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!! 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. jerohen (2296) - 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?). Plaas (92) - 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. 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!
ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, 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. 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. vipinvelp (4425) - 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)
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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. BierNederland (18) - - JUN 23, 2016
Absolute topper. Donkere kleur, stevig schuim. Anijs, drop, karamel en nog veel meer. Ideaal bier om bij diner te gebruiken.