Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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5/5 rDev +23.8%
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.
08-12-2009 20:23:21 | More by patcoll
5/5 rDev +23.8%
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.
10-14-2012 21:35:16 | More by dbell23
4.99/5 rDev +23.5%
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.
04-02-2014 03:17:23 | More by ahommell
4.95/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
04-09-2012 04:16:34 | More by Beerenauslese
4.95/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
05-17-2003 01:05:24 | More by Naerhu
4.9/5 rDev +21.3%
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!
01-03-2008 02:19:08 | More by Estarrio
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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