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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Reviews: 396
Hads: 749
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 49
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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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 patcoll
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tend to love IPAs so a great bartender recommended this to me. Smell was an accurate introduction. Bold floral and citrus notes in the taste. Detected a hint of apricot. Extremely well-balanced. Mouthfeel was simple and light and let the balanced taste of hops be the hero. Drinkability was supreme -- I wanted nothing but this beer when I first tried it.

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Photo of dbell23
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 750ml bottle opened with a loud pop. Always a nice sound. Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy golden orange in color with large white head. Good head retention with good lacing. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is oh so nice. Honey, maybe apple, phenols, Belgian yeast, maybe a little hop bite. Really nice.

Taste is superb. Like a hoppy Tripel. A little fruity spice with mild hops to start, hoppy Tripel in the middle with a clean mild hop finish. There seems to be a mild honey undertone throughout. Very good and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is great. Perfect carbonation with a little smoothness. Nice smooth crisp finish if that's possible.

Overall an outstanding beer. Not many good Belgian ipas out there but this one is really good. Like most European beers the tastes are very subtle as compared to Americans that tend to be out front. I've had it a few times and will definitely be back.

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Photo of ahommell
4.99/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml caged and corked. May 2013 freshness date.

Hazy gold, poured into a Bruery chalice, generates a big head easily, has good retention and lots of chunky sticky lacing. Appearance is the very definition of a Belgian golden ale.

Smells delightfully flowery and perfumy, with honey sweetness and fresh orange.

Can taste the funky Belgian yeast strain, complemented by bready malt with a bit of honey sweetness in the front palate, moving to orange hop flavor, coriander spice, and only a very slight bitterness in the finish. Just a slight metallic note from the yeast but that goes with the territory.

Body is medium with round bubbles of carbonation, has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Finishes a bit watery.

This is a delightful beer. I am enjoying the fresh orange expression due to the Hallertauer or maybe there's some additional orange rind thrown in. The bready malt and orange flavors complement the funky yeast. Really drinks smoothly and the ABV is just right at 7.5% Although this beer has a reputation for being hoppy, it is only mildly hoppy, with low alpha acid hops, and in the fruity, orange hop direction that I find increasingly enjoyable (Citra). I think this is a top example of a Belgian IPA brewed in a traditional hop growing area of Belgium, what's not to like? Not so easy to find in CA, glad I went to the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Now, I hope to find this on draft sometime.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

huge white head, opaque dark yellow body. Stalky/floral slightly sweet aroma.
Slightly sweet with a whole bouquet of wild flowers. Agressive bitterness balanced brilliantly with firm malt body and sligth sweetness.
Medium body and lovely mouthfeel. Extaordinarily easy to drink and the most dangerous beer i have ever had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My vision of the perfect afterlife includes sitting at the Galgenhuisje bar in Gent and drinking copious amounts of Hommel Bier (and perhaps a bit of the house Guillotine to provide some variety). I first tried this gem at my favorite spot in Belgium and I'm psyched to finally see it available locally (many thanks to Mike at Nikki's!)

I poured this directly from my cellar at 55 degrees into my favorite Chimay chalice.

This brew pours a golden, light-pumpkin, hazy orange color with a billowy, creamy head. Visible carbonation keeps the amazing head going throughout, while sticky lacings adorned the sides of the glass. A gentle swirl produces additional layers of thick lacing that seemingly envelop the glass. Subsequent pours produce a significant amount of sediment and “floaties”.

The aroma consists of candy-like caramel malt sweetness, a touch of vanilla, white pepper and coriander, clove, some yeast funk, raw sweet bread and a delightful bouquet of aromatic hops. A subtle champagne booziness

Sweet vanilla and caramel, funky, doughy yeast and slightly astringent grain flavors are rapidly engulfed by a poignant, yet delightfully balanced hop profile. Subtle hints of pepper, orange peel, lemon zest and coriander assist in rounding out the deep palate. Sweet postage stamp flavors are evident before a bitter, dry hop finish.

Well carbonated with a full, creamy mouthfeel, this beer is dangerously sessionable at 7.5%

This is an excellent beer and IMHO, the benchmark of a Belgian IPA. I was surprised and delighted to see this on tap at many establishments in Belgium. I certainly imbibed quite a few!

