Westoek X | Brouwerij Deca Services NV

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Brouwerij Deca Services NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Assignment by John Vanloo of San Francisco-based Waterloo Beverages LLC to develop & manufacture the Westoek Ale – 6% ABV at & by the Deca Brewery. As this was a very complex recipe to deal with, Deca asked Urbain Coutteau, brew master at Struise to collaborate on this project. 4 grain Blond dry triple ale married to a soft English bitter. Urbain’s Magnum hops for bittering, Styrian Goldings for different aroma hop gifts in the boil, late boil & flame out, Hallertauer Mittelfrueh for dry hopping.

Added by Brabander on 12-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 97
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy lightly dirty beige color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma consists of lightly funky yeast with dry and astringent hops with a delicate sweet malt base. Taste is also lightly funky yeast with notes of astringent and dry hops and a well balanced Belgian malt base. Body is full with limited filtration and great bottle conditioning with no apparent alcohol notes. I am a sucker for those easy to drink Belgian ale with a nice hops edge and even more of a sucker when Struise are involved.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.33cl bottle of brown glass with classic pressure cap poured into La Chouffe tulip in Gouda, Holland. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head of fair cream and thickness. Good retention. Orange-gold colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: Lilac, other tinges of floral hops, cream, and malted barley. A moderate strength scent.

T: Very floral body is tamed on the climax by lovely cream and perchance some esters. Very light and refreshing. The malt is thankfully restrained. It's subtle and complex. It's also well balanced and built. I quite fancy it.

Mf: Delightfully smooth and wet, but not too much on either account. Very silky and refreshing. Complements the flavours marvellously well.

Dr: Three quid for a 33cl bottle is a fair price given the quality. It's very drinkable and refreshing, making it a wonderful summer afternoon beer. Fans of the tripel style may be surprised when they discover the floral notes, but it will satisfy anyone who appreciates beer.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up today at the bier temple in Brugge.
I didnt know what it was at the time, only that it is from de Struise.
Pours a brownish tone of amber-orange. Hazy . Thick, frothy head, good carbonation. Beautiful brew.
Aromatics of horseblanket, meibloem, florals, very floral, sour citrus, lemon, malt. A hint of yeast on the finish.
Flavor falls a bit short. More Pils flavor,finishes a bit watery. Digging in a bready flavor is found, yeast, citrus again, pepper, really easy drinking beer.
Judging this as a triple..very low score, as a Pils, very high and highly drinkable.
Good beer, just really dont know how to categorize it!

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Photo of crnipeter
2.84/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thick, persistent creamy white head creating firm laces hanging on the glass sides. Clear, deep golden body without visible effervescence. With the consecutive pourings the beer gets hazed and the head dimmer due to the increasing yeast. Aroma is mild Pils malt sweetness along with spiciness that undoubtedly at least partially originates from the Styrian Golding and Hallertauer Mittelfrueh hops advertised, and citrusy & apple-like fruitiness.There is a distinctive soapy aspect to the aroma which detracts. Alcohol is noticeable which is quite surprising - in a negative way - for a 6% ABV beer. The medium body with medium-high carbonation that creates bubbly sensation has a
nice balance between the light Pils malt and hop-bitterness, and is further marked by spicy and citrusy flavors and dry finish with lightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, a rather bland brew without the typical Struise touch and I'm pretty sure that this beer doesn't quite know what it is nor what it wants to be. (330 ml with freshness date 11. 2014, into tulip.)

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Photo of khumbard
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Popkas for this one.

A - Pours a hazy blonde into my Westy chalice with a big fluffy white head. The color of this beer is great, looks tasty.

S - Lemons, orange peel, a little musty. Not bad, not great.

T - Fruity, with a bready/grainy taste and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

M - Very carbonated, a little thin to be a tripel. I'd say this is more of a blonde ale than a tripel... but what do I know.

O - This is an enjoyable drink. Reminds me a little bit of Westy Blonde, only not nearly as complex. I would have it again though.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at de Struise. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy dark gold with a one finger soapy eggshell head. Good retention but no lacing.

S - Lemony with a little hop. Kinda plain.

T - Hop, yeast, lemon, some sour and dusty notes.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium body. Slightly dry/sourish finish.

O/D - Not an overly good beer. Drinkable but not above average.

