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't Gaverhopke Zingende Blondine - Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 73
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 5.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 03-19-2009

Also called "Singing Blonde".
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

crazy crazy bottle of beer, anytime you spend a lot on a single and it gushes like crazy on you, its disappointing, but rarely does the little beer left in the bottle make the whole thing worth it, and in this case it does. never really seen one like it, it just keeps on gushing and gushing, tons of yeast in this thing floating around, from chunky and white, to small and speckled, to dark and congealed, its odd and kind of gross, unless you get off on this sort of thing like I do. the head is super tall of course, pure white, and comprised of medium sized bubbles all stacked up on top of each other, and there are brown flecks of yeast in the head, like a cinnamon latte or even a vanilla bean ice cream. it smells like vanilla for sure, and has the sweetness and yeast complexion of a Belgian tripel, but isn't quite as dense and evolved on the grain front. the yeast is awesome, and there is plenty of sweetness here. the booze is really well hidden, and notes of honey and pie crush come out, with sweet lemon curd and jasmine flowers as accent notes. very Belgian, very old world, but also very innovative. I just believe its as strong as it is, so well hidden here. id like to try some of their other stuff, but you just don't see it around very often... (1,266 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/2014. Highly carbonated gusher upon opening. Pours murky bright orange color with a 3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, lime, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light pale malt notes; with good strength. Very bright aromas. Taste of big lemon, lime, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, candi sugar, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nicely dry finish. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light pale malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and foamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light pale malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on for the high ABV. With the combination of the difficult over carbonated pour and murky appearance, I was expecting this to taste old and malty; but it tasted spot on. A very enjoyable offering. (1,721 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, straw/gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of grapes, tartness, hint of hops, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp, crisp, and an average carbonation level. There is also a tartness and slight dryness present. Tastes of grapes, tartness, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, good tartness, decent body, and mostly dominated by grape flavors. (503 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dull gold color into my Chimay chalice. Lots of floaties add to the cloudiness. The delicately bubbly white head is small and fades fast. Smell is pretty good....Belgian yeast, light fruit and pepper. Taste is similar. I have a bad habit of not waiting for the beer to warm up before sampling. In this case, I missed out on the yeast flavor (some Tripels and other Belgian beers that I like have an almost cheese like aroma and flavor from Belgian yeast).

When the beer was warmer, this very welcome flavor became apparent. In the meantime the apples and pears, slight hops bitterness and touch of pepper took care of the first half of the bottle. The other flavor that kicked in towards the end was a little sourness. This provides a nice counterbalance to the fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is rich like a Belgian should be. Alcohol presence is minimal despite the 9.8% abv. Complexity makes this interesting.

Well worth a try. (944 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy light golden amber with lots of white floating particles. Fine two finger white head with good retention, lots of carbonation and lacing. Aroma of light fruit, Belgian yeast, coriander with light bready malt, slightly vinous and sour. Flavor is interesting, starting with sweet fruit juices and Belgian yeast and spices, then changing to a dryer, slightly sour and wine like finish, but with some light sweetness residual at the back of the tongue. Body is medium with nice creaminess. Warming. A very nice Belgian with a very interesting flavor progression. I will get this again. (630 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hudson St. Stackhouse.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, gold color with great head retention and considerable lacing. The is attractive, but a bit reticent. I get some light honey and clove, but with some underlying nutmeg and light sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but seemed better, with the sweet honey and vanilla dominating the light sour. There's some cherry, candy orange slice and grape in the flavor profile as well. Still, the light sour really helps the mouthfeel, as the beer is light on its feet for a 9.8% beer, and drinkability is exceptional. The beer is fairly sweet, but there's enough light sour to counter it, and keep the beer from becoming heavy or cloying on the palate.

