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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 NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,463 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A.K.A. Singing Blond

Pours a fogged in orange gold with a thin creme head. Mild sour nose. Fruit is also there. At first when I poured it I wanted to say it was apricots. But alas we have moved on to minor funk. Flavor is superb. Smooth. Mature fruit tones and sweetness. A slightly firm acidity barely appears. Minor funky. It's all mixed and mashed together beautifully though and seems to go funky on my mouth one time and then fruity the next. Just clings to the next bit of character and you get a real smooth ride of flavor. Feel has a carbonation that bites too much at the tongue, but it isn't enough to interfere with the flavor. Damn. This is good. I mean, really good. A must try. If you can't get this in your area, I'll trade you for it. (751 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 tempest
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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 (1,069 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 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 beertunes
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as a gift after a friends recent trip to Frisco, thanks Stanzi. Poured into crystal tulip. Poured a semi-hazy golden yellow with just a thin white head that had OK retention and minimal lacing.

A lovely yeast, spice and slight fruit aroma glides into the nose. The flavors have all those aspects as well, with the fruit a bit more pronounced on the tongue than in the nose.

The body is wonderfully full and well-rounded. For a 10% beer, this beauty is far to easy to drink. I would love to have several, but, I only have the one bottle.

Overall, an extremely nice beer. If you see it, do not pass it by. I'm going to try to find more. (646 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 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 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 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 ddebals
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip at Hopleaf...The beer pours a nice medium honey gold with tons of carbonation. At least fourt fingers of creamy thick head, had to pour three times...Great retention, as it falls, falls in chunks, nice lacing...The aroma is all yeast, a little honey, pepper, very similar to Duvel with that tingly yeast on the nose....Taste is light, but very sweet honey dominates. Not any of the yeasty. This is crazy easy to drink at 10%, I basically chugged it. A little sweet for my taste but good overall. (523 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 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 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 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 LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (labeled "Singing blonde"). Pours a cloudy light golden color with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, peppery spices, and yeast. Flavor is bready/yeasty upfront with spices and a sweet finish. Pretty good BSA, very enjoyable. (240 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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dim, dull golden body with a small, but resilient white head. The bottle was a bit of a gusher and the surge of bubbles kicked up a fine yeast sediment which imparted a cloudiness.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented nose of mildly bready malts (in the way the squishy insides of a standard-issue dinner roll tastes) with notes of ripe orchard fruits and light floral and spice accents.

Taste: Soft barley and perhaps even some pils malt with just a minute amount of tanginess and a moderate amount of sweetness. Overly ripe peach fruitiness comes in with, maybe, a small hint of green apple and white grapes. Then, a bit more sweetness hits the tongue. Subtle florals. Touch of sour dough yeast character. Some slight peppery alcohol tones as you near the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad lil' Belgian. It's got a nice array of complexities and goes down fairly easy for being almost ten percent alcohol. If you can't get this in your area, RblWthACoz will trade you for it. (1,059 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 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)

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