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 wl0307
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in a specialist beer shop “Gooden” in Taipei, coming in a short, 330ml brown bottle, fitted with a swing top; BB 21/01/15, served lightly chilled in a long-stemmed wine glass. Notes: the back label suggests 5 varieties of hops are used in this brew, without specifying “which” five exactly.

A: pours a hazy, light golden colour with lots of yeast sediments floating around, the carbonation comes rather lively, in support of a rocky off-white frothy head with extremely good retention.
S: the nose gives an immediate idea that this beer purports to be a modern, hoppy take on the traditional Belgian pale ale, that the resinous Saaz, German noble hop and even Goldings aroma intertwines with perfumy esters to deliver a 3-dimensional aroma profile; given a very good swirl, light citrus peels, yeasty notes as of Chinese mung bean paste (a typical bi-product aroma from Belgian yeasts’ work that I’d normally describe as such), overripe fruit esters, liquid candy sugar, sweet spices, a touch of alc., etc., all come to the fore, while malts stay restrained.
T: effervescent on the entry, the creamy, mixed-flavoured foretaste is initially mineral-phenolic, savoury-sweet prune-ish, faintly sweet-citric, peppery-spicy, and hawthorn-fruit-like, then the hop impact kicks in to render a semi-chewy, tannic and then intensifying-ly dry palate, very enjoyable; the aftertaste prolongs the bitter mineral-ish as well as peppery presence, while the (supposed) good attenuation ensures the sugary content doesn’t come so much to result in any slick mouthfeel (which is almost a norm in most Belgian pale beers I’ve tasted). It is moderately bitter, and even clean, on the palate in the end, with a lingering spicy overtones overall.
M&O: the mouthfeel is kept smooth, creamy and consistently finely carbonated, the body comes full but not heavy, while the spicy-yeasty feel and hop bitterness plus resins combine to deliver an altogether chewy feel. Hoppy as it tries to be, the estery elements in the beer still play a very important role, esp. on the nose, while on the palate the hop elements add more complexity and enjoyment, esp. in the aftertaste where yeasts and hops converge to deliver a palate ideal for anyone who appreciates Belgian yeasty magic and hop consolidation at the same time. Personally, I think this is a nicely hoppy Belgian ale with a decent balance and evolving flavour profile to savour. If fixed at a lower gravity, this beer could’ve been even quaffable.

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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

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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 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 Douberd
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing tope bottle, 330 ml, at home. Poured into a tulip glass. ABV 8.3%
It opens with a loud pop and it pours in my glass a light orange golden beer, with a huge four fingers head. Soapy in texture, good retention. Ig goes down lazily, leaving a good amount of lacing around the glass.
Nice aroma, fruits, yeast present. Also sugars.On the background some of the alcohol.
Taste is bitter, again some yeast and some malts taste. Not very hoppy, but the hops that it does have make for a nice result and adding some floral notes.
Full body. Carbonation above average. Quite dry on the palate.
Overall, maybe I misinterpreted the name, along with the phrase "5 sorts of hops" and in my head I had it as something very hoppy, surely above average. At the end, it was a very nice beer, a typical example of a Belgian Ale. Very good, very easily drinkable, especially since the alcohol is just a tiny bit traceable, and very tasty.

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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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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 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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Photo of mschind
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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Photo of fmccormi
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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Photo of facundoCNB
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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
3.7 out of 5 based on 348 ratings.
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