't Gaverhopke Zingende Blondine | Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

't Gaverhopke Zingende Blondine't Gaverhopke Zingende Blondine
BA SCORE
77.6%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 76 ratings
't Gaverhopke Zingende Blondine't Gaverhopke Zingende Blondine
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
Ranking:
#11,779
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
76
Liked:
59
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
10.05%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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 StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +5.7%
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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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a very tiny west Flanders brewpub (producing less than 10 barrel batches) comes Zingende Blondine. It's the first new beer since brewster Gundrun took over the brewing duties, and it was released in October of 2008.

The singing blonde pours a hazy golden body beneath a short but creamy head of white foam. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves short walls of solid lace that rise up at the edge of the glass. Very tiny bubbles, due to natural bottle-conditioning, race to the surface and help it to maintain its head.

The nose is yeasty, bready, a bit sour and vegetal, candyish, and a touch candyish and floral.

In the mouth its dextrinous medium body foams up readily, becoming pillowy soft and smooth.

The flavor is surprisingly complex, offering a combination of sweetness and piquant tartness. It's gently bready, lightly candyish, subtly spicy, fruity (apple, white grape, berry, soft plum), and floral and grassy. It's got just enough bitterness underneath the malt sweetness to keep it from becoming cloying, but its funkiness helps to ground it. It's musty, with some bar-room-floor sourness, and even some vinegar and vegetable. The alcohol is remarkably well-cloaked, and it never shows that it's almost 10%. A swirl of delicate spice and mildly grassy and straw-like hops appear in the finish, and then linger with a delicate coat of sugar and bready notes as it subsides.

Really, really interesting! Absolutely worth seeking out.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in a great trade pair with dfclav.

Pours a very fizzy light head that hits about 1 finger, then fades to almost nothing quickly, a hazy golden orange carrot colored beer, with light yeast chunks as I poured a little too quickly.

Nose of light Belgian malts, a cross between a saison and tripel mostly, lots of light Belgian malts like tons of them, nice Belgian yeast aromas with some light fruits of apple, apricot, and pear, a light fruity hop base is there too somewhere but detectable, no real booze though, then a very slight tart fruit like aroma too.

Taste starts with light Belgian malts, a light wheat almost flavor but lots of Belgian malts, fruits up the wazoo bringing more apple, pear, apricot, light citrus tangerine and nectarine, etc, some light sweet candi sugar and apple sauce, a very light citrus and tropical hop kick, the candi sugar gives a definite Belgian feel with some sweetness and touch of warming booze, and a very light tart light acidic taste. Finishes a bit drier but not much, lingering tart fruits, Belgian yeast fruits, light candi sugar and warming booze, little sticky, and lingering bitterness.

Mouth is med bodied with quite a bit of carbonation, maybe even more than necessary, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall it's pretty good, nice Belgian malts and yeast, as well as light candi sugar and sweet flavors, lots of fruits both bright fruits and light tart flavors, it's pretty tasty, a bit of warming booze and the fruits are a little much though.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dim, dull golden body with a small, but resilient white head. The bottle was a bit of a gusher and the surge of bubbles kicked up a fine yeast sediment which imparted a cloudiness.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented nose of mildly bready malts (in the way the squishy insides of a standard-issue dinner roll tastes) with notes of ripe orchard fruits and light floral and spice accents.

Taste: Soft barley and perhaps even some pils malt with just a minute amount of tanginess and a moderate amount of sweetness. Overly ripe peach fruitiness comes in with, maybe, a small hint of green apple and white grapes. Then, a bit more sweetness hits the tongue. Subtle florals. Touch of sour dough yeast character. Some slight peppery alcohol tones as you near the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad lil' Belgian. It's got a nice array of complexities and goes down fairly easy for being almost ten percent alcohol. If you can't get this in your area, RblWthACoz will trade you for it.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A.K.A. Singing Blond

