't Gaverhopke Extra | Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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't Gaverhopke Extra't Gaverhopke Extra

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Nesued
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A big creamy head formed with a lively carbonation feeding small bubbles to nice two-finger head. As it receded, a nice lace formed on my pint glass. Amber to ruby red color.

Smell - Fruit aroma, raisin some plumb. Some grassy notes as well. Knowing that this was brewed with Brett, I was looking for that tell-tale musty note. Not present.

Taste - Bready with some vinous notes along with a tart finish. Some sweetness and some earthiness as well. This is a complex offering that is difficult for me to categorize. No bitterness to mar an otherwise tasty offering. 12% ABV huh? Where? I get nothing. It takes fine art to hide that much ABV. Is it the brett? Heck if I know, but pass me another.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation assists in moving the offering around your mouth and availing your taste buds to all aspects this Quad has to offer. Moderate density.

Drinkability - Dangerously easy drinking. This was one of my "beers of the year" for 2010, when I first had it at Philly Beer Week. Watch the 12% ABV, it will sneak up on you. How to I compare this with a Chimay Blue, a Rochefort 8 or a Gulden Draak? This is in a class by itself. What a treat this is!

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Photo of TeddyBrew
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
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!

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Photo of Fibrillator
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When shopping at a local beer 'museum,' I was scanning the Belgians and was approached by another knowledgable beer guy. He suggested this beer. I'm glad he did...

11.2 oz bottle, tulip glass, cool not cold.

A: brownish, tint of red, light ivory 0.5 in head, carbonated mid.

S: tart, slight fruit, esters, expected scent of a sour

T: wow. Complex but not overdone. Definite fruit character of a quad, but sour as well. Balanced. Taste made me want more. No clue as to the 12%abv content until label was read. More interesting as it warmed slightly.

M: typical of quad, a bit of watery, but head and carbonation to keep a good finish.

O: for those who love the Belgian quads and triples who are looking to understand the sours, this is your beer. It really is a crossover style. I'd love to find it on tap, but suspect that only happens in the Flemish zones.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy mahogany with red highlights and two fingers fluffy, white head that dissipates slowly. Low carbonation and nice lacing.

N: Candy sugar, pear, apple, Belgian yeast and wheat bread.

T: Slightly tart and sweet with candy sugar, pear, apple concord grapes and wheat bready malts. Hints of cherry and caramel and finishes with light citrus and floral notes and some Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied, crisp and semi-dry.

O: Fantastic! Extremely balanced, complex and dangerously drinkable! No sign of the 12% ABV.

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Photo of cooch69
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Quad pours a deep amber and brown with some purplish highlights. It's got a nice tight one finger head made of gorgeous medium sized bubbles.

Nose comes off a bit weak at first. I initially got a bit of rice at first. Some caramel, some spices, alcohol and fruitiness(pinapple & Pomegranate).

A beutiful combination of almost everything I love in beer. Maltiness, sourness and fruitiness. The sourness is nice and mild but that combined with the medium body and soft mouthfeel make this beer way too easy to drink for it's ABV. There are a lot of fruits and spices in here, mainly pineapple and pomegranate. I'm even getting some spiced cider. I'm probably getting that more from the cinnamon hint's in the beer, which are pretty abundent as well. Nice malty backbone to hold it all together even though the malts are a bit thin. This beer still kicks major ass and is sticking out as one of the better ones I've had in quite some weeks.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

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Photo of waltonc
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of joshuacavett
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sent from CA from a friend. Served from a bottle to a tulip glass. Funky lemon zest, wild smell. Pours a reddish orange. Carbonation on the initial pour was little to none and I poured it pretty rough. After about a minute I swirled it around and it got a very nice creamy 1/2 inch head. Very nice beer and not a bad price for a great belgian. Not the best belgian I have ever had but very high drinkability.

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Photo of KJHB
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle with best before Dec. '16 notched on label. Drunk at 43-55F in a goblet.

Care was taken to not pour the dregs into the glass, this resulted in just over an ounce remaining in the bottle. Pours a hazy medium amber red-brown with slight ruby highlights. Even when pored from 6-8 inches above the glass, only 1/2 finger of head forms which quickly dissipates to a mere wisp of bubbles and foam ringing the glass. Slightly disappointing given the style...

Aroma is musky oak, mild raisin, slight sour/spicy tang with some toffee/malt lurking in the background. A slight prickle of alcohol esters in the nose lets me know this is a hefty brew.

Flavor is deep and complex - dark caramel, toffee, sweet malt, candy sugar, raisin, plum, fig, mild sour cherry, ripe apple, and a very strong dark rum boozy quality that tickles the tongue and throat.

