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Bitter Sweet Symphony - Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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88
very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.44%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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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Reviews by Brenden:
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Brenden

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A golden-yellow color that's not marred by the murkiness in the depth, further complemented by swirling and settling yeast sediment, this beer screams pure and unfiltered. It develops a nice head that rises over a finger and settles for a while. Lacing clings all over the place in rings, legs and paces to the bottom of the glass.
Belgian yeast is in moderation, as is the hopping for a beer claiming "double" status, though it certainly couldn't be deinied that it is hoppy. Drink it in the same setting with some big, really hoppy beers, though, and it'll be on the lighter, softer side. It doesn't do it too much discredit, as it balances very nicely and displays a nice sweetness that the bitterness that is there offsets.
The ripe fruits and citrus balanced by light earth and breads with a bit of spiciness make up a nicely complex flavor. A bit more bright citrus ad bitterness from the hops would push this into territory few beers are in, but it remains a good one nonetheless.
The body is light but creeps into medium territory with a rolling creaminess that comes off a steady carbonation to work alongside a crisp bite.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 08:08:14 | More by Brenden
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 20:37:12 | More by GreesyFizeek
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-28-2014 05:28:39 | More by drpimento
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.1%

07-25-2014 20:44:51 | More by acurtis
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-20-2014 14:29:32 | More by jaxon53
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JCam9981

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-18-2014 01:00:24 | More by JCam9981
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Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 00:58:47 | More by Greywulfken
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beerpirates

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-21-2014 13:25:10 | More by beerpirates
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coobstar

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-16-2014 14:43:16 | More by coobstar
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BogBoyJD

Ireland

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-12-2014 20:53:38 | More by BogBoyJD
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-07-2014 04:11:25 | More by thatoneguymike
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xJMFCx

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-03-2014 00:29:15 | More by xJMFCx
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 19:59:10 | More by Treyliff
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 03:38:21 | More by superspak
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pkalix

California

4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 01:17:43 | More by pkalix
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-28-2014 04:01:42 | More by Lehighace06
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AgentMunky

California

3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 02:41:56 | More by AgentMunky
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

04-20-2014 21:28:46 | More by ygtbsm94
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markgugs

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

04-20-2014 17:36:07 | More by markgugs
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Ivegotmule

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-02-2014 07:09:36 | More by Ivegotmule
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-04-2013 18:38:53 | More by RochefortChris
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wyatt13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-01-2013 03:36:11 | More by wyatt13
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ncelauro

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-22-2013 12:45:31 | More by ncelauro
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cestlavie

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

10-09-2013 03:15:55 | More by cestlavie
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argock

Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz brown stubby bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date evident. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Fairly clear light golden with amber overtones capped by a 2-finger, nearly white tightly-bubbled head with good retention and a few spots of lace at the top of the pour. There are plenty of floaties despite a careful pour. I had to leave about 20% of the beer in the bottle due to the yeast stowaways.

S: Fresh aroma of lemon and orange citrus with some tangy Belgian yeast bite, lightly but pleasantly phenolic, with a barely sweet pale malt grainy sweet aroma. There are some appricot and peach notes in there are well.

T: A really enjoyable Belgian pale ale, I would not call this one a Belgian IPA myself as the hopping, malt, and yeast components are very well-balanced. The yeast component is a little earthy but tangy with a light phenolic bite, nothing like most overly Belgian-yeast dominated Belgian IPAs produced in the good ole US of A. The Belgian pilsner malt must be blended with a bit of light caramel malt as there is a perfect touch of caramel sweetness before the last lemon, orange, and grapefruit citrus kicks in in the finish. Bitterness is light-medium. A wonderfully crafted beer.

M: The mouthfeel is light for the pretty big ABV, with some fine carbonation and a no astringency to speak of, and it is moderately to very dry.

O: The name of this beer is on the money -- bitter but balanced with subtly sweet Belgian pale, pilsner, and caramel malts to build a cohesive, impressive beer. Take care of some of the excess yeast, and this is a very tough beer to beat.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:48:45 | More by argock
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Bitter Sweet Symphony from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
88 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.