Kopi Loewak | Brouwerij De Molen

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194 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
194
Reviews:
67
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
24
For Trade:
2
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of schnarr84
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a Big Rock snifter glass, served around 12C

The beer poured near pitch black with two fingers of light foamy head. As I opened the bottle I was treated to a woft of intense roasted coffee smell. For the uninformed, Kopi Loewak is coffee that was eaten by civets in Indonesia, and pooped out. The enzymes in their digestive tract apparently enhance the flavor of the coffee bean...

The beer smells of fantastic roasted yet mellow coffee beans, roasted malt and some sweet toffee flavor. As you take your first drink, you are treated to a sophisticated blend of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted barley, as well as some mild earthy tones and some alcohol warmth.

The product available in the province was bottled close to two years ago, which has definitely benefitted this beer. The aging has helped marry the flavors together incredibly well, while also reducing the alcohol bite of this 11.2% ABV beer.

This is an absolutely fantastic stout. I can't wait to see how this beer evolves over the years to come with the extras I bought to age

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of 4ster
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from 18/04/12. Poured into a large tulip.

Pours a rich brown-black, massive caramel coloured head that luckily got stuck on the lip of the tulip otherwise it was coming out! So I'm anticipating even if I can't really see it lots of carbonation bubbles inside... eventually dies off but does leave some decent lace. Dominating smell is right away lots of malt, but also this strange earthy acidity from the coffee but not a typical coffee smell...Taste is again similar but you really feel as if the coffee dominates this beer, though it really catches you off guard...this is not your run of the mill dark coffee stout of espresso and chocolate... this is really earthy, acidic, funky coffee.... I guess you would get that when you realize you're drinking civet digested, then pooped out coffee cherries! I certainly don't get a whole lot of chocolate in this one, just some light fruit, mild bitterness and more earthiness from perhaps the barley. Mouthfeel is pretty crazy as this one is super carbonated, not sure if there is any in bottle fermentation on this one, but regardless, not super heavy or syrupy as you'd find in big bodied imperials, some hints of alcohol but surprisingly very concealed by the carbonation that you forget this is over 11%...

Overall a very interesting beer, from what I would expect is a very unique coffee... I'm glad I got to try it and it is one of the more different but better coffee forward beers out there, but I don't think I'd drink this on a regular basis and as such am not so sad they are going to stop brewing it for ethical reasons which I think we can all totally support. So I raise my dark frothy glass to De Molen for doing the right thing!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Bottled 4/18/12.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and earthy, dirty coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy and dirty coffee and pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with an odd pepper flavor that isn't too tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Jack_Around
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one into a snifter from a bottle I brought back from the Netherlands.

Appearance - Dark, black as the night I consumed it.

Smell - Roasty toasty malts, faint coffee notes, and I couldn't help but feel I was getting some of the mustiness all the way from the civet poop the kopi luwak (loewak) coffee beans are famous for.

Taste - a proper malty stout, though a touch bitter like espresso coffee notes, and again some mustiness.

Mouthfeel - A touch lighter/thinner than I was expecting, a bit more carbonated than the silky smooth coffee stout I was expecting.

Overall - The numbers reflect my overall opinion, even though my description calls out the few critiques I could find. First full review on BA for me, and while you won't find a bigger proponent of De Molen beers, this isn't the best one they make. Another solid offering though, utilizing the most expensive coffee in the world.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of REDAMI
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Deep coffee brown pour with thick, creamy, highly-laced, taupe colored foam.

S - Roasted malts, coffee beans, a touch of chocolate and damp wood on the nose.

T - Sweet, iced coffee, dark roasted barley, a vague touch of hops.

M - A swirl of coffee oils and warm alcohols. Not syrupy or cloying, a bit more carbonation than expected.

This one was fun. It has a all the hallmarks of an imperial stout and a great coffee flavor. The extra carbonation really helped express the flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, date on back label says 18/04/12. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half tan head that sticked around for a long time. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. It tastes like coffee, roasted/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, nuts, caramel, and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with high but soft carbonation. If you like coffee beers, then you really need to try this one. It's a coffee bomb! I'll have to buy another bottle the next time I come across this, I liked this one a lot.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of maximum12
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ML bottle with the classic De Molen minimalist label. Picked up at de Bierwinkel in Leiden, the Netherlands, after staring at all the beautiful foreign beers for about half an hour. It was tough to pick. Bottled 1/24/13 & consumed while staring out at Haarlemmerstraat on our last night in Europe.

Barely a hiss when the top is popped, & the pour is as dark & lifeless as a depressing as black on black, though a touch of red hope gleams through the thinnest edges. Nose is big-time bitter, a treble hook of coffee & roast sink into the olfactory factories. Nice.

Kopi Loweak is a heavy-handed coffee bomb in every sense of the word. Coffee takes the baton from the word 'go' & sprints off; there's barely any hint of a stout underneath the shroud of bitter coffee. Half of this small bottle will be quite sufficient, thank you.

Even though I'm not fond of coffee nukes & this is one of the biggest in terms of tonnage, it's still strangely appealing. Pretty good beer, but not one I'd seek out again.

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Kopi Loewak from Brouwerij De Molen
3.93 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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