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Westoek X - Brouwerij Deca Services NV

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BA SCORE
82
good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Deca Services NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brabander on 12-04-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Sammy, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

nmann08, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -17.4%

ygtbsm94, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Knapp85, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

largadeer, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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).

MasterSki, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Mora2000, May 07, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

mdfb79, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

kojevergas, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

stakem, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
2.65/5  rDev -27%
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'.

DoubleJ, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

BARFLYB, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

John_M, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DrBier, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

TurdFurgison, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

jrallen34, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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. ?

Bitterbill, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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%.

OWSLEY069, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

AgentZero, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

DefenCorps, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.78/5  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.

dgilks, Feb 07, 2012
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Westoek X from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
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