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Hopus - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | 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 burnerfinger
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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. ????

burnerfinger, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of SanAnMan
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

SanAnMan, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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...

emerge077, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

BlackHaddock, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

stakem, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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...

Tilley4, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of peabody
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

peabody, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

zeff80, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of yelterdow
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

yelterdow, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Cresant
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Cresant, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of gyllstromk
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

gyllstromk, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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

gatornation, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Dodo2step, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of DaveJanssen
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/11/2009 in Ghent. 33 cL in hopus glass.

Ar: Spicy herbal, nectar floral, lemongrass, very hoppy

Ap: very thick head, great retention, coarse and pillowy, crystal clear gold

F: Sweet candy/honey, alcohol is rough, floral hop character, sweet like nectar, mild and sweet fruit, lightly tropical, alcohol subsides a bit from initial strength, very sweet (with simple sugars, not cloying), strong herbal and resinous hop at end

M: alc hot in stomach, high carbonation with light bite, light mouthfeel, sweet

O: very sweet with slightly rough alcohol, nice floral and spice but too sweet with rough alc, llemongrass not in taste (which is good)

DaveJanssen, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a semi hazy golden/yellow color. A large white head of over two fingers forms with really good retention. The rocky foam finally recedes and leaves lots of sticky lace behind.
S: Earthy and musky up front. Yeast and some ripe apples. Floral hops linger.
T: Yeast and light funk. Some spicy flavors. Apples with some light floral and grassy hops.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and smooth. Easy to drink for the alcohol.

This is very enjoyable. Not my favorite of the style, but something that is worth a try.

champ103, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger thick, foam rocky-like white head into my Hopus glass. (Very cool.) Pours a clear pale lemon yellow color with very active carbonation. If this were poured into a pils glass, it could easily be mistaken as such, the foamy head would give it away but the color is similar. The foam sticks to the sides of the glass like cotton candy or paste.

The aroma is a little earthy, lemons, yeasty. For a Belgian ale, it's really subdued and not what I expected, a let down in some regards so I scored it lower in this department.

Tastes more like a Belgian blonde beer than an IPA. The hops are present, but not overly, very mild, finishes more on the sweet side than the hoppy side for an IPA interpretation. Picking up apples, a little lemon, mild spice, malts. Minutes after the taste it leave a mild lemon-like sweet and sour tang/zing in the back of the mouth, very different.

Light body and lots of carbonation on the tongue. It's 8.5% and does not come through in the aroma or in the taste, pretty amazing really. I think the label will lead alot of us Americans to believe it will be more of a hopped up brew since we are so addicted to the hop. For a Belgian Ale, it's a little hoppy, but not overly. It's very drinkable, different, I might enjoy a few of these on a hot summer day, but definitely not one of my favorites for the style.

jzeilinger, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt hops and Belgian yeast

T - Follows the nose lots of sweet malt upfront then the hops and yeast come through

M - This beer has a medium body with med high carbonation to it

D - I an really liking this beer this is an awesome blend of styles if you like Belgians and well balanced ipas this is a beer to seek out

armock, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with about one finger of head. Medium amount of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Belgian yeast, apple, pears, and floral aromatics. I smell some hops, but not nearly as much as I expected from the name.

T: A bit like a dubble or heffeweisse... Subtle light fruits, a little bubblegum, and even a hint of sour. Some hints of bitter hops come through on the finish, but are by no means a prominent aspect of the flavor. Only so-so I would say.

M: Pretty light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Finishes a little dry.

D: It's O.K. I would say. Basically, it feels like a Belgian Pale Ale with some hops thrown in... but the hops changed the overall character of the beer very little.

MrDanno96, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lefebvre Hopus Ale

"Brutus, Amarus, Flavusque. (?)"

Lightly hazed and yellow...enormous, bright white head, leaving much lace.

sharp and bitter aromatics, floral, lemony...

Bitter, hoppy slap to the palate up front, then softly faded back...gets milder, slightly sweetwhile retaining the hoppy flavor. Needs more body, and a bit more from the hops to compare to Poperings and the like.

feloniousmonk, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of elniko
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. Cool swingtop.

A: Poured quite light golden amber with huge head and substantial lacing. Really nice looking brew.

S: Belgian yeast with citrus is the main tone on the nose.

T & M: I have limited experience with Belgian IPAs but I did really enjoy Piraat. When I saw this beer at S&K in Plano but I figured I'd give it a go. Mouthfeel is very thin with the carbonation very apparent. Taste is pretty thin too. Up front thin almost lemon zesty qualities, finish is tart and mildly bitter. Balance just seems a little off, I would have a little more malt backing.

D: I was somewhat underwhelmed by this brew. Don't think I'll be seekig out again but it is not terrible.

elniko, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A swingtop 330 mL bottle purchased at the Brass Rail Deli.

A: The bottle offered up a loud pop when opened, followed by a thick plume of gas. Poured into my goblet, the head was voluminous, requiring two pours to empty. In my glass, the ale is a straw color, golden but hazed over a bit. The notorious head has left extensive lacing behind.

S: The nose drives home a solid tripel aroma, with sweet candi sugars, some pepper and fruity yeast notes. Mild earthy hops eventually emerge.

T: More Belgian pale and than IPA tastewise. The fruitiness of the nose is scaled back drastically, releasing residual sugars late in the game. Hops linger throughout but never make that statement that Belgian IPAs need. The body is predominantly malty with just a bit of fruitiness running around.

M: The mouthfeel is average, nothing really exciting happening.

D: It's not offensive, it just lacks the Belgian IPA kick that I like. I'm glad I only bought one bottle.

akorsak, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Travlr
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Travlr, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

callmescraps, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Well golly... This has the most carbonation I think any store bought beer I've ever had. Not including one beer I overcarbonated. I poured into my sniffer, and 98% of the glass was carbonation. And after the head slowly dissapates, turns out that the beer is clear yellow, with a humungus white head that has great retention and fluffy, rocky lacing all over the glass.

S-Well, hmmm... I'm not sure if it's citrusy hops I smell or just bright fruity esters from the yeast. I do think there is an earthy hoppiness in the nose, but I'm not sure I like the nose in the light that this is an IPA. hmmm...I think I like the nose. I think there is enough hops to call it an IPA...

T-The taste is much like the nose, but with more fruity, spicy esthers in the flavor than the nose. And of coarse a nice light, spicy bitterness that lingers for a good while. There is a huge lemon citrus note from the yeast. Kinda overwhelming the hops in the flavor.

M-The mouthfeel is very bubbly and dry in the finish. Huge carbonation which makes it crispy and refreshing I would think for a hot summer day.

D-Well, hmmmm... This beer is very unique and interesting in every way, and mostly not in a good and pleasing way. I think it goes down well, but I would'nt ever buy this beer again. But I'm glad I tried it. hmmmm... I think it just doesn't have enough hops for me...

hoplover82, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Despite a gentle pour, I got an enormous head on this, taller than the beer itself, in this straight pint glass. As for the aroma: Belgian IPA? There's only a light hint of hops, with a touch of grainy malt. Bitterness comes through better in the taste, but it's still not as high as many triples or saisons. Hop flavor is low, but offers some light grassiness. Lots of fruity/honey yeast character, with some bitter phenols as it lingers at the end. Good mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.

Really, a rather bland beer. I'd call it a generic Belgian blonde, not an IPA.

allengarvin, Nov 23, 2009
Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
85 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.