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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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90
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710 Ratings
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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 43
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of Agent1
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A clear, pale yellow with ample head. Nicely carbonated; this beer is very active. Excellent lacing and impressive retention. This Belgian IPA appears to be filtered.

Smell - Aromatic malts are noticeable right away. Fresh Hallertau and vanilla stimulates the nose immediately. Very bright and refreshing. Zesty and crisply hopped. Great hop aroma.

Taste - Honey, bitter orange peel, fresh bread, rose pedals or marigolds, coriander, with a wonderful vanilla finish. Pale grains help create body, yet do not overwhelm and sit nicely within the overall tasting notes. Fresh bread, apple and pear. The yeast compliments the sugars and helps fill it out. Not only smells like Hallertau, but most likely brewed with it. The hops are quite acidic and crisp -- very nice. An impressive blend of spices and sugars.

Mouthfeel - Excellent use of carbonation. You can certainly feel this all across the palate. The bitter notes ring on the roof of the mouth and the sugars help stimulate all sides of the tongue.

Overall - This IPA is incredible when served chilled. Well-balanced and yet not too overpowering, this is a delicious Belgian gem done right.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has the nose of a high-quality, high-sugar Belgian, with rich fruity notes (pear, apple, white grape, citrus zest), and a hint of a toasted grain backing.

On the tongue, the sugars come across in full force, bearing not only the same fruit flavors noted in the nose, but leading off with brown sugars and hints of caramel. The sweeter sugars soon fade off, revealing not the expected grain base, but a sourness reminiscent of Flemish ales (though nowhere near as powerful) that comes across as apple cider. The hops really come into play during this phase, adding a bitterness to the sour notes that nicely fills the mouth and fuzzes in the nasal passages. A toasted grain base does back all of this, but tends to get lost in the pantheon of larger, more powerful flavors. The aftertaste is a continuation of the flavors present in the ale's latter phase.

Overall, this is an excellent ale, and I liked the inclusion of both sweet and sour notes. Well worth trying.

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a Belgian I tried years ago, but I don't remember being too wowed by it. Let's see how this tastes 15-17 years down the road...

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Some yeast sediment as the bottom half of the bottle is decanted. Zero lacing & head retention...

S: Grassy & lemony hops, apple skins & pears

T: Follows the nose, much dryness as well, slight phenol/earthy yeast component as well. Grassyness, lemons & pineapple as this warms, plus more pears, slightly chalky dryness as well. Fruittyness picks up in the finish, along with more pineapple & yeasy bite..

MF: Medium bodied, with slight slickness & fairly effervescent carbonation, great balance

Drinks easy, not my favorite Belgian IPA, but a great/tasty example of the style despite the green the bottle...

Photo of gtermi
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a golden clear body with a some what thick white head that slowly fades away and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. You can see a good amount of carbonation bubbles in this beer.

S: Sweet malt, light amount of hops and yeast

T: There is a good amount of sweet malt, fruity yeast flavors and the typical Belgian flavor. There is no hop flavor though, but man it does taste delicious.

M: There is a lot of carbonation and has a strong tingle on the back of the throat and tongue.

O: This is a very delicious beer and I would for sure get this beer again. So good and glad I was able to get my hands on a bottle of this

Photo of Hhawk06
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick frothy head matched with a cloudy gold texture. The grassy odor is strong, you could smell this from miles away. Wow! This was a lot smoother than I anticipated. It's hard not to appreciate the delicate balance of malt and unique hops. It finishes sugary yet not too sweet. Absolutely a fantastic brew.

Photo of ybnorml
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A golden yellow beer with a slight haze. Has a huge thick white head and nice sticky lace. The aroma is floral and herbal, reminded me dried herbs and flowers, with a light piney note in the background. The taste starts with a light grain malt character with hints of herbs tickling the sides of your tongue. The finish has a hint of piney hops and then goes down cool and refreshing.

Photo of Rob_Arrieta
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, solid Belgian ale. Reminds me a little of Duvel. Cloudy color, hoppy, rich taste. Goes down smooth, very little aftertaste. Good Belgian but not in the rarefied air class of a Westvleteren brew. Would try again. Purchased in Newton, MA at the Craft Beer Cellar.

