Hommel Bier - Perennial Artisan Ales

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85
very good

288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DCon on 10-06-2011

Dry Hopped Belgian Pale Ale.
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Ratings: 288 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by BigBry:
Photo of BigBry
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml big bottle, picked up on my last trip to St. Louis.
From the label: "In the hop capital of Belgium, Hommel is the word for humulus, the plant genus where hops reside. Our Hommel Bier defies tradition by combining North American malts, Pacific Northwest hops, and a Belgian yeast strain. The result is a beer that combines earthy and spicy tones from the yeast with a slight orange note contributed by the hops. We think it's buzzworthy."
Slightly hazed, golden orange color, small white head. Foam faded but never disappeared, thinnest of lace lines. Initial smell is of earthy hops, some yeast and pepperiness. A bit of citrus notes as well. No alcohol burn is noticeable.
Taste has a good dose of hop bitterness. Leafy and earthy, touch of pepper or other spice. Belgian yeast in the aftertaste, with more citrus and grapefruit hoppiness. Dry finish. Slightly thin mouthfeel, average body. Complexity of flavor as expected from a belgian ale, but with a healthy kick of hops was quite enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Golden orange

SMELL: Earthy, leafy, soft resin, dragon fruit, yeast, faintly medicinal, peppery, floral, clementine pith

TASTE: Hop bitterness, leafy, tree bark, nutty yeast, orange peel, faint white peppercorn, kiwi, chalky, light melon rind, biscuity, mild warming alcohol, dry semi-bitter finish

Fresh and in your face, but without being aggressive. Depth and complexity won us over, and each sip made us think a little bit more. Hoppy Belgian Pale Ale with a generous and skilled hand adding Pacific NW hops. Best of both worlds?

Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Check out that tightly woven head with bright white foam,Brussels lacing and about a half inch of thickness. It's a dull coppery color with moderate carbonation. That's an interesting melange of aroma with the Belgian yeast strain and a faint bit of piney hops. The flavor is strongly the Belgian yeast strain and then you get a bit of piney hops in the fade. The mouth is heavily carbonated,chalky and dry.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(served in a globe glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a gentle swirl of microbubbles and a snow white thick foam that sticks in rings to the glass.

S- The perfume peach green hops blend with fruity yeasty esters and it turns a bit grassy in the finish. The full aroma blends yeasty ester and hops together very well.

T- The dry crisp green hops flavor has a nice hop zing in the slightly dry finish and a gentle lemon flavor comes through as it opens up. There are some hints of pale malt and yeasty esters blended together underneath.

M- The light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that cleans the finish but no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The beautiful aroma is not matched by the flavor which becomes lost in the fizz. The flavor becomes more washed out by the fizz as the beer opens up.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy with a big white head. Pale orange body.

Smell - Grassy hops and a little grainy. Doughy and Belgian sweetness.

Taste - Much grassier. Some citrus, but otherwise grassy and herbal. Drops off quickly though. A little bitter after a grainy malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very drinkable and tasty. I'm impressed.

Photo of KYGunner
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Always a sucker for a beer with amazing carbonated action this built several inches of dense ivory colored foam. The body was bright yellow but a tad dingy.

Perfume, flower petals, roses, wheat, grains and a bit of honey touch the nose with a deliberate softness.

The flavor starts with honeysuckle and fresh peppercorns before it settles to a dry white wine, flower petals and light pear.

The feel is dry with a tangy sensation near the finish.

Nice, simple yet complex, but easy and light. Well done for the style.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bee on a hop, now i've seen everything. Review from written notes.

Deep orange color, hazy with visible streams of upward carbonation. Thin layer of white foam on the surface.

Grassy, herbal hop nose, slightly bitter, the hop smell seemed a little muted up against the Belgian yeast.

Moderately hoppy flavor, noble and grassy again. Yeasty and still a little bit "green", it leaves a fresh and young impression. Simple and clean malty base with a building grassy hop bitterness. Effervescent and quenching, medium bodied, clearly Belgian inspired. Something i'd try again, it's a nice hop-forward Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of fourstringer
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Gentle hand. No identifiable date.

