Westoek X - Brouwerij Deca Services NV
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Reviews by salvo:
2.53/5 rDev -30.3%
Pours beautiful orange-brown under a half-inch bone white head. Aroma is belgian bready yeast and sweet malt.
Surprisingly (and disappointingly) light taste. Clean, crisp, and light with hints of bready yeast and layered malts, but a surprisingly light body and flavor profile. Some deep fruit and spice notes, and creamy mouthfeel, but overall, there is little to distinguish this foamy Belgian from others. Plain.
Muthfeel is velvety: a saving grace. But without accomapnying flavor, overall this has been a disappointing taste of Belgium.
01-08-2012 22:04:39 | More by salvo
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3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grain, lemons and oranges. A nice, fruity smelling beer. In the flavor I get some oranges and lemons, as well as some yeast and grain notes. This was drank alongside the Westoek XX and the only real difference I can find is that this beer doesn't have any detectable alcohol, while the XX does. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
05-07-2011 17:26:52 | More by Mora2000
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
Beyond farm ale aroma, beyond barnyard aroma, funky and cruel. The taste is yeasty, there is some fruityness and brett and wood and earth as I hold my nose. Carbonation tingly mouthfeel. Yet, still decent drinkability.
Ken's bottle from Struise directly
02-25-2011 00:53:08 | More by Sammy
3.2/5 rDev -11.8%
Poured from a 330 ml, bottle into a wine glass. Offers a firm pop upon opening yet doesn't gush or foam up on the bottle. Even a casual pour yields a two finger head of foam, which settles slowly. Rather deep and golden in color for the style and with a couple floaties in the mix.
Nose is pronounced in a yeast sense and with little to back it up. Bit rich yet rather subdued. Taste follows and offers a dry and not too enticing finish. A bit tame for a Tripel yet this beer seems a bit aside as for the style, and perhaps with a decent wheat component.
Improves with warming yet never delivers the goods per se. Mezza mezza..
10-16-2011 06:19:42 | More by HalfFull
3.63/5 rDev 0%
11.2 oz bottle poured into an Oerbier tulip.
A: It pours a straw-like golden color with a murky body. Huge white head with chunks of foam sticking to the glass. the head hangs around for a couple of minutes and settles into a fine white blanket on the beer.
S: This one has a very distinct barnyard aroma, plenty of Brett I am guessing. Amidst the funk, there is some banana, clove, and spicy hops.
T: A triple is certainly a stretch for this one, but it is really interesting. The funk is just as present in the flavor as the nose. There is a pleasant fruitiness, from the yeast, that does well to compliment its' raw nature. It finishes super dry.
M: Light bodied with a high degree of carbonation.
O: A passable beer, but one I will probably not revisit for the price tag. I will say I did enjoy it and the grade simply reflects that is not on par for the style. More of a Saison in my opinion.
03-30-2011 21:07:44 | More by Neffbeer
4.53/5 rDev +24.8%
Bottle: Poured a hazy lightly dirty beige color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma consists of lightly funky yeast with dry and astringent hops with a delicate sweet malt base. Taste is also lightly funky yeast with notes of astringent and dry hops and a well balanced Belgian malt base. Body is full with limited filtration and great bottle conditioning with no apparent alcohol notes. I am a sucker for those easy to drink Belgian ale with a nice hops edge and even more of a sucker when Struise are involved.
07-28-2011 17:40:02 | More by Phyl21ca
4.28/5 rDev +17.9%
Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.
Glowing pale gold with slight haze, topped by a huge lasting head. The nose is great, very yeasty, floral and wild. Spicy and herbal aromas linger above bretty funk, reminding me of Orval. It's light on the tongue, bready and bretty, herbal and zesty. The finish is dry and bitter, with an earthy, leafy hop note that lingers mildly. Incredibly quaffable stuff, very nicely balanced between yeast and hop flavors.
02-09-2011 02:10:18 | More by largadeer
3.6/5 rDev -0.8%
Bought myself a bottle while at dranken Geers in Ghent.
Poured froma 33cl into a bottle.
