Jopen Adriaan - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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4.38/5 rDev +29.2%
"Haarlem’s (gruit) recipe calls for oats, wheat, and barley in the mash, and a gruit of several distinctive herbs." -the importer
Too many boutique "big" wit beers feature a nose-burning, toxic mixture of aggressive citrus oil and coriander extract. Others are simplistic and sweet. This example readily avoids those pitfalls. It is an old recipe, dating to 1407. Could it be that we have something to learn from the past?
Seductive bread dough and crust aromas made abundantly floral and nutty. It is impossible to distinguish the seasonings from the pure fermented grain bouquet. Lime, lilac, cucumber, soda bread, sweet goat milk butter. I am surprised, but not discouraged, to find the taste fairly tart. Firm apricot pit bitterness and quenching mineral viscosity characterize the meat of the drink. Green tea herbal finish. Spiked with citrus-ade flavors and bone dry. Despite my love for dry lambic beers, this would probably make an easier accompaniment to a variety of seafood based lunch and bistro foods: seviche, herring, crab salad, etc.
04-01-2006 18:05:20 | More by putnam
4.33/5 rDev +27.7%
Crisp yellow color, decent head with good retention. Aromas of citrus and spices, intersting gruit spices. Combination of a great wit beer and a gruit beer. Easy drinking and great for summer, but a bit pricey as to prohibit it's regular imbibing. A must-try beer.
09-27-2004 23:34:09 | More by chaduvel
4.28/5 rDev +26.3%
Bottle lists 5% abv from Harlem, Holland, and that it is a Real Dutch Gruit Witbier.
Aroma: Sweet malt aroma blended with herbs and spices. Some fruit aromas as well, pomegranate, orange, and some honey.
Appearance: Gold-orange glass with a fizzy white head that died back to a collar fairly quickly. Pretty good clarity but has some depth to the glass.
Flavor: Wow. Spices take the lead with coriander, ginger, all spice, nutmeg and tea flavors noted. Low malt sweetness in the balance but the spice brings it back to center.
Mouthfeel: Odd; low carbonation but a bit fizzy. Medium to thin body with a lingering mouth coat
Overall Impression: Light in flavor and easy to drink. Its like a mix of spiced tea and beer, and the cocktail works. Refreshing and enjoyable. Obtained from a Beers of the World sample pack by zymurgy4all from Ft. Hood (Thanks Steven!).
05-08-2005 03:27:18 | More by HardTarget
4.1/5 rDev +20.9%
Appearance: Clear dark golden coor, with a small white head, moderate lacing, and mild carbonation.
Aroma: Very sweet, with floral, honey, and pomegranate notes. Massive fruit notes, as well as a sweet, vinous character and a perfume note, quite an extraordinary aroma.
Taste: Tart light malt background, and a very sweet melange of light fruit flavors throughout. The finish is notable for a quite mild herbal bitterness. There are spice notes scattered throughout the taste, of coriander, pepper and allspice.
Mouth feel: Smooth, and surprisingly full.
Drinkability/notes: Excellent, very drinkable, would be a fine dessert beer. A wonderful example, provides a perspective of what beer might have been like a few centuries ago.
Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce Euro-style brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.
06-17-2005 04:52:12 | More by Pegasus
4/5 rDev +18%
The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a light and very pleasant wheat scent with some spices added. The taste is good. It has a nice tangy wheat flavor with some spices that add a zing to the aftertaste. It adds a new feel to the regular wit style, but I'm not sure it's a good thing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It has good flavor and aroma; an excellent sessions brew.
05-01-2004 00:08:04 | More by WesWes
3.95/5 rDev +16.5%
The beer came in a brown 12 oz glass bottle, and poured a golden honey brown. no head so to speak, but some white lacing remained on top. The aroma was predominantly sweet and tart with hints of fruits and spices, especialy citrus.
The flavor was tart and sweet as predicted by the aroma. it had definate citrus flavors, as well as some pleasant yeastyness. I thaught that teh mouthfeel left a little to be desired, teh beer itself is not very thick adn it was only mildly carbonated, this left it feeling a little too watery in the mouth.
Overall I enjoyed this beer and would definatly drink it again.
