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Jopen Bokbier - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 73
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jopen Bier BV Haarlem visit their website

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 73
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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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

BB 08-07
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.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of guinnessman
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

. Pours with a huge creamy light brown head. There is a sweet must aroma with a hint of chocolate.
WOW!!! A fantastic toffee flavor with some hazelnut and vanilla. A very smooth graceful mouthfeel. Quite a good brew. A random happening that I shall not soon forget

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Photo of Bighuge
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

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Photo of marburg
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bock? Nope. Don't care though.

Flopping around on bursts of bubbles, the sediment in this one looked like miniature mushrooms. I wasn't enthused, but I got past it. Very spicy -- allspice or sumac or cinnamon or all of the above? Prunes, bananas, dates, and 3-day-old sugared strawberries round out a very sweet and fruity aroma. Fruit jelly, impressions of chocolate, pumpernickel bread, and...wait for it...candied apples. Pretty sweet most of the way through, this somehow manages to clean up nicely. A strange little thing but very worth your time. Smelling this is like Christmas for your nose.

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Photo of horndecker
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Jopen Bokbier from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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