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Hommel Bier - Perennial Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
86
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%


Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dry Hopped Belgian Pale Ale.

(Beer added by: DCon on 10-06-2011)
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:52:17 | More by Franziskaner
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy gold body that has large head and lace patches due to carbonation. Aroma is mostly citric hoppiness and a touch of funk and yeast; not much of a malty aroma although bread/yeast come through. I found the beer to be slightly chewey and bready, smooth, even a little boozy, sweet malts and possible sweet fruits in there but mostly the beer is dry and very hoppy (citric/orange is prevelant). It is a good beer but I found the hoppiness slightly overpowering the rest of the beer and not a perfect balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 15:33:32 | More by clayrock81
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mhaugo

California

3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle decanted into an oversized snifter. 5.9% ABV.
Appearance: Soft, soapy head over a brilliant copper body. Beautiful (4.25/5).
Aroma: The first impression is one of Pacific Northwestern hops. The second is the spice and earth and fresh vegetation that one would expect from a pushy Belgian hop strain. There’s a touch of kumquat and apple cider on the backend. Very inviting (4/5).
Taste: Very little stands out. A little citrus, a little apple, and a little caramel. The American hops wind up in the aftertaste, and then gently fade to black. It’s light and refreshing, but not mind-blowing (3/5).
Mouthfeel: Light body, medium/high carbonation (3.75/5).
Overall: In Brew Your Own magazine, Jamil Zainasheff suggests that when you are designing a Belgian Pale Ale you should not “use citrusy or catty American-type hops, as they seem to clash with, rather than, accentuate, the phenols and ester from fermentation.” I think that’s a little bit of what’s going on here. I definitely don’t hate it, and I recognize it’s not trying to be the truest example of the style, but there is a touch of “clash” that I couldn’t put my finger on until I read Zainasheff’s comments. Ultimately this beer is kind of like me… pretty to look at, but built to be slightly disagreeable (3.25/5).

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 04:32:53 | More by mhaugo
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Dad. No bottle date but worried I let this sit around for too long. Oh well. Pours a light copper/dark gold color with big fast creamy frothy head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Aroma of earthy yeast and hop, orange, pine, dirt, hay. Flavor is earthy yeast, straw, and maybe some stale hops. Probably let this sit a little long but not bad. Yeasty farmhouse funk. Easy drinking and plenty of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 02:20:12 | More by BMMillsy
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Knuckles_Nuclear

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bomber poured into a snifter. The pour was pale golden and slightly cloudy. A 1-inch head emerged and retained, with pleny of thick lacing and an average amount of carbonation. The nose was grassy and hoppy.

I like this one. Very well-balanced with just the right amount of malt cut by the hoppy goodness at the forefront. It finished with notes of spice and yeast. Complex but not pretentious. I'll certainly have another. Well done, Perennial.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 20:11:46 | More by Knuckles_Nuclear
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a delightful little beer here, a clever take on an underwhelming Americanized style. this pours like champagne, clear light yellow and very brightly carbonated. its got a semisweet nose, with touches of honey and clover meadow cascading my senses. Belgian yeast more like a witbier than a pale, and just the right amount of hops to be sassy without being bold or brash. the taste is exactly as I described the nose, with some almost wild yeast elements creeping in, and more of the honey flavor without the sugar on the finish, fully fermented by what appears to be a very active and powerful strain of Belgian yeast. the feel is a little out of place, carbonated like a brut and finishing dry, its unexpectedly light in that way, and almost rushes me through the flavor journey. its super light and drinkable, especially at under 6% abv, but I would have liked the feel to be just a bit more relaxed. still, its just right for summer drinking, and is a great introduction to perennial ales for me. I will absolutely look forward to drinking more of their stuff and visiting their brewery my next pass through the gateway city.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 16:58:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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farrago

New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

You get a rich, frothy head of two fingers, somewhat airy so it starts dimpling right off and retention is average to average plus, off-white in color, randomly assigns big splotches of lacing to the glass, not consistent around the sides. The liquid is a coppery orange, more red tint than yellow, loads of effervescence, a cloud of hyperactive tiny bubbles churning inside. The nose has a decided leafy, earthy quality to it, metallic and with notes of cracked black pepper and sourdough bread crusts, there is a softer side featuring banana, flowers and peach pits, not getting much citrus, earthiness builds and gets close to asphalt or tar at times. Medium-bodied and firm, the carbonation is lower than would be expected based on visual inspection and it is dry and slowly paced from mouth entry through finish. Produces that metal, mineral to earth side in spades, the herbaceousness is not green and biting, more like fallen leaves, twigs and bark. Increase in sour oranges, decrease in flowers and pepper. The banana, bubblegum persists, low level of apricot, apple, peach fruit. Baking soda, bread crusts and toasted dough, not sweetly yeasty. The dryness impedes length of flavors, accentuates its bitterness. Refreshing in its own way, not really a personally favored style.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:32:55 | More by farrago
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: ever-so-slight haze, orange/amber color, very nice rocky head
S: mild to medium nose, some Belgian characteristics with spicy hops and yeast
T: well-balanced with malt and hops, good spicy/earthy bitter finish, nothing out of ordinary but well-made
M: decent, well-balanced

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 03:33:57 | More by wisrarebeer
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 19:12:24 | More by BigBry
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really happy to be able to try something from this brewery.

This is a nice Belgian Ale. Shouldn't it be a Belgian ipa though? It's a little sweet with the hop tones coming in the back as a decent accent. Carbonation is quite lively. After I pour the dregs in, the feel is quite smooth; silky almost.

