De Struise Brouwers
Brewed at Deca Services

Style: Belgian Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 253   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (10015) - 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 (5357) - 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 (14665) - 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 (8926) - 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 (11359) - 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 (4901) - 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 (5109) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3782) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (11528) - 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.

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