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Jopen Bokbier - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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BA SCORE
86
very good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jopen Bier BV Haarlem visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-07-2003)
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Photo of Bighuge
2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark crimson tone. Big hefty light tan head. Retention is very good. I worried about overcarbonation from the looks. Aroma is sweet and malty. Bready. But pretty subdued. My fears come to fruition when I taste this gaseous concoction of a beer. That's one of my biggest pet peaves...a gaseous mouthfeel. The flavors are not that great either. Stale bread. Must. Some malts. And some spiciness, like a little cinamon type of flavor. All in all though, this isn't enjoyable.

Photo of GooberMcNutly
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Photo of shapudding
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 it’s prime or not, but seemed a bit off.

Photo of speter
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
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).

Photo of Absumaster
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Darkly clouded brunette brown color with a large tan topping of firmly smoothed speckled foam. Keeps the head forever and a day. Lacing is watery with not much sticking.

Aroma is lightly vinous with some white grapes, apples, and tartish cherry over a mainstay of malty toffee and candied dark sugars. Crisp and inviting with a dancing Belgian quality.

Taste is a bit drab unfortunately. Quick and simple. Semi tarting and sweet with a dark tone of toffee and candied sugar. Thats about it. A bit of dark cherry, apple, and fig sneaks by. A light frost of cocoa drys off the finish. Overall a tad empty on the taste buds and what's there is brief.

Feel is about medium and lightly creamy with a tankered biting texture of carbonation that doesn't quite fit. A bit of sourness at the front takes from the malts and tends to make it slip off the palate faster. An OK to average Bock. Something about it just doesn't fit well. It just comes across a bit too bland and boring.

Took quite a while to finish this one as its palate barely precedes its body.

Photo of Suds
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours with an explosion of foam and an extreme yeast aroma. Head is thick, soft, and very long-lived. Ruddy, earthen brown color, with bits of yeast floating throughout. Spicy, but delicate taste...flavors of melon, and malt. It's not like any bock I've ever had, but it's very tasty. The beer has a soft, full mouthfeel and a mellow, yeasty character. It's a fun beer and worth a try, but not outstanding.

Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, cloudy, with a decent head that drops to a thickish film.
Smell is vanilla & caramel, I couldn't find anything else.
Taste is malt, vanilla, caramel & a light oak presence.
On the light side of medium-bodied. A good beer but it gets a bit harsh as it warms up.

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oops! Be careful of the pour. This one gets a bit excited. It pours a muddy coffee color with a big...and I do mean BIG head. The initial aroma is...how should I phrase this? Farty? Behind the fart, there's a yeasty and earthy malty aroma, followed by hints of hops and faint alcohol. The body is slightly grainy with flavors of rye and wheat. Sweet caramel and a bit of milk chocolate become more noticeable as the glass warms. A hint of alcohol is felt in the back of the throat as you exhale. Clove, peppery spices and a light lemony bitterness remain equal to the sweet maltiness throughout. All in all, as different a sort of beer style as Limberg is to cheese.

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

901

Photo of BlackAngus
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of BPHL
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Zach136
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Muddy mahogany color, fluffy, if evanescent froth, dunnish in hue...
Aroma is led by cola nuts, coffee, toffee, ..pretty nice.
Tasty little guy, nice frisky dance on the tongue, then, poof, she's gone, to return with the next sip. Big malt, with a definite zing, tingly hops, dark fruit...a Dutch bock?...hey, that's somethin', eh...drop me off in Haarlem...
Overall: pretty decent.
Worth the $2.99 per single bottle I plunked down? Not a chance.

Photo of horndecker
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label says "viergranen" which I suppose means four grain? (just looked it up - barley, wheat, oats and rye.)
The color of dirty tobacco and walnut stain. Huge rocky tan head, very lumpy and pitted. The head is forever, with persistant lace.

Tangy citric nose, spicy yeast aromas, cloves and melons. A slight herbal (hop?) note emerges eventually. The wheat is apparent.

The taste is big fruit at first, oranges and sour apples, with malt in the background and whatever hops were introduced way, way in the background. The malt and bready flavors try to make their way into the picture, but are overwhelmed by the sour fruit. The finish is deceptively dry for so much fruit up front.

It is medium bodied, lighter than expected, but has plenty of carbonation to fill the mouth with every sip.

Not like any other bock I have tasted. Not really like anything else. Enjoyable, but confusing. Perhaps four grains are too many.

Photo of kaimcm
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.45 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/user_reviews/1008/

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 don’t compare this one to any German counterparts.

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Jopen Bokbier from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.