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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 42
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of rajendra82
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in 330 ml. brown bottle with a notched in best by date of April 2006. After popping the cap, I immediately noticed how active the carbonation was, as the beer formed a head in the bottle neck! After pouring in an oversized wine glass, the head was tall and crowning similar to Duvel, with the underlying beer clear golden pale amber in color but clouded up after the yeast introduction. The aroma was rather mild with sweet fruity malt (banana, peach), sugar, earthy yeast, and spicy and floral hops. The taste was exactly as initially indicated by the nose, with the malt, sugar, yeast, and hops in a delicate balance. Taste was like a concentrated witbier with above average level of hops. Celery and pepper like spicy hints in the aftertaste. Alcohol was quite well hidden, which made it much easier to drink than most other 7.5% ABV beers. A subtle and sneaky pleasure, well suited for a hot summer day.

rajendra82, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of sellmeagod
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A ready to drink super Belgian with extra flavors to spare.

The lightish look might put you off a bit, and the scents at first is almost too much what you'd expect from a weak-end Belgian ale, but there are some apple smells noticeable.

The taste is smooth and apple as well. The 7.5 abv is not massive, but for how easy this one is to consume, I'd take this one every day. The large price tag is a major block for this.

sellmeagod, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Monk's in Philly, served in a tulip. Went great with my bowl of mussels. I would have liked a bit more hop flavor and bitterness, but this was still a great Belgian ale. There's a mellow spicy flavor that never overwhelms the character, but certainly defines the beer with subtle pepper, dry herb, and lemon peel. For the strength, the body is still easy to drink (like it should be for the style). Overall, this is really a classic worth picking up.

tempest, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of bashiba
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty cloudy orange with a huge thick creamy head, great retentention and lacing.

Smell is full of yeast and spices with some lemon and a touch of herbal hops.

Taste has a strong bit of yeast flavor with some pepper and clove spice flavors, with a bit of citrus and mild green hop flavor and a mild mustiness. Very much like other belgian pales, only laking some of the usual sweetness. A nice hoppiness, but not at all bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a very dry finish.

A nice diversion from the norm, light and easy to drink, will enjoy more of these in the future.

bashiba, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice with best before 4/09 etched into the bottom of the bottle

A: Pours a hazy golden brown with a wispy one inch head that fades into a ring after a bit, not much lacing at all but quite a good deal of carbonation coming from all corners of the glass.

S: Seems quite a bit more yeasty than the other Belgian IPAs Ive tried recently, not any floral tinges really anywhere here that would indicate how hoppy this beer is.

T/MF: Quite dry and very bitter like dragging sandpaper over your tongue but in a good way. Initally has a very fruity almost mellon like quality but the hops just dominate after a few seconds in the mouth adding on stong and peppery spices all over the mouth with just a bit of grassyness the longer the beer lingers on the pallate. This is probably the driest of all the Belgian IPAs I've sampled thus far. Lighter bodied for as much alcohol is in the beer.

D: Not what I'd call refreshing in any sense of the word but this is still a well built and complex if a bit hoppy Belgian IPA.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden ale color with a good sized white head. Aroma is a nice blend of sweetness and light oily hops. Some orange notes- sweet citrus. Flavor is a hoppy, slightly bitter feel, pine-like, this is about the hops. They aren't overpowering, but they are the main point of this beer. Some bitter citrus notes. Quite enjoyable, and quite unlike most Belgians. I have had this on several occasions, and I note that sometimes I like it, and sometimes it does not grab me. I think this one is either an aqcuired taste, or is very sensitive to one's mood/conditions when trying it. But i do recommend it, if you can find it.

Dukeofearl, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice light golden color and formed a nice white head that left some nice lace. A lot of carbonation that is common in this style. An aroma of citrus and hops. A taste of hops and citrus with some foamy aspects probably due to the carbonation. Not a bad beer, but the finish could be better.