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Photo of hackmann
4.86/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a poperings like glass
I found this ale just three years ago and love it.

Appearance: a hazy blend of gold and amber with a two finger egg-shell white head with plenty of lacing on the glass. Make sure to get that sediment off the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: light floral hops, a twist of lemon rind, hint of fresh apple mash and pear, hint of sweet malts and Belgium yeast. Nice aromatic hops – sorry hopheads not bitter hops.

Flavors: let this ale warm a little after taking it out of the fridge for the flavor pop once it hits the 50 degree mark; floral, a rosy-floral note, hint of lemon meat – just a hint, a little fruity – white fruit like, a pinch of coriander, a dash (one dash) of pink peppercorn, low sodium saltine cracker, sweet malts – sweet dough like

Mouthfeel: good Belgian carbonation, there is an oily feel from the hops, the nice fizzy and oily feel gives it a semi-creamy feel, lingering floral and that twist of lemon rind on the aftertaste

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Photo of steveja57
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is all about freshness. Bottles in the States have been variable but one time I had it on tap in Amsterdam. It was freshly written on the chalkboard beer list and the waitress said they had just tapped the keg that day. Boy! What a difference: great floral/citrusy hop aroma along with a grassy yeastiness. The beer was crisp, dry, slightly sour with great hop flavor, a fine mousse and a great finsh that balanced malt/alcohol sweetness and hop bitterness with a touch of tangy acidity. Outstanding!

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Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this at Merchant's in Royal Oak. The photo of a hops farm on the label compelled me to try.
Murky, light brown, dried apricot color. Very subtle nose of over ripe melon, concrete, lemon syrup and minerals evolves as it warms to reveal dry pastry, fresh herbs and honey.
Not heavy or alcoholic tasting, there is a finely drawn outline of dusty spices, especially white pepper, that surrounds Red Delicious apple, citrus pith and parsley flavors. As it warms, honey stones, pie crust, baked apples and dried apricot flavors emerge. The finish is incredibly long and leans in a dry, herbal direction as it suggests peppery Nasturtium flowers and kind bud. Terrific stuff.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz with notches on the label indicating best before 10/07 purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a tulip.

Bright brass under a tall head of white. Lively carbonation gives it strong retention. Lots of wispy lace.

Sweet and sour nose with sharp spices and some fruity esters and chalky yeast notes. Slight musty aroma in the background. Very nice.

Sharp and a bit tart upfront with leafy hops and a fruity middle that has a spicy edge. Enough malt flavors to keep everything in balance. Nice dry to puckering finish that retains some of the yeast flavors. Wow! I have to give this a five. It hits every note perfectly for the style.

Medium body. The carbonation gives it a lively mouthfeel. Exceptionally drinkable. I would like to do a side by side with this and La Fin du Monde. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Theshooster
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Belgian blonde ales. Poperings or Poperinge as it is more commonly known is a beautiful little town in West Flanders that I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the last 4 years. The town takes pride in their ale and being situated directly south of Westvleteren and east of St. Bernardus in Watou, they have a lot to live up to.

A - Hazy, blonde, nice clean head

S - Sweet, floral, less powerful than Duvel

T - Perfectly balanced, refreshing, and sweet

M - Not too overpowering, medium bodied

O - A wonderful beer from a wonderful little town

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Popperings Hommel is an outstanding beer that has slowly become my guilty (expensive) pleasure since first trying it 8 months ago at Max's Belgian Beer Fest in Baltimore. To me, it has the perfect balance of hoppiness without being too hoppy, with tons of non-hoppy flavor, and the last sip is easily as good as the first sip.

Popperings Hommel pours a nice gold color, with a bit of head, but not too much. It is the taste and drinkability that it truly excels. If you ever have the chance to try it, please, do so.

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Photo of brewerdrew
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
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

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of philosobeer
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at the hopleaf recently, and though it wasn't the first time, I had the sudden realization that I have not appreciated this beer like it deserves. I bought a couple bottles last week and finally have the chance to drink it and review.

A // It's cloudy, orangey-pale and has a white head. The head diminishes during drinking considerably, with some lacing. A good but not a great looker.

S // Malt sugars and grain, some yeast and bread flavor. A little bit of fruitiness but it's really overtaken. By what, you ask? By this beer's main feature -- it's spicy, herbal qualities. Hops, but very distinctive hops. Very, very alluring.