Photo of mickeymac
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with yeasty bits floating about, it pours with a relatively light head compared to some other Beglians. In addition to some pleasant fruit aromas and some spice, hops are quite assertive. A nice apple/pear flavor asserts itself up front, with the hops again making their presence known, along with that funky Beglian musty flavor. The mix is a bit surprising but comes together well. It really fills the mouth and drinks easily for the style and abv.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with 2+ fingers of rich foam. Good looking lace.

Aroma is fruity (mostly lemony) and Belgian yeasty, with some spicy and grassy hops.

The Belgian IPA's I've tried tend to lean in flavor toward the country they were made in. That is, the Belgians have had a dominant yeast/spice character, while the Americans are much more hoppy. Poperings Hommel Bier seems like a perfect marriage of the two. Sweet malts, fruit, yeast spice, and grassy, herbal hop bitterness.

Medium body. Carbonation is appropriate. Pretty easy drinker, and a really interesting beer. Good stuff. Thanks to khiasmus for the recommendation.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a golden tone with an orange tint along with a huge white foamy head. For a Belgium I must say there is a very full floral hop aroma mixed with spices and hints of the belgium yeast used here. I am falling in love with this beer with each sip, Taste is a perfect balance of flavors going on with herbal spices, and musty yeast tones and the sweetness characteristic of most belgiums mixed with tones of caramel, finished off with a healthy amount of hop bitterness. Medium bodied beer that dances on the palate, with a high carbonation leaving a smile on my face. Drinkability is amazing just watch out for this one at 7.5 it could get you without even noticing.

Photo of jpiper
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Marked D | 3 | 10 - best by March 2010? Not sure when that means it's brewed.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow - depending on the light. As I pour I see particulate yeast in the bottom part of the bottle. Pour it in, I say, so I end with suspended tiny particles in the beer. No worries, I could've left a half inch in the bottle instead.

The head is thick - 1/2 inch in my snifter - not far off from a proper Poperings glass. A cloud-like cream head, dissipates to a sudsy consistent head with bubbles ranging from tiny to a few cm sized ones.

Plenty on the nose here - you can smell some sweet malt, but more so it's floral with plenty of sourness.

My first sip is a bit disappointing - not as I remembered it in Belgium. So, I'll put expectations aside and judge this one on its own merits. There is sourness on the tongue - sour cherries maybe. It's wonderfully balanced with sweet malts. The malt gives way to a very pleasant bitterness and hop profile at the end. It's dry and the aftertaste doesn't persist for too long. There's a little mineral at the end as well. Not overpowering or metallic, but it's there. No sign of alcohol.

This is one carbonated beer. Leaves an ethereal feeling on the tongue - many tiny bubbles.

A very drinkable beer. Very balanced and I love the sour flavors and aromas. Again, not as good as I've had in Belgium, but still a fine beer.

Photo of tigg924
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: blackish gold in color, cloudy, 1/2 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: apples, pepper, butter, and some light hops

Taste: apples, pepper, butter, Belgian spices, touch of caramel, and some light hops

Mouthfeel: sweet, dry, medium body with high carbonation

Drinkability: Very interesting taste for a Belgian IPA. I enjoyed this one a lot. The alcohol is very well hidden. I could have several.

Photo of plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at DEK's, Rocky Point, New York.

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a potent ester and a peppery hop spice.

The taste consisted of a sharp hop spice, light sweetness and eatery musty yeast.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style and well carbonated.

Overall a very nice earthy hop forward ale.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a very pretty light orange with an active white head. Smells of light citrus hops with some belgian doughey yeast. Definitely an ipa, but also definitely belgian. Taste is crisp and clean. Lots of sweet hop bitterness- some grapefruit and orange wit a spicy kick in there as well. Very crisp and very drinkable. Wish I picked up a few more of these.

Photo of Brad007
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale blond color into my Hopfenstark glass with a large head of foam that leaves lacing and looks appealing.

Aroma is mostly spicy and bready due to the yeast. Seems like a normal IPA but not much hop bitterness that I can detect.

Taste is spicy and the hop bitterness is present, overshadowing the spice in this ipa. Bready and a bit sweet as well. Nice.

