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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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of matjack85
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml brown swing top bottle with a bottled on date of 2/10/11, so this bottle is exactly 10 months old today.

The beer poured a murky golden/brown color with a nice 1½-finger fluffy white head that lasted over a minute. Not a ton of lacing, but a decent amount.

Very interesting smell - earthy with a touch of barnyard leather, Belgian yeast, alcohol, and underlying fruit.

For a beer named "Hopus", this isn't very hoppy at all. Mild malt sweetness (brown sugar and caramel), Belgian yeast flavor, and a little fruit. Hop bitterness is almost non existant. What flavors the hops impart are more fruity than bitter. There is also a slight tartness in the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with medium body and medium carbonation. More dry than sweet.

This is a good beer but with a misleading label. This beer is not hoppy at all.

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Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of spacemanvt
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of deapokid
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of doucmehu
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL swingtop poured into duvel tulip.

A- First off, maybe I got a bad one because mine poured with tons of little trub particles floating in it, the first time for a beer. The beer itself was murky orange brown wih a one finger head.
S- Unique smell, very similar to red wine believe it or not. Smells of sweet flowery hops; not bad.
T- Wow, i didnt expect it to be as good as it is expecially having seen how it poured. Faint citrus hops with bread like undertone, very balanced and very tasty.
M- Very nice, doesn't leave my mouth wet or dry, not too carbonated, goes down smooth but the great taste lingers.
O- A great beer that im glad I took the chance and grabbed one out of the blue. I definitely would have scored it higher had the pour not been so disgusting. maybe I just got a bad one but it sure didn't hurt the taste!

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of halfshell
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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

A: Pours a clear gold with an enormous white head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Earthy, grassy hops, caramel and citrus are present on the nose. A little bit of alcohol and yeas are there too.

T: Opens hoppy with notes of lemon, orange, and grass, but is quickly joined by notes of caramel, sugar, oak, and peppery alcohol. The finish is hoppy and robust with grass, citrus, and spicy, woody notes underscored by a gentle swell of mellow alcohol.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, firm, and fairly dry. Neither as slick nor as resinous as I expected.

O: This is a very nice ale that is neither too hoppy nor too sweet, too dry nor too slick, too strong nor too weak. A very admirable effort from Lefebvre.

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

In my opinion this beer is evidently based on the Barbar Honey Beer of which I'm a great fan. It looks like Lefebvre put some extra hops extract in it in stead of the honey. The result is quite nice, but not very distinguishing.

It looked impressive, that's for sure. The hops were there, but what else?

Tasted hoppy, not overwhelming though.

Overall: reasonable, commercialized beer. Okay but not impressive.

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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 IPA35
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a warm golden with a huge white head. Later when you pour the yeast it becomes very hazy.

Smell is very nice; IPA like hops with Belgian yeast!

The taste has hints of APA in it as well as a Tripel.
It is reasonably well hopped but it quite malty as well. A little hint of Orval sourness prehaps? Overal nice but not that special.

Adding more yeast makes it a little bit different in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is medium and it has quite alot of carbonation.

Overal a good, tasty Belgian brew but not very special.
Still, my first belgian 'IPA'.

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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 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 2xHops
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this served to me at a local watering hole with a very tall snifter glass.

The head was very foamy, and it did not dissolve the entire time I had the glass sitting on the table. I could see the carbonation fizzing in the dark yellow-brownish (best description? probably not) colored body.

While sniffing the beer before tasting, (duh) I think I smelled a hint of banana along with some other fruits coming through. My sense of smell isn't the best. The smell, for me, was very similar to many of the belgian abbey beers.

The taste is fairly malty even though I thought the carbonation was kicking it somewhat. Well, it's not as much as you'd see in a Duvel. It has some hops, but it's more on the sweet side. It's certainly not hoppy like the American IPAs.

It doesn't have too strong of a finish, so it's quite nice. I'll drink this again if I happened to have a chance. The only drawback is it's a bit more pricey than I'm accustomed to. (or did the bar overcharge me?)

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Photo of ckollias
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this swingtop 330 mL bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an extremely hazy blondish-orange color with a thick, white, 2-finger, frothy head that lingers for a while. Leaves a decent trail all the way down the glass and finishes with a persistent lace.

S: This brew has a very sweet caramel candi sugar aroma. Has a floral hoppy background.

T: Similar to the smell this brew has a sweet caramel flavor with fruity and hoppy overtones. It is very smooth and has a little dry tang finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent Belgian IPA. Has a nice balanced flavor and aroma.

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