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Westoek XX - Brouwerij Deca Services NV

Westoek XXWestoek XX

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BA SCORE
85
very good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.81%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Deca Services NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dasenebler on 01-24-2011)
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at Geers in Gent.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: Drank this one right after the regular Westoek, so I’ll draw a few comparisons as we go.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, bright white head with decent retention. Perfectly clear gamboge 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. Same as the regular, but a touch darker in color.

SMELL: Milder nose, exactly like the regular Westoek. 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: More mild flavor profile than the regular, believe it or not. Toasted and pale malts with some green apples and pears. Some floral hop notes, a bit of barnyard funk, and a good dose of spicy booze at the swallow. Lacks in bitterness compared to the regular Wesoek, but the increased spicy booze fills in the holes somewhat. A toasted malty sweet and spicy, boozy aftertaste is drier and less interesting than the regular. This one seems to have replaced the flavor with more booze. A little disappointing.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little more weight than the regular, creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: Though not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, this one was a little disappointing. The increased ABV seems to have just made it more boozy; the actual flavors from the regular Westoek have definitely dropped off some. This is a brew you can’t go wrong with per se, but I would definitely choose the regular Westoek over the XX version.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 12:38:14 | More by Jeffo
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ikantspel

California

2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

picked this up in the fridge at la bodega

served in a duvel tulip

pours a dark hazy honey with a creamy head that sits still.

aroma heavy in spice and yeast. some hops in the there as well.

spices hit right away. probably the strongest ive had in a tripel. after your spice od, the candy sugar kicks in followed by malts

finishes pretty dry and just a tad flat.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 06:40:40 | More by ikantspel
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kojevergas

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in Brussels, Belgium. I don't recall the place in which I consumed it. Served into a generic glass. Cost was 3.70 Euro. Reviewed from notes.

A: 1.5 finger head of standard cream, thickness, and retention. Hazy orange-gold colour. Appealing.

Sm: Orange fruit esters; very hoppy. Mild strength scent. No alcohol comes through in the smell.

T: Estery body with pleasant orange, citrus, even lemon notes. Bland finish. Built very well, but balanced indistinctly. The alcohol is very well concealed, and isn't even present if you look for it. The barley is well handled, lending just the right foundation for the estery notes to blossom. Still, this beer suffers from a lack of complexity, and could have done more with the esters.

Mf: Dry and coarse. Far too much so. Doesn't match the ester-refreshment aim of the body, instead drying out the beer and dragging it along.

Dr: Hides its 8% ABV very well, but is not a special beer by any means. Very affordable for the ABV, but a bit expensive by Brussels standards.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 16:22:39 | More by kojevergas
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been wanting to try this for a while. Bottle from State Line. Best by August 2016

A clear copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this looks great. While a little darker than a tripel should be, it's OK. The nose is a little disappointing. Very fruity with over-ripe tropical fruit, pears and peaches, this beer is also moderately spicy (allspice) with some dark honey. Quite yeasty as well.

The palate is mildly sweet, moderately spicy, moderately yeasty and a little bitter. Honey and a little biscuit lend a lot of malt flavor (without an excessive sweetness). The mid-palate has flavors of allspice and orange peel (fruitiness and bitterness). Yeasty (a little too much) on the finish, this beer does also feel a little watery. Medium-light in body with medium-high carbonation, this beer feels decent on the body. Decent, but as with most tripels, this beer leaves me wondering why I didn't by the St. Bernardus Tripel instead.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 02:37:22 | More by DefenCorps
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ManforallSaisons

Belgium

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 19:41:44 | More by ManforallSaisons
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, copper colored beer with a small head.

The smell is reminds me of oxidation, cardboard. After a couple of minutes most of it is gone. Still the smell is not terrific. It's bready with bread crust and a strong malty smell.

The taste is better, with a strong malty base, and a nice subtle fruity yeast character. The beer is quite alcoholic and reminds a bit of sherry or maybe wood and alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little sticky and the beer is full-bodied.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 20:02:00 | More by Absumaster
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz brown bottle into a cervoise. The brew appears a hazed copper color with some orange through the body and more of a clear yellow around the edges. 2.5 fingers worht of frothy tan head appear atop the brew and fade leaving some patches of lacing on the glass.

The smell of this brew first and foremost has a solid mineral inclusion that blends into a bit of herbal hops and grassy to sulfur character. Some hints of hops come forward that are a bit fruity, floral and citrus-like. A light amount of alcohol hints the back end of the nose.

