Brewed by Jopen
Style: Belgian Ale
Haarlem, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Until spring 2009 brewed by Huyghe for Jopen. Until 2006 brewed by Van Steenberge. Brewed with three grains: barley, oats and wheat, as requested in mediaeval Haarlem, fresh-bitterish hops and spicey coriander. Jopen Lentebier is unfiltered and gets a secondary fermentation in the bottle. A darker blonde beer with a fruity aroma and a fresh, fullbodied taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1871) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
On keg at Jopenkerk Haarlem - Hazy golden colour with average, frothy, minimally lacing, white head. Grainy and slightly yeasty aroma, some corn. Taste is initially minimally sweet pale malty, later dry oats, in the finish bitter hoppy, underlying hints of alcohol which is hidden quite well for a 7%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (4163) - BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2015 Another of the classic Jopen beers, tasted in Van Steenberge’s version. Snow white, delicate, unstable head, warm amber colour, clear. Aroma of honeyish and caramelly malts, honey, fresh orange, coriander, aniseed, apricot, young cheese and grass. Smooth caramel taste, delicately sugary, as from vanilla sugar, not sticky in any way, peachy, some light coriander and refreshing ’citrusness’, toasted and nutty malt middle, fresh grassy hops in the finish but ending perhaps a bit phenolic too. Clearly a move away from the blonde ’lentebok’ beers made by larger Dutch breweries. I recently tasted this beer as a 10 year old vintage too: obviously this beer is not intended to be cellared for such a long time, but the bottle I found proved interesting, looking darker than the young version, copper in fact, with dead yeast divided throughout the liquid (not an inviting look, by the way); aroma was expectedly oxidized and ’portorized’, with a soy sauce, sherry and molasses kind of quality to it, sweeter than the young one; taste also reflected more sweetness, honeyish almost, brown sugar and marmelade, with sherry-like oxidation but still very bearable; toasted bitterishness was still there, but the grassy hop bitterness had all but disappeared, but instead I got a dubbel-like aged beer which almost made feel I was in the Kulminator... Mouthfeel was evidently thinned out by age, but in spite of that, I still got a fairly stable, loose ’old beer head’. Interesting, but still recommended young, like most beers by far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2014
On tap. Hazy yellow/orange. Aroma of citrus and lemongrass. Spicy fruity citrus taste. Didn’t get much coriander. Refreshing - closer to wheat beer than Belgian ale ?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Neorej80 (498) - - AUG 3, 2014
On tap at Jopenkerk. Tiny head. Flavours of lemongrass and straws. Freshsweet slightly malty, tickles on the tongue. Well balanced. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (7668) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
29/VI/14 - 33cl bottle @ Marjan & Jason’s place - BB: 29/I/15 (2014-676) Thanks to Jason for the beer!

Clear blond to orange beer, lots of chunks floating around under a small aery off-white head. Aroma: very fruity, some peaches, bit of exotic fruits, sweet malts, some citrus. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: citrus, bit sourish, some almonds, malty, alcohol, pretty bitter, bit floral. Aftertaste: honey, caramel malts, nice bitterness, oxidized, almonds, some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (1518) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2014
30cl bottle @ home from Melger’s, Haarlem. Cloudy orange copper color, medium off-white head. Aroma is tropical fruits and floral in the nose, lemon peel, caramel, licorice, quinine, quite hoppy, moderated, good balance. Taste is medium sweetness, medium to heavy hoppy bitterness, hint of fruity sourness, hint of salt. Full body, thin texture, soft carbonation, fine hoppy bitter finsh with quite long duration. Refreshing, easy to drink, fine hoppy spring beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RW80 (1839) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2014
33cl bottle shared Appearance: hazy orange with a white head of about 2 fingers. Not much lacing. Aroma: Mango,grass,spices, citrus Taste:Fruity sweetness, and a light spicyness in the finish. Medium body,average carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markextrae (3204) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2014
from tap at 24uur maastricht. poured a slight amber colour with a white head. coriander, yeast, medium hop bitterness, grass, somewhat crisp mouthfeel, malts, some orange. ok...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (832) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2014
Tasting @ bierfestival Maastricht. Hazy golden, white foamy head. Aroma and taste are citrus fruity and spicy, slightly bitter and nicely accompanied by the wheat and oat malts. Medium body, medium carbonation, oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markschiedon (537) - NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2014
Drinking from tab at Meibockfestival Amsterdam. No special aroma, not bad, but nothing really comes up. The unclear orange beer has a small white head. The taste is hoppy and is therefore nicely bitter. Medium carbonation.

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