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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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668 Ratings

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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 41
Gots: 32 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of phishbone23

New York

1.5/5  rDev -63%

01-23-2013 15:25:05 | More by phishbone23
Photo of pwoods


2.2/5  rDev -45.7%

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.

05-27-2008 01:54:13 | More by pwoods
Photo of BarrelO


2.28/5  rDev -43.7%

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.

04-23-2009 03:53:32 | More by BarrelO
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.3/5  rDev -43.2%

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.

11-07-2007 14:04:20 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of corby112


2.48/5  rDev -38.8%

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.

12-04-2008 04:55:45 | More by corby112
Photo of Metz


2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

07-21-2013 00:38:39 | More by Metz
Photo of peagasus


2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

11-02-2012 15:33:34 | More by peagasus
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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.

06-09-2007 20:53:04 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of JBogan


2.53/5  rDev -37.5%

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.

04-20-2008 23:51:20 | More by JBogan
Photo of Reaper16


2.55/5  rDev -37%

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.

12-21-2011 08:32:54 | More by Reaper16
Photo of asabreed

New York

2.65/5  rDev -34.6%

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.

06-19-2009 20:44:50 | More by asabreed
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

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.

12-08-2007 12:23:31 | More by marcpal
Photo of GRUUMSH


2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

10-18-2013 07:51:53 | More by GRUUMSH
Photo of Bierschenker


2.85/5  rDev -29.6%

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!

03-25-2006 00:53:33 | More by Bierschenker
Photo of nick76


2.85/5  rDev -29.6%

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.

04-10-2009 06:11:10 | More by nick76
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

2.85/5  rDev -29.6%

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.

06-08-2008 21:39:08 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of StaveHooks


2.88/5  rDev -28.9%

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.

12-09-2012 00:46:11 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of impending


2.95/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

07-17-2011 06:30:45 | More by impending
Photo of brinch


3/5  rDev -25.9%

03-16-2012 20:26:07 | More by brinch
Photo of Redrio7

3/5  rDev -25.9%

08-11-2014 10:47:44 | More by Redrio7
Photo of BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -25.9%

07-14-2013 02:49:26 | More by BGsWo22
Photo of BellsFan


3/5  rDev -25.9%

02-24-2013 02:36:57 | More by BellsFan
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -25.9%

09-19-2012 18:30:32 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
Photo of 2dogbrew


3/5  rDev -25.9%

02-19-2012 02:05:48 | More by 2dogbrew
Photo of jenray


3/5  rDev -25.9%

03-15-2012 13:36:54 | More by jenray
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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.