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Lefebvre Hopus Primeur 2014

Brewed by Brasserie Lefebvre
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rebecq-Quenast, Belgium


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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdb84 (483) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2016
Bottle best before 6/2015. Slightly hazy orange golden with medium to large frothy head. A: fruity sour hops, candi sugar, spices with mostly nutmeg. Strongly reminds of Moeder Overste. T: starts bitter fruity, mostly orange, bit boozy. Spicy development with nutmeg, banana, hint of clove. Strong bitter finish, dry, some spices. Zero carbonation, but that was probably a result of expiration.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scrumpy369 (206) - - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle at pater marcus. Darker yellow colour wih a stiff white, longlastig head. Nose of flowery hops. Taste is also very fresh and hoppy, with a hint of honey. Taste is also flowey hops, with medium bitternes wih lively carbonation. Very good beer overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sjogro (1906) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2015
33cl Bottle. Bit flowery and bathing soapy smelly. Backlog from 2014/04/02.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (13799) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2015
KRS 220515. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, fruit, malt, citrus. Flavour is hop, fruit, malt, citrus, caramel, oxidation, grass, hop, sugar. Medium body. OK/Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
OllieBBommel (1393) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2015
75 cl bottle@home. Appearance: clear yellow golden with white head. Aroma: hops, malt, alcohol. Taste: malt, sharp bitter. Palate: sharp alcoholic, medium body, medium carbonation. Overall: not my beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16227) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle. Orange-golden in color and with a dense, off-white head leaving lacings. Citrusy aroma, oranges mostly, with some oxidized malts and a touch of caramel. There’s quite a lot of bitterness in the flavor, with some alcohol, grass and hops. Oxidation notes, pale malts and some white sugar. Full body, soft carbonation, rather dry. Long, bitter and grassy finish. Not really sure about this one. Some of it good, but mostly it’s rather bland. 150522

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (10487) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, alcohol, floral, hint of banana. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long malty, floral and slightly warm finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (7173) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some fruitiness, herbs, some floral notes and citrus. Flavor is sweet and malty with some bitterness, some floral notes and citrus. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jerre (3032) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2015
Taste this @ home, 27.03.’14. 33 cl bottle from Deconinck. Hazy darkblond color, with great white head. Aroma summer grass, with fresh hops, touch of roasted grain. Medium body. Taste little sweet touch, fruity, grassy. fine good hopsbitterness. Dry ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (4076) - BELGIUM - APR 30, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2015 Last year’s version of Lefêbvre’s (now) most renowned beer, with rocky, very thick, very dense and very stable, moussy, yellowish white head, very firmly lacing; and clear ’old gold’ colour with quiet sparkling, misty light orange with deposit. Aroma of Granny Smith apple, freshly baked white bread, unripe pear, the white bottom side of orange peel, cookie dough, rosé champagne, overripe gooseberries, freshly cut grass, cooked and sugared rhubarb, freshly baked apple cake, suggestions of vanilla extract, honey, pine resin-based bath foam, white raspberry, gin, biscuit and a suspiciously heavy amount of candi sugar. Taste kicks off with a combination of sweet, pear- and gooseberry-like fruit sweetness along with a refreshing, green apple- and unripe plum-like sourness; fairly strong carbo, a bit minerally, with a smooth but ’full’ body, revealing bittering hints already in the middle; acetaldehyde is all around. Becomes hoppier and more bittering towards the finish with leafy, earthy, grassy, somewhat peppery, very long and deep ’English’ hop bitterness, persisting bready and honeyish malt sweetness and a fair deal of warming, ’jonge jenever’-like alcohol; bit yeasty, if not doughy, as well. Hoppy alright, but in a more restrained way than I hoped for even though I have to acknowledge the duration of the hop bitterness is clearly above average here; another ’tripel hop’ trying to build a bridge between the hoppier Belgian tripels and the true IPAs. By itself an enjoyable beer, the sweet biscuit smell was a bit over the top for me though, and I just wish Belgian (family) brewers had the guts to come up with ’real’ IPAs or DIPAs. Somewhat overcarbonated as well. Still, enjoyable alright, with that long bitter aftertaste and warming ’jenever’-like glow which typifies so many strong Belgians.

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