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Hopus - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA visit their website

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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Photo of jera1350


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and golden in color with a thick rocky white head with outstanding retention and plenty of lacing.

Fruity and lightly effervescent nose. Light hop presence with some honey malt sweetness.

The hops are not real prominent, but they are evident. Some honey sweetness with some noticeable alcohol. Quite refreshing and tasty.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth from the carbonation.

This is a really nice example of the style although I would like a little more of a hop presence. Drinks well and I would pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 00:44:35 | More by jera1350
Photo of Zorro


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored ale with a slight chill haze. Small white colored head.

Smell is strongly malty with a strong toasted grain and butter aroma. Hop is mostly herbal with a strong tobacco aroma. Slight scent of oranges.

Starts out malty with a big caramel flavor and a grain aftertaste. Hop is still herbal and tastes like English beer. Definitely a butter flavor here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. Not really a Belgian IPA to this tongue.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:02:13 | More by Zorro
Photo of madvermin


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden, apple juice orange, with a pure white coarse head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Aroma was of lots of fruit, and not citrus or dark fruit, but things like apples and peaches. Slightly phenolic character as well.

Taste was slightly tart, with berries joining the peach and apple. There is a nice fruity hop bitterness that isn't citrus, and may be green apple. Finish is raw leaves. A little bit unbalanced, as it is sweet and sour and strange, but overall this is a solid beer.

Mouthfeel is very tingly, as there is lots of carbonation, and this affects drinkability too, as having too much of this at one time just overwhelms the palate with all the bubbles. As a sipper though, this is more than passable, and a tasty beverage with the food I was having (greasy pizza).

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 06:44:18 | More by madvermin
Photo of SteveGNC

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 23:01:38 | More by SteveGNC
Photo of orz


3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy amber. Thick white head stays for long, however looks a bit soapy.

S: Simple and weak. Malt and yeast.

T: Bitter, hoppy and sweet. Refreshing.

M: Good carbonation, alcohol well masked. I would call this beer rather light-bodied.

D: Nice everyday beer. I think you cannot get bored with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 16:49:15 | More by orz
Photo of mmmbeer


3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL stubby Belgian swing-top bottle with no freshness date. This "hop opus" is brewed with five hops to celebrate the "yield of the harvest and the work of the brewer." It pours clear gold, with a good amount of carbonation and a very big head that leaves lots of clumpy lace. A touch of hops and sweet malts in the nose, but there is an odd, vegetal aroma in there that is pretty offensive. The flavor yields pale malt, spicy/floral hops that contribute a soft bitterness, skunk?, a bit of alcohol, and lightly fruity, chalky yeast on top of a crisp, highly-carbonated body that has a bitter linger. It isn't too bad, but there is something wrong with the bouquet. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:03:25 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of megahurts4


4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hopus Ale

Appearance: honey colored, good lacing, and a small head.

Smell: honey and caramel.

Taste: honey, caramel, nutmeg, and malts.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This is a nice sweet dessert type of brew. It smells very similar to how it tastes. I think it would make a great xmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 06:43:07 | More by megahurts4
Photo of mynie


4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours really nice. Foggy, blondy brown with a gigantic white head that's like a whipped cream pie.

Smells blunt and bitter. Can "ruddy" be a smell? It's a very rusty aroma, only it's a rust bereft of any metallic sharpness.

Sweet and malty up front, lightly burny yeast in the middle, and then pretty strong european hops in the back. It's an odd progression of flavors, but it makes sense while you're drinking it.

With a name like Hopus, well, you expect a big ol' hop punch. Something like De Ranke's XX bitter. This here, it turns out, is just a strong, blonde Belgian IPA with a back end that's a little hoppier than average.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 04:39:39 | More by mynie
Photo of Phillie

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from swing-top cap bottle into a tulip glass.

From this beer, even with a gentle pour, erupted a massive billowing head which appeared to have tight bubble formation. The head was a brilliant white. The beer itself was a hazy golden colour with hints of amber colouration. The beer itself resembled that of a blood orange or liquid peach. The gigantic head lasted several minutes and left amazing lacing which clung to the walls of the glass with large spacing going on.

This beer has a sweet and bitter smell all at once. I could detect subtle hints of grape fruit. However, I predominately detected apples upon first whiff. Some flowery malts happening here.

The taste is pleasant and definitely has a fruit presence with a bit of herbs/spices in the mix. The alcohol makes itself known as the beer begins to warm. However, the alcohol certainly does a good job of remaining relatively undetected and is hardly noticeable.

I find this beer to be almost chewy as it rolls over my tongue.

This beer is certainly interesting... I can't think of another beer that I could compare to this one. Not my favourite Belgian IPA but I would definitely consider giving it another go in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 23:44:08 | More by Phillie
Photo of basica


4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange golden with a overly thick bubbly head into my Duvel tulip with an average amount of carbonation (4)

S - The nose is made up of citrusy hop aromas with a bready malt backing with a dash of Belgian yeast (4)

T - Sweet citrusy and grassy notes upfront dabbed with Belgian yeast with a aromatic and fairly significant hoppy bitterness towards the finish. The after taste is slightly fruity with a light bready malt backing. One can really see where it really feels like a Belgian Tripel crossed with an American IPA or Double IPA! (4)

M - Medium-bodied thickness with the right amount of carbonation and a foamy smoothness finishing dry. Nice! (4.5)

