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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2004
Bottle. Medium sized tan fizzy head and fine-small sized bubbles that completely diminished. Very little carbonation and a mahogany hue. Malty, caramel, spicy aroma. Malty, caramel and alcohol flavor. Fairly smooth palate. No lacing to speak of. Worth trying this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 17, 2004
This corked and caged bottled brew poured a large sized head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was a very hazy dark brown color with no visible carbonation. The aroma was malty mildly acidic and mildly harsh with a vinous note to it. The mouth feel was harsh with a acidic finish and a malty aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of malts bread vinous brown beer malts and a mild acidic note.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (5643) - 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 (4859) - 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.


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