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Bitter Sweet Symphony | Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
97 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
Belgium
tgaverhopke.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Blanco on 08-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
97
pDev:
13.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FBarber
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Explodes with a five+ finger off-white head that fades leaving some lace. Hazy amber color with some yeast left in bottle. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Citrusy and yeast nose, flavor is almost sweet citrus, Belgian yeast and a nearly clean finish. $2.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stompilator
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jmg480
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of capnamerica
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell is nice but flavor is dry and bitter. Was hoping for some sweetness and Belgian yeast but it's not there.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 stubby bottle poured into a Tired Hands teku. Lot numer A with a best before end of 2017. Hopefully that means it’s somewhat fresh! Opens with a loud hiss and begins to slowly foam out of the glass. Left the bottom of the beer in the glass as it was all milky looking yeast.

Appearance: Pours a huge, rocky head of about four fingers (not unlike a DeDolle or Orval) atop a hazy dark orange body. Head recedes to a fizzy white cap.

Aroma: Huge aromas of resiny pine, white peach, tart lime, and orange peel poke up front with a sweet, doughy malt backbone. There’s a nice white pepper note in the background that separates this from just a regular ol’ IPA. Really nice bright aroma that pulls you in.

Taste: They really hopped up this beer as much as they could. Up front those same resiny citrus notes but here with an accompanying bitterness. Sticky citrus hops, herbal hops, slight peppery yeast, straw and sweet malts. While this is a sweet beer it’s cut by the coarse, drying hoppyness. Odd metallic note (iron?) that pops up now and again.

Mf: This beer is so carbonated that it makes what feels like would be a medium body like pure foam. Finishes dry and coarse.

Overall: Outstanding aroma of bright citrusy hops with complimentary yeast hanging out in the background (not unlike a Grimm beer). Sweet malts and a present alcohol note like you’d expect out of any DIPA. While this makes for a great beer unfortunately it’s so over carbonated it’s like drinking a really foamy beer. If they’d tone down the carbonation this could be really great beer; as it is it’s not the easiest beer to enjoy.

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Photo of NorseKaiser
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaymo18
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mattymystique
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of runner72
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shehateme
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mytu420
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: A cloudy brew with a superior thick white head that settles maybe after tn minutes of sipping. Slight uneven lacing but thats okay, with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Head upon initial pour was at the very least two finger's length.

Smell: Hard lemon skin scent, comes and goes but very pleasant to inhale.

Taste: Comlex sour taste, smooth yeast feel that is not overly bitter.

Mouth: Comes off a bit dry, hard lemon feel at the end which is hard to pinpoint where most consumers might comes to an agreement except the fact that it stays very sticky.

Overall: Good brew and honestly would pick up again if I found it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Salud!

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Photo of DrBier
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Svendozen
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of d_brommer_nh
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigTrubble
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Bitter Sweet Symphony from Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 97 ratings
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