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'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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i was told that the importer of 12% named his company after this beer. obviously one of the beers he imports. i was always told this was a quad but after trying it i would say it has interesting english old ale properties.

and yes. mind you that this is coming from someone that thinks that gale's old prize ale is something else. this is on par but smoother without the smoke.

pour is ruby clear with a small finger and a half of off white head. there is a collection of settled malt wonder at the bottom of the bottle. this pours cloudy copper and the nose and palate seems to exploded but very very slowly. nose is of tannins, grape, and cherry. palate is a mild sour with a backbone of a malty raisin. doesn't feel 12% what so ever. smooth and lean but very concentrated in taste. Worcestershire sauce, balsamic hits, apple,

i would say a sour end for something with lamb or blue cheese.

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Photo of chilidog
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red/brown. Thin head, little lace, lighter carbonation.

Flowery aroma with citric notes.

Taste and mouth. Starts out sweet tart mix of sugar like yeast with earthy overtones. Citric, raisin,rum like with a dryness of tartness at the finish. 12% hides well, not boozie at all.

Overall, ok on its own. abit complex for a meal brew. Abit price awareness at about five bucks each.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz ml bottle poured into a goblet. Appears to have a "best by" (my reading of Dutch is not exactly respectable...only context clues got me here) notching on the side of the bottle indicating "N (November) (20)16."

A: Dark and hazy brown appearance. ~1/2 finger of tan, effervescing head, which dissipates to a few sparse bubbles fairly quickly.

S: Dark fruits/raisins. Light funk, with some peppery spice. Altogether, fairly subdued.

T: Raisins...dark fruit....a touch of chocolate...a bit of peppery spicines...some ripe banana. Light alcohol presence....really, incredibly- almost unfathomably- well hidden hidden for a 12% brew. Keeps getting better and better as it warms more and more.

M: Moderately high carbonation. Crisp, medium feel.

O: Very good. @ 12% ABV this is truly shockingly easy drinking.

Future outlook: A really worthy beer that I might have to grab a few of for the "cellar." Just can't get over the "drinkability" of this tasty 12%'er.

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

Pours dark amber with thin head. Earthy nose dominated by malt, yeast and alcohol. Earthy overall taste dominated by malt, maybe caramel and yeast - very noticeable german malts. Very yeasty, but not in a bad way. Very sweet hoppiness. Slightly sour throughout however. The maltiness recalls a dopplebock.

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Photo of Nesued
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A big creamy head formed with a lively carbonation feeding small bubbles to nice two-finger head. As it receded, a nice lace formed on my pint glass. Amber to ruby red color.

Smell - Fruit aroma, raisin some plumb. Some grassy notes as well. Knowing that this was brewed with Brett, I was looking for that tell-tale musty note. Not present.

Taste - Bready with some vinous notes along with a tart finish. Some sweetness and some earthiness as well. This is a complex offering that is difficult for me to categorize. No bitterness to mar an otherwise tasty offering. 12% ABV huh? Where? I get nothing. It takes fine art to hide that much ABV. Is it the brett? Heck if I know, but pass me another.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation assists in moving the offering around your mouth and availing your taste buds to all aspects this Quad has to offer. Moderate density.

Drinkability - Dangerously easy drinking. This was one of my "beers of the year" for 2010, when I first had it at Philly Beer Week. Watch the 12% ABV, it will sneak up on you. How to I compare this with a Chimay Blue, a Rochefort 8 or a Gulden Draak? This is in a class by itself. What a treat this is!

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Photo of Wildman
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark cloudy amber and formed a huge foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it very slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, raisins, chocolate and a hint of cocoa. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, anise and just a hint of coffee. The body was medium light and the finish rather sweet. This beer is a good find, now if only I find it in a four pack as opposed to a single offering.

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Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks quite dark, smells bready, thin head. Tastes bready and raison. Nice candy sugar finish. Its a nice belgian strong. For the price 4.99$ its a good buy. Packs a punch and tastes pretty good. Seriously raisony though. I am new to the rating thing and now I see what raison tastes like in a beer. A touch syrupy. The distributer is new to the state of maine, I will buy this again if I feel like packing a quick buzz. Almost no trace of alcohol at 12% can't complain.

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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 chicagobeerriot
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear ruby, crowned with an inch of downy white head. Lighter and clearer than the stand-outs in this style.

There's a huge banana smell balanced with some caramel sweetness. There's a slight acidic quality on the nose, but not enough to be off putting. I'm not getting the broad complex spiciness that would cause me to loiter over the smell.

Mouthfeel is lighter and more carbonated than I like to see in this category.

There's more complexity on the tastebuds. The massive banana flavors are accompanied by coriander, dark bread, sweet molassess and a slight citric tang. Not as sweet as most of the headliners in this style. Without that sweet backbone, the hop bitterness come through more on the finish than I am accustomed to.

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

A bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A- a small cap white head that settles instantly leaving only a solid ring and a few wisps on top. Hazy brown in color with a sunset orange glow when held to light.

S- musty with red wine, a touch of sour cherry tartness, some other dark fruits.

T- opens up sweet with some brown sugar and then rolls into a tart peach and sour cherry fruitiness. Some spice and a touch of caramel on bread.

M- a bit above medium in body with some slick oily feel to it. Carb is small yet sharp. Mild pucker.

D- very interesting brew. I dig the sour twist on this style and you don't lose the base beer. Ill have to try some more of this breweries offerings.

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Photo of joshuacavett
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sent from CA from a friend. Served from a bottle to a tulip glass. Funky lemon zest, wild smell. Pours a reddish orange. Carbonation on the initial pour was little to none and I poured it pretty rough. After about a minute I swirled it around and it got a very nice creamy 1/2 inch head. Very nice beer and not a bad price for a great belgian. Not the best belgian I have ever had but very high drinkability.