The taste has caramel malt sweetness which develops into a bit of orange pulp flavor. Some herbal hops are present as well as some toasty caramel malt flavors. Mid palate, the brew is a little buttery. A touch of solvent alcohol is noted as well as a bit of sulfur to grassy and herbal hops across the back. The collective combination of toasty grain, bitter herbal hops and solvent alcohol make for a flavor that develops almost into a plastic or burnt rubber flavor mixed with diaper that isn't particularly inviting.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is decently integrated for 8% but the arrangement of flavors is a bit off and just doesn't jive for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 04:04:00 | More by stakem
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip glass.

Pours a toasted orange color; much darker than the Westoek X. The carbonation is pretty tame (again, relative to the Westoek X). 1.5 fingers of sudsy, off-white head yields some spotty lacing. A solid looking Tripel.

Sweet malts and leafy, green hops comprise the backbone aromas in this beer. There's a perfume like floral note; jasmine and lilac. A kiss of some yeasty funk. The alcohol spikes just a bit on the nose.

Lots of pear and biscuit malt on the palate. Some phenols and grassy hop bitterness help to balance out the sweetness. In many respects this is a straightforward Tripel: sweet but balanced. The pear flavor sticks out as the most prominent until the finish, which is all biscuit and, interestingly enough, a bit of that floral shampoo component that I picked up on in the nose. A small bit of alcohol, even at only 8% ABV, is perceptible.

The mouthfeel is very solid for the style. A nice heft to the body, a decent amount of carbonation. A nice drying character. Overall, this is a solid, above-average Tripel that falls shy of a 4.0 for me. It's heavier and yet less complex than its little brother, the Westoek X. I probably wouldn't seek this beer out again, but it's worth a try if you have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 05:21:54 | More by Reaper16
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 heavy on the grassy hops with some lemon citrus notes. There are also some yeast notes as well as a little bit sweet malt and alcohol. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of orange and lemon notes as well as some grainy malt and some grass from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 17:22:35 | More by Mora2000
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NardiByNature

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a deep ruby-brown with a frothy, resilient head and healthy lacing. The nose, I guess not surprisingly, has that tart lactic aroma of a flanders red! Some sweet caramel apple in the aroma as well. Smooth caramel and an effervescent snap make this balanced and palatable. Unusual but good.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:43:42 | More by NardiByNature
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 21:17:39 | More by BlackHaddock
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I picked up from Geers in Ghent.

From 33cl bottle into a Karel Keizer chalice.

Golden yellow and a bit hazy. Big fluffy two finger head.

Smells of citrus, lots of yeast and light hop notes.

Tastes follows the nose. Citrus, yeast and a slight dry finish with some bitterness.

Medium body, medium carbonation. Dry finish and alcohol is not noticable.

Like the regular Westoek not a bad beer at all but also nothing special. If you have to order it and have it sent overseas it's probably not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 19:22:23 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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HalfFull

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a wine glass as was its younger brother last year. At 8% vs. 6% for the regular Westoek I'm hoping for a bit more. Pours is deep again for the style, golden amber in color and more golden in the light. Offers a light haze and a half inch of near white foam which offers decent retention/lacing.

Nose offers some intriguing yeast notes along with a bit of earthy hops and a light malt backbone. Bit of pear and apple and some earthy and peppery spice though still a touch restrained yet better than the 6% Westoek. Occassional mango or papaya comes to play though remote.

Flavor is spicy and mildly phenolic with a hint of dilute brown sugar in the middle. Finishes with a drying bitterness in direct contrast to the quasi sweet notes. Actually quite dry overall and with a fair grainy character.

Feel is light to moderate though the carbonation does keep through the glass and keeps the 8% in the closet fairly well.

Overall pretty good and an improvement for me over the lighter Westoek. Yeast still plays a lighter than expected role on the aroma but is well matched for the total makeup of the brew. Worth a visit.

Note: Best before Aug. 2016.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 07:11:40 | More by HalfFull
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Thanks to nimbleprop.

Pours a moderate golden color with a good white head and a decent amount of lacing as it goes down. Good retention. The nose itself is extremely fruity along with a bit of mild spice. I get some light stone and pitted fruits. The yeasty spice is extra strong in the nose. The flavor tones down the spicy yeast character a bit, focusing more on grain and a bit of fruit. Medium body with high carbonation. This was a pretty nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 23:37:59 | More by Thorpe429
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dgilks

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy amber-red colour with a smooth, creamy, tan head. Good head retention.

Spicy aroma with some light apple and stone fruit notes. Hints of berry and mint.

Sharp fruit notes with light malt and plenty of apple. Light spicing. Classic Belgian ale.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Nice.