Mouth-feel is moderately carbonated and slightly acidic, but not "biting", light to medium bodied and smooth. Makes it dangerously easy to drink despite the 12%.

Overall, a very interesting Belgian Dark Strong Ale. I love the flavor profile, but I almost wish this beer was 9-10% - the alcohol seems to become a bit much as it warms in the glass - better to drink it on the cooler side. Also wish there were less dregs in the bottle - a shame to not get over an ounce of beer from a pricy Belgian import, especially one that tastes this good... Still, and excellent beer experience.

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Photo of crossovert
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a free snifter with this glass I'll use it for my review.

I pretty much knew this was going to be a gusher, which seems normal for any lesser-known Belgian beers. It pours into the snifter with a quickly dissipating offwhite head and a dark cider color. There is a massive army of yeast and adjuncts in the bottom, I swirled a bit of the cake into the beer.

THe nose is filled with fruits, pears, green apples, plumbs there is also some caramel and a slight bit of funk.

The mouthfeel is rich and bold. The flavor isn't as rich and bold but it gets the job done. It goes down incredibly smooth considering the high abv. The fruits are in the taste as they were in the smell, but with lemon added. The apple is furious, tastes a lot like spiced applesauce with some citrus sour squeezed in. The yeast is pretty tangy and delicious. Underneath all this there is some subtle spice maybe white peppercorn. It is pretty sweet and the alcohol gets more prevalent as you go but it never becomes a nuisance.

This is a pretty good beer, big but not too bold, it is a bit fruitier and tangier than most which is nice.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - beautiful amber with chunks of suspended yeast. Big bubbles in the one finger quick to dissipate off white head. Apparently well carbonated.

S - dark candied fruits, raisens, wet tarp, alcohol is apparent as a soapy characteristic. Ver sweet with a nice malt presence.

T - nice sweet malt forward taste, alcohol well hidden for 12%. Hints of raisin, prune/plum, slight must with a twinge of sour a nice nice pepper-ness in the finish.

M - high carbonation and light body for such high gravity, almost a little too light and watery of a mouthfeel.

O - I can't tell this is 12%, it also is a little lacking in flavor intensity and complexity. Or maybe that is a good thing and this is just a big easy drinking beer. Either way this is good and for the price i would go for it again.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to stowehop for the bottle.

Pours a muddy brown color with a nice light brown head.

Scent of sour cherries, dark fruit, sugars, caramel, and earth. I'm not convinced this is a quad based on the scent. This is just a great scent, full and balanced with a strange, but very welcome sour quality.

Taste of caramel, earth, sour cherries, grain, a hint of chocolate, honey, and a bit of cream. Nice complex underlying flavors with a very nice finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth save for the nice strong carbonation.

Drinkability is ridiculous for the style and strength.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into chalice. Popped this one and stupidly walked away for a sec, only to come back to a gusher. Ugh.

Pours a nice cloudy brown, with a thick light khaki head that settles into a creamy cap. Beautiful stickage. Wanted to dock points for the mess I walked back to, but goddamn if this one didn't charm its way back into my good graces.

Nose is red grapes, raisins, prunes, bready brown sugar, a bit vinous, kinda light.

Taste is very fruity - lots of red grapes and prunes, lightly vinous, some brown sugar and bready malt towards the finish. very very nice. Finish is sweet, rich, and vinous. Definitely well done, this is a really, really good quad that I'd probably put in my top 5. Plays with some really unique flavor elements that elevate it in its own way. Highly recommended.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, light but sharp carbonation, with a lingering light syrupy feel.

No way I would have guessed this was 12%. I'd have guessed maybe 8%, and that would have been generous. Delicious, light on the tongue and in the perceived alcohol - this is as drinkable as it is impressive. Top notch.

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Photo of Wildman
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark cloudy amber and formed a huge foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it very slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, raisins, chocolate and a hint of cocoa. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, anise and just a hint of coffee. The body was medium light and the finish rather sweet. This beer is a good find, now if only I find it in a four pack as opposed to a single offering.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of mindspin315
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brownish red color, burgundy. Small tan head which went away quickly. No sediment or haze. Not sure if this is bottle conditioned or not. Good head retention and alcohol legs/lacing are quite impressive.

The aroma is almost exactly like a red wine. Red grape skins, minerals, raisins, and grape juice.
Carbonation hits upfront...not in a bad way.

Drinks a lot like a carbonated red wine. Earthy flavors mixed in with red grape skins, green apples, and dark raisins. Slight sweetness sticks on the back of the tounge and mouth. The beer even has a sour touch to it. Not at all mouth puckering or that noticable but sits in the background. At 12% this one is masked really well and you'll only be noticing it when you get a buzz.

