Hopus | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of KellyBelukusBeers
5/5  rDev +35.1%

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!

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Photo of beer4
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Strong Bitter Blond with bulky foam. A round Bitter taste with a hop finisch. Made from 5 different european Hops, the result is a fabulous beer with a unique combination of bitterness and aroma. Served in a beautiful glass and a little yeast glass.

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Photo of BryanLogaru
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
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 seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Served with a big, foamy, frothy, fluffy, off white head that is long lasting and clumpy lace. Color was a clear, dark, gold amber. Nose is malt, grain, leather, yeast, sweat. Flavor has bitterness stand out and sweetness is almost gone to the point of dryness. Not much flavor or aroma hop. Malt flavor is subdued, but unmalted grain is there, plus grass. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is long and a little warm. I'd like another, please.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
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!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like almost a wheatbeer straw and cloudy wild white head. Semolina and white pepper aroma.

Bitter tasting with floral notes ethanol, hops are there with dulled sugars.

Nice mouthfeel good low carbonation, really a class and type of its own

a great beer all round.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample from the bottle at In De Groene Poort in Gooik, Belgium. Right down the street from De Cam. Sampled in the back garden.

A: clear, great head, yellow color
S: great nose, earthy but hoppy
T: earthy, yeast, great malt, great hops but not over the top
M: very nice

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Photo of Habanero58
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have just returned from my latest trip to Brussels from the U.K. where I came across "Hopus" in one of my very favourite Belgian bars ... "Poechenellekelder"

It must be hard to introduce a new beer in such a richly stocked market place as Belgium so hats off to "Hopus" for managing to make an impression! Firstly, I do not think this beer is claiming to be an IPA, but it does have 5 varieties of hops used in it's production. The bitterness is there for sure but not pronounced. (I would put it in the Strong Belgian Pale Ale category)

Pours into an elegant elongated Duvel type tulip but Hopus has another glass, a shot glass, into which the last
25ml or so of beer is poured after a vigorous shake of the Grolsch flip type bottle. This gives you a different experience to the main beer via a cloudy sweet yeasty apperitif. It's what a lot of people do with the last of a Trappist Orval pour , but this is the first time I've seen a beer served with an extra glass for the lees!

Hopus itself has a huge foaming head similar to the mighty Duvel, and tastes like a cross between a Duvel and an IPA. It is refreshing and moorish and I don't really see the lager connection another reviewer alludes to?
It is better than that IMHO.
I will be interested to see how this beer fares. I brought a bottle home with some Westvleteren Blonde & Abt 12 as travel companions :o)

Immensely drinkable despite it's 8.3%.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at cafe delirium where it is listed as "the best new beer of 2008"

considering the label i had to try it.

This was like nothing else I'd ever had

pours a pale aleish color.

Smell is a mix of wild yeasts and some nice almost americanesque hop character. There were also some nice citrus notes in there.

The taste was so much fruit and citrus it was really incredible, and it finished with a great hop bitterness.

Beautiful and really unique beer - try this if you can.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and bright golden yellow with a moussy head and good lacing

The aroma is quite hoppy with citrus notes and other sweet fruits as well as a bready malt backbone

The taste is really quite fruity as well as being quite hoppy and bitter. Apples, peaches, pears, some grapes even. The hops are citrusy with lime and lemon being sour and refreshing. Not as much Belgian yeast flavour as I'd imagine but I don't think that was the brewer's aim here. Quite a different BIPA, but very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (for a Belgian) and the carbonation was pretty high but softer than expected.

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Photo of armock
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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

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Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful and bountiful near-white head. Recedes delicately. The liquid is crystal clear with a light gold color. Plenty of upward carbonation from the base of the glass. Ample spotty/ring lace on the glass.

The smell consists of fully malted barley. Light bread-like yeast aromas which also seems to give touch of sourness. The hop bitterness is quite muted. The warming nose of alcohol is actually stronger. Exceptionally complex.

Far stronger bitter bite than the smell indicates. This is enhanced by the high level of carbonation. Sour notes of lemon peel fade from the initial taste. Excellent pale malt base--no graininess whatsoever. Only the body seems average in this beer.

Side note: The initial head required me to make two pours. The second pour was extremely cloudy from the yeast sediment in the bottle. Interestingly, the flavor really didn't change dramatically.

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Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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Photo of salvo
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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 boudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy dark golden / almost orange; white foamy 2 finger head that lasts just a bit; a touch of sediment sits in the bottom of the glass

S: malty up front; also a hoppy, floral citrus aroma; overall, musty and yeasty

T: malts and hops attack in a balanced way; a touch of citrus and yeast (liquid bread), with some fruity notes as well, like bananas; clove and spice also present

M: medium body, but still refreshing; not crisp, but not too lingering; alcohol present, but not in a negative way; just warms the body...

O: reminds me of a saison / farmhouse ale

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Photo of crossovert
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz flip top bottle. Best before 2011.09.09.

