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Jopen Bokbier - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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BA SCORE
85
very good

48 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 70
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jopen Bier BV Haarlem visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-07-2003

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Consumed slowly with temperature rising from about 39F (too cold) to 55F. This brewery is new to the U.S. (GA only, so far).

Pours a dark red-brown color with a thin head; a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. Looks like a porter.

Aroma: A bit malty for a bockbeer, with suggestion of a Scottish ale. Some caramel, green apples, light spices, faint smokiness and mild alcohol esters.

Taste: More malty than the smell suggests. Some caramel and darker roasted grains, with just hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Moderately complex owing to the grain bill.

Mouthfeel: medium+ body and crisp carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: not a typical German Bockbier, but quite tasty and easily recommended. (754 characters)

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown, only slightly reddish with a light tan head

S - Roasted grains and brown sugar

T - Toasted, smokey malts, hints of rye and brown sugar. Finishes dry and hoppy

M - Thick, full-bodied, slightly carbonated. More like a porter than most boks

O - Overall a very heavy, dark bok, that's more along the lines of a porter than a typical bok bier, but still very enjoyable, especially on a cold Fall day. (421 characters)

Photo of Douberd
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml, long neck brown bottle, ABV 6,5%, at home, poured into a snifter.
Pours a very dark brown coloured beer, with a good two finger beige, creamy head, with average retention.
Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and on the background slight caramel and alcohol.
Taste is sweet at first, giving its place to a light pleasant bitterness. Roasted malts and dark chocolate.
Medium to full body, light carbonation.
A very tasty bock. (429 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 Oct 2012 in Valkenburg, Holland: Cafe De Grendelpoort is having a Bockfest and this was one of the brews on-tap.

Very dark, most likely the darkest Bok I saw during my stay in Holland. The head was also the whitest I saw on a Bok this time around.

The aroma and taste were of roasted but not burnt malts with red berry notes in both the smell and mouth flavours. Coffee, prunes and plums can be added to the taste thoughts as this is a complex and interesting beer.

Medium bodied and easy to drink: pity there were so mant to try, or I could have stayed on this for another one or three! (593 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1" head which dissipated quickly. Clear burnt umber brown in color. Smell and taste both are mildly chocolate malt, and it's followed up by a pleasant long acidic zing. Really a pretty nice Bock. What was most notable of all was the massive amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle (must have been at least 1/4" solid thick sediment and it came out during the pour as big globs). It didn't bother me, I've just never seen so much in a bottle. (457 characters)

Photo of redsonja
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A; nice brown color no head

S:chocolate and malts

T: chocolate,rosted malt, and a hint of larier with a nice hint of bitter.

M: the malt is sticking in your mouth some chocolate also in the aftertaste.

O; good beer nice winter beer light chilled its becoming better. (270 characters)

Photo of speter
2.97/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours very dark amber with large chunks of yeast. The head is thick and tan, and laced with yeast, resembling oatmeal.

S: Plums, prunes, raisins, along with just a hint of yeast. Very estery.

T: Surprisingly sour. I don't know whether this is because of the wheat, or if the bottle is old. (I'd be curious to try this fresh in the Netherlands.) The rye and wheat lighten the taste considerably. The start is very dry, followed by a sour center, and a dry finish. The oats contribute a slight astringency, but it's not powerful. There is also a hint of salt I'm picking up.

M: Much lighter than a traditional bock. There's a bit of warmth, but the overall feel is much more summery than a regular bock. Christmas in July?

D: The watery sourness drives down the drinkability of Jopen Bokbier. The bottle conditioning is generally a good thing, but the huge clumps of yeast actually detract from the experience (see hefeweizen or Cooper's Sparkling Ale for a better yeast-in-the-glass example). (998 characters)

Photo of dpasotti
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich mahogany with tons of sediment. That's right, a bottle conditioned bock with yeast floaties all over the place. Small, light tan head gives way to a steady stream of bubbles. Wow, the nose is amazing. Intense caramel and dark malt sweetness with vanilla in tow.

