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Beer Available At Hopleaf (arranged by most recent)
5 Rabbit Gringolandia Series: Magnifica Wheat 43, Grand Teton Sheep Eater Scotch Ale 97, Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel 99, Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker 98, Jolly Pumpkin De Viento 94, BFM √225 Saison 99, New Belgium Hop Kitchen #6 / Odell FOCOllaboration Pale Ale 96, Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca - Bronze 89, Temperance When Life Gives You Melons , Urthel SaisonniŤre 92, Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster Double IPA 98, Solemn Oath Ultrahighfrequency 76, 5 Rabbit Gran Missionario 79, Against the Grain Kein Lacheln Mein Nachbar 88, Verhaeghe Echt Kriekenbier 90, Maine Beer Mean Old Tom 99, B. Nektar Kill All The Golfers 92, Goose Island Rasselbock 66, Solemn Oath Oubliette 90, Temperance Restless Years 66
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Zeswaft (113) Seattle, Washington | December 17, 2005
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Enormous selection of Belgian beers (look at website). Though if you donít know much about Belgian beers youíre pretty much guessing which one to get. Gets kind of crowded. Thereís a bar area with some tables and then a small restaurant area that serves food. Apparently there is an upstairs bar area with limited beers. The selection of domestics is lacking with some undesirables. There were some good ones though, e.g. expedition stout, alpha king, bellís double cream stout. Food menu is weird. not your typical bar food.
TheEnemy (44) Chicago, | December 13, 2005| Updated March 1, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Like the rest of the Andersonville neighborhood around it, Hop Leaf has lost a lot of its funky/artsy vibe to the yuppie invasion that inevitably follows whenever the progressive/indie crowd initiates the revitalization of any given neighborhood. (See also: Lakeview, Roscoe Village, Wicker Park, Bucktown, North Center/Lincoln Square. Next up: the Wilson/Lawrence/Broadway corridor of Uptown.) Converting from bar-only to full-service kitchen has almost certainly accelerated the process. It appears some (not many) concessions have been made in the tap selection to appease the more general and less beer-centric crowd that has started to frequent the Leaf. Bottle selection remains uncompromised. Servers often seem like theyíd rather chew industrial diamonds than humor patrons, even when not busy. Still a top beer destination in Chicago but now a distant second to the Map Room which has more successfully defended its Bohemian vibe against the Yuppie onslaught.
JCapriotti (67) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | December 2, 2005
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Large selection (mostly bottles). Loud and busy on weekends. DIdnít check out the tap list; most of the goodies were in bottles. Wish theyíd have a tap list online and more seating.
MIBRomeo (142) Wisconsin | November 14, 2005
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
nice selection of bottles, a few gems but mostly more common items.. not nearly enough seating loud atmosphere a bit pricy, but not for chicago I suppose.
marcus (174) Sacramento, California | November 9, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
This is a nice place to spend an afternoon drinking great beer, followed by an early dinner. The beer selection is exceptional, especiially the Belgians. The food is quite tasty and surprisingly inexpensive, with an accent on Belgian cuisine. On most evenings, the bar becomes heavily populated with upscale couples who are not really beer people, and the barkeeps are too busy to help with beer selection; thus my initial statement.
JFGrind (79) Glenside, Pennsylvania | July 26, 2005
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Hop Leafís bar had a 1950ís feel to it, with large storefront windows overlooking Clark Street bring plenty of natural light in the establishment, sturdy mahogany bar, textured ceiling, and old school cash register. Selection was large, concentrating on Belgian beers. Bartender would give you a sample of draft if you asked, and if you are an attractive woman you can get many samples without asking for them from the bartender. There was a feel of beer snobbiness while sitting amoungst "I drink cool beer and I am cool" clientele. I had a good beer experience there, but headed south to Carolís Pub for a true Chicago Old Style dive bar experience afterwards.
palka76 (1) Chicago, Illinois | July 5, 2005
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Surprisingly, one of the few places in Chicago to find GREAT beer. Friendly and hard-working staff. Itís a small intimate environment, so if you visit on the weekend, donít be afraid to share a table with strangers. If you decide to eat here, the menu frequently changes and the chef prepares an eclectic variety of food... from skate to duck. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of food. Prices are even better for the quality of beer. Worth the trip to the Hopleaf.
noattention (4) California | June 15, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Fun. They have every belgian beer one could imagine. Next best thing to being in Belgium.
hezron (26) Viroqua, Wisconsin | June 13, 2005
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Fun place, upstairs was a nice retreat to get away from the smokers on a Friday night. I found Westy 12 here, pricey at $12 a bottle, but I was happy to try it. They have a huge collection.
serrastusbear (5) Oak Park, Illinois | June 3, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
The best place for Belgian beer and the only place (to my knowledge) for Belgian food in the city. Huge selection of Belgian beers, and everything Iíve ever ordered has come in its proper glassware (the glass door cases behind the bar are worth looking at just to see the variety). Service is spotty, slow at peak times, and not terribly friendly, but the staff knows a good deal about beer. Prices are a bit high of course, especially for the food, but this is also one of the few places to find steamed mussels to go with that Fantome youíre drinking. Also, some complain about the noise and smoke of the front section of the bar - I always like going to the back room which is larger, less cramped, smoke-free, and where one can have a conversation and enjoy a beer (or four) in relative calm.
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