Jopen Adriaan | Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jackndan on 11-23-2003

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/18/17.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, dried orange peel, coriander, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with dried orange peel, coriander, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark yellowish amber in color. It poured with some large bubbles on the surface that quickly faded away, leaving only a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of apple juice and spices in the nose—this becomes pleasant as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a bit of sweetness with flavors of apple juice and hints of herbs and spices.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: I found this gruit beer to be quite interesting and drinkable. The herbs are subtle and not overpowering compared to some of the other beers in the style.

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Photo of brentk56
2.24/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Looks like a still cider, with a cloudy apple juice color and no head or visible carbonation

Smell: Cider and raisin elements on the nose

Taste: Cidery, up front, with a tart apple character, with increasing tartness (and some raisiny sweetness) developing by mid-palate; more of the same, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; no carbonation

Overall: I wouldn't be surprised if this beer is no longer imported and that the bottle I picked up has been on the shelves for some time; clearly an underachiever in its present state

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Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served warmer after reading some of the positive reviews, around 50º-55º. Labeled "Real Dutch Gruit Witbier".

Pours a dark tea-like color, with lots of suspended sediment. Floating herbal bits, again like tea. There was an initial head of foam, and it dwindled after a few minutes. Lots of busy carbonation in the glass, under the surface.

Sweet, herbal, floral aromatics in the nose. Pretty unique.

Flavor reminds me of some good flavored teas i've had before. A little tart and cidery, with a dry leafy quality too. Sarsaparilla, tart citrusy papalo leaf, some light butterscotch. Carbonation starts out strong but rapidly deteriorates. The feel is mellow like a cask mild, but with some cider thrown in.

This stuff is really different. Considering it's a revival of an ancient style, I don't pretend to know how it should taste, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, light amber body with a small-sized, wispy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish though indistinct maltiness mingled with a touch of lemon and enveloped with a mild savory, spicy herbal mix.

Taste: Light, transient tastes of humble barley and simple wheat with a faint sweetness. Faint lemony undertone with the absolute merest amount of tartness. The herbal, spicy character does add a bit of zing to the proceedings, but, like everything else in the beer, it remains light. Finishes dry, lightly crisp, and with the mild hints of herbs and spices persisting on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body that's barely managing not to wander off into watery territory. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Essentially, it's a witbier that lands on the lighter end of the style spectrum with a spice/herb blend thrown in in lieu of hops. Worth a try? Sure! Worth two tries? Well, let's not get carried away.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Electric amber with fine, uprushing bubbles outnumbering fine, settling particulates by a wide margin. By the bottom of the bottle, the proportions are reversed. The eggshell colored cap is soft, airy and frothy after the pour. When it begins to deflate, it does so unevenly and leaves a little watery lace clinging to the glass. Ultimately, no lace survives.

The nose is intriguing, if only because it's so different from anything that I've had in the past several months. Spices are pretty much the order of the day, but this isn't one of those 'over the top' spiced beers that are sometimes hard to get through. It's a tough call on the individual spices used, partly because the nose isn't all that aromatic. Adriaan smells warmly spicy to me, so I'll go with clove and cardamon at least.

I don't appreciate any malt in the aroma (oats, wheat and barley were used), nor do I pick up much in the way of hops. I know, I know, a gruit doesn't contain hops. After a careful study of the label, I've determined that this isn't a true gruit after all and that the BA designation is correct. This is the 'amber version' of the traditional gruit recipe (i.e. it uses the gruit spice recipe in an amber ale). In any case, the nose is weaker than expected.

Different and delicious. 'Spiced fruit' pretty much covers it. Like the nose, the flavor profile is on the subtle side, although not quite as subtle. The beer taste like fruit--oranges, apples and pears--lightly sprinkled with spices. Again, identification is difficult, but coriander and clove are definitely present. Fruit dominates the beginning and spice dominates the middle and the end.

Although there's an odd constellation of mouthfeel characteristics, it works somehow. The body is medium, feeling slightly more full thanks to the slippery mouthfeel. A zippy amount of carbonation is buried effectively enough to add rather than detract.

