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De Struise Brouwers
Brewed at Deca Services

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium

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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (439) - BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2013
Bière classée comme flemish triple, ce qui est normal pour une 8 % abv, alors que ce n’était pas possible pour la simple X qui n’affiche que 6 % au compteur, et est pourtant appelée ainsi pour le marché américain. Donc il faut corriger l’erreur, mais il n’y en a pas qu’une sur le classement des bières belges aux States !!!! Sur le site de ratebeer, la X était une belgian ale, et celle-ci une strong ale … logique !!! Sauf que ce n’est pas une ale mais une triple à refermentation en bouteille … Bref, keep quiet …. Couleur ambre soutenu, curieux pour une triple, mais c’est ainsi chez les Struise.... Clarté nette. Bulles fines en fontaine intense au centre. Mousse blanc cassé qui tombe très vite, et couvre comme une nappe en soie à 1 mm. Odeurs de candi blanc, trèfle, pamplemousse doux, écorce de pin et houblon de Poperinge.. 1ère bouche douce sur des noisettes grillées, avec du malt caramel. Arrière-bouche avec des touches de houblon. 2ème bouche agréable en cascade céréales/houblon. Rétro-nez fruité abricot. 3ème bouche sur des fruits confits (abricot, poire) et du blé mûri. Arrière-bouche très complexe en céréales/fruits/bois blanc de fût. Longueur où on détaille la complexité ou on complexifie le détail … Alcool bien sous tout rapport. Levure construite, structurée, très belle et jolie pointe d’amertume. Finale qui parachève le travail. Une bière donc sans défaut, c’est dèjà un grand point, avec beaucoup de qualités, c’est encore mieux, et venant des Struise, alors c’est le ponpon …. Comprenne qui voudra.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
VikingUSA (3) - Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2013 does not count
Pours a murky copper with a light and marshmallow-y off -white head. Westoek XX has an intriguing tropical nose of guava, berries, some grapes, and healthy doses of spice and funk. There is a neat depth of fruity flavors on the first swallow, with kiwi the most prominent but strawberry and bananas also present, along with lots of chewy spice on the finish. Upon subsequent swallows, the barnyard flavors become more and more dominant, along with warm apple and some more muted and textured tropical notes.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
a_cross (525) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
A gusher; cloudy orange, floaty bits, large white head; hoppy aroma; taste is fruity, appley, funky; hard to describe (especially when your not taking notes because you’re eating your Christmas Eve dinner) but make no mistake this was gloriously moreish and I’ll be having one or two more in 2014.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappist1 (349) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2013
Dark orange, evaporating beige airy head. Nose: cherries, sour hint, wild yeast. good carbonation. taste: fruity, apple, flowers. finish is sweetish, subtile, but mainly sourish. very refreshing, whaaaw I am perplexed. what a surprise. I definitely thad this beer before, cant remember it tasted this way (sourish) and this good! (had the bottle in The Capital and did check maturity date which was still good)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dexcansino (392) - Andalucía, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2013
Buenísima cerveza. De color bronce con ligera espuma blanca. De olores y sabores complejos. Huele a frutas, melocotón, uva,.. el sabor es también afrutado, pero a la vez picante y especiado. Cualquier intento de adivinarlo me equivocaría, así que mejor bébela.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2011
Bottle. A - Similar to the regular Westoek, which is a good thing. Darker copper color with a large, foamy, somewhat thick, frothy, white head. A little more foamy and not quite as thick as the regular. Good retention with a nice lace. S - Very nice fruity aroma. Citrus and tropical fruit with a nice mix of tropical fruit, floral, and grassy hops. A good amount of ripe banana as well (more than the regular). Doesn’t have the funk and has a nice sweetness along with a touch of Belgian yeast. T - Definitely bigger and bolder than the regular (much appreciated). A big blast of tropical and stone fruit and a lot of ripe banana followed by a nice bready and spiced flavor. Belgian yeast in the background and a subtle sweetness. A nice hoppy tripel with a good fruity aspect along with a touch of floral and grassy hops. M - Medium body with a bit below average carbonation. Quite smooth. D - Really enjoyed this with all the aspects together. Bold with a nice fruity, hopped up tripel (compared to the bland flavor of the regular version). Just very easy to drink and flavorful. Notes: Really liked this beer. The aspects weren’t so up and down compared to the regular, but overall I enjoyed it more. Everything just worked well together even though the individual aspects themselves weren’t great. Much more flavorful than the regular version. Overall it was an enjoyable hoppy tripel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GBZ59 (977) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - AUG 21, 2011
Botella de 330ml servida en copa Túlipa.Saboreada en mar´11 Ambar anaranjado, opaca. Corona blanca con encaje como queso gruyeré.Aromas de lúpulo.Entrada de amargor suave.Bien carbonatada,lupulización media y alto ABV.Retrogusto dulce.Equilibrada y refrescante.330ml bottle served into a Tulip glass.Enjoyed on mar´11. Orangish amber,hazy.White crown & lacing as gruyeré cheese.Hoppy aromas.Enters with an smooth bitterness.Correct carbonation, medium hoppiness & high ABV profile.Sweet aftertaste.Well balanced & refreshing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjsint (498) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2013
Breakfast toast brown. Sweet burnt caramel and vanilla malt in the nose. Sweet, with sour/bitter hints at the edges. A tasty golden.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimonBeer (64) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2014
(Drinking date: 1 February 2014) Orange hazy colour, head disappears quickly. Smells like honey and ripe fruits. The taste is a bit sweet, almost not bitter. So it has a sweet taste, but not too sweet. You taste things like ripe fruits. It is really delicious! The mouthfeel of the beer is almost perfect. It has a bit of a thick mouthfeel, it feels soft, and it leaves an enjoyable warm feeling in your mouth and throath. It would have been perfect if it has a little bit more carbonation. Overall I really enjoy this beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (6978) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle at First German Ratebeer gathering at Idar Oberstein courtesy of Travlr. Sour apple, apricot malt and herbal hops aroma. Cloudy amber color with small head. Sweet orange malt and bitter citrus peel flavor. Very nice fruity beer.


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