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:
108
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
14.54%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 108
Photo of Hunter
1.65/5  rDev -58.6%
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 GuinnessSmurf
2.96/5  rDev -25.8%
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 ThePorterSorter
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
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 -12.8%
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 Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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 -10.3%
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 dogfooddog
3.67/5  rDev -8%
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 -6.8%
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 -6.8%
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 KatyBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass. Initial 1 finger head, disappeared almost immediately. Bready, almost sourdough on the nose. pleasant taste with hints of chocolate, maple syrup, raisins. Nice, pleasant finish. One glass is enough. Could not finish second.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, clear, amber-garnet color and it is topped by a thick light brown head. Aromas of crystal malt, dark fruit (cherry and raisin are most evident), hint of alcohol, candied fruit, and allspice. This beer has a rich creamy mouthfeel to it. The candied fruit is in the taste as well, but this beer is not overly sweet for it. The gruit herbs/spices are quite muted, I can't pick out any individual contributions. There is no real balancing bitterness here, though there is perhaps a light astringency in the finish. This is predominantly a fruity tasting beer, it tastes like a cross between a fruit cake and a spice cake. This would be an appropriate beer for a cold winter evening.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer that's brewed, not with hops, but with a mix of herbs, of which 'Myrica gale' is the main (and for a long time controversial) ingredient.
A 15th century receipe.
Oats based, stated on the bottle label.

A: Dark brown colour, cloudy, with a beige head that's pretty good. It really looks like a stout.
S: This beer has a gardensmell to it. flowers, herbs. Also a bit of coffee and bread.
T: Not a very robust beer, a bit spicy, roasted grains. and herbs.
M: This beer goes down easy. The yeast is masked pretty well by the mixture of herbs.
D: It's interesting to try this one, and imagine what people would think of it 6 centuries ago.

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Photo of Zet
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting beer to try. Poured in its glass, it looks like murky brown water with flakes of dandruff floating around. Not very appealing, but then again, I'm not an experienced gruit drinker, so this is probably normal. Smell is nice, with herbs and notes of apple syrup. Herbs are also going wild in the taste. A very smooth beer with a nice alcohol warmth. Due to this it is probably better suited for the winter season, but I still enjoyed it mid-July.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : yeasty and spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : herbal notes, leading to bitter finish.
Overall : a good beer in the style traditional ale (old gruit).

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color- A dark amber, mahagony, cherry wood stain. Semi-creamy and almost opaque.

Smell- Smells like a creamy, green apple salad with a pronounced herbal end.

Taste- The green apple flavor follows the smell with a creamy malt aftertaste that lingers a couple seconds after you swallow. Alos conjures up hints of coriander, orange peel, and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel- A little heavier than I expected.The carbonation does help dilute the unexpected heavinessthe that creamy flavor promotes.

Drinkability- I would not want drink another bottle until 2 hours after I had the first. This would be a good after dinner beer to have by itself.

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Photo of whynot44
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, cloudy, translucent reddish brown with a brief yellowish tan head.

The aroma is fruity/spicy, plums, dark cherries, allspice?

The taste is sweet up front with plums, raisins, dark cherries, somewhat of a candied fruit taste, with a spicy, somewhat astringent overtone. Something like a spiced, rum-laced fruitcake. Interesting and not bad.

Worth a try just for the history but also enjoyable, even for a hophead like me. Alcohol content is not obvious but builds up a nice warmth over the course of a bottle.

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Photo of rallison
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at least 2 years old, possibly up to 5 years old.

Pours an amber red with a 1/2 finger white head that diminishes and leaves no lacing.

Smells very much of herbs - medicinal, to an extent - with some vinegar and spiciness (likely from the herbs as well). Quite interesting. The vinegar notes either preclude a very interesting beer, or possibly an over-the-hill, horrible bottle. Let's find out..

Tons of herbs in here. I can't quite pinpoint them, but some of them most definitely lean toward medicinal. Somewhat spicy, but not over the top. Hints of red wine, dried fruits and caramel. Finishes with herbal spice.

Nicely carbonated with a fair richness.

Recommended. I can definitely see this being a beer with quite a history. I'd be curious to know how close this comes to the original versions. Unique - I like that.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown, generous 1 inch light brown head, diminishing. Surprisingly cerealic aroma, like sweet wheat or oat cereals with a touch of brown sugar, accompanied with clove spiced toasted bread. On the tongue, the same show keeps on with that buckwheat pancakes alike malt worthy of praise. Very bready, incredibly well-hidden alcohol. Great alcohol hiding. Subtle yeast component. Fading balancing leafy bitterness. Medium body fits well. Well built.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok, so I'm a hop-head and I'll try to keep this review somewhat objective.

