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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 BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +5%
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 +7.4%
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 +0.6%
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%
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 +0.6%
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 -11.8%
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 -0.8%
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 +10.2%
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 +6.1%
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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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body is a hazy brown. Poured to a half inch, sudsy head. Good retention, leaves curtains of lacing.

Smells of light malt (wet hay), citrus fruit, brown sugar, and some old, earthy funk--like an old wood barn.

Tastes sweet malt, then as the carbonation kicks in, it releases lots of citrus fruit flavor, some banana and spice. Ends dry, with some coriander spiciness and hop bitterness.

Body is medium and the carbonation, though fizzy, yields a nice creamy mouthfeel.

This is one of the most drinkable tripels I have tasted. It is very flavorful and refreshing, and the low ABV makes this a very sessionable tripel.

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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beyond farm ale aroma, beyond barnyard aroma, funky and cruel. The taste is yeasty, there is some fruityness and brett and wood and earth as I hold my nose. Carbonation tingly mouthfeel. Yet, still decent drinkability.
Ken's bottle from Struise directly

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Photo of kwjd
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow colour with huge white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Smells of barnyard funkiness with some peach. Very unique smelling tripel, I'd think this was a saison or something. Very sweet flavour, with the barnyard funk being present in the after-taste. Huge carbonation level was the only real downside for me.

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Photo of lionchow
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold.

Aroma is of bright citrus and herbs.

Flavor contains very apparent earthy, herbal, hoppy bitterness. The bitterness melds well with the hay, earth, and farm flavors.

Creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a very unique, enjoyable beer. One to seek and try.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Glowing pale gold with slight haze, topped by a huge lasting head. The nose is great, very yeasty, floral and wild. Spicy and herbal aromas linger above bretty funk, reminding me of Orval. It's light on the tongue, bready and bretty, herbal and zesty. The finish is dry and bitter, with an earthy, leafy hop note that lingers mildly. Incredibly quaffable stuff, very nicely balanced between yeast and hop flavors.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Carlo and Urbain for letting me first try this back during Thanksgiving before it hit the shelves... The beer pours as a medium cloudy gold, hits of dark orange. A nice off white head leaves about two fingers, nice cap and lacing... This is a west coast tripel, yeast, floral notes, sweet, citrus with a hop finish. I like it, a touch sweet though... The taste reminds me of just a lighter triple, floral hops, and hops. Not as sweet now. Super easy to drink.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy blonde with 1/4 inch of off white head. Leaves substantial Belgian lace.

S-Smell immediately transports me to wandering abandoned farmhouses in southern France. Musty, touches of clove, honeysuckle, floral sweetness.

T/M-Dry, with funky farmhouse characteristics balanced by considerable bitterness. A slick estery yeastiness coats the tongue from the first sip.

D-This is a very unique beer, well worth trying.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by MasterSki's place for a pre-BA gathering tick.

A - Foamy head, about two fingers that had good retention and dissipated to a nice cap with fine lace left on the sides. Beer itself is a golden, orangish color that's somewhat hazy. Not sure what else you could do to make this look better.

S - As Alex has pointed out, the hoppyness of this one puts it somewhere in the nether region between Belgian IPA and Tripel. Fruit notes and yeast with some earthy hops are there.

T - Floral hops, belgian yeast, sweet fruits. This is not bad, but kind of bland/boring. Easy to get down.

M - Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

D - Really easy to drink at 6%, although the yeast may knock it down a notch for people (like myself) that find that hard to do. Solid beer, worth trying.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled ordered from the de Struise webshop. Served in my Westvleteren chalice. Best before November 2014.

A - Pours with two-plus fingers of creamy white foam that slow settles to a thick, chunky cap, leaving behind copious intricate lace patterns. Body is a lightly hazed golden peach color. This is just about perfect for the style.

S - Somewhere between a Belgian IPA and a Tripel. Lots of tropical fruits, stone fruits, estery Belgian yeast, floral hops, and banana. Quite nice!

T - Taste is a little bland and yeasty, with light stone fruits and a spicy finish. More in line with a standard Belgian Singel, but without the medicinal notes.

M - Pleasant active carbonation that is soft but tingly at the same time. Medium body, pleasant texture, and a fairly clean finish.

D - This is absolutely crushable. Too bad I have to order it from Belgium, as it'd be an excellent Belgian session brew. Perhaps a little to bland to actively seek out, but worth trying if you need to fill out your webshop order (or if you're at Deca).

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Photo of dasenebler
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl, best before Nov. 2014

Pours a lovely hazy orange with a creamy head. Nice, thick sheets of lacing.

Wheaty and yeasty on the nose, along with some faint fruity hops.

Flavor is very dry and refreshing. Again, theres a lot of wheat, yeast, and almost a bit of butter-diacetyl action. Hops are quite bitter, actually, but also lend a nice citrusy component on the mid-palate. Reminiscent of Orval. The mouthfeel is relatively creamy and full, with fine, ample carbonation.

Though I get shades of Karmeliet and other Tripels, I can't help but think this beer is more of Belgian Pale Ale, with the hoppiness, lower ABV and all. Whatever the style, it's good stuff.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, best by Nov 2014.

It pours a hazy brownish orange with a 2 finger head of foam and has plenty of lacing.

The smell has some citrus notes along with an aroma of bananas. The more I stick my nose over the glass, the more I notice the citrus hops. For a Tripel, it's pretty hop forward but I also get some sweet malt tones so it's pretty balanced in that regard.

Sweet is what my palate senses to start things off followed by that very tasty blast of citrus and the banana flavour has more of a background presence except when I burp..and I seem to be doing that a lot with this brew, hence a comment on the label:

"We westcoasters adore our local carefully brewed ales. It quenches our thirst and makes us burp". Too right!

Medium bodied, light carbonation, it's a decent mouth feel..maybe a smidgeon more carbonation would be more to my liking but I can't complain much.

This is very tasty and the alcohol is pretty low for the style...very good drinkability. A very good brew but I don't know if I'd call it a Tripel, it's more like a Belgian Blonde. ?

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Photo of beerpirates
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my struise glass

A : This beer looks cloudy yellow with à very Nice white head that stays à long time , leaving some Nice lacing

S : banana and citrus , flowers , you can also smell the hops , Nice

T : Same like the smell , banana and citrus , Nice hoppy aftertaste , slightly bitter , slightly sweet like you can taste sweet flowers , very good

M : light dryness , good carbonation

D : Very easy to drink , very well balanced, well done struise !!!

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Photo of Brabander
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer from my beerbuddy Wim (Beerpirates) who was at the Deca brewerie some days ago to help Urbain from the Struise Brouwers. This beer is for the American market. (San Francisco, Waterloo beverages). Deca was asked to brew this one and asked Urbain to help them with this beer. And he did!

The beer is called Westoek which will stand for Westhoek, that part of Belgium where so many good brewers live like the Struise, Bernardus and Westvleteren. I wrote WeSthoek in stead of Westoek!!

This should be a Flemish triple ale. Well, lets try it. Poured in the Struise glass the beer looks good. Somewhat cloudy yellow fluid with tiny strings of carbonation.

The smell of banana/light citrus. Dry taste. The first to review it. I am curious what the rest of you will think of this beer when it comes to you in januari

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