Kopi Loewak - Brouwerij De Molen
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Reviews by adamette:
4.75/5 rDev +18.8%
Live Review. Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle that I bought for $9.49 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago into a clean, clear glass. 18/04/12 stamped on the bottom of the back label. I am going to guess that means that it was bottled April 18, 2012. The front of the label suggests "enjoy within 5 years."
A Poured about one half of the bottle into the glass and a huuuge 6 inch thick medium brown head completely dominated the glass with about one cm of pitch black body beneath it. I don't remember this kind of reaction since the first time I poured a Duvel. The massive head remained for several minutes. Seriously, I found myself waiting around for it to dissipate. I probably waited 5 minutes in all. Only the most direct of light allows the slightest very dark mahogany shades through. Other than that the body is absolutely motor oil black. 5.0
S All that waiting allowed me to get a good idea of the smell before I attempted to drink it. A great coffee presence over top of dark roast malt predominate. I smell no hops although the label mentions that one of the ingredients is premiant (bittering hop). I do not pick up much heat at all from the alcohol, at least not to the smell. 4.5
T Wow. This is one special beer. The coffee is there but the taste pushes it to the background (where I believe it should be) and the dark roast malt is in the front. It is a nice, sweet dark roast malt and the coffee tastes dance around the edges and then linger in the finish very nicely. World class Stout. I would not change a thing! 5.0
M There is a welcome syrupy goodness to the feel that helps thicken up the feel and also allows it to linger well into the aftertaste, another welcome development. The feel really suits the taste of the beer and helps to elevate its "bigness" as well. 4.5
D Not really that high for a few reasons:
1. It costs 84 cents an ounce
2. The 11.2 per cent ABV is enough to cut down my ability to repeatedly drink these
Overall though, this is a world class beer. By the way, the drinkability may not be high but I really don't think that it is supposed to be. With all of its qualities it is supposed to be savored and enjoyed (rather than drinking several of them!). Overall: 4.5
Notes: This beer was recommended to me by the owner Wally's sister while I was in the store. Of course I hesitated because of the price. I am glad that I followed through!
12-22-2012 03:16:39 | More by adamette
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United Kingdom (England)
3.15/5 rDev -21.3%
Yikes, what a disappointment.
Appearance: Uhh...Black? Not opaque but reddish-black. No head, just a few scant bubbles.
Smell: A French-press that hasn't been washed in a couple of days. It smells of coffee, no doubt, but generic coffee all the same. Otherwise: an ashtray, malted barley.
Taste: The aforementioned stale French-press quality, plus ash and some milk chocolate. Not complex at all, and the complete lack of carbonation/head doesn't help matters. You may as well just smell a bag of old coffee.
Mouthfeel: A medium mouthfeel with no carbonation to speak of. Surprisingly easy to drink, perhaps for that reason.
10-16-2011 20:09:02 | More by ImperialStoat
3.88/5 rDev -3%
330ml bottle, 11.2% ABV, packaged on April 19, 2012. Yet another De Molen offering where the Dutch-only label offers little in the sense of a stylistic impression. At least I have more than ample time to jot this down as the initial pour really takes its sweet time.
This beer pours a solid tinted black, with a very over-wrought puffy, billowy monstrosity of scarily rising beige head, which puts down some serious roots, only eventually leaving some broad swaths of caked hanging fuzzy lace around the glass as it slowly fades away. Over carbonation? Yes, methinks.
It smells pungently of dry roasted coffee grounds, earthy and cocoa-striped, some overwhelmed roasted biscuit malt, a touch of gritty dark chocolate, and some middling lactic essence. The taste is dry, earthy coffee, over a bed of semi-sweet chocolate, lightly roasted bready caramel malt, and some weirdly understated vegetal, spicy pepper essences. A bit of lingering yeast and earthy adjunct just adds to the strangeness.
The bubbles are fairly inert, the body a decent medium weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes on the mildly sweet side, as the lightly smoked character merges with the coffee and malt players.
An agreeable enough strong stout, where the alcohol has the temerity to stay under the radar until the near finish, where the heat doesn't exactly rear up, but carries on gamely enough to make itself known. Overall, a nice, warm, coffee-heavy tipple, once you tear through the carbonation screen.
