Hopus - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
The beer was poured from the bottle into a glass. Lots of carbonation visible. The beer looks okay, like a bit yellow-orange. The smell is awesome, very rich, with lots of hints of spices. The taste was a bit disappointing, not very rich and a bit too bitter for my taste. The mouthfeel was good, when the beer warms up a bit, if you don't swallow too quickly, the taste becomes more complex. Overall, not a bad beer.
09-26-2013 14:07:48 | More by MaartenvanDoorn
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the entire surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of spices are present in the nose along with notes of candi sugars.
T: The initial taste has flavors of spiced candi sugars and is followed by a light to moderate amount of bitterness and hints of spices (once the beer warms up). The hops negate any flavors of sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With its aromas and flavors of candi sugars, I thought that this beer shared a lot of similarities with a dubbel, except that it also had some spices and bitterness.
08-16-2013 01:57:21 | More by metter98
United Kingdom (England)
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
Purchased in a specialist beer shop “Gooden” in Taipei, coming in a short, 330ml brown bottle, fitted with a swing top; BB 21/01/15, served lightly chilled in a long-stemmed wine glass. Notes: the back label suggests 5 varieties of hops are used in this brew, without specifying “which” five exactly.
A: pours a hazy, light golden colour with lots of yeast sediments floating around, the carbonation comes rather lively, in support of a rocky off-white frothy head with extremely good retention.
S: the nose gives an immediate idea that this beer purports to be a modern, hoppy take on the traditional Belgian pale ale, that the resinous Saaz, German noble hop and even Goldings aroma intertwines with perfumy esters to deliver a 3-dimensional aroma profile; given a very good swirl, light citrus peels, yeasty notes as of Chinese mung bean paste (a typical bi-product aroma from Belgian yeasts’ work that I’d normally describe as such), overripe fruit esters, liquid candy sugar, sweet spices, a touch of alc., etc., all come to the fore, while malts stay restrained.
T: effervescent on the entry, the creamy, mixed-flavoured foretaste is initially mineral-phenolic, savoury-sweet prune-ish, faintly sweet-citric, peppery-spicy, and hawthorn-fruit-like, then the hop impact kicks in to render a semi-chewy, tannic and then intensifying-ly dry palate, very enjoyable; the aftertaste prolongs the bitter mineral-ish as well as peppery presence, while the (supposed) good attenuation ensures the sugary content doesn’t come so much to result in any slick mouthfeel (which is almost a norm in most Belgian pale beers I’ve tasted). It is moderately bitter, and even clean, on the palate in the end, with a lingering spicy overtones overall.
M&O: the mouthfeel is kept smooth, creamy and consistently finely carbonated, the body comes full but not heavy, while the spicy-yeasty feel and hop bitterness plus resins combine to deliver an altogether chewy feel. Hoppy as it tries to be, the estery elements in the beer still play a very important role, esp. on the nose, while on the palate the hop elements add more complexity and enjoyment, esp. in the aftertaste where yeasts and hops converge to deliver a palate ideal for anyone who appreciates Belgian yeasty magic and hop consolidation at the same time. Personally, I think this is a nicely hoppy Belgian ale with a decent balance and evolving flavour profile to savour. If fixed at a lower gravity, this beer could’ve been even quaffable.
07-12-2013 11:38:04 | More by wl0307
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
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Big creamy head almost 4 fingers, fades fairly slowly, semi clear golden pilsner color.
Nose is weird, it has some Belgian malt, blond and sweet, but a weird fruity aroma and an almost... ketchup? kinda flavor... light grainy husk sawdust, bit of fruity hop.
Taste starts with belgian malts again, and again that quick flash of a ketchup like, fruity flavors, mild fruity hops, some bitterness but not a lot, some grainy husk, semi sweet and little syrupy too. Finish is dry but a little sticky, earthy grassy hop bitterness lingering.
Mouth is med bodied, little warming booze, nice carb.
Overall not very good, seems like some off flavors, and not very hoppy for a beer called "hopus".
06-11-2013 13:29:30 | More by jlindros
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
Best before 6/17/13.
Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grape juice, spice, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grape juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that displays more fruit and spice aromas and flavors over any sort of hop presence this beer is supposed to have.
06-08-2013 05:59:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.