Wildman, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a bounteous head that lasts forever and deposits sheets of lace down the side of the chalice

Smell: Tangerine aroma with a distinct yeasty character; slightly perfumy

Taste: Opens with a peppery, hoppy character that has a touch of honey to it; mid-palate the honey and yeasty qualities build; after the swallow there is a biscuit flavor that is then subsumed by an earthy hops element that provides a dry finish; peppery aftertaste that detracts, however

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: A complex and quite different Belgian ale; worth trying for sure

brentk56, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of callmemickey
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale golden yellow body. Moderate sized white fluffy head. Receded after a few minutes. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

S: Floral hops, bready malts, quite grainy, light citric notes.

T: Orange, bready malts with a little residual sweetness, floral notes, a bit of chalkiness toward the finish.

M: Smooth carbonation, medium bodied, nice weight to it until the finish. It has a chalky-dryness to it that is a slight impairment. I don't mind the chalk in the flavor, but on the tongue it's a bit much.

O: A nice moderately hoppy Belgian ale. Houblon Chouffe is the better widely available offering in the "Belgian IPA" style group.

callmemickey, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Brabander
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had seen this beer for many months during my visits to the abbey of St. Sixtus and a few weeks ago i decided to buy me a few at the Deca brewery in Woesten. There are a lot of Struise beers brewed but they also sell beers.

Anyway, back to the beer. Poured in a dutch beerglass the beer looks fine. Cloudy, somewhat darkyellow, fluid and a very nice broken white head.
Almost no carbonation, thats a pity.

The beer tastes good and refreshing. Floral hops and citrus fruit.

Enjoyable beer!

Brabander, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of csmiley
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium gold color with a hefty amount of haze. The head is just a shade off white and tops out at just under an inch. Retention looks to be about average with thick rings of lace left in the glass.

S - Whiffs of alcohol and leafy hop. There is a big malty feel towards the middle. Picking up some cereal mixed with a little bit of graininess. Honey and yeast finish it out. Not bad. Could use more of a hop presence but still not bad.

T - Alot of malt flavors going on with this one. Honey and doughnut really start it going. Grain, yeast, and maybe a touch of wheat quickly follow. Alcohol and mild hops / bitterness come in midway and give way to some spiciness and fruit (lemon mostly). Good but still no real hop presence.

M - Medium bodied with active carbonation. Finish is mostly sweet with just a tiny amount of dryness that shows at the very end.

D - Drinkability is good. Even though this isn't quite what I expected, it's still quite good. Flavorful, complex, fairly smooth...all things I look for in a good beer. Hops are just not there given this is an IPA of the Belgian variety. Recommended for the experience but I probably will not seek it out agian.

csmiley, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark gold with pristine clarity and an immense head of sticky lace-coat and tight density. An obvious 5.0.

A sneaky Euro-hop and some tart apple esters. Excellent yeast strain to identify the Belgique.

Simple ale with some spiky spice and a peak of hoppiness. Still pretty light (I'm used to Piraat or Houblon Chouffe), but flavorful with balanced sweet pale malts and estery fruits. Apricot, corn cereal, and ripe apple.

Really softly carbonated with some spicy prickle that plays around. Body is thinner than straight medium. Alcohol peels through.

Nice Belgian IPA. Borders on Belgian pale ale territory.

thecheapies, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of kaseydad
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass pour and am met with a straw colored ale and a huge frothy white head with major staying power. Very fruity aroma with pears and apples as the main whiffs. Initial spicy taste with a fruity kick to create a nice combined blend. A touch of apple in the aftertaste. From the smell I was expecting more fruit but it was good nonetheless. At 7.5% this was extremely easy to drink but multiples would be rather hard to consume due to the tired taste buds.

Overall I was very happy to try this as I have seen it many times but never consumed it due to the no frills label. My mistake. Definitely worthy of a try.

kaseydad, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of danieelol
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mmm...interesting to try a highly rated Belgian IPA to juxtapose with The Quiet American.

Pours a nice lemonade colour with a hint of orange in the middle. Good head/lacing.

Smell is massive hydroponic leafy green hops. Lots of pilsener malt, almost sweet; a la Duvel (note I may be talking complete rubbish here). Lots of Belgian esters, bit of alcohol.

Taste is Belgian, pilsener malt/alcohol. Mouthfeel is finely Belgian, enjoyable.

