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Hopus - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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85
very good

292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | 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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5/5  rDev +34%

bostonryan, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

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5/5  rDev +34%

Belgian golden strong ale -brewed with 5 different hop varietals for complex flavor and refined body. Strong, bitter, blonde. The created for the brewers' wedding celebration. So tasty!

KellyBelukusBeers, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of beer4
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Strong Bitter Blond with bulky foam. A round Bitter taste with a hop finisch. Made from 5 different european Hops, the result is a fabulous beer with a unique combination of bitterness and aroma. Served in a beautiful glass and a little yeast glass.

beer4, Jun 30, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

NOLANDMAN, May 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Jcd1962, Jul 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

TAXODRIVER, Mar 11, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +25.5%

ahalset, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

clevelandhops, Oct 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is now my official 'first beer of the day' when in Brugge and has been used in three different bars already (Bierboom, De Garre and 't Brugs Beertje).

This review is however from a home tasting, so I didn't have the benefit of the lovelly glass and the small hop sediment glass that goes with it. I poured most of my 33cl flip-top bottle into a Corsendonk glass and poured the remainder in later, once I'd finished the main contents.

A huge white head sat on top of a golden, yellow, clear, bright body.

The smell is of sweet flowers and summer, with hops added in everything.

The taste is all about spicey hops and uplifting your day, this beer is a great 'pick-me-up'.

Love it!

BlackHaddock, Mar 26, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Morningstorm, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Beerstorian, Feb 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Served with a big, foamy, frothy, fluffy, off white head that is long lasting and clumpy lace. Color was a clear, dark, gold amber. Nose is malt, grain, leather, yeast, sweat. Flavor has bitterness stand out and sweetness is almost gone to the point of dryness. Not much flavor or aroma hop. Malt flavor is subdued, but unmalted grain is there, plus grass. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is long and a little warm. I'd like another, please.

drpimento, Oct 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

deapokid, Dec 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

lancecenter, Dec 23, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like almost a wheatbeer straw and cloudy wild white head. Semolina and white pepper aroma.

Bitter tasting with floral notes ethanol, hops are there with dulled sugars.

Nice mouthfeel good low carbonation, really a class and type of its own

a great beer all round.

EmperorBevis, Mar 03, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have just returned from my latest trip to Brussels from the U.K. where I came across "Hopus" in one of my very favourite Belgian bars ... "Poechenellekelder"

It must be hard to introduce a new beer in such a richly stocked market place as Belgium so hats off to "Hopus" for managing to make an impression! Firstly, I do not think this beer is claiming to be an IPA, but it does have 5 varieties of hops used in it's production. The bitterness is there for sure but not pronounced. (I would put it in the Strong Belgian Pale Ale category)

Pours into an elegant elongated Duvel type tulip but Hopus has another glass, a shot glass, into which the last
25ml or so of beer is poured after a vigorous shake of the Grolsch flip type bottle. This gives you a different experience to the main beer via a cloudy sweet yeasty apperitif. It's what a lot of people do with the last of a Trappist Orval pour , but this is the first time I've seen a beer served with an extra glass for the lees!

Hopus itself has a huge foaming head similar to the mighty Duvel, and tastes like a cross between a Duvel and an IPA. It is refreshing and moorish and I don't really see the lager connection another reviewer alludes to?
It is better than that IMHO.
I will be interested to see how this beer fares. I brought a bottle home with some Westvleteren Blonde & Abt 12 as travel companions :o)

Immensely drinkable despite it's 8.3%.

Habanero58, May 23, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample from the bottle at In De Groene Poort in Gooik, Belgium. Right down the street from De Cam. Sampled in the back garden.

A: clear, great head, yellow color
S: great nose, earthy but hoppy
T: earthy, yeast, great malt, great hops but not over the top
M: very nice

wisrarebeer, Sep 29, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt hops and Belgian yeast

T - Follows the nose lots of sweet malt upfront then the hops and yeast come through

M - This beer has a medium body with med high carbonation to it

D - I an really liking this beer this is an awesome blend of styles if you like Belgians and well balanced ipas this is a beer to seek out

armock, Jan 23, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at cafe delirium where it is listed as "the best new beer of 2008"

considering the label i had to try it.

This was like nothing else I'd ever had

pours a pale aleish color.

Smell is a mix of wild yeasts and some nice almost americanesque hop character. There were also some nice citrus notes in there.

The taste was so much fruit and citrus it was really incredible, and it finished with a great hop bitterness.

Beautiful and really unique beer - try this if you can.

benclimbs, Jun 27, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and bright golden yellow with a moussy head and good lacing

The aroma is quite hoppy with citrus notes and other sweet fruits as well as a bready malt backbone

The taste is really quite fruity as well as being quite hoppy and bitter. Apples, peaches, pears, some grapes even. The hops are citrusy with lime and lemon being sour and refreshing. Not as much Belgian yeast flavour as I'd imagine but I don't think that was the brewer's aim here. Quite a different BIPA, but very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (for a Belgian) and the carbonation was pretty high but softer than expected.

EatsTacos, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful and bountiful near-white head. Recedes delicately. The liquid is crystal clear with a light gold color. Plenty of upward carbonation from the base of the glass. Ample spotty/ring lace on the glass.

The smell consists of fully malted barley. Light bread-like yeast aromas which also seems to give touch of sourness. The hop bitterness is quite muted. The warming nose of alcohol is actually stronger. Exceptionally complex.

Far stronger bitter bite than the smell indicates. This is enhanced by the high level of carbonation. Sour notes of lemon peel fade from the initial taste. Excellent pale malt base--no graininess whatsoever. Only the body seems average in this beer.

Side note: The initial head required me to make two pours. The second pour was extremely cloudy from the yeast sediment in the bottle. Interestingly, the flavor really didn't change dramatically.

smcolw, Mar 05, 2011
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Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
85 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.