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Hopus - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a swing-top into my glass and had a very tall white head with a clear, gold body. I was a bit let down by this beer after hearing good things from friends. There was an astringent alcohol taste for starters. Also, the hops were very mild, hardly bigger than a dry Belgian pale ale. The basic malts reminded me of Duvel - for the white grape, bready taste - but it didn't have the same rich yeast character. I don't know if this had too much aging or too little, or if there's something else going on, but I'd avoid this beer. There are simply better Belgians out there for your time and money.

Photo of salvo
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light blond slightly cloudy with half inch of head of .5 mm bubbles

S: Straw with that wild belgian yeast tangy-ness that only real belgians have. Malt may be arrivng on the next train; it is only a suggestion here.

T: Mildly astringent; clean and crisp. Other in the styles are not as sharp or crisp and the tang stays on the tongue and lingers for a long slow burn.

M: Thin with little malt body and the tongue is bitten rather than soothed.

D: A little too high given the 8.5%.

I first had one in Leuven and after sharing it the others in the fridge disappeared among patrons. In the US, they have been more difficult to get (see BeerSpy report). After traveling through Belgium for a week, and trying all the traditional Belgians, it was great to have this as a reminder of the American craft taste I was missing.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a straw honey colour with large white tight fluffy head that retains well.

S - Sour lemon and yeast aromas

T - Taste has some bready notes a hint of citrus and plenty of spice, more of a Belgian PA for me.

M - Light body and well carbonated

D - A very soild brew to try.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new one that I was thrilled to be able to try. Again had never heard of this one before, but what the heck lets give it a go! Consumed on 06/09/2010.

The pour was a nice golden color with a smooth, light balanced color. Little bit of head pops up on the top of the glass and hangs out for a little while before settling back down to earth. Light lacing on the glass and good carbonation can be seen through the haze.

Aroma is light and well balanced. Light hops, touches of grasses and light fruit notes. Warming brings up grainy touches and hints of bananas and cloves. Nice overall balance to it, albeit a touch light for my tastes. Follow through on the flavor is about the same. Light, well balanced and lightly hopped. Small touches of pears and apples are bouncing around in here, but nothing that is terribly strong or misplaced. Light dryness and bitterness in the finish, but again light and not distracting. Gets a little boring after a few sips, but was still nice and drinkable.

Overall a very solid little ale, nothing really out of the ordinary though. Maybe a bit fresher it would pack a better punch, but this one just hung back in the crowd.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice and easy drinking sweet Belgian Ale that exhibits great European hop flavor and aroma, but soft on bitterness.

Hopus opens with a cloudy appearance, medium golden hue, and with a billowing white head that easily overtakes the glass. Expansive with the carbonation, the beer takes on a Duvel-like impression.

Very floral with the hop aromas. Lightly spicy with the phenols that balance out a honey suckle-like aroma. Soft confectionate sugars with the light bready notes of pilsner malt.

Flavors of sweet malt and sugars show up first with bold sweetness despite the later uprising of hop bitterness and spiciness. Not nearly as bitter as I expected, but the hop flavors of spicy Belgian/German hops along with the distinct flowery flavors of Saas give great complexity to the hop profile. Fruity with pears, lemons, and apples, I start to think Saison at times.

The carbonation and ultimate dryness of the beer keeps the taste of the sugars from becomming sweet to the feel or sticky. Much drier than I expected but not hot. The beer has an expansive feel to the mouth which helps to deliver the creamy start, but evaporative finish.

A very nice Belgian Ale that could benefit from less sweetness to taste but retaining the hop flavor while adding aggression to the bitterness.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle tried 13 May 2010.

Served in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Bottle opens with a huge pop. Very large white head, fills most of the glass. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy bright golden color. Aroma is yeasty, pears, some ethanol. Starts quite fruity, grapes and pears. Alcohol fairly noticeable. Almost like a dry white wine through the middle. Some appley flavors. Finish is warming with an underlying sweetness.

