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Brewed by Jopen
Style: Traditional Ale
Haarlem, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 382   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
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, 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 (2342) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Thanks to beer handy for this. Pours turbid caramel colored with a minimal white head. Aroma of cherries, malt, hops, spice, figs. Tastes malty, fruity, with some cherries, brown sugar, and toffee/caramel hints at the finish. As it warmed, more figs and plums came out. Very complex. Brouwerij Van Steenburge continues to knock my socks off.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle... Murky, brown ale with no head to speak of. Aroma of white raisins, caramel, vanilla, fruitcake and clove. Sweet flavor with notes of caramel, spice, brown sugar, plum and cherry. Medium-bodied and oily with pillow-soft carbonation. Lengthy, spicy, sweet finish. A pleasure to drink. One has to be in the mood for "sweet" to enjoy this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Bottle pours burnt caramel, large fizzy sand colored head, cloudy, murky, slightly chunky, with spotty lacing.   Musty/Earthy nose, with minor fig/date.   Semi-sweet fig/date, bready and yeasty, with the aformentioned must/earth flavor.   Comes across as somewhat of a Dubbel, which I like.   S’alright body, mouthfeel seems average.   Finishes smooth, soft, lingering fig/date and malts.   Yeah, I’m down with it.



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