T // Incredible! The malt comes in strong and nice. A little bit of the sort of fruitiness you get in (say) chimay white, but just a little. Strong herbal and spicey character. Herbs and spices like coriander, peppercorns, and parsley. It dries out like mad, crazy dry. Despite all this, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden (see D below). Complex and satisfying.

M // Crisp and effervescence makes for good mouthfeel. Somewhat hefty, but goes down well. Nicely done.

D // I feel like I could drink these through the rest of the afternoon and with all sorts of things. I can't, because it's 7.5% abv. But it feels like I could and tastes like I could. Would go well with something hearty, like a stew. Couldn't pull that off any better.

Overall, an amazingly good beer. I would buy it by the barrel-full.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL green, cork-n-crown bottle, best before A/4/08 - served in a tulip. The first pour reveals a translucent orangey/peach hue with lots of floaties, and it becomes more opaque with subsequent pours. The beer has medium carbonation and two inches of off-white head that deposits lace which would look better if the glass were spotless and if I weren't constantly swirling to take in the aroma. The components of which are wonderful noble hops (spicy/perfumy and green/piney notes) on top of subdued pale malts. On the palate, there is a toasty/bready malt base, but this is quickly overshadowed by a substantial perfumy/floral and piney hop dose, imparting a big bitterness that increases as it warms, but never overwhelms. There are also medicinal phenols, crisp green apple, and hints of cork on top of a nice, conditioned, medium-full body that has lively carbonation from start to end, and leaves a medium finish. I love these hopped-up Belgians, and this is a fine example that is worth revisiting at some point.

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Photo of hotfive
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer compelled me to register an account with BeerAdvocate to sing its praises. Thus, this is my first review here.

Since my first sampling, some eight years ago, and through intermittent encounters since, this beer has remained my favorite. It's definitely not a "drink six" or "drink every day" sort of a product, and it's rare to find it in small bottles, anyway. For me, it's always a treat. In my relatively limited experience, it compares only to a couple of the La Chouffe varieties in its distinctive flavor profile. Sadly, I'm inept when it comes to isolating "notes" and aromas and the like. I'd describe it as clean, yet complex; spicy, yet balanced; smooth, yet slightly bitter; and with a subtle yet all-encompassing citrusy profile from first scent through its finish.

An inspiring brew, to say the least, and wishing I could say more.

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Photo of earthling
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poperings Hommel isn't as heavy or sweet as a lot of belgian beers and not nearly as hoppy as an American IPA. It goes well with comfort foods.

This is one of my favorite Belgian beers. I've had it both on tap and in the bottle. It seems to bottle and transport well.

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Photo of bruachan
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good lacing goes with nice hazy film. over reddish amber

rich malt backbone. butterscotch aroma and spicy belgian-yeast aroma. meadowy!

certainly bitter, and hoppy flavored, buti don't know how i feel about the "IPA" designation. it's just not as hoppy as houblon chouffe or de ranke xx. or maybe it is: hops seems to grow with time here

mouthfeel is good...holds up to the hopping. some lemon from the hops. good malt sweetness and pleasantly nutty, with butterscotch

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poperings Hommel Bier loses its bottled shell with a spumous and unrelentingly giant head and sizzling carbonation. After a good four minutes the head finally settles down atop the shaded gold body. Intense and pasty lace adorns.

Nose is strongly wheaty with candi sugar and intensely yeasty aromas. Underneath (and at warmer temperatures) lurks apricots and slight suggestions of tangerines. Significantly fruitier than most BSPA's I enjoy, but not the wicked hop-bomb I might have hoped for.

On the palate, however, hops do leave their mark. Taste is sublime, somewhat akin to Orval without the Brett. Initially yeasty, the flavor emphasis shifts towards an almost cinnamon-esque flavor of combined alcohol and subdued floral hoppiness. An almost IPA-like afterglow.
Unlike 95% of the Belgians I experience and enjoy in small doses, I could drink this all day and night.

Mouthfeel is almost milky at first and finishes oil-coated hoppy. Addictably dry.

Get this now, if you even just remotely like BPA's. Wicked good, and shows Belgian-style brewers not to fear the hops.

