Westoek X - Brouwerij Deca Services NV
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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
4.33/5 rDev +19.3%
Body is a hazy brown. Poured to a half inch, sudsy head. Good retention, leaves curtains of lacing.
Smells of light malt (wet hay), citrus fruit, brown sugar, and some old, earthy funk--like an old wood barn.
Tastes sweet malt, then as the carbonation kicks in, it releases lots of citrus fruit flavor, some banana and spice. Ends dry, with some coriander spiciness and hop bitterness.
Body is medium and the carbonation, though fizzy, yields a nice creamy mouthfeel.
This is one of the most drinkable tripels I have tasted. It is very flavorful and refreshing, and the low ABV makes this a very sessionable tripel.
02-27-2011 05:57:41 | More by Beerenauslese
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
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
4.2/5 rDev +15.7%
Pours a hazy dark gold.
Aroma is of bright citrus and herbs.
Flavor contains very apparent earthy, herbal, hoppy bitterness. The bitterness melds well with the hay, earth, and farm flavors.
Overall a very unique, enjoyable beer. One to seek and try.
02-19-2011 18:32:49 | More by lionchow
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
I got this from the Struise shop in Oostvleteren. Funny, the label states "Imported by Waterloo Beverages", but I got it from the source. Urbain called it a tripel with west coast style hops, brewed down the road at Deca (where all his higher volume beers are bottled).
One interesting thing to note is the low ABV for a tripel. 6% is lower than any others I can think of, that might be why it presents more as a Belgian Pale Ale to me. Actually, I just had a slightly aged Westvleteren Blonde this week and the aroma/flavor were VERY similar to this beer.
The beer is hazy and light orange colored, with an enormous pillowy foam that laces in chunks onto the glass. I don't really get a tripel aroma here, this is all Belgian yeast product to me, light esters and spicy in a hopped up way more than from actual spice. Very sweet smelling overall.
Sweet flavor, the hops providing a peppery taste in the back, nice lingering yeast flavors after each sip. I loved this, there will be no problem with me finishing the others I picked up, recommended.
04-09-2011 19:51:30 | More by TurdFurgison
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
A big thanks to Carlo and Urbain for letting me first try this back during Thanksgiving before it hit the shelves... The beer pours as a medium cloudy gold, hits of dark orange. A nice off white head leaves about two fingers, nice cap and lacing... This is a west coast tripel, yeast, floral notes, sweet, citrus with a hop finish. I like it, a touch sweet though... The taste reminds me of just a lighter triple, floral hops, and hops. Not as sweet now. Super easy to drink.
02-06-2011 16:13:40 | More by jrallen34
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
4.05/5 rDev +11.6%
33cl bottle, best by Nov 2014.
It pours a hazy brownish orange with a 2 finger head of foam and has plenty of lacing.
The smell has some citrus notes along with an aroma of bananas. The more I stick my nose over the glass, the more I notice the citrus hops. For a Tripel, it's pretty hop forward but I also get some sweet malt tones so it's pretty balanced in that regard.
Sweet is what my palate senses to start things off followed by that very tasty blast of citrus and the banana flavour has more of a background presence except when I burp..and I seem to be doing that a lot with this brew, hence a comment on the label:
"We westcoasters adore our local carefully brewed ales. It quenches our thirst and makes us burp". Too right!
Medium bodied, light carbonation, it's a decent mouth feel..maybe a smidgeon more carbonation would be more to my liking but I can't complain much.
This is very tasty and the alcohol is pretty low for the style...very good drinkability. A very good brew but I don't know if I'd call it a Tripel, it's more like a Belgian Blonde. ?
01-04-2011 00:23:37 | More by Bitterbill
4/5 rDev +10.2%
A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a large amount of thick foamy off white head. Retains a layer pretty well, leaving streaks of lacing running down the glass.
S: Musty, funky spices, and a small floral note.
T: Some light mustiness, with a subdued hop note towards the finish. Fairly nice balance and complexity.
M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation.
D: Quite drinkable if you enjoy the mustiness.
03-12-2011 01:31:27 | More by seand
4/5 rDev +10.2%
Not sure if this is the right place to review... WESTOEK Best Before 8/2014. Pours an extremely murky golden orange color...hint, of red, almost like a fresh grapefruit. Scent is filled with pleasant Belgian yeast aromas and ripe stone fruit, I get apricots and peaches. The bottle says this is a Flemish Triple Ale, and I can get some characteristics, but just not dry enough. Taste is extremely smooth and not spicy enough to be classified as a tripel, As the beer warms, the spiciness comes through. This beer is so complex and crazy, I don't know how to classify it. It's definitely a Belgian beer, but I don't know how to classify it otherwise. It has some subtle tartness (probably the Flemish influence), with some tart fruits and Belgian yeast flavors. Dry, but somewhat chewy. Mouthfeel is crisp and chewy at the same time. Drinkability is high, Overall, this beer is hard to explain. It is a great beer though, just in a league of its own.
