Westoek XX - Brouwerij Deca Services NV
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3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-30-2011 23:37:59 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
07-28-2011 18:56:57 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
02-05-2011 02:17:49 | More by MasterSki
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
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
04-05-2011 17:22:55 | More by mdfb79
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
3.25/5 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
3.45/5 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
3.89/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
10-13-2013 22:44:38 | More by jdhilt
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
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-11-2012 08:51:54 | More by dgilks
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
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
Westoek XX from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.