unique, and I would def try again. I'd pair this beer with a grilled Deutchmacher Hotdog marinated in this brew with onions and grill it all.

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Photo of brewQ
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Duvel style necked in bottle promises candy sugar and mustard seeds on the label.

The appearance is an opaque reddish-orange with very fine carbonation, sliky.

Aroma is a fruity, yeasty Belgian but I had a hard time picking up mustard- just light spices.

In fact, I found this to be a balanced, full flavored slightly warming brew akin to Chimay.

The finish was quite clean. I'd drink this again.

Gotta wonder if the mustard is a come on to get folks to talk about and sample it.

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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 TurdFurgison
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 11.2 oz fattie bottle, poured into a small glass (I was in a hotel room).

Appearance: Dirty yellow color, thick creamy head.

Smell: Malt aroma, with faint hints of mustard.

Taste: Unique flavor, but I didn't appreciate it. Bitter and bready.

Notes: The bottle stated "90% barley malt, 10% Munich malt, 2 sorts of hops, dark candy sugar, and mustard seeds". Guess I just had to try it once.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/24/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle with no dating. Poured into my Reinaert tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy dark golden pour. 1/4 inch head that is gone in under a minute. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell- Funky scent with a mish-mash of spices.

Taste- Kind of a sweet and sour at the same time taste. Peppery with maybe a touch of corriander. Don't really taste the mustard seed. I think many people have it in their head when they try it and say to themselves, that's mustard alright. Just can't detcet that taste.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, sour and tartness. Bit of a mouth pucker job.

Drinkability- Taste like a Wild Ale style. Maybe approaching a saison style. Drinkable, and different. Worthy of a try, but maybe not at the $4.25 I paid for it.

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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 paterlodie
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 3e kw 2006. Poors in with hardly any foam and what was there is gone before you notice. Orange brown and totaly foggy beer. Nose is mostly apricot with some maltaromes and spice in the back. Taste is sweetbitter&sour, mustardspice and a sharp bitter ending. Stongly spiced and really something else as the regular. Good beer IMO but very strong in taste what influences drinkability.

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Photo of guinnessman
1.96/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A lacey head and a golden hue. lightly carbonated. There are definately a mustard arome in here. Tastes even more like mustard than it smells. This overwelms other flavors in the beer. I think it's a bit much on the mustard side. Reminds me of a mustard and ham sandwich. The mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is poor. this is not very well balanced, i can't get past the mustard.

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Photo of shapudding
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No dating. Initially poured with a ton of frothy almond head, but settled down to a thick cap with some medium sized bubbles. Cloudy apricot amber and unclear, very thick looking. Can almost see a misty swirling. Mainly malty scents, not much else coming out. The first sip locked up the back of my jaw! After that it is just nicely soured flavors, like a brown that is edging towards a geuzue. Knowing about the mustard seeds in it, I am thinking about having a pretzel with a ton of good, grainy spicey mustard, then following it up with a swig of a good ale. There is just enough carbonation, when you give it a swish you can really notice it. There is more of a medium mouth with some bite to it. Very nicely flavored and surprisingly enjoyable. Not scary at all. When I picked this up on a StateLine trip, the crew I was with gave me such looks for picking it up, but this really turned out to be a very good drinker.

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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 alexgash
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this unique beer up at John’s Grocery in Iowa City; what a great beer store!
Pours a light copper/mustard yellow with a yeasty haze and a mighty, thick, voluminous, light-tan head.
Faint candy-sweet malt aromas meld with the predominant sour/tangy citrus, horse blanket, and of course, mustard spiciness!
Taste is…well mustardy. The mustard flavor starts this weird ale off. The spicy mustard flavor isn’t overwhelming, but it’s impossible to ignore. At mid-palate, some mildly sweet Belgian malts come in and this carries on into the relatively weak finish with lingering brassicaceae notes. Interesting. Medium-bodied, and seems a little soapy-thin at mid-palate. I’m glad I tried this, but I can’t see myself drinking this regularly…although it might go well with some hotdogs at the ballpark.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't let the fact that this has mustard in it scare you, you'll never recognize that it's there. 11.2oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a very cloudy light yellow-orange color, very strange. There is no head present. The smell has this overripe banana tone to it. Some maltiness and maybe a little bit of wheat. The taste is fruity as well, with some citrus and banana. Kinda weird but good. The mouthfeel is decent, as is the drinkability. Very unique.

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Photo of clvand0
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mustard beer? I was a little worried about this one. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small head that has a little retention. The aroma has some spice (from yeast) and a nice malt character. Smells ok. The flavor has a certain earthiness. Slight maltiness and an apparent spice character. This beer didn't fit my palate very well. I never really found the mustard seed flavor, but it was odd.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What an odd beer. Brewed with mustard. It poured a hazy orange color with a coat of head. The flavor is strange. There is some orange citrus in there and an odd earthy bit that must be the mustard. I kinda liked it. The feel is a bit thin, and with not too much carbonation on it. Drinkability is okay, not great. I wouldn't want to sit down to a bottle of it on my own.

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Photo of Hefe
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 11.2 oz. stubby brown bottle on 10/14/04.

Bottle states that Wostyntje is a dark blond ale brewed with 90% barley malt, 10% munich malt, 2 sorts of hops, dark candy sugar and mustard seeds.

Appearance: First pour is slighly hazy dark amber with a thick tan head, after the last 1/2 inch of beer in the bottle is given a good swirl and poured in, it becomes opaque, murky even with mysterious tan/amber/brown/golden/orange swirls.

Smell: Malty and yeasty, with an earthiness that may be the mustards doing.

Taste: A touch of sweetness is apparent right away, though a nice complexity develops as the beer warms. The mustard is noticable, pleasant actually, as a spicy tang on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very yeast and creamy.

Drinkability: I think this could be a good mealtime beer, though I'm not entirely sure what I'd pair it up with. The overall flavor becomes a bit much, nice as a one off, but I wouldn't do several of these.

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Photo of aracauna
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow-tan with a sizable, big-bubbled head. The aroma is fairly weak, a bit of bandaids and an odd aroma that must be the mustard seed, but doesn’t really smell like mustard. The flavor is very dry and short with a bit of bitterness up front, more of that odd bit and not a whole lot else. Really a bit of a let down. I think I would have been happier if it had a lot of flavor and I just didn’t like it. This was just kind of bland and bubbly.

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Beer rating: 46.2% out of 100 with 199 ratings
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