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Brewed by Jopen
Style: Traditional Ale
Haarlem, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 375   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (6602) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2005
Pebber in the aroma. Perhaps also lactic-acid. Amber and a medium head. Special spicy flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Pours blood red. Smells musty with notes of bananas, bread and nuts. Taste is of nuts, caramel, raisins, and cherries. Metallic finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 17, 2005
750 ml bottle BBD 0505. Fairly clear reddish maple, little obvious yeast cloudiness, light taupe lasting head...strongly grapy/caramel hugely sweet nose manages to allow some dried herbs and flowers (rosemary, lavender) to escape....sweet/sour stewed prunes in the body, sugariness becomes quite syrupy and somewhat cloying as it warms...very dessert-like, little yeast character. Interesting, but definitely not something I’ll drink a bottle of myself again!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2005
750ml bottle courtesy of csbosox: Light brown with red highlights and a medium tan head. Aroma is quite complex. Herbal notes present themselves up front, then I get some licorice, nutmeg, aged wood, mint, chocolate, carrot, sweet cilantro, bark, earth, dark berries, and medium roasted malt. Medium-full bodied, light carbonation tickles the tongue, slick and sweet mouthfeel. Taste is spicy herbs, licorice coated malts, nutmeg, cherries, cough syrup, ricola cough drops (same herb?), mint, grass, sour bark, juniper, rosemary, light pepper, honey, tree leaf. Finishes with some grassy, menthol, herbal notes. Interesting and worth your time.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Pours a reddish brown with a small light tan head. Quite herbal with a sour nose. rosemary, juniper, and malt sweetness prevalent. Light to medium bodied, finishing a slight alcohol kick

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2005
Pours a deep opaque brown, the head does not last but there’s plenty of aroma. As you take your first sip your confronted with a ton of flavors that are very unique. You find that there’s plenty of carbonation so the aroma holds strong as you drink it down. The flavors are very hard to describe...maybe some anise (liquorish) and plenty of other herbs my palate could not distinguish....no hops at all. Plenty of malt comes through but not too sweet. Very little bittering followed by a tartness as it makes it’s way to the back of your mouth. There’s a pretty distinct alcohol component but over all a very interesting beer sans hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2005
Beer is from the Netherlands (Recipe from Haarlem, where Jopen is like THE number one brewer), but they currently use the facilities of the van Steenberge brewery. Interesting brew, quite unique taste which is extremely spicy, it’s not very sweet, but fairly bitter, but it’s not hopbitterness. It’s like caramel without the sugar, which is virtually impossible but for me the best way to describe this strange, interesting brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Darker brown, tan head, some haze. Sourish cidery aroma, lots of apple and some pear. Mild spice appears in the flavor. No bitterness because there aren’t any hops. Quite interesting and really not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Super cidery nose. Lots of caramel. Apple/caramel flavor. Kind of like a candied apple.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Flavored with mushrooms. No really, I can taste them. Certainly a wild flavor and though I am spatially and temporally foreign to the style, I am pleased at the progress beers have made over the centuries. That being said, The aroma is very nut and honey cheerios with an earthy musk. Honey and roses come through in the flavor with sweetness, chammomile and herbs (corriander?). Appearence is brown and cloudy with some floaties. Very interesting. Gotta respect the ancestors. I’m a little peaved that they write up a deal about the last recipe of traditional brews and how great and traditional this beer is, then lightly elude to the fact that they changed the recipe to be darker and more flavorful. Thats just shady.


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