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'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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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 210
Photo of NardiByNature
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown and surprisingly translucent – the sight of this might remind you of a doctor pepper – it’s got a fizzy little head and small bubbles to boot. ...Surface tension lets you know this guy’s a little thicker than soda, though. Sweet nose: Tortuga rum cake (!), molasses, burnt sugar, dried figs. Tastes sweet, yes, but not overly so: hops do a nice job of balancing this out; the alcohol is barely perceptible. It’s on the dry side, which I dig, and leaves me wanting another sip. Extremely drinkable. Well done.

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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 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 kawilliams81
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a short 11.2 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours brown with a 2 finger tan head. Any lacing resides immediately. Lots of effervescence.

S- chocolate malts, tart cherries, some sourness.

T- stale bread, toasted malts, yeast, tart cherries.

M- medium body and high carbonation. Dryness and carbonation is off-putting.

O- just an ok beer. The abv is hidden well and the nose is very nice, but the mouthfeel really takes away from this beer as well as the taste doesn't follow the nose.

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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 BostonHops
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours a murky brown tone with a finger of beige/khaki head. mediocre retention; decent lacing.

nose is a bit underwhelming - not as robust as i typically look for but in attendance are notes of toastiness, dark fruits, and bit of tart/funk. interesting flavor profile follows: not at all what i was expecting - quite unlike most BSDAs i've sampled. spice, caramel malts, toastiness, and some sour/tartness, especially in the finish. well-hidden 12% ABV.

medium-full bodied with average carbonation. pretty drinkable considering that ABV. nice beer.

originally reviewed: 12-27-2010

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Photo of Fibrillator
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When shopping at a local beer 'museum,' I was scanning the Belgians and was approached by another knowledgable beer guy. He suggested this beer. I'm glad he did...

11.2 oz bottle, tulip glass, cool not cold.

A: brownish, tint of red, light ivory 0.5 in head, carbonated mid.

S: tart, slight fruit, esters, expected scent of a sour

T: wow. Complex but not overdone. Definite fruit character of a quad, but sour as well. Balanced. Taste made me want more. No clue as to the 12%abv content until label was read. More interesting as it warmed slightly.

M: typical of quad, a bit of watery, but head and carbonation to keep a good finish.

O: for those who love the Belgian quads and triples who are looking to understand the sours, this is your beer. It really is a crossover style. I'd love to find it on tap, but suspect that only happens in the Flemish zones.

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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 thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a reddish brown with a three finger khaki colored head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, tart, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, subtle tart, fruit, and bread. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The tart aspect I picked up on in this one was a little off-putting when combined with the rest of the aspects going on in this brew. It just really felt out of place for me. The rest of the brew was fairly good, but definitely not awe-inspiring unfortunately. I really would suggest this brew to others out there and I suggest you do the same regardless of the off-putting tart character.

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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 mindspin315
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brownish red color, burgundy. Small tan head which went away quickly. No sediment or haze. Not sure if this is bottle conditioned or not. Good head retention and alcohol legs/lacing are quite impressive.

The aroma is almost exactly like a red wine. Red grape skins, minerals, raisins, and grape juice.
Carbonation hits upfront...not in a bad way.

Drinks a lot like a carbonated red wine. Earthy flavors mixed in with red grape skins, green apples, and dark raisins. Slight sweetness sticks on the back of the tounge and mouth. The beer even has a sour touch to it. Not at all mouth puckering or that noticable but sits in the background. At 12% this one is masked really well and you'll only be noticing it when you get a buzz.

Overall this is different than many Belgian strong dark ales or Quads. The traditional dark fruits that are are in most Belgian dark ales are not present and a red wine/raisin quality highlight this beer quite nicely. A must try for any fan of Belgian beers!


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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown colored beer with a bit of red on the edges. White head and decent carbonation.

S - Belgian yeast a little bit of spice dark fruits. Little bit of funk, there's some cherry notes coming through.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells. Little bit of wood in there with some funk dark fruits, and belgian yeast. Not bad, even if this isn't my preferred style of beer.

M - Medium bodied with a pretty hefty dose of carbonation.

O - Not bad, pretty easy to drink for 12%. Wouldn't mind having this again.

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3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz into a tulip. No bottle date.

A: Deep reddish body, with a light tan head. Good formation and retention, leaves a frothy layer and little lacing. Lighter end of the spectrum in the body.

S: Aroma of plum and roasted malts, good levels of sweetness and no hop presence. The slight note of a wild character.

TM: Very light in all aspects. The flavor has a classic note Belgian quad, but all are very low in esters and plum and currant flavors. Mouthfeel is very crisp and quite refreshing. Lingering taste is fairly short. Funky character is at low levels and is very approachable.

O: Overall a very low end intensity, well balanced brew. This has 12% ABV, very well hidden, but not what truly defines the style.

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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 Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look – very dark brown, with about a finger’s worth of just barely off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – very strong malt presence, as well as of fruits. Almost smells like a very strong grape soda.

Taste – again, a strong malt presence, and also that of grapes. It feels very much like tasting a lighter wine. After the initial taste of the grape-like flavors, there’s not a whole lot there. There’s not much of a kick or aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – a little bit of a warming feel, and pretty well-balanced.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, but it doesn’t seem very intriguing or perplexing, especially not for what I was expecting from a Belgian dark.

