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Hopus | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Absumaster on 01-29-2009

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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 338
Photo of stevoj
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light bodied hoppy ale, bordering on tripel territory. Pours hazy golden with towering foamy, yet lasting head. Hops are at the forefront (duh!), semi-sweet and flowery. Still has a way to go to reach Chouffe Houblon class, but pretty good nonetheless.

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Photo of BryanLogaru
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading some of the negative reviews for this brew, I realized that I have not had the same experience as any of them . . . and the only difference was that they had bottles and I had it on draft. I was not expecting much from this beer, I simply saw it on the beer menu at a restaurant and decided to give it a try and wow did I make a good decision. Poured with BIG head which did wonders to release the wonderful floral aroma of the beer. Upon first sip I was astounded as to how smooth it was. A juicy taste of citrus fruits and mostly lemon with maybe a hint of malt dominated the experience with a smooth bitter hop finish that dissipated faster than expected. Others have compared part of the taste to soap, and I can see where they are coming from but I do not believe soap is what they are tasting. My guess is that it is orange or lemon peel they are tasting. I Definitely not your typical IPA, but honestly it makes for an easy and enjoyable experience.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with plenty of white head. Floral notes, some sweet notes like honey, and cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with sweet malt and floral flavors.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great belgian IPA.
This one and La Chouffe Soleil were the most hoppy belgian beers I've drank till now.
Smell and taste in this one are definitely hoppy, full of floral notes and with fruity notes too, specially cherry, citrus and blueberry.
Body, carbonation and bitterness are well balanced.
I had it on-tap in an italian beer.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
1.65/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

The color is nice, yellow, clear
White head, consisting of a medium-sized bubbles.
The aroma is malty, with a touch of floral notes, some honey, you can also trace the apricots, and, unfortunately butter.
Taste, first alcohol a little acidity and soap, in the end also butter. Generally, after every sip lightly shakes me. Gentian alcohol only at the finish. Saturation average. Hopus disappointed me greatly, some massacre. I just hope it was a separate accident at work.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by date of 2/2015

Appearance - cloudy bronze color with white head

Smell - apple, yeast

Taste - apple, yeast, lemon, hint of caramel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, slight citrus sweetness upfront, bitterness and funkiness and tartness on the back end. tail end of the experience is unpleasant.

Overall - this was a beer that underwhelmed me. Won't be revisiting this one.

Price Point - $3.29/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of drmeto
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-cloudy golden with a big foamy white head,which quickly dissipates
-medium carbonation visible
-milk,cream,spices (Coriander),Tea,Floral,toffee
-slight tartness,lemongrass,floral,spices,earthy,toffee
-bready and toasty finish coming through very late
-medium carbonation,light-medium body
-faint alcohol warming
Reminds me a lot of a Belgian Strong Ale a la La Chouffe.
Pretty good,though i expected more hoppyness with the name.

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Photo of Wanne
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The hops are dominant in the aroma, a mixture of floral and grass accents. It pours a nice golden beer, with a white head that vanishes rapidly. The hops dominate the taste, which makes it a medium bitter beer. The texture of the beer is thin, and the initial hop accents are completely absent in the finishing. Overall a nice beer, which tastes better if you drink it slightly warmer than the recommended serving temperature.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

05/01/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC. On tap. As a huge Unibroue Fin du Monde fan I like this very much. Lacks the bready Unibroue yeast, but that just adds to the mystery. If it wasn't for the 8.3% ABV I could drink this all day in any season. Love it.

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Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Hits you with a lot of complex flavors. Fruity but not overly sweet. Nice carbonation, peppery finish. Fairly bitter but not overpowering. Overall a very enjoyable beer, drinkable but complex.

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Photo of dogin26
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Light clear golden colour with a nice head that leaves a layer of froth.

Lots of spices (cloves), lemon and bready smells. Bit of booze also.

Taste has a tangy lemon hit with some spices which leads to some brown sugar and dark fruits. Bready malts to finish it off.

A nice enjoyable beer. Would drink again for sure

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Photo of KellyBelukusBeers
5/5  rDev +35.1%

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!

