Hopus - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Absumaster on 01-29-2009

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Photo of NWer
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful pour into my Chimay chalice.
Big pale foamy head that hangs around. Bubbly effervescence persistent from center of glass. Golden clear Lager-like appearance first pour clouds up later with sediment.
Tart almost skunky taste is enjoyable because of its uniqueness but not something worth seeking out.
One was enough.

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unusual bottle, its an 11.2 ouncer and its a swingtop...rinsed and will be a sauce dispenser of some sort in its next life...this one poured cloudy light tangarine. Sweeter nose with a moderate hony whiff. Pleasant enough Belgian pale, the hops seemed to be on the muted/subtle side, so not sure what makes this one an "IPA". Worth a try but nothing to get overly excited about.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Picked up from a Belgian supermarket while on a trip there back in May. Described on the label as strong and bitter. I've had this before on a previous trip to Belgium; I recall that it was poured into a large tulip glass with the yeast presented in a separate shot glass.

Poured into a Delirium chalice (with the lees poured into a small glass). A rich golden hue with faint haze and plentiful carbonation. Produces a vast head of creamy white foam with superb retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer, leaving a fantastic trail of lacing in it's wake. In short, it looks like the perfect Belgian beer. Aroma of warm, fruity yeast esters with hints of clove, banana, pepper, spice, grassy hops, mild herbs, candy sugar, earthiness and a warming background note of alcohol. Not particularly hoppy, but possesses a nice Belgian yeast character.

Tastes of fruity yeast with a grassy, herbal character and a dry finish. Notes of clove, subtle banana, grass, mild herbs, pepper, spice, earthy yeast, sugar and stewed hops. Slightly sweet but dry and well attenuated. A very restrained herbal bitterness upon swallowing, followed by a warming whiff of booze. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and full-bodied. Tingly and spicy on the tongue - I suspect the high ABV is at play. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity, earthy yeast and dry herbal notes.

Tasty and well-crafted. It certainly isn't a Belgian IPA - more of a strong pale ale. Although the hops are a tad more distinctive compared with your typical Belgian beer, they are grassy and herbal while adding a delicate bitterness. Hopus is no hop bomb. With that said, it has a balanced yeasty character fleshed out with a hint of sweetness and some serious booze. Perfect for appreciating the relative subtleties of Belgian brewing - it goes down nicely. Worth sampling if you chance across it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Another SDIBF sample. Has a cloudy golden homebrew appearance. Aroma was sweet, honey and clove.

Taste, definitively Euro. Lacking hops, bitterness wasn't attributable to hops. Alcohol pronounced more than anything. A lot of those fruit flavors in beer, while below the radar, just don't jive with my preferences (apple, white grape, clove).

Photo of CloudStrife
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 2015 02 13.

A: Pours a cloudy golden amber with a dense white head that froths up quickly. While the head dissipates, some good lacing is left on the glass. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Belgian farmhouse blended with a bitter hop backing. Maltiness comes through giving it a cereal of bready type aroma. A bit of harsh alcohols in there.

T: As with the aroma, the focus of this is on the Belgian characteristics. Spoiled with the IPA's of America, this is much lower on the bitter spectrum. A real nice carmel malting comes through that rounds this out into a tasty beers.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. Alcohol is warming but not overly hot. A bit sticky from the hops and malt sweetness but still quite drinkable.

Overall this is certainly one of the more bitter beers from Belgium I've tried. That being said the focus still seems a bit heavy on the malt flavors, which do make for a quality beer.

Photo of distantmantra
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at a random bottle shop in Brugge, Belgium. Notes from April 2011.

A: Orange gold coloring with a thick foam head. Heavy amounts of lacing were apparent.

S: Citrus and pine from the hops are the main aroma in this beer. There is some malt and Belgian yeast waiting around in the back.

T: After an initial Belgian yeast flavor, the citrus notes from the hops take center stage.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.

