't Gaverhopke Extra | Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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't Gaverhopke Extra't Gaverhopke Extra

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Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 08-17-2009

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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Local Option. Past the abv line for Belgian yeasts I think. Orange and fruity, yet sour and astringent finish. Booze warming. Aroma neutral. Mouthfeel plus but sour and astringent.Not a great representative of the style. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

oh man! if you like the style, this is really hard to beat. its darker and richer and more malty intense than almost any other specimen i have encountered. so good. rich shiny chocolate color from the tap, with a lazy off white bubble head and a ton of viscosity. the aroma and flavor feature a ton of the abbey type malt, past toasted but sort of nutty, past caramelized but kind of sweet, and incredibly distinctive. it also has a brown sugar or molasses complexion to it, not that its overly sweet, but that raw cane sugar element is there in the taste for sure. some wonderful nuance to this, i pick up notes of strong brandy, dried cherry, prune, cocoa, and even fudge, its rich and its heavy, but its so unique! some neat yeast in here too, not the belgian profile i am used to, but with a wintery spice vibe about it, at least in this beer. enormous body, its almost sludgy, and the booze isnt very subtle, but i look for richness and depth and strength in a beer like this, and this one delivers mightily! among the most unique belgian strong darks i have had. less carbonated than others, which at first bothers me, but as it warms up it lets me chew on all this body more than a fizzy beer would, and i grow to appreciate it! i wish we could find more beer from these guys in the states! this is next level!

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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of oline73
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's during the Belgian Independence day celebration. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a half finger of fluffy off white head and some great retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with some red berries and vinegar notes. I'm getting a hint of cranberry juice.

Taste: Different from the smell. Rather sweet throughout the sip with some dark fruit notes. There is just a hint of tartness, I expected more. The finish is full of spice from the Belgian yeast and a bit acidic.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side of medium with foamy, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a weird beer for me. I expected more sourness after smelling it. I don't think I would want more.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Frank for this one...

Poured into a Duvel glass a burnt crimson tone with a slim cap of tan foam. Served fairly cold, based on others' descriptions of gushing bottles, but this one was pretty tame. Vinous white wine with some raisin and boozy phenols behind it. More wine like elements in the flavor, honey, orange peel, and some grape aftertaste and a sticky residue on the lips. Not as sweet as most Quads, there was a low level fruity tartness that was welcome. Finish was slightly dry, with the lingering taste of grape jelly. A full bodied sipper that wasn't too sweet or syrupy. Good stuff.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: After gushing a bit on the opening, the beer loses its head-forming capability and pours a cloudy ice tea color with a frothy but insubstantial head; some dots are left down the side of the tulip

Smell: A yin and yang aroma as there is caramel and toast as well as tart fruit

Taste: The malts lay down the toast and caramel base elements on the front end; by the middle, the stone fruit and tart cherry elements really start to build; after the swallow, the sweet aspect takes a back seat and the beer finishes in a tart direction

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a beer that grew on me but ultimately was a disappointment; I wasn't expected the sour elements when I saw this was a BSDA so it took a while to adjust my palate; in the end, the sweet and sour elements didn't blend together particularly well and the mouthfeel lacked pizazz

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 Gkruszewski
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice upward cascade of fine bubbles. Rocky head that leaves a blanket of lace. The liquid is a cloudy brown.

Mild aromas of earth and darker, unburnt malts. Brief "refrigerator" smell. Light hop.

Dark caramel and slightly sweet initial taste. A bit of metal in the background. There's a bit of brandy in the taste. Alcohol shows up in the swallow along with a tartness. It's hard to believe there's a 12% abv.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: After trying the Singing Blond which spewed out a good deal of fizz upon opening, extra care and sagely patience was given to this bottle -- still a gusher. Ah well. Pours out a cloudy, dark mahogany-hued body with a persistent, finely-textured, ivory head.

Smell: A nose of toasted bread slices with some sugary aspects to it and bold, supporting notes of moist tart cherries and dried dark fruits -- a bit like smelling jam and jelly over morningtime toast.

Taste: Sugar-encrusted bread, initially sweet, though this soon fades out. Dark cherry fruitiness along with a taste of muscadines all with a notable, prominent tartness about it. Subtly spicy. No real bitterness. Grows increasingly dry as you reach the finish with a final touch of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's acceptable, sufficient even, and does go down easily enough for having an ABV listing of 12 percent, but just lacks that inviting richness and strength that others in its category display.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Duvel Green tulip. Picked this one up at Stateline a few days ago.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a reddish tint, one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, Belgian yeast, light spices, sweet fruity malts, and light funk. A little tart/sour and funky, but not overpowering; pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, fruity malts, light lactic notes, light funk, wood/oak, and Belgian yeast and pepper. Again, a nice light funk and tart fruit to it.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Smooth and just a touch overcarbonated, but it isn't bad.

o - Overall a pretty nice Belgian ale. Some nice light funk and tart dark fruits, and pretty easy to drink for 12% ABV. Would like to have again.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

A: The pour is hazy brown in color with a small khaki head.

S: The nose starts off with a light fruitiness with some toasted bread. There is a touch of tart fruits, mostly raisins and plums. Initially it is somewhat metallic which only gets worse as it sits for a moment. There is also a little bit of grass.

T: From start to finish, this is very metallic and minerally. There is some sweet toffee and bread, but that's about all the positive things I can say about it. It's lightly tart with some lemon and green apple. A touch of booze, too.

M: Medium bodied with full carbonation.

O: Poor aroma and flavor, very disappointing.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy dark copper amber. Half finger active off-white head with lacing. Aroma of light fruit, sour and somewhat vinous. Flavor is a mixed fruit, plum, grape, raisin, raspberries. Overall sweet, but with a strong sour element. Finishes a bit oaky and sour. The complex fruit and sweet / sour was very interesting. I'm not a big fan of sours, but this was a case where the sour element was a minor component of an interesting flavor combination. Nice medium to heavy bodied with some creaminess and nice carbonation. Nicely made and interesting. Hides the high ABV beautifully.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer for $5.25. The label read "EXTRA" and that's just the exported name. Very interesting. This doesn't just follow the typical quad lines of smooth caramel malts. Instead it starts with a mix of dry lemon with tart raspberries, then cocoa and toffee with a very mild earthy mustiness. The aroma is a little cleaner than the flavor with dry, earthy cocoa and a grape juice note. Finishes with a tart juicy feel, sort of like drinking cranberry juice, and no hint of alcohol. I'd like the flavors here to be richer, but this is still tasty and very easy to drink Belgian.

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