Brewed by Jopen
Style: Traditional Ale
Haarlem, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 372   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 8, 2004
Muted amber brown with off white head. Musty nose w/malt and unidentified spices. Med weight with sweetness throughout and a lingering finish. Flavors of sweet fruit, spice, light juniper, carmel, chocolate, molasses, wood and a overall herbal quality. Tasty brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7879) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2004
Fully hazy, dark brown beer with red shine; slim dirty-brown head. Lactic nose, yoghurt, sweet chocolate, cardemom, vanilla, toffee. Short bitterish taste, woody, here some herbs come forward, difficult to say which; definitely something phenolic. Lactic is still here, and raisins in the flavour. full-bodied, milk-slick, carbonation seems boosted by the yoghurt-like taste. Very nice beer. Where is this brewed? If Chris Wisse is doing it, he’s seriously bettered his stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Dark Red Coloring with White Ring. Cherry... Barley, Cherry Flavor with Something Funky Going On... Odd Mix of Ingredients... Dry at the End.. Bitter Vege/Herb Mix.. But Good Overall!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4392) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Pours a kind of murky, muddy color with no head. Very nice aroma of caramel and malts. The taste gets weird... the caramel and malt are still there and maybe some chocolate, but there’s a vegetable quality that’s strange. Again, different from other gruits. It almost had a celery taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1842) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Could Koyt been the Budweiser of 15th Century Amsterdam? Definitely an old school beer! I thought with all the spices and sweetness this was a Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6187) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Arendsnest, Amsterdam, Nov 2002. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, molasses), with notes of pine needles, vanilla, raisin, and clove. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2004
750 ml. Light brown color with tan head that dissapears quick. Nice earthy aroma with notes of light grapefruit and spices. Taste is malty and spicy, more like a Belgian Strong than a traditional ale. BTW, how can this be a traditional ale if it’s a gruit? A bit tart and musky with a bit of barnyard and candy sugars.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8852) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Poured a medium to dark reddish-brown with an off white head. Aromas and tastes of dark fruits, malts and spices. Herbal. Interestingly different (if that makes any sense).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2004
cloudy crimson/amber coloration, with various floatablities, running rampant, an excellent helping of froth buzzing atop. big spice in the nose, cinnamon, clove, huge, and spilling over with dark fruit, as well, big time cherries, and grapes, and prunes, a wicked mix, not your average cornucopia in the least! Enticing and intoxicating! In the taste, more of these flavors recurr, ever so pleasantly, the palate is coated well with sweet, rich fruit and copious spicy accompaniament. Full bodied, long, clinging finish, memorable flavor. I’m still considering this brew, halfway through the bottle, but it definitely registers among the best beers from the Netherlands to have ever reached my lips. As I finish the bottle, I can only reflect on the marvelous, rich, delciousness...I definitely need to return to the store and stock up on more, for this is a very fine bottle indeed. Very slick in feel and flavor, rich in taste and texture, full in body and character...damnit, I like it, don’t care what you say! I’m an unabashed fan of this stuff, and you can cuff me if you like, I’ll still sing it on high (and try to procure a case for personal consumption!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Bottle pours a hazy deep red with an inch of head and a residual lace ring. The aroma is perfumed with something quite herbal, perhaps juniper. The flavor is somewhat like a dry wine, sweet malt, and herbal. The pallet is fairly rich with a nice carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is pretty good. I’m fairly impressed.

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