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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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90
outstanding

396 Reviews
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Reviews: 396
Hads: 744
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 50
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of babaracas
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, hazy gold color. Smell: pear and stone fruit, floral, lightly soapy, notes of coriander and clove, honey ish sweetness. Taste: pear, light pepper and coriander, nectarine, earthy and herbal notes in the finish. (218 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours fairly clear gold with a slight chill haze crowned by a 1” fluffy white foam collar.
S: Flowery, spicy hoppy nose.
T: Rich and bready light malts strongly seasoned with spicey hops.
F: Medium to medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation, crisp.
O: A few years ago I bought several of these and aged them. Dumb move. Drink fresh and it is incredibly good. (380 characters)

Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at TRIA Taproom in Philadelphia. Served in their stemmed tulip glass. Nice inviting smell and great taste. Kind of a hippy blonde ale. Super tasty. (154 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy darker straw body.
The aroma is just rip apples and pears, then dry grains and lemon. Nice.
The taste is spicy at first, then a dull bitter note and finishes grainy.
The texture is crisp with a nice fizz.
A nice beer. (253 characters)

Photo of Cannybrew
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bright looking brew with amber colouring and tight white head. Solid lacing. Smells of oranges, leather, and a stroll down the Marrakech souks. Tastes sweet, dry, hoppy, delish. Feels Belgian. By that I mean thoroughly enjoyable, unique and satisfying. (254 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the big bottle in a snifter. This fine golden ale pours a bright golden color with a fantastic frothy tight beaded head of bubbles that lingers quite awhile till finally settling into a 1/2 thick layer with NICE lacing. Nose of bittering and floral hops, sweet Belgian candy malts, and earthy yeast. Flavors follow the nose exquisitely sweet malts to the front and sides, with a mild bittering and leafy floral hop note. Flavors of lightly tart orange and peach blends in nicely with an earthy hop character that is exception. Smooth and creamy mouth feel with a lightly dry finish and sweet yet tart hop aftertaste. VERY NICE.

Cheers! (668 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

A classic and one of the hoppiest beers to come out of Belgium. There is a huge sense of terroir from the hops, such a unique character. Both Belgian beer lovers and hopheads flock to this beer, and so should you.

STYLE: Belgian IPA
ABV: 7.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Pale amber color, epic head

SMELL: Sweet hop oil, resin, tangerines, raw honey, earthy, yeast, estery, nutty yeast, medicinal

TASTE: Smooth, deep crispness, moderate-sized body, fluffy, very hoppy, earthy, mineral, leafy, dried grass, spicy, slight resin, faintly biscuity, apple skin, alcohol (619 characters)

Photo of Wanne
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Colour is golden with a little bit of orange. Nice floral aroma. Taste is a bit sweet (honey?) that evolves into a nice bitterness (floral, perhaps a bit of orange too). Very nice, refreshing beer. (197 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

250ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£1.99):
Another very nice Belgian offering here, this one was quite bitter but as I suspected not quite as bitter as some of the American style beers I've reviewed on here. There was a lot of spice and background fruits to this one that balanced the beer out well and the tart flavours started strong but settled down was the beer had time to open up a little. Overall a decent beer and one well worth picking up. (449 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Prairie Artisan Ales teku glass. Toasted penny color with a bubbly white head. The nose is similar to a saison or tripel. Yeast, cloves, banana and apple. Tastes of sweet malts, banana, spice and a very slight touch of bitterness at the very end of the aftertaste. Medium mouth, but the carbonation gives it a dry crispness. For a beer with a fairly mellow taste, there's a lot of complexity. I really like how they've made an interesting beer without a lot of big flavors. (511 characters)

Photo of JCarey
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Goregeous pale yellow, slight haze. Nice pillowy head that sticks around and decent lacing.

Big Sasion-y nose, similar to a Brooklyn Sirachi Ace

More Saison. Lemongrass, bubble gum, light but punchy hop.

Wouldn't consider this in the IPA trademark, but overall a great Belgian Pale/Saison.

*you really get the hoppy IPA-ness in the backend of the swallow, it's coming to me now*

Quite a fantastic beer, and cheap(8$ for 750mL) for being so highly rated by the bros. (470 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York, having never tried this before. I was expecting this to be a "benchmark" beer that would serve as an example as to what other Belgian IPA's should aspire to and for the most part this fit that bill. The flavor was a little too complex for me but the drinkability was there and I was also hard-pressed to remember when something this light in hue had a pour that was this memorable!

