Jopen Adriaan - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 18.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jackndan on 11-23-2003

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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 44
Photo of putnam
4.42/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"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.

Photo of Pegasus
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HardTarget
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. It’s 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!).

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gruit witbier...what am I getting? Pours a deep golden color, nearly a light amber, with an inch thick white head quickly dying but leaving a thick lace. Suspended yeasties near the top of the glass, with lots of large bubbles rising from the depths. Sedimented champagne? Typical yeasty witbier citrus in the nose.

Despite all the bubbles, taste and feel are surprisingly smooth and lacking excessive carbonation. No one flavor really stands out...the fruit and citrus come off as dry though an apricot presence is detectable among the mild spices. Decent hop bitterness coming through in the dry finish. Not one worth seeking out, but not bad as a refreshing change of pace.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy pale amber golden with a light low white head which lasted wispfully to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong diacetyl with light citrus and slight spice.

The flavor was lightly spicy with coriander and orange peel most prevalent. The diacetyl was present in the flavor but not as strong as in the aroma and only slight. The bitter orange peel flavor was well execute and achieved with the coriander and wheat flavors.

The finish was dry and crisp with lasting orange peel and coriander presence. The body was just above medium light.

12 ounce bottle. Label says Dutch Gruit Witbier. Should either be classified as a Gruit or a Witbier.

Photo of beerhandy
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This deep gold brew with a white merengue head smelled of coriander and citrus , it's taste was slightly tart with notes of cherrios and fresh bread, spices round off the flavors (sweet Orange peel and coriander) the mouth feel was medium to thin kinda lifeless after the intial sips.They cover both bases when it says gruit witbeir, I think its more of a wit than a gruit and there are better wits out there but proceeds from the sales of this brew do help with the restoration of some windmill which is kinda cool!

Photo of Kookiekwan
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of paterlodie
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of winomark
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant medium gold with a fluffy bone white head. Very inviting. Intriguing spicy nose, with a faint honey aroma. Smells nice and interesting. Palate is very different. A dry, lavender quality up front wiht a mild, sweet wheat finish. Light mouthfeel, but quite flavorful. Somewhat sour. A very interesting beer. Even without the hops, it has a good spicy profile. Worth a try when you find it.

Photo of necoadam
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chaduvel
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ark57
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of aracauna
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was pale, pale cloudy yellow like a Hoegaarden and it had a lot of similar qualities. It's extremely light and I seemed to pick up coriander and probably some orange, but there was some vague herbally aromas and flavors that I couldn't pick up well enough to describe that made this different than just another wit. Interesting, but not amazing.

Photo of Guinness4me
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Adriaan poured a bit cloudy with a light head. The flavor first hit my tongue with a lemon-like zing and a bitterness to the back of my throat. The spices hit soon afterward with a full spectrum of mulled flavors. Little or no aftertaste.

Spiced beer is good in moderation but can get a bit redundant after 2 or 3. I can see drinking this beer with your honey by the fire on a winter's night.

Photo of jackndan
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Jopen Adriaan from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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