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 Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 6/17/13.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grape juice, spice, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grape juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that displays more fruit and spice aromas and flavors over any sort of hop presence this beer is supposed to have.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

none of the belgian india pale ales are really hoppy in the american sense, but this one has some tang to it. pours a little hazy bright golden color with a ton of carbonation and lasting head. smells like bready yeast, english caramel malts in a refined form, and something more than kent goldings on the hop front. not a beast, but a bigger on the hop belgian. the booze is absent in the taste, which is surprising. you can really feel it. the flavor is the same as the nose, with a crisp aftertaste. great feel, bright bubbles and cold clean finish. not my favorite belgian, but a nice take on this style and a beer i will definitely drink again here in europe. this is as hoppy as ive been able to find in eastern europe.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice hazy golden color with w decent looking head on top. The head was a little sticky and left a pretty good lacing for a while. The smell of this beer is earthy, yeasty and a little hoppy. The hops don't jump out at you too much on this one. The taste has a nice spicy hop flavor to it, along with some nice Belgian Tripel flavors too. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth and seems to be well balances in my opinion. Overall I like it, it's not my favorite Belgian IPA but I did enjoy trying it.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the entire surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of spices are present in the nose along with notes of candi sugars.
T: The initial taste has flavors of spiced candi sugars and is followed by a light to moderate amount of bitterness and hints of spices (once the beer warms up). The hops negate any flavors of sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With its aromas and flavors of candi sugars, I thought that this beer shared a lot of similarities with a dubbel, except that it also had some spices and bitterness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice and easy drinking sweet Belgian Ale that exhibits great European hop flavor and aroma, but soft on bitterness.

Hopus opens with a cloudy appearance, medium golden hue, and with a billowing white head that easily overtakes the glass. Expansive with the carbonation, the beer takes on a Duvel-like impression.

Very floral with the hop aromas. Lightly spicy with the phenols that balance out a honey suckle-like aroma. Soft confectionate sugars with the light bready notes of pilsner malt.

Flavors of sweet malt and sugars show up first with bold sweetness despite the later uprising of hop bitterness and spiciness. Not nearly as bitter as I expected, but the hop flavors of spicy Belgian/German hops along with the distinct flowery flavors of Saas give great complexity to the hop profile. Fruity with pears, lemons, and apples, I start to think Saison at times.

The carbonation and ultimate dryness of the beer keeps the taste of the sugars from becomming sweet to the feel or sticky. Much drier than I expected but not hot. The beer has an expansive feel to the mouth which helps to deliver the creamy start, but evaporative finish.

A very nice Belgian Ale that could benefit from less sweetness to taste but retaining the hop flavor while adding aggression to the bitterness.

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Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was excited to try this after seeing it recently at Half Acre, and finally picking it up at Red & White.

Into a Duvel tulip, it billows and threatens to spill over. The foam is sparkling like dish soap. Fine webs of cratered lace adhere to the glass. The color is a deep and hazy orange.

Aroma is perfumey and floral, the yeast gives it a fruity punch of pear and apples. More Belgian Pale than IPA, but it doesn't matter all that much.

Some cidery astringency, dry herbal hops are noticeable in the aftertaste. A fruity and mildy sweet character seems to dominate, the alcohol peeks out midway through. A bit dusty and thin in the feel, though it has some creaminess, the astringency kind of kills it. Easy enough to enjoy one, but probably won't return to it.

On a positive note it pairs well with a charcuterie plate...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry hoppy notes with a light Belgian style malt backbone. Taste is a solid mix between some hoppy dry herbal notes with some floral notes sustain by a solid Belgian-style malt backbone with limited sweetness. Body is quite full with great bottle conditioning and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this one and I really liked the dry floral and herbal notes coming from the hops.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Green Fairy in the Center Village at Copper Mountain Ski Resort, CO.

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, golden-yellow color with a thick, long lasting head of bubbly, white foam. It left a good deal of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy, yeasty and grainy. There was a touch of Belgian candy sugar in the nose, too.

T - There was a pronounced spicy hop character with a touch of yeast. Good citrus tart with just enough caramel and burnt toast malt to add some needed balance.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a warm alcohol presence. It was medium-bodied and surprisingly easy drinking considering its 8.5% ABV.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian IPA. I had never seen one before so I had to order it. It was worth a try.

