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Westoek X - Brouwerij Deca Services NV

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 93
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brabander on 12-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Assignment by John Vanloo of San Francisco-based Waterloo Beverages LLC to develop & manufacture the Westoek Ale – 6% ABV at & by the Deca Brewery. As this was a very complex recipe to deal with, Deca asked Urbain Coutteau, brew master at Struise to collaborate on this project. 4 grain Blond dry triple ale married to a soft English bitter. Urbain’s Magnum hops for bittering, Styrian Goldings for different aroma hop gifts in the boil, late boil & flame out, Hallertauer Mittelfrueh for dry hopping.
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Photo of salvo
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of ales4baldo
2.59/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle into a Leffe chalice, on to the beer:

Who doesn't like the appearance? It's brunt orange, a little hazy, with a thick creamy head that smears the glass with lace. Money. The nose is very tame, but it does offer small aromas like lemon peel, horse blanket, dry hops. The fun ends there, as there is surprisingly very little to taste. It is a very dry and almost tasteless beer, very light citrus and lemon, some kind of funk, and a noticable phenolic (band-aid) fume, a little bitter in the aftertaste. It is light in the mouth with almost an airy feel to it.

Palate cleansing beer. That's as good as it gets. This beer is just not happenin'.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is labeled as a tripel which is a bit of a surprise for me. I would have guessed that this was a Belgian sour. The color is a little but like a slightly cloudy apple juice color. The taste is sour, but not overly tart which I like. I really wouldn't compare this to a tripel at all. The finish is nice and smooth. Steady head from street to finish.

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Photo of crnipeter
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thick, persistent creamy white head creating firm laces hanging on the glass sides. Clear, deep golden body without visible effervescence. With the consecutive pourings the beer gets hazed and the head dimmer due to the increasing yeast. Aroma is mild Pils malt sweetness along with spiciness that undoubtedly at least partially originates from the Styrian Golding and Hallertauer Mittelfrueh hops advertised, and citrusy & apple-like fruitiness.There is a distinctive soapy aspect to the aroma which detracts. Alcohol is noticeable which is quite surprising - in a negative way - for a 6% ABV beer. The medium body with medium-high carbonation that creates bubbly sensation has a
nice balance between the light Pils malt and hop-bitterness, and is further marked by spicy and citrusy flavors and dry finish with lightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, a rather bland brew without the typical Struise touch and I'm pretty sure that this beer doesn't quite know what it is nor what it wants to be. (330 ml with freshness date 11. 2014, into tulip.)

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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(LOT 08/07/2011 - best before 4/2014 - uh oh!, ohhh boy...)

A: started foaming in the bottle neck after I popped the cap, prior to pouring... huge rise of foam on the pour, receded to rough sud in a couple minutes... dark amber (copper) colored liquid, mild-moderate haze... keeps a thin frothy cap, but practically no lace

S: sort of like musty, lightly-spiced apple cider - started smelling it immediately after cap came off... mild sort of lemony wood polish overtone... yeah, it's got age on it - signs of oxidized malts

T: vaguely woody and glossy-leaf greenness up front... like a malty champagne in the middle... delicate (wild) acidic tingle and a hint of nutty, sweetish bread crust in the aftertaste... nothing foul here, it's just dead or dying

M: not quite as dried out and thin/sharp as I had expected... still, pretty dry - could be fine if the flavors were more alive

O: eh... this bottle has likely not been cared for exceedingly well... by no means terrible, but surely past its prime... this is not a 6% tripel, btw - most comparable to a slightly stronger Palm

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Photo of Offa
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Faintly hazy dark gold, big off-white head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is banana and clove, slightly funky-earthy aroma, mineral, and dough – but all a bit simple and light.

Taste is light, on-deminsional, and thin - lightly funky dough, lemon rind, yeasty bananas. It is too alcoholic, a bit sharp and pepper, and in the end one-dimensional (funky yeasty banana dough with almost nothing else aside from the vague sharp bitterness). It is ok, but uninteresting, thin, and tiresome.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at de Struise. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy dark gold with a one finger soapy eggshell head. Good retention but no lacing.

S - Lemony with a little hop. Kinda plain.

T - Hop, yeast, lemon, some sour and dusty notes.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium body. Slightly dry/sourish finish.

O/D - Not an overly good beer. Drinkable but not above average.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my duvel tulip, reviewing this as a triple just doesnt seem right as its way more a dubbel/saison than anything. Pours a nice cloudy golden brown with a 1 inch of head that quickly dissipates but leaves a nice small cap. Very muted on the nose, some sweet doughy bread and fruity spice. Taste has interesting sour cherries/strawberries, with sweet malt, floral and spicy yeast notes as well. Very drinkable beer, but really not the complex or interesting especially at its price point.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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..

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Photo of stakem
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz brown bottle into a cervoise. The brew appears a clear golden color with more than a finger of off-white head. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a creamy layering atop. As the cap fades, some leggy strings of lace stick to the glass. A light swirl revives slightly less than a finger of head.

The smell of this brew has a hint of candy sugar sweetness that blends into a bit of orange marmalade quality. The alcohol is present for 6% abv with a light solvent touch that is almost like burnt rubber. Hops are evident with a lightly cheesy to sulfur quality. The grain imparts a bit of toasty appeal along with some herbal hops.

The taste is initially sweet like candy sugar and orange rind but blends into an herbal quality of hops and solvent alcohol inclusion. There is a bit of toasted biscuit grain flavor. The alcohol has a bit of plastic suggestion overtop of a mildly fruity vinous aspect mixed with sulfur and grass.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It finishes dryer than expected based off of the aroma and the first sip. For a tripel, this is a bit of a head scratcher. It has the right color and alcohol warmth for a tripel but at 6% it is certainly on the weaker end of the spectrum and the flavors just dont come together for me. This is a miss, I would not seek it out.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of haz77
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright, clear amber, with a medium-hard pour yielding 3 fingers of firm white head. This recedes to a small cap over the course of a minute. A half dozen streamers are visible.