Pours golden yellow a little hazy with a big head.
Smells of malts, citrus and a wee bit of funk.
Taste of the same sweet malts with some spices. Light bitterness in the end.
Creamy mouthfeel light to medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Low ABV could turn this into a seesion beer.
I guess I was expecting a bit more coming out of Deca. It's not a bad beer but compared to real Belgian tripels this one doesn't hold up to well. Will not pick this up again.
03-12-2011 18:42:04 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
3.78/5 rDev +4.1%
A - Very cloudy radiant orange color with a huge, thick, foamy, meringue-like, huge white head. Very good retention leaving a nice lace. Amazing looking beer with a picture perfect head.
S - Interesting mix of fruitiness, hops and funk. Starts out with a nice funky, Brett aroma. Then some citrus and floral hops come out. The more I smell, the more I'm picking up some fruitiness as well, especially citrus and ripe banana. A very subtle sweetness in the background (honeyish).
T - Slight let down from the nose as it is kind of bland. Belgian yeast and some light malt. Touches of stone fruit and spice like a typical tripel, but it is pretty light and bland. A touch of grassy and floral hops as well.
M - Light to medium body with not a lot of carbonation. Smooth and slick but it just feels a little thin (especially with the lack of carbonation).
D - I enjoyed it, but the taste was a little bland. Easy to drink and it is nice to just sit around and drink, but it's nothing that really wins me over.
Notes: Not a bad beer; just seemed a little bland. It had a nice subtle/background mix of flavors, but nothing shows up quite enough to make me interested. Decent beer with some highs and some lows.
04-09-2011 00:06:42 | More by FreshHawk
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
33 cl bottel poured into my struise glass
A : This beer looks cloudy yellow with à very Nice white head that stays à long time , leaving some Nice lacing
S : banana and citrus , flowers , you can also smell the hops , Nice
T : Same like the smell , banana and citrus , Nice hoppy aftertaste , slightly bitter , slightly sweet like you can taste sweet flowers , very good
M : light dryness , good carbonation
D : Very easy to drink , very well balanced, well done struise !!!
12-10-2010 18:41:45 | More by beerpirates
3.65/5 rDev +0.6%
Lot 25/20/2011, Best before 8/2014
Pours a supremely hazy golden orange with a billowy head that leaves good lacing as it slowly recedes.
Nose is fruity and belgian. Fruit overwhelms any spicy characteristics. Pear and green apple dominate, some bright sugar.
Taste is a bit of a let down. Slight toffee in the finish. Alcohol is pretty prominent, not really hidden at all. Slight pear and candy sugar. Smarties as it warms a bit.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium with a nice silky texture to it.
Overall this seems a pedestrian tripel but it definitely grew on me throughout the whole experience.
05-15-2012 04:44:22 | More by natemort13
4.22/5 rDev +16.3%
A-Hazy blonde with 1/4 inch of off white head. Leaves substantial Belgian lace.
S-Smell immediately transports me to wandering abandoned farmhouses in southern France. Musty, touches of clove, honeysuckle, floral sweetness.
T/M-Dry, with funky farmhouse characteristics balanced by considerable bitterness. A slick estery yeastiness coats the tongue from the first sip.
D-This is a very unique beer, well worth trying.
02-05-2011 00:26:42 | More by DaveHS
3.83/5 rDev +5.5%
Stopped by MasterSki's place for a pre-BA gathering tick.
A - Foamy head, about two fingers that had good retention and dissipated to a nice cap with fine lace left on the sides. Beer itself is a golden, orangish color that's somewhat hazy. Not sure what else you could do to make this look better.
S - As Alex has pointed out, the hoppyness of this one puts it somewhere in the nether region between Belgian IPA and Tripel. Fruit notes and yeast with some earthy hops are there.
T - Floral hops, belgian yeast, sweet fruits. This is not bad, but kind of bland/boring. Easy to get down.
M - Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
D - Really easy to drink at 6%, although the yeast may knock it down a notch for people (like myself) that find that hard to do. Solid beer, worth trying.