A blast of dark fruit (not plum, not raisin, but something elusive) in front, closely followed by a beautiful melding of vanilla and slightly roasted coffee-like malt. The underlying sweetness brings honey to mind. No hop flavor, but just enough bitterness to prevent the beer from being cloying.

Jopen Bokbier is medium-bodied with medium-high carbonation for the style. Alcohol is totally masked by the heavy caramel flavor. This beer has more flavor than most doppelbocks I've had, and I would drink this regularly if I could. This has easily become my favorite bock in one beer's time. (858 characters)

Photo of PapaEugene
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second price winner is "some" bock tasting event.

A: Drak brown almost black color with a one finger light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, toasted bread, dark fruits, caramel and light alcohols.

T: Burned malts, hints of dark chocolate, coffee and even liquorice. Perfectly dosed on the sugars.

M: Medium carbonation and a medium body. Dry finish.

D: An extraordinairy bockbeer. Has some Oatmeal Stout character in it. Very drinkable. (438 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer at the Bierkoning in Amsterdam. This beer is brewed with Malted barley, Wheat, Oats and Rye. Nice! Poured into a Westvleteren glass. The beer pours a hazy dark-brown color with almost no head, and some messy lacing. Contrary to some other users, I didn't experience any problems with yeast sediment in my glass.

Smell: Not too strong for a bockbeer. Some candy, bit caramel, roasted grains, spicy hops but also (or mainly) very fresh (green apples)

Taste: Quite different than the smell suggests. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, lot of grains, not fresh at all. As mentioned by Absumaster, there is some not sweet caramel taste in this beer. Also I taste some very will hidden saltyness. The aftertaste is bitter and a bit dry

Mouthfeel: thick for the style, high carbonation that stimulates the tongue.

Overall: as mentioned by other reviewers as well, this is not a typical German Bockbeer (more ale like..). But man, is this good or what!! (963 characters)

Photo of jophish17
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

30cL bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits, Orlando, FL

Aroma: scents of caramel malt, brown sugars, small hints of coffe and a bit of alcohol

Appearance: a murky concoction, a deep amber body with a thin off-white head. Virtually no head retention and zero lacing, this beer is merely ok to look at. Lots of yeasty floaties in the final pour, chances are this was bottled several years ago.

Taste: the taste is solid - the caramel malts bring out one of my favorite tastes, but with some hopiness that Belgians would forget. Fortunately for me, the coffee influence on taste is subtle at best. Really a good idea - German style, Belgian influence, but brewed in Holland.

Feel: medium feel all the way - not much carbonation

Drinkability: very easy and smooth to drink, and the fair 6.5% doesn't put you to sleep. I'd have another.

Not a prime example of bock bier, but still a good beer period. (901 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby with white chunks of sediment floating around. I guess I poured a bit too much. Nose is kind of musty with a malt tone to it and just a very slight touch of wood. Robust but mild aged dark fruit skins there as well. Flavor is a nice hearty malt with a touch of dark sugar. A little bit of wood. Feel is nice. High carbonation hitting the tongue. Thick liquid feel for sure. Overall this is an unusual bock. At least in comparison to the more traditional styles. I like it, as it is well made. It just isn't your typical example of the style. (564 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 30cl bottle ($3.00 in Detroit) into a pint glass. The appearance is murky brown, tons of large yeastie floaters, 3-finger foam which loses 2 fingers after about a minute. The aroma is bocky, sweet and malty but with a bit of a sour acidic edge to it (almost metallic). The taste is very good, with all the flavors promised from the aroma. Nicely drinkable, but not really worth the price when you can get better versions imported from Germany for cheaper prices. (476 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bronze-ish brown with a decent beige head and nice active carbonation. Toffee, light chocolate, and a bit of roastiness in the nose. Very similar flavors. Medium-light bodied due to airy carbonation with a bit of roastiness on the finish.

More of a Robust Brown Ale considering it's brewed with an Ale yeast... but nice enough.