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Photo of cooch69
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Quad pours a deep amber and brown with some purplish highlights. It's got a nice tight one finger head made of gorgeous medium sized bubbles.

Nose comes off a bit weak at first. I initially got a bit of rice at first. Some caramel, some spices, alcohol and fruitiness(pinapple & Pomegranate).

A beutiful combination of almost everything I love in beer. Maltiness, sourness and fruitiness. The sourness is nice and mild but that combined with the medium body and soft mouthfeel make this beer way too easy to drink for it's ABV. There are a lot of fruits and spices in here, mainly pineapple and pomegranate. I'm even getting some spiced cider. I'm probably getting that more from the cinnamon hint's in the beer, which are pretty abundent as well. Nice malty backbone to hold it all together even though the malts are a bit thin. This beer still kicks major ass and is sticking out as one of the better ones I've had in quite some weeks.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've seen this in the store several times and always avoided it because of price, you know? Found it on tap at one of my favorite spots in Fairmount, Phila, among a number of random others on a strange tap list one night. Very glad I tried it - certainly get it again sometime.

Served in a tulip glass with little head, if any. Antique garnet in color with an almost jewel-like translucency and glow. Overall elegant, berry-like perfume aroma, reminiscent of hummingbird nectar, but far from artificial. Perhaps touches of cinnamon and vanilla (my limitations). A light caramel dew glistens on the surfaces of the tiny berries that I could swear were used to create this. Crushed and lightly spiced, no more. Doesn't seem like a complicated recipe.

Most remarkable thing about how this drinks is the way the 12% seems like 7% at the most. No heat, no sting - I suppose they age this for awhile or something because I think I finished each sip in increasing disbelief. Not quite as dry (or as sparkling) as a sparkling wine but very much could substitute for one. This is ideal with dinner or dessert.

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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 justintcoons
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy mahogany with red highlights and two fingers fluffy, white head that dissipates slowly. Low carbonation and nice lacing.

N: Candy sugar, pear, apple, Belgian yeast and wheat bread.

T: Slightly tart and sweet with candy sugar, pear, apple concord grapes and wheat bready malts. Hints of cherry and caramel and finishes with light citrus and floral notes and some Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied, crisp and semi-dry.

O: Fantastic! Extremely balanced, complex and dangerously drinkable! No sign of the 12% ABV.

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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 adman08
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep copper/amber color with ample head. Leaves no lacing on the glass. The head doesn't fade much due to the high carbonation.
S-Very light aromas of malt sweetness with a slight hint of smoke. Slight grassy aroma as well.
T-Very light for a dark Belgian ale. Not really sweet like some of the other strong dark Belgians. Sugary sweetness at first, slight tartness and citrus flavor.
M-Very light, lots and lots of bubbles. Not real thick and malty.
Overall, a very interesting beer. Nothing like any other strong dark Belgian I've had. It's tasty, just not what I expected. The light taste and feel is different for this style of beer.

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

Nice Belgium ale with good fruity and sour notes.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Simple light cream label with a couple of green touches, and a drawing of a boiling kettle, hops, and barley. Shows 12% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Murky amber-brown pour with a bubbly 1/3" head.

S - Fruity hints in the nose, sour yeast and some caramel.

T - Taste follows expanding a subtle fruity sourness, sugary... Tart senses weaves itself back over the yeast and the fruit on a loop. Distant dash of spices, and as it warms there is a faint earthy sense that becomes more prominent.

M - Medium/full body and carbonation

O - Nice flow, not so much a sipper but offers long and complex dexterity.

Notes: Glad to revisit this brewery, this felt pretty good and wanting me to try more. I'm not sure if this is among the stuff I tried some time ago but more of a reason to keep on tasting their stuff.

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Photo of radioscooter
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Andersons in Dublin, Oh. Been away from Belgians for a while. On a bourbon-aged, dark malt bomb bender. Thought I'd get back to my roots here. This came as a recommendation from another BA'er.

Murky, traditional looking chestnut colored pour. Foamy, soapy head. Belgian yeasty smell, some figgy brown fruit overtones.

Flavor is excellent, but mild and intriguing. There's a syrupy, slightly sweet approach, champagne, honey, dried light fruit - yeast. In many ways, a standard Belgian abbey style. But there's this golden, caramel, malty aura and the amazing thing is this odd sea-salt finish. After it goes down, the hints of sea salt appear and give a completely new taste to the finish and make you immediately want more of it.

A very nice, medium weight tasty drinker. I could have this at lunch, at dinner - makes a great meal accompaniment. I would LOVE to have this with some spicy dish or smoked fish. I am ready to go to a neighbor to ask if they have any smoked Gouda.

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Photo of MufflnMan
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a snifter which produced a small, light head. Head comes back to life with a swirl. Nice amber color. Light and very refreshing thanks to some carbonation but still quite complex. A really great combination and completely hides the 12% abv.

Taste is much more interesting than the nose. Would have earned an A if the smell was a bit more inviting/interesting. The taste really made up for it though. Flowery smell from hops is predominant with a plethora of spices in the taste. I note clove, ginger and raisins. Slightly sour but well balanced by the spices. Wonderful carbonation and dryness really makes the mouthfeel, maybe a beermosa in my future. Can't wait to have another with some brunch/breakfast! Where is that 12% again??

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't Gaverhopke Extra from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
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