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Jopen Koyt | Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Brewed by:
Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
Netherlands | website

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
105
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
14.54%
 
 
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16
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 105
Photo of professorpint
4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle purchased at Brussin Ales in Asheville, NC. Copper brown in color, spicy herbal, yet floral, bouquet, deep yet crisp with little syrupy aftertaste.

Exceptional example of what a gruit style has to offer. I was told that it is a 15th century recipe. If this is what beer was like before hops, then I say burn the hop crops and start growing herbs.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish brown with a half inch thick head that settles quickly to a thin bubbly ring.

S: A hearty aroma with hints of dark fruit with the alcohol coming through. It makes me want to taste it even more.

T: The dark fruit aroma comes through in the taste. The spicing that makes it fall into this category tastes similar to cinnamon. The alcohol is definitely present in the flavor as well. This one is a great example of the whole being better than the sum of its parts.

M: The spicing and carbonation tickle the tongue making it very interesting to roll around in the mouth. The thickness adds to the experience as well.

D: I really enjoyed everything about this beer. It made me come back for more early and often.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown amber. Minimal head and no lacing. Nice dark Belgian aroma. Tasty dark malts with nutty flavors, dark fruit and unidentifiable, but pleasant herbs. Nice malty middle and finish. Medium bodied with creaminsess. Delicious. I really like this beer. Excellently integrated and wonderful.

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Photo of ntillemans
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown, somewhat cloudy, nice three fingers of head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Smells fruity, like fig

T: Fruity, spicy taste, alcohol...detect anise (but not overbearing)...tatses like the traditional gruit spices are present. It's a little thin after the initial burst of flavor (where the alcohol jumps to the fore) and before the aftertaste. If not for that momentary thinness, I would have given the taste of this the highest mark.

M: There's a nice effervessence and creaminess. I was expecting less body, head and cabonation from a gruit. So, well done.

D: I split the 750 ml bottle with my wife. I would have finished the bottle if I were on my own. I'll definitely try this one again.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear brown/ruby red with a quickly fading head of brown/tan. Aromas are very fruity, and consist of various malts, spices, candy sugar, yeast, and more. The taste is quite fruity. Sweet up front and dry in the finish with malts and spices in the taste. The mouthfeel is great with a wonderful texture that is medium bodied and great. The drinkability is also excellent.

Overall, this is an amazingly interesting and complex beer, considering that it has NO hops. Hey if medievil beer was like this...send me back in time!

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Photo of PapaEugene
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jopen koyt brewed after an year 1407 recipe. It contains a herbal mixture of which some people say it makes you hallucinate.... but that never happened to me while drinking this Koyt.

Poured it into my Rochefort glass.

A: It forms a medium head that collapses quiet fast, but leaves a nice lacing throughout the drinking. Nice robust brown color.

S: Caramel, roasted malts and it's easy to notice a herbal aroma which is unique to this beer.

T: Caramel again, some hint of coffee, malts, fruity though not sure which ones. This is probably caused by the light herbal taste. A little bitterness, mainly in the aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, a little creamy.

D: Very drinkable and a very original one. Like a good dark trappist/abbey beer with a pinch of extraordinairy herbs. Will keep this one in stock.

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Photo of safaricook
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at the Marqt on Overtoom close to the Leidsplein in Amsterdam. Poured it into the original Jopen Stemglass.

Two finger of beige head reduces slowly to a thin layer, nice lacing; clear bright ruby to amber body with lots of carbonation visible

strong smell dark malt, yeast and dark fruits, some distant coffee, vanilla, really pleasant!

taste is a reluctant maltiness and a bit more towards the coffee, some sour ting on the tongue as well; aftertaste is first a bit metallic but soon moves towards a smooth bitterness that origins probably from Myrica gale a herb that was added to the beer.

head is velvety almost creamy; carbonation tickles on tongue and throat; aside the carbonation the beer is rather oily, very smooth on the tongue.

I had this beer before and remembered it to be good, but in fact it is really good, excellent. I usually criticize the Jopen brewery for having too many different types that are all somehow special but not really balanced and just not great. However, with this recipe from 1407 they are doing everything right

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
best before 03/05/09 on cork
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a garnet glow at the base and a thin wispy head that is soon gone and a slow microcarbonation that glides up the sides of the glass.

S- The brown malt aroma has some dry toffee and wet wood characteristics with walnuts and cherry stones to follow.

T- The dry woody brown malt flavor has some dry toffee and cherry stone flavors to follow. There is just a touch of sweetness in the finish with a soft green herbal and tea berry hint in the finish. The pot caramel and cola notes come through in the brown malt flavor as the beer opens up.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat and a slightly watery texture that turns a bit slippery in the finish.

