Jopen Bokbier - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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Reviews by BlackAngus:
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
11-28-2006 00:52:09 | More by BlackAngus
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3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
Poured a hazy brown(chunks and floaties everywhere) with a huge blooming head that leaves large amounts of lace,aroma of apple cider and some brown sugar but pretty light.Taste was lighter than expected as well some nuttiness and raisin but seemed to faid quickly and quite abruptly,would get a higher rating in my book if the nice flavors upfront stayed and were expounded.Well not something I would seek out again it wasnt a bad offering none the less.
10-22-2004 00:11:16 | More by oberon
3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
05-10-2006 21:36:55 | More by kaimcm
2.78/5 rDev -26.5%
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil 3/19/05. No dating that I can see on the bottle, but there is also a big ol white sticker stuck on the back that covers any info there. Woodsy chestnut and dark, with a lot of carbonation rising -tons of it! Totally unclear and cloudy, with a thick and creamy head that has a ton of carb rising up to it, and a lot of little pockets showing through... Very inconsistant looking said my barcrawl buddy, Geoff. Heavy spicey malts, does that make sense? Bit of molasses and karo. Heavy carbonation, champagne-like. Bit of dark malts, candi sugar flavor at the end of the sip. Not sure if this was past its prime or not, but seemed a bit off.
03-20-2005 19:36:09 | More by shapudding
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
$2.45 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:
Presentation: 30 cl brown recycled bottle with no freshness date.
Appearance: Beautiful meringue tan head, bad clarity due to the loose yeast in the bottle as soon as I popped the cap the yeast mixed with the beer.
Smell: Light fusel alcohols with some hidden bitter phenols in the back.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Buttery, phenolic and estery none of the traits I look for in a bock. Malty it is but with a scathing dryness. Hops are in the back ground and do little. Dried fruits and lingering phenols in the after taste.
Drinkability & Notes: Not a typical bockbier flavorful which I give the credit for, just dont compare this one to any German counterparts.
06-17-2004 00:17:16 | More by Jason
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
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
This bottle looks like its been to Hell and back a couple times...
Hazy, river discharge brown. This ain't no trout stream. You'd be lucky to catch carp here.
Big spastic bone-hued froth above.
Yeasty and sweet nose. Fruity phenols. What the f'k is this? Candied raisins, cloves, brown sugar and tart apples.
Sweet green raisins up front. Plenty bready too. Contradictory sips of molasses coated green apples. Sugary sweet with a sharp sour underbite. There's a bile-esque acidic twing underneath it all. When chiled, this is pretty much a mess.
As it warms, it adopts a more cohesive persona. Like a dubbel - bock cross, leaning more towards the dubbel. Yeast traits exude clove and pepper. Whispers of cocoa blend with brawnier toffee and raisins. Fruitiness remains odd. Caramelized apricots. There's still the green apple sourness, but it's reined in. Still a mess for all practical purposes, but a halfway decent one.
It's a bit overcharged and fizzy up front. So let it sit for a while. It's much better as it flattens itself out and warms.
Dissonant, but not unapproachable.
12-13-2003 05:11:42 | More by cokes
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
This bottle-conditioned beer pours a hazy brown with some caramel highlights beneath a huge, rocky head of dense, off-white foam. The head retention is excellent and it maintains a solid 1/4" cap throughout the entire glass. Additionally, it leaves some very nice wide streaks and webs of lace. The nose reveals a touch of sugary caramel, some light fruitiness, and some spicy hops. It's zesty in the mouth with a very fine, effervescent carbonation and light/medium body. (I wonder if this bottle isn't a bit old; and it's fermented out a bit more than it normally should be). The flavor is malty with a caramelized-sugar edge, some delicate fruitiness, some herbal and spicy hops; and it's well-balanced with a firm bitterness. It finishes dry with some lingering candyish, caramel and chocolate malt peppered with leafy and spicy hop flavors. Quite unique, and similar to a cross between a German bokbier and a Belgian dubbel.
08-07-2003 20:56:22 | More by NeroFiddled
3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
11-23-2006 21:41:18 | More by Lnedrive14
3.55/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
04-10-2006 07:19:02 | More by Jredner
4.72/5 rDev +24.9%
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!
08-31-2006 21:30:06 | More by Erdinger2003
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
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
3.1/5 rDev -18%
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.
12-29-2006 17:36:14 | More by Absumaster
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
Dude, there's like, chunks in my beer. Don't know if I should rate it a five or a one, but this is definitely interesting. Literally large, floating, totally unappatizing chunks of yeast (hopefully) swirl around in this beer. Other than that, it's a hazy reddish brown color with a small, bubbly white head with nice retention. Smell is really lively and all over the place. Big fruity malts and almost a Belgian-inspired spiceyness. Taste is much the same. Banana bread, apples and oranges, backed by a sweet maltiness. Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and also a slight hoppy spicyness. Really interesting. Almost a tangy finish. Thought this would be a little slicker in texture due to the appearance but it's actually pretty light and jumpy on the palate. This is a crazy beer altogether, one I'll definitely be interested to try again.
03-12-2006 09:15:47 | More by twelvsies
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
A; nice robinred/brown colour, fine lasting head.
S; light smel of malt, hopbitterness, little acidic and some rye in the background.
T; light acidic/light bitter base with malt and burnt flavors.
M; medium body, little dry, astringent with a bit of rye and burnt flavors in aftertaste.
D; very nice brew, but more a Dubbel style beer.
03-17-2006 16:55:39 | More by Redteketed
4/5 rDev +5.8%
murky brown with a tan head. loads of yeast floating around and sitting in the bottom of the glass despite a careful pour.
lots of brown sugar in the nose. cinnamon, honey and dark fruit, plum, fig, and green apple too actually. apple pancakes come to mind. it's evident this was made with wheat too. i pick up a little bit of alcohol too.
sweet brown sugar taste right at the beginning and then a rush of fruit, apple, apple cider, and plum. the yeasty sort of apple pancake quality returns from the aroma. a good dose of caramel apple too. candy sugar seems to be in there too. there is a little mustyness on occasion. a little butterscotch on occasion too.
the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, with a very healthy dose of carbonation, that seems to erupt like baking soda in vinegar in your mouth. weird...
well this is the most unique "bock" i've ever had. quite an experience and for the most part a good one. i could do with a little less yeast though it was kind of nasty. not too big of a deal though, this beer is good where it counts.
02-28-2006 02:19:25 | More by kmo1030
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
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)
02-02-2007 20:05:40 | More by RBorsato
4.08/5 rDev +7.9%
ONe of many bottle purchased at Half TIme beverages.
I am sampling a chilled bottle in a standard pint glass. The beer pours a dark hazy brown color producing a huge fluffy beige head of about 2.5 inches. Some white yeast sediment floats in the beer as well. Aroma is much more complex than I expected. Rich and malty with toffee, brown sugar scents mixing with light fruity scents of apple. Fairly tight latticework as I begin to drink. Beer has an average body with prickly carbonation. . Nice Flavor.
SOme brown sugar, some chocolate, and againthe apples come through. This beer is very easy to drink with no hint of the 6.5%. Quite a tasty brew, not outstanding but well worth a shot!
06-16-2004 03:28:55 | More by sulldaddy
4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a three-finger off-white,thick head that stays , leaving tons of lace; pour this one slowly. Cloudy amber color with a lot of chunky bits. Medium bodied and carbonation. Sweet raisin nose, malty start and finish. Totally different from any bock I have had. Savor this one. $3.99 for 300ml.
03-03-2004 23:33:25 | More by jdhilt
Jopen Bokbier from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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