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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
A hazy amber pour with a white head. Fruity esters on the nose with a lot of apple, cider, and pear notes. A lot of sweet malt, some citrus peel, and a light floral note. The flavor is quite sweet and malt forward with a ton of bread and some toast. Mild grass, a lot of citrus, and some apple cider. Maybe a touch of sugar sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
katrinaez (778) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Odd and I think it. Very light on the palate. Brown sugar and molasses without the heaviness. Floral and some sweet. A bit of haze in the orange brown color. Tap

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
Dugonit (1) - Alabama, USA - OCT 21, 2015 does not count
I tried a bottle which was over a year past it’s "best before" date. That said, this was the first Belgian ale I’ve ever tried that was completely unpleasant. The "very complex recipe" resulted in a very complex mess of a flavor, at least when over a year past expiration. Leather, spruce, and citrus were the predominant flavors, with an almost burnt caramel malt. Most disagreeable. My score would be lower, but I have to make allowance for the past-expiration condition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olliejobbins (1525) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2015
330ml bottle bought from a shop in Bruges. Pours a pretty hazy light Amber with cream coloured head that is pretty stable. Aroma is yeast, hops, a little alcohol and pine. Lovely smooth texture. Yeasty, followed by hops. Finish is relatively balanced between sweet caramel and tart hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (4057) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 25, 2015
330ml bottle pours out golden topped with long lasting sand head. Nose is sweet caramel belg yeast and bread malts. Taste is more of the sweetness caramel some pit fruit and belg yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rototo64 (58) - Mouguerre, FRANCE - MAY 30, 2015
fruité, caramel léger, herbacé,levure,En bouche: certaine amertume,herbacée, twistée, amertume assez franche,rafraichissant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (24434) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle in a hotel room in Brussels. Hazy golden colored with a medium sized white head. Fruity aroma of caramel and hops with notes of spices. Fruity flavor of caramel and hops with notes of brett. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrunoSanchez (189) - Fermo, ITALY - MAR 2, 2015
Tripel fatta molto bene! Colore ambrato con schiuma bianca aderente. Al naso floreale e fruttata. In bocca ben bilanciata con acidità, dolcezza ed amarezza molto equilibrate. Sapore fruttato molto gradevole e finalmente persistente. La bassa gradazione alcolica considerando il suo stile la rende molto beverina.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3093) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Yellow body with a thick white cap. Belgian yeast, floral notes, fruity esters. Light sweetness. Medium bodied. Perhaps a hint of lemon and assorted light citrus. Bready with soft carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicolas_M (158) - BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Strange beer in the way that it is hard to point what it smell and what it taste. A great beer to try and to open a degustation session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
florent.janssens (263) - - DEC 31, 2014
Pas aussi forte en bouche que les autres struise. Très légèrement acide. Bière particulière, assez fraîche.

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