Brewed by Jopen
Style: Traditional Ale
Haarlem, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 435   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Glowing brown with hints of violet. Vibrant herbaceous and berry hints in the aroma, with big spice (pumpkin and cinnamon), fruit, bark, banana chips and alcohol. The malt and yeast are lovely and perfectly accented by the herbs and spices. I was expecting a cloying beer, but I ended up with something in perfect balance, with loads of fruit and spice and Christmas pudding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Color is a very murky aged sherry and the head is small, dissipating quickly and leaving spotty lacing. Aroma and flavor are a very satisfying but more along the lines of a slightly simplistic Belgian brune than a true gruit beer. Very good overall, though I was somewhat let down by the marketing suggestions that this is an original recipe from days of yore. I docked them 5 overall points for this type of thing, in fact. Most specifically, I feel the lead-on that this beer is unhopped ("In the Golden Age of Dutch brewing, before hops were known, they used a blend of savory herbs, called gruit, to give a spicy aroma to their ales") is false. Do they have a special combination? Along with the profound caramel maltiness, there seems to be a strong hoppiness from the time the bottle is opened. The label later states this is "the strong version of the old gruit beer", which leaves a lot open for speculation. Not that this isn’t an old tyme recipe, but perhaps more like it would be from the late 1700’s or the 1800’s than the 1400’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
(750ml bottle) Pours a murky brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, raisins, herbs, and butterscotch. Flavor of dates, raisins, malt, plum, and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Pours a cloudydeep amber with very little head. Aroma of sweet malt and spiced apples. Flavors are deeply malty with a vanilla note and a fair amount of cinnamon. Heavy body with no bitterness in the finish. Very interesting. Really soft on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lunkie (1579) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2005
Sweet hop malt aroma with cheeries and fruit. Clear red colour with poor head and lacing. Sweet cherry malt flavour. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Hazy chestnut-brown body with low carbonation and a minimal gray head. Pungent malt aroma with apple cider qualities, figs, cherries, herbs, juniper berries and cinnamon. Sweet malty, spiced apple cider flavor with low bitterness. Different and good, but not especially intriguing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - JUN 20, 2005
Bottle: Amber/brown medium heavy barley wine. Nice body, specially spiced, not easy to distinguish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30781) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2005
An unclear brown beer with a collapsing brown head. The aroma is yeasty and quite spicy. The flavor is sweet yeasty and very spicy, though I can’t pick out what spices, the alcohol also makes its mark by burning the mouth and leaving you with a warming fealing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23865) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy red brown coloured with a beige head. Sweet aroma with lots of dried fruits and notes of anise. Sweet flavour of spices and dried fruits. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2005
Bottle. Red brown colour with a small baige head. Dark fruits in the aroma, raisin and prun. Sweet dark fruity taste. Medium body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.

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