Zingende Blondine
Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #86
Ranked #16,333
3.89 | pDev: 9.77%
Jan 16, 2022
Mar 19, 2009
Very Good
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Notes: Also called "Singing Blonde".
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3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dd53grif from Michigan

A Rare Beer Club offering. Pours a gold color with a bubbly head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of sweet banana. Taste is spicy; peppery and slightly bitter at the finish.

Jan 16, 2022
4 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 12, 2021
3.98 by metter98 from New York on Dec 12, 2021
3.98 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Dec 12, 2021
4.5 by RBorsato from Virginia on Nov 17, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mwilbur from Minnesota

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow hue with 1-2 inch bubbly white head fed by active carbonation jets. Good retention.
S: Banana and clove, white pepper, herbal mint, with honeyed and lightly toasted malt.
T: Honeyed malt, clove, fresh white pepper, herbal mint, and dry cracker malt.
M: Light body. Fresh and lively with nice effervescence. Malt sweetness with mildly dry and bitter elements. Slightly oily feel.
D: An interesting beer with layers of malt and pepper with some fruit and spice notes. Well crafted/constructed brew.

Nov 14, 2021
3.52 by desint from Belgium on Nov 12, 2018
4 by paulish from New York on Sep 11, 2018
4.04 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on Jul 01, 2018
3.88 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on May 23, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by schoolboy from Ohio

It's hard to fault this beer, yet you want to find fault. It is a bit large.

It opens foamy and fairly dank. It is large from the get go. I think this bottle was nicely aged at the store. It is a rich, alcoholic yet not boozy experience.

This unapologizing monster is one I would never refuse. Gimme more.

Dec 27, 2016
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2.15/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
by teromous from Virginia

No bottle or import date.

Appearance: The head is short and fizzy with a white appearance. It appears momentarily and then vanishes as fast (or faster) than the head on a soda leaving nothing behind. The body of the beer is a hazy dark gold and orange color. A lot of sediment is left in the glass before the bottom of the bottle is reached.

Aroma: The beer smells like sour grapes. Nothing else on the nose.

Taste: A massive tart flavor up front that scorches the taste buds like sucking on a warhead. It has a bit of an apple cider and white wine character to it. If I tasted this blind I doubt I would recognize it as a beer. To the beer's credit it does have an interesting fruit-like flavor but it is overwhelming as a giant sour bomb without any nuance or subtlety.

Mouthfeel: It has a very abrasive tartness. Raspy and rough across the palate.

Overall: I found myself having to score gradients of bad on this beer. As a sour beer it gives you a sour character and not much else. As anything else in the realm of Belgian ales or beers in general it leaves much to be desired. I checked the website and they mention that "The first taste is sweet but soon you become aware of a hint of ginger." (translated) This does not describe the beer that I had at all. I would not drink it again and I would not recommend it.

Jun 25, 2016
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3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Reegze79 from Massachusetts

Big Belgian Blonde....hazy, straw-orange hue, no head retention....classic Belgian ale nose and a really sweet, malty taste. The 9.8% really comes through nicely. Definitely a sipper

Dec 26, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

crazy crazy bottle of beer, anytime you spend a lot on a single and it gushes like crazy on you, its disappointing, but rarely does the little beer left in the bottle make the whole thing worth it, and in this case it does. never really seen one like it, it just keeps on gushing and gushing, tons of yeast in this thing floating around, from chunky and white, to small and speckled, to dark and congealed, its odd and kind of gross, unless you get off on this sort of thing like I do. the head is super tall of course, pure white, and comprised of medium sized bubbles all stacked up on top of each other, and there are brown flecks of yeast in the head, like a cinnamon latte or even a vanilla bean ice cream. it smells like vanilla for sure, and has the sweetness and yeast complexion of a Belgian tripel, but isn't quite as dense and evolved on the grain front. the yeast is awesome, and there is plenty of sweetness here. the booze is really well hidden, and notes of honey and pie crush come out, with sweet lemon curd and jasmine flowers as accent notes. very Belgian, very old world, but also very innovative. I just cant believe its as strong as it is, so well hidden here. id like to try some of their other stuff, but you just don't see it around very often...

edit: new labels on the large bottles now, half a decade or more later than the above review, its honey and malty compared to a lot of these, has a high ferment ester profile, pear and apple and spice, and hits in some ways like a duvel and in others like something trappist, its gloriously high quality, bottle conditioned superbly, and really stands out to me, now more than ever, as a beacon of what the style is all about. better now in the large format from rare beer club than i remember from the stubby so long ago, have to raise a few scores...

Jul 15, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/2014. Highly carbonated gusher upon opening. Pours murky bright orange color with a 3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, lime, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light pale malt notes; with good strength. Very bright aromas. Taste of big lemon, lime, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, candi sugar, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, candi sugar, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nicely dry finish. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light pale malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and foamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light pale malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on for the high ABV. With the combination of the difficult over carbonated pour and murky appearance, I was expecting this to taste old and malty; but it tasted spot on. A very enjoyable offering.

Mar 22, 2015
3.94 by DruC4 from Michigan on Mar 04, 2015
4.25 by timmynyc from New York on Dec 16, 2014
3.6 by John_Squires from New York on Dec 13, 2014
3.25 by mattfancett from England on Sep 03, 2014
4.25 by staaaaalin from Ohio on Aug 10, 2014
4 by portmand1ngo from Ohio on Aug 07, 2014
4.25 by millionsuns from Maine on Aug 06, 2014
4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Jul 25, 2014
3.5 by hotsudge from Canada (ON) on Jul 19, 2014
4 by thatisgrossman from New York on Mar 04, 2014
3.75 by samEBC from Belgium on Jan 30, 2014
3.75 by serottaboy from Connecticut on Jan 30, 2014
3 by Nordbier from Georgia on Jan 26, 2014
4.25 by MythicHillbilly from North Carolina on Nov 22, 2013
3.25 by cclark67789 from Pennsylvania on Sep 15, 2013
4 by whitehouse50 from New York on Sep 13, 2013
3.5 by FrankK from Alabama on Aug 13, 2013
3.75 by JohnK17 from Pennsylvania on Aug 02, 2013
4.5 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas on Jul 25, 2013
4 by Jeeb from North Carolina on Jul 19, 2013
4.5 by Dreamer from Pennsylvania on Jun 21, 2013
4 by AngusOg from North Carolina on May 24, 2013
4 by InspectorBob from New Jersey on May 23, 2013
3.25 by JDavidRice from Connecticut on May 08, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a hazy, straw/gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of grapes, tartness, hint of hops, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp, crisp, and an average carbonation level. There is also a tartness and slight dryness present. Tastes of grapes, tartness, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, good tartness, decent body, and mostly dominated by grape flavors.

May 01, 2013
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