Kopi Loewak | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands
brouwerijdemolen.nl

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rvdoorn on 11-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
193
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
18.58%
 
 
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Photo of mulder1010
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

180 ML nip bottle poured into a snifter
Thanks to Baggio for the bottle

A--- OH, it wants to be a gusher. Careful opening saved that. Thanks other reviewers :). Pours a dark muddy, murky brown. Settles in the glass a murky black with slight tints of brown and ruby. One finger mocha colored head that is thick and stays at one finger for a bit. Does recede to a layer of thick film. Couple spots of lacing.

S-- Lots of coffee. Underneath the big coffee nose is some milk chocolate, roast and citrus.

T-- Coffee, milk chocolate, bittering citrus hops, and roast.

M-- Full bodied and low carbonation. Coffee does smooth out in the mouth and get more of milk chocolate, roast, grapefruit and pine. Good acidic dry coffee finish.

O-- Nice beer. Nothing that wows but a good beer.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am a little confused. I had this beer at my uncle's Peter's place, where he shared this fantastic beer with me. But I wrote down that th ABV is 11,2%!!! Did we have a another batch, because I am pretty certain I wrote it down correctly?

A - Pitch black (alway a good thing if it comes to beer :)) and a beige head.

S - Coffee, chocolate and citrus like hops.

T - Much more taste than the smell gave away. A nice coffee and chocolate mixture with some great hop presence. The beer was sweet upfront and bitter in the finish.

M - A soft carbonation that goes very excellent with the taste. It would have been nice if the body was a little thicker. The finish was a nicely bitter.

O - A very nice coffee stout, to my not so humble opinion among the Dutch best stouts.

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Photo of ImperialStoat
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yikes, what a disappointment.

Appearance: Uhh...Black? Not opaque but reddish-black. No head, just a few scant bubbles.

Smell: A French-press that hasn't been washed in a couple of days. It smells of coffee, no doubt, but generic coffee all the same. Otherwise: an ashtray, malted barley.

Taste: The aforementioned stale French-press quality, plus ash and some milk chocolate. Not complex at all, and the complete lack of carbonation/head doesn't help matters. You may as well just smell a bag of old coffee.

Mouthfeel: A medium mouthfeel with no carbonation to speak of. Surprisingly easy to drink, perhaps for that reason.

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Photo of Lunch
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Mr. ygtbsm94 at his home during a tasting, thanks!

Poured into a Jester King snifter and this guy foams like a motherfucker. Almost black with some crazy lacing. Goddamn is the nose loaded with coffee and some sweet cream. Taste is very similar, but not quite as rich. Some roast in there as well adds some bitterness.

An interesting beer and glad that I tried it, but not something that I need to have again.

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Photo of psiweaver
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into my oakquinox tasting glass. Brought this back from Holland.

A: pours a thick black with a very small dark brown head that disappears almost immediately.

S: lots of coffee and chocolate notes with some roasty malts

T: lots of coffee some chocolate and some roasty malt, not terribly complex but good if you like coffee.

M: a little under carbonated and overly bitter with the coffee

overall a very good beer especially if your into coffee stouts one that is worth searching out.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ygtbsm94 for opening this bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

The initial pour foams like crazy. Huge light tan head and a bit of lacing as it eventually settles. The nose has coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Coffee galore. Good amount of cream there as well. Nose indicates that this is going to be really smooth and delicious, and the taste confirms that the nose was not lying. Strong coffee with a bit of roast, cream, and a mild oaky presence. Medium body. Smooth finish. Delicious.

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Photo of STEG
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Jeffo for this one.

As I got the first part of the cap off of the .18cl bottle my palm was met with a huge rush of air. I hurried to get the cap off, glass at the ready, but unyielding, it rushed the open orifice. fizzing slightly but with another deft cap release I was able to free the beer and pour the majority of the pitch black liquid into the duvel tulip on deck. As the bottle slowly emptied the glass filled at a much faster rate. After waiting 3 times for the head to recede I was able to fit all of the massive 6oz nip bottle into my miniscule Duvel tulip.

A mixed bag of bubbles was present all the way up to the rim of the Duvel tulip for a solid 20 seconds then dissipated to a thin layer of circling bubbles. One of the more impressive coffee noses I've experience. Huge coffee notes are backed up by cocoa powder and earthy wood notes, odd considering there's no oak in the present in the brewing process that I know of. There's also a very slight vanilla note hidden in there somewhere.

