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Hopus - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 307 | Reviews: 147
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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.

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3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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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3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip

A: Pale gold with an enormous 3 finger soapy head that breaks relatively quickly leaving tons of lacing behind.

S: spices - cloves especially, grains, yeast, malts and some grassiness.

T: a bit of sweet immediately followed by spices and pepperiness, grains, yeasts and some bitter on the tail.

M: highly carbonated with a feel toward the creamy end.

O: I quite enjoyed this beer. I like the bitter finish and I found it incredibly easy to drink. To me the idea of a Belgian IPA is confusing, perhaps this is a BSPA. I'm glad I picked up a couple of bottles, I will enjoy it again.

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3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Gold colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some greatg lacing. The head lasted for a long time before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, breads/grains, ginger

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves and lemon juice. There is also some floral notes, hops, and a peppery finish.

Overall - A little unrefined at times and a touch medicinal, but still a pretty solid beer. Not something I'd pick up again though, something about it just tastes a little home brew-ish.. far too many other beers available to come back to this one.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 2015 02 13.

A: Pours a cloudy golden amber with a dense white head that froths up quickly. While the head dissipates, some good lacing is left on the glass. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Belgian farmhouse blended with a bitter hop backing. Maltiness comes through giving it a cereal of bready type aroma. A bit of harsh alcohols in there.

T: As with the aroma, the focus of this is on the Belgian characteristics. Spoiled with the IPA's of America, this is much lower on the bitter spectrum. A real nice carmel malting comes through that rounds this out into a tasty beers.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. Alcohol is warming but not overly hot. A bit sticky from the hops and malt sweetness but still quite drinkable.

Overall this is certainly one of the more bitter beers from Belgium I've tried. That being said the focus still seems a bit heavy on the malt flavors, which do make for a quality beer.

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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for $5.80 750ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a challis.

A- Not that impressive. Opens well with a 2" head on pour that stays for a few minutes.

S- Again not much here. Hint of lemon

T- Pretty good. Nice bitter hoppy beer. Pretty mild and tame though in every respect. Not much heat although it's over 8%.

M- Not that impressive at all.

O- Very easy drinking high alcohol beer. Be careful!!

Food Pairing

This nice light yet heavy beer goes well with.... pot roast

Enjoy

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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $5.80 CDN. Served rather cool into glassware.

Appearance - Bright clear extremely fizzy beer is poured. Golden straw in color with just a few copper shades. Enormous 3.5 finger dense white head leaves sticky lacing and has a lingering presence. Pretty impressive looking and as the head recedes a large white cylinder of foam remains.

Smell - Mild amount of funky Belgian yeasts with some floral hops presence. Something tropical but the nose is subdued. There's also a doughy aroma that maintains throughout.

Taste - Mild Belgian IPA, as the taste of Belgian yeast is present although subdued and there's a dank earthy undertone to the whole beer. The bitterness and / or fruitiness (to at least some degree) is virtually nil, leaving the flavoring a bit disappointing for the style. Still a tasty beer

Mouthfeel - Very lively but a touch on the thin bodied side, especially given the appearance. Still crazily fizzy even after letting the beer settle. A touch of heat on the back end from the booze.

Overall - A passable Belgian IPA, but this to me is more of a Belgian Pale Ale, than a Belgian IPA. Still worth a try while quantities last

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Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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