Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #211
Ranked #33,559
3.76 | pDev: 13.03%
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- I'm glad I poured this 330ml into an outsize glass as even well rested, chilled and poured slowly it has a 10Cm head on it (ps. that held up really well. 10mins post-pour there was a 'chimney' of foam standing above foam below - different! The head is just off-white, the body is pale amber with a very slight haze. Minor sediment appears left in the bottle.
S- It seems quite mild to me, but I likely have some winter congestion. I ask my wife, good nose on her, she agrees it's so light it's hard to distinguish.
T- Somewhat different, in a good way, quite prominent dry hops then into a more expected rich/deep/pungent flavour and then back into balance for a pretty prominent hoppy/rich finish.
F- It's 8.3% and it shows it. It balances that and it's broader richness with more prominent hopping than IME is typical in a high ABV% trad Belgian beer.
O- I really like it. It is neither over-hoppy nor in the slightest cloying/rich/etc, the brewer has hit the point of balance admirably. I'd happily drink this again, thought at £3.97/330ml bottle it would be an occasional treat.
Bought from BeersOfEurope (UK) BBE: 5/11/2020

Mar 03, 2020
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this (poured into the beer's reserved glass) at the airport in Brussels in May 2018, the night before we flew home. Our hotel was next to the airport so we ate at a place inside. Anyway, the beer had a decent hop paired with the typical flavor of Belgian yeast. It was dangerously smooth at this abv.

Jan 02, 2020
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RiffPaddywack from California

4.56/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I created an account specifically to review this beer. I’ve noticed many bad reviews. It’s fresh when cold. Good fruity, yet bold taste. Fun pop top. Decor looks like something off the Goonies treasure map. No bad notes for this beer. Delicious

Jul 30, 2019
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got to be one of the best looking beers, a lovely light body topped with a meringue style head, like the best retaining head I have seen....bulges out above the glass and stays put like a whippy icecream.

Aroma is light and hoppy, refreshing with mild honey.

Taste is a touch disappointing, just hit with alcohol, and at 8.3% I can see why some BA reviews suggest tripel like, it is just very sharpe.

Aftertaste is a continuation of the taste, no hiding from it, it stays with you until your next quaff.

Overall I would say this is a pretty good beer, which could have been better if it had some taste of note, and perhaps dare I say it?, less alcohol!!

Still worth a few bottles of the stuff for sure.

Jul 26, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.69/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

What's the deal with this appearance? Doesn't look professional, looks ruddy, lacks clarity. Aroma wasn't ipa/hoppy either. Yeast, sweetness, clove and spice rack? Ugh.

Taste did have bitterness but lacked hop flavor. Fuckin' Belgian ipas amiright? Alcohol is over the top. This just tastes like a tripel for the most part. Some of the apple yeast notes there. But too much clove.

Glad I knocked this tick out with a small sample size, would not bang again.

Nov 09, 2016
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Shanex from France

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent belgian style IPA. A massive head reminescent of Duvel... Smells like bread with five varieties of hop. Drinkable yet relatively strong. Will buy this one again.

Jul 03, 2016
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow/gold colour. Smells very bready, and a little sweet. Tastes a bit boozy, yeasty, a bit of spiciness, and a clean aftertaste. Very crisp and refreshing.

Jun 21, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light bodied hoppy ale, bordering on tripel territory. Pours hazy golden with towering foamy, yet lasting head. Hops are at the forefront (duh!), semi-sweet and flowery. Still has a way to go to reach Chouffe Houblon class, but pretty good nonetheless.

Mar 16, 2016
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BryanLogaru from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading some of the negative reviews for this brew, I realized that I have not had the same experience as any of them . . . and the only difference was that they had bottles and I had it on draft. I was not expecting much from this beer, I simply saw it on the beer menu at a restaurant and decided to give it a try and wow did I make a good decision. Poured with BIG head which did wonders to release the wonderful floral aroma of the beer. Upon first sip I was astounded as to how smooth it was. A juicy taste of citrus fruits and mostly lemon with maybe a hint of malt dominated the experience with a smooth bitter hop finish that dissipated faster than expected. Others have compared part of the taste to soap, and I can see where they are coming from but I do not believe soap is what they are tasting. My guess is that it is orange or lemon peel they are tasting. I Definitely not your typical IPA, but honestly it makes for an easy and enjoyable experience.

