Hopus
Quarries and Hops

hopus

The Lefebvre brewery website informs us that for their beer, Hopus, it took two years of research to settle on five hop varieties from the best regions; they were chosen for their taste and the way they blended together.

With that in mind and the name Hopus proudly on the label I expected a bitterer brew than the one I was confronted with; a bit like getting tea when you expect coffee.

Notwithstanding my disappointment I tried to be objective as I emptied the glass.The beer looks good with a proud white head and deep golden colour. The aroma is fruity yeast with some flowery hop which continues into the taste; grassy herbal and fruit with a restrained sweetness, subdued bitterness and medium malt background. The 8.3% alc. Vol adds a nice mouth feel.

No doubt about it: Hopus is a well made, good looking Belgian strong ale; worth trying but in this category I’m going stick with Duvel.

Lefebvre brewery, located in Quenast in the Brabant region of Wallonia, has been an independent, family-run business since 1876 . To a large extent it owes its existence to the neighbouring porphyry quarries or rather, to the numerous workmen, made thirsty by stone working. Perhaps as a reminder of this background the brewery introduced Porph ale in 1960.

Although mining continues (the open-cast quarry is among the largest in Europe, with an area of 140 hectares, and a depth in places of 125 m) the beer is no longer produced. There are far fewer quarry workers today but I can’t believe that they have somehow become less thirsty.

Maybe they drink the brewery’s equally strong (5% alc. Vol ) Manneken pils? Who knows?

Cheers!