Jopen Adriaan is different and enjoyable. I would have preferred more flavor, but to be fair, once the goodies from the bottom of the bottle were added, that complaint was no longer valid. This is an easy drinker and is a wonderful summer quaffer, Dutch style.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at State Line in Elkton Md. Poured chilled into my DFH shaped pint.

A - A slightly darker than medium amber w/ slim pale white head that has an ultra fine bead. The lace can't seem to stick as the head vanishes in seconds

S - A caramel not w/ a slightly funky sour and toasted malt aroma w/ a relatively mild amount of spice in the nose, possibly vanilla bean or caraway w/ a nutty odor.

M - Slightly vinous w/ an apple and grapeskin sourness w/ almost immediate twist into malty caramel and chalky w/ nutty toasted feel. Kind of like lemon curd on bran muffins.

T - A nice sour flavor of apple w/ subtle lemon pith from wild yeast and a nice biscuit malt w/ a spice edge. A very tasty blend as disjointed as it is

D - Not the most drinkable, but I will give it props for a kind of lemony refreshing quality. It strikes me like vanilla rum mixed w/ lemonade - quenching and nice , but 1 or 2 and you may want to move on.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Looks like a nice apple cider, with a sad little whisp of bubble that I suppose this guy wants to call his head. Hell, Louis and Marie had better heads after good ol' Dr. G got through with 'em (well, they were nice and solid...). A sniff of acetyl and vinegar stands out, though some lemon peel and grapefruit are there too. At this point, I'm worried I didn't accidentally get one of those legendary bottles filled with some bathtub hard cider. Don't look at me like that, it could happen! Unfortunately, judging by the taste, I may not be far off. A strident blast of vinegary sour strikes first; his henchmen, low-key grapefruit, lemon peel, and hoppy herbality, come next, BIFFing and ZOWing and KAPOWing as they do battle with the tongue. Some spices sit waiting in the getaway car, but they're not willing to get their hands dirty for this particular caper. When the dust clears, the tongue is left in a daze, unsure of what just happened. When questioned by the authorities, all it can remember is a strange melee of disparate flavors that didn't weigh much (but certainly weren't gonna be posing for Calvin Klein any time soon, either), were not very effervescent (hell, they were donwright surly), and had that kind of greasy, oily feel, like the old Italian stereotypes of yore. Oh, how I do miss the days of classic ethnic stereotypes, and of quality gruits, too...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.39/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazed golden color with no head. Nose is lemon like with a lemongrass edge to it as well. Flavor is slightly tart and leafy (as in the leaves of plants). I usually dig flavored or spiced beers, but this is nasty. Feel is thin like water and syrup mixed together. Not drinkable. This could easily be the worst brew I have tasted in a long time; on par with the infamous green chile beer I had in New Mexico. Avoid.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy, golden color, big, elegent, though quick to fade head.
Aroma is deliciousness, indeed: spicy, airy, with light citric fruit, and a big helping of yeast, slightly musty and tart.
Great blitz of citric hops right off the bat, big carbonation, spritzy as they get. Nice taste, but the effervescence overcomes the flavor. Body is on the light side, texture is minimal..lemony flavor kicks in a bit more toward the end.
Tasty little beer. "Real Dutch Gruit Witbier" boasts the label. Tastes like one, too, smooth, tasty, ultimately very drinkable.
But...probably not worth the $4.59 I paid for this 12 oz. bottle.
don't let me stop you, though...

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a light and very pleasant wheat scent with some spices added. The taste is good. It has a nice tangy wheat flavor with some spices that add a zing to the aftertaste. It adds a new feel to the regular wit style, but I'm not sure it's a good thing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It has good flavor and aroma; an excellent sessions brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased for $3.49 at the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

Lots of sediment floats in the chill-hazed, faded iced tea colored body. There's some honey and oats in the aroma, along with a minor note of smokewood. The first sip struck me as odd, but I started to enjoy it the more I drank it. For a modest approximation, take a witbier and replace the hops with herbs. I don't guaranteee you'll like it because it's different, but if you're into trying new things, give this a look.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, bought at the Wine Exchange in Orange,

A: Pours a medium amber with a small white head, average retention, no lacing.

