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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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Cloudy brown appearance with a light smallish light tan head. Strong caramel and herbal aroma that is not very inviting. Sweet fruity flavors mostly cherries. As it warms it beings to take on some vinous barley wine qualities.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Medium brown, spicy herbal nose and taste. On the sweet side, fruity, cherry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Mild fruity apple, caramel aroma.Dark brown appearance.Sweet bitter flavor at first, then a fruity spiced cider flavour sets in with a touch of dry cinnamon and pepper at the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 12, 2003
dark ruby-brown color. caramel aroma. Sweet malt and full bodied ale. Some sour tang in finish. Very interesting beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rauchbier (3634) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2003
Bottle conditioned. Deep red brown, moderate white head and moderate condition. Aroma is big and complex and a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Starts with a herbal note that reminded me of sage sausages, next beefstock then malt extract and finally as it warms a spiciness emerges. In the mouth it has a lot of similarities with a trapist dubbel but with a lot more spiciness, which lingers into the finish which becomes dry with time. No hops were harmed in the making of this beer, apparently.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4620) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2003
Fruity smell, bit malty, sweety. Cloudy darkbrown coloured, head doesn't remain. Taste is sweet, malty, spicy. Feels good and smooth in my mouth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2003
Tap, café De Geus, Enschede. Cherry flavor. Herbal with some bitterness, due to herbs, not to hops. Sweet and full bodied, just a bit creamy. Some red berries-like sourness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11637) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Opaque dark brown with no head. Aroma is mild raisin, yeast. Taste is sweet, plum, spiciness, some cherry, perhaps some chocolate maltiness. Fairly light and easy-drinking beer.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Strong aroma that, to me, was off-putting, at first. After it airs out a little, the aroma is of raisins soaked in lime juice. It's an odd aroma, but it settles in. The color is deep amber-brown. Not opaque, but rich. We didn't get much head on the pour, though. Flavor is surprisingly balanced, given the aroma. It's mildly sweet, rich, and not terribly obtrusive. It goes down smooth and easy and ends with a spiciness, then a maltiness that's somewhat reminiscent of the aftertaste of a lager.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerohen (2029) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 Brown with nice thick head. Very nice complex nose, malty, spicy and some wood. Rich and complex flavor, some alcohol. Nice warming malty finish. Additional note: Compared a fresh one with a nine year old bottled version (from 1996), which was brewed at Halve Maen. The flavour of the old sample has obviously matured, but it also significantly lost complexity: besides the port-like liqourice flavour almost all other flavours present in a fresh sample were lost or severely suppressed. I guess nine years is just too long for this beer (or was it just another recipe back then?).


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