'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 DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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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 brewandbbq
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml stubby bottle from 12% Imports. Referred to as "Extra" on the label and courtesy of BA RblWthACoz. Thanks man!

Pours insanely murky mahogany, with tons of flaked particulates being churned up as the carbonation gets settled in. A half inch head of beige settled to a solid skim coat with some brown discoloration from sediment rising to the surface. Decent lacework throughout the glass.

Dark fruit and candied malt start the nose. Red grapes, cherries, and bubblegum. Clovey and vineous.

On the fullish side of medium bodied with an incredibly creamy mouthfeel. Lush and tacky.

Grape jam, tart cherries, red wine, and plump raisins lead off the palate. A building lactic quality melds with a serious vineousity. Warming alcohol steps forward as well as a slight pucker in the cheeks.

Finishes with a rather intense lactic vineous note and plenty of lingering red fruits with warming alcohol.

Aside from the horrible amount of dregs this beer is quite complex and refreshing...As long as you like sours!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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 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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Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought an 11.2 ounce stubby bottle from DeCicco`s in Ardsley. Cracking this open, the beer rose up quickly, with some suds sliding down the side, be careful !
Poured into a tulip glass, a brown color with a thick frothy head.
It smells candy, fruits, dark chocolate, a lot going on with this beer immediately. It tastes spicy and sweet, the strong alcohol has a presence here, but it is not overpowering. MF is robust, with the complexity of a nice wine. At this ABV, it sips beautifully and pairs well with a dessert such as a brownie or chocolate cake.

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Photo of drseamus
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.57/5  rDev -8%
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

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, labeled as Extra. Pours a cloudy brown with a thick off-white head. Aroma of yeast, dark fruits (cherry). Flavor is robust and malty with lots of cherry and fruity sweetness. It's got just the right amount of sweetness--not too harsh on the palate. This reminds me a lot of Three Philosophers. Very nice.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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 hopdog
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

**** GUSHER ALERT **** This one semi-erupted all over my office floor (damn I hate it when that happens).

Poured a medium mahogany color with a rather larged sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, dark fruits (plums and cherries), and I was getting some woodiness. Tastes of dark fruits (more than the aromas), chocolate, and some caramel. This one had a sour and tart finish that I kinda dug. Alcohol content well hidden.

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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 waltonc
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 paterlodie
1.69/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

No freshness date carved. Bit of beige head and dark brown beer with tons of big haze particles. Nose is very sweet and infact whee and unfresh vegetables. No this is far from fresh and hard to put myself over the point to still try this brew. Wellporty, oxidised, straw, phenolic bitterness a to me a nightmare. No this is too strange to me and can't imagine it was ment to taste this way... though all beers from gaverhopke go in this direction.

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Photo of saltydog
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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't Gaverhopke Extra from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
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