Taste has a coffee acidity present up front followed by a sweeter chocolate and malty center and finishing up with more acidity from the monkey shit coffee.

Mouthfeel was really disappointing. Moderately lively carbonation kept you wanting to come back for more but then it falls apart with the excessively thin mouthfeel. I sense no alcohol whatsoever, well done in that regard.

Overall this was worth the try and I was able to get the usual experience with playing russian roulette with de molen. I guess I kinda won with this one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is quite over-carbonated. As the head gradually fades, the color is finally revealed...dark brown. Shocker. Ample lacing sticks to the sides of the tulip glass. The aroma brings roast, alcohol, subtle coffee. The taste is alright, with coffee and roast notes. Unfortunately, the beer is indeed over-carbonated, adversely affecting every aspect of the beer. Oh well. Not nearly on the same level with the 666.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled July 2010
Well this is a bit excessively carbonated, a soft pour produces a huge, light brown colored head and the body is a dark, black color. The coffee character in this beer is hugely aromatic with some sharper acidic, roast coffee notes too. This reminds me a lot of a mocha and the coffee is definitely the dominant character here, but if you dig there are some touches of toasted grain character towards the finish.

The beer is quite dry tasting and has a touch of acidity to it along with a big roast grain character and coffee note. This is actually very dry, it seems even super-attenuated, which certainly accentuates the acid flavors here. Smooth mocha flavors can't quite help balance out the dryness or acidity. This is a pretty simplistic beer, it really needs some malt and body to be even remotely balanced. This is interesting as a pure coffee beer, but not too great to really drink. I wonder if it has been infected, it doesn't really taste like it , but the fact that it is so over-attenuated makes me think it might be.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

18cl bottle poured into my Darkness glass, picked up in Gent...As i put the cap its gushes a bit, but I'm not expected for all head pour. About 2 oz of beer equalled about 12 inches of light tan head. Great retention, the head is fluffy and interesting with huge bubbles, and nice lacing. I would normally give an appearance like that a better score but the head is so annoying in not only making pour several times but making me wait forever to drink it...A light aroma that just shows off the coffee. The coffee is really nice and smooth but somewhat boring and unbalanced. As it warms some nice sweet chocolate does start to present...The taste is ton of coffee as expected, but I really like it better in the aroma than I do in reality. The coffee is light, stale, alcoholic; ironically its still pretty good, just not great...The feel is lighter but tough and tannic...Glad this is a small bottle, would be tough to drink a big bottle.

This is pretty good, just feel it could be better, slightly disappointing.

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Photo of tpd975
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge Thanks to SeaBass for sharing this one with me.

A: Pours a nice darker shade of brown. Huge fizzy tan head. The head hangs around for a bit before dying to a tight ring. Nice spotty lace.

S: Tons of coffee. Very aggressive roast with notes of acidic bitterness. Light chocolate undertones, but this one is all about coffee.

T: You guessed it coffee. Very earthy, almost dirty tasting. Sort of like the coffee you would find in the rustic parts of the world. The acid level is fairly high with some tar like elements. There are mild chocolate notes with a bit of charred oak.

M: On the lighter side of body, bitey carbonation, dry finish.

D: Pretty good. This one comes in a small bottle and we split it two ways. Could have easily sipped on it myself though.

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Photo of Jeffo
1.83/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Brewed 8 March and bottled 14 April 2010. Bottle 1339 of 1446.

From an 18cl bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Sounded like a gun shot upon opening and started to gush a little. Never a good sign for a big stout. Poured out a murky dirty-looking dark brown and produced a massive four finger thinner-looking bubbly popping mocha colored head that was pot-holed like Swiss cheese. Dark murky brown or black in the glass with a little bit of carbonation evident in the form of tiny bubbles. Head slowly fades leaving some chunky lacing on the sides. A thick foamy cap stays until the end and leaves some bubbly chunky lacing down the glass. Looks like an abomination of an imperial stout.

SMELL: Some roasted and caramel malts, but the coffee shows through of course. Mostly bitter roasted coffee and a touch of powdery cocoa as well. Nice, though too mild to be memorable.

