Hopus | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Belgium
brasserielefebvre.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Absumaster on 01-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
350
Reviews:
154
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
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9
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50
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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 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 Zimbo
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If this was named differently and not designated as a Belgian IPA it would get more respect. Sort of like an Imperial Hoegaarden as it looks and feels superficially quite the same but has a much more delectable sweet concentrated nose and much more stuffing in its core which makes more a fairly luscious and satisfying drink. Very much enjoyed once I forgot what it was suppose to be.

Did someone mention hops??

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Photo of MisledTitan
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in its own two glasses. Following the "ritual": in the tulip glass the "clear" part and in the small shot glass, the beer from the bottom of the bottle which contains the remains. You taste the clear beer and in the half glass you mix both.

A: Before mixing, the beer has a golden yellow color and forms anhuge white fluffy head Duvel style. Retention is very high, the foam remains there forever. Whenever mixed with the shot glass it becomes hazy, obviously

S: Citrus hops and yeasts backbone. Flowery. Candy sugar and sweet malts. Bit of alcohol in the end

T: Pretty much as the nose. Citrus earthy hops, Belgian yeasts, candy sugar. But not a sweet beer, in fact, it's dry and bitter

M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Bitter hoppy aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Good Belgian IPA

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Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of RES
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 movingglass
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of samEBC
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 TAXODRIVER
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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

Poured from brown swing top 330mL bottle to Duvel tulip. Bottle reads best before end: L20130809. The beer pours a cloudy dark golden color with a nice 2 finger white head. Excellent retention and some lacing. The nose is peculiar yet nice, blends of belgian yeast, hints of dark fruit, almost wild character. The flavor is equally distinct, mild caramel malt base provides a mild sweetness from which the light belgian yeast builds. Hints of banana and apples. Mildly bitter, more fruity. Finishes with a hint of tart. Odd flavor for a Belgian IPA, but not bad at all. Medium bodied and carbonated the beer finishes dry yet smooth. Overall, an interesting beer. Not as hoppy as I expected though pleasant.

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Photo of brewbaker
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bckayaalp
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 JavaNoire
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip glass
A – Huge white head is quite coarse yet retains surprisingly well but scattered lacing is just OK, brew is a clear dark gold with a touch of amber 4
S – Apple and peach dominate the nose, mild sweetness and tart profiles 3.5
T – Unique brew. A quite tart bitterness that fades to a fruity blend of green apple, peach and strawberries (?) with a round & mild sweet malt finish. Finishing up the bottle and wondering where this is going still, I’ve not had many Belgian IPAs. Grassy aftertaste & mild alcohol notes. 3
M – Lighter body has nice carbonation which gives a substantive quality & nice mouthfeel to a light brew 4
O – Mouthfeel was nice, too bad I didn’t enjoy the odd tart/bitter/fruit combo and won’t be seeking this out again 3.5

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Photo of theempire
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of starlight37
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Morningstorm
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of bostonryan
5/5  rDev +35.1%

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