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Photo of wschmit
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a perfect pint, dated Best Before 11/2014.

A: Big white head atop a bustling, effervescent straw body that's fairly hazy.

S: I get a little bit of sweat and brett on the nose, along with some spiciness. Can't say I get too much else, but it's interesting enough.

T: Dry, and with a fairly subdued Belgian yeast character, the standout is the zippy hops. Some wheat in this, I think, otherwise a bit of lemon tartness, and that's it.

M: Nice bouncy carbonation and a bit of protein chew make for a refreshing but not too filling quaff.

O: It's alright. This was on sale for a few bucks, so I picked one up. I'd get it again at this price, but no more. The world of Belgians is too wide and expensive to come back to B beers very often.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A.a Cloudy brownish orange with a 1.5 finger head.
S. Smells llike a non traditional (american would be traditional to me) of yeast, as well as a hint of hops.

T Medium body with a slightly bitter pleasant ending.

M. Somewhat starchy with a refreshing bite.

Overall. a semi session like beer with a non filtered hoppy bite, worth a shot if your looking for something new!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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 a mix of grain, lemons and oranges. A nice, fruity smelling beer. In the flavor I get some oranges and lemons, as well as some yeast and grain notes. This was drank alongside the Westoek XX and the only real difference I can find is that this beer doesn't have any detectable alcohol, while the XX does. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz bottle, expires Nov 2014

S: Big clove which is almost medicinal plus unripe apple-straw, grass, grainy toast, floral perfume, with a musty/Brett/yeasty edge. Intense and mostly spicy but nice, moderate complexity.

T: Spice driven and not as complex as the nose. Big bready, spicy character up front without much sweetness. Grassy bitterness and clove spices coalesce in the dark middle against a biscuit/cracker backdrop, a touch of Brett, and a slightly harsh floral/grassy hoppy bite and big hop flavor. Medium carbonation and medium-light body. Finish is semi-dry with moderately high levels of complex spices and some linger floral oiliness. Not alcohol character, expected due to low ABV.

Notes: Whether this is a hoppy light alcohol trippel, a Belgian pale ale, or even a Belgian pilsner is unclear to me. It’s a nice spicy, hop-driven beer without being over-the-top undrinkable but not a standout.

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Photo of impending
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy dingy butterscotch, nice dense pure white head, ok lacing.

Aroma is of a mild tripel. Yeasty, fruity, upbeat and clean in spite of the hint of old socks.

Initial flavor is none. Low in sweetness. Taste most pronounced at the beginning of the end where minor dry and minor bitter collide then rapidly vanish leaving near zero aftertaste. Thin lively mouthfeel.

This is a pale ale not a tripel. Interesting that Urbain told TurdFurgison below that this is a tripel. This falls into the category of brew that may be chosen when you wish a brew to have minimal impact upon the food being served. Cleanses the mouth without complication.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip

Pours a shade of yellow that is lighter than goldenrod; like a school bus that has been faded by sunlight over a number of years. The waves of carbonation absolutely scream up to the top of the pour. Three fingers of extremely dense, white head yields spectacular crests and peaks of lacing. This is a phenomenal looking beer. Golden Belgian beers can't look better than this.

The aroma is pretty damn interesting. Peaches and assorted stonefruit, some juicy American hops, and a decided amount of vibrant cloves. Plenty of biscuit malt. What takes the aroma to the next level is the definite presence of Brettanomyces. Hay, cheese rind, and some tart fruit juice indicate a lovely Brett character. I'd score this nose a 4.5, but I honestly don't think it smells much like a Tripel. It smells more like a Belgian Blonde Ale. To be fair, the bottle doesn't claim that it is a Tripel.

The taste confirms to me that this should be categorized as a Belgian Blonde Ale. It's much to biscuity in its malt character to be a Tripel. The stonefruit flavors mix very well with some of the catty, leafy hop flavors (Certainly the hops used are American, right?). Nice, Tripel-like medicinal phenols on the back end, mixed with tasteful clove. Not too much Brett funk on the palate. I get some Camembert rind on the midpalate, some brusk hay up front. This should continue to develop, and I wish that I had another bottle to age for six months.

The mouthfeel is too light for a Tripel. It would be appropriate for a Blonde Ale, which I think this beer truly is. I can't score it highly as a Tripel in terms of body size. Thankfully, the effervescence is right on point. I'm going to score it a 4.0.