02-10-2013 05:44:06 | More by biboergosum
4.28/5 rDev +7%
I am a little confused. I had this beer at my uncle's Peter's place, where he shared this fantastic beer with me. But I wrote down that th ABV is 11,2%!!! Did we have a another batch, because I am pretty certain I wrote it down correctly?
A - Pitch black (alway a good thing if it comes to beer :)) and a beige head.
S - Coffee, chocolate and citrus like hops.
T - Much more taste than the smell gave away. A nice coffee and chocolate mixture with some great hop presence. The beer was sweet upfront and bitter in the finish.
M - A soft carbonation that goes very excellent with the taste. It would have been nice if the body was a little thicker. The finish was a nicely bitter.
O - A very nice coffee stout, to my not so humble opinion among the Dutch best stouts.
12-02-2011 19:33:55 | More by Mar02x
4.23/5 rDev +5.8%
English (sorry if there's any mistake in the text):
Had in a bottle at home, bought at a local shop, Labirratorium (Madrid). Pours black with a brown head, which flies away quickly and only leves a small sticky head.
Aroma is pretty intense: mostly dark coffee, but with the sweetness of caramel and roasted malts.
Taste is mostly the same: the coffee is back again but maybe there's a little bit of chocolate in this one.
Full-bodied withe medium carbonation.
This is a really nice beer, and if you also like coffee, you're going to love this one.
Botella comprada en Labirratorium, tienda local de madrid.
El cuerpo es de color negro totalmente opaco, con espuma marrón claro que desaparece rápido, aunque deja una pequeña capa que permanece ahí el resto del tiempo.
Tiene aroma muy intenso a café, aunque muy bien acompañado de toques más dulces a caramelo y maltas tostadas.
El sabor es prácticamente igual, con el café dominando la escena aunque de nuevo con otras notas dulces.Tal vez tenga un ligero toque a chocolate también.
En general hay que decir que es una cerveza excelente, y al que además le guste el café definitivamente le encantará.
12-23-2012 14:09:13 | More by alfax
4.14/5 rDev +3.5%
Bottled 4/18/12, poured into a snifter
A- pours pitch black with a light khaki colored one-finger head that retains nicely long after the pour, a bit of lacing left behind
S- for being two years old, I'm surprised how prevalent and 'fresh' the coffee aroma is. Fresh dark roasted coffee bean mixes with dark bitter-sweet chocolate, the combination reminds me of a cafe mocha. Also picking up a bit of smoky malt, with some earthy and herbal hop notes
T- dark chocolate up front mixes with some smoky malt with hints of molasses. Sweet cream mixes with an earthy bitterness and a bit of a spicy pepper kick. Bitter coffee hits the mid-palate with Huge coffee notes continue on the linger that tastes like a fresh roasted cup of joe.
M- medium body with biting & bubbly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues to the finish, warming alcohol lingers
O- a little bit of heat added another dimension that I'm not sure came from the high abv, or an actual adjunct ingredient. As expected with the Kopi Loewak coffee, it takes center stage of the beer with a unique freshness, even after setting in the bottle for over two year. Carbonation was a bit too bubbly and biting, but overall a fine sipper
08-12-2014 02:45:39 | More by Treyliff
3.88/5 rDev -3%
11.2oz. April 2012 bottling.
Very dark brown pour, near black. Large rocky tan head. I don't care for this as it has often linked to over carbed brews, especially from this brewer. I guess I just don't care for Belgian beer qualities in not Belgian styles.
Aroma, big coffee, but there is some molasses and sweet chocolate.
Taste, Again big coffee, a cafe mocha kind of thing. It is nice and smooth. Mild woodiness.
Very smooth and nearly creamy. Presence of heavy carbonation does not manifest itself. Solidly medium bodied. Coats well enough. Just a tad warming but nothing offensive for me. No problem drinking this one.
Really ended up being much better than I expected. Just be in the mood for a heavy coffee forward brew.
For the price it is probably only worth trying once though.
12-31-2013 03:30:58 | More by Bung
4.46/5 rDev +11.5%
11.2 ounce bottle, date on back label says 18/04/12. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half tan head that sticked around for a long time. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. It tastes like coffee, roasted/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, nuts, caramel, and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with high but soft carbonation. If you like coffee beers, then you really need to try this one. It's a coffee bomb! I'll have to buy another bottle the next time I come across this, I liked this one a lot.
08-10-2013 22:17:51 | More by bluejacket74
Kopi Loewak from Brouwerij De Molen
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