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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: 231   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 Ė 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. Urbainís Magnum hops for bittering, Styrian Goldings for different aroma hop gifts in the boil, late boil & flame out, Hallertauer Mittelfrueh for dry hopping.


2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
BlackSwan (24) - Frisco (Dallas), USA - MAY 1, 2011
Pours a gold body with a huge fizzy white head. Aroma is herbal, grassy, and citrusy. The mouthfeel is light in body and low in warmth with a dry and biting finish. The flavor is herbal, grassy, and citrusy with a hint of pine.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PotjeBier (1597) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2011
33 cl bottle from Cracked Kettle. Golden color, hazy. Big rocky white head. Strong aromaís of spices, some lemonny sourness, and some rather unpleasant funkiness. Flavor has a starting bitterness, still with spices/herbs, a hint of sourness. Rather high carbonation. Herbal, bitter aftertaste. Not very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, yellow color with light honey aroma, flavor is grainy, husks, honey and lemon with a metal finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34282) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 15, 2011

Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium orange color with a small large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, peach, flowers - soapy, moderate yeasty, fruity, candy - soapy - flowers. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110410]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14062) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2011
bottle at jans ... golden amber ... thin white lacing ... soft yeasty juicy fruit nose ... light bitter front ... again light yeastyness ... heavy candi suger... soapy lime ... long low bitter linger ...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2011
Bottle. A - Very cloudy radiant orange color with a huge, thick, foamy, meringue-like, huge white head. Very good retention leaving a nice lace. Amazing looking beer with a picture perfect head. S - Interesting mix of fruitiness, hops and funk. Starts out with a nice funky, Brett aroma. Then some citrus and floral hops come out. The more I smell, the more Iím picking up some fruitiness as well, especially citrus and ripe banana. A very subtle sweetness in the background (honeyish). T - Slight let down from the nose as it is kind of bland. Belgian yeast and some light malt. Touches of stone fruit and spice like a typical tripel, but it is pretty light and bland. A touch of grassy and floral hops as well. M - Light to medium body with not a lot of carbonation. Smooth and slick but it just feels a little thin (especially with the lack of carbonation). D - I enjoyed it, but the taste was a little bland. Easy to drink and it is nice to just sit around and drink, but itís nothing that really wins me over. Notes: Not a bad beer; just seemed a little bland. It had a nice subtle/background mix of flavors, but nothing shows up quite enough to make me interested. Decent beer with some highs and some lows.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10803) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2011
Bottle from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA. Pours orange/gold with a foamy 3 finger off-white head. Aroma is orange and sour. Near medium body. Very lightly sour, moderately earthy. Some hops for sure. Lightly complex. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (2950) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2011
From a bottle poured a straw color with a good amount of head. Nice light hoppy malty flavor with a quick finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
Bottle; poured into Struise glass Nice white fluffy head, haxy-copper appearance, aroma is herbs, spices, lemons, coriendar, citrus, loads of lemon sorbet, limes, candi sugar and marzepan. Taste is loads of lime, lemon sherbet, orange tarts, citrus, zingy spices, herbs, coriander, sweet marzepan, candi sugar, elements whch remind me of Refreshesí sweets, a really nice and interesiting Belgian ale. Top work, guys. Iím enjoying this!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4447) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2011
31/03/2011 - 33cl bottle @ home BB: FEB/2012 (2011-125)
Little clouded orange to light amber coloured beer. Creamy off-white head, stable and adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, spicy hops, even a bit sweet, spices. MF: soft gentle carbon, medium to full body, creamy soft texture. Taste: fruity, little sweet malts, bitter and fruity hops at the same time. Aftertaste: dry hops, citrus fruits, pineapple, and some spices. Very dry ending. Very good and correct beer, yet I miss the exciting Struise touch here. Maybe thatís why they didnít put their name on the bottle?


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