Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Ranked #8
Ranked #14,727
3.93 | pDev: 11.2%
Apr 09, 2022
Jul 12, 2002
Very Good
Notes: Jopen Koyt is a gruitbeer (herb beer) that is brewed according to the bierkeur (city recipe) from 1407. The beer is brewed with malted barley, malted wheat and oats and has a malty taste with a smooth herbal finish. The aroma has a hint of herbs and spices mixed with dark malt. Jopen Koyt is the only gruitbeer from the Netherlands. Gold medal winner at the European Beerstar competition in 2009 and a silver medal at the European Beerstar Competition in 2011.
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Rated: 3.75 by sokol_1993 from California

Apr 09, 2022
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Dec 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle, kindly shared by abemorsten. ABV is 8.5%. Dark ruby colour, moderate beige head. Nice spicy and vinous aroma. Spicy and herbal flavour, medium sweet, unusual and interesting.
Aug 12, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L- Deep chestnut brown, crystal clear despite there apparently being a layer of sediment firmly accreted onto the bottle's bottom. Pours with 2mm pale tan head, clears to part-cover - unsuprising at 8.5%ABV,
S- Certainly something different though still quite mild; herbs of some kind.
T- That 'different'^ smell follows through clearly in the taste. Hard to divine as I drink little Herb/Gruit beer. It also has a moderate dry lick on the palate into the finish, I'll be interested to see if that's hops or herbs alone.
F- It has a pretty solid feel, as one might hope for from an 8.5% The dry aspect does a good job at balancing the feel+abv%.
O- For a Herb/Gruit beer this IME is a pretty easy-to-enjoy example, a good entry point for those new to the style. If it weren't so $$ I'd buy this again as something really quite different. Meanwhile I'm enjoying this one and glad I'm getting to experience it.
330ml bottle BB: Aug-2022 £4.95 Bought from BeautifulBeers/BurySt.Edmunds as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.
Feb 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
dark body with two plus fingers of cream head lace clings to the glass
the smell is dark caramel and woody with juniper berry type fruity and floral aroma
the feel is spiced sweet and smooth with gentle alcohol in middle with modetately low carbonation and semi dry finish
the taste has a mild dry spicy and nutty quality with a light fruitty yeast and caramel malt support with an almost peppery accent yet slight ripe banana in yeast with hint of astringency in spice
this is a tasty gruit it has more malt than spice but is stronger thanbany other gruit I have tried which makes it seem milder and more drinkable even considering the abv
Jun 05, 2020
Rated: 3.51 by BubbleBobble from New York

Feb 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Tea-colored pour; foamy head reduced to a thin, persistent, creamy one. It helped in retaining some of the more subtle notes in the flavor. Nice, complex flavor profile. Dark and earthy, like a pint out of a medieval tavern. I've discovered an affinity for these ancient ales.
Mar 03, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This gruit brought the spices on the front, middle and end of the taste. Clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and herbal spices. Body has texture to suit these spices. There are some boozy fruits, but the spices rule all. Would love some more balance, but otherwise pretty nice.
Sep 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a reddish, deep mahogany coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smell is very sweet and malty, with some herbal notes coming through as well. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by caramel, bready malt, some dark fruit: fig, raisin and strong herbal notes that are difficult to define exactly. There are sweet aniseed notes reminiscent of liquorice, some light notes of alpine herbs, specifically eucalyptus, and also almost spicy notes remiscent of cumin. Finishes sweet and herbal with some licorice lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and low carbonation.

This kinda reminds me of a Ricola cough drop, but in a good way. It's quite sweet, but not cloyingly so, with the herbs lending a good balance and providing some really unique notes. Incredibly impressive for being brewed traditionally, without any hops.
Aug 31, 2018
Rated: 3.35 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jul 08, 2018
Rated: 4.3 by DylanBrkhff from Netherlands

May 13, 2018
Rated: 3 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Feb 18, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Feb 16, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Dec 22, 2017
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from an 11.2-ounce bottle into a straight-sided mug. Hazy light brown color with tan highlights and a thick light tan head that left some stringy lacing as it settled to a thin ring. (There was also some particulate matter suspended in the beer, which may be off-putting to some.) Aromas of caramel and dark fruit (prune, raisin) smack you in the face. Stay with it long enough and some floral and spicy notes begin to come through. Tons of malty sweetness on the tongue, with - again - big flavors of caramel, dark fruit, and herbal spiciness. There is a little tart fruit and quite a bit of astringence coming through on the finish. Mouthfeel is substantial, no doubt attributable to the oats in the grain bill. Surprisingly little alcohol warmth, considering the relatively high ABV (8.5%). Very tasty, if a little out of the ordinary. Highly recommended.
Nov 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
(750 ml corked/caged bottle, bottle - best by: 24 Nov 2017, bottled: 24K15... poured into a large wine glass)

