'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 Beginner2
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm with The Bros on this one and not with the average.
As a Belgian fan (I'm guessing that I drink more Belgians than the British and German traditions combined), I'm glad I found this. It's a sock-it-to-me on the buds (and I admit to the alcohol content, too.)
While it Looks and Smells typical of the style (you know, the raisin, dried fruit stuff), these guys developed a high performing yeast (boosted by the dark sugar) that puts together a full, satisfying Taste. Feel slips a bit, but I won't upset the high by over-analyzing the mouth. Overall, find it, buy it, enjoy Extra.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of 'T Gaverhopke because I was told it is a "slightly sour Quad". This sounded quite intriguing. However, while a very nice Quad indeed, I did not detect any sour notes. Not sure how fresh/aged this was so hard to tell whether the lack of sourness was related to my lack of palate sensitivity or the brew's age. Not as dark as other quads but definitely on par regarding booziness and mouthfeel.

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Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper with honey edges and a fairly thin layer of head. There is a serious amount of floaties in this beer. The nose has notes of rum-soaked raisins. The flavor is dominated by a brown sugar essence. The booze comes out on the finish. The mouthfeel is sticky and the body is decent but not what I would call hearty considering the style.

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Photo of chicagoish
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - beautiful amber with chunks of suspended yeast.

S - dark candied fruits, raisins, alcohol is apparent as a soapy characteristic. 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 - Light body for such high gravity, almost a little too light and watery of a mouthfeel.

O - I can't tell this is 12%, Good and for the price i would go for it again.

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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 beerassault
1.18/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

330ml bottle. Beer is gushing everywhere on the table and the carpet. Saving two fingers, aroma is of tart vinegar and sugary caramel. Watery. Taste presents infections.

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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 cboyd
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml, best before 3/2012 bottle. Very slight carbonation. Yeast on the nose. Golden Amber color. Smooth taste with strong hint of cherry and malt. Very interesting overall.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of desireonrepeat
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Tried this one as we had never seen this before at a Belgian bar in Des Moines IA. Not bad, but definitely hides the 12%. Very soft and muted, lacking the punch I would have preferred

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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 jrob21
3/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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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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Photo of StoutHunter
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a bottle of Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke's Extra a couple months ago for $4.69 at The Lager Mill. I was picking up a few different Belgian beers and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, but it's pretty simple looking and it isn't that eye catching. It poured a dark red brown color that took on more of a dark red hue when held to the light with pretty much no head at all just some bubbles that clung together for a little bit and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This wasn't the best looking beer, I wish it had some head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a low amount of high sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a grainy, toasted, caramel, bready, bread crust and wheat like aromas followed by a big sweet and fruity aroma with some dark fruit and slight cherry like aromas seeming to stick out. Up next come a lighter vinegar like aroma with a strange nutty aroma towards the end. The aroma was ok, but it was a little strange.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a weird watery fruit flavors that reminds me of watered down juicy juice and there also an acidic lighter vinegar flavor. Up next comes the malts which impart all the aspects that I got in the aroma with toasted, grainy, caramel, and bread crust flavors seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a somewhat lighter amount of medium tartness, with some grainy and toasted flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This was an ok tasting beer, I think the flavors seemed to clash a little and it was almost as strange as the aroma.

M- Not the smoothest, a little acidic, not crisp at all, on the somewhat lighter side of being medium bodied with a very low amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that great, it needed some carbonation.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer and I didn't think it was a good example of the style, it didn't really have most of the aspects that I look for in the style and If I tried this blind I think there would be no way that I would guess this was a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, to me it's a little similar to Flanders Red or something like that. This beer didn't have good drinkability, the alcohol was hidden very well and it wasn't filling, but the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention and I think half the bottle is enough for me, the acidity might start to wear on me after more than that. What I like the most about this beer was how well the alcohol was hidden, I was really surprised that hardly any alcohol showed up in the flavor and aroma. What I liked the least about this beer was the how the flavors clashed, to me the toasted, caramel and grainy flavors didn't work well with the acidic vinegar like flavors. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it either. All in all I didn't really enjoy this beer, it was had an odd combination of flavors and aromas that didn't work that well together. This didn't make for a good first impression for this brewery and I'll be thinking twice before I think about buyinh any more of their beers. Better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me.

