't Gaverhopke Zingende Blondine - Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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87
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.72%
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:
Also called "Singing Blonde".

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 03-19-2009)
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a very tiny west Flanders brewpub (producing less than 10 barrel batches) comes Zingende Blondine. It's the first new beer since brewster Gundrun took over the brewing duties, and it was released in October of 2008.

The singing blonde pours a hazy golden body beneath a short but creamy head of white foam. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves short walls of solid lace that rise up at the edge of the glass. Very tiny bubbles, due to natural bottle-conditioning, race to the surface and help it to maintain its head.

The nose is yeasty, bready, a bit sour and vegetal, candyish, and a touch candyish and floral.

In the mouth its dextrinous medium body foams up readily, becoming pillowy soft and smooth.

The flavor is surprisingly complex, offering a combination of sweetness and piquant tartness. It's gently bready, lightly candyish, subtly spicy, fruity (apple, white grape, berry, soft plum), and floral and grassy. It's got just enough bitterness underneath the malt sweetness to keep it from becoming cloying, but its funkiness helps to ground it. It's musty, with some bar-room-floor sourness, and even some vinegar and vegetable. The alcohol is remarkably well-cloaked, and it never shows that it's almost 10%. A swirl of delicate spice and mildly grassy and straw-like hops appear in the finish, and then linger with a delicate coat of sugar and bready notes as it subsides.

Really, really interesting! Absolutely worth seeking out.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cclark67789
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mattfancett
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from bottle at Mondiale 2010. Mostly yeasty aroma. Decent above average mouthfeel. In your face taste. Suitable carbonation. Surprisingly tangy, citrus, pepper,some sour, honey, and complex, in addition to candi. good Belgian, good drinkability.

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. Judging by the number of reviews, this must gave just hit the shelves. I did a little digging and this beer was just introduced in Oct 08.

Poured a clear gold with an aggressive head and only turned hazy because I let a little sediment in. The aroma is an interesting mix wine vinegar, cider, and scented burning candles - in the sense that it reminds me of spiced wax if that makes any sense. The flavor has bit of orange peel, lemon juice, mild pepper. The finish if fairly balanced with subtle bitterness with light sour tang. Complex and easy to drink. Heck of a beer.

Photo of mikey711
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes it is nice to go back to where you started with beer. When I first got into craft it was nothing but belgians for this guy, which was great because I lived near the Publick House at the time. Never had this one before so here goes.

A: Fast dissipating white soapy head that leaves no lacing and minimal foam behind. Somewhat cloudy and looks a bit like lemonade in the light.

S: Some crazy esters going on in here. It smells almost exactly like juicy juice white grape juice with its sweetness and dryness. Just one of the fruitiest smells beers I have ever encountered and I actually enjoy it.

T: Again lots of fruity esters. Grapes, green apples, pear. A slight pepper note is detectable as well. There is almost a tannic quality as well.

M: The flavors are rather mellow and the finish is dry. The body is light and a slight amount of booziness is detectable

D: As i mentioned, I used to drink nothing but belgian beers but have since broadened my palate. This one does go down like grapejuice but I dont think i could have more than one in a sitting

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ddebals
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New beer at our pub since early april. Remarkably good. But pay attention: almost 10% alcohol, but you hardly remark it. It does not have that much body, but it surely has a delicate taste. I'm a bit more inclined for brown beers, but this one is really good, and not brown at all. Nice glass, but nothing special.

Photo of Neffbeer
3.98/5  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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The initial pour yielded a turbid tangerine color with an overwhelming solid foam structure for a head standing 5 fingers high at first. Snow white in color the head was very well lasting leaving sticky patches of foam adhering to the glass walls. Visible effervesce was incredibly strong with a steadfast showering display.

S: Upon first uncapping the nose was pungently strong with a lemon sourness while in the glass it was a bit more tame. Musky flowers with a tangerine sourness and lemon juice like quality are most evident along with a fading representation of wet hay and wheat.

T: The flavor was acidic with a tangerine sourness backed by a cream of wheat flair. There is a good deal of sourness here, almost mouth puckering at times like lemon juice. The alcohol is noticeable but pretty well manageable and concealed by the pungent lemony sourness. While I like sours this even made me squint like popeye at times and left a sour twang of questionable grapefruit pulp juice that lasted until the next morning deep in my throat.

M: The mouthful is lively with a burst of carbonation. Creamy, yet very fluid on the tongue with a smooth character.

D: A sour blonde with a bit more sourness then hopping. Packs quite a punch so one is more then plenty. A slow methodical sipper that was only moderately enjoyable overall.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of rumorsofsurf
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.93/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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