Westoek XX - Brouwerij Deca Services NV
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2.85/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
04-13-2011 12:38:14 | More by Jeffo
2.95/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
12-11-2011 06:40:40 | More by ikantspel
3.25/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
06-01-2011 16:22:39 | More by kojevergas
3.28/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
07-30-2012 02:37:22 | More by DefenCorps
3.33/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
11-10-2013 19:41:44 | More by ManforallSaisons
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
06-06-2013 20:02:00 | More by Absumaster
3.45/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
01-21-2012 04:04:00 | More by stakem
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
08-24-2014 21:58:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.55/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
04-21-2011 05:21:54 | More by Reaper16
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
05-07-2011 17:22:35 | More by Mora2000
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
03-30-2013 00:43:42 | More by NardiByNature
United Kingdom (England)
3.61/5 rDev -4%
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.
11-16-2013 21:17:39 | More by BlackHaddock
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
05-26-2012 07:11:40 | More by HalfFull
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
03-17-2011 19:22:23 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
Westoek XX from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.