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Jopen Koyt - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jopen Bier BV Haarlem visit their website

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Jose9e, Jul 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Keegan, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of muusers
4/5  rDev -0.2%

muusers, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
best before 03/05/09 on cork
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a garnet glow at the base and a thin wispy head that is soon gone and a slow microcarbonation that glides up the sides of the glass.

S- The brown malt aroma has some dry toffee and wet wood characteristics with walnuts and cherry stones to follow.

T- The dry woody brown malt flavor has some dry toffee and cherry stone flavors to follow. There is just a touch of sweetness in the finish with a soft green herbal and tea berry hint in the finish. The pot caramel and cola notes come through in the brown malt flavor as the beer opens up.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat and a slightly watery texture that turns a bit slippery in the finish.

O- This is a great blend of characters with some faint flanders red hints and some nice bock qualities all come together. If I would have seen the date before I bought it I would have passed on it but it was quite a surprise to taste this good given the age on it.

rhoadsrage, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

zbooks, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of BMoldy
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pretty dark mahogany-colored brew with a large light-brown head that sticks around for a few minutes and leaves good lacing.

S: Very spicy, sort of ginger-like aroma, with maybe some licorice, cinnamon and nutmeg in the background. Juniper would make sense, for a Dutch beer. Brown sugar-esque sweetness. A touch floral as well.

T: Again, super spicy in the beginning, like drinking an herbal tonic of some sort. Faint bitter orange flavor as well. The caramel-like malt starts to show about midway through with the slightest hint of toastiness. Alcohol flavor is absent, but a warming sensation is certainly present as it goes down. The spiciness definitely does its job of keeping the malt in check, though it is a little overpowering. Finishes relatively sweet and a touch sticky.

M: Medium-bodied leaning towards the heavy side. Good but unassertive carbonation keeps the beer from being too overpowering and gives it a nice crispness, though I still feel like this is a little bigger than it should be, especially with the 8.5% ABV.

O: A very cool and different beer. The spices are very present and do their job well. My only complaint is that it's maybe a little too strong and would benefit (at least drinkability-wise) from being brewed to a lower gravity. Not sure if I'll be revisiting it any time soon, but it was definitely worth trying.

BMoldy, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev -0.2%

rekel, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Brabander
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer from another planet! This taste is way different form other Dutch beers....

Got this beer form my cousin Peter yesterday and put it in the fridge for a night. Now it's time to drink it.

Poured in my Hoegaarden glass the beer looks very nice, deepdarkred fluid with a broken white head. After the head is gone the is a pretty amount of lacing in the glass.

Very special smell, almost like a bouquet.

Taste with a bit of salmiak.

You should try this one!

Brabander, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
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.

Mebuzzard, May 30, 2011
Photo of professorpint
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle purchased at Brussin Ales in Asheville, NC. Copper brown in color, spicy herbal, yet floral, bouquet, deep yet crisp with little syrupy aftertaste.

Exceptional example of what a gruit style has to offer. I was told that it is a 15th century recipe. If this is what beer was like before hops, then I say burn the hop crops and start growing herbs.

professorpint, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of mytireisfat
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 25 fl oz tall brown bottle.

A: One finger brownish head that dissipates quick. Brown in color.

S: This was a strange one. get a sweetness out of it. and spices... also i thought maybe getting a cola flavor out of it. and a teriyaki smell too... kind of weird.

T: Sweetness, chocolate, a bit flat (in a good way), spices.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: I really liked this beer. first gruit beer ive had, so its hard to judge. but i liked it. would love to buy again.

mytireisfat, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of drpimento
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.

drpimento, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of PapaEugene
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jopen koyt brewed after an year 1407 recipe. It contains a herbal mixture of which some people say it makes you hallucinate.... but that never happened to me while drinking this Koyt.

Poured it into my Rochefort glass.

A: It forms a medium head that collapses quiet fast, but leaves a nice lacing throughout the drinking. Nice robust brown color.

S: Caramel, roasted malts and it's easy to notice a herbal aroma which is unique to this beer.

T: Caramel again, some hint of coffee, malts, fruity though not sure which ones. This is probably caused by the light herbal taste. A little bitterness, mainly in the aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, a little creamy.

D: Very drinkable and a very original one. Like a good dark trappist/abbey beer with a pinch of extraordinairy herbs. Will keep this one in stock.

PapaEugene, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a friend for my birthday some time ago. Poured into a Westmalle glass. The beer pours a redish-brown color with a two finger thick head that disappeared fast during drinking.

The scent is warm, an aroma of herbs, spices and some hints of alcohol and some sweetness that I cannot define (dark fruits??).

The taste is spicy with malts, some sweet caramel-chocolate taste, and again some undefined fruits. Very rich in taste. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good, medium thickness with medium-high carbonation

Overall a very good beer, not comparable to anything I had before. I read it is not brewed with hops in antoher review, but with herbs. The resulting spicy smell and taste reminds me a little bit of cough syrup, but than the nice one you can't stop drinking. A must try!

rvdoorn, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice gruit from Jopen. Pours a rich mahogany with a tna head. Nose has a nice collection of herbs along with nutty malts. Taste also has a nice grain profile, but the spice presence is a bit dull. Medium to full body, carbonation a bit high. Good example of the style.

rye726, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of RuudJH
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.

