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De Struise Brouwers
Brewed at Deca Services

Style: Belgian Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 236   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
AshtonMcCobb (2574) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 13, 2013
33cl bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - golden orange and typically generous Belgian head. Nose - flowers and crystallised orange and lemon. Taste - more dried citrus with a yeasty lemon sorbet on the finish. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a very dry and refreshing finish. Overall - not exceptional by Belgian standards but a good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3361) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 7, 2013
330ml bottle from De Struise webshop. Pours hazy yellow, thin white head, big bubbles. Light floral and spice aromas, light nutty caramel. Sweet and spicy taste. Odd stringent note at the end. Good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2187) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2013
Reminds me of a black IPA, with the body of a typical Struise beer. (yeasty, sweet and with spices.) Good and original beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddyBeer1 (883) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 Blonde dorée trouble, effervescence moyenne-faible, col fin. Bien maltée en entrée, amertume fruitée et herbacée bien présente par la suite, un peu aqueuse.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (6831) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2013
330 ml bottle. BB 1/2014. From bierkompass.de.
Dark golden colour with a small creamy off-white head. Gloomy maltiness, alcohol and quite a lot caramel sweetness in the aroma. Not very promising. Unbalanced mixture of strong sweet maltiness, hoppy bitterness and alcohol. No good at all. Let’s see if the XX is any better.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Temptation (224) - - 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 (2437) - 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 (951) - 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 (3269) - 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 (4644) - 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.


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