04-22-2006 23:04:52 | More by geetlord
3.95/5 rDev +16.5%
hazy, golden color, big, elegent, though quick to fade head.
Aroma is deliciousness, indeed: spicy, airy, with light citric fruit, and a big helping of yeast, slightly musty and tart.
Great blitz of citric hops right off the bat, big carbonation, spritzy as they get. Nice taste, but the effervescence overcomes the flavor. Body is on the light side, texture is minimal..lemony flavor kicks in a bit more toward the end.
Tasty little beer. "Real Dutch Gruit Witbier" boasts the label. Tastes like one, too, smooth, tasty, ultimately very drinkable.
But...probably not worth the $4.59 I paid for this 12 oz. bottle.
don't let me stop you, though...
07-26-2004 07:11:30 | More by feloniousmonk
3.93/5 rDev +15.9%
Adriaan: A Dutch Gruit beer, made without hops, and what is (for sure) my first time trying a beer like this. I bought it in the Cosco Beers of the World Sampler, and I am happy I did.
Pours a hazy golden color, not much head, and what there was dissipated fairly quickly. The aroma is very sweet, and very fruity with citrus fruit aromas. The taste is unusual; it starts out almost dry and salty. There is a burst of fruity sweetness, oranges and limes, with a tiny bit of bananas from the yeast. There is a definite taste of cloves as well, although not overwhelming at all, but a nice adjunct to the sweetness of the fruit tastes.
This beer is strangely drying in the mouth, the fruit tastes clean up quickly, and leaves a salty taste behind. Not at all bad, unusual, yes, but worth the purchase.
11-23-2003 05:02:20 | More by jackndan
3.9/5 rDev +15%
This beer has a hazy, golden color and a soft, creamy head. It has a pleasant cirtus aroma that smells mostly of orange. I would say this is a combination between a gruit and a wit beer. The taste is of oranges and cream and finishes with a light spice. It is very refreshing and quite good.
02-24-2004 14:08:16 | More by ark57
United Kingdom (England)
3.88/5 rDev +14.5%
Coming in a slim 300ml brown bottle, BB 05/2010, served lightly chilled in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet. Note: the label seems to suggest this is a Witbier made with Gruit?
A: slightly cloudy dark golden hue, coming with pretty mild carbonation and a 1cm thick white frothy head with pretty decent retention.
S: the unusual sweetness comes almost like toasted/burned sugar-cane, pretty thickly-juicy and syrupy... the sweet main theme is backed by moderately fruit-estery elements of what one'd expect from a Belgian witbier, with that unique sour-sweet edge of Japanese lactose-drink on top of mild hints of coriander seeds, sweet citrus, and additional Taiwanese Aiyu/herbal jelly.
T: really soothing and lightly grainy-wheat/malt-ish upfront, with an intriguingly mixed palate that, although still reminiscent of a thicker-bodied witbier with citric-estery flavours to boot, is added with sweetened water infused with green-beans, soy beans and brown lentils, a lightly citric edge of fruity hops, a quietly spicy aftertaste of white pepper, coriander seeds, Aiyu jelly, and more boiled veggie. Not assertive in terms of flavour, at all, but the overall taste runs from the first second to the last like an integrated whole.
M&D: so this is what people used to drink in the 15th-century Holland? Really refreshing in carbonation and mild in composition, suitable for many different kinds of cuisines I believe. The decent body of wheat-ish malts is commendable, as it balances off the potentially overly sweet elements given by sugar or Gruit, resulting in a just perfect body to carry through all other quietly-enjoyable flavours, like the zesty-spicy edge of a witbier, etc. Not particularly complex, but it ticks all the positive boxes for me as a highly approachable and drinkable ale.
03-16-2009 20:30:12 | More by wl0307
3.88/5 rDev +14.5%
Electric amber with fine, uprushing bubbles outnumbering fine, settling particulates by a wide margin. By the bottom of the bottle, the proportions are reversed. The eggshell colored cap is soft, airy and frothy after the pour. When it begins to deflate, it does so unevenly and leaves a little watery lace clinging to the glass. Ultimately, no lace survives.
