Brewed by Jopen
Style: Witbier
Haarlem, Netherlands
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap

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RATINGS: 327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed by Huyghe for Jopen (www.jopen.nl). Until 2006 brewed by Van Steenberge. Jopen Adriaan is made as a lighter version of a gruit beer. Gruit is a medieval herbal mixture of which sweet gale is the most characteristic. Brewers used this gruit before hops were introduced. The beer contains 5% alcohol and is also brewed with herbs, but different ones than those used in Koyt. The herbs used in Adriaan contribute in the refreshing taste of Adriaan. The light taste of Adriaan can be compared with Wheat beers (Witbier) as those are made in Belgium and Holland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (4300) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Draft pour. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. The aroma is fruity and herbal, and has a nice smoke to it as well. The taste is sweet and a little smoky. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ramboraffe (1533) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2015
330 ml bottle at Het Amsterdammertje, Göteborg. Haxy yellow with white head, Floral, citric, white pepper, spices. Dry with low bitterness and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnowek (1150) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2015
Hazy golden. Slightly creamy witbier with all if the usual characteristics, including bananas and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2015 I have tasted this Belgian style witbier many years ago in the original Van Steenberge version and described it briefly as follows: "hazy peach blonde beer with moussy head and malt sweet and spicy character, some acetaldehyde (green apple) with wheaty sourishness, refreshing, retronasal coriander, dryishly sourish finish". Now I am revisiting it (thanks Craftmember for the bottle!) and it seems it hasn’t changed dramatically. It pours a typical ’white’, i.e. a foggy yellow blonde with olive green hue under a creamy, lightly lacing, dense, egg shell white head; aroma of acetaldehyde (green apple, fresh sorrel or raw rhubarb) just the same as before, a considerable amount of soapy wheat of course, obvious coriander crawling up the nostrils, hints of lime peel, stewed chicory, black cardamom, raw white cabbage, spiced cookies, dry straw, chicken spices, bubblegum, powder sugar. Taste begins with subdued fruity esters, hints of gooseberry, green apple, peach and a tad banana, medium carbo, clear sourishness coming from within - the large dosis of wheat manifesting itself as expected; a smooth barley ’breadiness’ comes up as well, but all the while the coriander seed is drawing attention and becomes resiny, bittersweet and even a little bit wry in the end, along with a much more sedate touch of dried citrus peel. Mouthfeel is smooth, but also a bit starchy - has actual starch been added here to guarantee the cloudiness typical for this style, like in Hoegaarden Witbier? The drying ending is due to this starch effect for a small part, but much more due to coriander than anything else: this wit is exaggerating the coriander factor, that much is clear. I faintly get a (slightly!) above average amount of deep, dim, earthy but somewhat grassy hops as well, with a certain mild bittering power. Still, that over-the-top coriander effect is so overpowering here that it remains for a long time and dominates anything else, even more strongly so than is usually the case in (actually) Belgian witbiers; quite importantly though, there is a crisp, lemony sourishness accompanying the whole, with an incomparably quenching quality to it. In all: considering my original notes of 2005 when this (and other Jopen beers) was still brewed at Van Steenberge, and when I tasted it at one of Ben Vinken’s Bierpassieweekends which was attended by the late Michael Jackson, I do not have the impression it has changed an awful lot: it is still a genuine Belgian wit, but with a kind of stereotypical Dutch arrogance, with more of the ’coriander effect’ than usual and more of the citrus crispness than usual, resulting in a flavour profile which can be described as quite characterful, ’bolder’ than average and utterly quenching. I am not witbier’s greatest fan, but I have to admit these beers generally have an extremely gentle, delicate, elegant character with great thirst-quenching ’powers’ and this one surely is no different - in fact, this shows even more ’oumph’ than is normally the case in wits. Top quality witbier I’d say, if you were to limit this style to the old Hoegaarden and its epigones. This, in that particular sense, is way better than Hoegaarden itself, that much is clear.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (2124) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 7, 2015
0,33L bottle (from Drink Shop), BB 04.2015. Pours clear golden with white head. The head disappears immediately. Aroma is fruits, citrus, yeast, some spices. Flavor is sweet, wheat, spices, yeast. Finish is dry bitter, carbonation is rather high. Overall: appearance is very disappointing, but otherwise ok-ish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (4786) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 26, 2014
330ml bottle. Clear golden color. Small sise, white head, stays. Sweet, coriander, citrus, faint lemon in aroma. Coriander, sweet, perfume, citrus in taste. Medium carbonation. Perfume in aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fdomig (655) - München, GERMANY - NOV 27, 2014
330ml on tap. Aroma is citrus, apple, hops. Appearance is cloudy orange with a niche white head. Taste is sweet an light sour. Stays quite light. Ok

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
markextrae (2784) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
bottle sample. poured a cloudy white colour with a white head. lots of coriander and herbs, malts, wheat, banana, yeast, not my style. bit of a dry aftertaste aswell

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fdemmer (47) - - NOV 13, 2014
hardly any smell, light yellow hazy, clean white fine foam. typical wit taste is all there, banana wheat yeast. citrus acidic finish. rather strong carbon. refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 20, 2014
20-Oct-14 (330-ml bottle)
This beer pours a hazy, golden-orange body with a thin, off-white head that fully dissipates. The nose is herbal and savory with some light notes of citrus peel, spices, and bread. On the palate, quite a lot of coriander, orange peel, and other dried herbs with a crackery malt base. The beer is light in weight, low-medium in carbonation, and dry on the palate, but not particularly refreshing. Overall, fun to try but seems pretty insubstantial.

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