A: Hazy, light golden-orange body. 2 fingers of rocky, off-white head with excellent retention. Leaves impressive, jutting floes. Nice lacing.

S: Musty yeast. American hops with the floral component dialed up. Flourishes of fruit - apple, pear, lemon, white grape. Pepper. Hay. Earth. Brown & candi sugar.

T: American hops (cascade?) and a yeasty spice open. Tempered with a bready pale malt and some earthy funk. Light alcohol presence. Lingering hops in the aftertaste with citrus and light pine notes.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Smooth and slightly creamy, if not a touch too light on the palate.

O: Think Belgian pale ale meets American pale ale, plus some elements of a saison and whole flower hops. Nice balance with a slight tilt towards the hops. Very drinkable.

Prost!

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip at iTap stl. Pours a golden color with nice thick foamy head. Really nice mellow hop and belgian yeast aromas. Some belgian funk and straw.
Taste is a bit over malty but nice crisp hop and somewhat slight citrus - orange maybe.
Nicely bitter and smooth. An all around good brew. Id recommend for those looking for a us version of its Belgian counterpart. Its just a bit maltier and less dry.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to Matt for sharing!

A: Pours a golden amber with 1 1/2 fingers of bright white foam on top. Carbonation was ample and lace was plentiful.

S: Nice grassy aromas and fresh spicy hops.

T: See above. Hops took on a slightly citrus-y tone before the lightly toasy malt and slightly spicy yeast flavors came in.

M: Dry, spicy, peppery. Quite cleansing and prickly in the finish.

O: When you name your BPA "Hommel Bier", you have a lot to live up to. This lacks the floral yeastiness of its' namesake but I really dug the fresh grassiness it displayed. Very nice effort!

Photo of sweethome
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy gold, decent white head that leaves a bit of lace.

Nose of yeast and fresh hop cone - but a bit understated.

Nice entry - dry, crisp hop flavors. Compared the belgian Hommel, I prefer this flavor of hops - like the NW hop flavor. Balanced and smooth. This beer would be a nice companion to food.

I broke out a piece of sharp white cheddar and crackers and the beer held it's own and acted quite complimentary to the sharpness of the cheese. I recommend this pairing.

Crisp dry finish. Nice carbonation that follows the belgian pale style.

A nice homage to the Belgian classic - with an American twist of the hop variety.

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer.

Pours with a massive and frothy head that slowly dissipates. Will fill 80% of glass if you just dump it in like I did.

Smelled like a Belgian, but light and faint.

Based on the smell, thought it would be sweet. Wasn't the case at all.

Smooth across the tongue. Slightly sweet, slightly tart. Like a light pale ale. Bitter but smooth finish.

It truly is a belgian-hoppy-pale hybrid that hard to compare to another beer.

It's light and fluffy, earthy and slightly hoppy and dry. The closest beer I can compare it to is a slightly more bitter version of Crooked Stave's WWBY here in Colorado (minus the brett).

Very drinkable. A solid choice for a summer sipper.

Photo of rodkin
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an orangish brown, with a pretty large head that reduced nicely. Smells like yeast, and some light citrus and spices. The taste is very similar. Slightly grainy, with a bit of lemon and spice. The beer is pretty mild, and none of the flavors are particularly strong. Mouthfeel is excellent, medium bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Goes down with a pleasant tingling.

This is definitely not the most complex beer, but it was a great drink with friends over for dinner. It went very well with some curry and rice without overpowering the food.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep copper-gold with two fingers of off-white head.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, light malts, tropical fruit and oranges.

The taste was light on the citrus side but offered a good amount of bready malts, yeast and a touch of spice and table salt.

Medium bodied and a touch dry with a moderate carbonation.

A delicious Belgian Pale. Perennial is off to a good start here in St. Louis.

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for this interesting looking guy. This could be a big winner for me, or a let down, but we'll see.

