'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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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 brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 oline73
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 womencantsail
2.24/5  rDev -42%
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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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 tempest
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into some Duvel glasses withogl.

Gaverhopke is a dark ale, a nice mix of a semi dark brown with some bright red tints towards the light. A small cap of dark tan foam graced the top leaving minimal stick, great retenion. Smell is fruity with a blast of Belgian yeast backing. More fruity than sweet, banana, clove, darker fruit, Bread and a hit of alcohol. The fruit is on top of the yeast in taste too, not a big difference between the two amounts. Coriander witha lot of warming plus the above mentioned flavors. Feel is kinda lighter for a BSDA, medium ID say with a light carb as well. Some vinious quality with warming. I Cant wait to try this on draft when it hits Philly!!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap, April 2010 @ Belga Cafe, Washington DC
The beer is a hazy, dark plum color in the muted light of the bar. It is topped by a frothy, pale tan colored head. There is a strong earthy coriander note in the nose and it is joined by some berry / raisin fruit aromatics. The mix of earthy spiciness and dark fruit achieves a nice mix. Other aromas of anise, lots of clove, cardamom mix together with sweet, caramelized malt, toasted (though simplistic) whole grain to remind me a bit of a rustic, spiced sweet bread.

The flavor has a wine-like mix of tart, berry and raisins notes with a nice acetic-like tartness that forms a backdrop. This last is an interesting note for this beer. The balance of sweet and tart is nice, though perhaps a little unexpected. The tartness is much more pronounced than I would have expected from a beer like this. Other notes of caramelized fruit, a big berry component, perhaps some tannins and that interesting tart / sour note that I keep coming back to. This is an interesting beer that is enjoyable in the end, even if it seems a touch lacking somehow.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark tannish brown color with head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is pretty complex, givinp up aromas of saurkraut, pepper and horseblanket. Happily, the flavor on the palate is a bit more traditional, consisting of chocolate, light saurkraut, mandarin orange and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish. Alcohol is very disguised, and this is one beer where the whole seems to be greater then the sum of its parts. In short, this beer is pretty delicious, with surprisingly exceptional drinkability.

Interesting beer...

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
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!

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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 clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body with minor offwhite lace on top of a rather fruity aroma. Tropcal and plush fruit, something like figs, spices, earthy hops and yeast all in there. Very chewey medium body that has a nice sticky sweetness to it. The malts make this almost dense, as I get this black cherry heavyfruit taste alongside some sugary malts. Also get some tart flavors and this bite on the backside from some breadiness - still passes smoth thanks to yeast/wheat twang. A very slightly boozy finish - no idea 12%. An odd quad I've never really had one like this.

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Photo of weeare138
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

So...been wanting to try this for a while now...hmmm.
Appears a transparent ruby red with a small white cap that quickly fades into a gentle collar. Spotty bits of lacing.
Smell is sweet prune juice, red raspberries, jam, juice, red wine, wineberries.
Taste...oh, boy. I applauded their efforts here. Very sweet with caramel and intense berry jam like a big Pinot noir. Interesting but I'm just not feeling it. Starts sweet, finishes sweet.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, syrupy, with a plastic flavor clinging during the swallow. Man, just too much going on and way too sweet with too much heat. Can't do it. Just can't even finish it. Leaving my glass here. Bummer. :(

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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 Rhettroactive
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/18/11
*From notes

A: Prune purple-brown in color. 1.25 finger head on a decent pour. Little to no lacing.

S: Almost nil. It's like the glass is literally empty, though I do detect a hint of mild soy sauce and stinky cheese. As it warms, a splash of funk hits the nostrils.

T: A touch of mellow apricot and tin can. It's also a bit funky. Whether or not this was intentional, I don't know. What I do know is that it adds a nice layer of complexity that makes this brew signifigantly more palatable.

M: Quite creamy and rich. It's thick enough and really helps to balance out the 12% ABV.

O: What an odd little beer. 't Gaverhopke's Extra comes off like a strange mix of a Belgian Strong and a young lambic. This isn't something I'll be returning to, but none the less it's an extremely unique brew.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of creamy head that quickly dissipated and not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma, with traces of apples, candy and spices.

T: Tastes of green apples, other light fruits, spices and malt. A very sweet, well-rounded flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable beer. Very easy to drink and you really don't notice the alcohol content.

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