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Kopi Loewak - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
89
very good

178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 12
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rvdoorn on 11-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 178 | Reviews: 63
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Photo of ImperialStoat
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Mar02x
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of alfax
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Español:
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.

Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bung
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of yamar68
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage from alelover:

'tis lively. Coffee black body with a healthy pale brown head. Spotty lacing.

Dark berries and muted coffee. Some caramel and brown sugar. Strong nose.

A bit overactive on the palate. Tingly cola flavors with red fruits and bitter coffee. It mellows out with a bit of warmth.

Pretty good. De Molen can and does do better, though.

Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottled 18/04/12

A - It is black as the ace of spades. It is topped with three inches of tan head.

S - I smell some coffee and yeast.

T - The taste is coffee and cream. The coffee has undoubtedly mellowed over the two years it spent in the bottle, but it is still enough to make it taste great.

M - Full

O - This is a nice coffee stout. The coffee flavor and aroma has held up well for two years. Now I want to find a fresher bottle. I enjoyed it thoroughly. My bottle was brown and not green like the picture.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. Bottled on 18/04/12 with a purchase price of $9.50.

4.0 A: Black color. Took two pours to fill the glass since the first gave me a full hand of head. Anyway, big, foamy tan head with a pillowy top. Retention is insanely good which resulted in many minutes passing before I could get the glass full. Decent amount of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Potent, refined coffee sticks out at first sniff. Tons of coffee to the point that it blocks out much of the other aromas. Supple roastiness. That's about all I can say. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. I definitely like it. Booze is absent.

4.0 T: Again there's simply tons of coffee. Smooth, supple roastiness, refined. The base gets to come out and play unlike the nose. Chocolate is the next most prominent flavor with some caramel underneath. Moderate neutral malt sweetness. Booze is again well hidden. Great if you love coffee.

4.5 M: Heavier medium to lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation despite the giant head. Very nice creaminess with a touch of chewiness to it. Super smooth with a light boozy warming on finish.

4.0 D: This is closer to stouted coffee than a coffee stout. That said, it's pretty tasty and worth a try if you like coffee.

Photo of Jack_Around
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one into a snifter from a bottle I brought back from the Netherlands.

Appearance - Dark, black as the night I consumed it.

Smell - Roasty toasty malts, faint coffee notes, and I couldn't help but feel I was getting some of the mustiness all the way from the civet poop the kopi luwak (loewak) coffee beans are famous for.

Taste - a proper malty stout, though a touch bitter like espresso coffee notes, and again some mustiness.

Mouthfeel - A touch lighter/thinner than I was expecting, a bit more carbonated than the silky smooth coffee stout I was expecting.

Overall - The numbers reflect my overall opinion, even though my description calls out the few critiques I could find. First full review on BA for me, and while you won't find a bigger proponent of De Molen beers, this isn't the best one they make. Another solid offering though, utilizing the most expensive coffee in the world.

Photo of Dudeabide
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A ~ Black, with a big mocha head.

S ~ Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee

T ~ Lots of coffee backed with chocolate. Taste like old coffee, fortunately, I like that.

M ~ Medium bodied, wish this beer was a lot heavier, taste lingers but not for long.

O ~ I enjoyed it, but not enough for the price I found it at

Photo of psiweaver
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into my oakquinox tasting glass. Brought this back from Holland.

A: pours a thick black with a very small dark brown head that disappears almost immediately.

S: lots of coffee and chocolate notes with some roasty malts

T: lots of coffee some chocolate and some roasty malt, not terribly complex but good if you like coffee.

M: a little under carbonated and overly bitter with the coffee

overall a very good beer especially if your into coffee stouts one that is worth searching out.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ygtbsm94 for opening this bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

The initial pour foams like crazy. Huge light tan head and a bit of lacing as it eventually settles. The nose has coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Coffee galore. Good amount of cream there as well. Nose indicates that this is going to be really smooth and delicious, and the taste confirms that the nose was not lying. Strong coffee with a bit of roast, cream, and a mild oaky presence. Medium body. Smooth finish. Delicious.

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/18/12. No problem forming a head; super fizzy. I get black coffee, dark chocolate, some smoke, raisin, and maybe a bit of port wine in the nose. Really nice coffee flavors, some good dark chocolate, caramel. A tiny hint of bitterness, and maybe just a touch of alcohol on the end, but really well hidden otherwise. It hasn't warmed as much as I'd like it to, but pretty tasty so far as I write this.