Dec 18, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with plenty of white head. Floral notes, some sweet notes like honey, and cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with sweet malt and floral flavors.

Jun 07, 2015
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JaimeLondon from Brazil

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great belgian IPA.
This one and La Chouffe Soleil were the most hoppy belgian beers I've drank till now.
Smell and taste in this one are definitely hoppy, full of floral notes and with fruity notes too, specially cherry, citrus and blueberry.
Body, carbonation and bitterness are well balanced.
I had it on-tap in an italian beer.

Jun 07, 2015
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

1.65/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

The color is nice, yellow, clear
White head, consisting of a medium-sized bubbles.
The aroma is malty, with a touch of floral notes, some honey, you can also trace the apricots, and, unfortunately butter.
Taste, first alcohol a little acidity and soap, in the end also butter. Generally, after every sip lightly shakes me. Gentian alcohol only at the finish. Saturation average. Hopus disappointed me greatly, some massacre. I just hope it was a separate accident at work.

May 19, 2015
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by date of 2/2015

Appearance - cloudy bronze color with white head

Smell - apple, yeast

Taste - apple, yeast, lemon, hint of caramel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, slight citrus sweetness upfront, bitterness and funkiness and tartness on the back end. tail end of the experience is unpleasant.

Overall - this was a beer that underwhelmed me. Won't be revisiting this one.

Price Point - $3.29/11.2 oz bottle

May 08, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-cloudy golden with a big foamy white head,which quickly dissipates
-medium carbonation visible
-milk,cream,spices (Coriander),Tea,Floral,toffee
-slight tartness,lemongrass,floral,spices,earthy,toffee
-bready and toasty finish coming through very late
-medium carbonation,light-medium body
-faint alcohol warming
Reminds me a lot of a Belgian Strong Ale a la La Chouffe.
Pretty good,though i expected more hoppyness with the name.

Apr 18, 2015
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Wanne from Belgium

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The hops are dominant in the aroma, a mixture of floral and grass accents. It pours a nice golden beer, with a white head that vanishes rapidly. The hops dominate the taste, which makes it a medium bitter beer. The texture of the beer is thin, and the initial hop accents are completely absent in the finishing. Overall a nice beer, which tastes better if you drink it slightly warmer than the recommended serving temperature.

Jan 25, 2015
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seedyone from New York

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

05/01/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC. On tap. As a huge Unibroue Fin du Monde fan I like this very much. Lacks the bready Unibroue yeast, but that just adds to the mystery. If it wasn't for the 8.3% ABV I could drink this all day in any season. Love it.

Dec 16, 2014
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ChrisWhoDrinksBeer from New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%

Hits you with a lot of complex flavors. Fruity but not overly sweet. Nice carbonation, peppery finish. Fairly bitter but not overpowering. Overall a very enjoyable beer, drinkable but complex.

Nov 09, 2014
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dogin26 from Australia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Light clear golden colour with a nice head that leaves a layer of froth.

Lots of spices (cloves), lemon and bready smells. Bit of booze also.

Taste has a tangy lemon hit with some spices which leads to some brown sugar and dark fruits. Bready malts to finish it off.

A nice enjoyable beer. Would drink again for sure

Aug 30, 2014
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KellyBelukusBeers from Texas

5/5  rDev +33%

Belgian golden strong ale -brewed with 5 different hop varietals for complex flavor and refined body. Strong, bitter, blonde. The created for the brewers' wedding celebration. So tasty!

Aug 21, 2014
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mick303 from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

From large corked bottle, clear light gold with good retention on creamy white head. Smell is dry and grassy, some fruity cherries, a bit spicy with some yeasty character over a firm malt base. Taste is fruity but also distinctly yeasty and mild kilned Belgian malts, toasty with some dry bitterness. Hops aren't very lively, grassy and earthy. Not bad but not an outstandingly complex beer.

Aug 16, 2014
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

May 25, 2014
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

May 04, 2014
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

May 04, 2014
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CloudStrife from New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Apr 25, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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


Apr 24, 2014
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