Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
4/5 rDev -1%
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
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4.75/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 22:20:02 | More by brewerdrew
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.