O: This was a total blind buy for my first purchase in Belgium. I tired finding something a similar to what I'm used to back home in Seattle before branching out. Nice combination of a Belgian ale with citrus and pine hop flavor from a typical IPA.

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice blond with some hoppiness, but nothing extraordinaire. Funky yeasty aromas. Very yellow body with some significant white head. Lacey. A tad below average mouthfeel for the style. Drinkable because of the mild spiciness, which I take as cinammon.

Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a swing-top into my glass and had a very tall white head with a clear, gold body. I was a bit let down by this beer after hearing good things from friends. There was an astringent alcohol taste for starters. Also, the hops were very mild, hardly bigger than a dry Belgian pale ale. The basic malts reminded me of Duvel - for the white grape, bready taste - but it didn't have the same rich yeast character. I don't know if this had too much aging or too little, or if there's something else going on, but I'd avoid this beer. There are simply better Belgians out there for your time and money.

Photo of Filosoof
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion this beer is evidently based on the Barbar Honey Beer of which I'm a great fan. It looks like Lefebvre put some extra hops extract in it in stead of the honey. The result is quite nice, but not very distinguishing.

It looked impressive, that's for sure. The hops were there, but what else?

Tasted hoppy, not overwhelming though.

Overall: reasonable, commercialized beer. Okay but not impressive.

Photo of Bismark
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first review!

This was purchased at McHughs on the Malahide Road, in Dublin, for a whopping 3.99 euro - I had high expectations....

Appearance - Pours a lovely light straw colour. Quite carbonated with a 1-2 inch head.

Smell - Quite sweet. The aroma is overall disappointing - no real hit

Taste - this is a delicate blond. Its light & refreshing, with a hint of citrus. It didn't have an overwhelming alcohol taste considering the high percentage.

Overall, this beer was lackluster. Packing no real punch. However, i'd gladly sip on 1 or 6. Its very drinkable.

Photo of GRG1313
1.96/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Orange amber color with a super thick and firm pure white head and very thick and full lacing. Nose is remarkably light and unassertive. Light yeast and a super light "burnt" remnant. Nose is faint and very unassertive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light, almost no, carbonation. Beer is likely balanced but,

Flavors are so weird that mouthfeel is lost in the extreme lemon syrup, thick sweet flavors. Even the finish is a bitter sweet lemon. This sort of tastes like a lemon sauce gone wrong. I can see this perhaps as a type of sauce for cooking but not as a drink. All in all, just too sweet, no carbonation and little appeal.

Having said the foregoing, the cool bottle with the swivel top will likely work to hand bottle some growler left overs! So, buying this one wasn't a total waste.

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

Poured from a swingtop...

A- Pours a golden hazy color. Two finger white head shows great retention. Chunky lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Big time floral hops in this one. Some light spicing and belgian yeasty bread. There is a underlying sweetness to this that seems to be like a powder sugar.

T- A overwhelming sweetness from malts come into play first which I wasn't expecting. Some light spicing and yeast notes come into play at the middle with a floral hop coming through as well. Backend is mostly bitter hops in a underwhelming number when held up to the aroma.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Sweet malts and light spicing left on the palate after each sip with bitter hops and light alcohol in the aftertaste. Flavors were faded at times and well balanced at others. Overall light alcohol drying on the palate. Saaz hops make a great floral flavor on the palate midway through the beer.

D- This was a alright beer. Good drinkability on it along with a nice size makes it dangerous at times. A nice belgian style that should help be a gateway into the style.

Photo of basica
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange golden with a overly thick bubbly head into my Duvel tulip with an average amount of carbonation (4)

S - The nose is made up of citrusy hop aromas with a bready malt backing with a dash of Belgian yeast (4)

T - Sweet citrusy and grassy notes upfront dabbed with Belgian yeast with a aromatic and fairly significant hoppy bitterness towards the finish. The after taste is slightly fruity with a light bready malt backing. One can really see where it really feels like a Belgian Tripel crossed with an American IPA or Double IPA! (4)

M - Medium-bodied thickness with the right amount of carbonation and a foamy smoothness finishing dry. Nice! (4.5)

D - Very drinkable and sessionable with a well hidden 8.3% but may be less approchable to some due to the bitterness. (4.5)

Photo of DaveBar
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for $5.80 750ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a challis.