Per Label: "Viergranen" & "Bier Van Hoge Gisting"

Per BOM notes & JB website:
- Ale Yeast
- Malted Barley, Wheat, Oats, and Rye

(30 cl / 10.1 oz. short brown bottle) (507 characters)

Photo of GooberMcNutly
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A dark, murky color with a head that pours tall but falls fast. Aromas of dried fruit and sweet plums. First taste was a little astringent, but warmed quickly in the mouth and left nice dried cherry and peach aspects. Overall finish was kind of nutty and kind of resinous. Was a decent bok style, but a little dry in the finish. (328 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a muddy brown color with a small head.

Smell of hard candy, blueberries and a slight caramellic taste. Some green apples and overall fresh.

Taste is not what the smell promised, lots of coffee and burned, maltbitter tastes. Some caramel, but not the sweetness. There is some bitterness, but in the back. Body is medium and somewhat sticky. The oats in the beer are not very pronounced, but once I found out they were in there, I could taste an 'oilyness'.
Not the best of beers of Jopen, and for sure not a typical Dutch Bockbeer, but a good beer nevertheless. (584 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Selection of the Beer-of-the-Month Club.
Poured a hazy beep brown color with Moderate tannish head. Attractive lacing.
Smell is rich and caramel-like. Nice dark fruit essences also noted.
Absolutely great mouthfeel. Nice, rich, and creamy.
Great drinkability. Very enjoyable beer. (284 characters)

Photo of BlackAngus
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Brownish color, hazy with yeast. Big fluffy tan head.

S - Malty, yeasty, with fruit aromas and a sour note.

T - Green apple, a hint of hops, malt, caramel sweetness.

M - Medium body, dry and clean, slightly astringent.

D - Not bad...I wouldn't seek it out, but not a bad beer by any stretch. (307 characters)

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received via a beer-of-the-month type thing - thanks Ilene!

A lot of people who reviewed this talked about the excessive yeast sediment. I did not find this to be a problem at all: the beer is cloudy, but certainly no sediment. pours with a brilliant white head into my caracole snifter. cloudy oak brown. great lacing and a thin layer of head remains throughout the session.

Couldn't really pull much out of the nose. Mild for a bock - didnt overpower me with those roasted malts i come to expect. Buttery taste with no hop character. bit of a green apple flavor - i want to say it is a bit farmhouse-like. definitely some rustic flavors. a little sweet with some spiciness.

Fairly effervescent and dry. coasts your mouth but quickly goes away. Drinkability is good, but for some reason it isn't really an all-day kind of beer.

oh well, on to my cellar for more great thanksgiving beers. (903 characters)

Photo of jettjon
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right out the gate, this beer has the most sediment I’ve ever seen. And not just your run-of-the-mill yeast, either. I found small pieces of what appeared to be an orange. So, word to the wise, pour this one very carefully unless you like swallowing chunks.

From the 30 cl bottle, pours a dark, almost opaque brown with an obscene amount of sediment from a normal pour. Two-finger solid brown-tan head that slowly fades leaving moderate lacing behind. Nose is characterized by malt, coffee, and chocolate scents. Taste is very sweet, nicely balanced against coffee and chocolate flavors, culminating in a bitter finish. Mouth is solid and viscous; unfortunately the suspended yeast, etc. detracts. Drinkability is quite good; this is a very pleasant bock with good flavor and viscosity.

Overall: An excellent bock marred by insanely excessive sediment. (859 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cap poped off with a mighty blow and the head poured so big and thick that it doesn't want to go away at all. The head looks like sparkling snow in winter. The color is reddish to light brown. There's also some yeast floating around in there. The smell is powerful and woody, but sour sweet with fruitiness. The taste is nice with roasted malts. It tastes great with some sour fruit that's sweet at the same time. Mouthfeel is smooth and not harsh for all the carbonation seen earlier. I like this beer a lot and would definetly have more. Good stuff Holland! (563 characters)

Photo of kaimcm
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

bottle- no date

A: well thanks to Beerpanthers tip I managed, along with the slowest pour of my life to avoid any good sized chunks in my glass like it seems most everyone else got. there is however, tons of yeast and flakes that while not big, are bigger than most sediment. in addition, the yeast i think is waking up because there is all kinds of movement and action in this glass. cascading bubbles all over the place. seeming springs of beer from all over, in all directions. glass looks like I just shook it up all the time. this beer is going crazy! dull, almost bile colored brown body. dull dirty head that lasts and lasts. this is quite a sight that I dont know how to rate. the best I can do is say, it doesnt look very appealing.

