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De Struise Brouwers
Brewed at Deca Services

Style: Belgian Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium

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on tap
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RATINGS: 229   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6773) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes goldenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch hefig, malzig süß, leicht würzig. Geschmack leicht hefig, fruchtig malzig, Gewürze, blumig.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
c0fein (174) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2014
330ml bottle @ home. From Saveur Biere.

Very fuggy, doesn’t feel fresh like Westoek XX. Sadly this is not memorable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5234) - Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Draft at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a pale yellow color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have herbal notes, grass, yeast, a light fruit character without too much to cause it to stand out. Fairly bland.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ST247 (351) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2014 Bottle @home. Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Medium bitterness and dry finish. Easy drinkable, but for sure not the best Struise. 7/10, 4/5, 7/10, 3/5, 14/20 Re-rated 17/5/14 on tap @Schooltje. Tried next to the Westoek XX. This one is lighter, clear golden with a white head. Spicy and fruity aroma and taste. Rated lower than last time : 6/10, 4/5, 6/10, 2/5, 12/20.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrSilverworm (5898) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Was labeled simply "Struise X - 6% pale ale", made this kind of a challenge to find. Nate the bartender helpfully directed me to this alias. Mostly clear golden color. Good thin white head, leaves nice thicker lace. Ehh... Distinct old musty hop aroma. This could very well be a 2-3 year old keg. All these super old belgian pale ales have this same unpleasant flavor. Musty, kind of grassy. Moderate bitter taste, light bite to it. Minimal sweet. Some very light belgian yeast character. Medium body. Soft, kind of smooth lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Tastes almost like a Stella. Pass on this....

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Draft sample. Poured clear yellow color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate yeast balanced aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium balanced finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (2772) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Draft pour. Hazy pale yellow with a white head of foam. Aroma is dry, floral, and yeasty. Taste is big floral bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Lighter palate and higher carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (959) - ESTONIA - NOV 25, 2013
Hazy orange, medium creamy white head with lasting retention, pretty nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, toasty malts, caramel, oranges, belgian yeast. Taste is medium sweet, light to medium bitterness. Finish is quite long with light to medium bitterness. Medium body, soft and smooth carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markextrae (854) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2013
bought a bottle at deca some time ago. poured a golden orange colour with a big white head. smell is a lot of belgian yeast, fruits like pears and apples. floral aroma. a lot of carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Piero1987 (617) - Iglesias, ITALY - NOV 9, 2013
Golden clear color with white head. Light malt aroma, at taste is light sweet and dry, so easy to drink.


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