A- Not that impressive. Opens well with a 2" head on pour that stays for a few minutes.

S- Again not much here. Hint of lemon

T- Pretty good. Nice bitter hoppy beer. Pretty mild and tame though in every respect. Not much heat although it's over 8%.

M- Not that impressive at all.

O- Very easy drinking high alcohol beer. Be careful!!

Food Pairing

This nice light yet heavy beer goes well with.... pot roast


Photo of akorsak
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A swingtop 330 mL bottle purchased at the Brass Rail Deli.

A: The bottle offered up a loud pop when opened, followed by a thick plume of gas. Poured into my goblet, the head was voluminous, requiring two pours to empty. In my glass, the ale is a straw color, golden but hazed over a bit. The notorious head has left extensive lacing behind.

S: The nose drives home a solid tripel aroma, with sweet candi sugars, some pepper and fruity yeast notes. Mild earthy hops eventually emerge.

T: More Belgian pale and than IPA tastewise. The fruitiness of the nose is scaled back drastically, releasing residual sugars late in the game. Hops linger throughout but never make that statement that Belgian IPAs need. The body is predominantly malty with just a bit of fruitiness running around.

M: The mouthfeel is average, nothing really exciting happening.

D: It's not offensive, it just lacks the Belgian IPA kick that I like. I'm glad I only bought one bottle.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold/straw with a large white head.
Nose shows floury/bready yeast and wheat with some earthy, floral green hops in the background.
Flavours are very similar but are loads sweeter and also show some spicy hops. Finishes with a mild but somewhat off-putting bitterness.
Carbonation should be higher.

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was excited to try this after seeing it recently at Half Acre, and finally picking it up at Red & White.

Into a Duvel tulip, it billows and threatens to spill over. The foam is sparkling like dish soap. Fine webs of cratered lace adhere to the glass. The color is a deep and hazy orange.

Aroma is perfumey and floral, the yeast gives it a fruity punch of pear and apples. More Belgian Pale than IPA, but it doesn't matter all that much.

Some cidery astringency, dry herbal hops are noticeable in the aftertaste. A fruity and mildy sweet character seems to dominate, the alcohol peeks out midway through. A bit dusty and thin in the feel, though it has some creaminess, the astringency kind of kills it. Easy enough to enjoy one, but probably won't return to it.

On a positive note it pairs well with a charcuterie plate...

Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A mammoth fluffy slightly rocky white head comprised if big chunky bubbles... Epic retention... A pale, yet glowing golden yellow color... A moderate haziness lingers... Loaded with medium paced carbonation... A decent bit of chunky foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - The nose is weaker than many of its Belgian IPA counterparts... Lemon zest... Belgian yest... Just the most subtle of European hop presence... A pleasant enough aroma for the style, but way too muted and timid...

T - Starts to flex its muscle much more on the palette... Lemon... Golden raisins... Bready malts... Some candied sugars... Grassy notes... A little bit of funkiness... Just a modest hop kick on the finish... A touch of pepper emerges as part of the aftertaste...

M - Ever sip starts with the lush foam meeting ones lips... This is followed by the dense medium bodied offering... Slight carbonation... Slightly chewy... Sleek... Even and consistent sip after sip...

D - Enjoyable sip after sip... Not at the head of the Belgian IPA class, but one I would welcome in my glass without hesitation in the future... Has some distinct Belgian Pale Ale and Tripel notes... A little more in the aroma category would go a long way...

