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Jopen Koyt - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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BA SCORE
89
very good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jopen Bier BV Haarlem visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2002)
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Hunter

Arizona

1.63/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Things don't look good. Dark brown ale with no head at all. Zippo. Bad bottle?
Smell: Caramel, damp sugars, some alcohol.
Taste: Utterly flat. More like sugary iced tea than ale.
Mouthfeel: Cloying.
Drinkability: I'm convinced I got a bad bottle. Will try to review again another time.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 21:45:08 | More by Hunter
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark orange/red. There is a thick, low hover of creamy head.

Smell: Very clean, flowery smell - lots of sweet herbs coupled with a green tea and honey.

Taste: The onset of this beer comes on with lots of spark and vibrance, powered by a sharp fruit and sugar that bubbles its way up to the roof of your mouth. As the onset fades, a less robust lemon and tea flavor enters. There is a small hint of ground black pepper at the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Its a little bubbly, but nice. It seems to mellow it pretty quickly once it is in the mouth, but the its carbonation does fill the mouth more than the wetness or saturation of the flavor

Drinkability: As far as gruits go, this one seems to me more artificial. Actually, it makes me rethink how well crafted earlier gruits might truly have been.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 03:51:36 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best before 03/2009...got a bit of age on it.
The beer pours a clear dark brown with no head and a touch of sediment. The nose is tame with a caramel sweetness and no distinct herbal characteristics. The taste is a mellow brown ale, sweet raisins upfront, with a nondistinct lingering herbal finish. The herbal flavors are slightly tomato-y with a slowly building, lingering, tangy, metallic finish. The beer is light-medium bodied characterized as being sweet, weakly herbal, drinkable, and completely uncarbonated. There is very little bitterness. This is a drinkable gruit, but I would have liked to try it fresh as the carbonation and herbal pop were both missing.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 23:15:44 | More by ThePorterSorter
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle was a gusher and lost about 40%. Poured with large (!) tan head and good lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is a slightly sour yeasty malty spicey and bitter belgian style. Flavor's about the same. Decent body and carbonation (!) Slightly boozy at the end. Much better than the other Italian Chestnut beer I just had. But that's not saying a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 03:52:37 | More by drpimento
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HiPpYcHoP

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

10-14-2012 20:43:56 | More by HiPpYcHoP
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zbooks

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

12-24-2011 20:33:09 | More by zbooks
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wine colour with a little lace. Light mouthfeel. Aged past expiry by eight months, and still quite drinkable, and likely mellowed. Tough cork to remove. Herbal and spicey, with clove and pepper, cinammon, good dark fruit soaked in there. Thanks Paul.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 05:41:43 | More by Sammy
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark, dangerous pour from a 750. tight, even, one-finger head that has not diminished in the slightest over 15 minutes of in-glass warming. pumpkin-orange highlights and a few random floaties.

smells soapy.. green apple hints and smells like rock candy tastes. very fresh in its fruitiness, with a yeasty smell reminiscent of champagne. very busy in the nose. approaching mulled wine in it sweet spice complexity.

very carbonated and heavy with alcohol-soaked dark fruits. very belgian for a dutch gruit. green apple continues and settles in a pool of brandy. cherries appear in essence, maltiness adds a rich sweetness and some thickness to counter the bubbly nature. grassy finish with some noticeable funk attributed to possible bacterials or sherry-like age.

not the best example of a true gruit that i've ever had, more like a belgian ale. still, ill recommend this as a suitable starter beer for those intimidated by heavily spiced concoctions. makes room for depth and complexity while offering a solid malty brew in the background. good.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 01:04:48 | More by goodbyeohio
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dogfooddog

Panama

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This from a trade with Absumaster.

This 8.5% bottle-conditioned beer pours a deep orange-brown with a small light tan head.

Nose is mainly of sweetened cinnamon-like spice, with other odors below I cannot name or make out. Attractive though unusual. I didn't realize this wasn in fact a spiced beer when I tried it.

Taste is of alcohol (not well-hidden), some sense of dark sweet fruity malt, and a peripheral taste of the cinnamon from the nose. Aside from the alcohol, a very enjoyable beer, but the 8.5% should be better masked.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 03:50:20 | More by dogfooddog
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, clear, amber-garnet color and it is topped by a thick light brown head. Aromas of crystal malt, dark fruit (cherry and raisin are most evident), hint of alcohol, candied fruit, and allspice. This beer has a rich creamy mouthfeel to it. The candied fruit is in the taste as well, but this beer is not overly sweet for it. The gruit herbs/spices are quite muted, I can't pick out any individual contributions. There is no real balancing bitterness here, though there is perhaps a light astringency in the finish. This is predominantly a fruity tasting beer, it tastes like a cross between a fruit cake and a spice cake. This would be an appropriate beer for a cold winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 17:19:31 | More by Gueuzedude
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Keegan

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-17-2012 18:34:42 | More by Keegan
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-17-2013 19:54:19 | More by Ciocanelu
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer that's brewed, not with hops, but with a mix of herbs, of which 'Myrica gale' is the main (and for a long time controversial) ingredient.
A 15th century receipe.
Oats based, stated on the bottle label.

