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Kopi Loewak - Brouwerij De Molen

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

145 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen visit their website
Netherlands

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rvdoorn on 11-01-2009)
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Jeffo

Netherlands

1.78/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Brewed 8 March and bottled 14 April 2010. Bottle 1339 of 1446.

From an 18cl bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Sounded like a gun shot upon opening and started to gush a little. Never a good sign for a big stout. Poured out a murky dirty-looking dark brown and produced a massive four finger thinner-looking bubbly popping mocha colored head that was pot-holed like Swiss cheese. Dark murky brown or black in the glass with a little bit of carbonation evident in the form of tiny bubbles. Head slowly fades leaving some chunky lacing on the sides. A thick foamy cap stays until the end and leaves some bubbly chunky lacing down the glass. Looks like an abomination of an imperial stout.

SMELL: Some roasted and caramel malts, but the coffee shows through of course. Mostly bitter roasted coffee and a touch of powdery cocoa as well. Nice, though too mild to be memorable.

TASTE: Some roasted and caramel malts, followed by roasted coffee beans, much like the nose indicated. Roasted and bitter coffee aftertaste is bold and lingering, with a touch of sour funk in there at the end. Taste is bolder than the nose had led on, but the little sour funkiness is a little odd. Not sure if this was intended or the signs of a problem. Either way, it's not appealing.

PALATE: Very light and thin bodied. Creamy on the palate, but far too much carbonation for the style. Very airy and it blows up in your mouth. Goes down fine with a bit of a burn at the back, but it's somewhat out of control.

OVERALL: De Molen really is hit or miss with their imperial stouts, and this one was a complete whiff. Not sure if something was starting to rear its ugly head on this one, but it certainly wasn't enjoyable at all. The look was atrocious and the feel completely off for the style, not to mention a little odd bit of sour funk residing in the taste profile as well. Not something I would recommend; not this batch at least. De Molen makes a lot of fantastic imperial stouts, so there's no need to remember this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 12:00:54 | More by Jeffo
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

2.53/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle, bottled 18/04/12

A: This beer has an extreme amount of carbonation, particularly for the style. In fact the beer gushed after the second pour. It pours out a very dark brown, almost black. Almost four fingers of head develop with little effort.

S: Molasses, sweet caramel, and faded, but not bitter coffee. I also get a lot of nuttiness that goes well with the caramel and coffee. Little to no chocolate or roast are evident.

T: Taste is similar to aroma, but not as intense. It's also not nearly as smooth. A lot of the sweetness that I got in the nose is completely gone here. The beer starts of with nuttiness with a bit of sweetness and faded coffee. The coffee is only slightly acrid, though I get moderate hop bitterness. The carbonation is a bit distracting.

M: Low to medium thickness with extremely strong carbonation that somehow stays fairly creamy. Either way, it's far too strong.

M: This beer was extremely disappointing. I generally love beers with Kopi Lowak, but the base beer is more of a brown ale than a stout. It's also way, way overcarbonated. With lower carbonation and roasted and chocolate malts added, I could see this being a decent beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 04:10:24 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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charlzm

California

3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 17:33:50 | More by charlzm
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Bottled 4/18/12.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and earthy, dirty coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy and dirty coffee and pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with an odd pepper flavor that isn't too tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 17:32:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ImperialStoat

United Kingdom (England)

3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 20:09:02 | More by ImperialStoat
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I bought this beer at one of the best beershops in Belgium; dranken Geers in Oostakker. Bottled in januari 2013, good to drink in five years. Poured the beer in my Struise tasting chalice. Black fluid with almost no head. When i poured the beer with force i got a head for a few seconds but then it was gone, leaving a small ring in the glass.

Smell is as expected coffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Tastes like cold coffee. Not very spectacular but decent, not more than that.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 21:23:57 | More by Brabander
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 21:13:01 | More by stakem
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 02:35:36 | More by yamar68
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled July 2010
Well this is a bit excessively carbonated, a soft pour produces a huge, light brown colored head and the body is a dark, black color. The coffee character in this beer is hugely aromatic with some sharper acidic, roast coffee notes too. This reminds me a lot of a mocha and the coffee is definitely the dominant character here, but if you dig there are some touches of toasted grain character towards the finish.

The beer is quite dry tasting and has a touch of acidity to it along with a big roast grain character and coffee note. This is actually very dry, it seems even super-attenuated, which certainly accentuates the acid flavors here. Smooth mocha flavors can't quite help balance out the dryness or acidity. This is a pretty simplistic beer, it really needs some malt and body to be even remotely balanced. This is interesting as a pure coffee beer, but not too great to really drink. I wonder if it has been infected, it doesn't really taste like it , but the fact that it is so over-attenuated makes me think it might be.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 15:32:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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danieelol

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Previously thought I drank Mout & Mocca, but I actually drank this.

My bottle was 11.2%.

