't Gaverhopke / Tired Hands Bitter Sweet Symphony | Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

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Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by StaEva on 08-11-2011

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Photo of StaEva
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as I know, this was brewed with Jean Broillet IV, the owner and head brewer of Tired Hands, a brand new, as of yet unopened brew-cafe in Ardmore, PA.

Bottle into a large tulip.

Dark apricot with a touch of red amber on the edges. Nice and hazy, but not cloudy. Incredible head. Retained firm peaks, like marshmallow fluff or whipped cream until the absolute last sip. The texture of the head was thick and sturdy, too.

Tons of yeasty bread and funk on the nose. A bit of dry grassy hop profile and good American citrus-hop aromas. Fermenting peach/apricot is laced in with the funk. Definitely a memorable yeast strain in this beer.

Taste is very rustic Belgian pale fruits, nice crisp American citrus-hop character is full, then fades nicely to very bready yeast character. Dry finish, definitely a stand-out yeast beer. A touch of green apple with caramel just barely peaking through.

Carbonation is full, body is medium to start, then finishes light and dry. Very full bodied flavor, on a medium bodied beer. Alcohol is barely perceived, at 7.8. It's easy drinking.

I'm very impressed with this. It's definitely rustic, which floats my boat just fine, but there's a nice complexity to it that leaves a memorable impact. If this is what we can expect from Tired Hands stateside, we're definitely in luck.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the shorty bottle in a snifter. This nice BIPA pours a lightly cloudy, borderline murky light amber with a fantastic head of off white foam that settles after much time to a thick layer with excellent lacing. Nose of citrus hops, pineapple, apricot, sweet candy malts, hay, and lemon grass. Flavors surpass the nose with sweet malts to the fore with fresh breaded yeasty goodness on the middle that gives way to a lemon grass, and apricot note. Back fades to a medium bitterness with lightly grassy hops and pineapple notes and a lightly dry finish with a medium body that is lightly creamy. Overall excellent BIPA and a first for me from this brewery. Very nice.


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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

the place I went to try this had the tap handle on and it was listed both on the chalkboard and printed tap list, but to my amazement was not ready to serve and I was treated to Edmund Fitzgerald in a snifter instead. I would have been able to enjoy said Great Lakes brew for about twice the price had I not questioned the dark color of a "Belgian IPA" as it was described on the menu.
This was during happy hour and the lights were on so I was not easily fooled, but it took almost an hour for them to tap the 'key keg' which the beer I ordered came in.

The color was deep amber with moderate haze and thin cream of light beige with ultra fine bead. The smell is both citrus and herbal with some light candy sweet esters and mild yeast aromatics. The feel is both bitter and sweet as the name implies, however toward the end it is very sweet from the candy sugar utilized.

The taste is odd, it is not bad and is actually pretty flavorful when held in the mouth as it brings some lemongrass and other lemony citrus hop qualities however there is a full creamy yeast taste which brings along some phenolic and there is also a honey like sweetness in the taste from middle to the finish which brings to mind a lemon flavored cough drop if held in the mouth too long. The alcohol in the flavor adds to this dimension, but overall it does not overwhelm the palate. Overall I think the beer is pretty successful as a digestif - not bad if you don't plan on drinking another afterward. The overall fullness in body and sweetness level is a little off putting though and I don't really think I would attempt more than one serving at a time even though it is not cloying it is sweeter than most in this style.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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