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Photo of argock
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of imscotty
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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Photo of Chico1985
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks like notches on the label indicate this is best by December 2015.

Dark reddish brown with some orange highlights. An off-white head forms a thick ring and retains well as such. Some serious floaties on the final pour. Smell is fruity, a little bit tart. Red wine comes to mind right away, definitely grapes, prunes. Nice but not much else going on there.

Taste is similar, definitely a decent amount of tartness there. Specific fruit tastes are not as distinct, but still a red wine feel overall. There is some light spice, cola, just a bit of bread, and some toffee there as well. Mouthfeel has somewhat lackluster carbonation, feels a bit watery, yet hides the 12% really, really well.

Kind of feels disjointed all around, from the sound of other reviews this beer doesn't seem to be very consistent. Not bad though, the tartness is not expected for the style but it's not off-putting, just not all that interesting.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours no head so there is no lace. Murky brown color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Very light carbonation and medium bodied. Sour fruit nose and flavor is sour fruit, no sweet malt as some raters have mentioned. Not my idea of a BSDA. High ABV is hidden. $5.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best before 2016

A- Murky brown with maybe some sediment, a finger of slightly off-white head disappears pretty quickly leaving just a hint of lacing. Overall not at all attractive but this is 12%ABV so you can't except a nice head

S- Sweet dark malts and sugary notes nicely complemented by a slight vinegar feel that adds a bit of a peculiar feel. Slight dark fruit notes on the back of things

T- Very sweet as the smell suggested, maybe even for the style. Sweet malts, classic belgian yeast feel. Dark fruit notes are quite vivid (raisin, cherries...). Again the slightest sour/vinegar touch bringing something more to the mix

M- Medium body (which means suprisingly light and quaffable for the 12%ABV), moderate carbonation. Stiil very soft and quite creamy on both tongue and palate, going down sooo easy for the style

O- A classic BSDA (or quad or whatever), but whit a delicate sour twist and great drinkability for the style. Sure worth it

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Photo of RollBounce
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

mahogany color beer with white small dusty nose no lacing.
Sweet mouthfeel with nutty nites and red raisins.
12 sneeks up on you with banana and spice.

Overall this beer hits you without knowing. A one hit wonder. Trying before you buy it if you do not like dark beer to sweet

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Photo of rudzud
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a light amber with tons of sediment floating mid pour. One finger off white head leaves light lacing.

S - Tons of dark fruits, raisins, and booze. Super malty sweet.

T - Taste is super sweet, lots of malts here and dark fruits (raisins, flashes of prune).

M - Mouthfeel is not bad, slightly thin though.

O - Overall, this was kind of a throw away beer for me at the fest.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an outstanding beer. Who knew it was 12%? So easy going down. I could drink a hundred of these. The sour flavors, while clear, are still pretty subtle compared to other typical Belgian strong flavors: malts, fruits, etc. This is so well done, smooth, almost aged in flavor. I don't find it as "unsual" as others. Just a superb, well-made, strong, yet easily drinkable, complex beer. A triumph. (I sound like a movie critic.)

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Photo of beerloverofbham
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Slightly sour smell--almost reminding me of apple cider vinegar. A rich, cloudy brown with a very slight white head that disappears rather quickly. Drinks almost flat, but I don't really mind. No lacing whatsoever. Taste starts sour with apple, plum and raisins coming through before moving into an earthy middle, characteristic of Belgian yeast. An exceptionally dry finish to this beer with only the most subtle hint of booziness that occasionally plagues other quads. I like it, but I tend to like sour tastes in just about every style. Would have liked more mouthfeel and aroma, just more carbonation in general. Still, a sour quad...delicious.

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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 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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