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't Gaverhopke Extra - Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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't Gaverhopke Extra't Gaverhopke Extra

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172 Ratings

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-17-2009)
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

11.2oz bottle into some Duvel glasses withogl.

Gaverhopke is a dark ale, a nice mix of a semi dark brown with some bright red tints towards the light. A small cap of dark tan foam graced the top leaving minimal stick, great retenion. Smell is fruity with a blast of Belgian yeast backing. More fruity than sweet, banana, clove, darker fruit, Bread and a hit of alcohol. The fruit is on top of the yeast in taste too, not a big difference between the two amounts. Coriander witha lot of warming plus the above mentioned flavors. Feel is kinda lighter for a BSDA, medium ID say with a light carb as well. Some vinious quality with warming. I Cant wait to try this on draft when it hits Philly!!

02-25-2011 23:57:39 | More by BARFLYB
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3.28/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

02-21-2011 18:54:04 | More by chicagobeerriot
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

A bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A- a small cap white head that settles instantly leaving only a solid ring and a few wisps on top. Hazy brown in color with a sunset orange glow when held to light.

S- musty with red wine, a touch of sour cherry tartness, some other dark fruits.

T- opens up sweet with some brown sugar and then rolls into a tart peach and sour cherry fruitiness. Some spice and a touch of caramel on bread.

M- a bit above medium in body with some slick oily feel to it. Carb is small yet sharp. Mild pucker.

D- very interesting brew. I dig the sour twist on this style and you don't lose the base beer. Ill have to try some more of this breweries offerings.

02-20-2011 04:52:22 | More by oglmcdgl
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4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

Sent from CA from a friend. Served from a bottle to a tulip glass. Funky lemon zest, wild smell. Pours a reddish orange. Carbonation on the initial pour was little to none and I poured it pretty rough. After about a minute I swirled it around and it got a very nice creamy 1/2 inch head. Very nice beer and not a bad price for a great belgian. Not the best belgian I have ever had but very high drinkability.

02-02-2011 01:19:11 | More by joshuacavett
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

I declined at 12.99 a bottle, but my crazy friend could not.
Split into two Belgian glasses.

A: Dark cloudy hazelnut with a minimal amount of tan foam.

S: Fruits and spices

T: For a 12% brew, this is amazing. The flavors somehow mask the high alcohol content. Dark fruits, dates and figs maybe the spices include cloves ?

M: Heavy and smooth, better than anything I've ever had.

D: Considering this is 12% and it went down like something that's maybe 7%, I'm thoroughly impressed.

Would like to try again, but only if I can find it cheaper.

01-23-2011 22:32:04 | More by SouthernBeerGuy
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%

An overall good beer, complex. Hints of raisins and spices in both the aroma and taste. Nice sour taste up front, I wish there was more. The finish is clean and malty. It's a 12% that drinks like an 8% beer, lol. I purchased this case from Buena Vista in Philadelphia. Glad I did.

01-16-2011 23:59:34 | More by Acollier
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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Creamy, tiny-bubbled lace; with a swirl, this beer shows some legs and a deep reddish hue. Suggestions of alcohol- soaked raisins, coconut, clove and wildflowers awaken the nostrils. Smooth slickness on a full body. Malty, but semidry with a tartness up front and some rum raisin flavors in the back. Fresh-toasted grain and modest hops field the rest of the palate. A very well-hidden 12 percent, with only a slight warmth. Easily a tasty brunch beer or a nightcap. Belgian fans, hunt this one down.

01-11-2011 18:14:29 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours a murky brown tone with a finger of beige/khaki head. mediocre retention; decent lacing.

nose is a bit underwhelming - not as robust as i typically look for but in attendance are notes of toastiness, dark fruits, and bit of tart/funk.

interesting flavor profile, not at all what i was expecting; quite unlike most BSDAs i've sampled. spice, caramel malts, toastiness, and some sour/tartness, especially in the finish. well-hidden 12% ABV.

medium-full bodied with average carbonation. pretty drinkable considering that ABV. nice beer.

12-27-2010 01:55:20 | More by perrymarcus
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3.58/5  rDev -8%

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!

12-25-2010 14:49:45 | More by JaredWolgemuth
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky copper/brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is cherries, plums, cinnamon, yeast, and raisins. The brew tastes like tart berries and apples, dark fruit, bready malt, and some earthy/herbal hops. Nice mix between the tart and sweet flavors, although I think the sweet flavors are a bit stronger. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. Also, the 12% ABV isn't noticable at all when drinking it, but it hits you a bit afterwards. I think it's a good brew, it's worth a try.

12-21-2010 23:18:25 | More by bluejacket74
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

$4.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle.