I tried to pour carefully at first and at first it looked like it was doing OK, but suddenly it hits the uneven point in the neck and starts gurgling out of the mouth into big blotches in the glass and forces a huge fluffy 2 finger head. The head fades at a med pace with pot-marks, and lots of sticky lacing, leaving a billowy Belgian looking head that makes my nuts tingle. The beer underneath the pillowy head is a semi clear semi hazy tangerine orange-reddish colored, what I suspect is beer.

The nose has a really interesting blend of what it should, the nice Belgian yeast aromas and light hops. The malts are also there somewhere, hiding in the back in poor fashion like a 5 year old playing Hide and Seek and his entire torso is sticking out, with a light sweet reddish malt that wants to be behind the hops and yeast additions but is still in the foreground. However, the Belgian yeast takes the stage, with nice floral light spices, mild fruity esters, and a light fruity pear like aroma. the hops are also there to tickle the nose, with light floral notes, hints of a spicy beast underneath, and touch of a grassy demeanor. Nice balance between all of the above, and glad they didn't kick the booze up as that would upset the nice balance.

As it swishes into my mouth thoughts of fruit come to mind, it's fairly fruity overall, again yeast additions nicely come through. Whoa, waves of lots more flavors I can't put down on paper (or keyboard) fast enough so lets go quick with initial tastes, malts, floral hops, light earthy, floral yeast additions, etc. So the fruity flavors came in first wave as I mentioned before, light pear and almost apricot like fruit. The yeast also brings mild esters and hints of floral spices, earthy spices. The hops kick in quickly next overpowering the fruit, with a floral hop at first, then some grassy flavors with a hint of a spicy complexion, and even a light earthy hop touch. They even add a light hop oil feel. Malts take the rear again, with light sweet malts, golden Belgian like malts, and a juicy reddish almost caramel like malt. The finish gets slightly dry but stays a bit sticky sweet and gritty on the mouth, as the hops ramp up slightly with a bit more lupulin taste and earthy floral hops, and touch of the Belgian fruits and esters lingering all together, but not for too long.

Mouth is med bodied but a bit abrasive, tons of carbonation enough that surprises me it didn't overflow a bit when I popped the top, cause once you pop you can't stop... the flow of the overcarbonated beer.

Overall, again balanced fairly well with a lighter overall feel so that it doesn't get bogged down in booze and malty sweetness. A nice summer sipper that's full of flavor and softness, balance, etc. Nice malts that know their place, nice ester and floral additions from the yeast, and good hops to balance. Glad they didn't try to overpower any of the flavors, hops, malts, booze, sweetness, wrong yeast flavors, etc, even the esters weren't heavy. Nice job.

Photo of Reaper16
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a darker-than-expected dark orange color. Like a sunshine yellow-orange that has been color desaturated or something. I was expecting a very pale beer (ala Duvel or a saison or etc) but instead this beer looks like an amber ale. Which is totally fine. A fair amount of soft, eggshell colored head sticks around for a while.

Nothing about Hommel Bier's aroma is overpowering. It's a lesson in restraint: spicy, earthy hop aromas contrast with some more citrusy American hop aromas. The malts assert themselves with some honeyed amber malt aroma. The musk of the amber malt combines with the spicy hops to make an aroma that, if I were smelling this beer in a blind tasting, I might at first guess was rye. This is all balanced by a slight but important level of phenolic character from the Belgian yeast.

The taste also earns praise for its flavor restraint, but the balance is a bit out of whack. The dominant flavor for me is the amberish malt character. Sweet, grainy, musky -- this tastes like the best glass of Palm you've ever had. The hops -- light with lemon and a spicy, noble-like flavor -- don't keep the malt totally in check (especially for a beer whose name and logo refer to hops) but the flavor is well conceived. Same with the yeast. It's there and it works, but I wish it did a little bit more.

The mouthfeel is thinner and more watery than you'd expect for a beer with as much malt flavor as this one has. It's bordering on too thin, but manages to stay in the safe zone.

