As the name indicates it is a fairly hop infused beer.
Hopus: 8.5%abv Suggested serving temperature 4-7C 40-45F.
So this one deviates from the previously consumed on this day because it is a Belgian IPA. I had seen the unique glass around the festival and was attracted to the name first and then the vessel. Brewed by Brasserie Lefèbvre SA and being sold alongside Barbar Blonde I was not quite sure what to expect. Obviously different from its honey-blonde cousin, the Hopus has quite a reputation amongst Belgian IPA’s, as there are not many worth your time. Once ordered the beer is poured from its ‘Grolsch-style’ pop-top bottle into a tall, snifter-like glass by a very happy, possibly buzzed, representative of the brewer. An amazing amount of head accumulates with this one. Being heavily carbonated the head dissipates leaving a cloudy, dark golden-colored beer. Immediate aromas of citrusy hops and sweet fruit/banana. The taste is much mellower than your average pale ale. I would not put this in the realm of an American Pale Ale as the hops are not the most dominating-as with most APA’s and EPA’s. It is a good deviation from the norm in Belgian brewing and has a cult following for a good reason.