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Beer Available At Hopleaf (arranged by most recent)
Brewery Vivant Pumpkintart 75, Firestone Walker Opal 97, Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale 99, Marz Kazmonaut , Ten Ninety / Pollyanna Imperial Black Saison 77, Half Acre Gin Barrel Aged Pony Pilsner 76, 5 Rabbit Gringolandia Series: Magnifica Wheat 48, 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 Saisonničre 92, Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster Double IPA 98, Solemn Oath Ultrahighfrequency 74, 5 Rabbit Gran Missionario 79, Against the Grain Kein Lacheln Mein Nachbar 88
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Lubiere (451) Ottawa, Ontario | December 29, 2005
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Place was crowded on this rainy Nov. 11 night, after FoBAB. Excellent selection of Belgian and good tap selection. Was in the mood for Flem Sour so ordered Monk’s Café. Managed to get a standing spot. Good efficient service, and reasonable prices. Menu was definitely interesting.
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 don’t know much about Belgian beers you’re pretty much guessing which one to get. Gets kind of crowded. There’s 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, bell’s 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 they’d 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. DIdn’t check out the tap list; most of the goodies were in bottles. Wish they’d 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 (175) 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 Leaf’s bar had a 1950’s 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 Carol’s 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. It’s a small intimate environment, so if you visit on the weekend, don’t 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.
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