Photo of charlzm
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Consumed December 19th, 2013. Poured from a brown 330ml capped bottle dated April 18th, 2012 into a Mother Earth Brewing chalice.

Beer is very dark brown. A standard side pour results in a massive 4-finger dark biege head composed of large bubbles. Took a minute or two to die down enough to pour again. Took four pours to get all liquid into glass. When head subsides at last, it is a creamy foam that clings.

Aroma is 100% coffee.

Flavor is likewise dominated by coffee. Almost no beer character at all; what does come through is a dash of bitter chocolate. Or maybe that was coffee, too. Slight boozy note at finish. Not especially bitter.

Beer is very warming, so much so that I got a lingering warmth just from sipping the copious head - no actual liquid! Smooth, but I'd stop short of calling it "creamy". Slightly chewy. Feels a little granular, somehow...

20 months of age did little to mellow the coffee character or the alcohol. Instead, it seems to have diminished the flavors of the base beer! As a coffee stout, it succeeds, more or less. Personally, I'd rather have something a little more balanced in this realm. Still, if this is what the brewers were going for, they achieved it.

Photo of IHyphySF
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not sure what to expect from this beer because it is the first i ever had from this brewery and haven't heard much likes or dislikes about this brewery.

A: Popped the cap and instantly it foamed right to the top but did not foam out. Instantly poured into a tulip and poured 1/4 beer and 3/4 foam which almost foamed out. The foam color was milk chocolate foam with white haze it later dissipates quite quickly and leaves a nice ring of foam around the glass. The beer is coffee black colored and no visible bubbles are seen in the beer.

S:Smells of cheap coffee like folgers with some sort of sweetner but has huge notes of alcohol.

T:Roasty, Malty, Burnt chocolate, Cheap Coffee upfront it actually ends up having a caramel and almost burnt butterscotch flavor to it. The upfront roasted flavor profile of this is a little too much and wish it had more upfront sweetness to balance this out. Coffee is predominant in the flavor of this beer and if i knew more about the Kopi Loewak Coffee profile it might make a small bit of difference on how well they did on reproducing this taste within the beer.

M: drinks smooth really good carbonation at first but after 30 minutes the carbonation falls dead .

O: Would want to try this with a good year on it but would try it again if i saw it on tap!!

Photo of mulder1010
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

180 ML nip bottle poured into a snifter
Thanks to Baggio for the bottle

A--- OH, it wants to be a gusher. Careful opening saved that. Thanks other reviewers :). Pours a dark muddy, murky brown. Settles in the glass a murky black with slight tints of brown and ruby. One finger mocha colored head that is thick and stays at one finger for a bit. Does recede to a layer of thick film. Couple spots of lacing.

S-- Lots of coffee. Underneath the big coffee nose is some milk chocolate, roast and citrus.

T-- Coffee, milk chocolate, bittering citrus hops, and roast.

M-- Full bodied and low carbonation. Coffee does smooth out in the mouth and get more of milk chocolate, roast, grapefruit and pine. Good acidic dry coffee finish.

O-- Nice beer. Nothing that wows but a good beer.

Photo of REDAMI
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Deep coffee brown pour with thick, creamy, highly-laced, taupe colored foam.

S - Roasted malts, coffee beans, a touch of chocolate and damp wood on the nose.

T - Sweet, iced coffee, dark roasted barley, a vague touch of hops.

M - A swirl of coffee oils and warm alcohols. Not syrupy or cloying, a bit more carbonation than expected.

This one was fun. It has a all the hallmarks of an imperial stout and a great coffee flavor. The extra carbonation really helped express the flavors.

Photo of trodam
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Black with a looming light brown head

S - Smells of earth, coffee, chocolate, spices...

T - Big coffee taste, they did not skimp on the coffee. Earthy with dark chocolate undertones.

M - Somewhat like low fat milk, slightly thin but still creamy.

Photo of kojevergas
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 18/04/12 (DD/MM/YY). Imported by the Shelton Bastards. .11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness stem-goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Poured with vigor as undercarbonation is expected; De Molen has consistent carbonation issues in my experience. Served after a brief period following its removal from the fridge, but allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption.

A: Pours a glass full of tan colour froth foam of good thickness, good cream, and great retention. It appears in this case De Molen overcarbonated it. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Subtle coffee with some richness and roast, dark malts, slightly stale biscuit malt, cream, and chocolate malt. A rather understated mild aroma, especially considering the style. No yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol.

