Kopi Loewak - Brouwerij De Molen

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89
very good

177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
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

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(Beer added by: rvdoorn on 11-01-2009)
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz. April 2012 bottling.
Very dark brown pour, near black. Large rocky tan head. I don't care for this as it has often linked to over carbed brews, especially from this brewer. I guess I just don't care for Belgian beer qualities in not Belgian styles.

Aroma, big coffee, but there is some molasses and sweet chocolate.

Taste, Again big coffee, a cafe mocha kind of thing. It is nice and smooth. Mild woodiness.

Very smooth and nearly creamy. Presence of heavy carbonation does not manifest itself. Solidly medium bodied. Coats well enough. Just a tad warming but nothing offensive for me. No problem drinking this one.

Really ended up being much better than I expected. Just be in the mood for a heavy coffee forward brew.
For the price it is probably only worth trying once though.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of charlzm
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from 18/04/12. Poured into a large tulip.

Pours a rich brown-black, massive caramel coloured head that luckily got stuck on the lip of the tulip otherwise it was coming out! So I'm anticipating even if I can't really see it lots of carbonation bubbles inside... eventually dies off but does leave some decent lace. Dominating smell is right away lots of malt, but also this strange earthy acidity from the coffee but not a typical coffee smell...Taste is again similar but you really feel as if the coffee dominates this beer, though it really catches you off guard...this is not your run of the mill dark coffee stout of espresso and chocolate... this is really earthy, acidic, funky coffee.... I guess you would get that when you realize you're drinking civet digested, then pooped out coffee cherries! I certainly don't get a whole lot of chocolate in this one, just some light fruit, mild bitterness and more earthiness from perhaps the barley. Mouthfeel is pretty crazy as this one is super carbonated, not sure if there is any in bottle fermentation on this one, but regardless, not super heavy or syrupy as you'd find in big bodied imperials, some hints of alcohol but surprisingly very concealed by the carbonation that you forget this is over 11%...

Overall a very interesting beer, from what I would expect is a very unique coffee... I'm glad I got to try it and it is one of the more different but better coffee forward beers out there, but I don't think I'd drink this on a regular basis and as such am not so sad they are going to stop brewing it for ethical reasons which I think we can all totally support. So I raise my dark frothy glass to De Molen for doing the right thing!

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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.

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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one into a snifter from a bottle I brought back from the Netherlands.

Appearance - Dark, black as the night I consumed it.

Smell - Roasty toasty malts, faint coffee notes, and I couldn't help but feel I was getting some of the mustiness all the way from the civet poop the kopi luwak (loewak) coffee beans are famous for.

Taste - a proper malty stout, though a touch bitter like espresso coffee notes, and again some mustiness.

Mouthfeel - A touch lighter/thinner than I was expecting, a bit more carbonated than the silky smooth coffee stout I was expecting.

Overall - The numbers reflect my overall opinion, even though my description calls out the few critiques I could find. First full review on BA for me, and while you won't find a bigger proponent of De Molen beers, this isn't the best one they make. Another solid offering though, utilizing the most expensive coffee in the world.

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4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Kopi Loewak from Brouwerij De Molen
89 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.