Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
During Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Fest II earlier this year, I invited a buddy along and he let me order his beers for him. After selection a couple "must haves," I went out on a limb and ordered one I had never heard of for each of us. I had the Duchesse du Bourgeone, he had the Popperings Hommel Ale. I was not too fond of my choice, but the couple sips I had of his tasted great. This will be the first time I've had one to myself.
This beer had a ridiculous amount of carbonation, as evidenced by its rapid escape from the bottle as soon as the cap was popped. However, I only lost maybe 1/4 to 1/2 of an ounce, so I wasn't too heartbroken. My Stone IRS tulip glass ended up being filled with about half liquid and half fluffy foam that took quite awhile to settle down to a lumpy lace. The liquid itself was somewhere between a golden and apricot color and was very bubbly and cloudy.
The odor was a mix of malt, biscuit, clove, and lemon. I waited a few minutes, sniffed again, and detected a bit of peach as well (and consequently bumped the smell rating up from a 3.5 to a 4).
The first sip was a bit abrasive. It had the flavor and the sting of pine needles, a bit of citrus and clove, and a lot of malt. No more peach was evident at this point.
Relative to what I've been drinking lately, 7.5% ABV doesn't seem like a whole lot, but I could definitely taste the alcohol in this one, and it burned a bit. Further sips didn't change my opinion much, although gradually, I began to detect what tasted of carob.
I don't know if this beer is just that much better on tap or if my palate was just happier making the adjustment from the Duchess to this vs. coming in clean, but I wasn't all that impressed. Despite the initial attack of alcohol and pine, it's pretty easy to drink, but the flavor doesn't really suit my tastes.
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2006 05:04:43 | More by instrumentality
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