T: Roast, dark malts, caramel, coffee, chocolate malt, and some deeper java roast, but not much. It's a bit bland, actually, and the balance is lackluster. Not real well built for the style, but it does hide its ABV well. Lacks yeasty character. A hint of...light chili pepper? What's that doing there? In spite of its flaws, I do love the roasty character that's there. The actual kopi loewak is nice, but nowhere near as evocative as it is in Mikkel's offerings.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Delightfully cream. Impressively light on the palate for the style, showcasing some delicate fragility. The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. In spite of the problems with the presentation/appearance, the carbonation is actually quite good. The mouthfeel is so remarkable; it's a damn shame the flavours aren't up to par.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV, and it's growing on me as it warms. Hides its ABV incredibly well. I'm going to enjoy finishing this bottle, and I'm glad it's a small format. Another great stout from De Molen.

B+

It gains body as it warms. Serve at room temperature - not even slightly chilled.

Drank well out of me Guinness goblet.

Photo of BeerShirts
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle number #3

A- Very Dark almost black with a lasting head that just stuck to whatever it touched
S-Coffee of course, This beer smells like it would be a best part of waking up drinks.
T- Roasted Coffee covered lightly in Chocolate. Was not as strong as I was expecting it to be though.
M-Smooth! A nice thick beer
D- Could drink this on a daily basis. You have to like coffee beers though.

Photo of IPA35
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle filled to the brim, 11.2%, bottled at 19-04-2012
Poured into a Westvleteren chalice by lack of a better clean glass.

If poured too fast or at a wrong angle as I did this form a huge head even in this wide glass. Be warned.

A very dark brown beer, black in the glass with edges of dark brown when held in the light. Lovely head, big and rocky. Cappuccino like.

Smells of coffee and a bit of chocolate with dark fruit underneath, some alcohol. As it warms up the alcohol becomes more pronounced.

A beer with a big coffee taste but without that much coffee bitterness, infact this beer has quite a big malty sweetness, maybe even hints of dark fruits. Noticable, warming alcohol. Rather a simple finish with roastiness and some coffee.
Complex but not that much compared to other Imperial/Coffee Stouts.

Body is medium with quite alot of carbonation.

Overall this is yet another good coffee stout, a pleasant beer. Probably not the best De Molen beer though. I would buy it again.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in March of 0-12 I picked this up last week. No worries as the label indicates it can be aged 5 years.

Pours great. Big ole brown head, somewhat creamy, but semi rough bubbles. Dark brown/ruby color body. no surprise there.

Coffee aroma. And that's about it. Some faint leather and roasted malt. Maybe figs.

Flavor is coffee forward, but kind of light. Not a wholly powerful flavor, and the abv is well hidden. Easy drinking. Elather and roasted malt come through a bit more as it warms. A nice bite on the end. This is a solid stout; a warm-her-upper

Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle from the April 2012 batch imported by Shelton Bros. This bottle is filled right up to the cap so be careful when opening and make sure it is colder than ideal considering the carbonation wants to leap out of this brew. Poured into a matching De Molen cervoise, it appears black in color under a mountainous 4+ finger brown head that is composed of large bubbles. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves thick patches of lace sticking to the glass. When held to the light, there is some lighter brown clarity noted around the edges with some hints of almost a ruby coloration.

The nose opens up a bit off with some sulfur, mineral and carbonic quality crushing the expected stout and coffee aromatics. However, as it warms up the expected rich kilned cocoa aspects emerge smelling quite roasted and earthy. The coffee is present but it doesnt have that unique aspect I have come to expect from Kopi, instead it smells more raw, ashy and earthy like a typical almost day-old pot of coffee. Surprisingly there are some herbal hops evident that hold as much presence in the aromatics as the coffee.

The initial flavors of this brew are carbonic with an edge of minerals that is almost rusty. As more sips are taken, the focus changes to more of a brown malt character tasting mildly roasted with almost a nutty grain presence and some raisony alcohol notes. Some herbal hop flavoring is present that blends into the mineral components that is not that enticing but isn't off-putting either. It displays almost a green peppery quality about it.

This is a medium bodied brew with an amplified amount of carbonation that is just too much. Not only visually is the carbonation level too much but it lightens up the feel and even imparts a carbonic quality to the profile that distracted from what this brew could be. To this brew's credit, the alcohol level is masterfully hidden. However, it is a real disappointment that not only is the kopi additon completely lost in this brew but even as a stout it is lacking. A rare miss from De Molen.

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Kopi Loewak from Brouwerij De Molen
89 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.