Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Reviews: 395
Hads: 739
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 50
Gots: 61 | 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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice foamy head. Slightly floral aroma. Juicy chewy Yeasty medium mouthfeel. Nice Belgian pale. Nice Belgian anything. Sweet more than bitter, I like lemon. Drinkable. Satisfying way to Clean the palate. Could have another sometime. Thanks Radek for sharing. Had again ontap at Monk's, it was ust as good, more yeast in taste. (326 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 12/10.

Pours a murky honey orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small areas of lattice-like lace on the drink down. Smells of grape juice, honey, and sweet flowers. Taste is of bitter grape juice, honey, citrus zest, and a subdued floral bouquet. Slight hop bitterness after each sip that quickly fades. Mouthfeel has good carbonation and is crisp and clean with each sip. Overall. this is a good beer with nice fruit/floral characteristics. (505 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation with lots of dark yeast particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of yeast and peppery spices in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness. The spices linger through the finish and aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather yeasty, but it’s easy to drink and a good representation of the style. (687 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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 (653 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that it's taken me til now to try this brew. A perfect summertime refresher. A lot of bold Witbier-like flavors with the wheat, corriander, orange, lemon, and buble-gum flavors and soft, velvet-ey texture. All this with that Belgian tart twant. Lightly sour, musky, earthy, and spicy. Much complexity for such a smooth and easy drinking beer. Very clean and crisp. I'll be drinking this one often. (407 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking hazy gold color. The head was fluffy and white. The retention is pretty strong here where the lacing doesn't really do too much. The smell of the beer isn't overly hoppy, there is a surprising sweetness in there actually. It smells rather grainy with just a touch of citrus in there. The taste is a bit on the metallic side in the very beginning of each sip. The flavors changes nicely as it settles on the tastebuds. It's got a super mellow hoppy bitterness to it. The mouthfeel of the beer is very smooth but has a really nice carbonation to it also. Overall this was impressive to me. I wasn't sure how much I would like it but I'm very glad I got to try it. I would drink it again if it was around. (741 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Light orange brew with a huge white head. Retention is standard. Good carbonation with a complex spicy aroma. Taste of hops is really present with good body. Taste of complex spice is really enjoyable. Overall, a really fine strong belgian brew. (254 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze and a massive stream of carbonation rising from the bottom and all sides of the glass. The head filled up the entire upper 3 inches of my tulip, leaving behind thick sheets of lace as it slowly settled into an thick and dense half-inch head.

Smell: Apple pie, fresh bread and herbs. Fruity but not particularly sweet.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry with flavors of green apple and bitter orange peel. The mouthfeel is champagne-like with intense carbonation. Hops come out quite a bit in the finish; herbal and earthy with moderate bitterness. A mineral-like flavor lingers on the roof of the mouth which quickly becomes tiring.

Notes: A bit torn about this one. It has its qualities but is fairly flawed overall. (746 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coruscant lemon-amber. The forecast calls for yeast flurries for the remainder of the day. Multiple sources of superfine carbonation appear on the bottom of the glass, resulting in bubbles that rise slowly through the particulate storm. An incredible looking cap of sticky, cream colored foam sits atop the beer and thick daubs of lace grace the glass. Fantastic.

The nose is sweeter, more lemony and less clovey than most others BSPAs that I've run across (note: the beer has since been reclassified as a Belgian IPA). Spicy yeast is still a large part of the nose, but it isn't the 800 lb. gorilla that it can be in some beer of this style. The hops are of the floral-herbal-fruity variety and lead me to believe that I'm gonna like this one.

Poperings is more hoppy bitter and less malty sweet than most of its co-stylists. There's a nice interplay between the barely toasted pale malt and the herbal, teasingly bitter hops. I'm guessing that there isn't much candi sugar present. Fruit, while not abundant, is an intergral part of the whole. Which fruits? Apples, peaches and pears.

