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 sfprint
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

New bottles say that this is a witbier.
A: Pretty clear, sort of a homemade cream soda color. Chunks of sediment floating around. Barely any rising carbonation.
S: A beautiful wit smell. Rich with citrus and coriander. very nice
T: A bit sweet, certainly citrusy. Pretty solid. Not really bitter.
M: A sharp sparkle of carbonation.
O: A pretty decent wit, would certainly have it again

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Photo of Regenpak
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

According to the label (which is now mostly blue) this witbier contains herbs from a thought lost original recipe from 1407. Indeed the taste was pretty spicy, the old favorite koriander prominently present as well as many other spices I couldn't place. The spices didn't agree with my taste but they were very prominent. Lots of sweets as well.

Poured from a 30cl eurobottle (BBD 13/06/14, 13 June 2014) it created a lovely near-perfect two-finger head with very fine bubbles. This was prolly due to it not being refrigerated to death. It stayed a long time during which it receded into a thin lacing that clung to my Dentergems glass. The pale yellow liquid had very little clouding, almost clear, only a little yeast left in the bottle. Drinkability is good, no lingering yucky aftertastes.

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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 Bandi
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of kobeer
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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 rekel
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 acostein
1.63/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From a ($5.69) 12 oz bottle. Pours ever so slightly cloudy, pale orange. Very little carbonation -- only a few bubbles came to the surface. Smells overwhelmingly of mustard with a background of honey. Taste is tart and honey, lacking any maltiness. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. The beer is almost as flat as water. Tart, spicy lingering aftertaste.

Made me downright unhappy. Drain pour.

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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 kimcgolf
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is one of the main reasons that I am glad I’ve expanded my horizons and am trying and rating many different beers. Sometimes you win, some you lose, but always an adventure.

Similar to Gose, this beer had a style and taste all its own. Poured to a hazy orange-gold with medium off-white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Then things got interesting. The aroma was a strange mixture of seemed to be apples, green vegetables and unknown spices. Since I did not read anything on this prior to tasting, I actually thought it would be classified as a Vegetable/Herb beer.

The flavor of this beer followed suit perfectly, as I tasted several different tastes at different times, again centered around vegetables and fruits.

And while the 5% alcohol never made itself known in either aroma or taste, the finish was fairly long, though not real thrist quenching.

This was not a beer I could drink all the time, or a lot of, but a unique experience that I’m glad I had.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like a macro with a copper hue to it. Almost no carbonation, certainly no head remained after 30 seconds. Body has a still presence to it.

S: Peach yogurt, coriander, wheat and some cherries in the high notes.

T: Starts of minerally then leads to some crisp sour lemon, watery green grapes and weak grapefruit rind. Seasonings come into play offering coriander, pepper and minor ginger. Interesting blend between sugary fruits and cooked vegetables. Finishes spritzy with aspects of clove, green apple, orange peel and honey.

M: Thin mouthfeel, hard water feel with a soft consistency (if that makes sense)

D: First sip I really didn’t like..but after time it grew on me. I actually enjoyed the balance that if offered. Nice change of pace.

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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 albern
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty middle of the road selection. The pour has absolutely no head, not even much of a phizz popping the bottle top. I wasn't sure if I was getting a bad bottle. The smell is of orange rind, coriander, maybe a little lime. There is a slight tanginess to the flavor, no hops at all, some citrus type of mouthfeel, maybe a little sourish too. This beer is just too watered down, light bodied, and weak for my tastes. It has the fruitiness to be sweet but isn't, it has the smell and mouthfeel to be more substantial but it isn't. This is another potential summer refresher, but why pay the steep price for a summer-ade. I'm not sure of the spices that the beer is brewed with, I couldn't really detect enough presence to be able discern what they might be. Keep looking.

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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 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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