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.

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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 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 bum732
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Whole grain mustard, grassy hops, slight acidity.

L: Hazy yellow, carbonated head that dissipates.

T: Mustard-seed like acidity right off the bat, subtle sweetness. Light tartness with some spiciness as well. Low bitterness, tartness compensates. Finishes fairly dry with touch of more mustard.

M: High carbonation, works great with flavors. Medium bodied.

An interesting beer to say the least. Lots of full grain mustard flavors and acidity. Not sure i could drink a lot of this, but it was great to try.

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

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a hazy almost murky caramel color with a huge head that takes up 3/4 of the glass. After the head dies down the second pour is a bit lumpy from the strong carbonation rousing the trub.
S- The soft cidery note has a hint of spice with some mustard seed qualities growing as the beer warms turning more harsh.
T- This beer has a soft mellow cidery note with a crystal malt dryness and a slight mustard spice in the finish. As the beer warms the malty mustard flavor comes through a bit more. Caramel malt and soft hop bitterness linger for a moment in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a full fizz and is a bit over carbonated but no alcohol heat.
D- The caramel cidery is almost caramel appley but not really sweet with the mustard being noticeable but not in your face. It was interesting to try but a bit too odd for a session beer.

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Photo of bobsy
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one in the free beer fridge in the exhibitor's tent at Mondial de la Biere. Didn't see it on the official beerlist, so heaven's knows where it came from. A beer brewed with mustard...

Hazy orange pour with a fluffy white head and slippery lace. Typical BSPA aroma with sweet malt, grain, peppery yeast and a slight hint of leafiness (from the mustard?). The mustard isn't as easy to pick out as I thought it would be, but does grow in intensity as the beer is drank, bringing a leafy spiciness to the middle and finish of every sip. Aside from that this just seems like a regular Belgian Pale Ale, with light sweet malts and spicy yeast. Perhaps a more prominent mustard character would have elevated this beer, but then again, perhaps mustard doesn't really belong in a beer. Medium-light body with a medium carbonation works well, though perhaps a bit more zingy would be better?

An intriguing experiment, and I'm always willing to try whacky new combinations. The mustard seemed to be more of an accent than a dominant characteristic in this one, which removed the novelty factor for me, leaving this just an average BSPA.

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours orange with a poofy off-white head, good lace.

S: Very peppery/coriander, spicy and earthy.

T: Very green, mustard greens, salad, with some light malt and earth, quite unique. A hint of copper metal and soil at the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, medium/full carbonation.

D: A nice beer, vegetal and strange for the novice, but something that is not going to be experienced elsewhere.

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

Pours a cloudy orange. The eggshell-white head is small and fluffy. The nose is very yeasty, and you can pick up faint traces of the key ingredient if you search hard enough. Sweet, faint aromas of candy sugar and spice come through once the head dissipates.
The first sip is tangy and yeasty. Fruity citric acidity, which yields to mouth-coating yeast and light hop bitterness. The mustard comes out in the finish as a spicy, peppery kick. The finish is a little dry, and leaves an entirely different impression than the opening would suggest. Good, not great.

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

Bottle consumed at the Bruges Beertje on 4/23/10 and served by the owner Daisy along with a cheese and meat platter that came with the mustard made by the same brewery (and used to make this beer).

Appearance: Pours an attractive orange sunburst with a 1 finger slightly buttery hop oily crown, good retention, and good lace!

Smell: Loads of Belgian goodness going on along with a slight caramel malt foundation and a hint of mustard spice.

Taste: Light candy sweetness with moderate roasted amber malt. The mustard makes a momentary appearance that is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, medium carbonation, touch of sweetness but not cloying.

Drinkability: Very good!

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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 nicoharris
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle in tulip glass.

A: Clowdy golden yellow. Good head retention. Some seed or spice particles at bottom of glass--not yeast.

S: Rich mustard aroma. Not like smelling commercial mustard in a jar, more like a really fresh and pleasant aroma from quality mustard seeds.

T: Slightly sour, yet sweet finish, with a bit of spiciness from the mustard seeds. The mustard flavor is bold yet not too overpowering. I'm not too attached to the mustard flavor, yet it does make for a very interesting and well balanced beer.

M: Light, and somewhat similar to that of a saison.

D: Easy to drink, but after one or two I'm ready for something different.

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

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!). Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Fulvous and dark goldenrod liquid, cloudy to the point of being opaque. Rocky mousse-like ivory head which is very active and recedes fairly rapidly to a half-finger of crackling foam.

Mustard, peppercorn, mildew, lemon, and Bermuda Buttercup in the nose. Very unusual, slightly funky.

Candi sugar, lemon, honey, shallots, red wine vinegar, and light cherry on the palate. What the hell? Sourdough, fermenting rice, and a bitter/sour finish. Umami? Few points of comparison here. Very difficult to rate.

Effervescent, chewy, and mouthwatering - well carbonated but not overly so.

An ale that is easy to appreciate though maybe not easy to like...though I'm enjoying it more than I expected. Pairs extremely well with certain food - I sliced up some rye bread and made some potato/leek soup. The perfect combo for a rainy evening.

Rating this "to style" is a bit of a joke...though this is more than just a gimmick, worth a try if you like mustard!

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Photo of tigg924
1.82/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: gold in color, 1.5 inch head, cloudy with some sediment in the head, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, spices, and golden mustard

Taste: mustard, medicine, and light malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly bitter, very astringent, high carbonation that takes away from any smoothness

Drinkability: I appreciate a brewery taking a chance. I was really looking forward to this as I tend to like exotic beers. However, this was as close to a drainpour as I have gotten in a while. The mustard is very in your face and the other flavors add to the bite, not mesh, or even lighten it. The over-carbonation adds to the unpleasantness. If you love mustard, give it a shot, I will pass.