Pours with absolutely ridiculous massive frothy white head. As for the beer itself; black and just gives the impression of a watery body.

Smell is sweet marshmallow, flowers (roses). Definite lactic qualities.

Taste is vanilla marshmallow, gritty coffee. Rather astringent really.

Mouthfeel is a fair bit thicker than I thought it would be considering the appearance. Actually quite nice, creamy and thick.

I'm not quite sure what I think of this beer. Was initially disappointed but I realise it's like a very milky, bitter, instant coffee. Still not blown away.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 08:33:59 | More by danieelol
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redsonja

Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a beer made out of coffee beans what can i say!!!
color: dark brown almost dark
smell: coffee
taste: coffee is the main taste its a coffee beer
strange beer of one of hollands best brewerys they make old style beers and experimente with new beerstyles.
this beer is proof of this so try some more beers of this brewery if you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 14:42:32 | More by redsonja
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ML bottle with the classic De Molen minimalist label. Picked up at de Bierwinkel in Leiden, the Netherlands, after staring at all the beautiful foreign beers for about half an hour. It was tough to pick. Bottled 1/24/13 & consumed while staring out at Haarlemmerstraat on our last night in Europe.

Barely a hiss when the top is popped, & the pour is as dark & lifeless as a depressing as black on black, though a touch of red hope gleams through the thinnest edges. Nose is big-time bitter, a treble hook of coffee & roast sink into the olfactory factories. Nice.

Kopi Loweak is a heavy-handed coffee bomb in every sense of the word. Coffee takes the baton from the word 'go' & sprints off; there's barely any hint of a stout underneath the shroud of bitter coffee. Half of this small bottle will be quite sufficient, thank you.

Even though I'm not fond of coffee nukes & this is one of the biggest in terms of tonnage, it's still strangely appealing. Pretty good beer, but not one I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 03:06:01 | More by maximum12
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Arno


3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottled saying the ABV is 11,5%.

For those unfamiliar with "Kopi Loewak" and how this beer got it's name:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak

Summary: It's the world's most expensive coffee, made from Loewak turds holding the digested coffee berries. That's what's used as main ingredient for this beer.

appearance: Dark brown, near black. Non-transparent. Huge, no insane, mocca foam top. Pour with care. Lovely lacing.

smell: Coffee for sure. Roasted malts, bit sourness to it. Hint of dark fruit / berries.

taste: Like the smell suggests. It starts of quite fresh with a slight fruity and sweet coffee taste, then the roasted malt flavors kick in, giving it the coffee like bitterness.

mouthfeel: Quite some carbonation, possibly a tad too much. Maybe the flavor needs a punch not to get dull, bit it also prevents it from getting more creamy like.

overall: It's not bad. It's not great either. "The Molen" has better beers then this. I like the name, i like the story, but the flavors don't wow me. I like the roasted flavors behind the coffee taste, which does taste a little like old coffee. It's all quite mellow considering the ABV, so it's quite a kicker. The slightly sweet dark fruity flavor mellow it out quite nicely.
It's ok, but considering the price there are way better options at "The Molen brewery".

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 21:38:37 | More by Arno
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 09:52:57 | More by Mebuzzard
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cps98

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – Jet back with a rocky, thick mocha colored head. The head retention was amazing, there was still a very thick coating of bubbles well after I finished the beer.

S – Very sweet coffee, light chocolate hints in the background but the coffee was very dominant.

T – Sweet chocolate and coffee. Like coffee that someone put too much sugar into. No hop presences at all.

M – Nice heavy mouth feel. Really good carbonation.

O – This was a nice beer, nothing overly special. I was more interested in trying the beer with the civet coffee in it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 18:29:28 | More by cps98
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Treebs

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on draft at WLV Liquors during Zwanze Day, 2012. Served in my Zwanze taster flute.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly leaving some sticky lace behind.

S: Earthy and green coffee beans, some roasted malts and a little sweetness as well. As expected.

T: Same earthy coffee beans, roasted malts, some sweetness and a little anise. Slightly astringent.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a little thickness to it. Dry and mildly astringent. Medium carbonation.

O: This was alright. The coffee was earthy and dark as expected and at the forefront of the taste. Probably wouldn't care to have again, but it was far from bad.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 17:40:52 | More by Treebs
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STEG

New York

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Jeffo for this one.

As I got the first part of the cap off of the .18cl bottle my palm was met with a huge rush of air. I hurried to get the cap off, glass at the ready, but unyielding, it rushed the open orifice. fizzing slightly but with another deft cap release I was able to free the beer and pour the majority of the pitch black liquid into the duvel tulip on deck. As the bottle slowly emptied the glass filled at a much faster rate. After waiting 3 times for the head to recede I was able to fit all of the massive 6oz nip bottle into my miniscule Duvel tulip.

