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Hopus - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Absumaster on 01-29-2009

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Ratings: 307 | Reviews: 147
Photo of GRG1313
1.96/5  rDev -47.3%
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 olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of korene84
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of HardyGeneraL
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
2.39/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Not a fan of the smell or taste.

Photo of jjanega08
2.4/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A= The pour is a slightly hazy yellow color with a huge head on it that rises to about three four fingers up and holds some nice retention as well as some good lacing on the side of the glass. The head is amazing I must say. If I could add a picture to the review I would. Very very Duvel like.

S= Loads of Belgian yeast and spice in the nose. Tons of clove and black pepper. A really interesting smell that doesn't have much hop to it. Lots of lemon zest as well. Not sour lemon but the oily sort of zest in it.

T= The taste is again very very light on the hops. There is a lot of sweet yeasty clove flavor to it as well as some straight honey like sweetness to it. The hops again are nonexistant. I get a little bit of alcohol in the taste as well. Yeasty is a good way to describe the taste of this one.

M= The most interesting part of this beer I would say. It has a very heavy residual mouth on it. Lingering and bread like I would say is a good way to describe it. Heavy as hell for an IPA.

D= This is sort of a thanks but no thanks beer for me. I got a buddy who I introduced to beer and he really likes his hops so the name persuaded him here and he agreed this was a bust. This beer looked amazing in the glass and from there it let down.

Photo of Anatole
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of gnikola
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Hellmeh
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of ThaCreep
2.57/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The nose is very hoppy with a mouth that plays on the same combination, that is to say the power of hops but it must be admitted that this is far from being fully successful. Indeed, the mouth is too syrupy and has a very herbal mouth which is much closer to the drug than the hoppy bitterness. The basic product marketing, the power hops, appears slightly truncated.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.66/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a rocky off white head. In the aroam, English/ gingerbread like maltiness and faint pine hops. In the taste, dry yeast, dry pine hops and a bit boozy. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and alcohol like aftertaste. Too boozy, small hops, but not enough for balance. Eh! A little hairspray like too.

Photo of yelterdow
2.66/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

330ml swing top bottle with a drink by date of 09092011 lasered on the back. Available now in New York, I'll serve this in the brewery's own oversize tulip glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

Appearance- As I might have expected, even on a gentle pour the mighty head explodes over the sides of my glass, pooling around the stem. After several minutes, it collapses into a craggy, disheveled mound of tight foam. Color is murky orange with gentle streaming carbonation.

Smell- Aromas of perfume and flowers eminate from the glass, backed by a dose of Belgian hops and alcohol. The latter is quite evident and lingers in the nose after the initial floral character.

Taste- Sharp and sugary right off the bat, the beer quickly turns and goes straight to fusel alcohol... unfortunately, any balance of malt, hops, and spices grind to a screeching halt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The beer's texture is relatively tame for a Belgian IPA, and within a few seconds in the mouth it smooths out completely to the point of being no match for the intense flavors. I elected to add the yeast in with the last pour, which changed the character substantially with regard to mouthfeel.

Photo of rpopescu
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Horrible tin-can metallic smell and somewhat taste, despite coming from a bottle.

Photo of stoutopia
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden hazy colour. With an amazing hughe head. But you smell it, and it´s like a alcoholic golden pale ale...where are the hops?...some alcoholic, and yeast notes in mouth, and some light hops, not bitter flavour, not complex...just a little bit in the finish, but it tastes malty, grasy and alcoholic...It seems a try of a handcrafted IPA, but I think it´s not-. I think it´´s not an IPA at all.

Photo of Gonzoillini
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 mL flip-top bottle pours a hazed, light gold color with a massive cap of white head...bottle gushed a bit. Foam does not even move hardly, voluminous and sticky. Lacing is sickly clumpy and 3D.

Nose is grassy as hell with a fruity yeast influence. Grainy malts border on caramel, but stay in the 'grainy' range. Has a unique white bread loaf aroma that is interesting.

Creaminess of the beer is what sticks out the most. Hop flavor and bitterness are both there with an overabundance of sweet bread and milly grains. Too sweet for me and despite the bitterness, does not finish very dry. I think it is the hoppy-thick-doughy combination that does not set right with me. No mas para me.

Photo of Travlr
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden yellow color with a big head that disappears in seconds but leaves decent lacing.
S: Sulphur aroma with some pine.
T: Flavor is bitter throughout without much complexity or character.
M: Light bodied, especially for the style.
D: Best skipped, I think, although it's a few notches above a drainpour.

Photo of SteveGNC
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice white frothy head that lingers awhile. Color is a cloudy amber and not very appealing. This beer is a little too bitter for my taste. There is the sweet apple Belgian ale taste - very carbonated and I don't think the hoppy bitterness mixes well. I much prefer an Urthel or Piraat of the same style. This is not a terrible beer, but I would not buy again.

Photo of ChiPool
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle; Best before 10/12/2013

Poured into Duvel tulip. Wow: 2 inches of snow-white billowing head. The rest looks a bit like rusty water. This smells like a belgian: banana/yeast/esthers. Tastes like a run of the mill belgian: can't taste the "hop" in "Hopus". There is a very faint lingering bitterness.

For $5 & 11.2 oz, pass on this one. There are better belgians for less than a sawbuck per...

Photo of callmescraps
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First of a group of awesome Belgians from the lady friend. Had never heard of this one and am intrigued.

Appearance - Pours with a ton of stark white head. The beer itself is sort of an old straw color, with a hint of apple cider. Fairly opaque. The head settles down leaving some meringue-like pockets. It laces in big chunks. An interesting looking beer. The head is intense, but the beer itself look slightly odd.

Aroma - Similar to the appearance in its' strangeness. It's quite grassy, but it has a ton of yeastiness. Almost funky, but mostly just dank. Was hoping for some bright citrus to come through, but instead there is almost a cleaning solvent smell. More like a saison smell than anything, but not as funky. Ton of esters.

Taste - Follows the smell, then falls off. It's certainly got a ton of grassy hops. Very dry, and the booze comes through much stronger than expected. Boy is it dry. A sort of sourness on the finish is downright unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Easily the best part. Nice, rich carbonation.

Drinkability - That aftertaste is tough. Grassy/sour. One and done, thanks.

Well, it was a great present, and certainly an interesting experience. However I won't seek this out again or recommend it to others. There are just too many better beers in the world.

Photo of SFLpunk
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz brown glass swing-top bottle. Back label dated Best Before End L20111021.

Pours an orange gold with sticky white head that leaves lots of spotting. Nose is full of orange juice notes. Palate fat with creamy carbonation and sharp alcohol notes. Orange juice notes, a little lime zest and some light hop bitterness. Finish is dominated by citrus zest.

Notes: Meh, decent. If you like key lime pie this might be up your alley. Don't know how much this goes for, but I suspect it's too much.

Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of RD1163
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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