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 wisrarebeer
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
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 -1.1%
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 +7.5%
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 +2.7%
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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Photo of boudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy dark golden / almost orange; white foamy 2 finger head that lasts just a bit; a touch of sediment sits in the bottom of the glass

S: malty up front; also a hoppy, floral citrus aroma; overall, musty and yeasty

T: malts and hops attack in a balanced way; a touch of citrus and yeast (liquid bread), with some fruity notes as well, like bananas; clove and spice also present

M: medium body, but still refreshing; not crisp, but not too lingering; alcohol present, but not in a negative way; just warms the body...

O: reminds me of a saison / farmhouse ale

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Photo of distantmantra
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at a random bottle shop in Brugge, Belgium. Notes from April 2011.

A: Orange gold coloring with a thick foam head. Heavy amounts of lacing were apparent.

S: Citrus and pine from the hops are the main aroma in this beer. There is some malt and Belgian yeast waiting around in the back.

T: After an initial Belgian yeast flavor, the citrus notes from the hops take center stage.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.

O: This was a total blind buy for my first purchase in Belgium. I tired finding something a similar to what I'm used to back home in Seattle before branching out. Nice combination of a Belgian ale with citrus and pine hop flavor from a typical IPA.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - ugly label stubby body, swing top PUSH AND POP SON!!! haha golden haze with yellow edges, pretty average pour gives 2 1/2 fingers of white soapy head, the most soapy head i have ever seen, which i typically don't like, shows web and spotty lacing.

A - sweet fruity, not the biggest blast of hops by any means, apple aroma, not much of a malt presence.

T - sweet up front, very fruity, more hops than in the nose, again apples, medicinal, the finish has a decent bitterness with a very light caramel malt. a bit sweet and simple but much better than i was expecting. alcohol is present but not dominating

M - medium body and very active on the palate with the carbonation, if it weren't as sweet i could say it had a stronger refreshing characteristic but that is not the case.

O - my friend picked this one out for me when he came to a bottle shop with me, im pretty sure the swing top had some influence. this brew is not bad and surprising while lacking the pleasant part, more hops are needed for sure, lose some sweet fruit or add some malt but other than that not bad. i feel it could be enjoyed more with a very sharp cheese that doesn't fuck around. worth a shot, rather sure i will never have this again.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 brewhaha88
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a solid beer, but overall not that impressed. would not buy it again.

A- thick, creamy white head with decent amount of lacing. goldish body, slightly cloudy

S-lots of green apple, citrusy

T-upfront citrus, mildly malty and a hint of alcohol heat

M-good body, decent carbonation

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Photo of Fermented42
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you're looking for a Belgian beer to be the PNW equivelant of an IPA...look no further...it is said that, "hell is the impossibility of reason," and truly, to search for an Old World beer reach the New World hoppiness is just that. But if you do need hops this will fall short despite the name.

Don't get me wrong. It's alright. Really.

Strike is fruity, and warm with the 8.5% alcohol glow it claims. Head it retained moderately as is the lacing. Spice of the nutmeg to softness of vision on the long finish.

Nothing to write home about...similar to, "homebrew pride," in it's flavours.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, apple cider looking with a decent white head and moderate lacing.

S: Fruity, sweetness, and spices.

T&M: Highly carbonated. Very tangy with a strong alcohol taste. Spicy, fruity and ultra bitter in the middle. Finishes with a fairly decent original spicy flavor.

Not one of my favorites, but fairly drinkable.

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Photo of NWer
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful pour into my Chimay chalice.
Big pale foamy head that hangs around. Bubbly effervescence persistent from center of glass. Golden clear Lager-like appearance first pour clouds up later with sediment.
Tart almost skunky taste is enjoyable because of its uniqueness but not something worth seeking out.
One was enough.

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Photo of
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a la Mort Subite in Brussels.
Served in an exaggerated tulip glass that emphasized the tall and delicate lacy head. I’ve never seen a head on a beer like this one – tall and wispy with numerous air pockets on top of hazy-bright golden beer.
The aroma is muted European hops, honey, malt, bread and earth.
Taste is mildly bitter with a faint cidery note in the background; lemony and vaguely spicy with a nice earthy hops presence.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.66/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a rocky off white head. In the aroam, English/ gingerbread like maltiness and faint pine hops. In the taste, dry yeast, dry pine hops and a bit boozy. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and alcohol like aftertaste. Too boozy, small hops, but not enough for balance. Eh! A little hairspray like too.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delightful find at the Whole Foods here in Austin along with its Signature Glass. I do hope the Glass survives the trip home it is really quite nice.

Appearance is quite cloudy with an abundant tight-knt white head and crazy carbonation. Some sediment chunks in the glass. Not surprising as I riused the sediment before pouring out the last of it. Left thick lacing as I sipped.

Aroma is apples and other sweet fruits. Almost no hops evident at all.

Taste is bittering hops on the front of the toungue with a blast of sweet malt and fruit and a relatively clean finish. Surprisingly bitter up-front I might add.

