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Bitter Sweet Symphony - Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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BA SCORE
88
very good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 17.09%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke visit their website
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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Craftonly23121

Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -49.7%

01-02-2013 18:32:46 | More by Craftonly23121
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04-20-2014 21:28:46 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-01-2013 03:36:11 | More by wyatt13
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
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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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy golden orange with fair amount of head, retention good with lacing. Shoulda known better with a Belgian, but got sediment into the pour
S: light, with hints of orange
T: light malty taste up front, effervescent tingle on the tongue, not too overpowering in any way. Little more sweet than dry, with floral notes, little lemon at the end - but very slight
M: carbonation plays on the tongue at first. Not strong feel after, just a light draw on the sides of the tongue
O: Nothing stands out as extraordinary in this beer, but also, nothing at all is wrong. To me it's a very solid offering that I'd have again as a refreshing, tasty drink any time.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 22:00:14 | More by cjgiant
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-06-2013 20:02:46 | More by samEBC
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, yeasty orange body with dense head that dies slow and left lace patches. I pick up the yeast in the aroma as well, and some Belgian spice but also a nice little bit of citric hops. Really smooth body that is light and easy to drink, I get a good amount of sweetness and easy drinking ability from the heavy yeast concentration as well as touches of sweet fruit that'll I use the generic term "tropical fruit". Like your typical Belgian ale in that you might also say the sweetness is derived from candi sugar and there's some spce and citric/orange flavors, but the hops do come out and give it a sharp hoppy edge that finishes crisp (also well carbonated). I like the balance in this beer and really enjoyed it but the double IPA moniker seems to be a bit of a misnomer when compared to overly hopped American DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 18:45:19 | More by clayrock81
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Pennsylvania

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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

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Oregon

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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow orange. Nice white head. Wispy.

Smell - Very grassy and herbal. Some yeast. Grain and a touch of sweet malt.

Taste - Extremely herbal hop presence. Sweetness comes through next. Slight graininess. Otherwise creamy. Herbal flavor persists throughout. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and well carbonated. Slightly bitter with a medium body.

Overall - Love this style and this is a pretty good example of the style. Could be hoppier.

Serving type: bottle

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Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Brenden

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

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RedneckBeerz

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Japan

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Massachusetts

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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of miniscule yeast particles floating in suspension. It poured with a two finger high dense light beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a sizeable head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of Belgian yeast and orange citrus along with notes of apricots and some hints of spices towards the finish, although the yeast is what really lingers in the aftertaste. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and both smooth and chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer in which the alcohol is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 00:37:08 | More by metter98
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Utterly amazing. This is hands down the smoothest Belgian IPA I've ever had. Ever. The hop tones are very gentle, which would make me think it was only a Belgian IPA and not a "double". (at 7.8%, can it really be a double??) The marriage of styles between Belgian and IPA is without a flaw. Certainly, there could be a bit more punch, but we'll ignore that American expectation of mine and enjoy this for what it is. Gaverhopke is my favorite brewery for a reason. It was a pleasure being able to try this one. Funny label too.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 04:23:46 | More by RblWthACoz
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Bitter Sweet Symphony from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
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