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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

667 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 41
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

01-11-2005 04:46:50 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -1%

09-08-2012 23:38:31 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

05-04-2011 04:32:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

06-01-2014 05:59:47 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

04-19-2013 10:08:05 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

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.

03-15-2012 01:42:17 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

06-16-2005 14:34:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

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

11-29-2006 23:38:30 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

01-05-2004 20:34:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

02-23-2006 23:22:59 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

02-19-2012 00:54:02 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

02-27-2012 05:58:21 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-11-2013 06:01:16 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

06-21-2014 03:20:45 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

02-09-2008 21:30:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

01-11-2012 00:08:58 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

07-04-2007 22:20:30 | More by oberon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

02-15-2011 22:10:45 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

3.1/5  rDev -23.3%

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.

04-29-2008 03:53:11 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%

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!

10-25-2011 23:55:20 | More by biboergosum
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -1%

06-23-2013 02:45:20 | More by SocalKicks
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

12-30-2007 07:52:02 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

02-13-2009 15:55:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -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.

08-03-2011 05:05:07 | More by nickfl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +4%

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.

05-20-2003 06:59:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.