Kopi Loewak - Brouwerij De Molen

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 188
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rvdoorn on 11-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of adamette
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: bottle. From notes made last month.
Beautiful from start to finish, beginning with a lovely coal-black pour with a rich, fluffy brown head that lasts forever, with lacing that's downright difficult to wash off the glass.

The nose is incredible: coffee and chocolate lead the way, with vanilla, spices, sweet molasses, dark fruits, malted milk...and then you take that first sip, and all the promise of the aroma is fulfilled. The coffee flavor that leads the flavor rush may be the best I've ever tasted in a beer, backed up with rich dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, plums, cherries, a hint of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg bourbon and rum on the mid palate. The alcohol is essential invisible; only an occasional warmth in the throat hints at the 11%. On the finish, most of the flavors just...persist, dominated by the coffee, chocolate, molasses, and vanilla, with a final whiff of spices at the end. In the mouth, this is a dream: rich, but creamy with its perfect carbonation keeping things dangerously drinkable. Best coffee stout I've had.

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Photo of schnarr84
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a Big Rock snifter glass, served around 12C

The beer poured near pitch black with two fingers of light foamy head. As I opened the bottle I was treated to a woft of intense roasted coffee smell. For the uninformed, Kopi Loewak is coffee that was eaten by civets in Indonesia, and pooped out. The enzymes in their digestive tract apparently enhance the flavor of the coffee bean...

The beer smells of fantastic roasted yet mellow coffee beans, roasted malt and some sweet toffee flavor. As you take your first drink, you are treated to a sophisticated blend of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted barley, as well as some mild earthy tones and some alcohol warmth.

The product available in the province was bottled close to two years ago, which has definitely benefitted this beer. The aging has helped marry the flavors together incredibly well, while also reducing the alcohol bite of this 11.2% ABV beer.

This is an absolutely fantastic stout. I can't wait to see how this beer evolves over the years to come with the extras I bought to age

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Photo of REDAMI
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerNotes
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown — almost black — with a huge tan head that dissipates to a persistent 1/4 inch.

S: Lots of espresso with a solid stout backbone.

M: Thick, but surprisingly tingly.

T: Stout up front, java in the back. Coffee notes mask the alcohol flavors.

O: The Short Version: It’s a heavy stout masquerading as an iced coffee. One of the best around.

The Long Version: Kopi Luwak is shitty coffee. That is to say, Kopi Luwak coffee beans are found in cat shit. Despite where the beans come from, the beer is absolutely incredible. As far as coffee stouts go, it stacks up against all the heavy-hitters; and the lingering flavor you’re left with is unlike almost any other. It’s extremely well-balanced — especially given the alcohol content — and really drinkable. The only thing that could make it better is a nice, dry-rubbed steak.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerShirts
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of IPA35
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

18cl bottle #172 from Jan.

First things first - this thing sounded like a shotgun when I popped the cap and the subsequent pour was a dark, dark brown with an absolutely massive head that filled up the glass completely and receded very slowly, leaving a big bubbly cap and solid lacing.

The aroma is all about the freshly ground coffee. There are some sweet malts underneath, but it's really about the bitter, fresh coffee in the nose.

The taste is probably heavier on coffee than the aroma and that suits me just fine. I mean, it's like sipping on an iced latte with an extra shot. It's definitely bitter, especially in the finish and there is a noticeable alcohol burn in the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty light for an impy stout and over-carbonated for my tastes.

This one doesn't feel like an impy stout but, damn, if you like coffee, this one's for you. Just chock full of fresh coffee from start to finish. Loved it.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a big finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades very slowly.

S - Roasted coffee, chocolate and caramel malts, cocoa, black licorice, molasses, a bit of dark fruits, some booze.

T - Roasted coffee, some coffee bitterness, chocolate and caramel malts, bakers cocoa, black licorice, molasses, prunes, raisins, and other dark fruits, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a sweet, roasted, bitter, and warming finish.

D - The coffee flavor is great here, as is the overall balance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a thick foamy mocha head.

S: Coffee, amazing coffee, in the nose. Yes roasted malt, yes chocolate, but COFFEE is the deliciousness that is the nose.

T: Roasted malt, good coffee notes with dark chocolate in the finish. Quite dry. Delicious.

M: Full bodied not quite smooth.

O: Not the best De Molen beer, but it really makes me want to try Kopi Hel & Verdoemenis.

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Photo of Nickls
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Bottled on May 3, 2009 #456)

Bit of a gusher in the pour; when things died down a solid finger of foamy tan head with a nearly jet black color that looks pretty damn dense.

Aroma is a full on coffee onslaught, really fresh, but without a cutting bitterness; nice and roasty; but really not catching any sweetness that is often plugged into this style. Really great stuff going on in the aroma in terms of the richness of the coffee. Not overly complex, but spot on.

