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De Struise Brouwers
Brewed at Deca Services

Style: Belgian Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium

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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8776) - looking for a flat around Munich, GERMANY - JUL 18, 2011
(bottle, 33cl, 6% abv) Hazy, golden colour with a blond and dense foamy head. Slightly yeasty malty aroma with flowery and delicately citric (grapefruit) hoppy notes. Moderately bitter and slightly sweet flavour, medium to light bodied with a lively carbonation. A bit slim pale malty base with an almost complex hops character with flowery, fruity and shy piney notes; dry-ish bitter-sweet hop-accented finish. 21.VI.11

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Sampled on 7/8/2011. This Belgian Ale pours a medium to dark orange gold color from a 33oml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, hoppy and herbal. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, yeasty and bright. The hops are herbal and earthy with a hint of spice. Nice soft carbonation. Nicely balanced. Somewhat hoppy and crisp for a Belgian Ale. Nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (10613) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2011
Hazy yellow orange color. Smell is pretty good, light hops and light sweetness. Not a nice aftertaste and too much carbo.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (4753) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2011
Bottle from Etre Gourmet, shared with Palme. Pours a straw-colored hazy body with a medium, short-lived and quite foamy head. Nose is wheat, pale malts and slight hints of citrus and molasses. Very mellow. Mellow is the key words to the taste as well; pale malts, hint of molasses and grassy hops in the finish. Well-hidden ABV, this could easily have been a 4 % bitter or something. Extremely smooth and drinkable, but on my palate it all comes of as a bit boring, eventually. Nice session ale though, wouldn’t mind having a pint of this in the sun sometime. :-)

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchDrebus (4815) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2011
Didn’t like this one too much. The colour is pretty nice. Smells pretty good, bit hoppy, bit sweet.. Taste is a little bit less then i expected from the smell and the mouthfeel was a bit to lively for me. Good beer, but not really my style i think.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Ticked this at Papalote in SF, not really a beer destination, which makes it a nice score. Cloudy amber in color with a small off-white head. The aroma is decent, Belgian and floral with some light fruity notes and some clove. The flavor has a caramel and pale malt base, cloves, phenols, peach and banana, spice and floral hops. Medium-bodied with average carbonation. Overall a fine and drinkable beer, but nothing that’s going to blow you away.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (11219) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle. Golden color. Pineapple, yeast and vanilla in the aroma. Some lemon tartness in the flavor. Yeasty notes. Hint of alcohol. Pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10130) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle… Murky, pale yellow ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. The nose is bready, bretty and just a touch phenolic – clove. Medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Bready, bitter, bretty flavor. Finishes crisp and dry with modest, lingering bitterness. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 14, 2011
(Bottled) Hazy golden with a medium, firm head. Flowery, pale-honeyish-malty nose with lots of aromatic hops. Flavor is pale-malty, Belgian-yeasty, herby-grassy-hoppy, lightly licoricey, peachy-fruity, very aromatic-hoppy with a long, dry and crisp finish. Medium body, soft and creamy CO2. Very pleasant and easy-going, well-balanced summer brew. 4645

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Slightly hazy orange-yellow pour with white head, aroma has notes of biscuit, lemon, spice, floral and grassy notes, with a nice honey note. Taste has nice notes of biscuity lemon, some sweet honey, flowers, and grass in the middle, with a lasting, very dry and slightly spicy finish. Delicious!


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