Jopen Koyt - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Hunter
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.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
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.

Photo of whynot44
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
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.

Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
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.

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy with a big fluffy off white head,wow the aromas are quite a treat cinnamon and clove dominate with a nice underlying cherry fruitiness both intermingle very well together.Seems to be quite complex,nutmeg and cloves really show up with a real grape juice flavor showing up with just a hint of green herbs in the finish.I have to say I have never had a beer taste so much like grape before it was rather pleasant.My second gruit and I really enoyed this one.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl. brown bottle with cage and cork. I had to get pliers to get the cork out, man was that sucker tight.

Poured a clouded dark mahogany with a small collar of off-white froth.

Bananas, clove, green apple peel in the nose.

Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Tart and dry, nice roasty malt taste towards the back. Herbs act as hops to help balance the sweetness in the finish. Interesting graininess in the mouthfeel.

My first Gruit, and I wasn't let down. Very interesting and amazing considering the absence of hops!

Photo of edchicma
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with a quickly dissipating head. Nose is a blend of fruit, wine, malt and grassy elements...very nice. Tatse is excellent. Malt and alcohol on the front..belnding into a lightly biiter finish. Mouthfeel is suprising light for the high abv. Very easy on the drinkability scale, considering the high abv also. Some qualities of a Double...but without the abundance of port-wine like qualities. A very nice change of pace.

Photo of paterlodie
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What a great nose, to say there must be "gagel" in this beer! Strange but a good change of nose every now and then cant harm and this one is exceptional. Too bad there is hardly any carbon dioxide and with it of course hardly any foam. Further a full malty and spicy bitter taste with a bitter aftertaste.
Too bad for for foam and mouthfeel but all in all most certainly one I go for again!

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy crimson/amber coloration, with various floatablities, running rampant, an excellent helping of froth buzzing atop.
big spice in the nose, cinnamon, clove, huge, and spilling over with dark fruit, as well, big time cherries, and grapes, and prunes, a wicked mix, not your average cornucopia in the least! Enticing and intoxicating!
In the taste, more of these flavors recurr, ever so pleasantly, the palate is coated well with sweet, rich fruit and copious spicy accompaniament. Full bodied, long, clinging finish, memorable flavor.
I'm still considering this brew, halfway through the bottle, but it definitely registers among the best beers from the Netherlands to have ever reached my lips.
As I finish the bottle, I can only reflect on the marvelous, rich, delciousness...I definitely need to return to the store and stock up on more, for this is a very fine bottle indeed.
Very slick in feel and flavor, rich in taste and texture, full in body and character...damnit, I like it, don't care what you say! I'm an unabashed fan of this stuff, and you can cuff me if you like, I'll still sing it on high (and try to procure a case for personal consumption!)

Photo of Rastacouere
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a crystal clear medium amber with a small bubble tan and compact head that laced the glass.

The aroma was earth and malty with no real spice in it.

The flavor was almost Belgian and farmhouse with a dry bitterness but the first taste was sweet on the palate, but that quickly went dry. A nice caramel spicy flavor and then alcohol.

The finish was dry and alcoholic with spiciness through the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium light.

A complex and interesting beer.

Corked 25 ounce bottle. The cork was near impossible to remove.

Photo of mickeymac
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After this beer was passed over several times, it finally hit the basket for the ride home. Poured from a 750 ml bottle, it's a murky reddish-brown with an off-white head that disappears almost immediately. It's not the most inviting looking beer in the world. However, its modest appearance is more than made up for by the smell and taste. Gentle fruity smells are backed up by a very nice herbal/spice smell. The taste strikes an intriguing balance of fruity sweetness and medicinal herbs. The 8.5% abv isn't immediately apparent in the taste, but a pleasant and slowly developing warmth announces the alcohol's presence. It's not an everyday beer, but it certainly is worth a try. History in bottle.

Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Photo of SeanChouffe
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A translucent copper/amber color. Good head retention, with a fine layer that lasts. Lacing is sticky. Aroma is earthy, astringent, spicy and light on the hops. Taste is sweet and spicy-- earthy with a very slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and effervescent.

I had this on tap in Amsterdam. I remember it being darker and a more intense. This bottled version was still an experience.

Photo of ark57
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a clear brown with a head that dissipates fast. The aroma is fruity and earthy. The medioum body is malty and has some fruitiness with some sweetness up front. It finishes with a peppery dryness. I really liked this gruit. It is not the first hopless beer that I have tried, but it is one of my favorites. It is excellent for a cold winter night.

