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De Struise Brouwers
Brewed at Deca Services

Style: Belgian Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4673) - 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 (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, 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!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dagimp (743) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2011
From a 33cl bottle into a snifter. Pours with a ton of fizzy white head. Takes a few minutes to dissipate and leaves no lacing and only a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. Great grassy and earthy aroma. Good n’ funkoey, as the Dutch say. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy; easily drank. Taste is very earthy, I can almost taste the barrel and the microbes! Lots of hay, funk, horse ma-nua and all that fun stuff. A good bot not gret bier. Solid, but it doesn’t wow me.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7449) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle from the Old School. It pours a hazy tan colour, with a thin fizzy white head. The nose is candied peel, yeast, tangy orange, lime, nut and wood. The taste is weak lemon and lime, orange, wood, earth, fig, caramel, brown sugar, astringent and nut, with a light bitter finish. It has a nice balance. An interesting Belgian Ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wekker84 (1530) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2011
330 ml bottle a golden yellow orange colored beer with a white head aroma malts orange spicy and hops flavor malts citrus orange spicy and hops

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4052) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2011
Aroma is wheat, hops, yeast and some spices. Flavour is medium sweet yet bitter, light spicy note. Simple but nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2490) - Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle thanks to darkguardian. Cloudy yellow pour. Caramel malt and citrusy hop flavors. Kinda wacky...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 14, 2011
was surprised to see this on shelves in america so fresh, nice! west coast collaboration, had to grab a couple! pours a hazy amber, even a careful pour merited a couple floaties. nice bitter taste but with a hint of berlinner like sourness in there, pretty interesting and pretty good. as i dissect the beer there are a lot of good qualities and tastes in there, but its not all that easy to drink. the carb is a lil too much for my liking in the mouth, and there is a slight bandaid smell and taste coming from somewhere in the grain bill. the aroma is nice and spicy and hoppy, there are some decent hops in the taste and finish, and theres a nice biscuity malt profile creeping in the after-palate. sort of like a belgian ipa, of sorts.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Draft. Golden beer with an off-white head. malt and summer fruit aroma. Tart, earthy flavor with light green apple and light malt. Medium bodied. Tartness lingers with light green apple and malt.


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