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Westoek X - Brouwerij Deca Services NV

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 92
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 MisterGone
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a 330 into a tulip. Huge white head over a hazy orange brew. Some spicy, mildly yeasty, muted fruits in the aroma. Seemed to be orchard and citrus together. There was a sense that this was going to have a sour profile in the aroma. However, this did not come to pass in the taste (which is fine as I was expecting a spicy tripel, not a flemish sour). The spicy notes and grassy-less-than-straw came first. Yeasty orchard fruit in the middle, with some subtle hop bitter in the finish. Dry and bubbly. A non-typical tripel, but worth a drink. (553 characters)

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 (1,084 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (519 characters)

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. (714 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lot 25/20/2011. Best before 8/2014.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, grape juice, and some mild spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a good aroma but the taste isn't as good in my opinion. (534 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (949 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two inch puffy muffin top head that has reduced to a puffy layer below the rin of the glass. It is a hazey orange amber color with some clarity and bubbles coming up the side of the glass. Crazy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Everything one would expect from a triple. Apples, pears, vanilla, spices, golden raisins, yeasty esters, vanilla, bready malts, and Belgian candy.

Taste: Al the flavors mentioned above are there, but they seem a bit light and don't last long. Hugh.

Mouthfeel: smooth, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, some bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty average tripel for me. The taste good be a bit more cleaner and full bodied. Maybe at 6%, it seems to light for the style. Still good for a Belgium tripel though. Best beore date of 4/14 too. (887 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

268th Review
Served in a Struise cervoise

Enjoyed on a visit to the Struise shop in Brugge while touring around Belgium in early June 2012.

A: Light amber. Single (frothy white) fingernail head.

S: A very pronounced floral hop bouquet welcomes your nose to this beer. A touch of lemon, banana, caramel, and pale malt along with slight Belgian yeast/spice. Welcoming and enjoyable to smell!

T: Good balance of hops, fruit, bitterness, and spice here. Follows smell with Belgian yeast character very pronounced (maybe almost too much); however, very easy to drink.

M: Light/medium bodied with full carbonation.

O: A very crisp, refreshing, and enjoyable beer from a mastermind brewer (Urbain). Well done! (708 characters)

Photo of natemort13
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (612 characters)

Photo of haazer
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Big rocky bubbles of white foam fills the glass. The brew is golden with and orange hew and highly carbonated. As you pour the rest in it becomes unfiltered and a cider like color.

S- Smells of a fruity Belgian yeast. Apples, pears, and a great floral aroma. Flower petals and honeysuckles. Ting of funkiness.

T- Flavor is that of apple and pears, a bit of candy and another fruit I can't put my hand on. There's a slight phenolic taste but not alcoholic. There is somewhat of a dried hop element here. And the taste has the honeysuckle component from the nose.

M- Body is between light and medium and highly carbonated. This is very drinkable. I'm bumping mouthfeel for drinkability.

O- Could easily drink at least 3-4 of these. Not the best tripel but probably one of the few you can have more than just one of. I was pleased with this and hope to see this on tap somewhere. (883 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wifey picked this one up. Never heard of it before today. Pours a hazy apricot color with a decent amount of off-white foam. I'm getting a lot of malt in the aroma with some strong whiffs of rye. Sniff deeply and there is some apple and light lemon zest...and a hint of orange julius. The taste is interesting. There is sweet up front followed by a bittering, biting aftertaste. Orange and malt on the front of the sip followed by tobacco and taste of leather in the finish. Interesting how this works. Mouthfeel is very distracting. Bubbles a plenty in this. Almost reminds me of a 7-Up with all the carbonation. Overall I thought this was pretty good. Wasn't expecting much but the brew did a nice showing. (708 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark straw colour with a foamy white head. Some creaminess.

Plenty of fruity yeast with some light apple, pear and raisin notes. Light malt. Some tartness. Mild hop. Nice.

Rich malt with lots of bitterness, some yeastiness, moderate hopping. Green apple, stone fruit and some other darker fruit notes. Good.

Medium body with moderately-light carbonation. Fine.

A nicely balanced Tripel with plenty of hoppiness and good fruit character. (454 characters)

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. (881 characters)

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. (492 characters)

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. (1,334 characters)

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. (484 characters)

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. (543 characters)

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'. (658 characters)

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. (1,309 characters)

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.. (630 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/11/11 notes. Had on tap at Dupont Paradiso in DC last night. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a murky, dark orange-brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of floral notes, sour fruits and almost brett-like funk, citrus hops, bananas, and Belgian yeast. Really loving that sour fruit/brett quality to the nose; really great here.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, citrus hops, fruits, cloves, and bananas. Seemed slightly watered down, a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth body.

o - Overall I loved the nose on this. The taste was decent, but seemed a little watered down. Would have it again. (687 characters)

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%. (303 characters)

Photo of ActonBrewer
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light brown. Not much head retention. Little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Spicey and floral. A little pepper?

T: Bready and some what balanced. Spiciness throughout.

M: Thin but decent carbonation.

O: Decent tripel. Thank god it was a freebie. For the price tag I would have definitely been disappointed.

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass. (358 characters)

Photo of avaldivia
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Dirty brown or beige color. Not much head which disappears immediately. Not much lacing.

S: Spice notes. A bit floral. A bit of a sweet note. You get a hint of alcohol as well.

T: Floral. A bit bready. Not bitter. Rather enjoyable.

M: A bit watery. Was expecting a bit more body.

O: Enjoyable. I have not always been the biggest fan of Tripels, but this was decent. On the pricey side for a single 12oz so I will probably not be picking this up again. (506 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (563 characters)

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Westoek X from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
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