Mouthfeel is bready with a bit of hop bitterness. Not overwhelming with carbonation either. I honestly don't understand the style but I think this is a very solid example.

Drinkability is very decent. Not overwhelming. Could use some aging but if you have the time and money to do so. Check it out.

Photo of blakesell
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a belgian wine type glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy particulated gold with a mighty 3 finger head of foam that melts down to an iceberg crag in the middle and lacing on the sides.

Smell- Saaz sweetness (not oxidized) with that strong belgian yeasty scent. A fruity rind scent lingers on the nose.

Taste- Almost like a traditional pilsner in malt levels and hop sweetness. Belgian yeast and overhopping give this more of a quality of its own. Hopping isn't overpowering, but very balanced.

Mouthfeel- Light and creamy with no alcohol burn. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability- Very even though it has a somewhat high ABV. I could likely drink a six of this if I was in belgium at the brewery.

Photo of JCarey
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Goregeous pale yellow, slight haze. Nice pillowy head that sticks around and decent lacing.

Big Sasion-y nose, similar to a Brooklyn Sirachi Ace

More Saison. Lemongrass, bubble gum, light but punchy hop.

Wouldn't consider this in the IPA trademark, but overall a great Belgian Pale/Saison.

*you really get the hoppy IPA-ness in the backend of the swallow, it's coming to me now*

Quite a fantastic beer, and cheap(8$ for 750mL) for being so highly rated by the bros.

Photo of khiasmus
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a perfectly clear gold with two fingers of fluffy white head. The head drops a little but laces the entire way down. There are also a bunch of tiny grains-of-sand like particles that I assume would have been sediment had I not poured them. The appearance is nearly perfect.

Aroma is of rich malt and a good grassy hop background. The aroma isn't super-complex, but it's wonderful. Reminds me a bit of landbier. Very bready, like a freshly baked loaf of homemade wheat bread. I don't know what else to say about it, other than it smells great.

Flavor is much the same as the nose was, well-balanced with a good bready center and a distinct grassy finish. Very faint alcohol, but the hops in the finish take a lightly bitter tone, with a little grapefruit-bitterness. The light malt really carries the flavor along nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, carbonation is medium, finish is clean.

This beer is amazing. It has the intangibles it needs to make it world class. There's not one thing about it that I can point out and say, "that's awesome." But the whole thing comes together and forms this... I might could drink this every day for the rest of my life. And I'm really not sure why.

Photo of goblue3509
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright orange color with visible particles and a great two to two and a half finger head which gives way to lacing up and down the glass leaving rings after every drink. The smell is of belgium hops as well as a nice sweet malt backbone with hints of clove and citrus. The taste is of sweet malt with belgium hop bite that is not too bitter. There is also hints of yeast, clove, green apples, and cinnimon as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and full. The drinkability is great, so smooth, and such as nice flavor. You can easily have more than one of these.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy gold color, and is topped by an off white head. Quite a floral aroma, with notes of various herbs and spices, all of which seems to be hop derived. The beer is sharp and bitter, with herbal grassy hop notes in the flavor. I get notes of bergamot, hay, and a hint of honey in the finish. It is like a Belgian IPA. It is light bodied with lots of good hop character. Definitely a tasty beer.

Photo of nitrotron
4.24/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of GMUPatriot_inKansas
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of jheezee
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of DerekP
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5/17/11

330 ml/11.2 fl oz bottle poured into goblet-like wine glass.

Appears cloudy blonde-gold with a creamy white head. Some visible carbonation, but a fairly opaque body.

Spicy esters of belgian yeast, ripe bananas and pineapple juice shoot forward in the nose. A woodsy aroma coupled with a warm alcoholic presence sits faintly in the backend. A nutty caramel aroma delivers as it warms up.

A bold graininess hits the palate first, followed by yeasty notes and a creamy, yet prickly hop finish. Citrusy hop oils linger a bit before prefacing a nut-dry finish.

Fruity ale characteristics in the feel of this brew. Delicate at first glance with a fiercer second opinion. Hops aid in creating a creamy body. Medium bodied on the lighter side.

Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.