The fresh roasted coffee continues into the flavor and is definitely way out front. Richly roasted malts, and a sneak of of booze comes in, but simply turns into a nice warming feeling. Bittersweet chocolate hints are very light, but still there. This is definitely one of the more coffee forward takes on the Coffee IIRS range, but I like it. Medium brew in the MF, and the carbonation was a bit too tingly but not bad. Great stuff, and this is certainly great if you are a coffee lover as well as a beer lover.

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Photo of seand
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown, near black, with lots of pillowy tan head. The mound of foam retains pretty well and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Dense, nutty, earthy, sweet coffee.

T: Dense nutty sweetness, with the coffee coming out more towards the finish. Finishes with a strong roasted coffee note.

M: Full body, medium to strong carbonation.

Overall, a nice slow sipper. Lots of flavor, especially coffee flavors.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep and dark brown color forming a small but persistent bubbled beige to brown head. Few spotty lacings are left in the glass

S: Very roasted with strong notes of coffee. Notes of dark chocolate and chocolate malts. Really amazing in the nose. Some alcohol is felt in the end

T: Strong roasted malts and slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of coffee. Strong roasted malts bitterness in the end

M: Heavy molasses body. Low carbonation. Roasted malts bitterness in the aftertaste

O: Great coffee Stout. Quite good drinkability considering that it's a 11.5% ABV beer. It does not seem to be that strong

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Photo of Mar02x
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a friend in Alberta. Bottled April 2012.

A - Pours black with a giant fluffy beige head. Wicked lace from the giant head left two fingers of retention and awesome lace. No complaints here.

S - Aggressive coffee, earthy. Good but really basic to some degree.

T - Strong coffee, earthy, dark fruit, lot's of roast. Sweetness present, roast, some alcohol. Interesting and more complex than aroma. Tasty stuff.

M - Good carbonation, full body, tasty coffee and dark fruit finish. Nice.

O/D - This is a hella coffee stout. While the aroma was a little bit one dimensional, the palate came through much more complex while retaining the intense coffee flavour.

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Photo of alfax
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottle found locally the other day! enjoyed from a de struise black damnation taster.

a - brew pours a watery black with an overly frothy head. big creamy head, super foamy. big streaky lace.

s - nose is burnt chocolate, belgian yeast, and gourmet coffee. the yeast gives it a crisp almost vanilla thing over the top.

t/m/o - big creamy stout, very dessert liqour like. again, the belgian yeast sets this off and gives it something really unique. cross between a belgian strong dark ale and a stout. feels like it is not what it once was, but still tasty. the vanilla notes are nice on the coffee. the coffee is on the lighter side. glad i picked this up.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of mserviam
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from the Craft Beer Store in Hamburg, dated around January '13, purchased and poured into a pint glass on 2/25/14.

A: Night black with thick tan head.

S: This beer smells like a strong cup of black, cold coffee fresh from the fridge.

T: This beer has the strongest coffee notes of any Coffee Stout I've had before. Not much alcohol taste for the big ABV. Finishes with a slight spiciness.

M: Nice carbonation, thick and smooth.

O: A great beer if you like coffee because that is what surely will dominate the palate. Didn't know anything about this particular coffee before purchasing the beer. Happy to have had the beer, especially now that De Molen will not be brewing this beer anymore. Such a strong coffee character, almost wished I would've saved it for breakfast.

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Photo of mabermud
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: This beer has a dark brown body that is light brown around the top edges when held up against the light. The reactive head is mocha colored and very foamy. The legs and lacing are foamy and sticky. The lacing left behind is very sporadic and irregular. Persistent head.
Smell: Mushy and musty coffee grounds up front. Earthy and raw aromas - Yummy! Some char and roast, and light dark cocoa. The smell is dominated by green coffee bean notes.
Taste: This has an unripe, green coffee bean taste. The taste follows the smell.
Feel: Medium to heavy body. Creamy in the mouth. Lower level or carbonation. Dry-ish finish.

Overall: What an experience. I am happy to have tried this beer.

Cheers Brentk56

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Photo of tpd975
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge Thanks to SeaBass for sharing this one with me.

A: Pours a nice darker shade of brown. Huge fizzy tan head. The head hangs around for a bit before dying to a tight ring. Nice spotty lace.

S: Tons of coffee. Very aggressive roast with notes of acidic bitterness. Light chocolate undertones, but this one is all about coffee.

T: You guessed it coffee. Very earthy, almost dirty tasting. Sort of like the coffee you would find in the rustic parts of the world. The acid level is fairly high with some tar like elements. There are mild chocolate notes with a bit of charred oak.

M: On the lighter side of body, bitey carbonation, dry finish.

D: Pretty good. This one comes in a small bottle and we split it two ways. Could have easily sipped on it myself though.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark brown, almost black color, with a fizzy tan head. The nose has a touch of roasted malt and then delicious coffee that is better on beer than real coffee. Taste is same, roasty, tons of well integrated clean coffee with hints of vanilla and chocolate and a light to moderate bitterness. Body is creamy and airy, assertive carbonation. Integrates the coffee extremely well without being ashy or peaty and overly bitter.

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Kopi Loewak from Brouwerij De Molen
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