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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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.74/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle into a Leffe chalice, on to the beer:

Who doesn't like the appearance? It's brunt orange, a little hazy, with a thick creamy head that smears the glass with lace. Money. The nose is very tame, but it does offer small aromas like lemon peel, horse blanket, dry hops. The fun ends there, as there is surprisingly very little to taste. It is a very dry and almost tasteless beer, very light citrus and lemon, some kind of funk, and a noticable phenolic (band-aid) fume, a little bitter in the aftertaste. It is light in the mouth with almost an airy feel to it.

Palate cleansing beer. That's as good as it gets. This beer is just not happenin'.

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Photo of phillybeergrl
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of ales4baldo
2.59/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation-Bottle shows the country of Belgium and points out where the beer is made. Label shows that you can probably age this beer for up to three years. Its a bit tempting to do so.

Appearence-Poured into a St. Martin tulip. Has a really nice clouded amber color. Somewhat foggy. A little bit of orange in there as well. Nice two fingers of head, maybe a little less. Carbonation was very present in this beer. Almost looks as if though your pouring out a champagne.

Smell-Im not getting much from the smell. I can smell a lot of malts. A small amount of hops. Seems grassy and smells of early morning, if you know what i mean. Simple.

Taste-Ouch, not really the taste i was expecting. Seems to taste somewhere in between a pale ale and a pilsner. Again im able to taste malts and hops. Carbonation is slight, nothing really outstanding. Flavors of wheat also are present. Just not really getting anything special out of this beer.

Mouthfeel-Light beer, nothing thats gonna fill u up or leave you breath taken. Draw lingers and hangs around for a bit. This beer seems to have somewhat of a stale taste to it.

Overall-Nothing special here. Seems to be a simple beer thats made for your everyday consumption. Probably wont be picking up this beer again but i enjoy beer so i had to give it a shot.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml, bottle into a wine glass. Offers a firm pop upon opening yet doesn't gush or foam up on the bottle. Even a casual pour yields a two finger head of foam, which settles slowly. Rather deep and golden in color for the style and with a couple floaties in the mix.

Nose is pronounced in a yeast sense and with little to back it up. Bit rich yet rather subdued. Taste follows and offers a dry and not too enticing finish. A bit tame for a Tripel yet this beer seems a bit aside as for the style, and perhaps with a decent wheat component.

Improves with warming yet never delivers the goods per se. Mezza mezza..

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Photo of mdfb79
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/11/11 notes. Had on tap at Dupont Paradiso in DC last night. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a murky, dark orange-brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of floral notes, sour fruits and almost brett-like funk, citrus hops, bananas, and Belgian yeast. Really loving that sour fruit/brett quality to the nose; really great here.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, citrus hops, fruits, cloves, and bananas. Seemed slightly watered down, a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth body.

o - Overall I loved the nose on this. The taste was decent, but seemed a little watered down. Would have it again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, quite flowery and perfume like. In the taste, perfume, flowery and a nice yeasty end. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry flowery aftertaste. Quite flowery and perfume like, but a mellow triple at 6.5%.

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Photo of ActonBrewer
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light brown. Not much head retention. Little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Spicey and floral. A little pepper?

T: Bready and some what balanced. Spiciness throughout.

M: Thin but decent carbonation.

O: Decent tripel. Thank god it was a freebie. For the price tag I would have definitely been disappointed.

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Dirty brown or beige color. Not much head which disappears immediately. Not much lacing.

S: Spice notes. A bit floral. A bit of a sweet note. You get a hint of alcohol as well.

T: Floral. A bit bready. Not bitter. Rather enjoyable.

M: A bit watery. Was expecting a bit more body.

O: Enjoyable. I have not always been the biggest fan of Tripels, but this was decent. On the pricey side for a single 12oz so I will probably not be picking this up again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
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 +2.5%
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 -2.2%
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 -21.8%
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 +6.3%
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 -14.3%
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 -0.6%
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 -6.9%
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 -1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 -2.2%
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 +11.8%
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 +9.6%
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 -2.8%
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 +13.8%
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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Westoek X from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 98 ratings