Probably a little sweet for the style but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A mammoth fluffy slightly rocky white head comprised if big chunky bubbles... Epic retention... A pale, yet glowing golden yellow color... A moderate haziness lingers... Loaded with medium paced carbonation... A decent bit of chunky foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - The nose is weaker than many of its Belgian IPA counterparts... Lemon zest... Belgian yest... Just the most subtle of European hop presence... A pleasant enough aroma for the style, but way too muted and timid...

T - Starts to flex its muscle much more on the palette... Lemon... Golden raisins... Bready malts... Some candied sugars... Grassy notes... A little bit of funkiness... Just a modest hop kick on the finish... A touch of pepper emerges as part of the aftertaste...

M - Ever sip starts with the lush foam meeting ones lips... This is followed by the dense medium bodied offering... Slight carbonation... Slightly chewy... Sleek... Even and consistent sip after sip...

D - Enjoyable sip after sip... Not at the head of the Belgian IPA class, but one I would welcome in my glass without hesitation in the future... Has some distinct Belgian Pale Ale and Tripel notes... A little more in the aroma category would go a long way...

Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool little flip top bottle that is a recent arrival at a local store.

Pours a cloudy light gold color with a big white head.

Nice hoppy nose, general spices, floral, and with a mineral like character.

Taste is floral and bitter. Hints of dough and creamy sweetness from the malts sit in the background. Beer finishes crisp and dry with an aspirin like bite on the finish.

Nice mouthfeel, feels smooth, fairly thick, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is pretty good. This goes down relatively easy, and is a pretty good example of the style. Not sure I'd buy this one again, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down. Interesting and worth trying.

Photo of RuudJH
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

IPA made in Belgium, 33 cl. swingcap bottle.

Massive head on a golden ale. creamy and good lacing, little carbonation, which leaves the brew a bit awkward after a few minutes.

Fresh smell of greens and hops, with some yeast.
Taste is equally good. Hoppy bitter with sweet malty finish.
Overall the brew has a pretty quick finish, which is a pitty. A bit more body would make this excellent.

Photo of crossovert
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz flip top bottle. Best before 2011.09.09.

Pours a clear orangeish gold with a huge cap of white head. It rises high and leaves globs and globs of intricate lacing as it slowly recedes.

The smell is pretty good, there is a good bit of noble hop aroma in the smell with some citrus and bready grain.

On the palate is is equally balanced between sweetness and bitterness. It works well here, it is a nice piney and decent bitterness over what I would describe as a tripel. It is very fruity but with that overlying hop flavor. It rivals the best of the Belgian IPAs.

This is one damn fine brew, it is too bad I have only seen it at one place. Gotta get it fresh too.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flip-top bottle purchased by a buddy in Brugge and downed in Milan (a welcome change of pace from the ubiquitous Peroni). The beer was and orange shade of gold, lightly hazed, with a thick rocky foam. The aroma was more or less classic Belgian IPA, somewhat floral and hinting at bitterness. The beer tasted a lot like Urthel Hop-It, tart and bitter with herbal/fruity tones. The alcohol is just discernable in the taste, not too strong though. Light bodied and easy drinking.

A very good Belgian IPA, but I wonder why they just don't make them taste like American IPA's, which are so much better in my opinion.

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

A - It is perfectly golden, with a great pillowy white head and sticky lacing splattered everywhere. Not quite Duvel-like, but going for it.

S - Softly sweet notes of pear and peach fuse with pale pristine Pilsener malt; this beer is more like a Strong Pale than an IPA, as the hop character is very subtle, mostly just slightly earthy.

T - Typical of the style best exemplified by Duvel, this brew is less astringent, less effervescent and not tart, compared to the aforementioned. Impressions of pear and peach are slight. The hop character is subtle, but richly complex; essences suggested by the hop profile include earthy, herbal, dank, and spicy. Small amounts of banana ester come out as it warms up.

M - Not sharp enough for the flavor, but generally good.

D - This is a nice brew. I am not sure that I would ever grab it over, say, the almighty Duvel.

Photo of burnerfinger
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the 12 oz- swingtop bottle (which I will use for homebrew) into my new belgium goblet.