Bitterness maintains its heading throughout with an increasing sugary sweetness coming into play on the finish. All aspects of the flavor profile are there to be appreciated: sweet, bitter, spicy and fruity. One only has to focus on each in turn for it to come into crystal-clear focus. Yet another good point is that there's isn't a trace of alcohol.

Poperings Hommel Bier is different and is a better beer for it. The hops play a much more prominent role than they do in most BSPAs. Of course, to a hophead, that means that it's in perfect balance. I had a good time with this one and will be sure to look for it again. (1,720 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Burgundian bottle, corked and caged. Bumblebee beer, eh? More of a mouthful to spit out in English, I'd say.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with a multitude of slick, puffy, and foamy off-white head, which leaves some random blotches of sudsy lace around the glass as it readily (for the general style) recedes.

It smells right upfront of acrid yeast, of the Belgian persuasion, initially muddling a decent grassy, earthy hoppiness, all underwritten by a sweet clove-tinged sugary malt. The taste is pale malt, still rather sugary, but immediately lost in the edgy, fairly astringent grassy, weedy hop notes that ensue. Skirting here and there amidst the larger players is some much milder yeast, as well as an understated booze warming.

The carbonation is tame, but well aerated and a tad frothy at times, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes somewhat off-dry, with the malt doing its best to remain relevant, and the yeast and remaindered hops still large and most definitely in charge.

A decent IPA, rendered Flanders-style, though not as zingy as some of its brethren/competitors. The yeast has a lot to do with that, as does the hops' nature, I would imagine. Oh, what the hell: "Ayeeee chee waaawaaa!" - and according to an encounter with Marge, he's Belgian: Aye yi yi! (1,334 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a three-finger, off-white head of thick foam. It left sticky rings of patchy lace.

S - It smelled a little musty with floral notes. There were also some sugary sweet aromas.

T - It tasted musty and spicy with a floral taste. Good caramel flavor, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is an interesting beer. I couldn't decipher the date markings but I wonder if the mustiness was due to age. (498 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have only had a few of the style but although different from my favorite American style these seem to have found a niche with me.Poured into a small tulip glass a hazed light golden with big blooming head leaving globs of lace as it settled very slowly.Big citrus notes in the nose very effervescent intertwined with some floral and yeasty tones very appetizing.Slightly phenolic(not something I really care for)and yeasty with a real herbalness and citric quality imparted from the hops good medium mouthfeel almost creamy in texture,it glides down quite easy and has nice hop flavors. (588 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden body hazed up by a shlew of fine particles and topped with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, honeyed aroma laden with fruit esters, a bit of spice, and notes of grass, flowers, and light citrus.

Taste: Sweet maltiness with a touch of caramel and honey. Fair amount of the typical Belgian esters. Light floral and citrus hop flavors. There's never more than a mild bitterness. Spicy yeast hints. Hint of clove as you approach the grassy, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! Note to self: try it again sometime. (600 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/12/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, hops, light malts, citrus and bananas.

T: The taste is very well-balanced, with strong but not overpowering hops bitterness up front that is tempered by a citrus & banana sweetness. There's a hearty Belgian yeast character and the malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer and I could drink a few, but it's not one that would select over too many others. (833 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,454 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with some head that leaves good lacing on the way down. Nose is very unique. Smooth and even sweet tone, though not over done. Mild yeast beneath all of it, though not overpowering it all. Flavor is totally odd. Not your typical of the style. Slightly sweet but with a bitter tone and a strong earthy tone that...hey...my palate just isn’t experienced enough to be able to place. Slight alcohol invasion, though it is strong in a unique way. Dry edge and just totally interesting. If you want something different to try, this is one for ya. I’d love to try this one again farther down my beer road. (629 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

25cl brown bottle with a freshness date at the bottom of the label, the label hops a hop farm on the edge of a city.

Appearance: Adorning a beautiful Brussels style lace, off white and sticky with a very good retention. Slightly hazed orange golden hue.