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Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Tap at Antwerpen Bierhueske

Big creamy head almost 4 fingers, fades fairly slowly, semi clear golden pilsner color.

Nose is weird, it has some Belgian malt, blond and sweet, but a weird fruity aroma and an almost... ketchup? kinda flavor... light grainy husk sawdust, bit of fruity hop.

Taste starts with belgian malts again, and again that quick flash of a ketchup like, fruity flavors, mild fruity hops, some bitterness but not a lot, some grainy husk, semi sweet and little syrupy too. Finish is dry but a little sticky, earthy grassy hop bitterness lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, little warming booze, nice carb.

Overall not very good, seems like some off flavors, and not very hoppy for a beer called "hopus".

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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 mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new one that I was thrilled to be able to try. Again had never heard of this one before, but what the heck lets give it a go! Consumed on 06/09/2010.

The pour was a nice golden color with a smooth, light balanced color. Little bit of head pops up on the top of the glass and hangs out for a little while before settling back down to earth. Light lacing on the glass and good carbonation can be seen through the haze.

Aroma is light and well balanced. Light hops, touches of grasses and light fruit notes. Warming brings up grainy touches and hints of bananas and cloves. Nice overall balance to it, albeit a touch light for my tastes. Follow through on the flavor is about the same. Light, well balanced and lightly hopped. Small touches of pears and apples are bouncing around in here, but nothing that is terribly strong or misplaced. Light dryness and bitterness in the finish, but again light and not distracting. Gets a little boring after a few sips, but was still nice and drinkable.

Overall a very solid little ale, nothing really out of the ordinary though. Maybe a bit fresher it would pack a better punch, but this one just hung back in the crowd.

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Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 1/28/10. Brown swing top bottle compliments of ba slk2go.

Pours a cloudy yellowish/light orange color boasting a huge white head. The beer seemingly wants to pop right out of this swingtop and into the glass. Nose has light malt and citrus hop aroma with a slight sulfur twang. The scent of this beer finishes quite sweet smelling. Taste is well balanced between malt and bready sweetness and slight bitter hops. Warm alcohol presence is felt through the finish. Light feel and highly carbonated. Very easy drinking. As it warms some alcohol comes out in the nose along with a bit of earthiness.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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 feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lefebvre Hopus Ale

"Brutus, Amarus, Flavusque. (?)"

Lightly hazed and yellow...enormous, bright white head, leaving much lace.

sharp and bitter aromatics, floral, lemony...

Bitter, hoppy slap to the palate up front, then softly faded back...gets milder, slightly sweetwhile retaining the hoppy flavor. Needs more body, and a bit more from the hops to compare to Poperings and the like.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated 2011. I don't know what that means. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy with a huge head and lots of lacing. Carbonation is steady and aggressive.

Aroma is sweet and earthy floral hops. Smells pretty good.

Beer is really sweet and only mildly hoppy. Its medium body and has a harsh mouthfeel, a little too carbed. It grows in bitterness overall. Its OK, but these Belgian IPAs need to focus and pick a style and go with it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber. Thick, long lasting white head and massive lacing. Sweet malt, light fruit and Belgian spicing; faint hops. Taste is light fruit, apples and light citrus, very little malt presence, very small hop bite in the somewhat dry, fruity finish. A pleasant, but subdued ale. Nothing really stands out and there certainly should be more hops in an IPA. This is a decent Belgian strong pale ale with a tame, but pleasant flavor progression.

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Photo of stevoj
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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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 biegaman
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with very good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose I get a considerable amount of clover honey, and something of a sweet ice tea aroma as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, except that there's a goodly dose of hoppy bitterness in the finish as well. It dries this beer out fairly well on the finish, despite the moderate sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet and bitter finish.

A decent beer, but not one of the better Belgian IPA's I've had frankly.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored ale with a slight chill haze. Small white colored head.

Smell is strongly malty with a strong toasted grain and butter aroma. Hop is mostly herbal with a strong tobacco aroma. Slight scent of oranges.

Starts out malty with a big caramel flavor and a grain aftertaste. Hop is still herbal and tastes like English beer. Definitely a butter flavor here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. Not really a Belgian IPA to this tongue.

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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 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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