't Gaverhopke Extra
Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
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3.95 | pDev: 15.19%
Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
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't Gaverhopke Extra't Gaverhopke Extra
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer perhaps looked the best of the 3 that Gaverhopke brew, and offered a lot of potential as such. However, it was really let down by its lack of any depth of character. Perhaps we drank this beer too young?!. Dark, black looking beer, which reminded me of a Barleywine. Poured with a deep brown head, which soon disappeared though. Quite flat, little carbonation present. Nose was of very burnt malts and coffee, almost stoutish, but the sweetness soon kicked in the middle with a very warming effect when swallowed. Not much of an aftertaste, mainly a sweetness that dissipates as soon as the warm sensation does. Reminded me of a strong but rather bland Old Ale from England. Disappointing. I intend on reviewing all the Gaverhopke beers again next Easter if I get chance.

Oct 13, 2002
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2016. Pours hazy/cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, red grape, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, pepper, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, red grape, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, pepper, clove, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, red grape, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, pepper, clove, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 26, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imported by Twelve Percent LLC, Brooklyn, NY. The bottle reads "'T GAVERHOPKE EXTRA" "Ambachtelijk bier van hoge gisting" - 'old fashioned beer of high fermentation'. "Produced and bottled by: Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke, Stasegem, Belgium".

The Extra pours a fairly clear, deep chestnut and ruby body beneath a creamy head of tan that holds quite well and leaves some very nice 'mountains' of lace rising up above the liquid.

The aroma expresses dark - both the fruit and the bitter-ish skins: plum/prune, fig, raisin, etc. There's a sugary side to it like you find in dried fruits. And there's a little bit of earthiness to it as well: mushrooms, underbrush, rotting wood.

In the mouth it's surprisingly creamy and smooth, delicately carbonated, and medium-full bodied with a dextrinous edge.

The flavor is rich, and more full and deep than bright. The dark fruitiness and subtle, supple spiciness is what it's all about. It's malty, but not clearly caramelish. The dark fruity notes also turn away, although they're clearly present. Yeasty minerals and earthiness cover the malt and fruit in a thin, form-fitting veil. A delicate spiciness is present, and makes itself known mainly in the finish, along with some leafy, and perhaps spicy, hops. Or is that the alcohol that's lending to the spice? If it is, that's about all that it shows of itself.

It's really quite remarkable! ~ Oh so rounded! So perfectly balanced! And so flavorful, but in an understated manor. With just the tiniest bit of funkiness in its woody, earthy, mineralish character. Complex and compelling! Worth seeking out!

Aug 18, 2009
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky copper/brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is cherries, plums, cinnamon, yeast, and raisins. The brew tastes like tart berries and apples, dark fruit, bready malt, and some earthy/herbal hops. Nice mix between the tart and sweet flavors, although I think the sweet flavors are a bit stronger. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. Also, the 12% ABV isn't noticable at all when drinking it, but it hits you a bit afterwards. I think it's a good brew, it's worth a try.

Dec 21, 2010
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organicbrewer from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz poured into my westy challace

a-Cloudy amber with a 1 finger eggshell head

s-Cinnamon, alcohol. Sour cherries. Biscuity malt.

t- Caramel. Vinous. Slightly tart. Some cola. Some bready malt. sour cherries again.

m- Medium Bodied. Slight alcohol warming. Could use more carbonation.

d- Alcohol is well hidden. This goes down easy. If the alcohol wasn't so high, I could have a couple

Apr 14, 2009
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Soto from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Mar 11, 2014
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waltonc from California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by Bierkraft on a work trip to NYC, and asked them to protect me from leaving their shop without the "must try" brews on their premises. To that end, I was directed to, among others, t'Gaverkopke Extra. I was told that this is available only in New York, and that it is a Quad style.

A: Hazy copper, amber color with significant white head. Bottle overflowed upon opening.

S: multi-layered smell here, and I am sure I won't begin to catalog everything. But in broad brush strokes, I'm smelling light tart fruits, like apple, along with darker fruits and spice.

