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Westoek X - Brouwerij Deca Services NV

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Deca Services NV visit their website

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 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 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.

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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 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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.33cl bottle of brown glass with classic pressure cap poured into La Chouffe tulip in Gouda, Holland. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head of fair cream and thickness. Good retention. Orange-gold colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: Lilac, other tinges of floral hops, cream, and malted barley. A moderate strength scent.

T: Very floral body is tamed on the climax by lovely cream and perchance some esters. Very light and refreshing. The malt is thankfully restrained. It's subtle and complex. It's also well balanced and built. I quite fancy it.

Mf: Delightfully smooth and wet, but not too much on either account. Very silky and refreshing. Complements the flavours marvellously well.

Dr: Three quid for a 33cl bottle is a fair price given the quality. It's very drinkable and refreshing, making it a wonderful summer afternoon beer. Fans of the tripel style may be surprised when they discover the floral notes, but it will satisfy anyone who appreciates beer.

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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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

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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 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 BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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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 John_M
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. ?

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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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap at Max's during 72 Hours of Belgium this year, and I got to drink a little less than a liter of it. Unfortunately, I didn't review it, and I finally get to now.

Decanted into my Duvel Draft tulip, this beer is light orange with a HUGE, dense, rocky, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is most definitely awesome. Delicate and complex, this is light, dusty, fruity and spicy with a little honey. Mildly hoppy with a grassy hop character, this is very good. The fruit is a blend of peach and grapefruit pith, and spicy clove character is so unique, I'd swear it was Brett-derived. Honey and sugar round out an excellent nose.

If the nose suggested Brett, the palate confirms it. The Brett B flavor is surprisingly prominent for a beer this young. Clove is the most dominant here, along with a mild, bandaid flavor. Drying, dusty and bready, there's a little honey present. The hops linger on into the finish, providing a mild bitterness and a nice grassy flavor. Light in body with high carbonation, distractingly so, this beer isn't quite what I remember it being on tap. Still, very enjoyable, and I will drink more of it.

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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 Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle shared with Thirstybird. Pours a dull, hazy, orange-gold with a frothy, half inch bright white head that dissipates into a clumpy skim. Nose expresses sweet tangerines, candi sugar and a hint of ethanol. Taste is not as sweet as suggested by the nose - earthy, citrus a hint of cloves culminating in an earthy/bitter citrusy hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Quite drinkable for the abv; however, could be a little sweeter in my opinion.

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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 AgentZero
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kwjd
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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.

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Westoek X from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
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