Wostyntje | Brouwerij Smisje

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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 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 UnionMade
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer initially pours a beautifully clear golden orange, but an accidental, hairball-like blob of yeast pour immediately turns the beer an opaque orangey ochre. A thick crop of nearly white froth tops the brew, dropping quickly into a broken, clumpy coating. Small flecks of lace cling to the glass, creating a stringy, cobwebby effect as they dry. A thick heap of yeasty goodness lies on the bottom, looking a muddy, brownish silt color.
The aroma is unusual, actually rather sourish. I'm not getting much in the way of mustard, perhaps a sweetish yellow mustard suggestion, but it's hard to tell. It's more of a sourish, sort of carrot or celery thing, kind of a spice feel. Soft notes of candi sugar sweetness, with an underlying malt sweetness. No trace of the alcohol content.
The flavor starts with a mild malty sweetness, an underlying candi sugar sweetness seeping through the sip. Perhaps there's a touch of mustard spiciness right up front, but it's mostly plowed under the sweetness. The middle ushers in soft hints of strawberry, pear and sourish plum. Some sourish, powdery blackberry and blueberry into the finish, mingling with a rather strong sourish, yeasty note. Maybe some vinous, oxodized taste. The finish is surprisingly dry and sour, leaving off with a lingering tart, spicy aftertaste. Possibly some mustard seed in the aftertaste, but it's very light. Strong, robust carbonation easily flings about the lightish body. A very crisp, dry mouthfeel.
I absolutely love mustard. Yellow mustard, spicy brown, sweet-hot, spicy hot, grey pourpon, hell, I even like to chew on mustard seeds. The spicier the better. I try to go easy with the condiments, and actually taste my food, but i use mustard as an all purpose topping. Nachos, potato chips, hot dogs, salad dressing, you name it. Unfortunately, this beer really didn't feature much in the way of mustard, if any at all. Perhaps a soft suggestion of spice, but that's about it. A unique flavor, which I'm guessing must come from the mustard, but I was hoping for a more pronounced flavor. It just didn't cut the mustard...pardon the pun.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured clear deep golden. The head was nonexistent. The beer was carbonated, but with zero head and no lacing of the glass.

The aroma was spicy with higher alcohols present. By the description the aroma should probably have been mustard, but came off as more of a slight celery seed.

The flavor was interesting with a definite odd spiciness. Not unpleasant, but definitely odd.

The finish was just dry with that odd ?mustard" flavor into the finish. The body was medium and carbonation was low.

11.2 ounce bottle. 7% ABV.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like Venom, I am not a great fan of mustard. Thus it was curiosity more than simple desire which led me to sample this beer. (Such is my beer-geekdom that I am willing to pay $6 for a 11.2 oz bottle of a beer the principle claim to distinction of which is flavoring by an ingredient that makes me gag).

Nevertheless, onward! A nice orange pour with a spotty, thin off-white head. Aroma is a bit weak -- a moderate sweetness but very little detectable in the way of spice.

The flavor is another story, though. Starts with a strong candi sugar flavor, so far so normal. But then it develops this strange and, well, rather *mustardy* spiciness midpalate. I don't suppose I would have known it was mustard if the bottle hadn't told me. But it's certainly unlike any spice I've ever detected in a beer before -- Belgian or otherwise. A bit tart with an almost smoky edge to it. The finish is spicy with hints of yeast, and then the mustard seems to kick in again, leaving a gentlly smoky spice flavor to linger on the tongue.

Not something I'd drink all the time, but an interesting beer, and one I'd recommend and beer afficiando trying at least once -- whether you're a fan of the yellow stuff or not.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one is inerstin’. Pours an amber/orange color with lots of light bubbles -- slightly murky. A nice white head with fair retention and sticky lace. Aroma is earthy, astringent, sour and bready – with some aroma hops. Flavor is tart but smooth – some detectable sweetness, but it is balanced by the tartness. Mouthfeel is effervescent with a tart middle and a hop bite.

An interesting experience, but not a beer that I would crave very often. Might just hit the spot on a summer day. Better than one would assume on the mustard level.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy honey-gold color with a small head that barely covers the beer. Aroma is light, bright, and a little musty. It seems to be flowers and weeds. The flavor follows through- it reminds me of being out in a field of grasses/weeds in flower in the spring/early summer (maybe that's because that's the kind of day it is today!). Lemon grass and similar citrus tones. It is a little sharper than the aroma, with some hop bite, but overall fairly mild. I did not pick up on mustard specifically, but i am sure that the seeds added to the notes I found in the beer.

Overall, this is a good beer, but not something that I really want beyond its novelty value.

