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Bitter Sweet Symphony - Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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88
very good

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 15.58%
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)
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-11-2013 04:37:55 | More by shigg85
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Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

Ireland

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -2%
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 +12.6%
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 -5.8%

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

California

3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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

North Carolina

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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ncelauro

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-28-2013 14:01:52 | More by fdig23
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-17-2013 18:46:05 | More by JustinMatthew
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Bitter Sweet Symphony from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
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