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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Added by Absumaster on 01-29-2009

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Photo of Jetulio
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a Big Tulip glass (Judas glass).

App / hazy gold with a big head (2,5 fingers, white)
S / not too much strong. Malt and bread.
T/ cereal and hop. Bitterness continues but in a perfect balance because the malty flavour is present all around , maybe I was expecting a super-bitter ale and that I have found is a very nice and well constructed Belgian ale.
M/ medium body and carbonation. Nice in mouth.
O/ an ale from Belgium to revisit again. Easy to drink and with personality.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 330ml swing-top bottle to a 12ish-oz stem (Ommegang flute). Freshness date of March 11, 2013, if I’m reading this correctly, printed in black ink in a little white box near the bottom-right corner of the back label (“L20131103 09:16”).

Appearance (4.5): Unexpectedly, this was a gusher immediately after the pop, though not too much was lost. Eventually, after things calmed down, it came to a slow-falling, three- to four-finger head of coarse, ivory foam. The bottle is a hazy, honey-gold color. Not opaque or cloudy, but hazy. Lacing is splotchy and thick, very nice looking beer.

Smell (4.0): This actually smells more like a slightly farmhouse-y, strong pale ale: very prominent straw / hay scent with a soft, musty character underneath. An equally soft, floral scent comes out, but it’s buried underneath some warm, fresh-baked wheat bread. This smells great, but aside from some slightly grassy, floral notes, there’s not much IPA coming through. Again, more like farmhouse-y strong pale.

Taste (4.0): The palate follows the nose for the most part, but with some more hops woven in there: somewhat grassy and extremely floral in character, the hops blend in with a soft, tart malt body coming from the wheat. I love it when the wheat is so evident in a beer like this. The hops leave a moderately bitter, primarily grassy finish that takes a respectable amount of time dying down . . . the yeast lends a slightly spicy (mainly clove, not a lot of pepper), slightly fruity (apple and pear) shade to the body, too. It’s a nice array of flavors that’s dominated by apple-y esters and grassy hops, which marry well with the tart wheat and floral hops just below.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Surprisingly tame in terms of carbonation, but the body has a nice thickness without being syrupy or heavy, and bits of the head still remain over halfway through the glass, which I always love. Very, very dry finish, however. Good body, not excellent.

Overall (4.0): This is a pretty good beer, and pieces of it were great. It is not, however, a Belgian IPA, so much as a notably hoppy, somewhat farmhouse-y strong pale. Which, I dig—I love all of those elements, actually. It doesn’t quite pop with this one (I think De Graal Triverius nails that particular profile), but I enjoyed it all the same and this is a solid beer, for sure.

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3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an opaque orange-amber pour with tons of fluffy white head. great lacing, and a nice swing-top bottle.
smells a bit sour... a hint of pickles, getting a lot of malty smells, hardly any hops.
a bit sour tasting, thinking this one sat around at the store for too long. i'm getting a faint hop bitterness, some sweet malts, but mainly a vinegar-like flavor.
medium body, nicely carbonated, slight creaminess.

even though it was slightly off, it had enough sweet malts and mild hops to help pull through the whole glass i'd like to try this one fresh.

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Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
3.7 out of 5 based on 350 ratings.
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