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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

671 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 41
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  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.

Sammy, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1%

t0rin0, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 04, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1%

djrn2, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Thorpe429, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

metter98, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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

brentk56, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1%

Texasfan549, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

kjkinsey, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1%

kylehay2004, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Knapp85, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

oberon, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of largadeer
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

largadeer, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

zeff80, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -1%
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!

biboergosum, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Jason, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 20, 2003
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.