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De Struise Brouwers
Brewed at Deca Services

Style: Belgian Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium

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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (9647) - 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 (4522) - 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 (4528) - 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 (3601) - 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 (10867) - 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 (9956) - 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 (4677) - 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 (7999) - Minneapolis, 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 (788) - 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 (8371) - 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.


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