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Hopus - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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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dogin26

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

08-29-2014 23:23:30 | More by dogin26
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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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Johnct

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%

08-28-2014 15:29:49 | More by Johnct
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Sappo1965

Italy

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

08-18-2014 14:39:08 | More by Sappo1965
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

08-16-2014 03:01:31 | More by mick303
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-15-2014 17:22:22 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-06-2014 13:57:03 | More by Slatetank
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -19.4%

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

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-17-2014 01:48:29 | More by KAF
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-15-2014 23:45:10 | More by TerryW
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josvemden

Belgium

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

07-05-2014 20:54:53 | More by josvemden
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-29-2014 21:21:50 | More by Brabander
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patre_tim

China

4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-26-2014 01:57:50 | More by patre_tim
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wrightst

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

06-17-2014 15:54:05 | More by wrightst
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-12-2014 00:49:55 | More by andrenaline
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arthurspoor

Belgium

3.05/5  rDev -18%

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.

06-07-2014 17:57:14 | More by arthurspoor
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

05-26-2014 22:06:36 | More by outoffocus
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

05-25-2014 00:50:12 | More by biegaman
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-18-2014 23:14:11 | More by Cramshawbar
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Magibeg

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-17-2014 20:59:23 | More by Magibeg
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celoleite

Brazil

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

05-13-2014 12:53:25 | More by celoleite
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-10-2014 07:30:54 | More by bigox420
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-06-2014 00:23:45 | More by liamt07
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

05-04-2014 17:45:49 | More by polloenfuego
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

05-04-2014 00:28:20 | More by spinrsx
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Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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