S: some chalk, apples, sour cider notes, malt, bit of sugar, some toffee and even coffee cake-esque pastry notes.

T/M: rich malt body, very creamy but light mouthfeel. so far, really the strongest attribute of the beer. coating, but not too dense. some herbal tea notes, apples, that bit of sugar, though it dries on the finish. midway a flash of indeterminate bitterness, almost tannic like. a mild sour, or stale ale quality pulls through near the end and continues on the finish. more green apple and a little bit of hop dry.

D: a toss up on this one. this beer is a lot of work to get a decent pour and finish without a spork. ill probably pass in the future but an enjoyable and educating experience. (1,459 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from a 10oz bottle last eve... Bier is a dark chestnut color, and is cloudy due to sediment and plentiful "chunkies" from the bottle. Pouring was slow, as the head was voluminous and billowy, topping out at about 3" of fine, beige bubbles. Head lasted well, and laced up the glass nicely. Aroma was definitely malty with some toffee but seemed to suggest a dry, bitter bier. Found this bok to be rather thin, unfortunately, with a smidge of prickliness on the tongue. Not much body at all, especially for a bokbier.

Has some caramel sweetness present in an easy-going malt base, but it really seems quite one-dimensional. Maybe has a hint of choco, but no oomph at all to the bier, in general. There's a slight hop bitterness at the finish, too, but really not a lot here overall to recommend this bier.

Prosit!

overall: 3.5
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3 | drinkability: 3

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky reddish caramel with multitudes of uprushing bubbles. As a consequence of all that carbonation, the ecru cap is fluffy and airy rather than thick and creamy. It still manages to maintain its structure for a while, although I doubt whether any lace will be present once it eventually deflates. This 'apple cider' look is perfect for a bock. Jopen Bier's description ('a mixed grain autumn bock') is an appealing one.

The nose is brown malty, dark fruity and is full of earthiness. It's also brown sugary and contains a fair amount of clove-like Belgian yeastiness. I like the aroma. It's interesting and becomes more complex the more I sniff. I wish more bocks smelled like this.

My most surprising initial impression is how much coffee and cocoa are present on the taste buds. Bokbier will never be confused with a porter (due to a lack of any roastiness), but it shares some porter-like characteristics. Actually, it strikes me as a Belgian dark ale and isn't too far removed from a Belgian dubbel.

It's amazing how much this beer tastes like autumn. And I don't believe that that observation has anything to do with the brewery's description of the style (see above) or the fact that they recommend drinking it 'to round off an autumn walk'. It tastes brown malty and rich and earthy and spicy and reminds me of raking leaves and bonfires and chill-in-the-air football afternoons.

The mouthfeel is as full as it needs to be, is impressively smooth and is a great match for the flavor. Despite the initially rambunctious amount of carbonation, there's no hint of busyness as I enter the final third of the bottle. I don't recall any fizziness in the first eight ounces either.

This is a finely-crafted beer. I may have to reassess my earlier lack of enthusiasm for the style since the last two bocks that I've had have been good to very good. I have no trouble recommending Jopen Bokbier to lovers of the style, as well as to those who may still be on the fence. (1,974 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very sweet malt aroma holds dates, fig, raisin and dark bread. Cloudy brown with a huge three finger thick, lasting, tan head. Sweet syrupy malt fore tastes of crusty dark rye bread, raisin, date, brown sugar, caramel and peppery spices. Mouthfeel is substantial, but a bit syrupy. (281 characters)

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