O- This is a great blend of characters with some faint flanders red hints and some nice bock qualities all come together. If I would have seen the date before I bought it I would have passed on it but it was quite a surprise to taste this good given the age on it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a gruit, brewed without hops. It relies on herbs and spices to balance the sweetness of the malt. Cloudy. Brownish in color with a very fine and creamy 1/4" tan head that holds very, very well and leaves some good lace. The body is medium with a very fine effervescence that makes it quite soft in the mouth. The aroma is fairly full with dark fruit, cherries, tartness, a lightly peppery spiciness, soft caramel maltiness, and some herbal qualities that I can't readily define. The herbs do give a drying quality and the beer is well rounded. Some fruity & herbal maltiness lingers in the finish, but it's not sticky as the tartness balances it. The alcohol is well hidden, only emerging toward the end of the serving. A very unique, interesting, and rewarding beer. Quite enjoyable. Much more balanced and mellow than I'd expected. Absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of ark57
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a clear brown with a head that dissipates fast. The aroma is fruity and earthy. The medioum body is malty and has some fruitiness with some sweetness up front. It finishes with a peppery dryness. I really liked this gruit. It is not the first hopless beer that I have tried, but it is one of my favorites. It is excellent for a cold winter night.

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Photo of boddhitree
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank this at Braukunstlive 2014 in Munich, Germany.
I didn't take enough notes, but I did write this: "WOW! Very Chocolatey!" It was very sublime. This is traditionally a spiced beer, and I was expecting more spices, but then again, chocolate is a spice, I guess.

I'd love to brew this beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy crimson/amber coloration, with various floatablities, running rampant, an excellent helping of froth buzzing atop.
big spice in the nose, cinnamon, clove, huge, and spilling over with dark fruit, as well, big time cherries, and grapes, and prunes, a wicked mix, not your average cornucopia in the least! Enticing and intoxicating!
In the taste, more of these flavors recurr, ever so pleasantly, the palate is coated well with sweet, rich fruit and copious spicy accompaniament. Full bodied, long, clinging finish, memorable flavor.
I'm still considering this brew, halfway through the bottle, but it definitely registers among the best beers from the Netherlands to have ever reached my lips.
As I finish the bottle, I can only reflect on the marvelous, rich, delciousness...I definitely need to return to the store and stock up on more, for this is a very fine bottle indeed.
Very slick in feel and flavor, rich in taste and texture, full in body and character...damnit, I like it, don't care what you say! I'm an unabashed fan of this stuff, and you can cuff me if you like, I'll still sing it on high (and try to procure a case for personal consumption!)

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a friend for my birthday some time ago. Poured into a Westmalle glass. The beer pours a redish-brown color with a two finger thick head that disappeared fast during drinking.

The scent is warm, an aroma of herbs, spices and some hints of alcohol and some sweetness that I cannot define (dark fruits??).

The taste is spicy with malts, some sweet caramel-chocolate taste, and again some undefined fruits. Very rich in taste. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good, medium thickness with medium-high carbonation

Overall a very good beer, not comparable to anything I had before. I read it is not brewed with hops in antoher review, but with herbs. The resulting spicy smell and taste reminds me a little bit of cough syrup, but than the nice one you can't stop drinking. A must try!

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A translucent copper/amber color. Good head retention, with a fine layer that lasts. Lacing is sticky. Aroma is earthy, astringent, spicy and light on the hops. Taste is sweet and spicy-- earthy with a very slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and effervescent.

I had this on tap in Amsterdam. I remember it being darker and a more intense. This bottled version was still an experience.

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Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy with a big fluffy off white head,wow the aromas are quite a treat cinnamon and clove dominate with a nice underlying cherry fruitiness both intermingle very well together.Seems to be quite complex,nutmeg and cloves really show up with a real grape juice flavor showing up with just a hint of green herbs in the finish.I have to say I have never had a beer taste so much like grape before it was rather pleasant.My second gruit and I really enoyed this one.

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Photo of mytireisfat
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 25 fl oz tall brown bottle.

A: One finger brownish head that dissipates quick. Brown in color.

S: This was a strange one. get a sweetness out of it. and spices... also i thought maybe getting a cola flavor out of it. and a teriyaki smell too... kind of weird.

T: Sweetness, chocolate, a bit flat (in a good way), spices.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: I really liked this beer. first gruit beer ive had, so its hard to judge. but i liked it. would love to buy again.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After this beer was passed over several times, it finally hit the basket for the ride home. Poured from a 750 ml bottle, it's a murky reddish-brown with an off-white head that disappears almost immediately. It's not the most inviting looking beer in the world. However, its modest appearance is more than made up for by the smell and taste. Gentle fruity smells are backed up by a very nice herbal/spice smell. The taste strikes an intriguing balance of fruity sweetness and medicinal herbs. The 8.5% abv isn't immediately apparent in the taste, but a pleasant and slowly developing warmth announces the alcohol's presence. It's not an everyday beer, but it certainly is worth a try. History in bottle.

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Photo of Brabander
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer from another planet! This taste is way different form other Dutch beers....

Got this beer form my cousin Peter yesterday and put it in the fridge for a night. Now it's time to drink it.

Poured in my Hoegaarden glass the beer looks very nice, deepdarkred fluid with a broken white head. After the head is gone the is a pretty amount of lacing in the glass.