Nice beer, no doubt.... (745 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this at a good temperature with a smallish off-white, foamy head that settled right down and a bit of lace. Color is a clear amber with a couple of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, citrus, malt, grass, spice. Flavor’s like nose, a bit vineous, very slightly sweet, a bit fruity, some tartness, some bitter. Body is ok, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, on the pungent side, and longish with a little alcohol warmth. Ok beer, not one of the best. (460 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Dogfish Head snifter contains a cloudy, honey-gold beer. Effervescence produces a modest white head that quickly retreats.

The aroma is fresh and clean, similar to white wine. There is some earthiness and sour dough.

This difficult-to-pronounce beer has a light tartness with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Again it is quite suggestive of white wine.
Dry with alcohol as expected. The body is full and palate coating.

More enjoyable than scoring might suggest. This beer warms well on its own and is good with spicy pasta. (535 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, hazy gold with a thin, creamy white mousse that laces deep into the glass.

S: Aromas of lemon, lime, oak, spicy ale yeast, grass, herbs, and some lactic, acetic funk are present on the nose. This ale definitely stands out compared to many other examples of the style.

T: Notes of grass, hay, lemon, lime, heavy cream, white pepper, oak, talc, chalk, fresh herbs, biscuits, and spicy, funky yeast are pronounced. The finish is smooth and long with an intriguing interplay of yeasty funk and citrus.

M: This ale is light-bodied for the style, starting off dry, but smooth, and gradually becoming denser and stickier. Carbonation is gentle. Alcohol presence is restrained.

O: This is a quality Belgian strong pale ale with a unique flavor profile. As a matter of fact, I would not hesitate to call Zingende Blondine eccentric compared to its peers. If you enjoy quirky ales, this one is worth tracking down and savoring. (940 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark golden yellow color with a half finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lastig ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Sweet ester-y fruit aroma with some zesty spice, subtle hops and alcohol. Crisp fruit notes, notably apple, pear and grape countered by floral/piney hops and peppery spice.

Medium bodies with a slight creamy texture and some sort carbonation up front followed by a prominent yeast presence that gives off hints of crisp, light fruit. There's also some zesty spice with hints of pepper and clove followed by some earthy hops and alcohol sweetness that lingers into a slight dry finish. (639 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from Tria Rittenhouse poured into a tulip glass. Bottle reads "Singing Blonde," presumably for those of us who aren't fluent in Flemish.

The body is slightly hazy, and the color resembles that of a Berliner Weissbier, as it is light straw in color. The head is lively, but it is fleeting and lingers only for a second or two. The head only reaches about a cm max in height. Coarse and fizzy, it never has a chance. However, towards the bottom of the glass, I do get some spiderwebbed lacing around the sides, starting just in the middle of the tulip's bulb.

The aroma is tropical and spicy. Clove and coriander go along with some grapefruit zest. As a result, there is a clean sourness that tastes like a young lactic character. This beer smells and tastes like the cross between a Berlinerweiss and a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I get the bready supple feel that is so characteristic of a Belgian yeast strain. As mentioned before, the clove and coriander notes are there, but there is also some white pepper in the flavor. The grapefruit citrus note fades, but the tart kick remains. Interesting.

Lively and light on the palate. A very bright-feeling beer, I don't think there is enough complexity or body to really put this one over the top, but it is a compelling take on a Belgian Pale Ale, and I would say it is definitely worth trying. (1,351 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy golden color and formed a snow white foamy head that coated the glass with lace as is subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of barley, spices and pepper. The flavor was of malt, hosp, spices, candy and pepper. The body was light and the finish slightly sprite. (308 characters)

Photo of wschmit
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: A very hazy straw-colored body supports a very bit of fine white head that quickly fizzled out. The barest ring remains, though there's some active carbonation in the body, and this did foam over a bit.

S: Tartness and brett on the nose, very pleasant. More acetic than lactic acid, and the brett is more on the order of Orval than something truly barnyard-ish. Some wheat towards the end. Quite pleasant, better than I expected.

T: Good lemony, orange tartness, balanced by a nice fruity sweetness that aids but does not overwhelm. Next to no hopping. Some mild yeasty bread flavor in the end, but really this strikes me as juicy, in a good way.