TASTE: Some roasted and caramel malts, followed by roasted coffee beans, much like the nose indicated. Roasted and bitter coffee aftertaste is bold and lingering, with a touch of sour funk in there at the end. Taste is bolder than the nose had led on, but the little sour funkiness is a little odd. Not sure if this was intended or the signs of a problem. Either way, it's not appealing.

PALATE: Very light and thin bodied. Creamy on the palate, but far too much carbonation for the style. Very airy and it blows up in your mouth. Goes down fine with a bit of a burn at the back, but it's somewhat out of control.

OVERALL: De Molen really is hit or miss with their imperial stouts, and this one was a complete whiff. Not sure if something was starting to rear its ugly head on this one, but it certainly wasn't enjoyable at all. The look was atrocious and the feel completely off for the style, not to mention a little odd bit of sour funk residing in the taste profile as well. Not something I would recommend; not this batch at least. De Molen makes a lot of fantastic imperial stouts, so there's no need to remember this one.

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Photo of gford217
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

18cl bottle #172 from Jan.

First things first - this thing sounded like a shotgun when I popped the cap and the subsequent pour was a dark, dark brown with an absolutely massive head that filled up the glass completely and receded very slowly, leaving a big bubbly cap and solid lacing.

The aroma is all about the freshly ground coffee. There are some sweet malts underneath, but it's really about the bitter, fresh coffee in the nose.

The taste is probably heavier on coffee than the aroma and that suits me just fine. I mean, it's like sipping on an iced latte with an extra shot. It's definitely bitter, especially in the finish and there is a noticeable alcohol burn in the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty light for an impy stout and over-carbonated for my tastes.

This one doesn't feel like an impy stout but, damn, if you like coffee, this one's for you. Just chock full of fresh coffee from start to finish. Loved it.

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Photo of BeerShirts
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle number #3

A- Very Dark almost black with a lasting head that just stuck to whatever it touched
S-Coffee of course, This beer smells like it would be a best part of waking up drinks.
T- Roasted Coffee covered lightly in Chocolate. Was not as strong as I was expecting it to be though.
M-Smooth! A nice thick beer
D- Could drink this on a daily basis. You have to like coffee beers though.

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Photo of Nickls
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Bottled on May 3, 2009 #456)

Bit of a gusher in the pour; when things died down a solid finger of foamy tan head with a nearly jet black color that looks pretty damn dense.

Aroma is a full on coffee onslaught, really fresh, but without a cutting bitterness; nice and roasty; but really not catching any sweetness that is often plugged into this style. Really great stuff going on in the aroma in terms of the richness of the coffee. Not overly complex, but spot on.

The fresh roasted coffee continues into the flavor and is definitely way out front. Richly roasted malts, and a sneak of of booze comes in, but simply turns into a nice warming feeling. Bittersweet chocolate hints are very light, but still there. This is definitely one of the more coffee forward takes on the Coffee IIRS range, but I like it. Medium brew in the MF, and the carbonation was a bit too tingly but not bad. Great stuff, and this is certainly great if you are a coffee lover as well as a beer lover.

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Photo of redsonja
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a beer made out of coffee beans what can i say!!!
color: dark brown almost dark
smell: coffee
taste: coffee is the main taste its a coffee beer
strange beer of one of hollands best brewerys they make old style beers and experimente with new beerstyles.
this beer is proof of this so try some more beers of this brewery if you can.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #208 of 619, bought in the Molen Brewery during the Borefts Bier Festival (BBF) 2009.

Poured into an original the Molen sniffer. Beers pours a beautiful dark brown-black color, with a very nice, long lasting fluffy beige head, which leaves a sticky lacing which lasted throughout the whole tasting.

Smell: Nice strong roasted coffee, mocha, some hints of dark chocolate and some warming alcohol.

Taste: Full of bitter, roasted coffee, mocha, dark chocolate. The bitterness of the beer is balanced with some nice, light sweetness probably originating from the malts. Aftertaste is long lasting and a bit dry, with coffee and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium-thick-bodied. Nice and creamy

Overall: This beer is all about coffee. If you don't like coffee, you don't like this beer. A very nice coffee stout, although not as balanced and creamy as the Mikkeller Beer-Geek-Brunch Weasel. Nevertheless, a great beer.

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Kopi Loewak from Brouwerij De Molen
3.93 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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