A pours a bright golden yellow with a super generous FOUR finger bleach white head. very little flavor to the head at all..."bitter, blonde, and bottle conditioned" per the label seems accurate. I noted more that a bit of trub in the bottle. settles quick in a cloudy, pillowy way.

S not too much to the aroma - a bit of sweet citrus
was hoping for hops here based on the name but I think I was off- base on that one.

hard to rate this one because it's good in all aspects except for taste but taste is a really big part of beer, right? will default to hi marks mostly due to the thankfully HI alcohol content.
T 8.5 abv is finely masked, but not much here in the flavor dept really. some bitter bite follows up after a mostly missing taste.

M smooth, esp. considering the hi abv. this one really cuaght me off guard.

D: superdrinkable. smooth, no alcohol bite, this is only a bit bitter. ????

Photo of SanAnMan
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My local Flying Saucer had Hopus as its glassware special of the week, and if a beer manufacturer has its own glassware, then said beer must be had in said glass (IMO). The glass looked gorgeous, almost a stylized tulip glass that had more than enough room to handle the swing-top bottle that was poured into it.

A - a FANTASTIC head on the pour, at least a good three fingers thick. High carbonation throughout the glass. A nice golden straw color to the beer with a touch of cloudiness.

S - light fruit aromas, some lemon and citrus notes come through. Otherwise not a lot of action I could pick up in the nose.

T - very remniscient of a Pilsner insomuch that it is clean, crisp, and fairly straightforward. Slightly sweet especially in the back palate. The higher alcohol content is almost nonexistent on the tongue. A very easy to drink beer especially in the warmer months. Reminded me a lot of Stella Artois but with a touch more sugar taste.

M - the crispness and lack of alcohol sensation made this beer very sippable. Head maintained itself througout the drink, slightly collapsing into a tight foam as it finished. Again, like Stella, vey smooth and light.

D - just kind of an average beer, really wasn't anything that made me want to do cartwheels, especially considering the price. It was ok for what it was, but if I want to drink a light Belgian ale that's easy on the palate, I'd rather get a sixer of Stella. Overall, I think I appreciated the glassware the beer was served in more than the beer itself.

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was excited to try this after seeing it recently at Half Acre, and finally picking it up at Red & White.

Into a Duvel tulip, it billows and threatens to spill over. The foam is sparkling like dish soap. Fine webs of cratered lace adhere to the glass. The color is a deep and hazy orange.

Aroma is perfumey and floral, the yeast gives it a fruity punch of pear and apples. More Belgian Pale than IPA, but it doesn't matter all that much.

Some cidery astringency, dry herbal hops are noticeable in the aftertaste. A fruity and mildy sweet character seems to dominate, the alcohol peeks out midway through. A bit dusty and thin in the feel, though it has some creaminess, the astringency kind of kills it. Easy enough to enjoy one, but probably won't return to it.

On a positive note it pairs well with a charcuterie plate...

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is now my official 'first beer of the day' when in Brugge and has been used in three different bars already (Bierboom, De Garre and 't Brugs Beertje).

This review is however from a home tasting, so I didn't have the benefit of the lovelly glass and the small hop sediment glass that goes with it. I poured most of my 33cl flip-top bottle into a Corsendonk glass and poured the remainder in later, once I'd finished the main contents.

A huge white head sat on top of a golden, yellow, clear, bright body.

The smell is of sweet flowers and summer, with hops added in everything.

The taste is all about spicey hops and uplifting your day, this beer is a great 'pick-me-up'.

Love it!

Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 1/28/10. Brown swing top bottle compliments of ba slk2go.

Pours a cloudy yellowish/light orange color boasting a huge white head. The beer seemingly wants to pop right out of this swingtop and into the glass. Nose has light malt and citrus hop aroma with a slight sulfur twang. The scent of this beer finishes quite sweet smelling. Taste is well balanced between malt and bready sweetness and slight bitter hops. Warm alcohol presence is felt through the finish. Light feel and highly carbonated. Very easy drinking. As it warms some alcohol comes out in the nose along with a bit of earthiness.