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Photo of mgdurand
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love the fine, frothy sea-foam on this one, makes me want to pour vigorously just to I can inhale and slurp down more of the thick tongue-coating stuff. The suds taste like pure hops as I lick clumps of it off the sides of the glass and squish it into my cheeks. *Ahem* 'scuse me, but I'm really digging the top end of this beer.

Smell is thin, hoppy, grainy and less yeasty than most Belgians

Yeasty belgian taste exists full in the mouth; not of the same caliber as many from that land of hearty, helthy brews though this is not a bad thing. This beer is kind of a cross-breed with it's thinner body and hoppy intro. Not the heavy sweetness a lot of 'em have either, more light and citrus-fruity. Slightly metallic aftertaste, the only less-than pleasant aspect of this beer's taste for me.

Mouthfeel is perfect for my tastes, just enough carbonation and though it could be thicker for a
Belgian, this hoppier beer needs a thinner body to be in character. This was accomplished.

Drinkability is excellent, not so alcoholic, and the lighter nature of this beer, with its relative lack of fruity yeasty esters and less of that heavy sweetness, make it easy to quaff.

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Photo of stulowitz
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The memories start hitting me as soon as I look at the bottle. I first tasted this when playing a gig in Diksmuide after having sampled Westvleterens best at Cafe In de Vrede.

Hazy golden appearance with a rocky white head. Notes of fruit and caramel in the nose. Sweet to the taste but has a firm bitterness to make it balanced.

For my taste, this beer is a well balanced belgian strong golden rather than an IPA, but I am not the style police.

This is a great beer and it brings back awesome memories. Thats what it´s all about!

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely gorgeous beer. A stunning pale orange color with streaming jets of carbonation building up a massive frothy snow cap of a head. Really beautiful. Leaves a very nice lacing on the glass as well. Crystal clear even after a trip from the store threatened to stir up the yeast.

Nice nose. Not as intense as I expected but still quite pungent. Nice fresh sharp herbal hops...very pleasant...noble hops I imagine...maybe Styrian though? Don't think its Saaz. I think Hallertaur or Spalt or something along those lines. Also get some nice candi sweetness and maybe just a hint of Belgian yeast character...just a touch fruity.

Really wonderful flavor. Really really fantastic. Incredibly thirst quenching. Very nice citrusy floral herbaly hops in the front. Very intense flavors but not super bitter. Definately a more subdued citral character than American hops may impart. Kind of a hard bitterness lingers in the finish under your tongue. Not perfect but its a nice feature of this beer. Very nice light candi flavors too with just a hint of belgian fruityness in the mid palette. .

Very nice light body. Very light and this is emphasized by the fairly heavy carbonation. But makes for a very refreshing beer.

I could drink this all night and I think after I bought the case BLIND today at the beer yard, I'm not going to be shy about hitting several of these up tomorrow on Xmas eve!!

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Photo of montageman
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip. This beer has some massive head, incredible lacing, and is a gorgeous cloudy orangish apple cider color. It looks like a treat - very nice. Smell is complex - citrus (orange, lemon), some floral qualities, sour apple, and a little bit of bread. There is a very subtle citrus character in the taste along with nuanced hop notes along with a very nice dry finish. This is complex, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is crisp - there's lots of carbonation here, but it could use some more, maybe? I could drink a lot of this - a great beer. This is my first Belgian IPA review & I am totally impressed. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into an Orval chalice and oddly enough, it looked like I was actually pouring Orval! Poperings Hommel looks absolutely delicious, a cloudy dark straw colour and medium head density so characteristic of Belgian IPAs. An almost perfect example.

I've tried many beers in my life, and this is one of the very few that deserves a 5.0 for smell. The complexity is staggering, with citrus and floral notes, spice galore and breads that make my mouth water. Wow.

I can't believe how impressive this beer is. The taste picks up exactly where the smell leaves off and none of the smell components are left out. I can taste the citrus and floral notes from the particular variety of hops they use, whatever that may be. There's loads of spice in there too, making for what may be one of the most interesting beers I've had the pleasure of drinking.

As if it couldn't get any better, Poperings Hommel feels like silk in your mouth, and glides down your throat with unnatural ease. Tiny bubbles of carbonation tease your tastebuds the whole time.

Overall, this beer definitely makes my top ten list. Unbelievable. I will buy this EVERY time I see it.

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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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