Overall a good beer.

danieelol, May 27, 2012
Photo of philipquarles
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Poperinge. Poured a very nice golden amber with a two-finger head. Retention isn't fantastic, and it's left with a slight foamy film. Decent lacing.

Smells of hops and citrus primarily; taste is much the same, but with hints of malt and slight metallic phenols. Pretty good and surprisingly complex.

Mouthfeel is fairly average, though the slight carbonation make it interesting. Very drinkable beer overall; very refreshing and light compared to most of the other beers from the Watou area.

philipquarles, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle picked up today at the COOP for a little less than $3.. Interesting that Matt got these in with large and small bottles... Poured into my New Belgium snifter while listening to Digweed's Transitions 3.

Rocky 3 finger head sticks around for quite a while.. great lace and cap... the brew is a hazy honey golden.

Nose is mildly phenolic with a nice mix of spicy hoppiness.. resembles a BSPA with more hops for sure.. pale maltiness with a whaff of green apple..

Flavor is very balanced between the bitter and malt.. spicy and sorta menthol notes play well with a fruity element that makes me think of pears.. grassy hops melt int a mild fruitiness with a sorta herbal finish that lingers for minutes.. the body is a lite/medium with an expected bright carbonation... Good and bordering on great across the board.... I will certainly be picking these up again... it's nice to have a BIPA in Boise that doesn't break the bank.


JohnGalt1, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of marc77
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear golden hue when decanted off the yeast. Effervescent, champagne esque, prodigious streams of bubbles support a sea foam like thick, billowy, airy, white head that collapses slowly into a rugged, stiff layer that leaves dense, muddled lace. Sweet, ripe pear and tangerine esters upfront in aroma, followed by mildly earthy hops and must. Granny Smith apple acetaldehyde adds a tart contrast. Sugary honeydew and mellow alcohol spice emerge as the beer breathes. Enticingly aromatic, unique, yet soft on the nose. A pleasure to inhale. Mild honeyish sweetness is perceived at first in flavor then is ensued by a combination of sugar dusted lemon and juicy melon. Sweetness is then tapered by both mild hop bitterness and drying, peppery ethanol. Subtle floral, and ripe fruit melange mid palate lends a perfume laced sweetness. Light in body, and perhaps a bit underwhelming on the palate. Very well attenuated, perhaps due to the copious use of sucrose. Hop and fruit character fades late, leaving an lingering extension of simple residual sweetness to fill the near void. Finishes sweet, thin and lightly peppery. Hommel is a unique, enjoyable brew that starts out rich and multi faceted in character, but slowly peters out to finish lackluster. Nonetheless, taken altogether this is a fine beer well worth a try.

marc77, May 11, 2003
Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ZorPrime, 330ml bottle into a tulip. Thanks Eric!

Poured a hazy orange, with a big fluffy white head which subsides to a light head, leaving behind some sticky lace and a nice collar. Tons of sediment. Nose is some citrus, some rind, orange, a big yeasty quality and a light milky quality that I can't quite figure out. Simple and pleasant. Taste is just as simple, orange and citrus with hints of pineapple and peach. Moderate hop flavour and strength, and some drying yeast in the finish. Good medium-full feel, solid bitterness and a light peppery carbonation. Quite nice!

liamt07, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of GreenCard
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden color, big layer of creamy foam with great retention, good clarity, quite loose sediment

Aroma: green/floral hops, a bit skunky, clovey yeast note, a bit of caramelly malt, soapy, aroma that travels pretty far (smelled across the room)

Flavor: a dry and dusty malt backbone gives way to a hearty herbal hop flavor, then a biscuity flavor comes in just before a mild closing hop bitterness, minerally and a taste of iron, quite dry finish with a slightly soapy and grainy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, a tad astringent

Overall Impression: This is the fifth beer out of an 8-pack. Two of them so far have been a bit skunky. Not sure why because they are in brown glass. It's a good beer, though. And a great love-letter to the flavor of the hop. Sort of "real-ale"-ish!