RuudJH, Apr 28, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisit 3.5 years since my first encounter; BB 22/04/10, served between cool and lightly-chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: dark mahogany hue with light cloudiness of yeast sediments, topped with a dirty dark beige frothy head settling only reluctantly
S: just as nice as the last bottle, full of deeply-scented and yet soul-lifting herbs & spices on a par with jammy, thick, syrupy and treacle-ish dark maltiness, with ginger, cinnamon and licorice coming before other mixed spices and, most notably, smoked black-prune juice in the fruit-malty department. Lovely...
T: really delicious... the slightly alcoholic swallow of dark malts is mixed inextricably with burned & jammy dark fruits (fat raisins and prunes), as well as a rich yet by-no-means overpowering input of "gruit", featuring ginger, licorice, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and what-not on a flat bedrock of spiced-coffee-flavoured toffee, bitter chocolates, caramel-coated walnuts, and treacle. Mildly chewy and bitter-sweet (a bit like cold, sweetened black tea) in the finish, witnessing a nice balancing work from the hops and burned malts, as well as a lightly sour touch of dark fruits that helps to keep a balance at the tail.
M&D: softly carbonated, light-bodied but never thin, this heavily-spiced ale is also deliciously malty and fruity in every sense with a decent complexity and sound body overall. Somehow, this bottle tastes even more impressive than my last encounter, which I take as a good thing!

* Tasting Date: 30/09/05
Purchased at the Beer Circus in E. Croydon, London. 30cl brown bottle, the BB date is 22/12/05.
3.5 A: served in a tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a dark ruby to deep reddish-brown colours, after force-pouring the head is still moderate, dissipating slowly into oblivion; very low carbonation as far as I can see against light.
4.5 S: spicy, spicy, spicy--like a pack of mulled-wine spice infused in plum juice... cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, a touch of marzepan, and refreshing note of mint-leaves(?) dominate the nose, while hidden beneath is a slightly sweetish, chocolatey, burned dark-fruity base of mixed malts. Overall quite refreshing and heart-lifting, not overdone at all! I like it.
3.5 T: an interesting, "floating" texture of sour-sweet malts hits the palate, immediately bringing on board a thin-bodied ripe blueberry-ish juicy flavour mixing with the mild maltiness with a touch of nutmeg (or the like...) and black licorice; quite light on spice and light on everything else, while the mid-flavour of malts passes on to slightly warmish touch on the swallow with minimum influence from the overwhelming spices on the nose... why?
3.5 M&3 D: slightly stimulating initially but overall quite smooth; the body is too thin and flavour too simple and timid compared with the promising aroma. I wonder if it's meant to be like this, and perhaps that it's nearing the BB date has to do with the lack of spicy intervention on the palate and in the aftertaste? It's an interesting brew all the same, though my curiosity and interest stops with this bottle (at 2.5pounds a bottle!!)...

wl0307, Mar 17, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle. synthetic cork has "best before 03/05/09". poured into tulip.

very dark amber, no haze. moderate, light tan head soon fades to wisps and a ring. somewhat scattered, thin lacing.

aroma is malty caramel, prune juice, plums and spice (anise, cinnamon, and maybe coriander), molasses, raisins and brown sugar.

flavors are similar: malty, fruity and mildly herbal. sweet but gently phenolic in the back. faint bitterness in the finish.

medium body, with gentle to moderate carbonation, goes into a very faint astringency in the finish.

sweetness almost approaches cloying, but overall remains quite drinkable, esp. with something like thyme-pepper-garlic seasoned lamb chops.

tai4ji2x, Feb 17, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork-caged 750 ml bottle - Best before 08/05/09 printed on cork.

Pours dark brown with a light tan head that stays.

The smell is spicy - nutmeg, cinnamon, earthy herbs, and a strong caramel/toffee. The spices rennder an earthiness that takes the place of hops very well. More than pleasantly surprised here!

The taste is of caramel/toffee with spicy earthy bitterness (and without hops!) Anise, nutmeg, cinnamon spiciness blends so well and mesh with the toffeeish malt, yet stops short of being over-spiced, and allows the maltiness to dominate, but in a balanced way. Alcohol is not noticeable in taste, though becomes quite warming after half-way through the 750 bottle. Earthy, complex, yet not overwhelming, with a nice maltiness. It has a creamy, medium to full body. Drinks dangerously smoothly, though slows down to a very sippable sipper! This is unique, interesting, and well-done!

jwc215, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of rallison
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.

rallison, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of ntillemans
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown, somewhat cloudy, nice three fingers of head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Smells fruity, like fig

T: Fruity, spicy taste, alcohol...detect anise (but not overbearing)...tatses like the traditional gruit spices are present. It's a little thin after the initial burst of flavor (where the alcohol jumps to the fore) and before the aftertaste. If not for that momentary thinness, I would have given the taste of this the highest mark.

M: There's a nice effervessence and creaminess. I was expecting less body, head and cabonation from a gruit. So, well done.

D: I split the 750 ml bottle with my wife. I would have finished the bottle if I were on my own. I'll definitely try this one again.

ntillemans, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish brown with a half inch thick head that settles quickly to a thin bubbly ring.

S: A hearty aroma with hints of dark fruit with the alcohol coming through. It makes me want to taste it even more.

T: The dark fruit aroma comes through in the taste. The spicing that makes it fall into this category tastes similar to cinnamon. The alcohol is definitely present in the flavor as well. This one is a great example of the whole being better than the sum of its parts.

M: The spicing and carbonation tickle the tongue making it very interesting to roll around in the mouth. The thickness adds to the experience as well.

D: I really enjoyed everything about this beer. It made me come back for more early and often.

GatorBeerNerd, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Jopen pours a nice ruby brown mix and tops off with a nice thick three finger head. The smell was strong. It consisted of fruit, herbs, and spices. The taste was of berries, spices, herbs, and slight after notes of caramel. The mouthfeel was good. The flavors explode on the palate. It was very easy to drink with a little carbonation. I would definitely go for this again!

ROMER79, Feb 26, 2008
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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.

dogfooddog, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
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.

Absumaster, Dec 02, 2006
Jopen Koyt from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
89 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.