Jopen Koyt Gruitbier

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Jopen Koyt is brewed with gruit, a medieval blend of herbs in which sweet gale picked according to ritual was essential. Legend has it that, to avoid its hallucinogenic properties, sweet gale could only be picked at full moon by nude witches. The spicy flavour is highly complex and smooth. This reddish-brown beer is a reproduction of a Haarlem beer and is brewed according to the brewer’s statute (recipe regulated by the council) of 1407. Deliciously risky. Jopen Koyt Gruitbier won Netherlands' Best Herb & Spice Flavoured Beer at the World Beer Awards 2016.


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Liquorice taste
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The herby taste reminded me of liquorice. I like licquorice! Very pleasant drink with an interesting history.
Historical High Jinks!
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Whilst William Brothers have already proved that hops are not essential (their Historic Ale collection is a drinker's time machine), this is the first time I have found a beer that has been brewed with the special blend of mediaeval herbs known as 'gruit'. And I must say it is pretty great!
Winter Warmer
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Strong malty beer with hint of herb and spice, decent.
My name is Groot...
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Wow. Simply wow. This is one peach of a herbed ale. Unlike any other you'll find, the gruit adds sweetness and the background is rich and smooth
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