Bitter Sweet Symphony | Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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Bitter Sweet SymphonyBitter Sweet Symphony

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Blanco on 08-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by Treyliff:
Photo of Treyliff
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Tired Hands tulip glass

A- pours a clean deep-golden color with a big two-finger frothy and pillowy white head that retains long after the pour, carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass

S- pilsener malt aroma base with some musty and earthy aromas, grassy & fruity hops with a phenolic finish

T- classic Belgian IPA flavor; spicy and peppery yeast up front with hints of phenols, grassy and herbal hops, fruity notes of lemon and citrus, earthy notes with a musty dry finish, with a hint of peppery spice

M- medium body with light-medium carbonation leads to a soft and foamy mouthfeel, finishing smooth and creamy with just a touch of alcohol

O- high drinkability on this one, probably because it's pretty well balanced for an IPA. It definitely delivers on everything I look for in a Belgian IPA

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Blanco
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a collaboration with Tired Hands Brewing.

Beer pours a dark orange, almost red color. Very cloudy. Huge fluffy white head that was difficult to keep in the glass, which only very slowly disspates and leaves some stickiness on the walls.

Smells is lightly hoppy upfront. Hops are somewhat generic in that they don't smell fruity, citrusy or piney. Stronger whiffs seem more like a tripel is hiding underneath.

flavor is well balanced and the hops go smoothly with the malt. Hints of fruit though dry at the same time. Flavors are hard to describe but simple. Medium bodied with slight mouthcoating.

The description of the beer on the bottle is "Belgian Ale Double IPA." I don't really get the "double" out of this one, though the ABV clocks in at 7.8%. But this is what I would envision a true Belgian IPA should taste like. I've had far too many of the style that I didn't enjoy, the kind that make me feel like someone poured an IPA in my tripel, but this one truly shines.

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

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big orange peel, pear, apricot, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, bread, and grass/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hops and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of orange peel, pear, apricot, pepper, floral, grass, biscuit, light pine, and grass/yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast and grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, pear, apricot, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, and grass/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of bready malt, hops, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian IPA. All around good complexity and balance of hops, bready malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A golden-yellow color that's not marred by the murkiness in the depth, further complemented by swirling and settling yeast sediment, this beer screams pure and unfiltered. It develops a nice head that rises over a finger and settles for a while. Lacing clings all over the place in rings, legs and paces to the bottom of the glass.
Belgian yeast is in moderation, as is the hopping for a beer claiming "double" status, though it certainly couldn't be deinied that it is hoppy. Drink it in the same setting with some big, really hoppy beers, though, and it'll be on the lighter, softer side. It doesn't do it too much discredit, as it balances very nicely and displays a nice sweetness that the bitterness that is there offsets.
The ripe fruits and citrus balanced by light earth and breads with a bit of spiciness make up a nicely complex flavor. A bit more bright citrus ad bitterness from the hops would push this into territory few beers are in, but it remains a good one nonetheless.
The body is light but creeps into medium territory with a rolling creaminess that comes off a steady carbonation to work alongside a crisp bite.

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Photo of Rivenin
1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow orange. Nice white head. Wispy.

Smell - Very grassy and herbal. Some yeast. Grain and a touch of sweet malt.

Taste - Extremely herbal hop presence. Sweetness comes through next. Slight graininess. Otherwise creamy. Herbal flavor persists throughout. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and well carbonated. Slightly bitter with a medium body.

Overall - Love this style and this is a pretty good example of the style. Could be hoppier.

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Photo of Snellgg5
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Craftonly23121
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of DavidHume
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY. Appears to be a collaboration with Tired Hands.

Pours with a friggin' massive head, about 4 inches, and it sticks around for a solid amount of time. This one was really hard to pour.

Pours a dark, almost reddish orange- like a slightly variation of the color inside of a grapefruit.

Smells like citrus, lemon peel, with huge herbal undertones, a bit of pine and moss.

Tastes great. The hop attack in this one keeps the Belgian yeast from overpowering, keeping it fairly clean. The yeast is still there, bringing peppery flavors, and the malt is slightly visible, manifesting itself as the candied part of a candied grapefruit. Slightly soapy finish.

This one is creamy as hell, due to the persistent head. It finishes slightly dry, though. Nice mouthfeel.

One of the best Belgian IPAs I've ever had, if not the best. Perfect balance of hop flavor and Belgian yeast- it doesn't clash like the style can sometimes do.

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

A: medium amber and hazy - let some of the yeast from the bottle slip in - a few fat fingers of head; nice persistence and lacing

S: grassy spices, flowers, and hints of citrus; sweet grain malts percolate from beneath

T: grains and hops in the fore, presenting chewy slightly sweet grains and mildly bitter, herbal and floral hops, with some yeastiness to give it a rustic character and some spice to give it some sparkle

M: medium-bodied, lively carbonation and spice tingles, slight chew

O: a good Belgian IPA (DIPA, by the label) - typical Belgian craftsmanship, but nothing really sets this ale apart from or above the rest. Definitely worth a buy and try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy bright orange amber. A carefull pour yields a massive three finger off-white head with good retention and massive lacing. Muted aroma of sweet malt, citrus hops and light fruit. Flavor is light fruit; peach and apricot, caramel, overlaid with hop bitterness and tripel spicing. Finishes with dry toffee, fruit and hops. Lives up to its name with a nice blend of sweet fruit and neutral hop bitterness. Lively carbonation and medium body provides a nice mouth feel. A refreshing and interesting take on an Belgian ale / IPA. Well done.

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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 runner72
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | 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 DrBier
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of miniscule yeast particles floating in suspension. It poured with a two finger high dense light beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a sizeable head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of Belgian yeast and orange citrus along with notes of apricots and some hints of spices towards the finish, although the yeast is what really lingers in the aftertaste. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and both smooth and chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer in which the alcohol is very well hidden.

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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 cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of trooperp
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of timmynyc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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