This reddish-brown beer has a strong spicy (menthol) aroma and a soft sweet taste. The dark malt provides caramel tones. In the aftertaste, the spicy aspect emerges again.
Jopen Koyt is brewed according to the Haarlems Brouwerskeur of 1407 (city recipe). This beer is brewed with gruit, a medieval spice mixture with ritually picked gagel. According to a myth, gagel can be hallucinating, to avoid this gagel should be picked by naked witches at full moon. You bought the ingredient gruit from the gruitheer (later corrupted to the Gruijter = grocer). In the spice mixture of Jopen Koyt, picked gagel is decisive
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