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Hopus - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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84
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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of k3ve
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of dogin26
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Johnct
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of KellyBelukusBeers
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!

Photo of Sappo1965
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Slatetank
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of josvemden
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of Brabander
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of arthurspoor
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.