Pours a dark amber/crimson, fairly clean and clear. No much of a head; off-tan about 1/2 finger. It does look a bit flat, no pop in the cork, and this harms the feel of it later on.

Sweet aroma, malty yet not husky. Fruits and booze, non-sweet

Tastes very sweet at first, but it dies down considerably, which is good. it has a syrupy feel at first, but that fades away too...more carbonation would have been better. Fruits and sweet caramel, sweet bread, spice, herbal and floral--but earthy floral.

Overall, this is a nice beer. Didnt' think I'd drink the whole 750ml bottle...but I did.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very different beer this is enjoyable nonetheless. From the start to the finish this very different in taste and aroma. The look is dark thick amber with a nice tan head and lacing. The sweetness is balanced here by the fruity spices which appear in the nose as well. Cherry sourness, or rather, tartness seems to play off the maltiness in a way that limts the malt power. The feel is different and a bit hard to describe, but good just the same. Limited drinkability, I believe this to be an infrequent sipping beer, perhaps nicely paired with a dessert dish.

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Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 18IC bottle code. Pours very hazy and cloudy reddish brown color with a 2 finger foamy khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lace. No lacing at all on the glass. Aromas of apple skin, pear, caramel, raisin, molasses, herbal, floral, pepper, clove, earth, anise, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and interesting aromas with good balance and complexity. Really wasn’t sure what to expect. Taste of big apple, pear, pepper, caramel, toast, molasses, raisin, herbal, floral, earth, clove, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruit, raisin, caramel, molasses, pepper, herbal, toast, earth, clove, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and flavor complexity; good malt/spice balance; almost zero cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly slick, prickly, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial gruit ale. This was very interesting and I wasn’t sure what to expect from it. There is nice flavor complexity and balance; and it is quite smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable and unique offering.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel brown with some cloudiness. 2+ finger head is tan and creamy. Fades semi quick and leaves moderate lacing behind.

Aroma of spice and malt. Cinnamon, chai, and caramel. Bread dough.

Tastes much like the aroma. Spice and malt. Maybe a bit of earthiness. Some fruit. Apple, pear, raisin, and dates.

Medium body with rather sharp carbonation. Spice lingers.

Easy drinking beer with excellent spice notes. Wish the carbonation was toned down.

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Photo of BMoldy
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pretty dark mahogany-colored brew with a large light-brown head that sticks around for a few minutes and leaves good lacing.

S: Very spicy, sort of ginger-like aroma, with maybe some licorice, cinnamon and nutmeg in the background. Juniper would make sense, for a Dutch beer. Brown sugar-esque sweetness. A touch floral as well.

T: Again, super spicy in the beginning, like drinking an herbal tonic of some sort. Faint bitter orange flavor as well. The caramel-like malt starts to show about midway through with the slightest hint of toastiness. Alcohol flavor is absent, but a warming sensation is certainly present as it goes down. The spiciness definitely does its job of keeping the malt in check, though it is a little overpowering. Finishes relatively sweet and a touch sticky.

M: Medium-bodied leaning towards the heavy side. Good but unassertive carbonation keeps the beer from being too overpowering and gives it a nice crispness, though I still feel like this is a little bigger than it should be, especially with the 8.5% ABV.

O: A very cool and different beer. The spices are very present and do their job well. My only complaint is that it's maybe a little too strong and would benefit (at least drinkability-wise) from being brewed to a lower gravity. Not sure if I'll be revisiting it any time soon, but it was definitely worth trying.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What a great nose, to say there must be "gagel" in this beer! Strange but a good change of nose every now and then cant harm and this one is exceptional. Too bad there is hardly any carbon dioxide and with it of course hardly any foam. Further a full malty and spicy bitter taste with a bitter aftertaste.
Too bad for for foam and mouthfeel but all in all most certainly one I go for again!

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Photo of yen157
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying LBB wasn’t kidding about the cork. :-o

Beer poured with a tan, rocky head that resembled hardened, molded foam. The beer itself was cloudy and reddish amber. The nose consisted of fresh granny smith apples, but in a dusty cellar kind of way. Some brambly berries emerge, both in flavor and tartness, as the beer warms. The alcohol becomes apparent, too. It certainly was herbal in a wonderful kind of way. Nothing too over-the-top like once could easlity imagine a gruit being. Bready malt, slightly fruity, and a little toasty with a tea-like quality on the finish.

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