D - Very drinkable and sessionable with a well hidden 8.3% but may be less approchable to some due to the bitterness. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 17:44:40 | More by basica
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz stubby brown flip top bottle. Best before date stamped on back label. Served in Kapittel Watou stemmed snifter.
Pours a cloudy caramel toffee color with a fluffy white head and loads of sticky, clinging lace.
The smell is a little disjointed with sour yeast, dry hay, horse barn, oak, floral hops and gin.
The flavors are rangy as well, but with more complimentary results. Edgy astringent hops, lemon zest, gin, orange peel and Orange Lifesavers. A little metallic tang is noticed in the finish.
The mouthfeel is a little raspy at the first few gulps but mellows out as it warms.
For some reason, I feel this tart and bitter brew will go nicely with lemon tarts or bitter pineapple upside down cake.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 00:46:15 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of cnally


3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice bottle, wire capped. Love that.

Cloudy hazy golden body with a shimmery small bubbled white head.

You can really pick up on the Belgian yeasts in the aroma, with a lightly toasted caramel malt. A little banana.

A decent bitter flavor. Hops come out nicely, a good toasted grain flavor. Lack of depth, seems a little shallow. Quite hot, the alcohol is extremely untamed.

The feel is over-crisp and highly hot. Carbonation is uneven.

Meh. Kind of boring, frankly--there is just not enough punch, but being boring can be ok sometimes. It's just that the qualities are a little lacking.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 01:18:19 | More by cnally
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold/straw with a large white head.
Nose shows floury/bready yeast and wheat with some earthy, floral green hops in the background.
Flavours are very similar but are loads sweeter and also show some spicy hops. Finishes with a mild but somewhat off-putting bitterness.
Carbonation should be higher.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 10:06:52 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of SleepyMonk


3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle has a reusable swing faux-cork top set up a la Grolsch.

Pours with a pale straw-ish gold body with a small amount of clouding. Large amount of fluffy white head that settles off to a rocky mass and clumps of thick patchy lace clinging to the glass.

Aroma is heavy in floral hops with dried wild malts and some hints of cloves and citrus rind.

The palate shows sweet yeast flavors with some soft dry malts however the floral hops that helped defined the aroma of the beer don't quite launch out as you may expect; they are there just not as dominating as the nose indicates. Cloves and citrus flavors also blend well.

In terms of weight etc this is not a heavy beer by any measure however the flavors themselves are heavy, mostly in the way that they linger and stick. The mouthfeel is pleasant and the carbonation is well balanced to the flavors and features of the beer.

Overall a good Belgian IPA and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 11:03:08 | More by SleepyMonk
Photo of mithrascruor


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper/orange color with a fairly creamy off-white head. Lots of visible, floating sediment. Decent lacing too.

Smell: Predominantly sweet apple cider vinegar. Actually that's most all I can smell there.

Taste: Starts off with apple-cider vinegar, some fairly light fruit flavors, and a bit of yeast and hoppy spices at the finish. Apple, yeast, and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light-bodied, with very light carbonation.

Drinkability: No alcohol flavor at all; good, drinkable flavor too.

Sort of like a Belgian IPA meets a Belgian sour. Fairly tasty, but not particularly inspiring.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 01:24:23 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of JMad


3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a little bottle to a snifter...
The color was a murky yellow / light brown. There was a huge white foamy head.
Tastes like lemon and citrus, has a hint of alcohol and yeast.
It feels very bubbly, warming and dry.
This brew doesn't really hide the alcohol but it's still good.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 03:34:17 | More by JMad
Photo of alleykatking


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 21:37:41 | More by alleykatking
Photo of jjanega08


2.38/5  rDev -36%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:11:18 | More by jjanega08
Photo of drabmuh


3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated 2011. I don't know what that means. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy with a huge head and lots of lacing. Carbonation is steady and aggressive.

Aroma is sweet and earthy floral hops. Smells pretty good.

Beer is really sweet and only mildly hoppy. Its medium body and has a harsh mouthfeel, a little too carbed. It grows in bitterness overall. Its OK, but these Belgian IPAs need to focus and pick a style and go with it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 01:57:32 | More by drabmuh
Photo of SFLpunk


2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 04:54:23 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of wedgie9


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from bottle at Lush West Town. Pours light golden brown witha huge frothy and rocky white head. Nose of Belgian yeast with some candy, brown sugar, and a hint of banana. Flavor is somewhat bready and somewhat brown sugar sweet with light hops on the finish. Body is medium with average carbonation and a medium plus finish that is at first brown sugar and then light hops bitterness. There is nothing overly exciting about this beer, but it is super drinkable and easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 18:03:15 | More by wedgie9
Photo of ADZA


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark golden hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind very frothy two finger head that stays with heaps of lacing,the smell is a very strong mix of grassy,herbal hops and golden malts,it has nice well carbonated mouthfeel is very sessionable and like the name says th taste is very hoppy with a nice grassy,herbal,lemon zest taste to it which suprisingly from its name really only finishes moderately bitter on my palette and could easily drink as a session brew but you would have to be careful given its 8.3% which is so well hidden its not funny.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 06:08:51 | More by ADZA
Photo of GRG1313


1.93/5  rDev -48.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 22:58:46 | More by GRG1313
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 21:01:52 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of ThaCreep


2.53/5  rDev -32%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 19:09:35 | More by ThaCreep
Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.