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't Gaverhopke Extra - Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 200
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 21.5%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-17-2009

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Photo of paterlodie
1.69/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

No freshness date carved. Bit of beige head and dark brown beer with tons of big haze particles. Nose is very sweet and infact whee and unfresh vegetables. No this is far from fresh and hard to put myself over the point to still try this brew. Wellporty, oxidised, straw, phenolic bitterness a to me a nightmare. No this is too strange to me and can't imagine it was ment to taste this way... though all beers from gaverhopke go in this direction.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

A: The pour is hazy brown in color with a small khaki head.

S: The nose starts off with a light fruitiness with some toasted bread. There is a touch of tart fruits, mostly raisins and plums. Initially it is somewhat metallic which only gets worse as it sits for a moment. There is also a little bit of grass.

T: From start to finish, this is very metallic and minerally. There is some sweet toffee and bread, but that's about all the positive things I can say about it. It's lightly tart with some lemon and green apple. A touch of booze, too.

M: Medium bodied with full carbonation.

O: Poor aroma and flavor, very disappointing.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle @ the Diester Bierfestival on 20 Oct 2012, labelled as 'Den Twaalf.'

Dirty washing up water brown: scummy head, not a good start.

Strange farmyard esters: fruity, yet with a grubby feel to the smell.

Semi-sour moving towards vinegarous in the taste and mouth feel: did I try a bottle with a yeast infection? No according to a couple on my table it had been the same when they'd had it elsewhere and many months before. Tried to enjoy it, but failed.

A long way from being a good quadrupel on the evidence I had in my glass: the wife didn't like her portion either!

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Photo of weeare138
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

So...been wanting to try this for a while now...hmmm.
Appears a transparent ruby red with a small white cap that quickly fades into a gentle collar. Spotty bits of lacing.
Smell is sweet prune juice, red raspberries, jam, juice, red wine, wineberries.
Taste...oh, boy. I applauded their efforts here. Very sweet with caramel and intense berry jam like a big Pinot noir. Interesting but I'm just not feeling it. Starts sweet, finishes sweet.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, syrupy, with a plastic flavor clinging during the swallow. Man, just too much going on and way too sweet with too much heat. Can't do it. Just can't even finish it. Leaving my glass here. Bummer. :(

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a bottle of Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke's Extra a couple months ago for $4.69 at The Lager Mill. I was picking up a few different Belgian beers and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, but it's pretty simple looking and it isn't that eye catching. It poured a dark red brown color that took on more of a dark red hue when held to the light with pretty much no head at all just some bubbles that clung together for a little bit and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This wasn't the best looking beer, I wish it had some head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a low amount of high sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a grainy, toasted, caramel, bready, bread crust and wheat like aromas followed by a big sweet and fruity aroma with some dark fruit and slight cherry like aromas seeming to stick out. Up next come a lighter vinegar like aroma with a strange nutty aroma towards the end. The aroma was ok, but it was a little strange.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a weird watery fruit flavors that reminds me of watered down juicy juice and there also an acidic lighter vinegar flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart all the aspects that I got in the aroma with toasted, grainy, caramel, and bread crust flavors seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a somewhat lighter amount of medium tartness, with some grainy and toasted flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This was an ok tasting beer, I think the flavors seemed to clash a little and it was almost as strange as the aroma.

M- Not the smoothest, a little acidic, not crisp at all, on the somewhat lighter side of being medium bodied with a very low amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that great, it needed some carbonation.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer and I didn't think it was a good example of the style, it didn't really have most of the aspects that I look for in the style and If I tried this blind I think there would be no way that I would guess this was a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, to me it's a little similar to Flanders Red or something like that. This beer didn't have good drinkability, the alcohol was hidden very well and it wasn't filling, but the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention and I think half the bottle is enough for me, the acidity might start to wear on me after more than that. What I like the most about this beer was how well the alcohol was hidden, I was really surprised that hardly any alcohol showed up in the flavor and aroma. What I liked the least about this beer was the how the flavors clashed, to me the toasted, caramel and grainy flavors didn't work well with the acidic vinegar like flavors. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it either. All in all I didn't really enjoy this beer, it was had an odd combination of flavors and aromas that didn't work that well together. This didn't make for a good first impression for this brewery and I'll be thinking twice before I think about buyinh any more of their beers. Better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours no head so there is no lace. Murky brown color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Very light carbonation and medium bodied. Sour fruit nose and flavor is sour fruit, no sweet malt as some raters have mentioned. Not my idea of a BSDA. High ABV is hidden. $5.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