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry hoppy notes with a light Belgian style malt backbone. Taste is a solid mix between some hoppy dry herbal notes with some floral notes sustain by a solid Belgian-style malt backbone with limited sweetness. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this one and I really liked the dry floral and herbal notes coming from the hops.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Brass Rail in Hershey, PA

A -fluffy 4 finger head that has some nice peaks. clear lime yellow type of color. looks like a lemongrass candle in a way.

S- apple champagne aroma. herbal spices flutter in and out. lemongrass

T- a floral/spicy type of hoppiness to the flavor. Quite unique to its own. an earthy yeast funk complements that hops.

M- hoppy and earthy. smooth and spicy.

D- a nice beer to kick back with in the summer but not so much in the colder months of the year. this would go easy with BBQ

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip glass
A – Huge white head is quite coarse yet retains surprisingly well but scattered lacing is just OK, brew is a clear dark gold with a touch of amber 4
S – Apple and peach dominate the nose, mild sweetness and tart profiles 3.5
T – Unique brew. A quite tart bitterness that fades to a fruity blend of green apple, peach and strawberries (?) with a round & mild sweet malt finish. Finishing up the bottle and wondering where this is going still, I’ve not had many Belgian IPAs. Grassy aftertaste & mild alcohol notes. 3
M – Lighter body has nice carbonation which gives a substantive quality & nice mouthfeel to a light brew 4
O – Mouthfeel was nice, too bad I didn’t enjoy the odd tart/bitter/fruit combo and won’t be seeking this out again 3.5

Photo of matjack85
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml brown swing top bottle with a bottled on date of 2/10/11, so this bottle is exactly 10 months old today.

The beer poured a murky golden/brown color with a nice 1½-finger fluffy white head that lasted over a minute. Not a ton of lacing, but a decent amount.

Very interesting smell - earthy with a touch of barnyard leather, Belgian yeast, alcohol, and underlying fruit.

For a beer named "Hopus", this isn't very hoppy at all. Mild malt sweetness (brown sugar and caramel), Belgian yeast flavor, and a little fruit. Hop bitterness is almost non existant. What flavors the hops impart are more fruity than bitter. There is also a slight tartness in the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with medium body and medium carbonation. More dry than sweet.

This is a good beer but with a misleading label. This beer is not hoppy at all.

Photo of peabody
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy yellow with three fingers of very fluffy white suds. Lots of lacing here.
Smell is bitter sour lemon peel and black pepper.
Taste is sweet sugary cotton candy with a strong alcohol afterburn.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a high abv brew.
Drinkability is low here because of the % of alcohol here.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber. Thick, long lasting white head and massive lacing. Sweet malt, light fruit and Belgian spicing; faint hops. Taste is light fruit, apples and light citrus, very little malt presence, very small hop bite in the somewhat dry, fruity finish. A pleasant, but subdued ale. Nothing really stands out and there certainly should be more hops in an IPA. This is a decent Belgian strong pale ale with a tame, but pleasant flavor progression.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new one that I was thrilled to be able to try. Again had never heard of this one before, but what the heck lets give it a go! Consumed on 06/09/2010.

The pour was a nice golden color with a smooth, light balanced color. Little bit of head pops up on the top of the glass and hangs out for a little while before settling back down to earth. Light lacing on the glass and good carbonation can be seen through the haze.

Aroma is light and well balanced. Light hops, touches of grasses and light fruit notes. Warming brings up grainy touches and hints of bananas and cloves. Nice overall balance to it, albeit a touch light for my tastes. Follow through on the flavor is about the same. Light, well balanced and lightly hopped. Small touches of pears and apples are bouncing around in here, but nothing that is terribly strong or misplaced. Light dryness and bitterness in the finish, but again light and not distracting. Gets a little boring after a few sips, but was still nice and drinkable.

Overall a very solid little ale, nothing really out of the ordinary though. Maybe a bit fresher it would pack a better punch, but this one just hung back in the crowd.

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Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.