The nose is intriguing, if only because it's so different from anything that I've had in the past several months. Spices are pretty much the order of the day, but this isn't one of those 'over the top' spiced beers that are sometimes hard to get through. It's a tough call on the individual spices used, partly because the nose isn't all that aromatic. Adriaan smells warmly spicy to me, so I'll go with clove and cardamon at least.
I don't appreciate any malt in the aroma (oats, wheat and barley were used), nor do I pick up much in the way of hops. I know, I know, a gruit doesn't contain hops. After a careful study of the label, I've determined that this isn't a true gruit after all and that the BA designation is correct. This is the 'amber version' of the traditional gruit recipe (i.e. it uses the gruit spice recipe in an amber ale). In any case, the nose is weaker than expected.
Different and delicious. 'Spiced fruit' pretty much covers it. Like the nose, the flavor profile is on the subtle side, although not quite as subtle. The beer taste like fruit--oranges, apples and pears--lightly sprinkled with spices. Again, identification is difficult, but coriander and clove are definitely present. Fruit dominates the beginning and spice dominates the middle and the end.
Although there's an odd constellation of mouthfeel characteristics, it works somehow. The body is medium, feeling slightly more full thanks to the slippery mouthfeel. A zippy amount of carbonation is buried effectively enough to add rather than detract.
Jopen Adriaan is different and enjoyable. I would have preferred more flavor, but to be fair, once the goodies from the bottom of the bottle were added, that complaint was no longer valid. This is an easy drinker and is a wonderful summer quaffer, Dutch style.
05-21-2005 16:31:08 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.83/5 rDev +13%
Served warmer after reading some of the positive reviews, around 50º-55º. Labeled "Real Dutch Gruit Witbier".
Pours a dark tea-like color, with lots of suspended sediment. Floating herbal bits, again like tea. There was an initial head of foam, and it dwindled after a few minutes. Lots of busy carbonation in the glass, under the surface.
Sweet, herbal, floral aromatics in the nose. Pretty unique.
Flavor reminds me of some good flavored teas i've had before. A little tart and cidery, with a dry leafy quality too. Sarsaparilla, tart citrusy papalo leaf, some light butterscotch. Carbonation starts out strong but rapidly deteriorates. The feel is mellow like a cask mild, but with some cider thrown in.
This stuff is really different. Considering it's a revival of an ancient style, I don't pretend to know how it should taste, but I enjoyed it.
04-23-2008 00:35:41 | More by emerge077
3.83/5 rDev +13%
Pours a three-finger white head that doesn't really stay , leaving just a little lace. Cloudy amber color - what else with a wheat?? This is a different wheat the spices cover any yeast that is present. Light-medium bodied. Some sweetness, no bitterness. Would make a great summer ale. $3.99 for a 12oz bottle.
03-02-2004 22:28:45 | More by jdhilt
3.83/5 rDev +13%
Label reads that this is a real dutch gruit witbier. I've never had a gruit before so I'm interested to see what this tastes like.
Pours out a cloudy golden color with some head but goes away to lacing around the glass. Some..stuff can be seen floating around.
Smell consisted of fruity and citrus aromas. Seemed quite sweet as well. Perhaps some honey in the background as well.
Taste was strange, but in a good way. Some lemon twang hits the palate softly, but not overbearing. Quite fizzy. Some wheat flavors show up in the middle and spices finish this brew out. Reminds me a little bit of Rogue's Half-e-weizen.
Mouthfeel was light to medium. Fizzy and finishes a little on the thin side. Slightly watery feel towards the very end.
Interesting beer, but I really don't know if it was worth the price.
10-14-2004 00:59:40 | More by necoadam
3.8/5 rDev +12.1%
This beer is one of the main reasons that I am glad Ive expanded my horizons and am trying and rating many different beers. Sometimes you win, some you lose, but always an adventure.
Similar to Gose, this beer had a style and taste all its own. Poured to a hazy orange-gold with medium off-white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Then things got interesting. The aroma was a strange mixture of seemed to be apples, green vegetables and unknown spices. Since I did not read anything on this prior to tasting, I actually thought it would be classified as a Vegetable/Herb beer.
