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 PlutonowyManiek
1.65/5  rDev -55.4%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
1.96/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Orange amber color with a super thick and firm pure white head and very thick and full lacing. Nose is remarkably light and unassertive. Light yeast and a super light "burnt" remnant. Nose is faint and very unassertive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light, almost no, carbonation. Beer is likely balanced but,

Flavors are so weird that mouthfeel is lost in the extreme lemon syrup, thick sweet flavors. Even the finish is a bitter sweet lemon. This sort of tastes like a lemon sauce gone wrong. I can see this perhaps as a type of sauce for cooking but not as a drink. All in all, just too sweet, no carbonation and little appeal.

Having said the foregoing, the cool bottle with the swivel top will likely work to hand bottle some growler left overs! So, buying this one wasn't a total waste.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A= The pour is a slightly hazy yellow color with a huge head on it that rises to about three four fingers up and holds some nice retention as well as some good lacing on the side of the glass. The head is amazing I must say. If I could add a picture to the review I would. Very very Duvel like.

S= Loads of Belgian yeast and spice in the nose. Tons of clove and black pepper. A really interesting smell that doesn't have much hop to it. Lots of lemon zest as well. Not sour lemon but the oily sort of zest in it.

T= The taste is again very very light on the hops. There is a lot of sweet yeasty clove flavor to it as well as some straight honey like sweetness to it. The hops again are nonexistant. I get a little bit of alcohol in the taste as well. Yeasty is a good way to describe the taste of this one.

M= The most interesting part of this beer I would say. It has a very heavy residual mouth on it. Lingering and bread like I would say is a good way to describe it. Heavy as hell for an IPA.

D= This is sort of a thanks but no thanks beer for me. I got a buddy who I introduced to beer and he really likes his hops so the name persuaded him here and he agreed this was a bust. This beer looked amazing in the glass and from there it let down.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.57/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The nose is very hoppy with a mouth that plays on the same combination, that is to say the power of hops but it must be admitted that this is far from being fully successful. Indeed, the mouth is too syrupy and has a very herbal mouth which is much closer to the drug than the hoppy bitterness. The basic product marketing, the power hops, appears slightly truncated.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a rocky off white head. In the aroam, English/ gingerbread like maltiness and faint pine hops. In the taste, dry yeast, dry pine hops and a bit boozy. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and alcohol like aftertaste. Too boozy, small hops, but not enough for balance. Eh! A little hairspray like too.

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Photo of yelterdow
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

330ml swing top bottle with a drink by date of 09092011 lasered on the back. Available now in New York, I'll serve this in the brewery's own oversize tulip glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

Appearance- As I might have expected, even on a gentle pour the mighty head explodes over the sides of my glass, pooling around the stem. After several minutes, it collapses into a craggy, disheveled mound of tight foam. Color is murky orange with gentle streaming carbonation.

Smell- Aromas of perfume and flowers eminate from the glass, backed by a dose of Belgian hops and alcohol. The latter is quite evident and lingers in the nose after the initial floral character.

Taste- Sharp and sugary right off the bat, the beer quickly turns and goes straight to fusel alcohol... unfortunately, any balance of malt, hops, and spices grind to a screeching halt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The beer's texture is relatively tame for a Belgian IPA, and within a few seconds in the mouth it smooths out completely to the point of being no match for the intense flavors. I elected to add the yeast in with the last pour, which changed the character substantially with regard to mouthfeel.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.69/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of stoutopia
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden hazy colour. With an amazing hughe head. But you smell it, and it´s like a alcoholic golden pale ale...where are the hops?...some alcoholic, and yeast notes in mouth, and some light hops, not bitter flavour, not complex...just a little bit in the finish, but it tastes malty, grasy and alcoholic...It seems a try of a handcrafted IPA, but I think it´s not-. I think it´´s not an IPA at all.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 mL flip-top bottle pours a hazed, light gold color with a massive cap of white head...bottle gushed a bit. Foam does not even move hardly, voluminous and sticky. Lacing is sickly clumpy and 3D.

Nose is grassy as hell with a fruity yeast influence. Grainy malts border on caramel, but stay in the 'grainy' range. Has a unique white bread loaf aroma that is interesting.

Creaminess of the beer is what sticks out the most. Hop flavor and bitterness are both there with an overabundance of sweet bread and milly grains. Too sweet for me and despite the bitterness, does not finish very dry. I think it is the hoppy-thick-doughy combination that does not set right with me. No mas para me.