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Photo of berkey
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a small goblet at The Trappist rare draft night 01/13/10.

A fairly clean amber colored body is topped by a medium sized head with mediocre retention.

Aroma is fairly sweet with suggestions of candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Slightly spicy notes also come through along with a dry hoppy character but this isn't a highly aromatic beer overall.

Flavor is very interesting, the subtle sweetness, earthy yeast and bitter hop combo is complex enough but the slight spiciness from the mustard seeds really pushes this beer into new territory. If I didn't already know this included mustard seed I might say the flavor reminded me of horseradish or maybe even wasabi but it's all similar I suppose. There's also a somewhat musty character that's present in all Regenboog beers I've tried so far. Oddly, at moments this almost reminds me of a toned down young Orval minus the brett.

Mid bodied and fairly high in carbonation with a slightly dry finish. I'm curious how high the carbonation is on the bottled version. Overall a unique beer and one I'll probably return to when I next cross paths with it.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another whim beer...

A: Maple colored with a white lace head that fades into tiny bubbles on top of the brew.

S: Smells of heavy mustard and sweet sugar. Very good smell.

T: Very interesting flavor. This being my first mustard ale, this is a very unique flavor. You can definitely taste the mustard heavy in the flavor.

M: Not crazy about the carbonation / flavor balance on this. Too much carbonation.

D: Goes down fairly easy. Carbonation is slightly tough to get through but otherwise, not bad.

All in all, this is an interesting brew. Very refreshing if you have not tried mustard ales before. If you are look for new flavors, this one is definitely a good selection.

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

A very unusual brew, not like any one beer I ever had. Poured into a Chimay goblet with a murky light brown/dark gold color with a bubbly white head like a hefeweizen. Head retention is average. Some lacing. Smelled like a Belgian with a bit of the mustard spiciness kicking in.

Taste started out Belgian..yeast..candi sugar..dark fruit. Didn't last long, the mustard spiciness and a little bitterness kicked in. Last was a vinegar like sourness like Petrus Oud Bruin (the only sour beer I ever tried).

Mouthfeel is rich, the sourness lingers. Drinkability is below average. I would probably try this again with food. Sipping it by itself was a long, slow process, not very drinkable. If I was a sour beer fan I would probably love the complexity of this beer. As it is, I just found it a bit interesting but not my thing.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium brown with a white head, very good lacing, light carbonation.

It smells earthy, a tad mustard, and hops.

The taste is unique but ok. It has notes of citrus and mustard.

It has a great mouthfeel and surprisingly drinkable.

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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 CHADMC3
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice hazy golden with orange hues featuring only a thin white head, which quickly dissipates leaving no lacing behind.

Big aromas of candy sugar, yeast, and spice. There are also light, but sweet fruits such as peach or apricots, and faint floral hops if any.

Very sweet & fruity bordering on tart, but also very floral, somewhat perfume like, and yeast to finish. Quite a different brew.

Very thin & liquid in body, medium carbonation, featuring a bit of a sweet bite.

Heavy floral and sweet fruits add to the flavor, but also make it difficult to enjoy more than one. May be lacking some of the spice notes traditional to this style, but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Saw this tucked away on the craft rack at Gasbaro's. Mustard Ale? I'm in... always up for a little change of pace. 11.2oz bottle. No freshness date. Label reads-

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

A- Cap popped off pretty intensely. Got it all in the snifter. Pours a..mustard, muddy copper color with an aggressive head that settles quickly.

S- Belgian yeast, sweetness, and...maybe mustard? A spice is noted, but is very subdued. Still, definitely good. Is is subjective? Maybe... if I didn't know what I was looking for I doubt I'd pick it up. Still, not sure I'd want a heavy mustard aroma, anyways.

T- Interesting. A mellow tartness, spices. The more I sip, the more an earthy spice comes out. A bit of hotness on the tongue, too. A real earthy, gritty mustard spice. Like whole-seed fancypants mustard you find on a $16 sandwich.

Probably the best I could have hoped this to taste like... not offensive, and actually quite good. The sugar helps offset the spice, resulting in a surprisingly balanced beer.

M- High carbonation helps this one go down pretty nicely. No complaints here.

D- Moderate, good ABV and a solid composition. I had one bottle, and wish I had more... mainly because I've never had a beer like this. Much like Schlenkerla Rauchbier...this beer does things that most don't dare. I'd love to have some more of this to drink, for sure. Pretty sure I got gouged @$7 a 11.2oz bottle... I'll have to see if anyone else carries this.

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Photo of indiapaleale
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brouwerij de Regenboog translates as the "Rainbow Brewery". They brew six different beers and the mustard one is one of the more interesting ones available. I had some high hopes for this being something unique, unfortunately it seems this beer was infected/tainted as the carbonation levels were way high and there was a very sour/astringent quality to it that pretty much blanketed any subtle flavors, especially any of the (Tourhout's) mustard seeds.

That being said, I feel obligated to make some notes about this beer as I am not sure I'll throw down the $5 again as I don't want to deal with another disappointment. Not to mention that there is the slight chance that this beer is supposed to be like this...

The mustard ale pours a cloudy sort of matte orange in color. The head on this is very thick, bubbly and almost bubble bath like in appearance.

The smell is very sour, very much like a Flemish Red Ale or almost vinegar-esque. I don't get much else from this aroma-wise, its all sour.

The taste is very bitter, sour, sort of metallic like iron with some hints of malt but not much of the original intended flavor coming through? I really am hoping this was a beer thats gone bad and not what the brewers anticipated.

Mouthfeel is puckering.

Drinkability is "tough".

I was pretty excited to give this one a go but in the end it was pretty disappointing. : (

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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 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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Wostyntje from Brouwerij Smisje
3.58 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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