The flavor of this beer followed suit perfectly, as I tasted several different tastes at different times, again centered around vegetables and fruits.
And while the 5% alcohol never made itself known in either aroma or taste, the finish was fairly long, though not real thrist quenching.
This was not a beer I could drink all the time, or a lot of, but a unique experience that Im glad I had.
07-08-2007 13:03:26 | More by kimcgolf
3.7/5 rDev +9.1%
A: Looks like a macro with a copper hue to it. Almost no carbonation, certainly no head remained after 30 seconds. Body has a still presence to it.
S: Peach yogurt, coriander, wheat and some cherries in the high notes.
T: Starts of minerally then leads to some crisp sour lemon, watery green grapes and weak grapefruit rind. Seasonings come into play offering coriander, pepper and minor ginger. Interesting blend between sugary fruits and cooked vegetables. Finishes spritzy with aspects of clove, green apple, orange peel and honey.
M: Thin mouthfeel, hard water feel with a soft consistency (if that makes sense)
D: First sip I really didnt like..but after time it grew on me. I actually enjoyed the balance that if offered. Nice change of pace.
06-26-2007 04:51:53 | More by Westsidethreat
3.68/5 rDev +8.6%
12 oz. bottle, bought at the Wine Exchange in Orange,
A: Pours a medium amber with a small white head, average retention, no lacing.
S: Musty, herbal smell with sweet notes of fruit, especially strawberry, baked apples, sugar.
T: Sour fruit, lemon rind, berries, maraschino cherry. Very flowery from the herbs, almost coriander like, get some mandarin orange in the end along with the main wheat flavour.
M: Light acidity, a little watery, crisp, sweet.
D: An interesting beer, reminds me somewhat of a Sahti, worth the money to try it.
08-19-2008 00:00:26 | More by Halcyondays
3.6/5 rDev +6.2%
Another one from Jopen and the 3th in 3 days to try. Again a litle disappointing foam( and my glass is most certainly beerclean) but further a clouwded golden colour, type like. Nice nose of peach and koreander like. Nice and full malty taste with a spicy aftertaste. Just too bad of foam and carbonation but a more then nice beer that I most certainly will meet again in the future!
12-07-2004 15:42:25 | More by paterlodie
3.6/5 rDev +6.2%
This beer pours golden/orange and has floating sediment that doesen't settle but sits throughout the beer. It has a one finger head on the pour good retention but little to no lacing. Streams of bubbles rise to the top bringing out the wheat and cider-like aromas. The taste is sweet and spicy very similar to a thin apple cider or a flavored tea. This beer is thin bodied clean and goes down easy.
Reflection: This beer was much better than I thought it would be after I read that it didn't have any hops in it.
12-17-2004 19:31:22 | More by Kookiekwan
3.6/5 rDev +6.2%
This beer poured a golden orange/yellow body with a small white head.
One of the most interesting noses I've smelled in a while (even for a gruit) Honey, citrus, a very jelly or jam type smell, wheat, oil, biscuit, caramel, dough, chai tea, camomile, bubble gum and spices. I can't quite figure out what this one smell is, but that sweet fruity smell you get when you open a jar of grape jelly.
Light bodied with a very flat sort of mouth-feel despite the big fine carbonation. A very mild honey, crisp natural wheat, oat, hibiscus, fresh flowers, field in spring kind of malt taste. There's an interesting and strong bitterness in the beginning of this beer, it fades giving it an odd imbalance at the back end. An overall honey flavor and oily honey slickness are present in every sip. It ends watery with almost no finish.
It's interesting and very drinkable. As gruits go it's pretty good.
04-12-2006 23:26:39 | More by taez555
3.6/5 rDev +6.2%
Hazy deep gold. Moderate amounts of carbonation rising through the body of the beer. Small dirty white head. Minimal lace. Solid aroma of sweet malt, spice and perfume. Dry feel to the beer. Sweetness is held in check. Big musty feel to the beer. Herbal and earthy. Spicing is light. Moderate carbonation. A little bit of a tangy feel. Medium bodied. Interesting beer to try once.
06-21-2007 02:27:19 | More by Bighuge
Jopen Adriaan from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
78 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.