GreenCard, May 14, 2004
Photo of SilentSabre
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went into this one knowing nothing of the beer and not knowing really what to expect. I poured up absolutely beautiful! Moderately cloudy yellow-orange body with a gorgeous, tightly knit, two inch thick head that stayed that way for several minutes. Exceptional head retention. Smell was mostly spices, some mild cooked fruit, and little else. Taste was heavy on the spice and had that metallic after taste "thing" that some Belgians have, but I really did enjoy it. Mouthfeel was "medium" and rather assertive on the CO2. This was a really good beer that I am very glad I discovered.

SilentSabre, May 14, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow-orange with a soft cap of white foam leaving extensive Belgian lace.

S: Floral hops, wildflowers, grass.

T: For the style the overt bitterness is light, but the great hop flavours are still there. Floral, ethereal character, almost like an APA brewed with Belgian yeast. Malt gives a nice light caramel sweetness, well balanced with the hops, a delicate brew. Liked it a lot, since the bitterness I thought melds better than the hoppier versions of this style like De Ranke or Cali-Belgique.

M: Very soft carbonation, feels like a 4% brew compared to a 7.5% which I was shocked at. Easy drinking, dry.

D: A very nice version of the style, hoppy definitely compared to a Belgian Pale, but to other BIPAs, quite light. The flavours are real good, a definite re-buy.

Halcyondays, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before: 4/08

Foggy golden orange. Beautiful color and a beautiful head too; tall and thick becoming clumpy around the edges and leaving generous lacing on the glass. Flowery, peppery hop aromas with a slight sugar cookie maltiness and yeast. The flavor is uncluttered...simple herbal hops, phenols, clean dry malts, honey and a well-rounded yeastiness. Some steely qualities here and there but no big deal. Smooth medium body...very mellow in many aspects, a little grassy in the aftertaste. Tolerably dry and moderately bitter. Laid back and very easy to drink.

wedge, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of thekanna
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Granville Moore's in DC. Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear yellow bordering on orange with a thin finger of head and decent lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Strong citrusy, tart smell. Lots of fruit and floral aromas here.

T: A bitter, herbal hop taste throughout mixed with slightly sour citrus flavors and possibly an Asian pear or two. A bit of yeast and hop bitterness at the end, but the alcohol is amazingly well masked.

M: Good amount of carbonation. Slightly juicy body with a dry, crisp finish.

D: Excellent; like the complexity despite the consistent undercurrent of bitter hops. I usually like Belgian IPAs because of the layers of flavor you can peel away; American IPAs are more of a one-trick pony.

thekanna, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review # 300! Had to do something interesting, so here it is. Belgian IPAs can be amazing, or bad IMO. It completely depends on how the hops meld with the malts, yeast, and other flavors.

A: A huge rising head of 3 fingers, with fluffy creamy head that sticks around for a while, and leaves a slight lacing when it finally does shrink. A hazy and yeast chunked bright pale orange color.

N: Nice. A blend of nice Belgian malts, sweet malts, some wheat, blended with with hops, some bright but low alpha citrus hops, some orange, nice bright malts too.

T: More malty than I expected. Lots of sweet malts, Belgian malts. Some spices and bright malt flavors. Some fruits too, raisin and others. Sweetness that gives the feel of 10-11% abv, but doesn't hit like it. A little chewy on the malts as well. A very slight bitterness, orange and pale hops, as well as a little citrus, but very light.

M: Semi medium body with lots of carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly pale and bitter, a little more so than the taste. A little dryness comes in, but not too much as a little of that sweet malt flavor lingers, as well as syrupy. A little chewy flavor lingers too. Still waiting on the nice hops, but seeing as how Belgians tend to sit in warehouses and shelves for a while, and being an IPA it may be contrasted. I also noticed it has best before 09/09, so it's older than it should be. I'll have to see if I can find a fresh one, or have it on tap somewhere.

jlindros, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Middle of the road Belgian Ale. Pours out to a foggy golden color with a large white foam head. Good lacing in the glass. Higher level of carbonation. Aromas of sweet grain and clove, with a touch of lemony citrus. Nice. Taste was well balanced; starts off with flavors of dry malts, followed by a massive presence of spice and hops. Finished slighlty sweet and smooth. Mouthfeel was good, but could've had more "umph" to it, for lack of a better term. Drinkability was around average. Not bad. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Jan 05, 2006
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