T: All of the above mentioned about the smell, as well as sour cherries. This is very well balanced. Not just a sour beer, not just a quad. Lots of different elements are all working at once here.

M: Medium/thick bodied, with pretty strong carbonation and some stickiness.

D: After half a glass of this bottle, it seems pretty drinkable. Alcohol is hidden well. But I'll probably change my tune after finishing my glass.

Overall, a fantastic brew, and thanks to the friendly guys at Bierkraft for pointint this out to me.

Nov 04, 2008
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fpreh1957 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Dec 03, 2011
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TeddyBrew from California

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at Biercraft in Brooklyn, NY. The local rep/importer was at the store presenting several of his more obscure beers for a tasting.

This was enjoyed on New Year's eve. I wish I had more than two small bottles to share. What we have here is a delightfully crafted beer that seems quite hard to characterize. It has notes upfront in keeping with a standard Belgian strong ale. But quickly you find the sour taste of a Belgian sour ale coming through. I find it more satisfying and interesting that a regular sour ale.

The understated packaging, with a beige wrapper and a simple drawing might well represent the subtlety of the brew. Or it might just be too understated. I haven't made up my mind on that one.

Well done gentlemen!

Well done!

Dec 31, 2009
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BeerTruck from Portugal

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Sep 23, 2012
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BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what an amazing beer...

11.2oz bottle into tulip glass.

Poured an opaque, and deep caramel brown color, with 2F of off-white head fading to steady film. Touch of lacing.

Rich, fruity and spicy aromas. Fermented red grapes, prunes, slight yeasty mustiness - reminiscent of a bag of sourdough hard pretzels. Even a heavy, and strangely-pepperoni-like spice... wierd.

Flavor was somewhat shocking - wild deep fruits and sour up front, slight earthy bitterness thru the middle, with a good level of funk back in the trunk. Hard to describe - delicious, slightly puckering, and then gym shorts. Yeah, it's that odd.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, which also threw me off. Just a wee bit of carbonation keeping it far from thick or cloying.

It wasn't until I hit the review button did I realize this was 12% ABV... wow. Insanely drinkable for this much alcohol. I finished this way too quickly, and wanted two more afterward.

Nov 06, 2009
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jrob21 from Georgia

3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from pipe n pint in gso. Pours a murky, muddy brown very typical for the style. Aroma is a lot of raisin and a little earthy. A touch of other fruity esthers in there too. Flavor is very fruity with some cherry, prune and raisin. A bit of a gritty texture to it. Pretty quick on the finish and a little touch of alcohol on the back of the palate. Goes down pretty easy but nothing compared to the complexity of many of the standouts in this style.

Jan 29, 2015
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Beerenauslese from California

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, actually a translucent dark copper when held to the light, like a dark tea. Moderate white head, resolves to a thin layer of foam leaving ample lacing.

Strong aromas of fresh dark macerated cherries, milk chocolate.

Tastes prominently of fresh dark cherries, malt, ginger, brown sugar, coffee, milk chocolate, and finishes with a mildly bitter hop taste. The hops come through with some pepper in the long finish.

Body is light, with creamy carbonation.

I like this brew. The fresh cherries are predominant, yet it is a dark strong ale with ginger and coffee/chocolate notes. I am not noticing the alcohol at all, despite 12 percent. That may make this dangerous.

May 12, 2010
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ROGUE16 from Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Sep 10, 2013
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tpd975 from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours a nice brown hue with a touch of haze. The head is on the smaller side and is a light tan in color. No retention or lace.

S: Nice malt sweetness. Honey and brown sugar dominate. Hints of spice as well.

T: Sweet. Nice brown sugar and caramel up front. Subtle spice and notes of dark fruit. There is a touch of tartness that lies beneath the sweetness.

M: Medium in body, pretty smooth, average carbonation.

D: Not bad, one worth trying if you can find it.

