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Zingende Blondine | Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also called "Singing Blonde".

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Photo of desint
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of teromous
2.15/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

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3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 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...

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Zingende Blondine from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 80 ratings