Jopen Hoppenbier | Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Vancer on 11-30-2006

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Labeled as Haarlem 1501 for the US market. Best by 12/3/17.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny partilcles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, floral, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and floral flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities that I wasn't expecting from this one.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Jopenkerk, Haarlem, Netherlands

A: The beer is pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of sweet fruits and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of fruity yeast and pale malts along with hints of alcohol in the finish. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some hints of dryness.
O: This beer isn't very complex, but when you consider it is based on a recipie from 1501, it isn't that bad compared to today's beers.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle. Appearance clear with a durable white head.

Malty aroma with oats. Spicy,

Great balance with a spicy front end and finish. Mildly bitter. Fairly low hop level (name derived from the old [1501] recipe). Hops dominate the mildly bitter aftertaste.

Crisp, near medium body. Lively carbonation.

O: distinct and interesting.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served at In den Uiver in Haarlem. On to the beer:

This Jopen beer is light orange colored and topped with light lacing and spots around the glass. The kiss of citrus peel, yarn, blanket, and fun rustic aromas warms up the anticipation. Success! The dry and pleasing bitterness starts the beer's flavor in a good direction. Grass and lemon peel add character to the beer while maintaining balance. It's medium bodied with a veletey texture.

Nice! I thought this was a beautiful find. It's delicate, so be gentle ;-)

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of wl0307
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a slim, 300ml brown bottle, BB 02/2011, served lightly chilled in Orval's broad-rimmed chalice. Note: "hoppen"-bier, supposedly very hoppy?

A: pours a bright golden hue with good clarity and a hissing, lightly-carbonated body, topped with a white puffy froth that gradually settles to a very thin blanket to last.
S: the aroma comes very light, very much like a light-bodied but estery Belgian Pale Ale, with a pleasant support from the orangey-citric hops (the feature of this beer then?); in addition to the lightly zesty fruitiness and coriander-like savoury-sweet spicy hints supposedly endowed by exotic yeasts, a very light wheat-ish aroma also manages to come through. Not particularly complex, but the fruity hop theme is truly pronounced for the overall balance.
T: a fluffy-textured mouthful of superb savour-sweet estery spiciness (with hints of leather, pepper and even coriander-seeds to boot) and richly citric fruitiness gradually gives way to the more bitter elements of the flavour that renders an utterly chewy & tangy/zesty-bitter aftertaste lingering until the very end, on top of a rather moderate backbone of crystal-sugary pale malts; just before all's wrapped up, a hearty, mildly warming alc. quietly creeps down the palate to result in an intriguing contrast with the overall bitter palate.
M&D: it's initially slightly fluffy & even "loose" on the carbonation, but as the beer breathes the fizziness softens and at most adds a refreshing edge to the palate, while the wheat-ish elements of the flavour do lighten up the overall body a bit, making this a light, very bitter hoppy pale ale, almost a feast of hops designed to quaff! The performance very well stands up to the imagination that the name "hoppenbier" has given me, while remaining true to its Flemish estery characters. Truly worth seeking out, IMO...

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bylerteck
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at In de Wildeman in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured a yeast streak filled bright yellow colour. Great sticky lacing from the white head and a film of retention.

S - Orange peel, yeast, and noble and citrussy hops there. Toasted malt. Orange really comes out.

T - Yeasty. Orange peel and same sort of noble/citrussy hops with that toasted malt. Alot yeast character. A little spritsy.

M - Medium to strong carbonation. Light body.

O/D - Seems like a standard American influenced Belgian ale. Not spectacular in any respect. Very nice on a quiet night outside and worth a shot if you're in the neighbourhood.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of shelby415
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden, with a sticky white head. Smells like a hopped up pilsner. Bitter taste, with notes of pilsnrr and citrus hops. Dry and sharp aftertaste. Refreshing.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vermilcj
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of JoeMans
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peensteen
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange colour with a ring of white head and some lace. Smell is grainy and fruity, some floral leafy hop as well but as a whole is a bit bland. Taste is a mix of earth and malty, ready with light floral/earthy hops, just a touch of alcohol. Medium light carbonation, medium bodied. OK but forgettable, I suppose I could order this again if left with not many options.

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Photo of BdM
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We are off on the right foot with this – hazy light amber / yellow with a small, but frothy white head, which quickly died. Still leaves thin sheet lacing. Nice lil' ring of dead yeast soldiers on the bottom.

Spice and clove in the aroma, followed by a very dry, almost campaign like quaff with a malt backbone. The 6.8% hides behind a subtle sweetness, finishing with a sharp stinging of floral hop. Not a bad sipping little brew, just a tad too dry.

Thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam, for the unique chance.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of safaricook
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer from the Jopen Brouwerij in Haarlem and therefore can be bought all over Nordholland in the right places. This beer is brewed following a recipe from 1501, when Haarlem exported beer from France to Russia with a turnover of 6 million liters a year (about the consumption of one entire Oktoberfest). I drank this at home in a original Jopen Stem-glass.

L: murky yellow orange body, nice 1-2 finger medium bubbled white head that reduces to a thin layer after a few minutes and leaves some lacing.

S: hops, floral aroma, yeast

T: really great on the hops, bitter, some sweetness

F: fine tingling on the tongue, could be more refreshing, some velvet feel

O: A very nice blonde that is clearly on the bitter side. I wonder if in 1501 this beer tasted somehow similar. It was probably not that clean and I doubt they had the same quality hops available all the time. However, this is a simple very drinkable beer that could improve a little on carbonation in my opinion.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden beer with a ring of white froth and sediment. Smell isn't intense, fruity esters. Taste is better, round, spicy, pale malts, fruity esters and nice lemony bitter finish. Light body, good carbonation.

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Jopen Hoppenbier from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
3.68 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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