Overall this is different than many Belgian strong dark ales or Quads. The traditional dark fruits that are are in most Belgian dark ales are not present and a red wine/raisin quality highlight this beer quite nicely. A must try for any fan of Belgian beers!


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Photo of SouthernBeerGuy
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I declined at 12.99 a bottle, but my crazy friend could not.
Split into two Belgian glasses.

A: Dark cloudy hazelnut with a minimal amount of tan foam.

S: Fruits and spices

T: For a 12% brew, this is amazing. The flavors somehow mask the high alcohol content. Dark fruits, dates and figs maybe the spices include cloves ?

M: Heavy and smooth, better than anything I've ever had.

D: Considering this is 12% and it went down like something that's maybe 7%, I'm thoroughly impressed.

Would like to try again, but only if I can find it cheaper.

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Photo of cjoc83
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the Flying Pig in Malvern, PA. Pours a murky brown color with a good bit of yeast sediment floating around in it. The off-white 'head' could barely form into a cap before fizzling out quickly.

Sweet, tart cherries and currants jump out first in the nose, with some more typical quad characteristics following behind; sugar plum, rum-soaked raisin, brown sugar and dark, biscuity malt. A little booze.

Was advertised on the Flying Pig bottle list as a "sour quad" (even though it's listed as a bsda here), and this definitely delivers on the tartness! Tart, acidic cherries and plums with a slight vinegar note give way to pumpernickel bread, raisin, brown sugar, and biscuity, bready dark malts. Pretty great stuff!

Fairly high carbonation for a quad, but still maintains a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very drinkable despite the high ABV. Dry finish with some alcohol warmth that's pretty mild for a 12% quad.

I love sours. I love quads. This combines the best of both. I wish this was more readily available!

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter

Hazy opaque brown, solid one finger taupe lid settles to a dense ring, good lacings

Aroma of a sweet malt , caramel, brown sugar, peppery spices, cherries

Taste of sweet malt, caramel, breads,

Velvety smooth, almost creamy, low sudsing , feel the alcohol, smooth finish

Like this one a lot and wil repeat, why isn't this beer higher rated?

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Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i was told that the importer of 12% named his company after this beer. obviously one of the beers he imports. i was always told this was a quad but after trying it i would say it has interesting english old ale properties.

and yes. mind you that this is coming from someone that thinks that gale's old prize ale is something else. this is on par but smoother without the smoke.

pour is ruby clear with a small finger and a half of off white head. there is a collection of settled malt wonder at the bottom of the bottle. this pours cloudy copper and the nose and palate seems to exploded but very very slowly. nose is of tannins, grape, and cherry. palate is a mild sour with a backbone of a malty raisin. doesn't feel 12% what so ever. smooth and lean but very concentrated in taste. Worcestershire sauce, balsamic hits, apple,

i would say a sour end for something with lamb or blue cheese.

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Photo of MLoxxer
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer served out of a 11.2 ounce bottle. There was no head to speak of. The amount of sediment present in the bottle was unlike any other beer that I had ever had. The beer was not just hazy, but downright murky. I must say I do find a beer like this visually appealing. Aroma-wise this beer was very inviting, it reminded me of a Trappist Rocheford 10. The flavor is rich, complex and exactly what you would expect it to be. A nice dessert beer, for enjoying on a winters evening.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Creamy, tiny-bubbled lace; with a swirl, this beer shows some legs and a deep reddish hue. Suggestions of alcohol- soaked raisins, coconut, clove and wildflowers awaken the nostrils. Smooth slickness on a full body. Malty, but semidry with a tartness up front and some rum raisin flavors in the back. Fresh-toasted grain and modest hops field the rest of the palate. A very well-hidden 12 percent, with only a slight warmth. Easily a tasty brunch beer or a nightcap. Belgian fans, hunt this one down.

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Photo of saltydog
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Kroegske in Izegem. Appearance: Reddish brown, clear, decent head. Aroma: Malty sweet, some spiciness, some brett. Flavor: Definite brett "horsiness", some sourness, some malty sweetness. Finish is very drinkable, with a nice brett/sweet balance.

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Photo of beergoot
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cola brown body with a thick, sudsy head; flecks of yeast sediment bobby about (3.75). Oatmeal and raisin scent; ripe dark fruits; some booze; warm bread crust (4.25). Chocolate cookie flavor; toffee; brown sugar; light alcohol flavor; estery hints (4.25). Heavy body; vinous feel (4.0).

A big, boozy beer that does a fine job of keeping the ABV presence subdued with outstanding taste and smell components. Huge depth and complexity with the malt character that surely should satisfy strong ale fanatics.

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