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Brewed by Jopen
Style: Traditional Ale
Haarlem, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 372   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
schuim (36) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2001
This is something else. This redbrown beer has a very strong flavour due to the use of ’gruit’ in stead of hops. A very complex beer, that is very drinkable never theless. Totaly different than the more modern Belgian and Dutch speciality beers; a lot more complex in the taste!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcnesci (8) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013 does not count
This is exactly the kind of beer I’m looking for when leaving homeland Quebec for a good European strong ale. Thus, when leaving "hopland"/America behind, Im happy to end-up in Amsterdam, at t’Arendsnest, to find this beer where the use of hops is replaced by herbs & spices. Rare are totally hopless beers, I hear. My favourite style being belgian Xmas beers, this is similar yet different. Strong malty body, deep hued color, holding texture, and a complexity in the palate that haunts me still (those herbs & spices, y’know) thousands of miles away back home in Montreal. This beer has it all. I would import it by the boatload if I could. If in the vicinity of Amsterdam / Holland, be sure to try one.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerohen (1990) - 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?).

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Plaas (85) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2012 This is one of my favorite beers. It is a rather unusual beer, since there are no hops in it: it is spiced with a "gruit", a medieval mixture of herbs. Secret, of course, but there is a rumour that it contains gale. Jopen Koyt (Koyt or "Kuit" is the name of this unique Dutch style) is a very aromatic, bittersweet beer. Drinking it feels like eating cookies, but I like this more than cookies.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Friendly_Rob (24) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle @ home from Mitra in Haarlem. Great taste! So many different favors in one. Perfect for a cold winter evening. It just started to snow here today!

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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Wow! What a great beer! Poured a dark brown-amber hue with a small off-white head. Gingery root nose. Finished sweet and malty, and quite smooth. One of the most original beers I think I have every had the pleasure of trying.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vipinvelp (2127) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2012
Dark ruby color with brownish foam head lacing to glass. Aroma is bread, taste is tickling caramel tickling on tongue. Surprising beer. (Velp 201206) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Xstream (159) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2013 caramel, chocolate, coffee, nuts, floral, herbs, clove, nutmeg, molasses, cough drop, licorice, raisin, honey, spices, soy sauce, vanilla. Lovely flavors, quite a taste sensation actually. Great satisfying beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 6, 2002
Wow, not what I was expecting at all. The spiciness is way in the back underneath a nice sweet maltiness, with some candi sugar. Aroma is wild and funky, but flavor is rich and extremely pleasant. Extremely subtle spicing shows some nutmeg liquorice and vanilla. This is to me what most christmas seasonals should taste like--subtley spiced and warming. You need to work to try to discern what spices are there, rather than being overpowered by them. An extremely satisfying brew.


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