Jopen 4 Grain German style Dutch Bokbier 6.5%
Bock is a traditional German style of beer which originated in the town of Einbeck, which is south of Hannover. Bocks are the bottom-fermented beers of the lager family but are about as far removed from bland industrial lagers as you can get. They were traditionally brewed in the winter as a warming beer that would keep. Most Bocks comes from Germany but some US brewers have also tried to replicate this strong malt-forward style of beer. There are also Bocks to be found in Brazil, where there is a large German émigré population, Australia, Poland and of course the Netherlands. Bock means goat in German and many Bock beers feature a goat on the label.
Jopen Bock is brewed with barley, wheat, oats and rye which all contribute to the complex malt flavour. It is hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrüh and Aurora hops which are mainly for preservative purposes. Jopen first started brewing in 1994 to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the town of Haarlem. The brewery is located in the former Jacobskerk church which has been converted into a brewery with a restaurant and café. The building is now known as the Jopenkerk.
Jopen 4 grain Bock beer is a German style beer made in Haarlem in the Netherlands. It pours a dark brown colour and has a distinct caramel/orange aroma. This is a strong, sipping beer with a very malty, toffee/caramel roasted taste with a warming alcohol feel. This is a beer to drink after a meal with some cheese or perhaps late at night as a nightcap.
Jopen produce a variety of interesting beers including: Wheat, IPA, Gruit, Triple and a Stout. The brewery is open to the public. Whilst many brewers focus on hop forward US style IPAs, Jopen use a variety of grains in their beers including wheat, rye, oats and emmer (a type of ancient wheat).
The Netherlands is not well known for its rock musicians although there have been a few one hit wonders such as Golden Earring and Shocking Blue. My own favourite Dutch band are Focus. They were a prog rock/jazz rock, keyboard led band which also featured some manic flute playing. Unlike most 1970’s rock bands Focus were purely instrumental in their output although they did include some off the wall yodelling. Pour yourself a glass of Jopen, put out a plate of Dutch cheese and listen to Focus play their US hit single “Hocus Pocus” live on US TV way back in 1973. The manic yodelling starts about one minute into the video and is truly amazing.