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Hopus - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Absumaster on 01-29-2009)
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Reviews by metter98:
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metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the entire surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of spices are present in the nose along with notes of candi sugars.
T: The initial taste has flavors of spiced candi sugars and is followed by a light to moderate amount of bitterness and hints of spices (once the beer warms up). The hops negate any flavors of sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With its aromas and flavors of candi sugars, I thought that this beer shared a lot of similarities with a dubbel, except that it also had some spices and bitterness.

08-16-2013 01:57:21 | More by metter98
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NWer

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

04-23-2011 20:08:05 | More by NWer
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

03-05-2012 05:50:50 | More by TimoP
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Billolick

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

10-31-2009 22:58:42 | More by Billolick
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Marius

Romania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

01-08-2013 20:11:23 | More by Marius
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-15-2012 16:19:03 | More by virinow
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-16-2011 03:25:12 | More by bpfrush
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

11-24-2012 01:10:57 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.34/5  rDev -10.2%

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).

07-26-2010 18:53:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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valkyre65

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-11-2011 23:36:05 | More by valkyre65
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CloudStrife

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

04-25-2014 00:03:13 | More by CloudStrife
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clevelandhops

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21%

10-27-2013 21:36:06 | More by clevelandhops
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MaevaS

France

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

03-09-2014 20:05:21 | More by MaevaS
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distantmantra

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

07-02-2011 06:05:59 | More by distantmantra
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mattfancett

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -19.4%

08-28-2014 15:50:55 | More by mattfancett
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

06-23-2010 15:45:56 | More by Sammy
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

10-15-2013 20:21:36 | More by Ciocanelu
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VE777

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-25-2014 02:38:04 | More by VE777
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

06-22-2010 00:04:23 | More by tempest
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

11-13-2013 05:58:44 | More by Gonzoillini
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

10-12-2011 22:36:21 | More by Filosoof
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Bismark

Ireland

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

10-06-2009 18:22:18 | More by Bismark
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -19.4%

07-29-2014 22:17:48 | More by atlbravsrno1
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GRG1313

California

1.93/5  rDev -48.1%

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.

08-21-2010 22:58:46 | More by GRG1313
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

09-16-2010 21:37:41 | More by alleykatking
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Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.