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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

679 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 41
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

GRUUMSH, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of BradMacMullin
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

BradMacMullin, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

bouncepass, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of DioS
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of sloejams
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poperings Hommel has long been one of my girlfriend and I's most favorite Belgian Pales. It brings back memories of lazy weekend afternoons sitting on the patio of Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena. Tomorrow, the Belgian Beer Festival begins again at LBs, perfect timing for a bottle of this delicious nectar.

Firstly, I have to say that this beer is far better on draught. The bottled versions, or should I say - the bottled versions I've had - seem to stifle the taste a bit. The clean straw color is laced with a nice retaining head. The aroma is sweet - almond and vanilla notes. This one has a barnyard odor to it too - something unexpected.

The taste is fine, not as good as I remember but better than the smell woul indicate. Hopefully I can have this on draft again soon (Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Festival?).

sloejams, Feb 18, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

beerbtl, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of benclimbs
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The original belgian IPA (or so they say)

Pours golden opaque with a tiny bit of visible lacing and a one finger head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is a nice mix of yeast and fruity, citrusy hops and subtle orange peel - bit like a saison/ipa, there is a tinge of metal that dissipates with time - not amazing nose.

taste is a pleasant mix of dry hops, spice and a bit of bready malts, more orange peel at the finish. However, there is a prominent metalic taste that dissipates as it warms but is constantly there, really not a good addition, but tasty other than that.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not thick or not light.

Honestly, I expecfted a lot more from what people said about this beer - doesn't even begin to compare to Houblon Chouffe.

benclimbs, Jan 26, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*on tap at Waterhuis aan de Bierkant in Ghent

Appearance: a golden pour with a small foamy white head

Smell: a semi-sweet and fruity nose. light apricot and peahiness.

Taste: a smooth and semi sweet flavour of light fruit, a hint of caramel and even some cotton-candy sweetness. A drop of honey is in there somewhere too.

Mouthfeel: very lively and well balanced

Drinkability: great drinkability even though it is a sweeter beer. i enjoyed it.

Popsinc, Nov 04, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Marius, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at my new favorite Chicago bar, Hopleaf.

Served in a tulip glass, this brew came to the table a rich, hazy yellow-orange in color with a decent-sized white head. Aroma of spices, wheat, herbs, and some light fruit elements.

Very, very crisp and peppery-dry (is that a hint of cumin?), this makes a nice quaff along side moules and a a well-spiced steak frites. There's an awful lot to like about this beer.

RockyTopHeel, May 31, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color that never seems to settle, with a generous head. Smell is tasty like grapes and a touch of sweet fruits. The taste is also really pleasant... hoppy is the best way to describe it. There is also a touch of sourness like grapefruits or wine. Even though it is paler than most belgians, it is really enjoyable and easy going. There is a slight peppery sensation at the very end of the beer that really makes it nessisary for another sip!

Toddv29424, May 11, 2005
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden. Soft white head sitting on top. Head is everlasting due to the strong carbonation.

S: Cloves and phenolic esters at first. Delightfully fruity and faintly sweet. For an BIPA, the hops are pretty muted though. I do get some spicy floral tones.

T: Slightly sweet with some tartness. A lot of cloves and a bit of banana. The hops come towards the end with noble flavors of earthiness. Moderately bitter, but bit underwhelming the the hop department.

M: Very dry, but at the same time starts out creamy. The finish is crisp and the carbonation is strong.

D: This was a pretty good beer. I was a bit underwhelmed by the lack of hops. There are definitely some better Belgian IPAs out there. If you can't find them, this is worth a try.

brewdoc75, Jun 09, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden body, unfiltered with sediment throughout. Huge foamy head, white, excellent lacing and some champagne bubbles. Aroma was absolutely excellent, wheat and honey, heavy on citrus and clove, vanilla and grassy floral hops.
The taste was somewhat disappointing after such a great aroma; spice first (clove, citrus), then alcohol. Honey and hops, fading into a rather dry, grassy aftertaste which was more sour than sweet.
The mouthfeel was bitter and dry at first and faded into a watery and bland feel. Mild carbonation at first and none later. Takehome message: this ended up bitter and very sour. Therefore, drinkability was kinda limited.

sinistrsam, Apr 01, 2006
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

nootch23, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of DESTRO
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden color. small head. smells fruity, grassy. very "earthy". citrus. tastes a touch sour with grass/straw comming to mind. a little lemon here along with just the right amount of hops. first taste was a bit metallic, but this subsides. yeasty and just damn good. slick in the mouth, this is a fine brew. i am very impressed.

DESTRO, Jun 03, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

macesq, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of rkhaze
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big, large bubbled head. The head got chunky as it fell and left sparse lacing.
Smells of sweet malt, spicy floral hops, a bit of orange citrus fruits and a tart lemony yeast aroma.
Taste was the same as the smell but it was sweeter on the palate.
The sweet pale malt segued into the citrus fruits and finished with a pleasant floral bitterness and a refreshing yeast presence. Clean and fresh tasting with a good balance of flavors. Outstanding!
Light bodied with a thin but creamy mouthfeel and loads of carbonation.
The 7.5% abv was non existent. Scary drinkability that was only hindered by the sweetness. Great job!

rkhaze, Dec 10, 2004
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4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour hazy golden yellow, fluffy white head that sticks around alot, a gentle lace that clings well onto the glass walls. Soft aroma of belgian yeast, fresh dough, and hops.

With a taste comes a rush of fresh continental hops and yeast blended to grain flavors similar to fresh french baguette straight out of the oven. Caronation helps to a dry-feeling finish, making it very refreshing and very drinkable.

bloberglawp, Feb 18, 2008
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Antnyd82, Feb 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

chris1919, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

supermeniscus, Jun 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

mattsucks, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

bkeller04, May 26, 2014
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

DrDogbeer, Sep 22, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jlisuk, Jul 08, 2013
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.