Pours a fogged in orange gold with a thin creme head. Mild sour nose. Fruit is also there. At first when I poured it I wanted to say it was apricots. But alas we have moved on to minor funk. Flavor is superb. Smooth. Mature fruit tones and sweetness. A slightly firm acidity barely appears. Minor funky. It's all mixed and mashed together beautifully though and seems to go funky on my mouth one time and then fruity the next. Just clings to the next bit of character and you get a real smooth ride of flavor. Feel has a carbonation that bites too much at the tongue, but it isn't enough to interfere with the flavor. Damn. This is good. I mean, really good. A must try. If you can't get this in your area, I'll trade you for it.

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Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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 LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy light golden amber with lots of white floating particles. Fine two finger white head with good retention, lots of carbonation and lacing. Aroma of light fruit, Belgian yeast, coriander with light bready malt, slightly vinous and sour. Flavor is interesting, starting with sweet fruit juices and Belgian yeast and spices, then changing to a dryer, slightly sour and wine like finish, but with some light sweetness residual at the back of the tongue. Body is medium with nice creaminess. Warming. A very nice Belgian with a very interesting flavor progression. I will get this again.

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Photo of tempest
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem. Judging by the number of reviews, this must gave just hit the shelves. I did a little digging and this beer was just introduced in Oct 08.

Poured a clear gold with an aggressive head and only turned hazy because I let a little sediment in. The aroma is an interesting mix wine vinegar, cider, and scented burning candles - in the sense that it reminds me of spiced wax if that makes any sense. The flavor has bit of orange peel, lemon juice, mild pepper. The finish if fairly balanced with subtle bitterness with light sour tang. Complex and easy to drink. Heck of a beer.

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Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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 John_M
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hudson St. Stackhouse.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, gold color with great head retention and considerable lacing. The is attractive, but a bit reticent. I get some light honey and clove, but with some underlying nutmeg and light sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but seemed better, with the sweet honey and vanilla dominating the light sour. There's some cherry, candy orange slice and grape in the flavor profile as well. Still, the light sour really helps the mouthfeel, as the beer is light on its feet for a 9.8% beer, and drinkability is exceptional. The beer is fairly sweet, but there's enough light sour to counter it, and keep the beer from becoming heavy or cloying on the palate.

Nice beer, no doubt....

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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 corby112
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark golden yellow color with a half finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lastig ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Sweet ester-y fruit aroma with some zesty spice, subtle hops and alcohol. Crisp fruit notes, notably apple, pear and grape countered by floral/piney hops and peppery spice.

Medium bodies with a slight creamy texture and some sort carbonation up front followed by a prominent yeast presence that gives off hints of crisp, light fruit. There's also some zesty spice with hints of pepper and clove followed by some earthy hops and alcohol sweetness that lingers into a slight dry finish.

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Photo of beertunes
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as a gift after a friends recent trip to Frisco, thanks Stanzi. Poured into crystal tulip. Poured a semi-hazy golden yellow with just a thin white head that had OK retention and minimal lacing.

A lovely yeast, spice and slight fruit aroma glides into the nose. The flavors have all those aspects as well, with the fruit a bit more pronounced on the tongue than in the nose.

The body is wonderfully full and well-rounded. For a 10% beer, this beauty is far to easy to drink. I would love to have several, but, I only have the one bottle.

Overall, an extremely nice beer. If you see it, do not pass it by. I'm going to try to find more.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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 jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip at Hopleaf...The beer pours a nice medium honey gold with tons of carbonation. At least fourt fingers of creamy thick head, had to pour three times...Great retention, as it falls, falls in chunks, nice lacing...The aroma is all yeast, a little honey, pepper, very similar to Duvel with that tingly yeast on the nose....Taste is light, but very sweet honey dominates. Not any of the yeasty. This is crazy easy to drink at 10%, I basically chugged it. A little sweet for my taste but good overall.

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Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
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 samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Beer rating: 77.6% out of 100 with 76 ratings
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