M: A nice full body, but not thick. I think the carbonation is low, but appropriate to that juiciness mentioned above, and not a trace of alcohol to my palate. Suits the warm weather, despite the ABV.

O: This is pretty good. It was about 5 bucks for the bottle, and given its high ABV but easy drinkability, it's worth that to me. I'd get it again. (1,039 characters)

Photo of DoctorDog
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz stubby bottle into a tulip.

A- Hazy, sediment laden and golden. Pours with ~1 finger of very effervescent white head, which fades almost instantly into a few stray bubbles on the edges.

S- Light pear and apple fruitiness, with hints of spicy hops and Belgian yeast character.

T- A fair amount of the pear/greet apple fruitiness with some citrus notes in the mix. Sweetness is moderate, with quite a bit of tart / sour character to balance. Just a bit of "Belgian yeast" character. 9.8 % alcohol blends in incredibly. Tasty.

M- Crisp with moderate, fine carbonation. Medium feel.

O- Good. Considering the heft of a 9.8% ABV, very easy drinking and tasty to boot.

Future outlook: I've quite enjoyed both of the beers from this brewery, and will have to eventually try the rest of their lineup. (819 characters)

Photo of tchenery
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent color to the body. I'ts a rich yet slightly hazy slightly dark yellow hue. The head is a bone white film on top after the nice large pillow settles down.

It smells like green raisins and a slight Belgian funk. There's a little bit of lemon zest in there as well and some pepper but it's mostly pale malts and some fruit.

It tastes sweet and syrupy off the bat and is very forward on the grape/raisin flavor. You think it's going to be a bit sour up front but it mellows to a slight tartness that fades away on the tip of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is great with it's heavy body and lifting Belgian carbonation. It leaves a bit of a sticky afterfeel though.

Overall, not much wrong with this beer, excellent brew. (721 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of sugar-coated green apples and hints of funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by green apple and pear flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of small amounts of leafy hops. Near the end of the sip very slight funk comes into play before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass however I’m not sure about another.

Overall I was impressed with this beer until it had a chance to warm up, at which point the sweetness came out more than I was expecting. If this beer could manage to be a bit drier it would be very good, but even as it is it’s worth a shot. (1,051 characters)

Photo of kindacold
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellowish color. Sediment in bottom of glass looks like a yeast culture. Barely any head.

Smells of citrus mostly. I was worried at first that it had gone bad, but after tasting it I know that's not the case.

Tastes almost like a sour ale. Citrus notes with some subtle spice.

Very light in the mouth, easy to drink. Don't notice the alcohol until after you swallow, then it warms you a bit.

Decent beer. (421 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in a great trade pair with dfclav.

Pours a very fizzy light head that hits about 1 finger, then fades to almost nothing quickly, a hazy golden orange carrot colored beer, with light yeast chunks as I poured a little too quickly.

Nose of light Belgian malts, a cross between a saison and tripel mostly, lots of light Belgian malts like tons of them, nice Belgian yeast aromas with some light fruits of apple, apricot, and pear, a light fruity hop base is there too somewhere but detectable, no real booze though, then a very slight tart fruit like aroma too.

Taste starts with light Belgian malts, a light wheat almost flavor but lots of Belgian malts, fruits up the wazoo bringing more apple, pear, apricot, light citrus tangerine and nectarine, etc, some light sweet candi sugar and apple sauce, a very light citrus and tropical hop kick, the candi sugar gives a definite Belgian feel with some sweetness and touch of warming booze, and a very light tart light acidic taste. Finishes a bit drier but not much, lingering tart fruits, Belgian yeast fruits, light candi sugar and warming booze, little sticky, and lingering bitterness.

Mouth is med bodied with quite a bit of carbonation, maybe even more than necessary, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall it's pretty good, nice Belgian malts and yeast, as well as light candi sugar and sweet flavors, lots of fruits both bright fruits and light tart flavors, it's pretty tasty, a bit of warming booze and the fruits are a little much though. (1,506 characters)

Photo of Neffbeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a golden yellow with good clarity. There is a two finger white head that hangs around for a bit, minimal lacing.

