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Jopen Adriaan - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 19.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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: 57 | Reviews: 44
Photo of cjgator3
1.62/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a copper hue with very minimal carbonation producing a thin ring of lace. The aroma is like no other beer I have tried yet. There is a sour and a tad musty with some spices. The taste has some lemon flavors along with spices and mineral like flavors. The mouthfeel is awful, resembling water more than beer. Wow, this is easily one of the worst beers that I have ever had. If it was a little cheaper, it would have gone down the drain after the first few sips, but I forced myself to finish it.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased for $3.49 at the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

Lots of sediment floats in the chill-hazed, faded iced tea colored body. There's some honey and oats in the aroma, along with a minor note of smokewood. The first sip struck me as odd, but I started to enjoy it the more I drank it. For a modest approximation, take a witbier and replace the hops with herbs. I don't guaranteee you'll like it because it's different, but if you're into trying new things, give this a look.

Photo of acostein
1.63/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From a ($5.69) 12 oz bottle. Pours ever so slightly cloudy, pale orange. Very little carbonation -- only a few bubbles came to the surface. Smells overwhelmingly of mustard with a background of honey. Taste is tart and honey, lacking any maltiness. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. The beer is almost as flat as water. Tart, spicy lingering aftertaste.

Made me downright unhappy. Drain pour.

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.39/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazed golden color with no head. Nose is lemon like with a lemongrass edge to it as well. Flavor is slightly tart and leafy (as in the leaves of plants). I usually dig flavored or spiced beers, but this is nasty. Feel is thin like water and syrup mixed together. Not drinkable. This could easily be the worst brew I have tasted in a long time; on par with the infamous green chile beer I had in New Mexico. Avoid.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is one of the main reasons that I am glad I’ve 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 I’m glad I had.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 didn’t like..but after time it grew on me. I actually enjoyed the balance that if offered. Nice change of pace.

Photo of Bighuge
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of albern
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty middle of the road selection. The pour has absolutely no head, not even much of a phizz popping the bottle top. I wasn't sure if I was getting a bad bottle. The smell is of orange rind, coriander, maybe a little lime. There is a slight tanginess to the flavor, no hops at all, some citrus type of mouthfeel, maybe a little sourish too. This beer is just too watered down, light bodied, and weak for my tastes. It has the fruitiness to be sweet but isn't, it has the smell and mouthfeel to be more substantial but it isn't. This is another potential summer refresher, but why pay the steep price for a summer-ade. I'm not sure of the spices that the beer is brewed with, I couldn't really detect enough presence to be able discern what they might be. Keep looking.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly murky golden with some noticeable sediment. Aroma is of papaya and diluted lemon juice- little notice of spice. The taste is mostly sour with little spice presence. Not real sour, more watered down. There is a little bit of a honeyed aftertaste as well. The spice that is thereis sort of soapy tasting and nbot real well integrated with the other flavors. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and watery. Not real drinkable.

Photo of DogFood11
1.08/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Picked up as a single from the Wine house in west Los Angeles. It forms a thin head with traces of lace left behind. Hazed and unfiltered body. Orangeish hue's and medium to mild carbonation.

Tart at times but really this brews backbone is malts. Caramel comes into the picture. Slightly spiced up but in the end this brew is garbage in my opinion. Some over ripe fruits that lay down like a beaten down dog. Boring.

Notes: Not for me. I rarely take a shit on a beer but this is just a debacle. Close to 1's across the board. Avoid.

Photo of Absumaster
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is one of the first beers, that I flushed down, not because it had gone bad, but I could not stand the taste of the beer.
It started out pretty fine, a murky amber colored beer with a stable head.
Smell was herbal with some flowery notes. No bitterness, but that is not unusual for a gruit beer.
Then the first sip, mhh another one, some wheat and gruit I think, not bitter. Third sip I get associations with vomit, a sweet-sour taste which was sickening. After that I finished the small glass I had, the rest was flushed away. Too bad!

Photo of geetlord
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of taez555
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of putnam
4.42/5  rDev +30.4%
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 +21.5%
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 +13.6%
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 +25.4%
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 +4.7%
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 +0.6%
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 +0.3%
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 +6.5%
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 +6.8%
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 -10.6%
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 +12.7%
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 +26.8%
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.

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Jopen Adriaan from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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