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Hopus - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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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3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, piss yellow. Foamy white head with great retention. Thin lacing.

Has an artificial sweet aroma, bit off-putting.

Taste is of citrus with spice and alcohol.

Medium bodied to thin in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Not a hoppy beer like I was expecting. Big presentation with the beer glass and a separate shot glass for the sludge at the bottom. Average in my opinion though.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 20:27:25 | More by dstc
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4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Hopus glass.

A-Beautiful 3 or 4 inches of white foam above a clear yellow amber ale. Pretty intense lacing.

S-Hops, Hops and fruit. Citrus and muscadine smells. Pleasant without being overwhelming.

T-Great Belgium IPA. Little indication in the taste that it is 8.5 % ABV. Lots of hops without being over bitter.

M-Medium body with good carbonation. Nice grape after taste.

D-I could drink it several times a week, if I could get my hands on it. I'm afraid that I will have to go back to the Belgium Online Beer store to get some more once these 6 are gone.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 02:12:41 | More by ProfessorCJ
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3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into a Hopus glass at Cambrinus in Brugge, Belgium about 3 weeks ago during a visit that I took immediately after arriving from Westvleteren and Cafe In de Vrede just about an hour southwest of Brugge. Hopus was the featured beer of the day at Cambrinus.

A 5 inch white head over a translucent lager like body. Impressive head and good lacing over a rather forgettable looking body.

S Blonde like malt, very little hops to my nose on repeated smells.

T Like a blonde, some zing in the middle taste possibly due to hops that I could just not smell.

M Full with big ABV and some hops.

D Fair drinkability due to its strength, lack of depth.

Notes: Glad that I had this (what a great place Cambrinus is!) but I do not think that I will try this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 14:42:49 | More by adamette
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5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Strong Bitter Blond with bulky foam. A round Bitter taste with a hop finisch. Made from 5 different european Hops, the result is a fabulous beer with a unique combination of bitterness and aroma. Served in a beautiful glass and a little yeast glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 12:24:06 | More by beer4
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at cafe delirium where it is listed as "the best new beer of 2008"

considering the label i had to try it.

This was like nothing else I'd ever had

pours a pale aleish color.

Smell is a mix of wild yeasts and some nice almost americanesque hop character. There were also some nice citrus notes in there.

The taste was so much fruit and citrus it was really incredible, and it finished with a great hop bitterness.

Beautiful and really unique beer - try this if you can.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 22:36:06 | More by benclimbs
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2009.

Appearance : golden color, with beautiful white foamy head.
Smell : matly with floral hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfell : malty and alcohol presence, citric notes, with bitter finsih.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong ale (triple ?).

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 19:46:41 | More by thierrynantes
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Yukon (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and bright golden yellow with a moussy head and good lacing

The aroma is quite hoppy with citrus notes and other sweet fruits as well as a bready malt backbone

The taste is really quite fruity as well as being quite hoppy and bitter. Apples, peaches, pears, some grapes even. The hops are citrusy with lime and lemon being sour and refreshing. Not as much Belgian yeast flavour as I'd imagine but I don't think that was the brewer's aim here. Quite a different BIPA, but very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (for a Belgian) and the carbonation was pretty high but softer than expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 10:46:43 | More by EatsTacos
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United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have just returned from my latest trip to Brussels from the U.K. where I came across "Hopus" in one of my very favourite Belgian bars ... "Poechenellekelder"

It must be hard to introduce a new beer in such a richly stocked market place as Belgium so hats off to "Hopus" for managing to make an impression! Firstly, I do not think this beer is claiming to be an IPA, but it does have 5 varieties of hops used in it's production. The bitterness is there for sure but not pronounced. (I would put it in the Strong Belgian Pale Ale category)

Pours into an elegant elongated Duvel type tulip but Hopus has another glass, a shot glass, into which the last
25ml or so of beer is poured after a vigorous shake of the Grolsch flip type bottle. This gives you a different experience to the main beer via a cloudy sweet yeasty apperitif. It's what a lot of people do with the last of a Trappist Orval pour , but this is the first time I've seen a beer served with an extra glass for the lees!

Hopus itself has a huge foaming head similar to the mighty Duvel, and tastes like a cross between a Duvel and an IPA. It is refreshing and moorish and I don't really see the lager connection another reviewer alludes to?
It is better than that IMHO.
I will be interested to see how this beer fares. I brought a bottle home with some Westvleteren Blonde & Abt 12 as travel companions :o)

Immensely drinkable despite it's 8.3%.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 20:23:58 | More by Habanero58
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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this as it was new on the menu of the local belgian bar in my girlfriend's town. Not bad, though I'm not sure I'd use the title of IPA to describe it. The hop taste is definitely more apparent than other Belgian beers, though compared to other Belgian IPA's, it seemed somewhat lacking. Everything about it was good, though I would like to see less sweet and more bitter. The appearance was great though, served in a tall, narrow, thick glass. Cloudy tan with a slight orange tint. The smell was not necessarily distinctive, though it did not detract in any way from the overall experience of the beer. All in all a good beer and definitely worth a try. I can't say it's a favorite, but like I said, pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 14:24:01 | More by friendofthedevil
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pale gold with big rocky white head with great retention and lots of lace. Musty lemon nose. Grainy with pineapple tones, some diacetyl and a husky finish. Light body and lively carbonation. Dries and tightens sharply on the aftertaste, where a bit of the ABV burns through.

Not hoppy enough to earn it's name (or style) but a pleasant strong blonde.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 19:28:23 | More by StJamesGate
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely head, not pancakey, that dissipates fairly slowly. Very nice lacing. Pretty golden color with no visible carbonation. Slight smell of hops (though not flowery), sweetness and yeast. Taste begins relatively sweet for a Belgian IPA but not overly so. The sweetness lasts through the mouth but the hops hit mid way through and provide a nice bitter finish. The aftertaste is a nice combination of hops and sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated then it appears and I find this quite drinkable though I would not drink it all day. Nicely balanced though it could use a bit more hops.

In the bottle, on the great Tweede Paasdag tasting (a Belgian Hop-off in this inagural year) of 2009 -- bottle is more active and has a slight taste of licorice, which I did not appreciate. Stood up better than expected and a fine but different beer than some of the other competitors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2009 15:46:14 | More by KevyKev
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3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, golden beer with a frothy head that lasts the entire brew.

Smell is doughy with typical Belgian yeast characteristics, some higher alcohols, mild hoppy like a light tripel. A little metallic.

Taste is a little honey with some warm alcohol. It appears to me that a lot of sugar has been used. Maltiness is very low and body is thin as water. En above all, where are the hops. For a beer with a name like this, I would expect it to have more hoppiness. After a couple of sips the bitterness is starting to give way, but I doesn't exceed the average lager. But now there is also some sort of hoppiness. It is grassy and slightly citric, but it is still not convincing.
Mouthfeel is thin, there is a lot of carbonation and it drinks like a blond.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 20:21:23 | More by Absumaster
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