Oct 31, 2009
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BlackHaddock from England

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle @ the Diester Bierfestival on 20 Oct 2012, labelled as 'Den Twaalf.'

Dirty washing up water brown: scummy head, not a good start.

Strange farmyard esters: fruity, yet with a grubby feel to the smell.

Semi-sour moving towards vinegarous in the taste and mouth feel: did I try a bottle with a yeast infection? No according to a couple on my table it had been the same when they'd had it elsewhere and many months before. Tried to enjoy it, but failed.

A long way from being a good quadrupel on the evidence I had in my glass: the wife didn't like her portion either!

Nov 20, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a creme head. Nose is the most wine like I have ever experienced. Flavor comes as a surprise as the Flanders characteristics hit. Nice and slightly tart with a cherry edge. A slight bit sour vinegar edge. But I love it. I just love it. Feel is standard on all sides. God bless Belgium. That's all I have to say.

Nov 16, 2008
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aerozeppl from New York

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice bright brown color with minimal white head. Some nice lacing which is hard to come by on a quad.

S: Nice big Belgian yeast nose. Tons of dark fruit with raisins taking the lead. A nice sweetness throughout. Hint of booze that presented itself like brandy. Plums and overipe fruit as it warmed. One of the best smelling beers I have ever encountered.

T: Starts off sweet with some raisins. A touch of sour thrown in with the fruit really taking over in the finish.

M: Syrupy medium body. The worst part of this beer and it was still way above average.

D: Very drinkable. It was a little boozy at points but it is a quad. I think this bottle was $5. Totally worth it. Nothing like grabbing a A+ beer on a whim.

Apr 05, 2009
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drseamus from New York

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber body, think white head that fell very quickly.

S: Yeast esters dominate, sweet candi and malt sugars, touch of funk.

T: Very sweet and fruity. Some candi sugar also. Good tart tang to it.

M: Thin bodied.

D: Nice mix of sour and fruity quad.

Apr 15, 2009
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this in a bottle at Monks.

A - Great looking brown body with a thin head fading to the edges.

S - Smells sweet, a little tart and tangy, some sour notes. Very enticing.

T - Here's the real winner. This beer tastes awesome. The sour taste hits your tongue and the richness of flavors fills your mouth. This beer is complex and flavorful. The combination of slight floral hop, some malt sweetness, and that wonderful acidic sour tang. A subtlety sour, dry cherry tongue in the mix and I love it.

M - Very smooth especially for a sour quad. Its silky and very drinkable. Not heavy bodied or overcarbonated, everything is balanced and in place. This beer is a party on your tongue but easy on the mouth. Nice smooth ride.

O - I really love this beer. Its incredibly well balanced and full of rich flavor. The dry and sour taste make it very refreshing and the alcohol is masked almost completely. A great beer for ANYONE. A beer everyone is mandated to try.

Mar 18, 2011
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've seen this in the store several times and always avoided it because of price, you know? Found it on tap at one of my favorite spots in Fairmount, Phila, among a number of random others on a strange tap list one night. Very glad I tried it - certainly get it again sometime.

Served in a tulip glass with little head, if any. Antique garnet in color with an almost jewel-like translucency and glow. Overall elegant, berry-like perfume aroma, reminiscent of hummingbird nectar, but far from artificial. Perhaps touches of cinnamon and vanilla (my limitations). A light caramel dew glistens on the surfaces of the tiny berries that I could swear were used to create this. Crushed and lightly spiced, no more. Doesn't seem like a complicated recipe.

Most remarkable thing about how this drinks is the way the 12% seems like 7% at the most. No heat, no sting - I suppose they age this for awhile or something because I think I finished each sip in increasing disbelief. Not quite as dry (or as sparkling) as a sparkling wine but very much could substitute for one. This is ideal with dinner or dessert.

Jun 19, 2011
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argock from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle. Notching on label indicates best by D 16 (might be 15). Purchased in 2011 at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) and cellared at 60F.

