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De Struise Brouwers
Brewed at Deca Services

Style: Belgian Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
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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 – 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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Temptation (220) - - AUG 12, 2013
Very pale, golden and brilliant, transparent aspect, with a small and white head. Looks like a champagne, aided by a relatively present carbonation. Its watery texture and low body plays against it, but its interesting mouthfeel is a goal. Moderately complex (or peculiar), it’s fruity, malty and surprisingly well balanced. It fits the concept between Belgian tripel and English bitter. Interesting, but anyway far from the colossal Struise beers.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RexTalionis (2370) - FINLAND - JUL 29, 2013
Bottled. Pours hazy golden in color with a small head. Fruity notes, some hay and iron in aroma. Light bitterness, sweet ripe garden fruitiness in taste. Feels a bit light perhaps, but then again is quite refreshing summerbrew.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Westchesterco (845) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Poured From a bottle cloudy golden with a massive white head aroma is floral and hoppy tastes sour with some floral overtones the sourness softens to a real beer taste as it lingers on the palate

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3066) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
From a 33 cl bottle shared in Durango, CO. Pours a cloudy gold with a massive, fluffy white head. Light dough aroma. Flavors of light butterscotch and citrus. High carbonation and thin mouthfeel. Smooth, crisp finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head. Aroma was light fruits, some hop notes. Flavor was some bitter notes, sweet malts, light caramel notes. Drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilligoose (3227) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 18, 2013
bootle. pours a golden orange hue with a huge cratered offwhite head. aroma of melon, honeydew, sweet dough, toasted caramel. fine. soft farmy wildflower note. nice. taste is weird twangy watered herb dough. okay. big time carbonation. weird wet herb lemongrass taste is a bit strange. not bad though. good, not great.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
VikingUSA (3) - Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2013 does not count
Slight hazy, deep blond ale. Aroma is dry malty with refined flowery hop accents and hints of grapefruits. After several sips, your lips and tong become dryer - nice!!!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (2989) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2013
Hazy yellow/blond with bright white head. Nice elements to this. Smooth easy drinking feel of a Belgian blond but with less sweetness and more hop. Nicely bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (666) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Aroma is very fruity with some slight phenolics. Pear, apple, tropical fruit, light citrus and some floral esters. Medium light pepper phenolics with a slight plastic character. A touch of honey malt character. Pours a fairly clear gold with a big pillowy white head that is slightly thin and steadily recedes. Medium light lacing and no legs. Flavor starts with a very sweet malt note, slight honey and a bit of pilsner. Esters are moderate with citrus, pear and roses. Bitterness is moderately strong compared to malt character and there is a medium low phenolic note of pink pepper. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall the beer is alright, but definitely not amazing. The malt character is less than amazing but the ester and phenolics are nicely balanced with each other. The bitterness is a touch on the harsh side.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - MAY 23, 2013
Lot n°25/20/2011, pours golden hazy with a medium white foam head. Typical tripel aromas (yeasty and cereals). Riped apple, honey flavours and lovely hops in aftertaste. Mellow palate, long finish. Good tripel.


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