Pours a clear orangeish gold with a huge cap of white head. It rises high and leaves globs and globs of intricate lacing as it slowly recedes.

The smell is pretty good, there is a good bit of noble hop aroma in the smell with some citrus and bready grain.

On the palate is is equally balanced between sweetness and bitterness. It works well here, it is a nice piney and decent bitterness over what I would describe as a tripel. It is very fruity but with that overlying hop flavor. It rivals the best of the Belgian IPAs.

This is one damn fine brew, it is too bad I have only seen it at one place. Gotta get it fresh too.

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Photo of mschind
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a unique swing top stubbie with a 2014 date.

A- Big foamy head that left a thick cone in the middle and a little lacing. Very clear straw color.

S- Intense floral fruit aroma with some yeasty notes. I'm not pulling any distinctive hops out of it but the grain comes through. I was expecting a hop blast but this still has a wonderful nose.

A- Again, not what I was expecting for bitterness. Obvioiusly plenty of hops to round out the maltiness but for something called Hopus, hops do not dominate. Doesn't matter because it is still a great tasting Belgian golden ale. The balance is perfect. there is some big malty sweetness but it still seems to finish dry.

M- Appropriate carbonation gives it a well rounded feel with medium light body.

O- Are they hyping the hops to appeal to an American market dominated by IPA's? This is a Belgian beer all the way and a great one at that.

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Photo of Derek
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really more of Strong Pale with some good hopping. Given the name, I expected more hops (Doesn't seem much hoppier than a fresh Orval).

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a huge white head, exceptional retention, excellent lacing.

S: Floral hops, marmalade and some spicy phenolics. Not overwhelming, but certainly enticing.

T: Marmalade, candied, floral hops with some grapefruit rind, biscuity, nice spicy phenolics, good bitterness (though modest for an 'IPA'), alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Well-attentuated, moderate body had plenty of carbonation and a crisp, dry finish.

D: Nicely crafted, well-balanced and digestible. A really easy drinker.

Definitely modest for an 'IPA'.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
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...

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Photo of basica
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange golden with a overly thick bubbly head into my Duvel tulip with an average amount of carbonation (4)

S - The nose is made up of citrusy hop aromas with a bready malt backing with a dash of Belgian yeast (4)

T - Sweet citrusy and grassy notes upfront dabbed with Belgian yeast with a aromatic and fairly significant hoppy bitterness towards the finish. The after taste is slightly fruity with a light bready malt backing. One can really see where it really feels like a Belgian Tripel crossed with an American IPA or Double IPA! (4)

M - Medium-bodied thickness with the right amount of carbonation and a foamy smoothness finishing dry. Nice! (4.5)

D - Very drinkable and sessionable with a well hidden 8.3% but may be less approchable to some due to the bitterness. (4.5)

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Hopus glass.

A-Beautiful 3 or 4 inches of white foam above a clear yellow amber ale. Pretty intense lacing.

S-Hops, Hops and fruit. Citrus and muscadine smells. Pleasant without being overwhelming.

T-Great Belgium IPA. Little indication in the taste that it is 8.5 % ABV. Lots of hops without being over bitter.

M-Medium body with good carbonation. Nice grape after taste.

D-I could drink it several times a week, if I could get my hands on it. I'm afraid that I will have to go back to the Belgium Online Beer store to get some more once these 6 are gone.

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Photo of Paisan
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at d'Afspraak in Mechelen. They used an interesting way of presenting the beer: you get the clear beer poured in the Hopus glass, and the sediment (mostly hops residue) in a smaller liqueur glass next to it. Up to you if you choose to ignore it, taste it pure, or pour the sediment in the Hopus glass.

Colour is a nice golden, straw. Clear or clouded, depending on whether you poured the sediment or not. Gigantic head, typical of this type of beer.
Smell is subtle, hints of malt and hops, but less than what you'd expect.
Light, fresh taste. Citrusy, with the bitterness of the hops only kicking in at the end.
Surprisingly, this is 8.5% ABV; you don't smell, taste or feel it... until it's too late.
Very nice new beer, very drinkable, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delightful find at the Whole Foods here in Austin along with its Signature Glass. I do hope the Glass survives the trip home it is really quite nice.

Appearance is quite cloudy with an abundant tight-knt white head and crazy carbonation. Some sediment chunks in the glass. Not surprising as I riused the sediment before pouring out the last of it. Left thick lacing as I sipped.

Aroma is apples and other sweet fruits. Almost no hops evident at all.

Taste is bittering hops on the front of the toungue with a blast of sweet malt and fruit and a relatively clean finish. Surprisingly bitter up-front I might add.

Mouthfeel is light and gassy. The carbonation ticles the tongue and throat as you sip. Considering 8.5% ABV this is a light bodied beer.

Overall an enjoyable Belgian Pale Ale which I will seek out as I make purchases at home.

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3.7 out of 5 based on 350 ratings.
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