S: Musty, herbal smell with sweet notes of fruit, especially strawberry, baked apples, sugar.

T: Sour fruit, lemon rind, berries, maraschino cherry. Very flowery from the herbs, almost coriander like, get some mandarin orange in the end along with the main wheat flavour.

M: Light acidity, a little watery, crisp, sweet.

D: An interesting beer, reminds me somewhat of a Sahti, worth the money to try it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly murky golden with some noticeable sediment. Aroma is of papaya and diluted lemon juice- little notice of spice. The taste is mostly sour with little spice presence. Not real sour, more watered down. There is a little bit of a honeyed aftertaste as well. The spice that is thereis sort of soapy tasting and nbot real well integrated with the other flavors. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and watery. Not real drinkable.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger white head that doesn't really stay , leaving just a little lace. Cloudy amber color - what else with a wheat?? This is a different wheat the spices cover any yeast that is present. Light-medium bodied. Some sweetness, no bitterness. Would make a great summer ale. $3.99 for a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of cjgator3
1.62/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a copper hue with very minimal carbonation producing a thin ring of lace. The aroma is like no other beer I have tried yet. There is a sour and a tad musty with some spices. The taste has some lemon flavors along with spices and mineral like flavors. The mouthfeel is awful, resembling water more than beer. Wow, this is easily one of the worst beers that I have ever had. If it was a little cheaper, it would have gone down the drain after the first few sips, but I forced myself to finish it.

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Photo of wl0307
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a slim 300ml brown bottle, BB 05/2010, served lightly chilled in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet. Note: the label seems to suggest this is a Witbier made with Gruit?

A: slightly cloudy dark golden hue, coming with pretty mild carbonation and a 1cm thick white frothy head with pretty decent retention.
S: the unusual sweetness comes almost like toasted/burned sugar-cane, pretty thickly-juicy and syrupy... the sweet main theme is backed by moderately fruit-estery elements of what one'd expect from a Belgian witbier, with that unique sour-sweet edge of Japanese lactose-drink on top of mild hints of coriander seeds, sweet citrus, and additional Taiwanese Aiyu/herbal jelly.
T: really soothing and lightly grainy-wheat/malt-ish upfront, with an intriguingly mixed palate that, although still reminiscent of a thicker-bodied witbier with citric-estery flavours to boot, is added with sweetened water infused with green-beans, soy beans and brown lentils, a lightly citric edge of fruity hops, a quietly spicy aftertaste of white pepper, coriander seeds, Aiyu jelly, and more boiled veggie. Not assertive in terms of flavour, at all, but the overall taste runs from the first second to the last like an integrated whole.
M&D: so this is what people used to drink in the 15th-century Holland? Really refreshing in carbonation and mild in composition, suitable for many different kinds of cuisines I believe. The decent body of wheat-ish malts is commendable, as it balances off the potentially overly sweet elements given by sugar or Gruit, resulting in a just perfect body to carry through all other quietly-enjoyable flavours, like the zesty-spicy edge of a witbier, etc. Not particularly complex, but it ticks all the positive boxes for me as a highly approachable and drinkable ale.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy deep gold. Moderate amounts of carbonation rising through the body of the beer. Small dirty white head. Minimal lace. Solid aroma of sweet malt, spice and perfume. Dry feel to the beer. Sweetness is held in check. Big musty feel to the beer. Herbal and earthy. Spicing is light. Moderate carbonation. A little bit of a tangy feel. Medium bodied. Interesting beer to try once.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark golden coor, with a small white head, moderate lacing, and mild carbonation.

Aroma: Very sweet, with floral, honey, and pomegranate notes. Massive fruit notes, as well as a sweet, vinous character and a perfume note, quite an extraordinary aroma.