The pour to this was astounding as the fluffy head, dark golden hue, cloudy appearance, and bubbles on the *side* of my pint glass all combined for an extremely pleasing first impression. The lacing was up to snuff as well, as lots of soapy layers made themselves felt once I worked my way through this. Not a strong aroma to this beer but there was some yeast and apple to be found in the nose. Both of those were present in the taste, along with the grassy hops, pear, candied sugar and booze underneath everything else. (962 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
4/5  rDev -0.2%

What a completely unique beer. The hop character includes herbal, flowery notes unlike anything I've ever tried, and the Belgian yeast imparts a subtle spice character. Initially odd and off-putting, this beer really grew on me.

Smells a lot like it tastes - unique, spicy, and herbal

Beer was a little foamy when poured from the bottle, suggesting some issues with the bottle conditioning, but the mouthfeel was not negatively affected. (443 characters)

Photo of ahommell
4.99/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Delirium Tremens Chalice.

A: Head is a 2 finger white fluff. Dissipates into sticky less fluffy head. Lacing good. Head is retained for quite some time. Hazy and orange in color.

S: Light yeast. Light grass to floral notes. Citrus is present. Wood. Hay

T: Belgian yeasts. Candi sugar. Grassy tones. Waxy Belgian warmth. FANTASTIC.

M: Soft like champagne. Light and fluffy yet still full bodied.

O: One of the most complex yet simple tastes I have had from the region. As my last name is "Hommell" (from the root Hommel) I might have bumped it up a point. However, this beer is absolutely fantastic. (638 characters)

Photo of brewerdrew
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply Awesome . . .Nice Big Head with a crystal clear straw hue.

Awesome hop characteristics and mouthfeel.

Best Belgian IPA I've had to date. Belgian Notes are nicely balanced and not too overpowering.

Even has characteristics of really Hoppy German Pils which I love.

Highly recommended (293 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprised to find I'd never written about this before.

25cl Bottle: BBD 05/2015, poured @ home into my huge Judas glass on 5th 12 2013 during a Belgian tasting evening I had with myself!

Slight haze to the golden body, large white head.

it's hoppy in aroma and taste, but it's all subtle stuff compared to the 'new wave' of Belgian hoppy brews. This is an old friend who isn't going to let you down or upset you.

A true Belgian classic with very few beers like it anywhere in the world. High in alcohol for it's body depth maybe, but it still manages to hide the fact it sits at 7.5% ABV. (592 characters)

Photo of Rob_Arrieta
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, solid Belgian ale. Reminds me a little of Duvel. Cloudy color, hoppy, rich taste. Goes down smooth, very little aftertaste. Good Belgian but not in the rarefied air class of a Westvleteren brew. Would try again. Purchased in Newton, MA at the Craft Beer Cellar. (267 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still car-less and hotel-bound in TX. Saw this forlorn-looking single in the fridge case after bumming a ride to the closest decent liquor store. Poured from a 330 mL bottle into an old-fashioned with a moderately-gentle hand. The label is notched: Best by 10/13. Or maybe 13/10? Lousy Smarch weather. We'll see how this goes...

A: Fine golden yellow with a tight, white head approximately 2 fingers thick. Impressive retention. Moderate lacing. Very effervescent - sediment was coursing around inside the glass the entire time. The amount of sediment is off-putting, but I suppose it's at least partially my fault, so I'll average the difference for the score.

S: Very inviting, delicate Belgian yeast. Surprisingly fresh hop aroma. Grass. Cracker. Light fruity notes. Light funk notes. Lemon.

T: Slight sweetness blooms into a marked European hop-type bitterness that lingers on-and-on. Very dry finish. Light malt, light fruit. Very nicely balanced. No trace of alcohol. Only delicious hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very clean. Wow.

M: Moderately-high carbonation that really seems to work well with the bitterness and surprisingly full body. There is a definite creaminess.

O: This was superb. Upset I only have the one bottle. Maybe my expectations were low, given the age of this randomly encountered, lone single; but, I am very impressed. When I say, "Belgian Pale Ale", this is exactly what I envision.

Prost! (1,432 characters)

Photo of Hoplomachus
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a 750ml bottle of this tucked behind some triples and quads in the Belgian section at Total Wine. It was the sole bottle of its kind and I'd never seen it before. The label looked faded and there was a moderate amount of yeast sediment suspended in the beer itself, rather than settled at the bottom as one would expect.

I say this to preface my review because, despite the obvious aging and exposure to light, this beer was very enjoyable.

the appearance I rated a solid "okay" due to the floaters, but the color was a deep gold-orange with a slightly off-white head that fizzled down from two fingers to nothing in about three minutes in my Duvel tulip glass.

The smell was slightly skunky (an indication of improper storage and exposure to light) but that aside, Belgian yeast was the prominent aroma followed by alcohol. Unfortunately, the smell of hops was almost nonexistent.

