't Gaverhopke Zingende Blondine - Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
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Reviews by NittanyBeerFan:
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2011 21:47:32 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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3.73/5 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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-01-2013 13:43:56 | More by Tone
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2012 02:15:01 | More by JayQue
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-11-2012 03:23:11 | More by LiquidAmber
't Gaverhopke Zingende Blondine from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
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