Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
4/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.
A - Murky yellow with a slight orangish tint. Three fingers of off white head rise. Retention is great; a thin cap remains throughout the duration. Great lacing as well.
S - Yeasty spice; coriander, pepper, lemon peel, and a bit of grass. Hops pull through with a mild herbal/citrus component but it's hard to distinguish through the yeast. Either way, it's quite appetizing. There's some simple pale malt in the background with a faint bready aroma. Mild to moderate phenols intertwine themselves with the spicy notes.
T - Pepper and indistinct spice from the nose mix with some subtle herbal/grassy hops. Spice is obvious but the hops are a little more hidden. Slight citrus pulls through mid palate with some semi-sweet pale malt. Simple bread flavors mingle with some saltiness and sourness to make for a relatively clean finish with some mild earthy bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with medium low carbonation. Very smooth.
D - The numbers in this review may be somewhat arbitrary as I'm not sure what constitutes a "good" Belgian IPA. I'd always imagined and read them as hopped up tripels, and while Poperings Hommel Ale exhibits some hoppy characteristics and some tripel characteristics, it isn't a simple mix of the two; furthermore I understand that this brew was once classified as a BSPA. Though the hops never really take the center stage, it's extremely well balanced even if not a standout among Belgians. An enjoyable and somewhat challenging beer that I hope to revisit when and if I understand the style better.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2009 06:42:03 | More by PatrickJR
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 12:17:27 | More by JerzDevl2000
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.