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Photo of spointon
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a stubby Belgian 11.2oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A= This ale poured a red-brown color with an odd mixture of clarity and huge chunks of sediment. Seriously, this beer sat immobile in my fridge for months so the floaties should have settled and been at a minimum yet there was a swirling cloud of chunks present. The head rose just 1/2" and quickly settled down to a thin ring. No lace to speak of.

S= Smelled very much like...shit. Seriously, this really took me by surprise as I was expecting a Belgian strong dark ale that smelled malty and sweet and what I got was a sour smelling oud bruin with some serious infection/funk aromas.

T= Well, it was better than the smell, I'll give it that. Mostly sour tart flavor up front, with some dark malty sweetness peeking out from underneath every now and then. Slight fruitiness midway, but the sourness carried through to a tart and dry finish.

MF= Medium bodied with a spritzy effervescent carbonation feel.

D= This was really a disappointment. Either it is something other than advertised or this had an unintentional wild yeast infection that simply ruined the flavor. Even if I was looking at this in the style of Belgian sour/wild ale I wouldn't think it was very drinkable.

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Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from pipe n pint in gso. Pours a murky, muddy brown very typical for the style. Aroma is a lot of raisin and a little earthy. A touch of other fruity esthers in there too. Flavor is very fruity with some cherry, prune and raisin. A bit of a gritty texture to it. Pretty quick on the finish and a little touch of alcohol on the back of the palate. Goes down pretty easy but nothing compared to the complexity of many of the standouts in this style.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear ruby, crowned with an inch of downy white head. Lighter and clearer than the stand-outs in this style.

There's a huge banana smell balanced with some caramel sweetness. There's a slight acidic quality on the nose, but not enough to be off putting. I'm not getting the broad complex spiciness that would cause me to loiter over the smell.

Mouthfeel is lighter and more carbonated than I like to see in this category.

There's more complexity on the tastebuds. The massive banana flavors are accompanied by coriander, dark bread, sweet molassess and a slight citric tang. Not as sweet as most of the headliners in this style. Without that sweet backbone, the hop bitterness come through more on the finish than I am accustomed to.

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Photo of Travlr
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours chestnut brown with a very small tan head and just a slight amount of lacing. Aroma is caramel candy, toffee and malt. Tastes of candy apples, and very sweet dates, with sugar-coated raisins. Not much hops leaves the malt abit unbalanced, so that sweetness dominates all aspects of this one. Alcohol is not well hidden.

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3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz into a tulip. No bottle date.

A: Deep reddish body, with a light tan head. Good formation and retention, leaves a frothy layer and little lacing. Lighter end of the spectrum in the body.

S: Aroma of plum and roasted malts, good levels of sweetness and no hop presence. The slight note of a wild character.

TM: Very light in all aspects. The flavor has a classic note Belgian quad, but all are very low in esters and plum and currant flavors. Mouthfeel is very crisp and quite refreshing. Lingering taste is fairly short. Funky character is at low levels and is very approachable.

