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Westoek XX - Brouwerij Deca Services NV

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Westoek XXWestoek XX

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BA SCORE
85
very good

63 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Deca Services NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dasenebler on 01-24-2011)
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On tap at Whole Foods in Venice, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, honey, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is 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 nice honey and fruit qualities all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another 33cl Belgian bottle that's been hanging around in my stash so long I've forgotten where it came from: Lot 22/17/11, BBD Aug 2016. The label claims it was imported into the US via San Fransisco, so God knows how it ended up within my stash in good old Shropshire.

Poured carefully into a La Chouffe tulip on 16th Nov 2013.

Hazy dark amber/dirty old gold, on top a full but swiftly falling off-white head.

Alcohol laden fruit aroma, with yeast and malts in the mix.

The taste followed the same lines, fruity, alcoholic and malty with a yeast underbelly. Plums, raisins and toffee apple type flavours vie with the yeastiness and alcohol to assert themselves.

Plenty going on in the mouth, interesting and engaging, difficult to pigeon hole the true flavours, but I'd have another, and another, and another just to try and find some sort of ending to my tasting dilemma.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottles labeled as "brewed by Struise for VDACO," with no mention of Deca, so, count me confused for the moment. Had to open two of a set of bottles bought March 2013 at the Deca sales warehouse in order to get enough to taste, as they were such gushers. So this tasting is a bit provisional as I don't know if these bottles have simply funked up the target brew, but here goes. The foam that settled down into tulip glass looked alright, more amber and clear than the typical tripel, with the remains of the foam persisting in a ring of ivory lace. Not powerful in the nose but some nice woody smells and orange blossom. Taste is surprisingly malt-forward, with a sour rather than hop edge to frame it, some herbal esters (not unwelcome here), cherry, apricot and banana. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth, it wasn't all spent on the volcanic opening, to cleanse the substantive, creamy feel.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brought it back from Brussels - one of the few "De Struise" beers we found there. It isn't really from De Struise but the shopkeeper at Delices et Caprices said it basically was. He explained "Westoek" is a pun on West Coast IPAs, coming as this does from the west "coast" of Belgium. Confusing. Bottle says best before 2016, but if it has hops, I'm thinking it's better to drink it sooner rather than later.

33 cl bottle, shared between two of us, poured into tulip glasses.

Pours cloudy dark amber. Smells like a trippel - carmel/apple maybe? More on the bright/fruity side than the serious carmel side. Doesn't smell like an IPA at all.

Interesting first taste. Is that tobacco in front of the apple flavor? Fairly strongly acidic, offset by a heavier-than-normal body. Long carmel/mineral finish. Intense flavor. Good, sweet Belgian-style yeast flavor. Definitely a sipper and not a swigger.

Not at all an IPA. Tastes more like a trippel to me.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I understand that this beer has been brewed with Struise yeast. I don't know if it's true; but it seems so indeed. That's the same reason why I mention it's a good beer,.
..but not mine!

L: How can people say this one is dark brown? It's clearly orange amber. Top dissapears too quickly.
S: apricot, banana, alcohol, malt, spicy; best not to drink it too cold!
T: in line with the smell, quite dry ending after sweet start;
M: round, alcohol too much in front;
O: I don't know really; nice elements, but too strong/spicy feeling, and lacking drinkability.

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Westoek XX from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
85 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.