Taste: Tart light malt background, and a very sweet melange of light fruit flavors throughout. The finish is notable for a quite mild herbal bitterness. There are spice notes scattered throughout the taste, of coriander, pepper and allspice.

Mouth feel: Smooth, and surprisingly full.

Drinkability/notes: Excellent, very drinkable, would be a fine dessert beer. A wonderful example, provides a perspective of what beer might have been like a few centuries ago.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce Euro-style brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy pale amber golden with a light low white head which lasted wispfully to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong diacetyl with light citrus and slight spice.

The flavor was lightly spicy with coriander and orange peel most prevalent. The diacetyl was present in the flavor but not as strong as in the aroma and only slight. The bitter orange peel flavor was well execute and achieved with the coriander and wheat flavors.

The finish was dry and crisp with lasting orange peel and coriander presence. The body was just above medium light.

12 ounce bottle. Label says Dutch Gruit Witbier. Should either be classified as a Gruit or a Witbier.

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Photo of safaricook
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pours a crystal clear straw yellow body with a fluffy finger white head. Wait, a witbier without suspended yeast is just wrong. This must have stood upright for a too long time. Therefore I swirled the sediment from the bottom and added it to get not to strong but appropriate murkiness. Head is not stable but a thin layer remains and leaves lacing

nose is typical, lots of coriander first that gives way to more orange and then some humble yeast.

Taste is coriander and orange and a rather strong bitterness that is not typical and a bit unpleasant.

Very effervescent on the the tongue and towards throat. Smooth but could be smoother.

Not bad but also not very special witbier. I guess I will not get this again. When I drink a witbier I do not expect or want bitter, but instead I want a pleasant bier with some smooth fruitiness.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle lists 5% abv from Harlem, Holland, and that it is a “Real Dutch Gruit Witbier”.

Aroma: Sweet malt aroma blended with herbs and spices. Some fruit aromas as well, pomegranate, orange, and some honey.

Appearance: Gold-orange glass with a fizzy white head that died back to a collar fairly quickly. Pretty good clarity but has some depth to the glass.

Flavor: Wow. Spices take the lead with coriander, ginger, all spice, nutmeg and tea flavors noted. Low malt sweetness in the balance but the spice brings it back to center.

Mouthfeel: Odd; low carbonation but a bit fizzy. Medium to thin body with a lingering mouth coat

Overall Impression: Light in flavor and easy to drink. It’s like a mix of spiced tea and beer, and the cocktail works. Refreshing and enjoyable. Obtained from a “Beers of the World” sample pack by zymurgy4all from Ft. Hood (Thanks Steven!).

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a fairly dark amber color with some particles floating in my glass. Minimal white head with poor retention.

S:Pine trees. Almost at our special ale levels. Some spice and a touch of what I can only describe as wildflowers.

T: A mix of honey spices and pine trees. Basically this beer tastes like the 16th century. Gruit is a weird style with not that much around to compare it to.

M: Light body with a touch of a syrupy feel.

D: Not too bad. Split a 12 oz bottle but would not want more than that.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.08/5  rDev -68.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Picked up as a single from the Wine house in west Los Angeles. It forms a thin head with traces of lace left behind. Hazed and unfiltered body. Orangeish hue's and medium to mild carbonation.

Tart at times but really this brews backbone is malts. Caramel comes into the picture. Slightly spiced up but in the end this brew is garbage in my opinion. Some over ripe fruits that lay down like a beaten down dog. Boring.

Notes: Not for me. I rarely take a shit on a beer but this is just a debacle. Close to 1's across the board. Avoid.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is one of the first beers, that I flushed down, not because it had gone bad, but I could not stand the taste of the beer.
It started out pretty fine, a murky amber colored beer with a stable head.
Smell was herbal with some flowery notes. No bitterness, but that is not unusual for a gruit beer.
Then the first sip, mhh another one, some wheat and gruit I think, not bitter. Third sip I get associations with vomit, a sweet-sour taste which was sickening. After that I finished the small glass I had, the rest was flushed away. Too bad!

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