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Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

From large corked bottle, clear light gold with good retention on creamy white head. Smell is dry and grassy, some fruity cherries, a bit spicy with some yeasty character over a firm malt base. Taste is fruity but also distinctly yeasty and mild kilned Belgian malts, toasty with some dry bitterness. Hops aren't very lively, grassy and earthy. Not bad but not an outstandingly complex beer.

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Photo of arthurspoor
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice color, a bit golden and amber, very hazy. Good ammount of head that stays for a long time.

The smell is subtle. Bit of lemon, brown sugar and hop aroma's.

Lots of carbon initialy, followed by a hoppy biterness which moves on to caramelized sugar. Some sweet notes (lime?), spices, and some licorice as well. Overall very bitter, a tad to much for my liking. It is a bit creamy at first, but followed by a more dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

This is not a beer for me, but still I can apreciate the experience. If you like bitter, this might be the beer for you.

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Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hopus has a carbonation that really hops to it; bubbles waste no time in erecting an air bag-like head that's easily three fingers tall and is seemingly more fluffy and feathery than my down-filled pillow - I'd get a better sleep on this! Its complexion is hazed but bright yellow in colour.

Whereas most beers with "hop" anywhere in the name have overtly citric and tropical fruit flavours of grapefruit, mandarin and the like, Belgian yeast ensures this one still smells primarily like apple, pear, and apricot; it has almost exclusively tree fruit notes (minus a good amount of pineapple). It's like a Chardonnay and carries similar hints of lemon and cream too.

The taste is dominated by spiced cereal grain, not hops. It tastes like white bread doused in fresh-cracked peppercorns. Any hints of stone fruit or citrus are secondary and, while appreciated on the finish, ultimately lose out to phenols of this flamboyant and omnipresent yeast. The aftertaste can sense almost savory, with notes of dried herbs alongside all the spice.

Indeed, for an IPA, one is kept sickeningly aware of the yeast (which is par for the course with Belgian ales, mind you). Hopheads won't get the fix they yearn for with this one, especially as the added sugars are plainly tasted. Still, candied citrus rind and spring florals can be appreciated and, on some sips, are even enough to help tone down (but not disguise) the 8.3% alcohol.

There's nothing sacred about definition. You can define any style for your own purpose provided you do so clearly and unambiguously. In the case of Belgian IPAs - distinguished by their use of Belgian yeast strains - I think it's pretty self-explanatory what to expect. Hopus is a good example of the style but far from the best.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip

A: Pale gold with an enormous 3 finger soapy head that breaks relatively quickly leaving tons of lacing behind.

S: spices - cloves especially, grains, yeast, malts and some grassiness.

T: a bit of sweet immediately followed by spices and pepperiness, grains, yeasts and some bitter on the tail.

M: highly carbonated with a feel toward the creamy end.

O: I quite enjoyed this beer. I like the bitter finish and I found it incredibly easy to drink. To me the idea of a Belgian IPA is confusing, perhaps this is a BSPA. I'm glad I picked up a couple of bottles, I will enjoy it again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Gold colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some greatg lacing. The head lasted for a long time before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, breads/grains, ginger

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves and lemon juice. There is also some floral notes, hops, and a peppery finish.

Overall - A little unrefined at times and a touch medicinal, but still a pretty solid beer. Not something I'd pick up again though, something about it just tastes a little home brew-ish.. far too many other beers available to come back to this one.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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


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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $5.80 CDN. Served rather cool into glassware.

Appearance - Bright clear extremely fizzy beer is poured. Golden straw in color with just a few copper shades. Enormous 3.5 finger dense white head leaves sticky lacing and has a lingering presence. Pretty impressive looking and as the head recedes a large white cylinder of foam remains.

Smell - Mild amount of funky Belgian yeasts with some floral hops presence. Something tropical but the nose is subdued. There's also a doughy aroma that maintains throughout.

Taste - Mild Belgian IPA, as the taste of Belgian yeast is present although subdued and there's a dank earthy undertone to the whole beer. The bitterness and / or fruitiness (to at least some degree) is virtually nil, leaving the flavoring a bit disappointing for the style. Still a tasty beer

Mouthfeel - Very lively but a touch on the thin bodied side, especially given the appearance. Still crazily fizzy even after letting the beer settle. A touch of heat on the back end from the booze.