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Photo of Travlr
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden yellow color with a big head that disappears in seconds but leaves decent lacing.
S: Sulphur aroma with some pine.
T: Flavor is bitter throughout without much complexity or character.
M: Light bodied, especially for the style.
D: Best skipped, I think, although it's a few notches above a drainpour.

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Photo of SteveGNC
2.79/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice white frothy head that lingers awhile. Color is a cloudy amber and not very appealing. This beer is a little too bitter for my taste. There is the sweet apple Belgian ale taste - very carbonated and I don't think the hoppy bitterness mixes well. I much prefer an Urthel or Piraat of the same style. This is not a terrible beer, but I would not buy again.

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Photo of ChiPool
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle; Best before 10/12/2013

Poured into Duvel tulip. Wow: 2 inches of snow-white billowing head. The rest looks a bit like rusty water. This smells like a belgian: banana/yeast/esthers. Tastes like a run of the mill belgian: can't taste the "hop" in "Hopus". There is a very faint lingering bitterness.

For $5 & 11.2 oz, pass on this one. There are better belgians for less than a sawbuck per...

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Photo of callmescraps
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First of a group of awesome Belgians from the lady friend. Had never heard of this one and am intrigued.

Appearance - Pours with a ton of stark white head. The beer itself is sort of an old straw color, with a hint of apple cider. Fairly opaque. The head settles down leaving some meringue-like pockets. It laces in big chunks. An interesting looking beer. The head is intense, but the beer itself look slightly odd.

Aroma - Similar to the appearance in its' strangeness. It's quite grassy, but it has a ton of yeastiness. Almost funky, but mostly just dank. Was hoping for some bright citrus to come through, but instead there is almost a cleaning solvent smell. More like a saison smell than anything, but not as funky. Ton of esters.

Taste - Follows the smell, then falls off. It's certainly got a ton of grassy hops. Very dry, and the booze comes through much stronger than expected. Boy is it dry. A sort of sourness on the finish is downright unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Easily the best part. Nice, rich carbonation.

Drinkability - That aftertaste is tough. Grassy/sour. One and done, thanks.

Well, it was a great present, and certainly an interesting experience. However I won't seek this out again or recommend it to others. There are just too many better beers in the world.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz brown glass swing-top bottle. Back label dated Best Before End L20111021.

Pours an orange gold with sticky white head that leaves lots of spotting. Nose is full of orange juice notes. Palate fat with creamy carbonation and sharp alcohol notes. Orange juice notes, a little lime zest and some light hop bitterness. Finish is dominated by citrus zest.

Notes: Meh, decent. If you like key lime pie this might be up your alley. Don't know how much this goes for, but I suspect it's too much.

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Photo of akorsak
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A swingtop 330 mL bottle purchased at the Brass Rail Deli.

A: The bottle offered up a loud pop when opened, followed by a thick plume of gas. Poured into my goblet, the head was voluminous, requiring two pours to empty. In my glass, the ale is a straw color, golden but hazed over a bit. The notorious head has left extensive lacing behind.

S: The nose drives home a solid tripel aroma, with sweet candi sugars, some pepper and fruity yeast notes. Mild earthy hops eventually emerge.

T: More Belgian pale and than IPA tastewise. The fruitiness of the nose is scaled back drastically, releasing residual sugars late in the game. Hops linger throughout but never make that statement that Belgian IPAs need. The body is predominantly malty with just a bit of fruitiness running around.

M: The mouthfeel is average, nothing really exciting happening.

D: It's not offensive, it just lacks the Belgian IPA kick that I like. I'm glad I only bought one bottle.

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Photo of stcules
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange appearance, with a beautiful rocky white foam.
In the smell malt and yeast in the foreground, then some ripe fruit, and breadiness.
Same notes in the mouth, with the yeast in good evidence. Then malt and fruitiness, and a bit of bitterness, right.
The alcohol is perceptible, but correct for the style.
A light spiciness in the aftertaste, with some good notes of candy sugar.
Balanced, for the style, with a good yeast that holds it up.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Well golly... This has the most carbonation I think any store bought beer I've ever had. Not including one beer I overcarbonated. I poured into my sniffer, and 98% of the glass was carbonation. And after the head slowly dissapates, turns out that the beer is clear yellow, with a humungus white head that has great retention and fluffy, rocky lacing all over the glass.

S-Well, hmmm... I'm not sure if it's citrusy hops I smell or just bright fruity esters from the yeast. I do think there is an earthy hoppiness in the nose, but I'm not sure I like the nose in the light that this is an IPA. hmmm...I think I like the nose. I think there is enough hops to call it an IPA...

