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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

682 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 41
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of phishbone23
1.5/5  rDev -63%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of pwoods
2.2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to mattt for this extra.

11.2oz. brown bottle, poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark yellow with pretty hazing. Big 2+ fingers of pearly white head forms and holds nicely. Some lacing here and there.

S: Smells more like a wit or Belgian pale more than anything. Very spicy from the yeast with a little bit of banana and maybe some wheat. Some floral hops.

T/M: More of the floral and grassy hops with some below average bitterness. Still, very similar to a Belgian pale or a witbier. Malts tasty a little wheaty with a touch of sweetness. The spicy yeast nearly takes over. Body is very much on the lighter side and seems almost watered down.

D: I had high hopes for this but it just didn't do it for me. I can't even honestly give it style points.

pwoods, May 27, 2008
Photo of BarrelO
2.28/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before March 2010.

A: The best thing about this beer. Light orange with a big BSPA head that leaves a good amount of lacing. It's all downhill from here, though.

S: Some faint traces of spice and hops. Unfortunately, they're completely overwhelmed by a rancid phenolic aroma.

T: I can definitely sense some nice fruity and hoppy notes in the background. But again, they're buried under an avalanche of phenols that makes this pretty much undrinkable. The nicest thing I can say about the taste is that it doesn't linger long on the palate.

M: Acceptably light.

D: Drain pour. What a letdown.

BarrelO, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.3/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was pretty excited by the appearance and aroma of this beer, but was pretty severely disappointed with my first (and second, third, etc) sip at the taste. I wouldn't recommend this beer.

This beer poured a hazy orange with a towering cumulus-cloud head of miniscule bubbles that reminded me of Duvel's head. Aromas I got were a bit odd, but the aroma was the high-point of this beer...I got something that reminded me of dirty socks, a sour fruit (like sour cherry) smell, and some lemon zest. Flavor was thin and highly cereal-y, and this cerealness lingered in the back of my mouth in an unpleasant way. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Overall I was not impressed with this.

Not recommended.

BeerBelcher, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of corby112
2.48/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow color with a thin white foamy head that quickly dissapears. Arom is kind of bland with hints of light crisp fruit and a strong alcohol presence. Carbonated up front, tickling the tounge with a sweet light crisp fruit center and dry alcohol warmth in the finish. Subtle hop and apple notes.

corby112, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Metz
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Metz, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of peagasus
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

peagasus, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Orangish golden with a large head and thick rings of lacing.

S - Gumball and hay with some light maltiness. Not a lot going on here, but it isn't bad.

T - Slightly funky, horse blanket, I think it is actually spices combining to give this. It is rather sweet too. Aftertaste is somewhat funky with a musty straw flavor. Dissappointing and watery.

M - Smooth, thin to medium bodied, pretty refreshing.

D - Meh. This beer is lacking in flavor. It just strikes me as not being a full enough flavor - more like water with additives than a beer. I don't think I will have again.

mrasskicktastic, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of JBogan
2.53/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly murky bronze with nary a head or lacing in my glass.

Smelled of hops and citrus fruits.

Tasted mostly the hops, with some sort of "earthy" presence as well. Not too pleasing in this department.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side and flat.

There was nothing really "offensive" about this beer, nor was there anything particularly memorable, except for that slightly metallic and earthy taste.

JBogan, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Reaper16
2.55/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

served on-tap @ The Foundry, Kansas City, MO, into a tulip glass

Pours a nice, even, golden color. It looks almost lager-ish, actually. Not a lot of head on this pour, but what's hear is fairly thick and frothy.

The smell is all sorts of awkward. This beer smells like the yeast strain has run amok; the phenolic character is way out of control. It smells like a mix between a Barbie doll and chalky candy like Valentine's hearts or candy cigarettes. It's plasticky and gross.

The taste fares better, but not by much. The hops provides bitterness but little in the way of true flavor. The malts make for a sickly-sweet finish. Along the way is that heavy phenolic character. This beer seems out of whack and unfocused to me.

