Jopen Bokbier - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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85
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Jopen Bier BV Haarlem visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-07-2003

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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 49
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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 NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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 chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of jdhilt
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Bighuge
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
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 TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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 RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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)

Photo of jophish17
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Suds
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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 Bierman9
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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 tgbljb
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of PorterLambic
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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 Absumaster
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
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 AtLagerHeads
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good looking beer that has a lovely bronze body, tan head, and superior lacing. The nose is all about the malt base, but it does also give faint hints of fruit and spice. The flavor is malty sweetness with caramel pumping in as the chill subsides and releases it. A faint trace of spice and perhaps some apple notes intercede as well. Quite a nice, but filling beer.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
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 putnam
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe a little travel-shocked, the yeast was thoroughly involved in the top of the pour and delivered a very cloudy reddish brown platform over which was piled an insurgent pearlessence.
The aromas are of brandied raisins and fresh middle eastern fruits - figs and dates. Add to that rivers of black pepper, caramom, black dough, dried bananas, walnut, sage, basil and Plugra. On the palate it is virulently but finely fizzy - something which helps esptablish structure for the movement of cocoa, spice and fruited bread flavors. The other part of the structure is established by a certain roasted twig bitterness - from hops I assume - that imparts resin and oil flavors on the finish.
I am impressed. Think the flavors of a grand dubbel or trappist "8" only with more of an unrelenting and certain impregnation of natural CO-2 and more fresh and boiled hops - things which contribute drinkability.

Photo of Tballz420
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This hazy brown beer has a huge foam cream colored head, so big that i would think the bottle had been shaken or something. Chunks of fishfood floating around as well. Sweet caramel candy malt for a scent. Caramel malt up front, bitter hop backbone well blended. Some hints of alcohol. Flecks of yeastie clove. Maybe some apple This brew almost has some belgian characteristics to it, not bad.

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