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Photo of SouthernBeerGuy
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I declined at 12.99 a bottle, but my crazy friend could not.
Split into two Belgian glasses.

A: Dark cloudy hazelnut with a minimal amount of tan foam.

S: Fruits and spices

T: For a 12% brew, this is amazing. The flavors somehow mask the high alcohol content. Dark fruits, dates and figs maybe the spices include cloves ?

M: Heavy and smooth, better than anything I've ever had.

D: Considering this is 12% and it went down like something that's maybe 7%, I'm thoroughly impressed.

Would like to try again, but only if I can find it cheaper.

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Photo of Acollier
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An overall good beer, complex. Hints of raisins and spices in both the aroma and taste. Nice sour taste up front, I wish there was more. The finish is clean and malty. It's a 12% that drinks like an 8% beer, lol. I purchased this case from Buena Vista in Philadelphia. Glad I did.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Creamy, tiny-bubbled lace; with a swirl, this beer shows some legs and a deep reddish hue. Suggestions of alcohol- soaked raisins, coconut, clove and wildflowers awaken the nostrils. Smooth slickness on a full body. Malty, but semidry with a tartness up front and some rum raisin flavors in the back. Fresh-toasted grain and modest hops field the rest of the palate. A very well-hidden 12 percent, with only a slight warmth. Easily a tasty brunch beer or a nightcap. Belgian fans, hunt this one down.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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, 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.

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Photo of JaredWolgemuth
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared amongst many, regardless of the pour everyone had am equal appearance and feel. Good overall. More enjoyable as the drink progressed- each pour was reliable with good head, settled in about a minute and retained solid taste throughout. Good for a Christmas morning!

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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 wisrarebeer
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle.

A: very nice deep brown color, great thick velvety head
S: mild nose, nothing jumps out at me, slight sourness (old?)
T: slight sourness up front but malt dominates with a bit of yeastiness in finish, nothing overly appealing or unusual but well-made beer and 12% ABV is not evident in the least
M: velvety smooth
D: very drinkable for 12% ABV

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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 farrago
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good half finger of light tan foam, but gone as rapidly as the tide going out to sea, a little more lacing than expected but no stick. Light reddish brown color, while mostly opaque no real murkiness, more orange to yellow further towards the rims, shows active, tiny bubbles. The nose does a worthy job of blending peat moss and pepper with coriander, sage, never herbaceous but gets earthy with tree bark and tea leaf nuances, orange peels, minimal fruit, perhaps fig, raisin or green apple, pure and without much softer yeastiness. Medium-bodied, the carbonation fluffs up big time through the mouth entry, you might reflexively clamp your mouth shut. The malts and molasses short-lived, hands off to orange/lemon citrus, charcoal, peat and tea leaves soon thereafter. You get elevated apple, pear, peach, cherry fruit along with the fig and golden raisin. Still, dry overall with grain, wheat, corn husk accents. Broad shouldered but kinda runs out of flavor by the end. More sweetness might have helped.

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

11.2 oz bottle from Capone's into a Goblet.
Pours a cloudy, reddish-brown with a skim of white rather than any real head. Lacing was light and not lasting. Nose was yeast, raisins, lemon, cherries, cinnamon and chocolate. Taste is very sweet, almost candy-like but followed by the yeast and some sour, tart taste and warming from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is fairly light for a quad and carbonation is adequate. This was a decent sipper but not one I could have another of.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label notched March 2012. 11.2 oz brown glass squatty pry-top bottle.

Pours a hazy mud brown with little to no head. Aromas of sour black cherries and dark Belgian candi sugar. Smells a lot like Kasteel Rouge if you ask me. Flavors are the same as the nose. Lots of sour cherry notes and dark malty-chocolateness.

Focused and delicious. Recommended for fans of Widmer Bros Cherry Oak Dopplebock and Kasteel Rouge.

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Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a great write-up on this Stasegem micro-brewery over at the BelgianBeerBoard - including some video footage of the tavern itself and the brewmaster, a young woman named Gudrun. Worth a watch. In any case, on to the review:

Best before March, 2012. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren chalice.

Liquid is quite cloudy, changing from deep carmine to rust depending on the angle of the light, often suffused with a bright glow. A thin creamy pearl head forms, flanked by a lasting ridge like an event-horizon. Slow moving cakey lacing and delicate tears from the high ABV coat the sides.

A big dose of esters and malt in the nose - brandied raisins, spelt, and an undercurrent of yeast.

Quite a unique flavor profile with buckwheat, sour apples, and cherry pits on the palate entry. Tart and bitter tastes finally compromise with an array of melanoidins leading into a dry, lightly bready finish with further waves of tart fruit. Hushed tones of wild fermentation seems to be at play as well, as there is something about this that almost reminds me of Orval for just a brief moment.

Medium-bodied, and crisp, despite the alcohol which is mostly detectable through flavor rather than heat.

A nice change of pace for the style - still traditional, but much more dry and a bit tart compared to many other examples.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, actually a translucent dark copper when held to the light, like a dark tea. Moderate white head, resolves to a thin layer of foam leaving ample lacing.

Strong aromas of fresh dark macerated cherries, milk chocolate.

Tastes prominently of fresh dark cherries, malt, ginger, brown sugar, coffee, milk chocolate, and finishes with a mildly bitter hop taste. The hops come through with some pepper in the long finish.

Body is light, with creamy carbonation.

I like this brew. The fresh cherries are predominant, yet it is a dark strong ale with ginger and coffee/chocolate notes. I am not noticing the alcohol at all, despite 12 percent. That may make this dangerous.

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't Gaverhopke Extra from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
3.86 out of 5 based on 211 ratings.
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