O: Overall a very low end intensity, well balanced brew. This has 12% ABV, very well hidden, but not what truly defines the style.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer perhaps looked the best of the 3 that Gaverhopke brew, and offered a lot of potential as such. However, it was really let down by its lack of any depth of character. Perhaps we drank this beer too young?!. Dark, black looking beer, which reminded me of a Barleywine. Poured with a deep brown head, which soon disappeared though. Quite flat, little carbonation present. Nose was of very burnt malts and coffee, almost stoutish, but the sweetness soon kicked in the middle with a very warming effect when swallowed. Not much of an aftertaste, mainly a sweetness that dissipates as soon as the warm sensation does. Reminded me of a strong but rather bland Old Ale from England. Disappointing. I intend on reviewing all the Gaverhopke beers again next Easter if I get chance.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a short 11.2 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours brown with a 2 finger tan head. Any lacing resides immediately. Lots of effervescence.

S- chocolate malts, tart cherries, some sourness.

T- stale bread, toasted malts, yeast, tart cherries.

M- medium body and high carbonation. Dryness and carbonation is off-putting.

O- just an ok beer. The abv is hidden well and the nose is very nice, but the mouthfeel really takes away from this beer as well as the taste doesn't follow the nose.

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Photo of oline73
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's during the Belgian Independence day celebration. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a half finger of fluffy off white head and some great retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with some red berries and vinegar notes. I'm getting a hint of cranberry juice.

Taste: Different from the smell. Rather sweet throughout the sip with some dark fruit notes. There is just a hint of tartness, I expected more. The finish is full of spice from the Belgian yeast and a bit acidic.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side of medium with foamy, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a weird beer for me. I expected more sourness after smelling it. I don't think I would want more.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/18/11
*From notes

A: Prune purple-brown in color. 1.25 finger head on a decent pour. Little to no lacing.

S: Almost nil. It's like the glass is literally empty, though I do detect a hint of mild soy sauce and stinky cheese. As it warms, a splash of funk hits the nostrils.

T: A touch of mellow apricot and tin can. It's also a bit funky. Whether or not this was intentional, I don't know. What I do know is that it adds a nice layer of complexity that makes this brew signifigantly more palatable.

M: Quite creamy and rich. It's thick enough and really helps to balance out the 12% ABV.

O: What an odd little beer. 't Gaverhopke's Extra comes off like a strange mix of a Belgian Strong and a young lambic. This isn't something I'll be returning to, but none the less it's an extremely unique brew.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks like notches on the label indicate this is best by December 2015.

Dark reddish brown with some orange highlights. An off-white head forms a thick ring and retains well as such. Some serious floaties on the final pour. Smell is fruity, a little bit tart. Red wine comes to mind right away, definitely grapes, prunes. Nice but not much else going on there.

Taste is similar, definitely a decent amount of tartness there. Specific fruit tastes are not as distinct, but still a red wine feel overall. There is some light spice, cola, just a bit of bread, and some toffee there as well. Mouthfeel has somewhat lackluster carbonation, feels a bit watery, yet hides the 12% really, really well.

Kind of feels disjointed all around, from the sound of other reviews this beer doesn't seem to be very consistent. Not bad though, the tartness is not expected for the style but it's not off-putting, just not all that interesting.

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Photo of mhatters
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Tria Rittenhouse sqauare - bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a deep, dark cherry color, a cap of white head.

Yeasty, sweet, dark fruit all in the nose.

Sweetness dominates, some coming from the fruit, some from the sugars. A bit crisp and tart in the finish.

Much lighter than a typical Quad, a bit dry ended

Nothing too exciting, not bad, but not the best quad out there either

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Photo of chilidog
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red/brown. Thin head, little lace, lighter carbonation.

Flowery aroma with citric notes.

Taste and mouth. Starts out sweet tart mix of sugar like yeast with earthy overtones. Citric, raisin,rum like with a dryness of tartness at the finish. 12% hides well, not boozie at all.

Overall, ok on its own. abit complex for a meal brew. Abit price awareness at about five bucks each.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look – very dark brown, with about a finger’s worth of just barely off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – very strong malt presence, as well as of fruits. Almost smells like a very strong grape soda.

