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Brewed by Jopen
Style: Traditional Ale
Haarlem, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Brewed by Proef for Jopen (www.jopen.nl). Until 2006 brewed by Van Steenberge. Koyt is a dark beer with 8,5% alcohol and a warming herbal taste. The reddish-brown Koyt is the strong version of the old gruit beer.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
This traditional ale pours a medium brown color from a 750ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is dried fruit, malt, herbs and sweet. A medium bodied ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of spices permeate this beer. I am assuming things like sage, thyme and coriander. Fruity and sweet. Bright yeasts. Lively carbonation. Nice balance. A very pleasant tasting, if not slightly strange, beer: The mild bitterness comes from both the hops and the spices and it is hard to figure which is which. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2006
Slightly cloudy dark amber pour with floaties with a ring of white lace. Strong aroma and flavor of cork with some sweetness, it feels like I’m eating the damn cork. The body has a light to medium thickness with an astringent mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Not good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Poured dark ruby/brown into a massive Optimator dimpled mug. Huge, dense, rocky, sand colored head. Nose of yeast, spices, fruit, and malt. Flavor is peppery yeast and fruity, herbal spices on top of some roasty caramel malt. Medium/light body is a bit watery, balanced carbonation. Roasty, herbal aftertaste. Interesting brew. Only drawback is the thin body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 8, 2006
(750 ml corked and caged bottle: $7.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) I love tasting beers made from authentic, centuries-old recipes because it’s always such a unique experience. I’m thrown back into a world very different from my own, when hi-tech meant using gears and pulleys. And so I look forward to this traditional gruit beer. Poured into my favorite Duvel tulip glass, the tall, tightly-knit, light tan head looks absolutely gorgeous sitting atop the murky, ruddy brown body. The dark, muddy color gives limited visibility of the very tiny and slow-moving carbonation bubbles that rise from seemingly random points on my tulip glass. This would make a great professional beer photograph were I ready with the camera and backdrop. As I wait for the head to gradually settle down, I have the opportunity to take in the aroma wafting from the glass. It has kind of an earthy, woody, dark malty aroma, like something I’d smell on a hike amongst the fungus and fallen, decaying trees of an ancient forest. If the nose is the result, at least in part, of the traditional spices and herbs, I certainly can’t identify them individually. Very unusual and intriguing aroma, and this naturally carries over into the flavor. Again dominated by the earth and wood, the flavor is herbal and mildly bitter, but quite fruity and sweet as well. The dark malt has a sweet, candy caramel flavor which becomes progressively more prominent into the finish. This just tastes like a dark, malty beer that has been aging in some old funky wooden barrel with fungus and mushrooms growing on the outside. After several sips, the beer seems rather one-dimensional to me; all the flavors meld together for one general impression from start to finish, and without hops or fresh, zippy herbs to break things up and add complexity, this beer never shows any other face for the entire session. Full bodied and nicely carbonated, but the palate gets a bit tired and cloying after awhile. A 330 ml bottle might be a better sample size, but hey, at least it’s an interesting and unique flavor. Not a beer I’m likely to partake in often, but once in awhile, the uniqueness of this gruit beer would be quite a treat. Highly recommended if you’re in a rut and seeking out something new.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2006
Murky reddish brown colour with a tan head. Malty and sweet flavor with notes of yeast and candy. Malty and spicy flavor with a very sweet candy like touch and a weak alcohol finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quinten (1051) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2005
Very special, recypt from 1401 no one has seen america exept the indians,...some say the vikings did but o.k. Very spicy and a bit sour, dark color. nice!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2005
Caramel and malt nose, deep copper, tiny tan head. Sweet malt flavour, sweet candies also. Light bodied, sweet and as its warms the alcohol is noted and appreciated. Very nice offering. Thanks blankboy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2951) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
Sample at DougShoemaker’s 2005 December gathering - bottle courtesy of blankboy. Oange-amber with some floaties. Aroma is quite spicey and herbal - a touch stale, but not overly so. Flavour is also very herbal, malty to start, dry in the finish. A very interesting beer, glad to have tried it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
bottle. thanks for sharing, Paul (blankboy). orange-copper with specks of yeast and a small white head. aroma has lots of spice - spruce, yeast, alcohol, and earthy tones. very flavourful spice, chocolate, and bread malt. yeasty warm finish. quite tasty!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6433) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle at ’December at DougShoemaker’s 2005’ -- courtesy of me. Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a spare white head. A few bubbles in there. Aroma of caramel malt, spices, dark fruit and alcohol -- smells quite nice. Flavour follows the aroma though just slightly less impressive. Being a hophead I was interested to find out there are no hops at all in this beer and surprised to find out that I like it. Different and enjoyable.


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