Tasty and easy going but lacking a little bit of rounding.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 08:51:54 | More by dgilks
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mdfb79

New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/27/11 notes. Shared at a local DC tasting by nimbleprop after his trip to Belgium.

a - Pours a clear, golden amber color, with an inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus, Belgian yeast, bread, and grain. Citrus and yeast are there, but not too strong.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, bananas, spice, citrus, fruit, and bready malts. The taste has more bananas and yeast to it than the smell.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

o - A nice tripel. I liked the taste a lot, thought the smell was a little weak. Would certainly try it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 17:22:55 | More by mdfb79
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mmapes

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 01:39:39 | More by mmapes
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impending

California

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed orange butterscotch, minor eggnog colored head retained nicely, ok lacing.

Aroma is of yeasty candied fruits with a earthy phenolic undertone. Rather simple but pleasant.

Sweet and dry all at once. Flavor exceeds the scent in complexity. Apricot, banana, citrus and spices, just a tad of pepper. Slight metallic note in the aftertaste. Full bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:46:26 | More by impending
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haz77

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a thick off-white head. A few small bubbles of carbonation are visible. All in order here, nice start.

S - Light hop spiciness, floral note, caramel, fruit esters. Pretty good.

T - There is some breadiness and caramel at the start. Green apple pokes forward in the middle. The finish there are flavours of hay, fruit esters and clean grassy hops. A pleasingly dry aftertaste lingers and only now does some of the warmth of the ABV show in the mouth.

M - Prickly carbonation keeps the mouthfeel on the lighter side of medium. My preference was to soften this down somewhat by agitating the beer.

D - An interesting brew. Belgian Tripel with big elements of English Bitter. Not a classic, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 12:00:23 | More by haz77
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light caramel nose and flavor is dark fruit and sweet spice. Higher ABV is hidden. $5.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 22:44:38 | More by jdhilt
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Filosoof

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 21:02:38 | More by Filosoof
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a chalice glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper color forming a medium thin bubbled creamy beige head with excellent retention and lots of spotty lacings left. A small layers remains forever on the top

S: Very fruity with strong notes of grapes. A bit acid which reminds a bit a Flemish Red Ale. Candy sugar and Belgium earthy-bready yeasts. Alcohol

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Again, very fruity with strong notes of grapes. Candy sugar, caramel. caramel malts. A bit metallic. End is mild bitter. Pleasant

M: Medium to heavy body. Medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste. Malty fruity with a nice hoppy sting

O: Good drinkability. Not the best from Struise but still an very enjoyable beer

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:56:39 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy brown color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and perfect lacing. Aroma consists of spicy yeast with nice Belgian malt notes and some residual sugar. Taste is a nice drinkable mix between some Belgian malt with notes of candi sugar and a very nice spicy yeast finish. Body is full with great bottle conditioning and some limited filtration with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed though not as easily drinkable as the blonde version but the Struise yeast strain is still shining.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 18:56:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle ordered from the Struise webshop. Served in a Westvleteren chalice. Best before January 2016.

A - It looks very similar to Westoek, but the body is a little darker with some bronze notes to it, and it's a little more opaque too. Again there is a generous amount of off-white foam, a thin residual cap, and some splotchy white lacing.

S - Tropical and grassy hops, estery Belgian yeast, and more banana than it's younger brother. This is more in the Tripel domain, but with some nice fresh hop character to it.

T - Taste has a little more heft to it than the standard Westoek. Bread, yeast, stone fruits, citrus, and some grassy, floral hop character as well. Finishes with light bitterness and spice. Alcohol is well-hidden, which is unsurprising considering Urbain's involvement.

M - Crisp, refreshing carbonation, medium-full body, a bit of grain character to it. Alcohol is not present at all.

D - The higher alcohol makes this a slower drinking beer than Westoek, but it's still quite enjoyable. I'm glad I took a chance on ordering these, even though there's no buzz about them. I'd suggest consuming them fresh though to get the maximum hop aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 02:17:49 | More by MasterSki
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dasenebler

Maine

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl, best before January 2016.

Pours a deep, hazy orange-gold with a large off-white head that took up half the glass. Clumpy lacing and excellent retention.

Aroma is spicy, with some nice estery fruit and orangey hops.

Very dry and bitter Tripel here. The malt base is bready and cakey, with a very subtle candi sugar sweetness. Spicy in both a yeasty and bitter-hoppy way. Elevated hop flavor for the style contributes some grapefruit and other citrus notes. I love the dryness of the finish, though I think this stuff may be a bit too bitter for the style. The mouthfeel is creamy and fluffy, with ample carbonation.

This is a really refreshing, hoppy Tripel with a slightly lower ABV for the style, making it quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 17:37:50 | More by dasenebler
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