Taste – again, a strong malt presence, and also that of grapes. It feels very much like tasting a lighter wine. After the initial taste of the grape-like flavors, there’s not a whole lot there. There’s not much of a kick or aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – a little bit of a warming feel, and pretty well-balanced.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, but it doesn’t seem very intriguing or perplexing, especially not for what I was expecting from a Belgian dark.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: After trying the Singing Blond which spewed out a good deal of fizz upon opening, extra care and sagely patience was given to this bottle -- still a gusher. Ah well. Pours out a cloudy, dark mahogany-hued body with a persistent, finely-textured, ivory head.

Smell: A nose of toasted bread slices with some sugary aspects to it and bold, supporting notes of moist tart cherries and dried dark fruits -- a bit like smelling jam and jelly over morningtime toast.

Taste: Sugar-encrusted bread, initially sweet, though this soon fades out. Dark cherry fruitiness along with a taste of muscadines all with a notable, prominent tartness about it. Subtly spicy. No real bitterness. Grows increasingly dry as you reach the finish with a final touch of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's acceptable, sufficient even, and does go down easily enough for having an ABV listing of 12 percent, but just lacks that inviting richness and strength that others in its category display.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Local Option. Past the abv line for Belgian yeasts I think. Orange and fruity, yet sour and astringent finish. Booze warming. Aroma neutral. Mouthfeel plus but sour and astringent.Not a great representative of the style. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of argock
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle. Notching on label indicates best by D 16 (might be 15). Purchased in 2011 at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) and cellared at 60F.

A: Chestnut with purplish highlights. Pours with no head and no lacing. A lot of floaties.

S: Very vinous and grapey with a light vinegar aroma. There are some tart cherry notes and some prunes. Herbal earthy hopping is background. Yeast esters are vinous and stone fruits with a bit of spice. Alcohol is there but not solventy. Pretty nice aroma with a lot of complexity but cohesiveness is not the best -- the aroma is kind of all over the place.

T: The flavor is a lot more vinous and acetic than the aroma lets on. I am fairly sensitive to the sour and vinegar aspect of beers so it may not be as strong for some, although I would still categorize it as medium in the sourness department. The stone fruitiness with tart-sour black cherry, prune, and grapes are there. Very wine-like with a light spice note. Herbal earthy hops with mild to moderate bitterness overall. Yeast character does support the earthy nature of this beer pretty well with a light nutmeg note. Definitely has some light sweetness in the finish which sort of battles weirdly with the vinous, grape and acetic character doesn't really work that well. Reminds me of cabernet barrel aged beers. Flavors are complex but not cohesive, similar to the aroma. This style of BSDA is not generally in my wheelhouse -- I do not generally drink sours because of my sensitivity -- but this beer isn't bad but just disjointed.

M: Fairly light for the ABV, more in keeping with a sour ale or BSDA. Carbonation is high, on par with the style. It had a lightly dry finish.

O: Not a bad beer but just not really my cup of tea. Interesting and complex but doesn't really come together -- not a beer that is greater than the sum of its dissimilar parts.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz poured into my westy challace

a-Cloudy amber with a 1 finger eggshell head

s-Cinnamon, alcohol. Sour cherries. Biscuity malt.

t- Caramel. Vinous. Slightly tart. Some cola. Some bready malt. sour cherries again.

m- Medium Bodied. Slight alcohol warming. Could use more carbonation.

d- Alcohol is well hidden. This goes down easy. If the alcohol wasn't so high, I could have a couple

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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown colored beer with a bit of red on the edges. White head and decent carbonation.

S - Belgian yeast a little bit of spice dark fruits. Little bit of funk, there's some cherry notes coming through.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells. Little bit of wood in there with some funk dark fruits, and belgian yeast. Not bad, even if this isn't my preferred style of beer.

M - Medium bodied with a pretty hefty dose of carbonation.

O - Not bad, pretty easy to drink for 12%. Wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of JaredWolgemuth
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared amongst many, regardless of the pour everyone had am equal appearance and feel. Good overall. More enjoyable as the drink progressed- each pour was reliable with good head, settled in about a minute and retained solid taste throughout. Good for a Christmas morning!

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't Gaverhopke Extra from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
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