'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: 217 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of aProtagonist
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cboyd
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +3.1%
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 TonyLema1
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a big fan, winey, boozy, has a metallic aftertaste, very disappointed

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Photo of desireonrepeat
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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 StoutBoi
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KJHB
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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 impending
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandonld23
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Valentno7
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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 alucard
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McBAINx
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WCKDVBZ
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jjdc
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Budinetz
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of tastesogood
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of mattfancett
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of beergoot
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GreenMind
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of soxandbeer
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

't Gaverhopke Extra from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 217 ratings