De Struise Brouwers
Brewed at Deca Services

Style: Belgian Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (698) - BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2013
Une très grande étiquette de cette belle région du Westoek. Une sublime bière qui est un fleuron des triple belges. Couleur blond doré brillant superbe. Clarté limpide. Bulles très fines en fontaine au centre et présentes partout. Mousse blanche qui vient napper à 2 mm, crémeuse. Arômes très jolis de cônes de houblon, fleurs blanches, genièvre et miel blanc non sucré. 1ère bouche à la texture soyeuse, superbe entre amertume et fruits blancs. Arrière-bouche splendide avec des céréales. 2ème bouche magnifique, équilibrée, fine, fraîche avec d’autres nuances de houblon. 3ème bouche encore plus construite, vraiment une pièce maîtresse. Nuances prodigieuses de houblon et céréales. Longueur où on amplifie encore le niveau. Absolument divin. Complexité de houblons sublimes. Levure très fine, de très belle veine, complexe. Alcool bien, malgré son faible niveau (6% abv), très adapté au soutien de cette bière. Finale extraordinaire. On est ici à 5 années lumière des bières pils, que certains appellent des blondes, on est ici avec le fleuron des triple belges, qui sont certes des blondes, mais de haut vol. Déguster cette bière permet d’entrer dans ce monde merveilleux.

   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!!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4852) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (3790) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - DEC 29, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 Clear, red-brown beer, firm big white head. Strong hop aroma, grass, pine and hay to finish it. As expected, heavy on bitterness, much like an American IPA. A more fruity flavour comes up in the very end. Mild on alcohol. A delicious ale that’s as much Belgian as it is American. Luckily, best of both worlds. (Rating re-indexed)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Idiosynkrasie (4081) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 1, 2012
330ml bottle. Hazy golden colour with huge, quickly collapsing macropore white head. Diffuses the smell of chewing gum. Putting the nose closer, the aroma has more peppery spicy notes, the fruit sweetness can be analyzed as green apple, pineapple accompanied by cardamom - still a kind of chewing gum overall. Taste has a sour note in the beginning, the sweetness has a more resinous touch. After the first sip I can’t find the chewing gum aroma again, as if the sourness in taste had killed this possibility of sensation. The aroma comes much more closer the actual taste now. Did it fade away or is it a sensory constitutional phenomenon? A play of variation that must be evoked by the yeast and reminds me of the Westvleteren Blond. A fascinating brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2011
33cl bottle, 6 weeks old
Unbelievable clear golden color for an unfiltered beer with on top creamy white froth.
Wonderfull aroma of malts and spicy yet fruity hops. The palate has nice dry malt flavor with a great spicy hop finish that is surely not overpowerd in bitterness.
A perfectly balanced well drinking beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2011
opaque lemon color, frothy thin white head. Pineapple and bubblegum, very lightly medicinal and soapy, interplay is fantastic. Flavor is cracked wheat, soapy, lemon. Dry finish. Flavor wasn’t so much soapy straightforward bitterness, I’d enjoy a lo more. Very light crisp and refreshing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6764) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 5, 2011
On tap at Monks Kettle. Pours cloudy orange copper with a fluffy off-white head and a marvelous toffee aroma. There is an unusual caramel malt flavor that is crisp and clean with a dry bitter finish. A nice collaboration with excellent hopping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
33cL bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn. Pours a brightly colored, hazy copper-orange; significant and creamy, fine-bubbled off-white head with excellent retention and lacing; beautiful pour on this. White pepper, tangerines, and lime in the aroma, along with an engaging doughy yeastiness and a mild phenolic quality, sufficiently tempered; nicely balanced. Medium body; lively carbonation with a nice carbonic bite. Moderate levels of white pepper, dough, and an aspirin-like phenolic quality upfront, with more creaminess emerging mid-palate as the hit of CO2 dissipates; vibrant citrus (limes, tropical fruit) and floral hoppiness there as well, adding a nice core bitterness and plenty of bright flavors; a rather nice marriage between a bitter and tripel, and rather citrusy for the hop additions listed (some of that fruitiness possibly coming from the yeast). Overall, masterful and tasty. Lengthy finish, with some lingering dough, pepper, and lasting floral bitterness; nicely dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
A big thanks to Carlo and Urbain for letting me first try this back during Thanksgiving before it hit the shelves... The beer pours as a medium cloudy gold, hits of dark orange. A nice off white head leaves about two fingers, nice cap and lacing... This is a west coast tripel, yeast, floral notes, sweet, citrus with a hop finish. I like it, a touch sweet though... The taste reminds me of just a lighter triple, floral hops, and hops. Not as sweet now. Super easy to drink.

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