Smell: Sweet grain, almost honey-like, aroma is covered by a thick blanket of oily herbal hop and medicinal phenol along with a steady stream of spice and fruity esters. Fresh and very aromatic, pleasing to the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Huge bold crispness from a high level of carbonation within the medium body. Lots of hop flavour and more than enough bitterness to hold the malt as well as fruitiness back. Long drawn dry malt character that goes from a cracker-like flavour to a mealy biscuit. Oily hop with a heavy handed herbal flavour hits the palate hard, fruitiness is juicy in the center with some alcoholic esters. Finish with a long trail of hop flavour and puckering dryness.

Drinkability & Notes: First off this gets to be a Beeradvocate Pick. This is an odd ball of the bunch as far as Belgians go being the amount of hop character that is there, I for one love it. Last trip to Belgium I quaffed many of these in Antwerp and could not get enough. (1,220 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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... (818 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a stem glass, a hazy golden color with a nice cap of foamy white head. Aroma of sweet pale malts, honey, light fruity esters, and sunshowers in a flower garden. Taste of honey and sweet malts up front, with an almost instantaneous blast of spice and citrusy goodness, bready, Belgian yeast, pepper, cloves, pears and peaches. Complex and tasty, and quite light in the mouth. Nice and drinkable. (448 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in Poperinge, Belgium, into a Poperings Hommel Bier goblet. Excess head was sliced off the rim by the bartender. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger head, nice thickness, but lacking cream. Clear honey-caramel colour. Appealing.

Sm: Nuts and pear. Very hoppy and complex. Wonderful. Excellent. Near perfect.

T: Simple hoppy body, with a buttery finish. Very "short" acts; this beer is not long on the tongue. It zips by very quickly. Nuts and pear do come through, but not as much as desired. Balanced but simple. Built well for the style. The alcohol doesn't surface at all, which is a nice effect.

Mf: Very coarse, but very wet as well. Strangely quick. I've never had a beer that slid down so quickly.

Dr: It goes right down, but there's hardly any time to enjoy it. Worth trying just to experience this strange effect. The smell is absolutely delightful, but sadly the taste doesn't live up to the scent's promise. (941 characters)

Photo of InspectorBob
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Blue Monkey, Merchantville NJ. Poured into a Poperings tulip. Had an orange/gold color with about two fingers of off white head with fantastic lacing all the way through.

Very crisp and refreshing, some citrus hops, lemon grassy, earthy notes.

For 7.5% abv. the mouthfeel was very smooth and you don't get that alcohol bite on the finish.

The balance of the flavors of this beer was very nice. Very drinkable for me. I've had a few of these at The Monkey... (475 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly clear light gold color. Continuous moderate head that leaves some fine lace.

Far more sour than bitter aroma; mild Belgian yeast also present.

The flavor matches the aroma exactly. Sour malt base with a yeasty bite with a light bittering hop. Interestingly, there isn't much hop in the aftertaste; again, it's mostly sour. The body tilts to the thinner side, but there's also a lighter than usual carbonation. Overall, I would not call this a Belgian IPA. (464 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a bright, but cloudy gold, crowded with a myriad of microscopic swimmers dancing hither and thither about...head is the big, bubbly type of any good Belgian ale, lacey, fizzy...
Aroma: Sweetness and spice, loads of sugar, hints of fruit( orange, foremost) and sidenotes of sour, as well.
Mmmmm, big, quick hop attack, that fades and allows Mr. Malt to come to attention.
I'm picking up that thing that I find myself yearning for in my senses' memories, when I've been too long away from a good Belgian ale: the glorious taste of yeast, sugar, spice, malt, hops...a warm, bready feel, though lovely, uplifting.
The meager 7.5% starts to reveal itself, and is most welcome right about now.
Light/medium body, medium, tasty finish, taste overall is very mellow but sparkling with flavor, and displaying an unforgettable character.
I still don't know what a "hommel ale" is, but it doesn't matter, I liked it too well to care. I could go through quite a few of these, and be very happy!
thanks to PintofAle, big thanks! (1,034 characters)

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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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