A: Chestnut with purplish highlights. Pours with no head and no lacing. A lot of floaties.

S: Very vinous and grapey with a light vinegar aroma. There are some tart cherry notes and some prunes. Herbal earthy hopping is background. Yeast esters are vinous and stone fruits with a bit of spice. Alcohol is there but not solventy. Pretty nice aroma with a lot of complexity but cohesiveness is not the best -- the aroma is kind of all over the place.

T: The flavor is a lot more vinous and acetic than the aroma lets on. I am fairly sensitive to the sour and vinegar aspect of beers so it may not be as strong for some, although I would still categorize it as medium in the sourness department. The stone fruitiness with tart-sour black cherry, prune, and grapes are there. Very wine-like with a light spice note. Herbal earthy hops with mild to moderate bitterness overall. Yeast character does support the earthy nature of this beer pretty well with a light nutmeg note. Definitely has some light sweetness in the finish which sort of battles weirdly with the vinous, grape and acetic character doesn't really work that well. Reminds me of cabernet barrel aged beers. Flavors are complex but not cohesive, similar to the aroma. This style of BSDA is not generally in my wheelhouse -- I do not generally drink sours because of my sensitivity -- but this beer isn't bad but just disjointed.

M: Fairly light for the ABV, more in keeping with a sour ale or BSDA. Carbonation is high, on par with the style. It had a lightly dry finish.

O: Not a bad beer but just not really my cup of tea. Interesting and complex but doesn't really come together -- not a beer that is greater than the sum of its dissimilar parts.

Jan 02, 2014
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woo! First overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay in 2 years and I made it out OK. My head hurts and I'm sleep deprived, and what I need is a 12% beer. Yum.

A: Clear ruby red with a finger-thick dark beige head that's made of very fine bubbles.

S: Not really very quad like in that there's a strong sour cherry component. There's also some infection apparent, with lactic sourness present. The nose shows some oxidation with wet cardboard, I'm not really a fan of that aspect.

T: This is one infected beer. Holy crap. Opening up with a lactic sourness that's more reminiscent of a Oud Bruin, this is still very tasty though. Some cherry sweetness follows the sourness, and this medium bodied beer finishes lactic, sweet and tart and a metallic twang. No hint of alcohol.

M: Medium-full in body with excellent, smooth carbonation and a sour, lactic finish.

D: I would not peg this beer above 7%. Just so smooth and drinkable!

Notes: This is not a quad by any stretch of the imagination. However, I enjoyed the beer for what it's become, and for that reason, I reviewed it positively

Jul 18, 2009
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oglmcdgl from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A- a small cap white head that settles instantly leaving only a solid ring and a few wisps on top. Hazy brown in color with a sunset orange glow when held to light.

S- musty with red wine, a touch of sour cherry tartness, some other dark fruits.

T- opens up sweet with some brown sugar and then rolls into a tart peach and sour cherry fruitiness. Some spice and a touch of caramel on bread.

M- a bit above medium in body with some slick oily feel to it. Carb is small yet sharp. Mild pucker.

D- very interesting brew. I dig the sour twist on this style and you don't lose the base beer. Ill have to try some more of this breweries offerings.

Feb 20, 2011
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imscotty from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a pretty butterscotch color with a light off white head. The head quickly dies down, there is little lacing. This beer is somewhat cloudy with strong carbonation.

S - Smells of toffee and raisons. I do not note much hops nor can I detect the alcohol, malty

T - This is a sour but it is not overpowering and is nicely balanced by the malts. Taste raison and caramel. Not a lot of complexity. Again, for a 12%, the alcohol is very well hidden.

M - The beer feels surprisingly light and thin. Could use more body, highly carbonated.

O - Not a world class beer, but this is an easy drinking introduction to the sours and I was able to get it at a fair price. It would be easy to quaff a few of these down on a hot summer day but at 12% it will quickly sneak up on you. This is and interesting hybrid of dark belgian and sour. I will seek more

Dec 04, 2013
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