Jopen Bokbier - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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3.91/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
05-15-2014 22:22:16 | More by chinchill
4.11/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
11-24-2013 12:02:51 | More by freneticamnesic
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
12-27-2012 22:34:14 | More by Douberd
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
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!
11-15-2012 17:03:13 | More by BlackHaddock
3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
05-08-2011 12:59:12 | More by MoreThanWine
3.93/5 rDev +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.
04-21-2011 17:57:14 | More by redsonja
2.9/5 rDev -23.3%
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).
03-23-2010 23:30:10 | More by speter
4.53/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
02-23-2010 02:14:42 | More by dpasotti
4.22/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
10-21-2009 13:24:47 | More by PapaEugene
4.08/5 rDev +7.9%
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!!
10-02-2009 11:58:46 | More by rvdoorn
3.78/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-06-2008 22:46:05 | More by jophish17
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
12-31-2007 01:59:36 | More by RblWthACoz
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
09-10-2007 23:03:35 | More by TurdFurgison
Jopen Bokbier from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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