Mouthfeel is light and gassy. The carbonation ticles the tongue and throat as you sip. Considering 8.5% ABV this is a light bodied beer.

Overall an enjoyable Belgian Pale Ale which I will seek out as I make purchases at home.

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Photo of stoutopia
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden hazy colour. With an amazing hughe head. But you smell it, and it´s like a alcoholic golden pale ale...where are the hops?...some alcoholic, and yeast notes in mouth, and some light hops, not bitter flavour, not complex...just a little bit in the finish, but it tastes malty, grasy and alcoholic...It seems a try of a handcrafted IPA, but I think it´s not-. I think it´´s not an IPA at all.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmm... Medium density head, very good retention, cloudy straw colour. This has GOT to be a Belgian IPA. It sure does look the part and makes me very anxious to try it out.

The smell is strong with hops and almost no malt at all. It has a slight sweetness to it, fruity, perhaps pineapple and lime. I have a good feeling I'm going to enjoy this.

The blast of bitterness you get with the first sip is a shock. I wasn't expecting that much, but its enjoyable. However some of the smells are lost in this hop overload, otherwise it would have scored higher. It is, without a doubt, a very good beer.

Hopus is a very dry beer and incredibly creamy. Nothing at all to complain about. I'm thoroughly enjoying this beer, and I wish I had more. This comes highly recommended if you're a fan of the style, although I'd stay away if you're shy when it comes to bitter beers.

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Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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 Everydayoff
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml swing-top cap bottle poured into a Hopus tulip by freshness date.

The beer was decanted without bottom residual. The color is slightly dark yellow honey hue with a hazy texture and billowy massive white head. The head is very velvety and dense while also contains vast roaring small and big bubbles with exceptional retention that have a strength to stand until the last sip while same time leave a plenty of spectacular lacing patch and spot all the way down. Carbonation is refined yet high and fizzy. Overall, the showcase is just perfect and appealing.

Some fruity ester from yeast, hops provide the various aromas ranging from spicy, herbal, citrusy and lemony. Also there is a maltiness with some biscuity hint, grain and sweet candy sugar.

Malt and candy sugar sweetness kick off then fruity ester reveals itself in the middle along with nutty grain. Subtle hop bitterness makes a drying end and subtlety lingers as an aftertaste. Bitterness note from hops is not too much considering that it is IPA but still in range to enjoy along with its other characters like spicy, peppery and a bit citric.

The body is medium, smooth with a touch of some fine carbonation and crispness, very dry finish.

Good enjoyable and drinkable beer, the 8.3% abv is unsung and not too ferocious to interrupt the drink.

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Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and golden in color with a thick rocky white head with outstanding retention and plenty of lacing.

Fruity and lightly effervescent nose. Light hop presence with some honey malt sweetness.

The hops are not real prominent, but they are evident. Some honey sweetness with some noticeable alcohol. Quite refreshing and tasty.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth from the carbonation.

This is a really nice example of the style although I would like a little more of a hop presence. Drinks well and I would pick this one up again.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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 veinless
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden, apple juice orange, with a pure white coarse head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Aroma was of lots of fruit, and not citrus or dark fruit, but things like apples and peaches. Slightly phenolic character as well.

Taste was slightly tart, with berries joining the peach and apple. There is a nice fruity hop bitterness that isn't citrus, and may be green apple. Finish is raw leaves. A little bit unbalanced, as it is sweet and sour and strange, but overall this is a solid beer.

Mouthfeel is very tingly, as there is lots of carbonation, and this affects drinkability too, as having too much of this at one time just overwhelms the palate with all the bubbles. As a sipper though, this is more than passable, and a tasty beverage with the food I was having (greasy pizza).

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Photo of SteveGNC
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice white frothy head that lingers awhile. Color is a cloudy amber and not very appealing. This beer is a little too bitter for my taste. There is the sweet apple Belgian ale taste - very carbonated and I don't think the hoppy bitterness mixes well. I much prefer an Urthel or Piraat of the same style. This is not a terrible beer, but I would not buy again.

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Photo of orz
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy amber. Thick white head stays for long, however looks a bit soapy.

S: Simple and weak. Malt and yeast.

T: Bitter, hoppy and sweet. Refreshing.

M: Good carbonation, alcohol well masked. I would call this beer rather light-bodied.

D: Nice everyday beer. I think you cannot get bored with it.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL stubby Belgian swing-top bottle with no freshness date. This "hop opus" is brewed with five hops to celebrate the "yield of the harvest and the work of the brewer." It pours clear gold, with a good amount of carbonation and a very big head that leaves lots of clumpy lace. A touch of hops and sweet malts in the nose, but there is an odd, vegetal aroma in there that is pretty offensive. The flavor yields pale malt, spicy/floral hops that contribute a soft bitterness, skunk?, a bit of alcohol, and lightly fruity, chalky yeast on top of a crisp, highly-carbonated body that has a bitter linger. It isn't too bad, but there is something wrong with the bouquet. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this one.

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Hopus from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 354 ratings