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Hommel Bier - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 309
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 23.83%
Wants: 11
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: DCon on 10-06-2011

Dry Hopped Belgian Pale Ale.
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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 309
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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?

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Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Up from Jacksonville FL and stopped in at the brewery.

A: 1.5 thick white head on a golden body.

S: pungent hops and malts. Hint of Belgian yeast and musty/tart citrus.

T: on its own the beer is very good but in comparison to others I have had in the style, this one is underwhelming and less complex. Nice Belgian character but not much for supporting notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: drinkable but simple and not very memorable.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.


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Photo of brewcrew76
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Agold
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a crystal clear golden color with a half inch white head that has some really nice retention. Pretty nice sheets of lacing as well. Aroma is mild. Subtle spice and belgian light friutyness with some earthy aromas, but it is quite subtle. Nice though. Flavor is nice but more aggressive than the aroma with lots of peppery spicy flavors with some mild grassy notes in the background. Mouthfeel is light with good fine carbonation. Very refreshing and enjoyable light beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of rodkin
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of capra12
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with ricecracker poured into a slim pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown straw color with 2 fingers of head. little lacing.

Smell: I get a hint of yeast, mildly roast malts and faint hops much like a belgian IPA.

Taste: much like the nose, opens with bittering hops, pale and mildly roasted malts. Belgian yeast comes into the flavor profile but does not really present a distinct flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I would have this again on tap and recommend this to those seeking a solid belgian pale ale. Not much to say but a decent interpretation of the style.

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Photo of birchstick
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bialy's Range. Pours an amberish orange with a decent head that leaves a nice lacing on it. Smells of fruity, spicy notes in the aroma. Taste follows the nose well. Sweet lemon flavor and fruity up front, which turn into a nice spicy, earthy hop flavor. Ends with a bit of bubblegum flavor on the finish. Solid mouthfeel as it goes down. Good beer. Flavorful and easy to drink makes this a nice session beer. Good effort from Perennial.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, frothy white head, sticky lace, thin collar, thin cap.

S - Nice mix of malts, light hops, and yeast notes. Wheat, floral notes, and citrus. This beer really has a lot going on. The hops do not dominate the nose, but add complexity to the malts and yeast.

T - Again a mix of sweet bready malts, light citrus hops, and some funky banana yeast towards the end. There's also some spice in there as well, perhaps from the hops.

M - Light body, soft carbonation, clean finish, refreshing.

O - Very enjoyable and quite sessionable. Something that has complexity yet doesn't shut you down after one pour. This one will be nice during the summer when you're tired of the regular old APA.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Hommel Bier from Perennial Artisan Ales
86 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.