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Beer Available At Hopleaf (arranged by most recent)
Deschutes Obsidian Stout 99, Goose Island Matilda Lambicus 86, Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale 75, Tyranena Chief BlackHawk Porter 93, North Coast Class of í88 Barley Wine 94, Perennial Abraxas 100, Dogfish Head Sixty-One 73, Stone Enjoy By IPA 100, 5 Rabbit 5 Vulture 47, Surly Furious 100, Three Floyds Zombie Dust 100, Metropolitan Kršnkshaft 79, Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale 99, Lagunitas A Little Sumpiní Wild Ale 98, Tallgrass Ethos IPA 96, Three Floyds Gumballhead 98, Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu 87, Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin 99, Saison Dupont Cuvťe Dry Hopping 98, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Ericís Ale 98
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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.
NVBeer232 (21) Reno, Nevada | May 2, 2005| Updated March 25, 2006
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
WIth Bells, Three Floyds, and Anchor neons in the window, I was pretty fired up for what I was going to encounter inside. In some ways, I was quite impressed. In others, I was i bit turned off. The tap selection is quite nice, leaning heavily toward belgians at the time I was there, with Bernardus ABT 12, Chimay White, Dupont Avec, Delirium Tremens sticking in my mind. Also Victory Prima, Floyds Alpha King, and Bells Amber among the other taps. Bottle selection was off the hook. All the Westyís, along with just about everything else I would have wanted. Slightly overpriced, but hey, what the hell, the product is good. Another plus was that every beer we ordered came in a glass matching the brewery! Thatís pretty cool. As for bad stuff, this place was JAMMED. I understand attracting a crowd, thatís one thing. But the way the bar is set up, you canít get back to a booth without crawling over 3 tables full of people. The staff wasnít exactly friendly, but were prompt. The major negative here is the SMOKE. I was totally put off by the fact that I couldnít really smell any of the beer I ordered because of the dense cloud of cancer choking this place. Mix in exhaust fan. I mean, if you sell killer craft product, keep the air at least somewhat clean! Oh well.
arjoseph (33) Chicago, Illinois | April 12, 2005| Updated June 24, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
I love Hop Leaf. Laid-back atmosphere that can get a bit crowded in the smoking section, this place has a fabulous beer selection. If I were looking for a place to relax, play some cards, or have a conversation, this would be it. Also, if I were looking for a beer bar with spectacular food (they even have a dish cooked in my favorite beer, Duchesse de Bourgogne), this would be my pick. A bit pricey, but you donít get food this good devoted to beer pairings this good anywhere else, so pony up the $20 and enjoy. My only complaint: the service can be almost infuriating sometimes. Iíve waited at the bar for long stretches, with the bartender looking straight at me and then ignoring me; this has happened multiple times with multiple bartenders. If the product werenít so damn good, I might not come here.
Cornfield (143) Oak Forest, Illinois | April 1, 2005
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
The place is a crowded, moderate-sized joint, dirty wood & brick, a menu with little for those of us with dietary restrictions.... But, ITíS ABOUT THE BEER! Theyíve got a very nice (folk get too superlative in their language around here) selection of Belgians along with some other decent imports and a solid set of taps. They were out of two of the ales that Iíd wanted, but there was plenty more to carry on with. I thought the staff was great, friendly and helpful. We ate and drank at the bar. When his shift was over, Bob the mixologist joined us on our side of the bar, even contributing by buying us a 750 ml Moinette Brun. The rest of the staff was equally as friendly... but forgot to buy us any more beers...
WileCoyote (6) Libertyville, Illinois | February 5, 2005
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I visited the Hop Leaf a couple of Sundays ago and was expecting the horror stories of the waitstaff. Our server was excellent, gave us lots of time to choose our beers from the vast menu and was helpful with the food menu. I had DeuS, Kwak, tíIJ Columbus, and Troubadour Blonde (yes, I was sharing). All were great. Our waitress knew her beers and our busboy was extremely attentive. I love the place!
Frank (50) Chicago, Illinois | January 24, 2005
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 7/20
Thereís a lot of taps and bottles here--both imports and micros. The music is OK for the most part. I find the taps are a little cold and the bartenders kind of talk down to me so I say bugger this place and go to the much friendlier Map Room.
kane (8) | January 13, 2005
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
The Belgian selection on tap is nice but nothing that cant be gotten at some of the better liquor stores in the area, Armanettiís for example. The main impression I get with this place has to do with the staff. I was there on a Friday afternoon just as they opened. There was a guy at the end of the bar working on the new beer menus and I asked to look at them. As I am reading it I noticed they had spelled Unibroue wrong, it read "Unabroue". I pointed this out to the bartender who laughed at me, who pointed it out to the menu guy who laughed as they both said impossible it was spelled right. If you are going to be stupid and accuse someone of being stupid do not have the evidence right there. I looked at both of them, reached over the counter, pulled out a bottle of La Terrible, and asked if they could read. Life is too short to waste it on morons, I have not been back since and will not go back.
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