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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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651 Ratings

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 02:20:52 | More by kaseydad
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 09:33:29 | More by danieelol
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2008 19:40:10 | More by philipquarles
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.


Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 07:46:00 | More by JohnGalt1
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 18:56:45 | More by marc77
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Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 17:18:28 | More by liamt07
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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!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 18:34:15 | More by GreenCard
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North Dakota

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 02:58:49 | More by SilentSabre
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2008 01:09:39 | More by Halcyondays
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 00:58:04 | More by wedge
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 07:00:34 | More by thekanna
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 00:08:26 | More by jlindros
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 23:38:20 | More by Frozensoul327
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in Leuven Belgium.

A= slightly cloudy amber-yellow, fluffy head.

S= I was caught off-guard since the immediate scent reminded me of a slightly stale-water pond or our fish aquariums. I suppose that translates to "musty" or something, probably the usually-interesting Belgian yeasts and malts. Hops evident.

T= almost spicy-hot; sudsy-flat aftertaste, very different, an intersting variation on the unusual Belgian style.

M= Mildly bitter-honey aftertaste lingering.

D= probably a bit too stylish for my tastes other than having one, but I definitely having at least one to experience it.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 09:25:19 | More by therica
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of slightly off-white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - Grassy, herbal hops with some underlying yeast notes of clove, pepper, and some sweet malt.

T - Peppery yeast and thick, sweet pilsner malt up front. Some pineapple and strong clove notes come out in the middle along with a bit of grassy hop flavor. The phenolic yeast continues to dominate in the finish with more thick malt and moderate bitterness.

M - A fairly thick body, high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a very musty example of the style with a thick malt base. It seems to have an unusually high level of malt flavor and sweetness for a Belgian brewed beer and it is barely balanced despite the strong hop character. Not bad, but I tend to prefer Belgian IPAs that are brewed with American character hops to contrast the yeast and malt, those with grassy, continental hops are a bit too dull for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 05:05:07 | More by nickfl
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 25 cl.
Orange-brown colour, fluffy head
Smell is fresh and earthy: some citric hops, some grassy and earthy notes too.

Taste is bittersweetness. Malts and yeast dominate this brew. The hoppy notes are not as significant as expected, after smelling it.

Mouthfeel is quite watery, for a 7.5% abv.
However, the alcohol is not pronounced, and the finish is delicate and balanced.

Overall, this is a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 15:39:06 | More by RuudJH
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first 'Belgian IPA'. Purchased at Utobeer in the Borough Market. 7.50% abv, 25cl.

Poured a translucent amberish yellow, big rocky white head. Bits of lace.

Aromas of funky belgian yeast, candy sugar, alcohol, sourdough, candied fruit. A touch of flowers. Very tripelish... not getting much hop notes here.

Weird mouthfeel - light and syrupy at the same time... sort of fizzy. Flowery hops come back, sweet pale malt and candy sugar tripel notes. Hard cider. Belgian yeast. Boozy warm finish. A hint of citrus rind, yeasty bitterness. Not bad, but not particularly IPAish.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 11:16:51 | More by Antilochus
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden body, unfiltered with sediment throughout. Huge foamy head, white, excellent lacing and some champagne bubbles. Aroma was absolutely excellent, wheat and honey, heavy on citrus and clove, vanilla and grassy floral hops.
The taste was somewhat disappointing after such a great aroma; spice first (clove, citrus), then alcohol. Honey and hops, fading into a rather dry, grassy aftertaste which was more sour than sweet.
The mouthfeel was bitter and dry at first and faded into a watery and bland feel. Mild carbonation at first and none later. Takehome message: this ended up bitter and very sour. Therefore, drinkability was kinda limited.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 03:55:10 | More by sinistrsam
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of white head sitting on top. Decent retention, no real lacing.

Nice aroma, definitely some typical belgian scents. A floral and grassy hop profile is dominant with a touch of spice.

Taste is lacking. A dull citrus taste that is only slightly bitter. I'm kind of disappointed up front, but it defniitely started to grow on me.

