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Kopi Loewak - Brouwerij De Molen

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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
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 -55.6%
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 -36.9%
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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krl2112

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.2%

02-22-2014 04:31:04 | More by krl2112
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charlzm

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
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 -21.4%
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 -21.2%
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 -18.7%
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 -16.7%
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 -15.2%
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 -15.2%
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 -14.5%
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 -14.5%
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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Tyrus

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

09-17-2013 23:03:45 | More by Tyrus
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-11-2013 00:58:56 | More by Atomicskis5
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fehrminator

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

05-03-2014 02:28:51 | More by fehrminator
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-30-2014 12:06:05 | More by safaricook
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

12-30-2011 08:28:54 | More by ygtbsm94
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jimilayne

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

09-06-2013 23:42:49 | More by jimilayne
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Sirre

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

07-05-2014 13:53:09 | More by Sirre
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

06-25-2013 03:49:34 | More by Dactrius
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-16-2013 03:15:48 | More by thegerm87
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ihmurria

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-04-2013 21:01:21 | More by ihmurria
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Arno


3.53/5  rDev -12%
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 -11.5%
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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Kopi Loewak from Brouwerij De Molen
89 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.