L: dark garnet liquid, appearing opaque though toward the bottom trough of the glass, it lightens and shows clear... some foam builds on the pour, but it's immediately apparent that it won't retain, which it doesn't, but a think blanket cap remains; lacing minimal

S: very much like a Belgian brown ale, or dark trappist, with dark gingerbread, raisin, and perhaps prune aromas... anticipates dark, deep malts and possibly a touch of caramel sweetness... plum or vinous-like esters slowly emerge, alcohol maintains a low profile

T: as the smell implies, rich dried fruit and dark bready malt, with a hint of licorice and subtle sweetness in the finish... I'm not very familiar with the flavor of sweet gale, but nothing out of the ordinary herbal-wise stands out - a mellow bitterness lingers, but it could be a combo of phenols and roasted malts causing it... I feel like this is on par with (if not marginally tastier than) a Corsendonk brown, or something similar

F: light-medium bodied with a soft heat thinning it slightly; clean, but with a little hip fat... carbonation is at a mellow, ideal level, and (to repeat) the soft heat is lovely... overall: sloppy, soft, lazy, comfy

O: I'd kept an eye out for this since learning of it around 2010 - glad I finally stumbled across it and would definitely buy it again, despite the fact that it's not terribly 'herbal'
Aug 23, 2017
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Rated by Captain68 from Russian Federation

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Jun 14, 2017
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Reviewed by schavuytje from Netherlands

3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A traditional scotch ale de dutch way @ 1407; red-brown body with a bitter herbs aroma, flavors of many malted barley, wheat and oats; biscuit, sweet and creamy solid in alcohol
Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by crob3888 from California

May 27, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by shelby415 from Oregon

May 25, 2017
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
$ 4.23 (Including tax)/11.2 oz bottle ($ 0.378/oz) at the Lager Mill, Frankenmuth, MI.
Bottle dated 26 Nov 2017 stored at 42 degrees. Served at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – herbal and somewhat medicine-ish. Fades away.
Head large (Maximum five cm, aggressive pour), tan, medium density with precipitate floating on the surface, average retention. Diminishing to an irregular seven to fifteen frothy ring and a rocky partial layer.
Lacing – good. Towering wide columns of tiny to small bubbles.
Body – dark brown, muddy with precipitate, some effervescence.
Flavor – slightly sweet herbal tea. Allowing it to warm in my mouth only accentuates the herbal medicine aspects of the nose. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, lightly syrupy, soft carbonation.

Typical of gruits and atypical for a beer. Not bad for what it is but certainly not a good substitute for a Dutch beer. I can see this with a meal in the Netherlands as a novelty but not as a regular libation. But since the brewer is calling it a “Gruitbier”, I’ll score it as a beer.

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25.
May 15, 2017
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark amber colour, reddish tones when held to the light. Medium head with long retention, good lace. Aroma is earthy, herbs, nuts, caramel. Sticky palate, medium to full body, strong carbonation. Taste of honey, caramel, chocolate, nuts.
Apr 30, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Apr 01, 2017
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Hazy deep brown color with a decent sized tightly bubbled tan head that slowly recedes. Lightly herbal on the nose with plenty of brown sugary maltiness to counter. Light pine in the flavor with a bit of bitterness and sweet bready caramel and brown sugar maltiness to counter. Light earthy spicy notes round this out nicely. I'm not usually a fan of gruit but this one I kind of liked.
Mar 26, 2017
Rated: 1.72 by probert from New York

Mar 04, 2017
Rated: 4.01 by HopBelT from Belgium

Jan 17, 2017
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
11.2 ounce bottle, best before 26 NOV 2017 stamped on the back label. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/brown color with about an inch and a half tan head that stuck around for a bit. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like stone fruit, sweet spices, herbs and earthiness. It tastes like stone and dark fruit, caramel, herbs, earthiness, sweet spices, licorice and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, glad I tried this one! $3.99 a bottle.
Jan 15, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by kdown from California

Dec 29, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Oct 26, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by 2GOOFY from California

Oct 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Stevem68 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an amber color almost like a light Amber molasses. Aroma is malty sweet with a lift herbal quality. Flavor is caramel malts with a aromatic vegetable flavor. Almost like a wild leafy green. Body is smooth and nice to drink. Overall a very solid brew, nothing I would drink a lot of but still solid.
Sep 29, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by 123321123321 from Alabama

Sep 28, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by Nunya from Ohio

Sep 25, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by tottel from Netherlands

Aug 26, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Aug 26, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by UniversitateaDeBere from Romania

Aug 24, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jul 28, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by ninaturner from Florida

Jul 16, 2016
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. After dinner. Profile of a good Dubbel with hops replaced with odd (for me) yet pleasant mix of herbs that integrates vey well. 6 months after BB date.
Jul 09, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2016
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