De Struise Brouwers
Brewed at Deca Services

Style: Belgian Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5726) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle: Small but vast white head on top of a light cloudy yellow colored beer. Smell hops, fruit, citrus, orange, flowers, herbs and a hint of yeast. Taste is a fine mix of fruits, citrus, orange, abricot, peach, lemon, tangerine, hops, yeast, bitter, some malts, herbs and something like flowers. Light dry nice bitter light fruity aftertaste. Low carbo, soft tingly and silky mouthfeel, medium to full body and a creamy texture. Lovely brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (5128) - Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2011 Bretty nose, some sour notes come though in the aroma, not too much else. bretty taste without overwhelming tartness. Light and drinkable, finish ends slightly bitter. A very pleasant beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (10313) - Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2011
This is a Belgian ale that is all over the place, hoppy, but light, and some sweetness and yeastiness. I good Belgian IPA I would say.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5464) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle: Poured a hazy lightly dirty beige color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma consists of lightly funky yeast with dry and astringent hops with a delicate sweet malt base. Taste is also lightly funky yeast with notes of astringent and dry hops and a well balanced Belgian malt base. Body is full with limited filtration and great bottle conditioning with no apparent alcohol notes. I am a sucker for those easy to drink Belgian ale with a nice hops edge and even more of a sucker when Struise are involved.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14792) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle at home. Clear golden/amber - white head. Apples, light malty, dryness, yeasty, spicy, peppery, citrus, light peach, ok hoppy, hay, peppery, straw, light bitterness, grassy. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9015) - Ottobrunn, 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5340) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (11825) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (4998) - 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. :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchDrebus (5275) - 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.

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