Very special smell, almost like a bouquet.

Taste with a bit of salmiak.

You should try this one!

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Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of edchicma
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with a quickly dissipating head. Nose is a blend of fruit, wine, malt and grassy elements...very nice. Tatse is excellent. Malt and alcohol on the front..belnding into a lightly biiter finish. Mouthfeel is suprising light for the high abv. Very easy on the drinkability scale, considering the high abv also. Some qualities of a Double...but without the abundance of port-wine like qualities. A very nice change of pace.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a crystal clear medium amber with a small bubble tan and compact head that laced the glass.

The aroma was earth and malty with no real spice in it.

The flavor was almost Belgian and farmhouse with a dry bitterness but the first taste was sweet on the palate, but that quickly went dry. A nice caramel spicy flavor and then alcohol.

The finish was dry and alcoholic with spiciness through the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium light.

A complex and interesting beer.

Corked 25 ounce bottle. The cork was near impossible to remove.

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Photo of sfprint
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exp: 3/2013
A: Burst out of the bottle when I opened it. A medium dark brown with a soda like head.
S: Like a sweet cola, perhaps more fruity in a way, but it's very soda like.
T: Although the alcohol is detectable and even makes it slightly medicinal, it's very much like a cola slurpee with perhaps just a dab of cherry slurpee mixed in. Fairly sweet, but also delicious.
M: Along the lines of a sharp sting, but not so intense. Otherwise like a crisp cola.
O: Like I've mentioned 10 times, soda/cola like. It's very nice, although barely resembles a beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork-caged 750 ml bottle - Best before 08/05/09 printed on cork.

Pours dark brown with a light tan head that stays.

The smell is spicy - nutmeg, cinnamon, earthy herbs, and a strong caramel/toffee. The spices rennder an earthiness that takes the place of hops very well. More than pleasantly surprised here!

The taste is of caramel/toffee with spicy earthy bitterness (and without hops!) Anise, nutmeg, cinnamon spiciness blends so well and mesh with the toffeeish malt, yet stops short of being over-spiced, and allows the maltiness to dominate, but in a balanced way. Alcohol is not noticeable in taste, though becomes quite warming after half-way through the 750 bottle. Earthy, complex, yet not overwhelming, with a nice maltiness. It has a creamy, medium to full body. Drinks dangerously smoothly, though slows down to a very sippable sipper! This is unique, interesting, and well-done!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this one is a *turn up* for the books!
A traditional Dutch Gruit Bier. My First!

A beer brewed by a collective group under the leadership of a chap called Michel Ordeman, who recreates traditional beers from the Haarlem area (no not that one!, the one with a double ‘a’ in the province of North Holland, Netherlands). Jopen "Brewery" BV does NOT have their own brewery, but they do recreate Medieval & Middle Age recipes, & have them Contract Brewed (they have been brewed at the Halve Maan, Van Steenberge & others since 1993). The recipe for Jopen Koyt originates from 1407. BTW, Jopen is the old Dutch name for a Beer Cask.

Comes in a 750ml tall, thin neck bottle. ‘½In-½Out’ Cork & Wired Caged. The Cork was a ****er to get out, I had to resort to pliers to get a good grip! Huge expulsion, with lots of slow moving gray steamy gun smoke.

Massive thick tan head, large expanse at first made it difficult to pour. It settles to a thick pillowy ½” which lasts, & lasts. Great lacing. Dark-brown, when back-lit it has a slight cloudy appearance & a red-orange hue at times.

The aroma is very enticing. Where to start; peppery dark spices, fruity malts, some grain, dark fruits and the alcohol definitely comes through in the *very* aromatic nose towards the end. I got Aniseed & Curacao Oranges in the background – its feint, but it is there.

This is very good. It’s amazing that a beer with NO hops, and just Oats and Spices to balance the Malts works SO well – it tastes SO good. This has quite a complex body & layered taste profiles.

Finishes with a mildly warming, fruity alcohol finish that lingers. Big in the mouthfeel, well rounded and smooth drinking, it kicks ass, but it is subtle in its stature. The finish has support from the 8.5% alcohol, but equally from the spices, which leaves the tongue with an aniseed and licorice tingle at times.

This 75cl Bottle cost me $8. Probably one of the most expensive Dutch beers I have ever purchased. But Damn, it was well worth it!

Oats, Wheat & Barley in the Mash with a Gruit of several Spices. Hopheads may not even understand this beer (which may confirm the rumors) – how could they when there are NO Hops? I know, NO Hops – yet this is excellent!!! Unique & WELL Worth a Try.

I must get some more of this beer for my Beer C-ellar-upboard.
Can't wait to age this one!

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Photo of rye726
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice gruit from Jopen. Pours a rich mahogany with a tna head. Nose has a nice collection of herbs along with nutty malts. Taste also has a nice grain profile, but the spice presence is a bit dull. Medium to full body, carbonation a bit high. Good example of the style.

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Jopen Koyt from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
89 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.
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