Photo of Tilley4
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from Roof Brothers up in Paducah a couple of days ago and I wanted to try this one as soon as I could...

Poured into a Yazoo Hop Project tulip pint glass...

Pours a golden straw color with one of the most impressive heads that I've ever seen in my life... It literally builds and builds and builds much like a Duvel... Very clear, almost pilsner-like in appearance...

Much like a Duvel in aroma as well... lots of yeast and loads of Belgian sugars with a strong showing from the hops as well... Very unusual aromas with this one... It's loaded with different complexities that I find very interesting... It's like a Belgian Pale Ale combined with an IPA...

This one is very likable in my opinion... It's much like the smell with the Belgian aspects combined with an IPA... Lots of sweet candy sugars up front that finishes strong on the hoppy aspects... Very earthy hops as well... There's a sweetness here that blends well with the sharpness and earthiness of the hops... I like this quite a bit... It's strangely addictive...

Man, there's something about this one that I can't get enough of... There's nothing here that stands out individually but everything collectively blends together in a superb way...I love the way this one blends together and this ended up being one that I wish I had access to on a regular basis.. Splendid...

Photo of peabody
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy yellow with three fingers of very fluffy white suds. Lots of lacing here.
Smell is bitter sour lemon peel and black pepper.
Taste is sweet sugary cotton candy with a strong alcohol afterburn.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a high abv brew.
Drinkability is low here because of the % of alcohol here.

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Green Fairy in the Center Village at Copper Mountain Ski Resort, CO.

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, golden-yellow color with a thick, long lasting head of bubbly, white foam. It left a good deal of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy, yeasty and grainy. There was a touch of Belgian candy sugar in the nose, too.

T - There was a pronounced spicy hop character with a touch of yeast. Good citrus tart with just enough caramel and burnt toast malt to add some needed balance.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a warm alcohol presence. It was medium-bodied and surprisingly easy drinking considering its 8.5% ABV.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian IPA. I had never seen one before so I had to order it. It was worth a try.

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 Cresant
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz swing-top brown bottle into a Duvel glass. Coded: L 20110909. The body was a dull butterscotch color which was hazy. The head was huge and looked like a big dollop of ice-cream. The head receded to a lumpy island, leaving only light lacing.

Smell was lemony with the expected Belgian yeast aromas. Not much else.

Taste was spicy and yeasty. Nondescript fruit, perhaps pear or plum. Creamy and strong. Tart with a nice bitter finish. Pretty clean.

Mouthfeel was medium to full. Some alcohol sting. Low to moderate carbonation, the beer released all of the carbonation in the giant head.

Photo of gyllstromk
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden that's mostly clear if poured correctly, big head and a lot of lacing. Nose is a grassy, floral hop aroma with a splash of lemons, and spicy Belgian yeast. Flavor is a nice pilsner body with an earthy, spicy hop flavor on the finish. A relatively strong bitterness for a Belgian. Feels like a strong, traditional Pilsner, making it fun and easy to drink. Do mind the 8.3%, however.

I give bonus points for the swing-tops, which add to my homebrew supplies.

Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy straw -yellow color with a huge fluffy white head that did settle to a nice white ring with lot of sticky lacing.the smell was hops and citrus and clove and spice..the taste is bittersweet floral with resinous hops then some clove and spices with citrus and grass i get a sweet taste also with some lemon background..the mouthfeel is medium a little bitter on the tongue but it is an ipa..this on is just ok to me and to pricey for the 330ml bottle for me to buy again ..i will recommend to try it and you be the judge

Photo of Dodo2step
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Brass Rail in Hershey, PA

A -fluffy 4 finger head that has some nice peaks. clear lime yellow type of color. looks like a lemongrass candle in a way.

S- apple champagne aroma. herbal spices flutter in and out. lemongrass

T- a floral/spicy type of hoppiness to the flavor. Quite unique to its own. an earthy yeast funk complements that hops.

M- hoppy and earthy. smooth and spicy.

D- a nice beer to kick back with in the summer but not so much in the colder months of the year. this would go easy with BBQ

Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.