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

Surprises abound. But not in the hue. Mustard yellow, mixed with tan and grey. Dying bleached khaki head.
Brown sugar nose, with pickling brine, schwag, and sourdough.
Begins sweet, and loosely fruity. Brown sugar-covered mangoes, drenched in balsalmic vinegar. It's not supersour, but the tartness is certain manifest. Wild, yeastiness. Lightly nutty, but more generally, just raw. Red apple skin stuck with caramel and peanuts. Mustard seeds (luckily?) add little. Turns breadier as it concludes. Grainy, with pickled suggestions. Pungent, herbal, bongload finish, but not from hops. Though grassy bitterness does seep in late.
Medium in stature, with a rippling carbonation upfront, trailing off to a generalized fluffiness.
The mustard fails to stand alone. But this holds up in spite and because of that.
Not dazzling. Just solid. Mustard or not.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy copper color and is topped by a white head. A very interesting spicy aroma, mustard greens, grassy, perhaps a bit dusty, slightly astringent. The taste is lightly sweet, with the spicy notes continued subtly in the finish. A light bodied beer, that is a good vehicle for displaying the subtle spicing. Notes of fruit are found here as well; strawberry being subtly the most prominant. I really like the spicing that the mustard gives this beer, unfortunately I find that the base beer is a bit lacking in the complexity department. As a vehicle for the mustard seed it works pretty well, but I have always been of the opinion that the base beer for a "flavored" beer needs to be on awesome beer before you add the flavoring.

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Photo of ark57
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer with mustard seeds added, very intriguing! The golden orange color is inviting and the aroma is of spicy mustard. The mustard comes through in the flavor with a peppery dry finish. It is smooth and makes me crave Philly soft pretzels. It is not a bad beer, but I can't see myself drinking it often.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My very first beer made with mustard seed, an interesting adjunct if I may say so! The beer pours an unclouded gold color with a bright white head that is creamy in texture and portly in size, as it dissipates a fine sealing sheet of lace forms to seal off the glass. Nose has a definite aroma of mustard, tart and sweet, fresh and crisp, different for sure, start is sweet, nice malt presence and the top light to middling in feel. Finis is spiteful in its acidity, the hops ornery in their spiciness, tart and somewhat dry aftertaste. Different and you do get a real sense of the mustard seeds, good but not something I’d drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love mustard and beer, but this still seems like a strange mix. The aroma is fairly mild, a little tangy, but I don't notice any spices. The off-white head faded fast, leaving a patch of lace as it diminished to a film. The beer is hazy ( I did pour the whole bottle) and has a deep golden glow to it. The flavor is light and fleeting, kind of like a lemony Hefe. The flavor actually grows stronger in the aftertaste, which has a tangy lemon and dry mustard flavor to it. The body is on the light side making this beer even more drinkable. A mild, well rounded beer, but I don't know how often I'll come back to it.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a short 11.2 oz brown bottle, it pours a nice looking copper/gold. The head is white and fades quickly leaving just traces of white on top of the beer but no lace on the glass. The smell is enticingly spicy, but something that's hard to pinpoint is just a bit off-putting in the smell. Although it's brewed with mustard seeds, the unpleasant aspect of the aroma doesn't seem to be mustard. Fortunately, the slightly off-smell doesn't carry over to the taste. It's on the sweet side, but dry enough that it doesn't become cloying. Again, the spice is prevalent in the taste, but it's not a strong mustard taste; the mustard is barely noticeable. Although the alcohol is well-hidden in the smell and taste, the beer seems to warm the stomach almost immediately; maybe the mustard has something to do with that. Anyhow, I won't go searching this one out again but am glad to have tried it.

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

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce (33cl) brown glass Stubby that has the familiar Regenboog style label. This time it is a light brown background of mustard plants with the words “Wostyntje – Torhouts Mustard Ale”. Described as an Ale brewed with Spice, it is moreover specifically a Pale Ale brewed with Mustard Seed in the mash. Listed as 7% Alc./Vol. and served in a Birra Moretti Glass. No Freshness Date.

Appearance: Lots of dissolved carbonation rushed out of the bottle when the simple black crown cap was removed. It pours with a marmalade orange glow, slight body haze, with lots of activity in the body of the beer with lots of streamers. The head that quickly formed soon rescinds to a simple covering, but the streamers always maintain a thin head.

Nose: Spicy hops, light toasty malts and a smell of some spicy acetic malt vinegar. It has an inviting tartness.

Taste: Starts like any other vivacious Pale Ale, but this has a lovely malt character that is incredibly refreshing which itself immediately makes way for the Blonde Ale aspect to shine through. The mustard is not really detectable per se, but it certainly adds a spicy feel and it is definitely present from the middle right until the end of the beer. The beer has a very mild warming feel when swallowed I found, it rides the gullet well - quite strange. A tart finish with the merest hint of Gueuze funkiness, or am I imagining that?

Mouthfeel: Immense carbonation on the tongue lends some incredible life to this beer; it sure wakes you up on a sleepy Sunday afternoon. Yet it is smooth and the carbon dioxide is finely entrained lending a velvet feel on the Cheeks.

