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Kopi Loewak - Brouwerij De Molen

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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
Photo of BeerNotes
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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 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 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 gford217
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of BierJager89
4.29/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Nickls
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of seand
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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.

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