A: very nice deep brown color, great thick velvety head
S: mild nose, nothing jumps out at me, slight sourness (old?)
T: slight sourness up front but malt dominates with a bit of yeastiness in finish, nothing overly appealing or unusual but well-made beer and 12% ABV is not evident in the least
M: velvety smooth
D: very drinkable for 12% ABV

11-01-2010 00:30:36 | More by wisrarebeer
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3.85/5  rDev -1%

Sampled on tap, April 2010 @ Belga Cafe, Washington DC
The beer is a hazy, dark plum color in the muted light of the bar. It is topped by a frothy, pale tan colored head. There is a strong earthy coriander note in the nose and it is joined by some berry / raisin fruit aromatics. The mix of earthy spiciness and dark fruit achieves a nice mix. Other aromas of anise, lots of clove, cardamom mix together with sweet, caramelized malt, toasted (though simplistic) whole grain to remind me a bit of a rustic, spiced sweet bread.

The flavor has a wine-like mix of tart, berry and raisins notes with a nice acetic-like tartness that forms a backdrop. This last is an interesting note for this beer. The balance of sweet and tart is nice, though perhaps a little unexpected. The tartness is much more pronounced than I would have expected from a beer like this. Other notes of caramelized fruit, a big berry component, perhaps some tannins and that interesting tart / sour note that I keep coming back to. This is an interesting beer that is enjoyable in the end, even if it seems a touch lacking somehow.

10-06-2010 14:20:23 | More by Gueuzedude
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Good half finger of light tan foam, but gone as rapidly as the tide going out to sea, a little more lacing than expected but no stick. Light reddish brown color, while mostly opaque no real murkiness, more orange to yellow further towards the rims, shows active, tiny bubbles. The nose does a worthy job of blending peat moss and pepper with coriander, sage, never herbaceous but gets earthy with tree bark and tea leaf nuances, orange peels, minimal fruit, perhaps fig, raisin or green apple, pure and without much softer yeastiness. Medium-bodied, the carbonation fluffs up big time through the mouth entry, you might reflexively clamp your mouth shut. The malts and molasses short-lived, hands off to orange/lemon citrus, charcoal, peat and tea leaves soon thereafter. You get elevated apple, pear, peach, cherry fruit along with the fig and golden raisin. Still, dry overall with grain, wheat, corn husk accents. Broad shouldered but kinda runs out of flavor by the end. More sweetness might have helped.

09-13-2010 20:57:14 | More by farrago
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

11.2 oz bottle from Capone's into a Goblet.
Pours a cloudy, reddish-brown with a skim of white rather than any real head. Lacing was light and not lasting. Nose was yeast, raisins, lemon, cherries, cinnamon and chocolate. Taste is very sweet, almost candy-like but followed by the yeast and some sour, tart taste and warming from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is fairly light for a quad and carbonation is adequate. This was a decent sipper but not one I could have another of.

06-26-2010 18:29:36 | More by regspeir
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Label notched March 2012. 11.2 oz brown glass squatty pry-top bottle.

Pours a hazy mud brown with little to no head. Aromas of sour black cherries and dark Belgian candi sugar. Smells a lot like Kasteel Rouge if you ask me. Flavors are the same as the nose. Lots of sour cherry notes and dark malty-chocolateness.

Focused and delicious. Recommended for fans of Widmer Bros Cherry Oak Dopplebock and Kasteel Rouge.

06-02-2010 01:03:30 | More by SFLpunk
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

There is a great write-up on this Stasegem micro-brewery over at the BelgianBeerBoard - including some video footage of the tavern itself and the brewmaster, a young woman named Gudrun. Worth a watch. In any case, on to the review:

Best before March, 2012. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren chalice.

Liquid is quite cloudy, changing from deep carmine to rust depending on the angle of the light, often suffused with a bright glow. A thin creamy pearl head forms, flanked by a lasting ridge like an event-horizon. Slow moving cakey lacing and delicate tears from the high ABV coat the sides.

A big dose of esters and malt in the nose - brandied raisins, spelt, and an undercurrent of yeast.

Quite a unique flavor profile with buckwheat, sour apples, and cherry pits on the palate entry. Tart and bitter tastes finally compromise with an array of melanoidins leading into a dry, lightly bready finish with further waves of tart fruit. Hushed tones of wild fermentation seems to be at play as well, as there is something about this that almost reminds me of Orval for just a brief moment.

Medium-bodied, and crisp, despite the alcohol which is mostly detectable through flavor rather than heat.

A nice change of pace for the style - still traditional, but much more dry and a bit tart compared to many other examples.

05-25-2010 01:43:09 | More by augustgarage
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours dark brown, actually a translucent dark copper when held to the light, like a dark tea. Moderate white head, resolves to a thin layer of foam leaving ample lacing.