Drinkability: Very drinkable indeed, probably because it is perfectly balanced with some smooth carbonation. This is one spicy Blonde that’s for sure! Is it really 7.0% ABV. Impressive

Overall: I have tried this one a few times on my travels in Belgium over the years, but most recently this Easter at the Café Henry in Namur. I remember it being very drinkable then also, in fact I think I had two of these then.

Unique & Highly Recommended – this is definitely not a joke beer.

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

11.2 fl oz bottle

Appearance/Head: Bright orange-amber color but hazy. Decent head.

Aroma: The aroma has a nice funk to it. It is yeasty with notes of nuts and spice.

Taste: Wostyntje is a concentrated elixir with a zesty yeast character and notes of white wine. Medium to full bodied. As it warms flavors like lemon, flakes of brewers yeast, grapefruit, and spices (probably the mustard) enter the mix. It finishes fairly sweet. But the spice character balances the sweetness rather well.

Bottom line: Quite a nice unique Belgian. Worth checking out.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a medium off-white head over a hazy amber liquid. Delicate sharp and fruity/flowery nose. Light fruity taste with a weak background sourness that compliments the sweetness, some nuttiness from the mustard seed noted too. Minimal hoppiness. Finishes light and bubbly with a light spicy aftertaste...a decent unagressively flavored ale.

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Photo of yen157
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Vidaloca brought this one home from the store one day. Boy, do I like surprises! Mustard ale? Cool…

Poured with a fleeting, creamy white mousse on top of the cloudy, tan-orange liquid. This beer looked unique and mysterious. It smelled sweet and tart and very suggestive of Maille Dijon mustard, with that slightly mineraly, steely edge. It tasted of nondescript semi-sweet, somewhat fruity malt, a touch of herb vinegar, and mustard. As it warmed, the malt because a bit biscuity, and the mustard flavor became more focused, like Colmans mustard powder, but not hot.

Not a beer to drink to cold. Almost a drain pour when cold. I’m glad I tried it and would probably never drink it again, though I have an odd feeling this would be good on tap of from a 750ml+ bottle. Strange…

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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 Jon
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden/blond color with an impressive head that sticks around, imparting rings of lace to the glass. Nose features a healthy dose of sweet malt, some candy sugar, and a trace of the mustard seed used in the brewing process. The nose, consequently, is the only facet of this beer where the mustard is actually evident. Taste-wise, the palate is bombarded with sweet, nutty malt, earthy (Saaz?) hops, a distinctive yeast character and additional candy sugar. Mouthfeel is fairly rich, but seems to finish a bit too soon. Wostyntje is highly drinkable and certainly a unique creation. Even if you don't like mustard, this beer is worth a try.

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Photo of stcules
2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The alcohol stated in the label is 7.0%, not 5.0%.

The colour is strong golden, with little and short head.
The smell is mustard, sure, but not too heavy as you can fear. After all you can see something else: dry leaves, autumnal smell, chestnut. Very particular, but not convincing.
Sweet taste, with mustard and fruit.. Pear? Strange, maybe interesting, but.. Not convincing. It's not my beer.
Light body. It left some perplexity.

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

Pours a one-fingered white head that fades slowly and leaves a little lace. Light cloudy amber color. Nose is a malty alcohol. Starts sweet and smooth, finishes crisp with a hint of hops. Has mustard seeds but no hint of them. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. $3.25 for a 330ml bottle. The ABV is 7.0%.

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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 GreenCard
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: darkish orange hue (like dried orange peels), very hazy, tiny amount of head formation disappears almost immediately, some lace despite the lack of head

Aroma: not much of anything (very faint), slight apple fruitiness and some piney hops, a tiny bit of chocolate?, yeast, vinous; I guess I detect some mustard...

Flavor: sourish, musty, a bit bready in its maltiness, hint of mustard in the background, slightly spicey, some sweetness towards the end, finish is dry, aftertaste is an appley tanginess with an acrid edge to it; also in the middle there's a funky sort of earthy flavor that I can't put a finger on (in "odd-ingredient beers" like this, it must be the odd ingredient)

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation

Overall Impression: Found a shelf of these little 33cl bottles amidst the Rocheforts, Westmalles, Rodenbachs, etc. at the grocery store. Had to try it. Was initially a bit "scared" of it, but it ended up being a largely disappointing novelty beer. Almost plays off like an overly tangy hefeweizen. Worth a try, I guess, but I doubt I'll drink another one.

The label on this bottle is different than the one pictured here. It's a bit campy. Colors are mustard brown, white, and black. A cartoon of a Pluto-like dog in a sailor suit holding out a beer glass to a mustard-pot with arms, legs, and a face who is dumping a spoonful of his contents into the glass. Also, this label indicates that it is a 7% abv beer, though it sure doesn't seem that way.

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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 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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