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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i have become a colossal fan of de molen recently. i have always been a fan, but i have recently really appreciated their beers in the context of others, just so different and high quality all the time. this one is great, found at hazels in boulder, 2012 edition with slightly different specifics on the label. the pour is crazy, its super bubbly, more than any other big dark beer i have seen, reminds me of the engles, that foamed like a mad man, but this is a little more under control, just hard to pour, and the bubbles are huge and light brown. there is some yeast sediment chunked up in the beer too, but they settle fast. the nose is odd, less coffee for me, but there is some age on this one for sure. i smell green pepper, even an ancho chili in here, with some coffee and dry cocoa, a cool nose to say the least. like all of their beers ive had, there is a really neat yeast complexion in here too, short of doughy, but raw in a similar way. the roast on the malt is intense, and there is a sweeter element in here too. the coffee is rich and earthy, and while it doesnt still smell much like it, it certainly is there in the taste, although im not sure i could pick out the special and pricey kopi coffee in this through the beer, which i am okay with, its beer before coffee. notes of raisin and tobacco in there too, no oxidation at all even over time, and a very very lively mouthfeel for the style, totally unique. this is exquisite beer, and it makes me want to go out and find all the de molen beers i possibly can in the market, one of a kind again from these guys!

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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