The third Belgian I'd picked up over the last week was another supposedly hoppy Belgian, this time Lefebvre's Hopus.
After the label promised a strong and bitter beer, the aroma instead suggested the zest and spiciness of an ordinary Tripel. The strength of the beer was typified by it's candied sugar sweetness, with notes of clove and citrus making brief appearances around the palate, before being utterly smothered by a sticky, syrupy caramel malt finish.
It's by all means drinkable, but Hopus is nothing special.
And now, to celebrate the start of the holiday with another Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.