S - Medicinal phenols, clove, a light floral perfume, hay, green apple, grapes, a background tang of grapefruit. Pretty good stuff.

T - Initial hit of green apple moves into a bready middle. Rounded, slight muted caramel moves forward towards the finish. Aftertaste is dusty herbal hops which pleasantly linger along with orange rind keeping the mouth watering.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with soft-medium carbonation. Reasonable, if unremarkable.

D - Many of the flavour and mouthfeel elements remind me of English bitter, which to me don't quite integrate successfully with the Belgian components of the brew. It was ok, but not a beer I'd actively seek out again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Brabander
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer from my beerbuddy Wim (Beerpirates) who was at the Deca brewerie some days ago to help Urbain from the Struise Brouwers. This beer is for the American market. (San Francisco, Waterloo beverages). Deca was asked to brew this one and asked Urbain to help them with this beer. And he did!

The beer is called Westoek which will stand for Westhoek, that part of Belgium where so many good brewers live like the Struise, Bernardus and Westvleteren. I wrote WeSthoek in stead of Westoek!!

This should be a Flemish triple ale. Well, lets try it. Poured in the Struise glass the beer looks good. Somewhat cloudy yellow fluid with tiny strings of carbonation.

The smell of banana/light citrus. Dry taste. The first to review it. I am curious what the rest of you will think of this beer when it comes to you in januari

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Photo of Hunter
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy apricot brew, light carbonation, fluffy dense head that lasts awhile and leaves delicate tracing.

Smell: Clean notes of spice, fruit, and that always lovely candied sugar aroma common to Belgian ales. Mild pepper, hoppiness in the back notes.

Taste: Something of a letdown after the aroma, admittedly. Flavors are comparatively muted. Spice, some hints of citrus, light hops.

Mouthfeel: Clean and easy on the palate. No sense of cloying in the aftertaste.

Overall: This is a good beer, and it carries a lot of the characteristics that I find so appealing about Belgian brews. But even for a Tripel, something is missing in the taste. It's fine, certainly drinkable, just not overly enticing.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of these from Geers in Gent.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, bright white head with decent retention. Perfectly clear amber orange with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Milder nose. Toasted malts, pale malts, and some green fruits. A touch of pear perhaps. Light citrus notes and some floral hops there as swell. A touch of barnyard funk too. Alright, though a little too mild.

TASTE: Toasted and pale malts with some green apples and pears. Some floral hop notes, a bit of barnyard funk, some spicy yeast, and a nice, crisp bitterness at the swallow. A toasted malty sweet and lightly bitter aftertaste is mild yet lingers nicely. Quite good, and actually very flavorful for the ABV.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Light, yet creamy on the palate. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: My first impression of this brew was a little blah, but as the glass emptied, it got more and more enjoyable. This is an interesting and solid triple, and considering the ABV is only 6%, it is quite complex and flavorful as well. I would take this over plenty of the other more established triples out there. If you can find one, give it a chance. Recommended.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up today at the bier temple in Brugge.
I didnt know what it was at the time, only that it is from de Struise.
Pours a brownish tone of amber-orange. Hazy . Thick, frothy head, good carbonation. Beautiful brew.
Aromatics of horseblanket, meibloem, florals, very floral, sour citrus, lemon, malt. A hint of yeast on the finish.
Flavor falls a bit short. More Pils flavor,finishes a bit watery. Digging in a bready flavor is found, yeast, citrus again, pepper, really easy drinking beer.
Judging this as a triple..very low score, as a Pils, very high and highly drinkable.
Good beer, just really dont know how to categorize it!

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Photo of impending
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy dingy butterscotch, nice dense pure white head, ok lacing.

Aroma is of a mild tripel. Yeasty, fruity, upbeat and clean in spite of the hint of old socks.

Initial flavor is none. Low in sweetness. Taste most pronounced at the beginning of the end where minor dry and minor bitter collide then rapidly vanish leaving near zero aftertaste. Thin lively mouthfeel.

This is a pale ale not a tripel. Interesting that Urbain told TurdFurgison below that this is a tripel. This falls into the category of brew that may be chosen when you wish a brew to have minimal impact upon the food being served. Cleanses the mouth without complication.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wschmit
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a perfect pint, dated Best Before 11/2014.

A: Big white head atop a bustling, effervescent straw body that's fairly hazy.

S: I get a little bit of sweat and brett on the nose, along with some spiciness. Can't say I get too much else, but it's interesting enough.

T: Dry, and with a fairly subdued Belgian yeast character, the standout is the zippy hops. Some wheat in this, I think, otherwise a bit of lemon tartness, and that's it.

M: Nice bouncy carbonation and a bit of protein chew make for a refreshing but not too filling quaff.

O: It's alright. This was on sale for a few bucks, so I picked one up. I'd get it again at this price, but no more. The world of Belgians is too wide and expensive to come back to B beers very often.

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Photo of stephens101
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A vibrant tan head sits atop a murky reddish orange brew. Retention and lacing are lacking, but a pleasant grapefruit and lemon aroma quickly redeem. Notes of candied sugar evolve along with a an intriguing hop presence at the very end. Citrusy and involving to the tongue with orange, lemon, grapefruit and white grapes up front. A bit of chalk and bubblegum linger alongside some piny notes. Light to medium and mostly dry. Despite the lack of BA love, this one is working for me right now.

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Photo of Neffbeer
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Westoek X from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
83 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.