This beer lacked the hoppy_bite that I so looked forward to (I miss last year's Duvel triple hop) but I have to say, the slightly hoppy Belgian ale was very enjoyable. Hoppier than a plain Belgian blonde/dub/trip but very balance

It is light like a blonde but still coats the tongue and throa, but it is nowhere near as thick as a stronger, darker ale. Not something light and crisp enough to enjoy after a hard days work in the summer sun, but definitely nice right now as the sun is setting and the humidity is dropping.

overall, a solid 3-3. 5

A good beer that I would recommend to a discerning enthusiast. (1,512 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 250 ml bottle (dated January 2014 in the notched label) into a wine glass.

A-The brew pours with a fat finger of off-white head that hangs around for a bit. The liquid is speckled with particles and lightly cloudy with a golden color. A few bits of oily lace remain on the glass.

S-The smell is surprisingly doughy for an IPA. There is an herbal honey sweetness here, which is sort of unique and not entirely unpleasant, but kind of strange. Bitterness is mild and the hops come through as more citrusy and lemony than anything else.

T-The taste is less doughy than the smell and more sharp and spicy. The pale malts are still there, but hops show up in an earthy, herbal, funky, Belgian way. Bitterness is moderate to high for a Belgian IPA, but nothing like a US-brewed IPA.

M-There is an opening wave of prickly assertive carbonation, but once that fades, the brew settles on the palate. Feel is nicely matched with the flavors.

O-This is a very unique beer. I tasted two bottles and the second had far more bitter, sharp hops than the first, but both had a strange honey-herbal sweetness to them. I'm not sure that I actually liked this beer, but I was so intrigued that I was left wanting to drink it again. (1,226 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good beer!!! Pours a hazy orange color into my Chimay goblet from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Nice big delicately bubbly white head with better than average retention. Little lacing.

Smell is pretty good. Light fruit, mostly apple with some pear and Belgian yeast. Very inviting

Tastes great. Kind of like a lower .abv Tripel without the spices. Plenty of fruit, Strong yeasty taste (I always am reminded of ripe cheese when I encounter this level of yeast flavor in a good Tripel.) This is delicious and light. I could drink a ton of it.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and pillowy soft. There is a little IPA bitterness but not much. Apples, Belgian yeast, no hint of alcohol . You could drink this stuff all night!!!!

Excellent Belgian ale. (754 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a huge billowy white head. Some sediment from the bottom of the bottle sneaks into the glass. Abundent carbonation ensures the head remains throughout and leaves tons of lacing.

The aroma has a metallic note but is also clove and banana so typical of Belgian ales. Grassy and earthy hops poke through much moreso than in other Belgian beers.

The flavor is quite a bit more hoppy than I was expecting! Clove and yeast combined with Earthy hops leading to a very assertive and drying bitterness. A little tropical fruit flavor comes in towards the finish lingering along with the lasting bitterness. A very clean and dry finish.

Overall, I really feel like I could drink gallons of this beer all day. It is really that good. A great flavor and mouthfeel combined with a hefty bitterness makes this one extremely quaffable and well put together brew. (920 characters)

Photo of newton99
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nose is citric, grassy, green raisin, honey. Kiss of funky yeast. Not bad at all.

Very metallic, really drags the whole thing down for me. Raisin. Ripe grape. Clovey nips, but mild. Peppery. Hops cut through nicely, not over the top. Metallic imperfection fades a tad as I drink; about halfway. Still, it's there, and it messes up the otherwise nectar-like profile.

Medium body, little biscuity feel. Slightly sticky.

I'd like like to try again, see if the metallic flavor/compound is less present. (501 characters)

Photo of safaricook
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

golden orange body, slightly murky due to the yeast sediment, some fine carbonation. two fingers of almost completely white head with medium to fine bubbles, reduces after some time two a layer, leaves some lacing.

smell of Poperings hops, sweet light malt, yeast, bread, fruity

taste is light malts sweetness with some fruitiness, has quite a strong bitter aftertaste for a Belgian beer but still nothing compared to an American IPA. No sign of the 7.5ABV anywhere.

smooth carbonation, nice refreshing, medium body, oily

I really like this beer especially since I drank from tab sitting outside in the sunshine after a bike tour through the hop gardens around Poperinge. Very drinkable with a dangerous high 7.5ABV. (721 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a cloudy deep gold color.

Taste wise, it has a wheat flavor like Belgian wheats. It doesn’t come with a sour like De Ranke XX, another Belgian IPA. It does not have a hoppy finish like that beer either.

I would say this leans more towards a powerful Belgian wheat than the weird flavors you would get in another Belgian IPA. (337 characters)

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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.