The mouthfeel is fine, is arguably the finest part of this beer. It's a true medium-bodied beer that is pleasant to swish around in your mouth (flavor excluded). Overall, though, this is a disappointment. It strikes me as a cluttered, indecisive beer whose yeast has run roughshod over everything else.

Reaper16, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of asabreed
2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

25 cl bottle into a Brooklyn snifter / tulip, split with friends. Best by 11/07 date notched, so we'll see how this holds up.

Appearance: Lighter orange, mildly hazy, a few floaties.

Smell: Sourness, skewed fruit esters, mild citrus, herbal tea, and some old sponge funkiness.

Taste: Flat orange and apple highly-candied sweetness, with a bit of perfume and flowery aromas, some herbal tea, and sourness. Hardly and finish, just dies.

Mouthfeel: Flat and sticky, with very little carbonation.

Drinkability: For a 7.5% Belgian with yeast hanging out in the bottom, this didn't hold up well. It doesn't seem to be a bad bottle either. Maybe this needs to be consumed fresh, but like I said, I thought it would at least be decent. Maybe I'll try and get a fresh one and re-review, but those of you who have it, I'd try it now if you're thinking of holding onto it, because it was an experience we all threw off my third floor balcony instead of finishing our small amounts in the glass.

asabreed, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of marcpal
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz poured into Hommel goblet.

A: Hazy, golden with substantially thick head.

S: Belgian yeast came through here and citrus far more than any recognition of hop characther. Not very enticing for the style.

T: Albeit, not a Belgian IPA fan but this one was lacking in the taste I was hoping for. The spices and citrus were overly wheaty and yeasty. I could have had off bottle, but the hop presence was just not there. Not impressed

M: A bit overdone in carbonation, not too enjoyable.

D: I wouldnt have another but I can see it being better if categorized as a different style- the yeastiness was just too unpleasant.

marcpal, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of GRUUMSH
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

GRUUMSH, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Bierschenker
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slight misty blonde. First a large head with some big bubbles. Disappeared quite quickly, and left some thin white lacing, still with big bubbles. Some carbonation running through and yeast floating around.
Scent is bitter-sour. Smells a bit like dishwashing water.
Taste is very dry and sour, overpowering hops (bitter) (logical when you call your beer Hommel bier), quite sour, oxidising, lots of yeast.
Aftertaste is quite the same. Bitter hops and yeast.

Not really my kind of beer.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Bierschenker, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of nick76
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is metallic and malty with plenty of grassy hops. There is also yeast and fruit. The appearance is cloudy gold with a large head and lots of particles in it. The flavor is astringent but like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it's not even average. I would not drink again.

nick76, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of SLeffler27
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enormous, lemon meringue head with amazing staying power drifting atop a cloudy orange-gold brew as a continuous stream of tiny bubbles drift upward.

Hoppy lemongrass comes to mind.

Slight bitterness, very subtle, albeit astringent.

Cleansing and carbonated, similar to champagne.

Light. Worth a try. See what you think. Perhaps I got a bad batch.

SLeffler27, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of StaveHooks
2.88/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a 750ml with Hopswagger.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a hefty white roof.

S - Stale grain, corn, skunky, old stale bread, mild grass.

T - Toasted grain, a metallic comes through pretty strong, phenolic chalky yeast, earthy pepper, lemon tartness, stale grain, low presence of eathy grassy hops, finishes spicy with bits of dried fruits.

M - medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish

Either this was past its prime or I'm missing something. Underwhelming along with lots of off putting metallic flavors.

StaveHooks, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of impending
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dull hazy butterscotch, minor dense head, minor lacing.

Aroma is sweetly estery yeasty. Little of the hops and a tiny hint of old sock.

Taste is underwhelming. Seems the bottle is saying best before July 11, just missed that mark and considering this is an ipa of sorts it's well past its prime. Still somewhat interesting yet bland. Strong metal in the aftertaste, nice until then. Thin mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

impending, Jul 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Redrio7
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Redrio7, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -25.9%

BGsWo22, Jul 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

BellsFan, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -25.9%

2dogbrew, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -25.9%

jenray, Mar 15, 2012
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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 682 ratings.