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Hopus | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Belgium
brasserielefebvre.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Absumaster on 01-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,071
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
352
pDev:
13.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
51
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Ratings: 352 |  Reviews: 155
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of BryanLogaru
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of NWer
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful pour into my Chimay chalice.
Big pale foamy head that hangs around. Bubbly effervescence persistent from center of glass. Golden clear Lager-like appearance first pour clouds up later with sediment.
Tart almost skunky taste is enjoyable because of its uniqueness but not something worth seeking out.
One was enough.

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Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unusual bottle, its an 11.2 ouncer and its a swingtop...rinsed and will be a sauce dispenser of some sort in its next life...this one poured cloudy light tangarine. Sweeter nose with a moderate hony whiff. Pleasant enough Belgian pale, the hops seemed to be on the muted/subtle side, so not sure what makes this one an "IPA". Worth a try but nothing to get overly excited about.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of innominat
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NilocRellim
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Picked up from a Belgian supermarket while on a trip there back in May. Described on the label as strong and bitter. I've had this before on a previous trip to Belgium; I recall that it was poured into a large tulip glass with the yeast presented in a separate shot glass.

Poured into a Delirium chalice (with the lees poured into a small glass). A rich golden hue with faint haze and plentiful carbonation. Produces a vast head of creamy white foam with superb retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer, leaving a fantastic trail of lacing in it's wake. In short, it looks like the perfect Belgian beer. Aroma of warm, fruity yeast esters with hints of clove, banana, pepper, spice, grassy hops, mild herbs, candy sugar, earthiness and a warming background note of alcohol. Not particularly hoppy, but possesses a nice Belgian yeast character.

Tastes of fruity yeast with a grassy, herbal character and a dry finish. Notes of clove, subtle banana, grass, mild herbs, pepper, spice, earthy yeast, sugar and stewed hops. Slightly sweet but dry and well attenuated. A very restrained herbal bitterness upon swallowing, followed by a warming whiff of booze. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and full-bodied. Tingly and spicy on the tongue - I suspect the high ABV is at play. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity, earthy yeast and dry herbal notes.

Tasty and well-crafted. It certainly isn't a Belgian IPA - more of a strong pale ale. Although the hops are a tad more distinctive compared with your typical Belgian beer, they are grassy and herbal while adding a delicate bitterness. Hopus is no hop bomb. With that said, it has a balanced yeasty character fleshed out with a hint of sweetness and some serious booze. Perfect for appreciating the relative subtleties of Belgian brewing - it goes down nicely. Worth sampling if you chance across it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Another SDIBF sample. Has a cloudy golden homebrew appearance. Aroma was sweet, honey and clove.

Taste, definitively Euro. Lacking hops, bitterness wasn't attributable to hops. Alcohol pronounced more than anything. A lot of those fruit flavors in beer, while below the radar, just don't jive with my preferences (apple, white grape, clove).

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of tux_alin
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clevelandhops
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of MaevaS
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of distantmantra
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at a random bottle shop in Brugge, Belgium. Notes from April 2011.

A: Orange gold coloring with a thick foam head. Heavy amounts of lacing were apparent.

S: Citrus and pine from the hops are the main aroma in this beer. There is some malt and Belgian yeast waiting around in the back.

T: After an initial Belgian yeast flavor, the citrus notes from the hops take center stage.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.

O: This was a total blind buy for my first purchase in Belgium. I tired finding something a similar to what I'm used to back home in Seattle before branching out. Nice combination of a Belgian ale with citrus and pine hop flavor from a typical IPA.

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Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice blond with some hoppiness, but nothing extraordinaire. Funky yeasty aromas. Very yellow body with some significant white head. Lacey. A tad below average mouthfeel for the style. Drinkable because of the mild spiciness, which I take as cinammon.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of VE777
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 352 ratings
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