Overall, this is a pretty lovely little Blonde Ale. If it were categorized as such on this website, then I would bump up my scores by .5 each. As a Tripel, though, it misses some key marks (despite the special marks that it achieves). Definetly worth seeking out for fans of Tripels, Belgian Blondes, Belgian Pales and even Saisons (this beer reminds me in some ways of Fantome Jr; the peach juice and Brett flavors are pretty close). This is definitely worth drinking. A treat.

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Photo of meatyard
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden/yellow with a very large, white head that falls at a moderate speed while leaving spots of lace around the glass.

The smell is sweet, a tutti frutti/bubblegum aroma and a bit of banana.

The taste is similar to the smell but a bit spicier too with a dose of cloves pushing in to the forefront.

Mouthfeel is medium and dry.

Overall: It doesn't fit the tripel style all that cleanly tending more toward a saison or even BPA. It's pleasant and I enjoyed it. It's worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of these from Geers in Gent.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, bright white head with decent retention. Perfectly clear amber 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.

SMELL: Milder nose. 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: Toasted and pale malts with some green apples and pears. Some floral hop notes, a bit of barnyard funk, some spicy yeast, and a nice, crisp bitterness at the swallow. A toasted malty sweet and lightly bitter aftertaste is mild yet lingers nicely. Quite good, and actually very flavorful for the ABV.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Light, yet creamy on the palate. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: My first impression of this brew was a little blah, but as the glass emptied, it got more and more enjoyable. This is an interesting and solid triple, and considering the ABV is only 6%, it is quite complex and flavorful as well. I would take this over plenty of the other more established triples out there. If you can find one, give it a chance. Recommended.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this from the Struise shop in Oostvleteren. Funny, the label states "Imported by Waterloo Beverages", but I got it from the source. Urbain called it a tripel with west coast style hops, brewed down the road at Deca (where all his higher volume beers are bottled).

One interesting thing to note is the low ABV for a tripel. 6% is lower than any others I can think of, that might be why it presents more as a Belgian Pale Ale to me. Actually, I just had a slightly aged Westvleteren Blonde this week and the aroma/flavor were VERY similar to this beer.

The beer is hazy and light orange colored, with an enormous pillowy foam that laces in chunks onto the glass. I don't really get a tripel aroma here, this is all Belgian yeast product to me, light esters and spicy in a hopped up way more than from actual spice. Very sweet smelling overall.

Sweet flavor, the hops providing a peppery taste in the back, nice lingering yeast flavors after each sip. I loved this, there will be no problem with me finishing the others I picked up, recommended.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Brasserie D' Achouffe tulip.

Westoek hisses and pours a burnt golden color with some hay like shade as well. It looks lighter coming out the bottle. Active carb, an inch of Belgian fluff and some stick.

Smell is funky and a bit fruity. I get a whiff of bubblegum and some brett in the nose. Not really barnyard although earth and hay play in the mix. A sweet malt in the distance.

Taste is not a triple, not sweet enough, but there is some fruity apple skin and pear. Traces of bubblegum. Funky, not sour, Id say a belgian saison with brett would be fitting. The subtle spice in the end is a good closer.

Feel is light and refreshing, but very active, carb is felt and a bit distracting, it's not a sleeper. Aftertaste is of light flowers and fruit, alcohol not noted.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy radiant orange color with a huge, thick, foamy, meringue-like, huge white head. Very good retention leaving a nice lace. Amazing looking beer with a picture perfect head.

S - Interesting mix of fruitiness, hops and funk. Starts out with a nice funky, Brett aroma. Then some citrus and floral hops come out. The more I smell, the more I'm picking up some fruitiness as well, especially citrus and ripe banana. A very subtle sweetness in the background (honeyish).

T - Slight let down from the nose as it is kind of bland. Belgian yeast and some light malt. Touches of stone fruit and spice like a typical tripel, but it is pretty light and bland. A touch of grassy and floral hops as well.

M - Light to medium body with not a lot of carbonation. Smooth and slick but it just feels a little thin (especially with the lack of carbonation).

D - I enjoyed it, but the taste was a little bland. Easy to drink and it is nice to just sit around and drink, but it's nothing that really wins me over.

