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Bitter Sweet Symphony - Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Blanco on 08-11-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

WesM63, Oct 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

MrIncognito, Oct 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Evil_Pidde, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

vermilcj, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

SweetChicken, Aug 27, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%

JohnofUpton, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DavidHume, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

bobv, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY. Appears to be a collaboration with Tired Hands.

Pours with a friggin' massive head, about 4 inches, and it sticks around for a solid amount of time. This one was really hard to pour.

Pours a dark, almost reddish orange- like a slightly variation of the color inside of a grapefruit.

Smells like citrus, lemon peel, with huge herbal undertones, a bit of pine and moss.

Tastes great. The hop attack in this one keeps the Belgian yeast from overpowering, keeping it fairly clean. The yeast is still there, bringing peppery flavors, and the malt is slightly visible, manifesting itself as the candied part of a candied grapefruit. Slightly soapy finish.

This one is creamy as hell, due to the persistent head. It finishes slightly dry, though. Nice mouthfeel.

One of the best Belgian IPAs I've ever had, if not the best. Perfect balance of hop flavor and Belgian yeast- it doesn't clash like the style can sometimes do.

GreesyFizeek, Jul 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

drpimento, Jul 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

acurtis, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jaxon53, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

JCam9981, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium amber and hazy - let some of the yeast from the bottle slip in - a few fat fingers of head; nice persistence and lacing

S: grassy spices, flowers, and hints of citrus; sweet grain malts percolate from beneath

T: grains and hops in the fore, presenting chewy slightly sweet grains and mildly bitter, herbal and floral hops, with some yeastiness to give it a rustic character and some spice to give it some sparkle

M: medium-bodied, lively carbonation and spice tingles, slight chew

O: a good Belgian IPA (DIPA, by the label) - typical Belgian craftsmanship, but nothing really sets this ale apart from or above the rest. Definitely worth a buy and try.

Greywulfken, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

beerpirates, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

coobstar, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

BogBoyJD, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

thatoneguymike, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

xJMFCx, Jun 03, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Tired Hands tulip glass

A- pours a clean deep-golden color with a big two-finger frothy and pillowy white head that retains long after the pour, carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass

S- pilsener malt aroma base with some musty and earthy aromas, grassy & fruity hops with a phenolic finish

T- classic Belgian IPA flavor; spicy and peppery yeast up front with hints of phenols, grassy and herbal hops, fruity notes of lemon and citrus, earthy notes with a musty dry finish, with a hint of peppery spice

M- medium body with light-medium carbonation leads to a soft and foamy mouthfeel, finishing smooth and creamy with just a touch of alcohol

O- high drinkability on this one, probably because it's pretty well balanced for an IPA. It definitely delivers on everything I look for in a Belgian IPA

Treyliff, May 26, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big orange peel, pear, apricot, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, bread, and grass/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hops and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of orange peel, pear, apricot, pepper, floral, grass, biscuit, light pine, and grass/yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast and grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, pear, apricot, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, and grass/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of bready malt, hops, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian IPA. All around good complexity and balance of hops, bready malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, May 20, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

nice color of opaque yellow, good head on top and lots of effervescence.
smells of candy, Belgian yeast and slight hop.
taste is sweet, with a tangy bitterness following as it goes down. Belgian yeasts, some pilsner malts(?) and hops. some fruit, maybe oranges? basically, a standard, tasty, Belgian brew which calls itself a DIPA. or, a BELGIAN DIPA.... very good. very easy to drink, good flavor and nothing extraordinarily striking or off-putting. like a Duvel, but with some different kind of spice. very good overall and perfect for the abv level.

pkalix, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Lehighace06, Apr 28, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into St. Bernardus goblet while listening to Bitter:Sweet. Lot B-16.

A: White, clean, fluffy, beautiful head. Slightly hazy, nut-brown, glowing.

S: Floral-sweet Belgian yeast. Grassy.

T: Pleasant! Light, vaguely spicy. The endtaste is odd. Earthy, dirty, brackish, and bitter. On second blush, a bit watery and bland, with the exception of the strong Belgian spiciness. Maybe this is just really old and the dirtiness is faded English hops.

O: Interesting, but underwhelming. Not recommended; would not have again.

AgentMunky, Apr 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ygtbsm94, Apr 20, 2014
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Bitter Sweet Symphony from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
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