Strong aromas of fresh dark macerated cherries, milk chocolate.

Tastes prominently of fresh dark cherries, malt, ginger, brown sugar, coffee, milk chocolate, and finishes with a mildly bitter hop taste. The hops come through with some pepper in the long finish.

Body is light, with creamy carbonation.

I like this brew. The fresh cherries are predominant, yet it is a dark strong ale with ginger and coffee/chocolate notes. I am not noticing the alcohol at all, despite 12 percent. That may make this dangerous.

05-12-2010 04:28:45 | More by Beerenauslese
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

02-22-2010 17:51:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

Got a free snifter with this glass I'll use it for my review.

I pretty much knew this was going to be a gusher, which seems normal for any lesser-known Belgian beers. It pours into the snifter with a quickly dissipating offwhite head and a dark cider color. There is a massive army of yeast and adjuncts in the bottom, I swirled a bit of the cake into the beer.

THe nose is filled with fruits, pears, green apples, plumbs there is also some caramel and a slight bit of funk.

The mouthfeel is rich and bold. The flavor isn't as rich and bold but it gets the job done. It goes down incredibly smooth considering the high abv. The fruits are in the taste as they were in the smell, but with lemon added. The apple is furious, tastes a lot like spiced applesauce with some citrus sour squeezed in. The yeast is pretty tangy and delicious. Underneath all this there is some subtle spice maybe white peppercorn. It is pretty sweet and the alcohol gets more prevalent as you go but it never becomes a nuisance.

This is a pretty good beer, big but not too bold, it is a bit fruitier and tangier than most which is nice.

01-22-2010 02:28:41 | More by crossovert
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

12 oz. bottle poured in a snifter

A - dark brown, about the color of wheat bread, with a thin tan head that rims the glass.

S - quite sweet, and a bit floral. it also has some caramel notes, much like honey or maple

T - a buttery sweetness, and the sour notes of cherries or a tart apple. a complex yeast adds that signature citrus taste only a fine Belgian can produce.

M - slightly bubbly, with just enough body to keep the taste lingering for a bit

D - a pleasure to drink once in a while

01-19-2010 14:52:55 | More by jmshipe
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of creamy head that quickly dissipated and not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma, with traces of apples, candy and spices.

T: Tastes of green apples, other light fruits, spices and malt. A very sweet, well-rounded flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable beer. Very easy to drink and you really don't notice the alcohol content.

01-03-2010 14:18:08 | More by avalon07
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New York

4.68/5  rDev +20.3%

I bought this beer at Biercraft in Brooklyn, NY. The local rep/importer was at the store presenting several of his more obscure beers for a tasting.

This was enjoyed on New Year's eve. I wish I had more than two small bottles to share. What we have here is a delightfully crafted beer that seems quite hard to characterize. It has notes upfront in keeping with a standard Belgian strong ale. But quickly you find the sour taste of a Belgian sour ale coming through. I find it more satisfying and interesting that a regular sour ale.

The understated packaging, with a beige wrapper and a simple drawing might well represent the subtlety of the brew. Or it might just be too understated. I haven't made up my mind on that one.

Well done gentlemen!

Well done!

12-31-2009 23:00:29 | More by TeddyBrew
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3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured aggresively for a medium fine foam off white head and a little lace. Color is a very slightly hazy brownish amber. Aroma is spicy, malty, fruity, and a bit tart. Flavor's about exactly the same. Body is good, on the soft side, and with good carbonation. Don't pick up much on the alcohol. After reading a bit about it, think I may have a bottle that's slightly turned. Even so, good beer. If not fot its strength, could almost be a session.

11-26-2009 01:44:01 | More by drpimento
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District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

11-08-2009 01:00:42 | More by Travlr
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

Wow, what an amazing beer...

11.2oz bottle into tulip glass.

Poured an opaque, and deep caramel brown color, with 2F of off-white head fading to steady film. Touch of lacing.

Rich, fruity and spicy aromas. Fermented red grapes, prunes, slight yeasty mustiness - reminiscent of a bag of sourdough hard pretzels. Even a heavy, and strangely-pepperoni-like spice... wierd.

Flavor was somewhat shocking - wild deep fruits and sour up front, slight earthy bitterness thru the middle, with a good level of funk back in the trunk. Hard to describe - delicious, slightly puckering, and then gym shorts. Yeah, it's that odd.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, which also threw me off. Just a wee bit of carbonation keeping it far from thick or cloying.

It wasn't until I hit the review button did I realize this was 12% ABV... wow. Insanely drinkable for this much alcohol. I finished this way too quickly, and wanted two more afterward.

11-06-2009 02:19:14 | More by BeerImmediately
't Gaverhopke Extra from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
87 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.