Overall, this is a pretty fine (and somewhat unique) Belgian Pale Ale. It wasn't particularly impressive, but I appreciate the focus. It looks to be a versatile food paring; I successfully paired half of this bottle with a dish of roasted Brussels sprouts and chestnuts in a brown butter/shallot sauce.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy gold with a huge pillowy three finger head that has great retention and leaves abundant lacing. A very subtle but pleasant aroma of Belgian tripel yeast and hops that add floral tones and herbal accents. Extremely well-balanced flavor that includes tones of pear, a bit of bitter apple, herbs, flora and earthy accents. Finishes crisp and dry with just a slight bite from the bittering hops. Well-carbonated and fairly light to the low end of medium bodied with a touch of creaminess. A recommended Belgian-style pale ale.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking brew, orange-tan and a little hazy with lots of fine rising bubbles and a nice, lasting head.

Lots of spicy hops and Belgian yeast on the nose, along with a touch of maltiness and a little bit of earthiness.

Taste is very spicy, peppery, plenty of Belgian yeast, toasty grains, and a good crisp hoppiness.

Body is light, carbonation is pretty good, and there's a dry crisp grainy finish to it.

Overall it's a very nice beer that I'd happily have again.

Photo of Tone
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and a great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong earthy malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, great appearance, and decent aroma and body.

Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the International Tap House in Chesterfield, MO for $4 (Labeled Hommel & 5.9% ABV on their "Tap Board"). Poured from the Wooden tap handle with PERENNIAL written down it in black into a 14+oz Tulip Glass.

Aroma- Good amount of hop aroma from the beginning but malts are evident as well! Very well-balanced and has a bit of fruit character (possibly citrus but very faint). Belgian style, so the strength of the aroma is easy to take on but fun to try and nab characteristic.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has great retention! Has a deep copper color body that is clear but has such great color it looks semi-hazy. The lacing is tremendous on the walls of this Tulip.

Flavor- Has a slight fruit note from the beginning but very smooth and has tons of malt. The hops are medium flavored in here with a light bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Moderate Carbonation, Smooth, Creamy, and then has a nice peach taste after all the complexity passes on the palate.

Overall Impression- What a tremendous Belgian Pale Ale by Perennial! This one surprised me how greatly smooth and easy drinking it was! The peach taste on the backend was also very nice. Get to Perennial Ales & enjoy this soon!

Photo of Ysgard
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at The Porch in Virginia Beach.

A cloudy yellow beer, with nicely foamy head, and not too much protein thickness. Scantily laces down the glass.

Smells like fresh greeen hops. Reminds me of the stuff I've grown and brewed with, very woody and grassy.

The taste is a bit rough at first, but its very balanced and starts going down incredibly quick after some acclimation. The maltiness has a toasty character, reminds me of the first time I had Fat tire. Amazing how light it is to get this flavor. That toastiness really works with the character of the hops to tease out the finer flavors in them, which I would have guess weren;t there based on the aroma. Belgian spices bring it all together for an interesting finish.

The body was balanced, and I mentioned, incredibly drinkable. I'm not a fan of the trend of >7% IPAs, and I'm happy this one is bucking that trend.

I would drink this again.

Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a really big pint glass @ Llewellyn's in Wildwood (proper glassware anyone?) Pours a coppery amber w/ a minimal head.

Aroma is floral with plenty of spicy and fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. Pretty standard Belgian pale ale smell.

Taste follows nose. Pale malt, Belgian yeast, w/ some floral and spicy undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth, drinkable.

Overall a pretty average Belgian pale. Good but unremarkable.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 1839 Taphouse - Columbia, MO

A - Poured a hazy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of spices, lemon and some caramel malt.

T - It tasted of lemon and some coriander. Sweet caramel maltiness with some grain flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice Belgian Pale. Curious to try the bottled version of it.

Photo of Linda629
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very light and spring-ish. Refreshing after a nice long bike ride.

Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this to be a pretty decent beer. I noticed some banana notes in the aroma.
Looked nice with a tall head.
Smelled good too with spicey malts and hops.
Good

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Hommel Bier from Perennial Artisan Ales
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