10-02-2012 09:22:08 | More by DovaliHops
3.98/5 rDev +9.6%
On tap in a stemmed tulip glass.
A-Light golden-orange color, one-plus finger fluffy white head and nice lacing. The look is Belgian Ale by the book.
S-Fruity wine-like smell, funky, Belgian wheat.
T- Funky Belgian yeast, fruity, mild spice.
M-Quite dry and tart for the style. Maybe the sweetness is tempered by the relatively low abv for a tripel. Good carbonation and body.
O- I look forword to having more of this beer. It's not the average tripel , seeming less malty and sweet than it should. But I liked it.
04-08-2013 02:00:56 | More by NiceTaps
3.98/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours a hazy, golden/yellow with a very large, white head that falls at a moderate speed while leaving spots of lace around the glass.
The smell is sweet, a tutti frutti/bubblegum aroma and a bit of banana.
The taste is similar to the smell but a bit spicier too with a dose of cloves pushing in to the forefront.
Mouthfeel is medium and dry.
Overall: It doesn't fit the tripel style all that cleanly tending more toward a saison or even BPA. It's pleasant and I enjoyed it. It's worth a try if you can find it.
04-17-2011 19:30:56 | More by meatyard
3.95/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours a cloudy yellow colour with huge white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Smells of barnyard funkiness with some peach. Very unique smelling tripel, I'd think this was a saison or something. Very sweet flavour, with the barnyard funk being present in the after-taste. Huge carbonation level was the only real downside for me.
02-24-2011 16:08:35 | More by kwjd
3.93/5 rDev +8.3%
Bottled ordered from the de Struise webshop. Served in my Westvleteren chalice. Best before November 2014.
A - Pours with two-plus fingers of creamy white foam that slow settles to a thick, chunky cap, leaving behind copious intricate lace patterns. Body is a lightly hazed golden peach color. This is just about perfect for the style.
S - Somewhere between a Belgian IPA and a Tripel. Lots of tropical fruits, stone fruits, estery Belgian yeast, floral hops, and banana. Quite nice!
T - Taste is a little bland and yeasty, with light stone fruits and a spicy finish. More in line with a standard Belgian Singel, but without the medicinal notes.
M - Pleasant active carbonation that is soft but tingly at the same time. Medium body, pleasant texture, and a fairly clean finish.
D - This is absolutely crushable. Too bad I have to order it from Belgium, as it'd be an excellent Belgian session brew. Perhaps a little to bland to actively seek out, but worth trying if you need to fill out your webshop order (or if you're at Deca).
02-04-2011 00:15:15 | More by MasterSki
3.93/5 rDev +8.3%
33cl, best before Nov. 2014
Pours a lovely hazy orange with a creamy head. Nice, thick sheets of lacing.
Wheaty and yeasty on the nose, along with some faint fruity hops.
Flavor is very dry and refreshing. Again, theres a lot of wheat, yeast, and almost a bit of butter-diacetyl action. Hops are quite bitter, actually, but also lend a nice citrusy component on the mid-palate. Reminiscent of Orval. The mouthfeel is relatively creamy and full, with fine, ample carbonation.
Though I get shades of Karmeliet and other Tripels, I can't help but think this beer is more of Belgian Pale Ale, with the hoppiness, lower ABV and all. Whatever the style, it's good stuff.
01-20-2011 23:22:00 | More by dasenebler
3.9/5 rDev +7.4%
Bottle into a Brasserie D' Achouffe tulip.
Westoek hisses and pours a burnt golden color with some hay like shade as well. It looks lighter coming out the bottle. Active carb, an inch of Belgian fluff and some stick.
Smell is funky and a bit fruity. I get a whiff of bubblegum and some brett in the nose. Not really barnyard although earth and hay play in the mix. A sweet malt in the distance.
Taste is not a triple, not sweet enough, but there is some fruity apple skin and pear. Traces of bubblegum. Funky, not sour, Id say a belgian saison with brett would be fitting. The subtle spice in the end is a good closer.
Feel is light and refreshing, but very active, carb is felt and a bit distracting, it's not a sleeper. Aftertaste is of light flowers and fruit, alcohol not noted.
04-09-2011 04:59:29 | More by BARFLYB
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a solid gold color with pretty good head retention and OK lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing light honey, orange juice and a hint of vanilla. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, except this beer has a hoppy bite I wasn't expecting on the finish. The hoppy bitterness in the finish counters the light sweetness very nicely in this beer, and leads to a fairly long, dry, lightly bitter finish. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.
Shrug. While nothing to write home about, this is an easy to appreciate and enjoy beer from this new to me brewery.
03-04-2011 22:08:00 | More by John_M
Westoek X from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.