1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bitter Sweet Symphony - Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

Not Rated.
Bitter Sweet SymphonyBitter Sweet Symphony

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by bfields4:
Photo of bfields4
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden body. Large frothy off-white head. Leaves a nice lace.

Very pungent aroma. A little citrus from the hop, but more of that resiny hop aroma. A bit of caramel.

Nice flavor more of that caramel malt, but still heavy on the resiny hop. A bit of orange and slightly fruity.

Good simple flavors that work very well together. more of a traditional IPA from a Belgian brewer than what I've come to expect from Belgian IPAs. I thought this was a delicious brew. Alcohol is also very well hidden.

bfields4, Jul 23, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.9%

acurtis, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Brenden, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Rivenin
1/5  rDev -74.6%

Rivenin, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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
Photo of Snellgg5
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Snellgg5, May 16, 2012
Photo of Craftonly23121
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Craftonly23121, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of DavidHume
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DavidHume, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

rondufresne, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy bright orange amber. A carefull pour yields a massive three finger off-white head with good retention and massive lacing. Muted aroma of sweet malt, citrus hops and light fruit. Flavor is light fruit; peach and apricot, caramel, overlaid with hop bitterness and tripel spicing. Finishes with dry toffee, fruit and hops. Lives up to its name with a nice blend of sweet fruit and neutral hop bitterness. Lively carbonation and medium body provides a nice mouth feel. A refreshing and interesting take on an Belgian ale / IPA. Well done.

LiquidAmber, May 15, 2012
Photo of Blanco
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a collaboration with Tired Hands Brewing.


Beer pours a dark orange, almost red color. Very cloudy. Huge fluffy white head that was difficult to keep in the glass, which only very slowly disspates and leaves some stickiness on the walls.

Smells is lightly hoppy upfront. Hops are somewhat generic in that they don't smell fruity, citrusy or piney. Stronger whiffs seem more like a tripel is hiding underneath.

flavor is well balanced and the hops go smoothly with the malt. Hints of fruit though dry at the same time. Flavors are hard to describe but simple. Medium bodied with slight mouthcoating.

The description of the beer on the bottle is "Belgian Ale Double IPA." I don't really get the "double" out of this one, though the ABV clocks in at 7.8%. But this is what I would envision a true Belgian IPA should taste like. I've had far too many of the style that I didn't enjoy, the kind that make me feel like someone poured an IPA in my tripel, but this one truly shines.

Blanco, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

metter98, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

cestlavie, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of beerpirates
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

beerpirates, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of BogBoyJD
4/5  rDev +1.5%

BogBoyJD, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of coobstar
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

coobstar, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

ygtbsm94, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of JohnofUpton
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%

JohnofUpton, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy to cloudy golden yellow to orange in color with significant amounts of dark visible yeast sediment in suspension. The beer has a three finger tall dense off-white head that reduces to a dense quarter finger head covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts with orange/citrus hops, light fruit, powdery yeast, and some spices. Similar to a tripel hiding under some hops.

T: Very similar to the smell with a certain light sweetness from the pale malts. There are hints of light fruits with a light amount of orange/citrus hops which does not give a lot of bitterness. There is a moderate amount of powdery yeast flavors. Again, similar to the tasty of a hoppy tripel.

M: Just a hint shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin, lightly coats the inside of your mouth, and light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very interesting beer with a complex smell and taste. The alcohol is pretty well hidden considering the 7.8% ABV. Enjoyable and easy to drink though not a sessionable beer, one that you have to take your time sipping.

dbrauneis, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +1.5%

thatoneguymike, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +1.5%

jaxon53, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of shanekramer
5/5  rDev +26.9%

shanekramer, Nov 20, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bitter Sweet Symphony from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
88 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.