Westoek XX - Brouwerij Deca Services NV
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3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
11-01-2012 12:00:23 | More by haz77
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
3.68/5 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
3.78/5 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
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
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
Had this on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt (Redwood City) in a .3L glass..
Pours a dark brown color with a deep reddish brown hue that changes as the glasses becomes more narrow. Lacing is so heavy that it's as if the head sticks to all parts of the glass.
Warm mollasses and maple syrup in the nose, a bit of a roasted almond scent comes out once it reaches room temp.
In the front your first hit is a sweet walnut flavor with stone fruits mixing in with the nuttiness. I'm wondering if there's more, i wait till the brew warms up and it gets even better. The flavors come alive as it warms up, intense hay qualities come out with a nectarine finish.
Carb levels are amazing on this one, just enough to open up the flavors but not so much as to take away from the creaminess.
Great beer, even better when you let sit for a bit.
01-06-2012 01:09:08 | More by kiya
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
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
11-06-2011 00:46:26 | More by impending
4.1/5 rDev +9%
330ml bottle served into a Tulip glass.Enjoyed on mar´11.
Orangish amber,hazy.White crown & lacing as gruyeré cheese.Hoppy aromas.Enters with an smooth bitterness.Correct carbonation, medium hoppiness & high ABV profile.Sweet aftertaste.Well balanced & refreshing.
08-21-2011 08:15:31 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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
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
3.58/5 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
3.55/5 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
Westoek XX from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
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