Westoek XX | Brouwerij Deca Services NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Deca Services NV
Belgium
decabrouwerij.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by dasenebler on 01-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
11
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0
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottles labeled as "brewed by Struise for VDACO," with no mention of Deca, so, count me confused for the moment. Had to open two of a set of bottles bought March 2013 at the Deca sales warehouse in order to get enough to taste, as they were such gushers. So this tasting is a bit provisional as I don't know if these bottles have simply funked up the target brew, but here goes. The foam that settled down into tulip glass looked alright, more amber and clear than the typical tripel, with the remains of the foam persisting in a ring of ivory lace. Not powerful in the nose but some nice woody smells and orange blossom. Taste is surprisingly malt-forward, with a sour rather than hop edge to frame it, some herbal esters (not unwelcome here), cherry, apricot and banana. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth, it wasn't all spent on the volcanic opening, to cleanse the substantive, creamy feel.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jdhilt
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mmapes
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brought it back from Brussels - one of the few "De Struise" beers we found there. It isn't really from De Struise but the shopkeeper at Delices et Caprices said it basically was. He explained "Westoek" is a pun on West Coast IPAs, coming as this does from the west "coast" of Belgium. Confusing. Bottle says best before 2016, but if it has hops, I'm thinking it's better to drink it sooner rather than later.

33 cl bottle, shared between two of us, poured into tulip glasses.

Pours cloudy dark amber. Smells like a trippel - carmel/apple maybe? More on the bright/fruity side than the serious carmel side. Doesn't smell like an IPA at all.

Interesting first taste. Is that tobacco in front of the apple flavor? Fairly strongly acidic, offset by a heavier-than-normal body. Long carmel/mineral finish. Intense flavor. Good, sweet Belgian-style yeast flavor. Definitely a sipper and not a swigger.

Not at all an IPA. Tastes more like a trippel to me.

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Photo of Filosoof
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I understand that this beer has been brewed with Struise yeast. I don't know if it's true; but it seems so indeed. That's the same reason why I mention it's a good beer,.
..but not mine!

L: How can people say this one is dark brown? It's clearly orange amber. Top dissapears too quickly.
S: apricot, banana, alcohol, malt, spicy; best not to drink it too cold!
T: in line with the smell, quite dry ending after sweet start;
M: round, alcohol too much in front;
O: I don't know really; nice elements, but too strong/spicy feeling, and lacking drinkability.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Absumaster
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a chalice glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper color forming a medium thin bubbled creamy beige head with excellent retention and lots of spotty lacings left. A small layers remains forever on the top

S: Very fruity with strong notes of grapes. A bit acid which reminds a bit a Flemish Red Ale. Candy sugar and Belgium earthy-bready yeasts. Alcohol

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Again, very fruity with strong notes of grapes. Candy sugar, caramel. caramel malts. A bit metallic. End is mild bitter. Pleasant

M: Medium to heavy body. Medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste. Malty fruity with a nice hoppy sting

O: Good drinkability. Not the best from Struise but still an very enjoyable beer

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of NardiByNature
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a deep ruby-brown with a frothy, resilient head and healthy lacing. The nose, I guess not surprisingly, has that tart lactic aroma of a flanders red! Some sweet caramel apple in the aroma as well. Smooth caramel and an effervescent snap make this balanced and palatable. Unusual but good.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of haz77
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Westoek XX from Brouwerij Deca Services NV
3.68 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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