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear brown/ruby red with a quickly fading head of brown/tan. Aromas are very fruity, and consist of various malts, spices, candy sugar, yeast, and more. The taste is quite fruity. Sweet up front and dry in the finish with malts and spices in the taste. The mouthfeel is great with a wonderful texture that is medium bodied and great. The drinkability is also excellent.

Overall, this is an amazingly interesting and complex beer, considering that it has NO hops. Hey if medievil beer was like this...send me back in time!

Photo of yen157
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying LBB wasn’t kidding about the cork. :-o

Beer poured with a tan, rocky head that resembled hardened, molded foam. The beer itself was cloudy and reddish amber. The nose consisted of fresh granny smith apples, but in a dusty cellar kind of way. Some brambly berries emerge, both in flavor and tartness, as the beer warms. The alcohol becomes apparent, too. It certainly was herbal in a wonderful kind of way. Nothing too over-the-top like once could easlity imagine a gruit being. Bready malt, slightly fruity, and a little toasty with a tea-like quality on the finish.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this one is a *turn up* for the books!
A traditional Dutch Gruit Bier. My First!

A beer brewed by a collective group under the leadership of a chap called Michel Ordeman, who recreates traditional beers from the Haarlem area (no not that one!, the one with a double ‘a’ in the province of North Holland, Netherlands). Jopen "Brewery" BV does NOT have their own brewery, but they do recreate Medieval & Middle Age recipes, & have them Contract Brewed (they have been brewed at the Halve Maan, Van Steenberge & others since 1993). The recipe for Jopen Koyt originates from 1407. BTW, Jopen is the old Dutch name for a Beer Cask.

Comes in a 750ml tall, thin neck bottle. ‘½In-½Out’ Cork & Wired Caged. The Cork was a ****er to get out, I had to resort to pliers to get a good grip! Huge expulsion, with lots of slow moving gray steamy gun smoke.

Massive thick tan head, large expanse at first made it difficult to pour. It settles to a thick pillowy ½” which lasts, & lasts. Great lacing. Dark-brown, when back-lit it has a slight cloudy appearance & a red-orange hue at times.

The aroma is very enticing. Where to start; peppery dark spices, fruity malts, some grain, dark fruits and the alcohol definitely comes through in the *very* aromatic nose towards the end. I got Aniseed & Curacao Oranges in the background – its feint, but it is there.

This is very good. It’s amazing that a beer with NO hops, and just Oats and Spices to balance the Malts works SO well – it tastes SO good. This has quite a complex body & layered taste profiles.

Finishes with a mildly warming, fruity alcohol finish that lingers. Big in the mouthfeel, well rounded and smooth drinking, it kicks ass, but it is subtle in its stature. The finish has support from the 8.5% alcohol, but equally from the spices, which leaves the tongue with an aniseed and licorice tingle at times.

This 75cl Bottle cost me $8. Probably one of the most expensive Dutch beers I have ever purchased. But Damn, it was well worth it!

Oats, Wheat & Barley in the Mash with a Gruit of several Spices. Hopheads may not even understand this beer (which may confirm the rumors) – how could they when there are NO Hops? I know, NO Hops – yet this is excellent!!! Unique & WELL Worth a Try.

I must get some more of this beer for my Beer C-ellar-upboard.
Can't wait to age this one!

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

A very different beer this is enjoyable nonetheless. From the start to the finish this very different in taste and aroma. The look is dark thick amber with a nice tan head and lacing. The sweetness is balanced here by the fruity spices which appear in the nose as well. Cherry sourness, or rather, tartness seems to play off the maltiness in a way that limts the malt power. The feel is different and a bit hard to describe, but good just the same. Limited drinkability, I believe this to be an infrequent sipping beer, perhaps nicely paired with a dessert dish.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a gruit, brewed without hops. It relies on herbs and spices to balance the sweetness of the malt. Cloudy. Brownish in color with a very fine and creamy 1/4" tan head that holds very, very well and leaves some good lace. The body is medium with a very fine effervescence that makes it quite soft in the mouth. The aroma is fairly full with dark fruit, cherries, tartness, a lightly peppery spiciness, soft caramel maltiness, and some herbal qualities that I can't readily define. The herbs do give a drying quality and the beer is well rounded. Some fruity & herbal maltiness lingers in the finish, but it's not sticky as the tartness balances it. The alcohol is well hidden, only emerging toward the end of the serving. A very unique, interesting, and rewarding beer. Quite enjoyable. Much more balanced and mellow than I'd expected. Absolutely worth trying.

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Jopen Koyt from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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