Overall - A passable Belgian IPA, but this to me is more of a Belgian Pale Ale, than a Belgian IPA. Still worth a try while quantities last

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: nice swing top bottle that pours a hazy gold/straw with a cray thick white head that looks like meringue and has amazing staying power

s: spicy, sweet, coriander, rounded citrus,

t: sweet, mild hay, rock sugar, spicey, a bit of abv, and a mild bitter hop finnish, a little grapiness

m: the creamy foam adds a nice element to the mouthfeel; medium body, slightly syrupy, it is lightly carbed which i think accentuates the mild syrupiness - it could use more carbonation imo

d: a decent beer (although it is a little overpriced), could use a little less sweetness i think and some more complex balance - good though, but an also ran for beers in the style.

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Photo of MaartenvanDoorn
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured from the bottle into a glass. Lots of carbonation visible. The beer looks okay, like a bit yellow-orange. The smell is awesome, very rich, with lots of hints of spices. The taste was a bit disappointing, not very rich and a bit too bitter for my taste. The mouthfeel was good, when the beer warms up a bit, if you don't swallow too quickly, the taste becomes more complex. Overall, not a bad beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in a specialist beer shop “Gooden” in Taipei, coming in a short, 330ml brown bottle, fitted with a swing top; BB 21/01/15, served lightly chilled in a long-stemmed wine glass. Notes: the back label suggests 5 varieties of hops are used in this brew, without specifying “which” five exactly.

A: pours a hazy, light golden colour with lots of yeast sediments floating around, the carbonation comes rather lively, in support of a rocky off-white frothy head with extremely good retention.
S: the nose gives an immediate idea that this beer purports to be a modern, hoppy take on the traditional Belgian pale ale, that the resinous Saaz, German noble hop and even Goldings aroma intertwines with perfumy esters to deliver a 3-dimensional aroma profile; given a very good swirl, light citrus peels, yeasty notes as of Chinese mung bean paste (a typical bi-product aroma from Belgian yeasts’ work that I’d normally describe as such), overripe fruit esters, liquid candy sugar, sweet spices, a touch of alc., etc., all come to the fore, while malts stay restrained.
T: effervescent on the entry, the creamy, mixed-flavoured foretaste is initially mineral-phenolic, savoury-sweet prune-ish, faintly sweet-citric, peppery-spicy, and hawthorn-fruit-like, then the hop impact kicks in to render a semi-chewy, tannic and then intensifying-ly dry palate, very enjoyable; the aftertaste prolongs the bitter mineral-ish as well as peppery presence, while the (supposed) good attenuation ensures the sugary content doesn’t come so much to result in any slick mouthfeel (which is almost a norm in most Belgian pale beers I’ve tasted). It is moderately bitter, and even clean, on the palate in the end, with a lingering spicy overtones overall.
M&O: the mouthfeel is kept smooth, creamy and consistently finely carbonated, the body comes full but not heavy, while the spicy-yeasty feel and hop bitterness plus resins combine to deliver an altogether chewy feel. Hoppy as it tries to be, the estery elements in the beer still play a very important role, esp. on the nose, while on the palate the hop elements add more complexity and enjoyment, esp. in the aftertaste where yeasts and hops converge to deliver a palate ideal for anyone who appreciates Belgian yeasty magic and hop consolidation at the same time. Personally, I think this is a nicely hoppy Belgian ale with a decent balance and evolving flavour profile to savour. If fixed at a lower gravity, this beer could’ve been even quaffable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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Big creamy head almost 4 fingers, fades fairly slowly, semi clear golden pilsner color.

Nose is weird, it has some Belgian malt, blond and sweet, but a weird fruity aroma and an almost... ketchup? kinda flavor... light grainy husk sawdust, bit of fruity hop.

Taste starts with belgian malts again, and again that quick flash of a ketchup like, fruity flavors, mild fruity hops, some bitterness but not a lot, some grainy husk, semi sweet and little syrupy too. Finish is dry but a little sticky, earthy grassy hop bitterness lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, little warming booze, nice carb.

Overall not very good, seems like some off flavors, and not very hoppy for a beer called "hopus".

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Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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