A mixed bag of bubbles was present all the way up to the rim of the Duvel tulip for a solid 20 seconds then dissipated to a thin layer of circling bubbles. One of the more impressive coffee noses I've experience. Huge coffee notes are backed up by cocoa powder and earthy wood notes, odd considering there's no oak in the present in the brewing process that I know of. There's also a very slight vanilla note hidden in there somewhere.

Taste has a coffee acidity present up front followed by a sweeter chocolate and malty center and finishing up with more acidity from the monkey shit coffee.

Mouthfeel was really disappointing. Moderately lively carbonation kept you wanting to come back for more but then it falls apart with the excessively thin mouthfeel. I sense no alcohol whatsoever, well done in that regard.

Overall this was worth the try and I was able to get the usual experience with playing russian roulette with de molen. I guess I kinda won with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:39:12 | More by STEG
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mulder1010

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 16:37:18 | More by mulder1010
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

18cl bottle poured into my Darkness glass, picked up in Gent...As i put the cap its gushes a bit, but I'm not expected for all head pour. About 2 oz of beer equalled about 12 inches of light tan head. Great retention, the head is fluffy and interesting with huge bubbles, and nice lacing. I would normally give an appearance like that a better score but the head is so annoying in not only making pour several times but making me wait forever to drink it...A light aroma that just shows off the coffee. The coffee is really nice and smooth but somewhat boring and unbalanced. As it warms some nice sweet chocolate does start to present...The taste is ton of coffee as expected, but I really like it better in the aroma than I do in reality. The coffee is light, stale, alcoholic; ironically its still pretty good, just not great...The feel is lighter but tough and tannic...Glad this is a small bottle, would be tough to drink a big bottle.

This is pretty good, just feel it could be better, slightly disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 03:25:53 | More by jrallen34
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Dudeabide

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 19:27:20 | More by Dudeabide
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Churchkey in DC during Zwanze Day 2012

A: Exactly what you want an imperial stout to look like. It's black with a big brown head that laces all the way down. 5

S: Ton of coffee mixes with big roasted malts. There seems to be a nice amount of delicious chocolate underneath that pulls the beer together. 4.5

T: The taste is all about the coffee. I wish the stout imparted more to the taste, however. It seems far more focused on the coffee, which is that delicious civet poop coffee that seems to make good beer. I need to find this coffee somewhere. The look and aroma built me up to a taste that didn't live up to it. 3.5

MF: A bit too thin. It has a dry perfect finish, but also is undercarbonated. 3.5

O: Not as good as Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. It needed that chocolate I got on the aroma on the taste. It's disappointing because it started off so well! 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 20:04:10 | More by russwbeck
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IHyphySF

California

3.78/5  rDev -6%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:52:25 | More by IHyphySF
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is quite over-carbonated. As the head gradually fades, the color is finally revealed...dark brown. Shocker. Ample lacing sticks to the sides of the tulip glass. The aroma brings roast, alcohol, subtle coffee. The taste is alright, with coffee and roast notes. Unfortunately, the beer is indeed over-carbonated, adversely affecting every aspect of the beer. Oh well. Not nearly on the same level with the 666.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 06:39:14 | More by Huhzubendah
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popery

California

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown with a nice big mocha head. The shade of brown is about the color of slightly too weak coffee. Looks a bit murky, but it's hard to tell with the color. The aroma is strongly coffee-forward. It's a very pleasant coffee flavor but seems to dominate the beer a bit more than I'd prefer. There's just a little bit of roasted malt, caramel and chocolate in the background. The taste is similarly rich with coffee. Again, it's a very nice coffee, but while the taste is somewhat better in this respect than the aroma, I wish there was a bit more complexity to the beer. There's some nice caramel and chocolate blending into the coffee. The finish is really just coffee, though. The coffee is fruity and rich. Very good. Unfortunately, the beer is significantly overcarbonated, at least for my taste. I just don't particularly enjoy these flavors in such an effervescent beer. It's no big deal, since I just waited for the beer to settle, but it seems like an odd misstep. I'm a big fan of Molen, but this beer was somewhat disappointing, despite the tasty coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 06:09:28 | More by popery
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AgentMunky

California

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Bottled 18 April 2012.

A: Black, with a mocha creamy head with good retention.

S: Spicy? Hoppy? Worcester? Faint and confusing.

T: Interesting. The coffee here is much more present and lingeringly bitter. A touch of chocolate, sweet-roasted malt, and light hops. All-around balanced and enjoyable.

M: Spicy and carbonated. The spice (or coffee?) is fierce and pleasant.

O: Great beer. Very fine imperial stout. The strength is not noticeable. Drinkable, enjoyable, and recommended. Probably won't have again.

Notes
Plato: 23.7
EBC: 266
EBU: 85
ABV: 11.2%

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 07:04:20 | More by AgentMunky
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Kopi Loewak from Brouwerij De Molen
90 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.