Jopen Koyt | Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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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