Mouthfeel is just shy of medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is moderate and flavors are simple but unimpressive. Easy to consume, but lacking intensity.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 01:45:05 | More by Goliath
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle

Appearance is a hazy, orange colour

aroma - i'm picking up yeast, cinnamon, cloves, green apples, pears

taste - wow - this is kind of weird actually, not much like the smell, this is bitter, hoppy upfront, bready/biscuity, apricot, honey in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel - medium bodied,well carbonated, bitter upfront, slightly sweet in the finish

drinkability - price considered (~$5 per 11.2oz bottle), this was a bit of a disappointment, I believe this was my first sample of a Belgian IPA and it was a decent beer worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 23:54:43 | More by keithmurray
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-tan colour. Poured from large bottle into oversized wine glass. Translucent, thick head. Visible carbonation.

S: Has a hoppy yet sweet aroma. Some spices are also present. A little yeasty.

T: Mild flavour, hops are relatively subdued, a detection of spice is left on the back of the tongue. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Carbonated but not too much, smooth and pretty light.

D: Nice and light, would go well with dinner. Crisp and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 16:54:57 | More by EkimGram
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour is a cloudy gold with a small white head that fades away pretty quickly.

Smell: The nose is a less than spectacular summary of the beer's flavor that captures none of the energy and nearly ignores the hops as secondary character. Aromas of spices, yeast, and apple are all muted and the hops barely make a statement.

Taste: The beer's flavors, for the most part, don't develop or evolve. The one exception is the dry spicy note that comes in strong, fades, but finishes strong. The hops make more of a showing in the taste then they do in the smell. Spicy and earthy hops come in and stay slightly out in front of spices, esters, apples, and a hint of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and dry with less than average carbonation, but the prickly spice aspect makes up for it.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not the wow beer I was hoping for. Belgian IPAs can keep their tripel characters with a more generous dose of hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 03:55:40 | More by goschool
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A huge billowing three finger head. An awesome lacing that lasted long after the beer was gone. A cloudy dark golden beer unfiltered and alive with yeast. Bubbles rise up from bottom of glass for several minutes.

Smell: Complex and unusual. Very sweet, citrus, acidic, hoppy, almost like a sweet white wine.

Taste:, Dry & citrus at first then like crackers & cereal followed by some hop bitterness. Not like an american IPA, no pop or assault on your taste buds. A nice refresing carbonation with hoppy accents.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth easy to drink. Pairs well with cheese not so good by itself.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 04:38:33 | More by douggoodavage
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3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 250 ml bottle (dated January 2014 in the notched label) into a wine glass.

A-The brew pours with a fat finger of off-white head that hangs around for a bit. The liquid is speckled with particles and lightly cloudy with a golden color. A few bits of oily lace remain on the glass.

S-The smell is surprisingly doughy for an IPA. There is an herbal honey sweetness here, which is sort of unique and not entirely unpleasant, but kind of strange. Bitterness is mild and the hops come through as more citrusy and lemony than anything else.

T-The taste is less doughy than the smell and more sharp and spicy. The pale malts are still there, but hops show up in an earthy, herbal, funky, Belgian way. Bitterness is moderate to high for a Belgian IPA, but nothing like a US-brewed IPA.

M-There is an opening wave of prickly assertive carbonation, but once that fades, the brew settles on the palate. Feel is nicely matched with the flavors.

O-This is a very unique beer. I tasted two bottles and the second had far more bitter, sharp hops than the first, but both had a strange honey-herbal sweetness to them. I'm not sure that I actually liked this beer, but I was so intrigued that I was left wanting to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:12:55 | More by spoony
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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tart citrus on nose, fresh hops with a metallic edge. The mineral character continues on the palate, sour and finishing with a long tart green apple that refuses to go away, in a good way. This is not the malty Belgian IPA you are used to, but rather all about freshness, crispness and drinkability. Pair with Thai or Indianfood.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 05:09:16 | More by mj001jk
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.