Jopen Adriaan - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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3.59/5 rDev +5.9%
This pours a crystal clear straw yellow body with a fluffy finger white head. Wait, a witbier without suspended yeast is just wrong. This must have stood upright for a too long time. Therefore I swirled the sediment from the bottom and added it to get not to strong but appropriate murkiness. Head is not stable but a thin layer remains and leaves lacing
nose is typical, lots of coriander first that gives way to more orange and then some humble yeast.
Taste is coriander and orange and a rather strong bitterness that is not typical and a bit unpleasant.
Very effervescent on the the tongue and towards throat. Smooth but could be smoother.
Not bad but also not very special witbier. I guess I will not get this again. When I drink a witbier I do not expect or want bitter, but instead I want a pleasant bier with some smooth fruitiness.
08-12-2013 17:55:34 | More by safaricook
3.53/5 rDev +4.1%
New bottles say that this is a witbier.
A: Pretty clear, sort of a homemade cream soda color. Chunks of sediment floating around. Barely any rising carbonation.
S: A beautiful wit smell. Rich with citrus and coriander. very nice
T: A bit sweet, certainly citrusy. Pretty solid. Not really bitter.
M: A sharp sparkle of carbonation.
O: A pretty decent wit, would certainly have it again
12-22-2012 05:24:44 | More by sfprint
3.1/5 rDev -8.6%
According to the label (which is now mostly blue) this witbier contains herbs from a thought lost original recipe from 1407. Indeed the taste was pretty spicy, the old favorite koriander prominently present as well as many other spices I couldn't place. The spices didn't agree with my taste but they were very prominent. Lots of sweets as well.
Poured from a 30cl eurobottle (BBD 13/06/14, 13 June 2014) it created a lovely near-perfect two-finger head with very fine bubbles. This was prolly due to it not being refrigerated to death. It stayed a long time during which it receded into a thin lacing that clung to my Dentergems glass. The pale yellow liquid had very little clouding, almost clear, only a little yeast left in the bottle. Drinkability is good, no lingering yucky aftertastes.
11-02-2012 16:56:17 | More by Regenpak
3.43/5 rDev +1.2%
A: The beer is slightly hazy dark yellowish amber in color. It poured with some large bubbles on the surface that quickly faded away, leaving only a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of apple juice and spices in the nose—this becomes pleasant as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a bit of sweetness with flavors of apple juice and hints of herbs and spices.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: I found this gruit beer to be quite interesting and drinkable. The herbs are subtle and not overpowering compared to some of the other beers in the style.
08-16-2012 21:36:12 | More by metter98
2.25/5 rDev -33.6%
Appearance: Looks like a still cider, with a cloudy apple juice color and no head or visible carbonation
Smell: Cider and raisin elements on the nose
Taste: Cidery, up front, with a tart apple character, with increasing tartness (and some raisiny sweetness) developing by mid-palate; more of the same, after the swallow
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; no carbonation
Overall: I wouldn't be surprised if this beer is no longer imported and that the bottle I picked up has been on the shelves for some time; clearly an underachiever in its present state
12-08-2011 02:04:41 | More by brentk56
3.18/5 rDev -6.2%
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
Looks like a nice apple cider, with a sad little whisp of bubble that I suppose this guy wants to call his head. Hell, Louis and Marie had better heads after good ol' Dr. G got through with 'em (well, they were nice and solid...). A sniff of acetyl and vinegar stands out, though some lemon peel and grapefruit are there too. At this point, I'm worried I didn't accidentally get one of those legendary bottles filled with some bathtub hard cider. Don't look at me like that, it could happen! Unfortunately, judging by the taste, I may not be far off. A strident blast of vinegary sour strikes first; his henchmen, low-key grapefruit, lemon peel, and hoppy herbality, come next, BIFFing and ZOWing and KAPOWing as they do battle with the tongue. Some spices sit waiting in the getaway car, but they're not willing to get their hands dirty for this particular caper. When the dust clears, the tongue is left in a daze, unsure of what just happened. When questioned by the authorities, all it can remember is a strange melee of disparate flavors that didn't weigh much (but certainly weren't gonna be posing for Calvin Klein any time soon, either), were not very effervescent (hell, they were donwright surly), and had that kind of greasy, oily feel, like the old Italian stereotypes of yore. Oh, how I do miss the days of classic ethnic stereotypes, and of quality gruits, too...
03-24-2010 17:46:56 | More by TMoney2591
3.13/5 rDev -7.7%
Appearance: Pours a clearish, light amber body with a small-sized, wispy, white head.
Smell: Sweetish though indistinct maltiness mingled with a touch of lemon and enveloped with a mild savory, spicy herbal mix.
Taste: Light, transient tastes of humble barley and simple wheat with a faint sweetness. Faint lemony undertone with the absolute merest amount of tartness. The herbal, spicy character does add a bit of zing to the proceedings, but, like everything else in the beer, it remains light. Finishes dry, lightly crisp, and with the mild hints of herbs and spices persisting on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body that's barely managing not to wander off into watery territory. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: Essentially, it's a witbier that lands on the lighter end of the style spectrum with a spice/herb blend thrown in in lieu of hops. Worth a try? Sure! Worth two tries? Well, let's not get carried away.
09-04-2009 20:47:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.18/5 rDev -6.2%
A: Poured a fairly dark amber color with some particles floating in my glass. Minimal white head with poor retention.
S:Pine trees. Almost at our special ale levels. Some spice and a touch of what I can only describe as wildflowers.
T: A mix of honey spices and pine trees. Basically this beer tastes like the 16th century. Gruit is a weird style with not that much around to compare it to.
M: Light body with a touch of a syrupy feel.
D: Not too bad. Split a 12 oz bottle but would not want more than that.
05-23-2009 21:27:49 | More by aerozeppl
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
3.68/5 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
3.48/5 rDev +2.7%
Bought this at State Line in Elkton Md. Poured chilled into my DFH shaped pint.
A - A slightly darker than medium amber w/ slim pale white head that has an ultra fine bead. The lace can't seem to stick as the head vanishes in seconds
S - A caramel not w/ a slightly funky sour and toasted malt aroma w/ a relatively mild amount of spice in the nose, possibly vanilla bean or caraway w/ a nutty odor.
M - Slightly vinous w/ an apple and grapeskin sourness w/ almost immediate twist into malty caramel and chalky w/ nutty toasted feel. Kind of like lemon curd on bran muffins.
T - A nice sour flavor of apple w/ subtle lemon pith from wild yeast and a nice biscuit malt w/ a spice edge. A very tasty blend as disjointed as it is
D - Not the most drinkable, but I will give it props for a kind of lemony refreshing quality. It strikes me like vanilla rum mixed w/ lemonade - quenching and nice , but 1 or 2 and you may want to move on.
08-01-2008 15:13:53 | More by Slatetank
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
Jopen Adriaan from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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