Jopen Koyt | Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
Netherlands
jopen.nl

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
Ratings:
126
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Hunter
1.65/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Things don't look good. Dark brown ale with no head at all. Zippo. Bad bottle?
Smell: Caramel, damp sugars, some alcohol.
Taste: Utterly flat. More like sugary iced tea than ale.
Mouthfeel: Cloying.
Drinkability: I'm convinced I got a bad bottle. Will try to review again another time.

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Photo of probert
1.72/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of qrazvan
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Couldn't really feel the herbs aroma.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark orange/red. There is a thick, low hover of creamy head.

Smell: Very clean, flowery smell - lots of sweet herbs coupled with a green tea and honey.

Taste: The onset of this beer comes on with lots of spark and vibrance, powered by a sharp fruit and sugar that bubbles its way up to the roof of your mouth. As the onset fades, a less robust lemon and tea flavor enters. There is a small hint of ground black pepper at the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Its a little bubbly, but nice. It seems to mellow it pretty quickly once it is in the mouth, but the its carbonation does fill the mouth more than the wetness or saturation of the flavor

Drinkability: As far as gruits go, this one seems to me more artificial. Actually, it makes me rethink how well crafted earlier gruits might truly have been.

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Photo of ptrck_nl
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BdM
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best before 03/2009...got a bit of age on it.
The beer pours a clear dark brown with no head and a touch of sediment. The nose is tame with a caramel sweetness and no distinct herbal characteristics. The taste is a mellow brown ale, sweet raisins upfront, with a nondistinct lingering herbal finish. The herbal flavors are slightly tomato-y with a slowly building, lingering, tangy, metallic finish. The beer is light-medium bodied characterized as being sweet, weakly herbal, drinkable, and completely uncarbonated. There is very little bitterness. This is a drinkable gruit, but I would have liked to try it fresh as the carbonation and herbal pop were both missing.

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Photo of drpimento
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle was a gusher and lost about 40%. Poured with large (!) tan head and good lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is a slightly sour yeasty malty spicey and bitter belgian style. Flavor's about the same. Decent body and carbonation (!) Slightly boozy at the end. Much better than the other Italian Chestnut beer I just had. But that's not saying a lot.

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Photo of HiPpYcHoP
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SVD
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schavuytje
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
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

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wine colour with a little lace. Light mouthfeel. Aged past expiry by eight months, and still quite drinkable, and likely mellowed. Tough cork to remove. Herbal and spicey, with clove and pepper, cinammon, good dark fruit soaked in there. Thanks Paul.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark, dangerous pour from a 750. tight, even, one-finger head that has not diminished in the slightest over 15 minutes of in-glass warming. pumpkin-orange highlights and a few random floaties.

smells soapy.. green apple hints and smells like rock candy tastes. very fresh in its fruitiness, with a yeasty smell reminiscent of champagne. very busy in the nose. approaching mulled wine in it sweet spice complexity.

very carbonated and heavy with alcohol-soaked dark fruits. very belgian for a dutch gruit. green apple continues and settles in a pool of brandy. cherries appear in essence, maltiness adds a rich sweetness and some thickness to counter the bubbly nature. grassy finish with some noticeable funk attributed to possible bacterials or sherry-like age.

not the best example of a true gruit that i've ever had, more like a belgian ale. still, ill recommend this as a suitable starter beer for those intimidated by heavily spiced concoctions. makes room for depth and complexity while offering a solid malty brew in the background. good.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This from a trade with Absumaster.

This 8.5% bottle-conditioned beer pours a deep orange-brown with a small light tan head.

Nose is mainly of sweetened cinnamon-like spice, with other odors below I cannot name or make out. Attractive though unusual. I didn't realize this wasn in fact a spiced beer when I tried it.

Taste is of alcohol (not well-hidden), some sense of dark sweet fruity malt, and a peripheral taste of the cinnamon from the nose. Aside from the alcohol, a very enjoyable beer, but the 8.5% should be better masked.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a gruit beer and is a replicate of an ancient beer.

Appearance is not very good, red/brown with little head and not much carbonation.

Smell is nice, earthy with a strong caramellic smell and some chocolate.

Taste is caramel, tobacco, candy sweets and slightly sweet. A good maltiness and some flowery and spicy tastes. Could this be the gagel that I taste. I don't know how this tastes, but for me it is clear that this beer is really something special. The other tastes in here are so special that I don't know where they are coming from, but I don't mind, taste is good.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/26/17.

Pours a murky copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment sink to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, spice, and herb aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, spice, and herb 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 pretty good beer with an interesting mix of herb and spice characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keegan
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Jopen Koyt from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
3.96 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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