De Struise Brouwers
Brewed at Deca Services

Style: Belgian Ale
Oostvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PriorL (3068) - Gent, - MAY 11, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 33cl bottle at home. Shared with Mathieu87. Appearance: clear blonde beer, very unstable white head, rather flat. Nose: malts, grains, some lemon, is this a pilsener? Taste: rather bitter, some lemon, little too dry for me, but only thing coming in my mind is that this is a pilsener... The least good Struise beer I had

FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2016
A steady pour produces a two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a dark-leaning, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, golden tinged, bright-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of caramelized sugarcane candies, cider syrup, a hint of lemon, and something that reminds me of oxidized honey.

Well carbonated with a solid effervescence, the body is light but with just a touch of viscosity. Toasted nutty notes linger from the beginning to end, lightly sweet caramelized grain flavors, toasted whole grain crackers, brown bread, and a hint of metallic character in the finish. There is a solid bitterness here, and perhaps a hint of herbal (minty maybe) hop character.

This has held up pretty well, the hop character is quite a bit more muted than it must have been when fresh.

ronaldtheriot (1993) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 29, 2016
My sample was 1.5 years out of date! This beer has a thin, cream-colored head, a murky (which gets murkier, once the bottom caked sediment is swished loose and poured in), tan appearance, some tiny, ascending bubbles, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of sharp, somewhat lemony, spiced holiday bread, dates, raisin, and dough. Taste is of all that, with nougat, caramel candy, and oldness. There is also a noticeable tea-like quality. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Westhoek X finished a bit on the dry side. It’s an odd tripel, but it’s also hard to put down. RJT

swanmann (778) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 18, 2016
Bottle best before 4/2014 poured into a tulip glass: Very cloudy and particulate dark tea color with loads of beige froth escaping the bottle and setting high atop, sticky and slowly dissipating. It’s really not good anymore. Heed the label and pass if it’s expired. Sour, almost vinegar-like and dank funky aromas. The taste is about the same, add bitter.

mutz (1113) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2015
Goudgeel, kraag verdwijnt tot een laagje. Ruikt zoetig, gistig. Smaakt lichtfruitig, appels,druiven. Weinig diepgang.

GSAP (757) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2015
Appeltjes en een neut als aroma. Smaak ook appeltjes en druiven met zoetje eromheen. Later wat bitter. Veel bezinksel, geen doordrinker, weinig co2. Gelig troebel.

katrinaez (2242) - 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

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.

olliejobbins (1577) - 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.

BuckeyeBoy (8466) - 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.

Rototo64 (70) - Mouguerre, FRANCE - MAY 30, 2015
fruité, caramel léger, herbacé,levure,En bouche: certaine amertume,herbacée, twistée, amertume assez franche,rafraichissant.

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