T-The taste is much like the nose, but with more fruity, spicy esthers in the flavor than the nose. And of coarse a nice light, spicy bitterness that lingers for a good while. There is a huge lemon citrus note from the yeast. Kinda overwhelming the hops in the flavor.

M-The mouthfeel is very bubbly and dry in the finish. Huge carbonation which makes it crispy and refreshing I would think for a hot summer day.

D-Well, hmmmm... This beer is very unique and interesting in every way, and mostly not in a good and pleasing way. I think it goes down well, but I would'nt ever buy this beer again. But I'm glad I tried it. hmmmm... I think it just doesn't have enough hops for me...

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Photo of Absumaster
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, golden beer with a frothy head that lasts the entire brew.

Smell is doughy with typical Belgian yeast characteristics, some higher alcohols, mild hoppy like a light tripel. A little metallic.

Taste is a little honey with some warm alcohol. It appears to me that a lot of sugar has been used. Maltiness is very low and body is thin as water. En above all, where are the hops. For a beer with a name like this, I would expect it to have more hoppiness. After a couple of sips the bitterness is starting to give way, but I doesn't exceed the average lager. But now there is also some sort of hoppiness. It is grassy and slightly citric, but it is still not convincing.
Mouthfeel is thin, there is a lot of carbonation and it drinks like a blond.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold/straw with a large white head.
Nose shows floury/bready yeast and wheat with some earthy, floral green hops in the background.
Flavours are very similar but are loads sweeter and also show some spicy hops. Finishes with a mild but somewhat off-putting bitterness.
Carbonation should be higher.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, apple cider looking with a decent white head and moderate lacing.

S: Fruity, sweetness, and spices.

T&M: Highly carbonated. Very tangy with a strong alcohol taste. Spicy, fruity and ultra bitter in the middle. Finishes with a fairly decent original spicy flavor.

Not one of my favorites, but fairly drinkable.

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Photo of cnally
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice bottle, wire capped. Love that.

Cloudy hazy golden body with a shimmery small bubbled white head.

You can really pick up on the Belgian yeasts in the aroma, with a lightly toasted caramel malt. A little banana.

A decent bitter flavor. Hops come out nicely, a good toasted grain flavor. Lack of depth, seems a little shallow. Quite hot, the alcohol is extremely untamed.

The feel is over-crisp and highly hot. Carbonation is uneven.

Meh. Kind of boring, frankly--there is just not enough punch, but being boring can be ok sometimes. It's just that the qualities are a little lacking.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle has a reusable swing faux-cork top set up a la Grolsch.

Pours with a pale straw-ish gold body with a small amount of clouding. Large amount of fluffy white head that settles off to a rocky mass and clumps of thick patchy lace clinging to the glass.

Aroma is heavy in floral hops with dried wild malts and some hints of cloves and citrus rind.

The palate shows sweet yeast flavors with some soft dry malts however the floral hops that helped defined the aroma of the beer don't quite launch out as you may expect; they are there just not as dominating as the nose indicates. Cloves and citrus flavors also blend well.

In terms of weight etc this is not a heavy beer by any measure however the flavors themselves are heavy, mostly in the way that they linger and stick. The mouthfeel is pleasant and the carbonation is well balanced to the flavors and features of the beer.

Overall a good Belgian IPA and well worth a try.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL stubby Belgian swing-top bottle with no freshness date. This "hop opus" is brewed with five hops to celebrate the "yield of the harvest and the work of the brewer." It pours clear gold, with a good amount of carbonation and a very big head that leaves lots of clumpy lace. A touch of hops and sweet malts in the nose, but there is an odd, vegetal aroma in there that is pretty offensive. The flavor yields pale malt, spicy/floral hops that contribute a soft bitterness, skunk?, a bit of alcohol, and lightly fruity, chalky yeast on top of a crisp, highly-carbonated body that has a bitter linger. It isn't too bad, but there is something wrong with the bouquet. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this one.

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Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a swing-top into my glass and had a very tall white head with a clear, gold body. I was a bit let down by this beer after hearing good things from friends. There was an astringent alcohol taste for starters. Also, the hops were very mild, hardly bigger than a dry Belgian pale ale. The basic malts reminded me of Duvel - for the white grape, bready taste - but it didn't have the same rich yeast character. I don't know if this had too much aging or too little, or if there's something else going on, but I'd avoid this beer. There are simply better Belgians out there for your time and money.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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