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Brewed by Jopen
Style: Traditional Ale
Haarlem, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 373   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.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (5623) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2004
Complex aroma:Fruit (strawberries,figs, apricot), Port, oak, a hint smoke. Redish brown, low head and carbonation. Taste is a bit of a downer: Light Portlike, oaky, raisin and leathery notes, but not nearly as much as you would expect after the aroma. Surprisingly light body and lacking substance in mouthfeel. Such a good start and then then the weak second half - what a shame.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Deep red in color with a tan head. Caramel and raisiny aroma. No hops. It has a figgy flavor too. Dry finish. Good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2004
750 ml. Pours a deep brownish red with floaties and a tan head. Aroma of carmel, raisin, fig, and candi. Flavor is a combination of cotton candi, raisin, carmel, and malt with a dry finish. This is a fun Belgian like brew with a nice character to it and a definite seeker.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2004
Pours a deep, clear, amber-garnet color and it is topped by a thick light brown head. Aromas of crystal malt, dark fruit (cherry and raisin are most evident), hint of alcohol, candied fruit, and allspice. This beer has a rich creamy mouthfeel to it. The candied fruit is in the taste as well, but this beer is not overly sweet for it. The gruit herbs/spices are quite muted, I can’t pick out any individual contributions. There is no real balancing bitterness here, though there is perhaps a light astringency in the finish. This is predominantly a fruity tasting beer, it tastes like a cross between a fruit cake and a spice cake. This would be an appropriate beer for a cold winter evening.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2004
The aroma is so mild, it is barely there. The flavor is decent, with a hint of fruits and somewhat wine-like. Not many hops, a hint of sweetness, and the alcohol is quite well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4839) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2004
Dark reddish pour, minimal head - strange, yet inviting aroma of yeast, mustiness, and lots of dried herbs and fresh vegetables - this stuff almost smells like a salad - touch of sweetness in the flavor, with a big malt profile - herbs and veggies from the aroma come through quite a bit - tastes like malty mixed greens - I know, it doesn't sound good, but by God it is! - grassy, earth and damp - would be interesting to cellar this for a long while to see what develops.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2004 2003 bottle. (BB 4/4/2005). Oh hell ya. Big ass malt smell, brown sugar, belgian yeast, honey, and cotton candy. Maybe a touch of light fruity esters. Damn what a pour, bottle conditioned and just plain brown. Brown and a light brown sugar colored head to follow. Flavor is full, sweet, malty and perfectly belgian (though it’s from the dutch motherland). Amazing! are there no hops here? I couldnt have guessed. Reminds me of belgian christmas beers. Nowhere near the herbs I thought I would taste, though the aftertaste boasts of some leafy, lightly astringent herbs and spices. Hell ya, this stuff is so good. What a style. It’s a toss up between this and Kuhnhenn’s gruit. One is much more spicy and herbal the other, this, being much maltier and bigger.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Draft. Huge blueberry aroma. Malty base with a ton of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger dumped in. Tart rosemary and sage body. Maple-grain finish. Unique, interesting and worth a try.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PushEject (42) - Palmdale, California, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Very light head with a chunky bottom (of yeast). Very Belgian nose. A big and malty mouthfeel with a moment of sea water (?!). Just for a second it tasted like sea-weed. Not my favorite.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2004
750 ml bottle, best before 04/04/05 drank on 02/25/04. Orange ruby body with thick off-white head that wants to stay around for a while. I wish it would go away, I want to drink this beer. Hugely complex aroma, that in one word is fruitcake, but in more words is rich, yeasty (in that unique Belgian way), nutty, and dark fruits with a touch of alcohol. There's more than that, but it is difficult to pick it all out. Light carbonation, full bodied, ends sweet and a bit disappointing considering the aroma.


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