't Gaverhopke Zingende Blondine | Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
Belgium
tgaverhopke.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by NeroFiddled on 03-19-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of teromous
2.15/5  rDev -44.2%
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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle split and poured into a Unibroue tulip. 9.8% ABV, Best by D 12 punched through the label.

Thanks to my cousin TheD-Train for bringing this over.

A - Hazy golden yellow color with a foamy white head. Tall foam from the pour after a slow-gushing beer but no retention and low, patchy specks of lace.

S - The first whiff of this is funky; straw, fresh-cut grass, and a hint of floral hops. The second whiff has a full nose of band-aid medicinal aromas with a little bit of burnt rubber that gets even stronger when it's swirled. Down-right disgusting.

T - Dry straw and pale malts. A little crystal malt and candi sugar adds sweetness. The hops are there with a floral flavor and light bitterness. The finish has an off-touch of sourness. Meh. It's not as terrible as the aroma is but it's not great either.

M - Medium-light-bodied and very carbonated with a light dry bitterness and a touch of sour on the finish.

D - I hold my breath when going for sip and that's just not right. Both of us are just gonna drain-pour this sucker. It's way off.

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Photo of Nordbier
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this at a good temperature with a smallish off-white, foamy head that settled right down and a bit of lace. Color is a clear amber with a couple of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, citrus, malt, grass, spice. Flavor’s like nose, a bit vineous, very slightly sweet, a bit fruity, some tartness, some bitter. Body is ok, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, on the pungent side, and longish with a little alcohol warmth. Ok beer, not one of the best.

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Photo of cclark67789
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of mattfancett
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of JDavidRice
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Reegze79
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The initial pour yielded a turbid tangerine color with an overwhelming solid foam structure for a head standing 5 fingers high at first. Snow white in color the head was very well lasting leaving sticky patches of foam adhering to the glass walls. Visible effervesce was incredibly strong with a steadfast showering display.

S: Upon first uncapping the nose was pungently strong with a lemon sourness while in the glass it was a bit more tame. Musky flowers with a tangerine sourness and lemon juice like quality are most evident along with a fading representation of wet hay and wheat.

T: The flavor was acidic with a tangerine sourness backed by a cream of wheat flair. There is a good deal of sourness here, almost mouth puckering at times like lemon juice. The alcohol is noticeable but pretty well manageable and concealed by the pungent lemony sourness. While I like sours this even made me squint like popeye at times and left a sour twang of questionable grapefruit pulp juice that lasted until the next morning deep in my throat.

M: The mouthful is lively with a burst of carbonation. Creamy, yet very fluid on the tongue with a smooth character.

D: A sour blonde with a bit more sourness then hopping. Packs quite a punch so one is more then plenty. A slow methodical sipper that was only moderately enjoyable overall.

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Photo of FrankK
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of hotsudge
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is alcohol, oranges, wheat and bread. The flavor is oranges, nuts, lemons, wheat and alcohol. The beer is nearly 10 percent ABV and you can definitely smell and taste it. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is sweet malt, lemon peel, grapes and some grassy and floral hops. It's a nice aroma, but it's also a bit weak. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. The beer tastes like lemon and orange peel, honey, peppery spice, white grapes and a bit of sour apples. There's also a slight bitter/sour finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is alright, I thought it wasn't hard to drink at all. I thought this was a decent enough brew, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of John_Squires
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from bottle at Mondiale 2010. Mostly yeasty aroma. Decent above average mouthfeel. In your face taste. Suitable carbonation. Surprisingly tangy, citrus, pepper,some sour, honey, and complex, in addition to candi. good Belgian, good drinkability.

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Photo of kindacold
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellowish color. Sediment in bottom of glass looks like a yeast culture. Barely any head.

Smells of citrus mostly. I was worried at first that it had gone bad, but after tasting it I know that's not the case.

Tastes almost like a sour ale. Citrus notes with some subtle spice.

Very light in the mouth, easy to drink. Don't notice the alcohol until after you swallow, then it warms you a bit.

Decent beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of serottaboy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ChiBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of RES
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Dogfish Head snifter contains a cloudy, honey-gold beer. Effervescence produces a modest white head that quickly retreats.

The aroma is fresh and clean, similar to white wine. There is some earthiness and sour dough.

This difficult-to-pronounce beer has a light tartness with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Again it is quite suggestive of white wine.
Dry with alcohol as expected. The body is full and palate coating.

More enjoyable than scoring might suggest. This beer warms well on its own and is good with spicy pasta.

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3.85 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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