S: It smells very tart with noticeable amounts of belgian yeast in play. Apples, pears, grapes and some doughy goodness. There is a faint whiff of herbal/floral hops and some honey.

T: The first taste is sweet with the fruit flavors stepping forward. There is a touch of the doughy yeast and some bittering hops in the finish. One would never know that this brew is almost 10%. Excellent attenuation, as the beer finish quite dry. As the beer reaches room temperature the herbal qualities of the hops are much more apparent and the sweetness backs off.

M: Moderate body with some prickly carbonation.

O: This has been a very enjoyable brew. It is quite dangerous at 10% given the balanced flavors hiding the booze so well. I will definitely seek this beer out again. (896 characters)

Photo of fastsrt
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured 11.2 ounce bottle in a wine glass

A: hazy, light gold, thin cap of foam.

S: fruity, tart,

T: slightly tart, with a funky finish

M: med carbonation finishes dry and mild

D: I have had some beers from this brewery and they are totally under the radar I feel that they make some world class beers this is a great tasting brew (334 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is sweet malt, lemon peel, grapes and some grassy and floral hops. It's a nice aroma, but it's also a bit weak. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. The beer tastes like lemon and orange peel, honey, peppery spice, white grapes and a bit of sour apples. There's also a slight bitter/sour finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is alright, I thought it wasn't hard to drink at all. I thought this was a decent enough brew, definitely worth trying. (663 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.69/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle split and poured into a Unibroue tulip. 9.8% ABV, Best by D 12 punched through the label.

Thanks to my cousin TheD-Train for bringing this over.

A - Hazy golden yellow color with a foamy white head. Tall foam from the pour after a slow-gushing beer but no retention and low, patchy specks of lace.

S - The first whiff of this is funky; straw, fresh-cut grass, and a hint of floral hops. The second whiff has a full nose of band-aid medicinal aromas with a little bit of burnt rubber that gets even stronger when it's swirled. Down-right disgusting.

T - Dry straw and pale malts. A little crystal malt and candi sugar adds sweetness. The hops are there with a floral flavor and light bitterness. The finish has an off-touch of sourness. Meh. It's not as terrible as the aroma is but it's not great either.

M - Medium-light-bodied and very carbonated with a light dry bitterness and a touch of sour on the finish.

D - I hold my breath when going for sip and that's just not right. Both of us are just gonna drain-pour this sucker. It's way off. (1,063 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow gold in color with a small white head that faded quickly; basically no lacing, but great bubbles racing up the beer.

Smells like a pear or apple cider, with grapefruit, lemon, yeast, sweet malt and wheat or grass; smells like fruity beer and has a very soft overall aroma that's nice.

Tastes of yeast, grapefruit, lemon, sweet malts, sour apple, very light caramel, faint alcohol and wheat or grass. Nice complex fruit flavor that's got a semi-dry finish with a slight pucker.

Very creamy and slick on the tongue, with a light feel with little to no carbonation and medium body. This went down fast and easy.

Very tasty and highly drinkable with no trace of the alcohol in the taste; I would have this again as it was very mellow and quite enjoyable. (775 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from 11.2 ounce bottle to St Bernardus glass beer challis

A) Lively burnt orange soup. Lots of fine white carbonation. Very cloudy.

S) Sweet caramel, dark stewed fruit & citrus

T) Truly refreshing. Sweet malt dominates. Orange zest, apricot, honey, dates & very mild (if even present) hops.

M) Thick and well carbonated. Strong alcohol is barely noticable. Very smooth and sweet

D) Wow! I really enjoyed this beer, Sadly I suspect its going to be tough to find another here in Chicago. (504 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is alcohol, oranges, wheat and bread. The flavor is oranges, nuts, lemons, wheat and alcohol. The beer is nearly 10 percent ABV and you can definitely smell and taste it. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (329 characters)

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