Notes: Not a bad beer; just seemed a little bland. It had a nice subtle/background mix of flavors, but nothing shows up quite enough to make me interested. Decent beer with some highs and some lows.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap at Max's during 72 Hours of Belgium this year, and I got to drink a little less than a liter of it. Unfortunately, I didn't review it, and I finally get to now.

Decanted into my Duvel Draft tulip, this beer is light orange with a HUGE, dense, rocky, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is most definitely awesome. Delicate and complex, this is light, dusty, fruity and spicy with a little honey. Mildly hoppy with a grassy hop character, this is very good. The fruit is a blend of peach and grapefruit pith, and spicy clove character is so unique, I'd swear it was Brett-derived. Honey and sugar round out an excellent nose.

If the nose suggested Brett, the palate confirms it. The Brett B flavor is surprisingly prominent for a beer this young. Clove is the most dominant here, along with a mild, bandaid flavor. Drying, dusty and bready, there's a little honey present. The hops linger on into the finish, providing a mild bitterness and a nice grassy flavor. Light in body with high carbonation, distractingly so, this beer isn't quite what I remember it being on tap. Still, very enjoyable, and I will drink more of it.

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Photo of Neffbeer
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into an Oerbier tulip.

A: It pours a straw-like golden color with a murky body. Huge white head with chunks of foam sticking to the glass. the head hangs around for a couple of minutes and settles into a fine white blanket on the beer.

S: This one has a very distinct barnyard aroma, plenty of Brett I am guessing. Amidst the funk, there is some banana, clove, and spicy hops.

T: A triple is certainly a stretch for this one, but it is really interesting. The funk is just as present in the flavor as the nose. There is a pleasant fruitiness, from the yeast, that does well to compliment its' raw nature. It finishes super dry.

M: Light bodied with a high degree of carbonation.

O: A passable beer, but one I will probably not revisit for the price tag. I will say I did enjoy it and the grade simply reflects that is not on par for the style. More of a Saison in my opinion.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is labeled as a tripel which is a bit of a surprise for me. I would have guessed that this was a Belgian sour. The color is a little but like a slightly cloudy apple juice color. The taste is sour, but not overly tart which I like. I really wouldn't compare this to a tripel at all. The finish is nice and smooth. Steady head from street to finish.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle shared with Thirstybird. Pours a dull, hazy, orange-gold with a frothy, half inch bright white head that dissipates into a clumpy skim. Nose expresses sweet tangerines, candi sugar and a hint of ethanol. Taste is not as sweet as suggested by the nose - earthy, citrus a hint of cloves culminating in an earthy/bitter citrusy hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Quite drinkable for the abv; however, could be a little sweeter in my opinion.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my duvel tulip, reviewing this as a triple just doesnt seem right as its way more a dubbel/saison than anything. Pours a nice cloudy golden brown with a 1 inch of head that quickly dissipates but leaves a nice small cap. Very muted on the nose, some sweet doughy bread and fruity spice. Taste has interesting sour cherries/strawberries, with sweet malt, floral and spicy yeast notes as well. Very drinkable beer, but really not the complex or interesting especially at its price point.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought myself a bottle while at dranken Geers in Ghent.

Poured froma 33cl into a bottle.

Pours golden yellow a little hazy with a big head.

Smells of malts, citrus and a wee bit of funk.

Taste of the same sweet malts with some spices. Light bitterness in the end.

Creamy mouthfeel light to medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Low ABV could turn this into a seesion beer.

I guess I was expecting a bit more coming out of Deca. It's not a bad beer but compared to real Belgian tripels this one doesn't hold up to well. Will not pick this up again.

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Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a large amount of thick foamy off white head. Retains a layer pretty well, leaving streaks of lacing running down the glass.

S: Musty, funky spices, and a small floral note.

T: Some light mustiness, with a subdued hop note towards the finish. Fairly nice balance and complexity.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable if you enjoy the mustiness.

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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with pretty good head retention and OK lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing light honey, orange juice and a hint of vanilla. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, except this beer has a hoppy bite I wasn't expecting on the finish. The hoppy bitterness in the finish counters the light sweetness very nicely in this beer, and leads to a fairly long, dry, lightly bitter finish. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

Shrug. While nothing to write home about, this is an easy to appreciate and enjoy beer from this new to me brewery.

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Westoek X from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
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