In 1501, the city of Haarlem created its first recipe in substituting spices for hops. Jopen Hoppenbier is crafted using the extract replica of that recipe, which again, contained a controlled combination of barley, wheat and oats. This blond beer, with an alcohol content of 6.8%, is brewed with such a high quantity of hops that the floral hop character can be easily identified in the Hoppen beer. The fresh first flavour of the top fermentation slowly evolves into a full-bodied, bitter aftertaste. Connoisseurs praise this blond beer for its long lingering / smooth flavour and call it an ideal aperitif.
Brewing with Hops arrived in Holland via Germany through trading with the Hansa towns. Characteristic of those beers was the bitter taste, not the usual mild taste.