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Lefebvre Hopus

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

bottled
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RATINGS: 629   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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forte, amère et blonde


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2015
[7019-20141231] Bottle. Mild grainy orange malt aroma. Hazy, brown amber body with long-lasting foamy off-white head. Boozy orange citrus notes and grainy malt in the flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Draught at le Lion de Belfort, 4/22/15
Light marigold body is heavily carbonated, mostly clear and has a large white head that slowly recedes to cover.
Peppery hop notes in the nose are quickly supplanted by tropical fruits (yeast) and a healthy dose of sugar (vanilla, consdensed milk, honey). There’s an odd pineapple note about the aroma that I guess is just some yeast ester. Don’t love it, as it got a sweet/sour edge to it that’s a bit off-putting. Alcohol is under control, however, with no DMS/diacetyl. Say what you will about industrial French beers (they are terrible) but they rarely have the diacetyl/acetlydehyde/DMS problems that are so rampant in their American counterparts (granted my sample size is very small to be making such a claim. And yes, I realize this is technically brewed in Belgium).
Flavor is, thankfully, better than the aroma. Hop bitterness up front would be better complemented by actual hop flavor, but it’s just the sparse peppery/dry hay-like hop flavor that is quickly lost amidst the yeast esters (light banana, pineapple, lemon) and sweet malts (sweet dough, vanilla, rich honey). It’s not that it’s obnoxiously sweet; the alcohol, hop bitterness and brisk carbonation helping with that. It’s just that the sweetness is, as with seemingly all of these Franco-Belgique beers is very saccharine-like, with a waxiness and almost powdered sugar-like note. It’s just not pure malt flavor. Anyways, the texture, aside from the strong carbonation is slick and borderline syrupy by the end. Quite fatiguing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonnyConga (109) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
Looks great. Big fluffy head. Smells good, grainy and good Belgian yeastiness. Taste crisp, clean and very tasty. Really like this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carcharoth (5) - gommegnies, FRANCE - APR 25, 2015 does not count
Biere très équilibrée. La force de l’alcool ne cache pas la douceur du malt et l’amertume est bien définie sans l’emporter. La levure est délicieuse Une bière très bien faite comme toutes chez Lefebvre

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Godfather50 (104) - SCOTLAND - APR 19, 2015
IPA and Belgian yeast, heaven. Lovely head which lingers. Bitterness// with sweet malt. The ABV mea ns you ha veto back off. For me a beer of heavenly balance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lobs_ols (323) - LATVIA - APR 19, 2015
Opaque light gold, strong white head. Belgian yeast and fruity hop aroma. Flavour is a bit caramely, some bitterness and noteable roundness of flavour. Decent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Icedwarf (584) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2015
Licht troebel geel bier met heel veel schuim wat echter snel inzakt. Smaak is licht bitter en fruitig, echter vrij waterig. Smaak blijft redelijk lang hangen.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChtiBreizh (64) - Rennes, FRANCE - APR 14, 2015
Light golden colour. Big lasting white head. Aroma is sugar and mild hops. Taste is too sweet for me while hops aroma are fainted. I expected more

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
poolstar (10) - Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2015
aroma grass, very foamy, a little bitter, strong hops with some herbs ,nice enough but prefer a few other beers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angel77 (1265) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 5, 2015
Botella de 33 cl en el momento en el cheerss de Oviedo. Lote 06012016. Aromas y sabores maltosos dulces y especiados con toques de pan de higos y galletas. Cuerpo medio con 8.3 vol. No esta mal.


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