A: Dark brown colour, cloudy, with a beige head that's pretty good. It really looks like a stout.
S: This beer has a gardensmell to it. flowers, herbs. Also a bit of coffee and bread.
T: Not a very robust beer, a bit spicy, roasted grains. and herbs.
M: This beer goes down easy. The yeast is masked pretty well by the mixture of herbs.
D: It's interesting to try this one, and imagine what people would think of it 6 centuries ago.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 16:35:06 | More by RuudJH
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a gruit beer and is a replicate of an ancient beer.

Appearance is not very good, red/brown with little head and not much carbonation.

Smell is nice, earthy with a strong caramellic smell and some chocolate.

Taste is caramel, tobacco, candy sweets and slightly sweet. A good maltiness and some flowery and spicy tastes. Could this be the gagel that I taste. I don't know how this tastes, but for me it is clear that this beer is really something special. The other tastes in here are so special that I don't know where they are coming from, but I don't mind, taste is good.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 16:42:37 | More by Absumaster
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SimonTja

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-07-2014 17:59:02 | More by SimonTja
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Bandi

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-19-2013 19:54:51 | More by Bandi
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

09-29-2013 11:08:03 | More by samEBC
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BartMcStout

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-09-2014 09:25:44 | More by BartMcStout
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Hayley_86

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-21-2014 18:10:12 | More by Hayley_86
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thierrynantes

France

3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : yeasty and spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : herbal notes, leading to bitter finish.
Overall : a good beer in the style traditional ale (old gruit).

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 18:12:59 | More by thierrynantes
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color- A dark amber, mahagony, cherry wood stain. Semi-creamy and almost opaque.

Smell- Smells like a creamy, green apple salad with a pronounced herbal end.

Taste- The green apple flavor follows the smell with a creamy malt aftertaste that lingers a couple seconds after you swallow. Alos conjures up hints of coriander, orange peel, and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel- A little heavier than I expected.The carbonation does help dilute the unexpected heavinessthe that creamy flavor promotes.

Drinkability- I would not want drink another bottle until 2 hours after I had the first. This would be a good after dinner beer to have by itself.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 02:29:38 | More by scruffwhor
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whynot44

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, cloudy, translucent reddish brown with a brief yellowish tan head.

The aroma is fruity/spicy, plums, dark cherries, allspice?

The taste is sweet up front with plums, raisins, dark cherries, somewhat of a candied fruit taste, with a spicy, somewhat astringent overtone. Something like a spiced, rum-laced fruitcake. Interesting and not bad.

Worth a try just for the history but also enjoyable, even for a hophead like me. Alcohol content is not obvious but builds up a nice warmth over the course of a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 05:22:59 | More by whynot44
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rallison

California

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at least 2 years old, possibly up to 5 years old.

Pours an amber red with a 1/2 finger white head that diminishes and leaves no lacing.

Smells very much of herbs - medicinal, to an extent - with some vinegar and spiciness (likely from the herbs as well). Quite interesting. The vinegar notes either preclude a very interesting beer, or possibly an over-the-hill, horrible bottle. Let's find out..

Tons of herbs in here. I can't quite pinpoint them, but some of them most definitely lean toward medicinal. Somewhat spicy, but not over the top. Hints of red wine, dried fruits and caramel. Finishes with herbal spice.

Nicely carbonated with a fair richness.

Recommended. I can definitely see this being a beer with quite a history. I'd be curious to know how close this comes to the original versions. Unique - I like that.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 07:56:38 | More by rallison
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown, generous 1 inch light brown head, diminishing. Surprisingly cerealic aroma, like sweet wheat or oat cereals with a touch of brown sugar, accompanied with clove spiced toasted bread. On the tongue, the same show keeps on with that buckwheat pancakes alike malt worthy of praise. Very bready, incredibly well-hidden alcohol. Great alcohol hiding. Subtle yeast component. Fading balancing leafy bitterness. Medium body fits well. Well built.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 03:13:06 | More by Rastacouere
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok, so I'm a hop-head and I'll try to keep this review somewhat objective.

Pours a dark amber/crimson, fairly clean and clear. No much of a head; off-tan about 1/2 finger. It does look a bit flat, no pop in the cork, and this harms the feel of it later on.

Sweet aroma, malty yet not husky. Fruits and booze, non-sweet

Tastes very sweet at first, but it dies down considerably, which is good. it has a syrupy feel at first, but that fades away too...more carbonation would have been better. Fruits and sweet caramel, sweet bread, spice, herbal and floral--but earthy floral.

Overall, this is a nice beer. Didnt' think I'd drink the whole 750ml bottle...but I did.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 19:23:33 | More by Mebuzzard
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Jopen Koyt from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
89 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.