02-04-2011 17:06:10 | More by AgentZero
3.4/5 rDev -6.3%
A.a Cloudy brownish orange with a 1.5 finger head.
S. Smells llike a non traditional (american would be traditional to me) of yeast, as well as a hint of hops.
T Medium body with a slightly bitter pleasant ending.
M. Somewhat starchy with a refreshing bite.
Overall. a semi session like beer with a non filtered hoppy bite, worth a shot if your looking for something new!
05-08-2011 19:50:15 | More by alexhahn82
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, quite flowery and perfume like. In the taste, perfume, flowery and a nice yeasty end. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry flowery aftertaste. Quite flowery and perfume like, but a mellow triple at 6.5%.
09-29-2011 21:55:43 | More by OWSLEY069
4.05/5 rDev +11.6%
11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip
Pours a shade of yellow that is lighter than goldenrod; like a school bus that has been faded by sunlight over a number of years. The waves of carbonation absolutely scream up to the top of the pour. Three fingers of extremely dense, white head yields spectacular crests and peaks of lacing. This is a phenomenal looking beer. Golden Belgian beers can't look better than this.
The aroma is pretty damn interesting. Peaches and assorted stonefruit, some juicy American hops, and a decided amount of vibrant cloves. Plenty of biscuit malt. What takes the aroma to the next level is the definite presence of Brettanomyces. Hay, cheese rind, and some tart fruit juice indicate a lovely Brett character. I'd score this nose a 4.5, but I honestly don't think it smells much like a Tripel. It smells more like a Belgian Blonde Ale. To be fair, the bottle doesn't claim that it is a Tripel.
The taste confirms to me that this should be categorized as a Belgian Blonde Ale. It's much to biscuity in its malt character to be a Tripel. The stonefruit flavors mix very well with some of the catty, leafy hop flavors (Certainly the hops used are American, right?). Nice, Tripel-like medicinal phenols on the back end, mixed with tasteful clove. Not too much Brett funk on the palate. I get some Camembert rind on the midpalate, some brusk hay up front. This should continue to develop, and I wish that I had another bottle to age for six months.
The mouthfeel is too light for a Tripel. It would be appropriate for a Blonde Ale, which I think this beer truly is. I can't score it highly as a Tripel in terms of body size. Thankfully, the effervescence is right on point. I'm going to score it a 4.0.
Overall, this is a pretty lovely little Blonde Ale. If it were categorized as such on this website, then I would bump up my scores by .5 each. As a Tripel, though, it misses some key marks (despite the special marks that it achieves). Definetly worth seeking out for fans of Tripels, Belgian Blondes, Belgian Pales and even Saisons (this beer reminds me in some ways of Fantome Jr; the peach juice and Brett flavors are pretty close). This is definitely worth drinking. A treat.
04-21-2011 03:56:05 | More by Reaper16
2.58/5 rDev -28.9%
Presentation-Bottle shows the country of Belgium and points out where the beer is made. Label shows that you can probably age this beer for up to three years. Its a bit tempting to do so.
Appearence-Poured into a St. Martin tulip. Has a really nice clouded amber color. Somewhat foggy. A little bit of orange in there as well. Nice two fingers of head, maybe a little less. Carbonation was very present in this beer. Almost looks as if though your pouring out a champagne.
Smell-Im not getting much from the smell. I can smell a lot of malts. A small amount of hops. Seems grassy and smells of early morning, if you know what i mean. Simple.
Taste-Ouch, not really the taste i was expecting. Seems to taste somewhere in between a pale ale and a pilsner. Again im able to taste malts and hops. Carbonation is slight, nothing really outstanding. Flavors of wheat also are present. Just not really getting anything special out of this beer.
Mouthfeel-Light beer, nothing thats gonna fill u up or leave you breath taken. Draw lingers and hangs around for a bit. This beer seems to have somewhat of a stale taste to it.
Overall-Nothing special here. Seems to be a simple beer thats made for your everyday consumption. Probably wont be picking up this beer again but i enjoy beer so i had to give it a shot.
10-30-2011 05:45:17 | More by ales4baldo
Westoek X from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.