Brewed by Jopen
Style: Traditional Ale
Haarlem, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2598) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Cloudy brown, fading head, mild carbonation. Aroma and flavor dominated by an apply phenolic ester profile, highly reminiscent of Chimay Red, but sweeter. Raisiny Special B notes also apparent. Herbal or spice components difficult to discern, I could not detect them. Instead just a sweet estery malt is present with a mild alcohol presence in the finish. The Belgiany esters are nice but on the whole the beer borderline one-dimensional and not very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Darkly fruity, malty aroma, vinous and plummy with herbal and yeast accents, some very faint chocolate and sugar as well. Dramatically deep garnet color, partially opaque, with a slight, fine head. Flavor profile is malty and sweet, some banana, grape and berry fruitiness throughout, finishing on a lightly acidic, spicy, gently warming note. Body is full, palate is smooth and lightly winey. A gruit beer that drinks like a Belgian Strong ale. Very interesting and a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Little head, brown, blah, blah, etc. Smells, very sharp--juniper? Some type of herbal/piney smell. Myrtle? Unappealing though complex. Taste, like sour unripe plums, fruity yet funky. Dry finish. Smoke and burnt wood feel. Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4393) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5006) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (6001) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - 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.

   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.

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