This should be a Belgian ipa. I mean, hops are in the name. Ya know? Very glad I had the chance to try it. I'm looking forward to more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 03:49:59 | More by RblWthACoz
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One finger of soft white head that slowly recedes.Nice thick film of foam. Good bubbling floating around a slightly hazey amber and copper colored hue. Good lacing too.

Spicey, faint citric hop aroma combines well with a yeasty dry fruit and toasted caramel malty aroma. The hop dominate the aroma, but overall is very balanced.

Mild toasty malts upfront. Cracker like crispness accentuated by the Belgian yeasts dryness and American, earthy and slight citric hop flavors. Such easy, carbonated, cleansing drinking. This beer is great and one I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 00:36:22 | More by scruffwhor
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours translucent medium amber, nice full head on top. Nothing special but looks nice.

Smells great--lots of bright, bitter orange citrus, some flowers and spice, dry champagne like yeast.

Taste is pretty similar, pretty bitter without being a hop bomb, lots of orange and some grapefruit, some dry spicy yeast.

This is a really solid beer, tasty and fairly original and easy to session.

7.6/10

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 14:49:24 | More by AlexFields
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Poured a pretty, clear gold with a couple of fingers of fine bubbled white head. Aroma was a little yeasty with a nice hit of clove. Crisp and dry, light bodied. More clove in the finish along with some citrus and a decent amount of hop bitterness. Fairly carbonated. Very easy drinking. The best beer from Perennial out of the three that I have tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 01:01:38 | More by homebrewhawk
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 03:45:15 | More by BeerAdvocate
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flagmantho

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with plenty of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is three fingers of frothy ivory foam. Quite good.

Smell: very sweet malt with a hint of funk and a ton of hop aroma. Hops are citrusy, fruity, perhaps a bit funky and a little bit floral. Interesting combination; I quite like it.

Taste: big, sweet malt, with a whole lot of that floral character from the aroma. Almost soapy in flavor. Sweetness is a bit too high, even for the style. It's not bad, per se, but it's not particularly amenable to my palate.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and a pretty giant, mouth-filling creaminess. Great stuff.

Overall: texture is good, but I wish it had delivered a better flavor. If you are into floral gum candy or the like, then this beer may be for you. It is not for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 08:01:22 | More by flagmantho
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by noodleuser. Thanks man!

The beer is hazy and golden hued with a half inch or so of white head. The aroma brings spice, straw, grass, herbal scents, yeast. The flavor follows the nose to a tee. A touch of bready sweetness, biscuits, fruit, before finishing crisp and dry. Light to medium in body. A solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 16:22:43 | More by Huhzubendah
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poperings Hommel Bier was one of my go to beers during our spring trip to Belgium so I could not pass up the chance to pick this up in Chicago.

A-Pours a hazy apricot with a rocky white head and huge stickiness. Fine carbonation leads to great head retention.

S-Earthy, nutty notes with a solid malt base. Not much hop presence.

T-A bit tangy and yeasty with some good bitter citrus hop notes. Grassy and earthy. As in the nose there's an earthy nut character that is rather unusual.

M-Medium bodied, nice dryness.

O-Pretty solid beer, if a bit odd.

HV

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 22:52:37 | More by sholland119
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber with a big fluffy white head with huge patches of lace.

S - Grassy and green hops, spicy, honey, phenolic, Belgian yeast, and sweet pale malt.

T - Strange green hop flavor at the start. Green and almost onion like. Spice, Belgian yeast, honey sweetness.

M - Medium body with high carbonation.

D - Confused by the weird hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 00:20:08 | More by brewcrew76
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Hazy appearance, bright orange in color, head foams up like most belgian style beers, when it condenses it is thick like shaving cream and super frothy

S: The noce is all belgian yeast character, a distinct tartness comes through with a bit of spiciness as well, some biscuity malt too

T: The flavor is a huge letdown from the appearance and aroma, definitely has a fuller malt profile than I expected, the hops provide a pretty clean spicy bitterness that is also stronger than anticipated, the belgian yeast character is hidden until the end of the flavor profile and presents itself almost exclusively as a spiciness, all of these just don't mix that well to me

M: Strong carbonation, has a definite dry finish but still manages to feel full, not bad

O: I think this is an example of trying to experiment with a combination of styles that just ends up not working that well. Overall a decent beer, nothing "wrong" with it, but very average in the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 22:37:26 | More by dpodratsky3
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 15:48:24 | More by rhoadsrage
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 03:26:06 | More by chanokokoro
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 01:21:58 | More by ucsbmullet
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sweethome

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 22:06:28 | More by sweethome
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Durge

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky tea colored brew with a substantial creamy egg shell colored head and lusciously laced. The aroma has a slightly orange citrus over grainy grass theme and a subtle bubblegum sweetness. A bit different but it quickly entices the palate. The flavor delivers very much what the aroma suggested with a very grassy attack but with a decided lemony-orange hop over a thin bready grain. The hops seep in with more and more gusto and a suggestion of clove. This really grows on me. It’s kind of more grassy bitter than I like but the citrus and grain balance it out pretty nicely. This is medium bodied at most with a somewhat frothy feel, very delicate, tingly carbonation. Nice stuff that leaves a bitter coat way back on your tongue. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 18:55:54 | More by Durge
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Florida9

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden in color. Forms a sizable white head that reduces fairly slowly eventually settling as a bubbly surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Rather aromatic with lots of citrus and yeast-derived spices.

T: Flavor is much like the aroma. Starts off with a moderate malty sweetness then green apple, herbaceous hops, yeast, spice, lemony citrus, and green pepper. Finishes quick and sweet.

M: Lighter bodied with heavier carbonation. Mild bitterness with lots of prickly spice.

O: A nice beer, sort of cross between a Belgian Pale and a Saison with aggressive hopping and yeast characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 23:35:27 | More by Florida9
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